Blue Christmas Dining Room- Home Tour

Since we flooded during Hurricane Harvey this August, (and decorating the dining room for Christmas is not an option this year) I decided to post pictures of my Blue Christmas Dining Room from last year.  It still makes me smile to see all the different shades of blue, and of course my crazy love affair with white feathers.   This room is one of my all-time favorites…. it’s light and airy, but packs in a whole lotta punch.  If you want to see what it looked like before we flooded  Click here-  Blue and White Fall Dining Room .


The white feather tree I bought from Michael’s (i think) about 5 years ago, and it moves from room to room each year.  But it ALWAYS comes out-LOL!!!  The tree lights up and makes the feathers look like angel wings at night-swoon!!


The white candle sticks are from Round Top, TX Antique Show.  The glass votive that sits on top of each one makes a perfect resting spot for the ornaments so they don’t roll off.  The urn is from Home Goods.

I made the white feather wreath from a couple of feather boas on a wire frame.   Easy to weave them into the wire frame.   I painted the J & Y letters gold, and attached fabric to a wooden backing I made to go inside the frames.  The frames I found at an antique store that I painted silver.  The frames are very heavy, so they are on small nails.

Of course, what is Christmas without a little leopard or cheetah ribbon/fabric???  It adds just a little personality and tones down all of the blue and gold.  The stockings for our Christmas mantel have leopard on them also….I’ll post those next year 🙂


I know it is hard to see (lighting was not the best on these from last year- obviously) but the walls are gray here.  If you look at my blue FALL dining room post, they are blue.  I spent a year painting all of the rooms downstairs in our house gray, and I was beginning to feel like I was living in  “a cloudy kind of day” mood…..and I NEED some color!!!  So, there was a little change.  Live out loud- Live in color…..right??!!





These picks I found at Michael’s about 5 years ago too.  I love how the darker teal and navy really makes the turquoise and white pop…..and I can’t decorate for Christmas without some bling.



Have a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!

Love & Hugs 🙂


Need more Christmas inspiration and ideas???  Click Here for Christmas Stairs Love and here for Christmas Door Wreaths.

Want more navy and white Christmas DIY ideas or LOVE all things buffalo check??? Try Buffalo Check Snow-Woman or Buffalo Check Ornaments




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Christmas Sanity Checklist

Yes ma’am – YOU. DID. IT!!  Your Christmas decorations are all up inside the house (you are actually waiting for HGTV to call you  any minute- for your new show….. wink-wink) and you are just getting ready to sit down and relax with your much-deserved “mommy drink” in hand…..but then something happens.   Your enemy calls, and her name is “next”!!   That irritating nag that keeps you at night, and wakes you up in a cold sweat, the TO DO list for tomorrow, the enemy of all enemies, the nightmares of all nightmares….. the “what do I need to do NEXT??!!”….. pest.

Well, it’s not like you have anything important to do anyway- right??  You really ONLY need to get yourself in gear for the outside decorations…..OH, and remember to check the light bulbs, and your families’ gifts, and don’t forget the teachers’ gifts and coaches/dance instructor’s gifts, and help out at church, and work in some holiday baking, and, And, AND, AND AND AND…… Calgon take me away already!!!!  Gosh I’m old!!

You haven’t even had your first mommy sip ….and you are ALREADY cra-zee!!!.   All you can think is “How am I going to get it ALL done (by myself of course),  and “Why does this happen to me every year?”  RING ANY BELLS??

Let’s change things up this year….. by getting this anxiety in check.


The Christmas Sanity Checklist – 

(Secrets for a STRESS-FREE Christmas)

1) DIVIDE UP DUTIES– Don’t feel like you have to do Christmas all by yourself – anymore!!  Ask your husband to help with his side of the families’ gifts and wishlists, and ask your side of the family to do the same.  You won’t have to spend extra time “thinking” about what to get everybody, and wondering if they will like it or not.  They wished it & you gifted it – period.

Get your kiddos to help with teachers/coaches/instructors’ gift ideas also.  They can make a special card or help you bake (or pick up baked goods- my style) for them.  Your kiddos will feel proud of their gifts, and you will get to spend extra time with your kiddos!   All of these tips will help will take pressure off of you.

2) MAKE A LIST (and stick to it)Get a detailed wishlist from your immediate family (husband and kiddos).  You can knock items off the list faster since you won’t have to come up with your own ideas, and you can cut down on shopping time by knowing which stores carry specific items.  Once you get the bulk of the list done, you’ll have more free time to do your special “surprise” gifts – the ones that get you those “extra hugs.”

STICK TO THE LIST– Do NOT stray from the list (I know it’s hard to do)- keep the straying for the surprise gifts.    Do not keep adding to the list, or continue purchasing more and more presents just because you are out shopping for other people either.  When your list is completed and you have your surprise gifts taken care of, you are done!!  More presents cause extra gift wrapping, extra money, extra time, extra stress…..and well extra wine!!  The list was created for a reason….for you to enjoy the Christmas season!!

3) CREATE A BUDGET (and stick to it) – Attach a firm budget to the list that you feel comfortable with.  If you are feeling a little nervous about it, then trim items off of the list.  You can bend a little one way or the other, but have an idea of what you are planning to spend on each item.  That way if you have a little extra you can buy yourself something for your resourceful efforts- hahaha!!  see #4.

STICK TO THE BUDGET – Don’t overspend.  This will cause stress on it’s own, and in addition will mess up the planning method that you worked so hard on.  Since you spent more money on little Johnny, now you’ll have to find something extra for little Susie.  And on and on…..  Do not overspend.

4) TREAT YOURSELF–  Go ahead and allow yourself to have some wine, dessert coffee, a yummy pastry, etc….. to get you through the holidays- whenever the mood strikes.  Worry about calories and exercising AFTER Christmas.  Sometimes all you need is a break from ….well yourself….. to add a little pep to your step.

5) PAY IT FORWARD– By focusing on others, you will be reminded of how blessed you truly are.  Do some holiday baking for friends or neighbors, volunteer for church events, donate food/clothing to shelters, etc.  You can actually enjoy these activities without feeling like they are obligations.  And isn’t that what the true meaning of Christmas is all about anyway…. the season of giving? Amen.

6) PLAY CHRISTMAS MUSIC –  Find a radio station, pop in a CD, or download your favorite songs from I-tunes.  All your stress and worries will begin to melt away as soon as you hear Christmas carols.    It’s like God sprinkles a little magic every time a Christmas song is played!!  No matter your age or your music genre, there is something for everyone.

7) WRAP PRESENTS/GIFT BAGS–  Get all of your presents wrapped as soon as possible.   Pick a night where you can spend some time wrapping multiple gifts in one setting.  That way you don’t have to keep pulling out the paper/bags for each gift.  If you choose to wrap, try using only 2 or 3 patterns/rolls to cut down on choices, and do several simple looks while mixing in one “fancy” gift to add a little sparkle.  Need the perfect bow -Click Here for my easy Bow tutorial.

Even though using gifts bags cut down on time, they can also get a little expensive.    If you choose gift bags, try buying in bulk & then adding pretty ribbon/bows or contrasting tissue paper.

8) PLAN A GNO– Now that you have purchased your gifts, wrapped them, and have money to spare….plan a Girls’ Night Out with your girlfriends.  You deserve a break, and you can let off some “shopping” steam to them.  Women NEED to vent, so what better way to get it all out than to share some stories with your favorite gal pals.  A couple of hours out with your friends = almost ONE  full week of less griping to your honey!!  Am i right??!!


9) ENJOY YOUR FAMILY (and the season of Christmas)- Give your loved ones a hug, say a prayer, and soak in the JOY.

Yes Ma’am – YOU. DID. IT!!!




 ***Need Christmas inspiration??  Check out these posts….Click here for Christmas Wreath Ideas or Here for Christmas Staircase Ideas. ***


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Buffalo Check DIY Christmas Ornament Balls – (Part 2)

What do you get when you mix navy Buffalo Check, Embroidery Hoops, and one Crazy Christmas fanatic…..well you get a beautiful combination of oversized Buffalo Check Christmas Ornament Balls!!!  These balls are so stinkin’ cute, and have endless decorating possibilities.


You can mix and match fabrics, hoop colors and sizes, ribbons and bows, and hang them wherever your little heart desires.  Since I have already posted on how to use them as a Snow-Woman (Part 1 of the series), click HERE for the supplies needed and tutorial on making the buffalo check hoops.  Want to simplify….leave out fur ball ornaments and fur ball picks (scroll down for pictures).
















Now, that you have seen the tutorial….

here they are as Christmas Ornament Balls









Once the 3 hoop are done, we cans add the ribbon, bows, and fur balls/picks.

The fur ornament balls have a clear hanger that you will attach to the tying ribbon of the bow – click here for Bow Tutorial.  I used the navy ribbon for the single fur ball and dot gold ribbon for the double fur balls.


I used the same gold ribbon for the small hoop and large hoop (with 4 loops each) bows, but just made a larger bow to fit scale of large hoop.  I stuck the fur balls picks into the right and left sides of the bow.






I used the dot bow from the snow-woman tutorial for the medium hoop.






Here are the ribbon lengths, and the navy ribbon is 2.5″wide.  You can choose whatever width you want.  I used the navy ribbon to add contrast, and to cover more of the stair wall.


Where to put nails or hangers:

1) Starting with LARGE HOOP:  go (19.5″ Right, 4″ Down)……. for 2 fur balls

2) From 2 FUR BALLS: go (12″ Up, 8″ Right) …..for small hoop

3) From LARGE HOOP again:  go (18″ Up, 8″ Right) for medium ball

4) From LARGE HOOP again:  go (11″ Left, 10″ Up)









If you want to use the 3 ornaments only….  put the small ornament into 2 fur balls spot and lose the other goodies 🙂























Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!  Love & Hugs 🙂


Want more Christmas Ideas??  Front Door Christmas Wreath Ideas or Decorating Stairs Ideas for Christmas

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Buffalo Check DIY Snowman: Using Embroidery Hoops (Part 1)

Ever since I posted my  Blue and White Fall Dining Room and 10 Ways To Add Buffalo Check, I have been determined to do a DIY Christmas project using my navy and white buffalo check fabric.    I have pinned tons of Christmas inspirations for black and white check, red and white check, and red and black check, but wanted to try something different.  And since I am in love with all things blue and white anyway….I came up with a couple projects where I finally got to use my navy buffalo check fabric- YAY!!  Buffalo Check  DIY Snowman:  Using Embrodery Hoops (part 1).

***FYI***  Click here to see  Christmas Ornament Balls (Part 2)  or Christmas Snowman:  DIY Cotton Ball Wreath if you love all things snowmen!!  Let’s get rolling……

 Buffalo Check DIY Snowman:  Using Embroidery Hoops


  • 8″, 12″, 18″ embroidery hoops
  • white spray paint or white primer
  • buffalo check fabric – 1 yard
  • ***fabric liner (optional) – 1 yard***
  • different sizes of gold ribbon & gold dot ribbon
  •  hot glue/glue gun
  • fabric scissors

*** I purchased all my goodies at Hobby Lobby  except…… 1 gold ribbon- Target from last year & spray paint Home Depot***


  • navy ribbon
  • white fur ornament balls (set of 6- used 3)
  • 2 white fur balls picks












 Spray paint hoops front and back sides – keeping loops together (don’t need to unscrew hoops and separate for this part)







Here they are white.  If you want to choose a different color,  go for it.  The spray paint acts as a trim color so be creative.









Lay hoops out on fabric to get an idea of where you will want your checks to go.  I used the check on the diagnol for the small & large hoops, and straight for the middle hoop- just to give it a little interest.  You can always use a coordinating fabric also.

Cut a square around hoop first- see picture to right.——->

TIP:  Make sure you like up your checks straight…they are kind of tricky like stripes.  If they are crooked, and you CUT crooked…..well you might be back at the fabric store 😉



This is optional****

I cut out a piece of liner to go behind my fabric so you can’t see through it.  You can always double up on fabric too (but who wants to waste the cute buffalo check on the back side)??

Top picture- with lining

Bottom picture- without lining







Unscrew at top to loosen hoops.  Pull gently to separate hoops.








Lay bottom hoop down on hard surface.  Place fabric (and liner) on top covering bottom hoop….with equal amount of extra fabric hanging over the entire loop.  Make sure checks are in a straight line.

Place second hoop (one with screw) on top of fabric and bottom hoop.  Might need to give it a gentle pull or unscrew a little more to loosen if it won’t cover fabric and bottom hoop.

***double check one more time to make sure checks run in straight line.***  Then tighten screw- but not completely tight.




Flip over.  Gently lift up on fabric to pull any bumps tight. Once fabric is all smooth and pulled firm……tighten screw completely.

TIP:  you will have to pull check fabric and liner separately sometimes to get bumps out.







Now cut about 3/4 inch or inch around hoop in a circular direction.









Should look like this when finished- upside down


And right side up————>

Here you can see that I laid mine out in a diagnol pattern.





Glue down fabric (and liner) to wooden loop.  Be careful when doing this so that you don’t accidentally get glue on your top fabric (you can hold the loop upright like a hula hoop and glue like that).







both fabric and liner glued down








I laid mine out just to see what it would look like.  Here you can see the top and bottom loops are on the diagnol, and the middle hoop is straight.

Attach a gold ribbon around each screw by tying a knot.  Begin at the bottom hoop, and give yourself A LOT of extra ribbon for this before cutting.






Hang it on the door to help with the next part.  The hoops will look like they “are dancing around.”  TIP*** Tie knot in top part of ribbon to anchor in door so that it won’t slide out.

Hot glue top hoop (wooden part) to gold ribbon to lie flat. ——–>

Repeat for middle hoop to connect to ribbon.

TIP***Make sure your hoop is straight (screw part is lined up to ribbon) before pressing down.  Otherwise your hoop will lie crooked.  If so, pull gently….and try again!!





see How to Make a Perfect Bow

I used 4 loops – just a fyi- and tied to existing gold ribbon.

















Hang on the wall with a nail if you want inside the house.










Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!   Love & Hugs 🙂

***stay tuned (is ready) for part 2 of buffalo check Christmas project***


Love snowmen?  Try Christmas Snowman:  DIY Cotton Ball Wreath.  Or want more navy Christmas Ideas?  Try Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red.


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33 Ideas – Decorating Stairs for Christmas

Decorating your staircase for Christmas is a great way to bring in some holiday cheer, and to show off some of your creative talents.  And since there are like a million options out there to try, decorating them should be a cinch-right?  Not always.  Coming up with new ideas and (yes, executing those ideas)…..can be a little overwhelming.  So, lose your anxiety!!  If you are tired of coming up with YOUR OWN designs, and/or looking for new inspiration this year, here are 33 fresh ideas to get your creativity ….. a kick start!!




Using words, song lyrics, or reindeer names is a fun way to bring in Christmas cheer.  Put words on stair treads, risers, spindles and walls.  It will definitely catch your guests’ attention and add a little smile to their hearts.














Hanging stockings on banisters is a classic look that can be changed every year, just by switching out stockings.  Throw in some color and patterns to shake things up, or keep them simple.  Here are some adorable ideas for giving this classic style a fresh look.  And it’s also functional….especially if you don’t have a mantel or another way to hang stockings.








Hanging wreaths gives you a lot of versatility.  Use the same length ribbon with wreaths in groupings for a traditional style, or use different lengths to create a playful style.  Odd numbers work best with either look.  Go bold with contrasting ribbon, or soft with neutral colors.  The round wreaths lying against the vertical spindles add visual interest- simple yet stunning.













Love the look of Christmas ornaments balls for decorating the stairs.  They give off a playful vibe, and can be displayed a million (or close) different ways.  Hang one by a ribbon between each spindle to add a splash of color, or hang them in groupings or clusters for big impact.  However you decide to use them, you’re sure to create a  happy environment for your home & guests.














Using garland is such a lush & gorgeous way to decorate banisters and spindles, it basically screams drama.  Garland can be understated with natural greenery and small ribbon ties, or extravagant- filled with lights and accessories.  Make no mistake … will create a statement as soon as your guests enter your home.










Using hanging stars, gifts, and bells are unique ways to decorate banisters and spindles….. if you are looking for something unexpected.  Try different sizes and colors to add whimsy, and don’t be afraid to go crazy with the quantity.  If you have a bold personality and like doing things with a little twist, these styles are just right for you.






Who doesn’t love a soft glow shimmering during Christmas?  Candles add warmth, softness, & ambiance, and you can choose the fragrance that matches your style.  Plus, they illuminate the stair tread to add light. Win-win!!   TIP:  If you have kiddos, you may want to use lanterns for safety.  Hot wax and little toes are not a good match :).







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20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths

Decorating for Christmas ranks right up there on the top of my list for all-time LOVES.   This includes my husband & beautiful girls, our incredible families, Texas Longhorns football, and well….. the season of Christmas.   It adds warmth to my heart as we get to share an entire month dedicated to the birth of our Lord and Savior- Jesus Christ.  Amen!!  So, let’s get rolling with The 20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths.



I know there is so much that goes into putting all of the Christmas decorations out each year:  first the decorations go up inside the house, next the Christmas tree and ornaments get adorned, followed by the outdoor ground lights & inflatables (if you have kiddos), and the finale – the Christmas front door wreath.

It is the jewel of the season, and sets the tone for your entire Christmas theme.  It is your “hello” to welcome your guests when they arrive, and your “hug goodbye” as they leave and travel safely back home.  The right wreath can add warmth, happiness, elegance, color, and personality to your home.  It represents….you & your family.  So, what is your style and what does it say about who you are?















You don’t crave attention, but always turn heads.  You are tasteful and classy, but not the least bit stuffy.   You are the perfect hostess, and people love to come to your house.  Is this you?

















SOURCE: Veranda Magazine





You dare to be different.  You aren’t just the life of the party, you ARE the party.  You own it, and everyone knows it!!  You are not the first person to arrive at an event, but always the last one to leave.  You bring energy & excitement as soon as you enter a room.  Is this you?























You are always smiling and a blast to be around.   You are quite mischievous, love a good prank, and are THE class clown.    You draw people in with your quick wit, and ability to make them laugh.  You beat to your own drum and never follow the crowd (that is why your wreaths……are NOT the typical style wreaths)!!  Is this you?
























You have a timeless style that brings warmth and beauty, and you are always stunning.  You are tailored, structured and polished, yet exude effortless elegance.  Your grace shines through in everything you do and say, and you are always THE best-dressed at any function.   You do not call anyone for fashion advice, you give it.   You. Are. Style.  Is this you?

























Your eyes twinkle when you smile,  you love to sing- a lot, and you pass out hugs to everyone!!  Admit it- YOU ARE HAPPY!!  You choose friends, clothes, decor, etc…. anything that brings a little sunshine to your life.  You love what you love, and you aren’t afraid to go out on a limb to have the perfect item.  So, be you and spread your joy!!  Is this you?














You are flawless and exquisite in your own  bare skin.  You love the sun peeking into your window in the morning, and the stars lighting up the sky at night.   You LOVE all things green.  You find inspiration for your home & life through hiking the great outdoors.  You love the smell of rain, fresh cut grass, and wood burning by a firepit.  Keeping things simple is not a trend for you, it IS you.  Is this you?





Have a Very Merry Christmas & Happy Wreath Hunting!!

Love & hugs 🙂




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Blue and Orange Fall Living Room

Hi and welcome to our Blue and Orange Fall Living Room.  I carried on the aqua and orange in here from the foyer because the colors just make me happy and smile.  There’s something soothing and refreshing about these 2 colors when paired with gray, pops of white, and dark browns.  You can see our fall dining room here  and halloween-fall foyer here.


I love colors, pattern and texture when decorating our house.  I begin with big impact- like the rug, then go from there.  I try to keep other accents pieces neutral or in the same color palette, and use accessories to add big impact.


The oversized clock is an example of the “punch” of impact.

It ties in with the dark color of the chair legs, curtain rods, tv, and fireplace.



The lampshades are another “pop” of pattern/color.  I love how dramatic they are- they add just the right funkiness to the room.

The navy shades pick up the cobalt in Boomer’s dog bed.

The orange in all of the accessories spring to life against the aqua, and give the room a certain playfulness/whimsy.



I borrowed the “love” pillow from the foyer to accent the chair, and tie in the orange in the pumpkin.  The black and white striped basket also ties in with foyer and the clock.

Here’s the view from the foyer side- below.

Here’s the view from the kitchen side.  The barstools carry on the same warm gray undertones to keep things neutral.    This is one of Boomer’s favorite places to sleep during the day- under that chair.


I am writing this post as well as the foyer post with a very heavy heart.  We were flooded by Hurricane Harvey in Katy, TX (Houston area) a month ago, and all of these pictures were taken beforehand.  My first blog post of the dining room was published the Friday the storm hit the TX gulf coast, and this has been my first chance to post these other 2 rooms.

Our house will never look like this again, so it tears me apart to post these pictures.   Please pray for our area as we rebuild our homes and our community.  I will post pictures of our recovery/rebuilding as it happens.  Thanks for your understanding.

Have a VERY HAPPY FALL!!!!  Love & Hugs 🙂


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Halloween-Fall Foyer

Hi and Happy Sunday!  I have gotten my Halloween-Fall foyer completed, and wanted to show yall some fun pics.  If you are heading over from my fall dining room or my fall living room, welcome also.  

I started with these 2 cubby bookshelves that I found at Home Goods a couple of years ago, and just pushed them together so that I could have 8 cubes.  I love how versatile they are.  I can use them as separate pieces- like as night stands, or together as a console or sofa table.


I have loved the different shades of aqua/teal/mint with orange for Fall decorating for several years, and decided to add the black and white this year. 

The striped baskets and love tote are also from Home Goods, and make the cubbies come to life.  They act as a grounding base/neutral for my other colors, plus they give the eye somewhere to rest.


The cubbies are also great for adding your kiddos’ art work they have made over the years, candles, cute Halloween pics, candy, shoes, etc.  The possibilities are endless. 

The Blue love pillow is also from Home Goods – I just added the orange and blue ribbons to bring in my colors.



Here is a view from our front door before I added the lights.  The spa blue lamps add additional light at night, plus add a big punch to the cubbies to tie in the other blues.


Here is what it looks like with the ghost lights, and the BOO lit up. 

Both of these lights are from Target.








Have a very Happy Halloween!! love & hugs 🙂


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Blue and White Fall Dining Room

Hi ladies!  Just wanted to show yall my new FALL Dining room.

I wanted to try a different color scheme for fall in here, and love how it turned out.  The contrast of the blue and white

really makes the orange pop!!  And who doesn’t like a little drama? You can see my fall living room here and my halloween-fall foyer here.




  I kind of have always had a thang for the buffalo check fabric- so once I saw this in navy (Hobby Lobby), I knew it was coming

home with me.  This check fabric was the only item I purchased- everything else I already had on hand.  I added the chevron ribbon

to the wreath and popped in a couple of the pumpkins to tie in the orange.




I do have a slight obsession with mirrors- can you tell??? wink-wink.  They make taking photos so much fun.

  There I am in the white mirror – lol!

The lamp base, gray and white mirrors, white candle sticks, and table I hand painted.  More on the white mirror click here.

The candle sticks and ladder are from Round Top antique show….Round Top, TX.




The Chandelier is a new addition- when we opened the wall to the kitchen.  I really love the simplicity of the lines, and how the light

passes through the glass.


And of course my Boomer helping me.

Have a Very Happy Fall!!  Love & Hugs 🙂



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