Random thoughts on a frosty Saturday morning:

1. The Crown.

2. The Crown.

3. The Crown.

I am not exaggerating.  I watched the whole series on Netflix.  I couldn’t put it down.  It starts with Princess Elizabeth (the current one, not the one who had red hair from the sixteenth century).  It follows her reign and her relationship with her husband Prince Phillip (who is super cute) and the challenges she faced taking over the monarchy at such a young age.

And the cinematography?


I know Poldark may have let us all down, but Elizabeth?

She is truly a queen. 🙂


I saw this over on this house tour and I thought it was so clever.

Love the handwritten lettering with a simple piece of greenery.

You can see the rest of the tour here.


Love the collection (and the patina) of silver trays.

What an easy idea to do at Christmas (or any time).

More details found here.


Have a cookie cutter?

Here’s a clever idea.

You can see more from the rest of this home tour.


Have an old Christmas wreath sitting around?

Want to give it a little holiday cheer?

Here’s a simple tutorial on how to freshen up a wreath.

And in random news this week:

This piece of furniture

I just googled this to see if it was close enough to visit

This garland tutorial

Clever DIY ornament idea

Cutest snack idea for a holiday party

What the oldest people in the world eat every day

This centerpiece

Love these burlap monogrammed stockings

And I’m so happy this show is back for a fourth season with this house


One more for the road.

I’m having my coffee here this morning with the sun peeking out over the tree tops.

You can see the rest of the room here (and there’s a fun giveaway to enter, too).

Happy Random Saturday to You.

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  1. Image for Susan Honeycutt Susan Honeycutt

    I agree The Crown is fabulous?? Hubby & I blew through it much too fast! Michelle Dockery aka Lady Mary from Downton Abbey is in a new series Good Behavior, it's definitely rated R, but interesting to see her in a different role...TNT It's a cold, rainy morning here in North TX, have a blessed day!! Xoxo

  2. Image for BJ BJ

    I went right to Netflix and ordered The Crown DVD and it said it was not available. ? I love Queen Elizabeth and was anxious to get this. Maybe I'll get it in the future. Thanks so much for letting us know about this series. Merry Christmas!

  3. Image for Rose Rose

    My husband & I watched the crown also. I am so sad because we have to wait until 2017 for the 2nd season. She is wonderful - so appreciate Queen Elizabeth. I almost want to move to England. Have a wonderful day Much love Rose

  4. Image for Debbie Debbie

    For weeks I have been trying to get my other girlfriends to give The Crown a try without any luck. I was and am obsessed with it! I'm so glad that we both see eye to eye on it. Also, glad we are connected again!

  5. Image for Loryl Loryl

    I have yet to watch the Crown but really want too. Right now Christmas plays almost 24/7 at our house. Be it music or Hallmark movies. Love all the great ideas and eye candy but OMG your dining room! Every time I see it since the transformation it takes my breath away. Almost makes me want to paint mine but I still love our "Wasabi Green".

  6. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I love the idea of the copper cookie cutters!! I have them stuck in a tin somewhere. Do you know I've been fretting over giving all my Christmas decorations away -- not even my sad Charlie Brown tree. I'll get some garland and hang my cookie cutters from it. I'm sending a big thankful hug. Oh! I don't watch series but you girls are making me want to catch up!

  7. Image for Yvonne Shafer Yvonne Shafer

    Hello! Thanks for the recommendation! I think I'll start watching The Crown tonight. I still love Poldark! I'm happy Demelza stood up for herself and that he finally realized what Elizabeth was doing. Her baby is probably not George's though. More drama to come! I'm loving your Christmas posts!

  8. Image for Pam Griner Pam Griner

    I am loving The Crown! I can't pick only one parents brought me home on Christmas Eve...I am destined to love it all!!

  9. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    Yeah, Pawhuska Oklahoma is 7 1/2 hours from my house. A little far for a day trip, but a nice stop along the way to yours!!

  10. Image for Irene Kimball Irene Kimball

    Our daughter introduced us to The Crown. We have seen 5 episodes and I agree, acting, clothes, all things British (especially the hard line on who you and and cannot talk to or be seen with, and certainly don't upstage the Royal Family. We are just having fun watching. The one strange thing for me is why do the floors sound weak/noisy when people enter or leave. One would think the B-Palace would have very sound floors?? Just my quirk. Once we have finished watching we need to line of Victoria on BBS.

  11. Image for Sherry Mullis Sherry Mullis

    I have a number of silver/silver plated trays that we received as wedding presents 51 years ago. Could you share how you hang them on your wall. What did you use to secure them? Does it ruin the tray? Still doubt I can talk my husband into it☹️

  12. Image for Charmaine Ng Charmaine Ng

    Awh man, the amount of hype I've been hearing about The Crown makes me really want to start watching. But I don't want to get addicted! - Charmaine

  13. Image for Kristi Kristi

    I just adore that snowy scene of your front door ... gets me every time! And I can't wait to check out The Crown, it sounds like it's right up my alley! Happy Sunday friend!

  14. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    I binge-watched The Crown and loved it. I can remember getting up at 4:00 a.m. to listen to her Coronation on the radio. I must have been 9 or 10 at the time, but I have never forgotten it.

  15. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    My daughter told me about "the Crown". Now I need to watch it for sure! I want a designated dog room and now a dog shower like the one the Gaines' did for their clients! Hope you had a great weekend! Hugs, Cecilia

  16. Image for Betsy Betsy

    We soooooo loved The Crown. My husband and I watched 2 episodes a night to stretch it out. Boy I sure would love to sit in your dining room with my Earl Grey. xoxoxox

  17. Image for karen on bainbridge island karen on bainbridge island

    The Crown is fantastic, but I cannot trash Poldark. What is it about any show that is about merry old England?

  18. Image for Julie B. Julie B.

    Thanks for sharing! My niece keeps telling me I need to watch The Crown. I still need to catch up on Poldark. I think I'll have to wait for Amazon. Too many other things keeping me busy these days! Love Stonegable's wreath, too!

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