Random thoughts on a cold December morning:

1. I went in to wake Zack up this morning and Buddy was fast asleep on his bed.  I wanted to capture that picture in my heart forever.

2. Please tell me you are watching the Hallmark movie marathon, too.  If you are please list your favorites (or just the plot) in the comments.  I don’t want to miss any of the good ones.  A Royal Christmas is one of my favorites.

3.  I just found the perfect 20-foot garland at Lowe’s for only $7.00 and change.  It was marked half-price.  Hello front door.

4.  We have an annual tradition in our hometown called The Parade of Lights.  The parade route is about a mile long and it’s full of floats with lights.  My kids are in it this year.

I’ll be on the sidelines with hot chocolate. 🙂

And now?

Here are my favorite links from around the planet.

I love these trees.

They are made out of scrap wood.

You can see the DIY here.

We are cookieing it up around here this year.

If you are making cookies, here’s a great tip for preventing your dough from sticking to your cutters.

Tips found here.

Love this simple white winter wonderland tablescape.

The fur runner is my favorite.

You can see all the details here.

Have you ever had a friend who gets you?

Who understands and makes you laugh out loud and want to share all your Christmas cookies?

Oh, good.  Me, too.

Here’s one of my favorite posts from my friend, Courtney (who just happens to be the most amazing photographer on the planet).


And in random news this week:

These simple homemade gifts

Thoughts on Christmas

Tips for taking care of a real tree

This holiday wreath

This vintage Christmas

This DIY for the Christmas table

These embroidery cookies

And if plaid is your thing–here’s a Merry Christmas inspiration for you.

One more for the road.

Here’s an easy DIY on how to make this faux galvanized tray.

Merry Christmas to you. 🙂

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  1. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Good Saturday Morning, my friend! I can't tell you how nice it is to have you back in my inbox! Lovely ideas, all of these and the pictures are amazing. I was especially captured by the Vintage Christmas but I have to laugh to myself anytime I see 'vintage.' Its such an odd feeling to realize you've lived long enough to know vintage when it wasn't. Vintage, that is. LOL That post reallllly took me back!

  2. Image for judy judy

    Dear Karianne I feel bad asking this, but...Is Buddy still with you? After reading your post and the comments from several days ago, I wasn't sure.

  3. Image for Janice Byrd Janice Byrd

    I'm watching a lot of Hallmark movies and anticipate seeing a lot more as I will be home bound after knee replacement surgery. I really liked The Christmas Train, new this year. It inspired me to go to the movie theater to see (again) Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie It's playing now.

  4. Image for Marilyn Marilyn

    I try to watch all of the Hallmark movies. Wishing you and yours a Blessed Christmas and a Happy,Healthy and Peace filled 2018. Marilyn

  5. Image for BethB BethB

    Bells of St Mary's with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman Holiday Affair Arsenic and Old Lace with Cary Grant Bishops Wife all 4 classics and don't seem to be shown as often anymore and especially the first one, Enjoy.

  6. Image for Kris Kris

    Fun, as always. I think I want to own the "please leave by 9" banner (The Handmade Home). I almost snort-laughed with that one.

  7. Image for Loryl Fisher Loryl Fisher

    Loved all the ideas but the wreaths were especially beautiful. My favorite Hallmark movies are older ones: “The Christmas Card”, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “A Princess for Christmas “. My hubby loves “Matchmaker Santa”. YES, I converted him to a Hallmark junkie a few years ago!

  8. Image for Rebecca Rebecca

    I love watching Christmas movies on Hallmark Channel just to see the beautifully decorated (set) homes! Tonight I watched The Christmas Cottage! Great decorating!

  9. Image for Sandy Sandy

    Love watching the Hallmark movies. Too many favorites this season. I can only imagine how one of their homes, cottages, farm houses, etc. would look if you were the designer. Wouldn"t that be awesome?

  10. Image for Peg Peg

    I have that black boot tray!! Running for Rustoleum!!! Glad Zack and Buddy areenjoying quality time together. xoxo

  11. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    Hallmark Movie: The Nine Lives of Christmas (makes it sound like it's a cat-lover's movie, but it's not... awkwardness of the main characters is HILARIOUS and Brandon Routh is SOOOOOOO, SOOOOOO easy on the eyes!) And, I want a Lowe's garland for my door that only costs 7 bucks! Woot for you!

  12. Image for Jodi Jodi

    I love your posts. I like many of the Hallmark movies. One of my favs is LOVE AT THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE. It was from a few years back and the Hallmark channel only shows it a few times before Thanksgiving. I really like all the quirkiness of the characters in it and their chemistry. Another one that is fun is on Liftetime (on demand). It is THE 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS, I believe. My daughter and I watch that every year. A young woman (who isn't perfect) must redo her date with the guy from Save By the Bell until she gets it right. Everyday there are images of the 12 Days of Christmas gifts.

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