Random thoughts on an after Christmas morning:

1.  I saw the best meme on Facebook this week.  There are two stick figures.

The stick figure on the right has a Santa hat and the caption reads:  Me–December 1-24–Merry.

The stick figure on the left has a confused expression and a downcast look and the caption reads:  Me—December 26-31–Confused what day it is and full of cheese.

Truer words were never spoken.

2.  I’m spending today taking down a few of the Christmas decorations.  The post on Monday is all about getting organized after Christmas and turning your Christmas decor into winter.

3.  This happened this week and I’m so honored to be included on the list.

4.  This week I posted my favorite posts from 2018 and my favorite projects from 2018 and someone left the best comment:

“…this is the year I want to seriously take back my home from all the stuff.”

Can I get an amen?

I just made that my New Year’s Resolution.

Let’s unstuff ourselves together.

I’m so all about my friend Lucy and her winterscape.

She shows you how to paint this on a video here.

And she’s giving one away here.

I’ve posted these before, but if you are writing thank you notes?

This is the perfect way to make them extra special.

See the details here.

Looking for a fun craft to make this week for winter?

What about a DIY pom pom wreath?

This would look super cute in white, too.

Here are the instructions for the wreath.

If you are like me and taking down Christmas decorations this week this is the post for you.

She gives detailed instructions on how she keeps her house clean in 30 minutes a day.

See the cleaning routine here.


And in random news this week:

This tour of the HGTV dream home

How to lead from your heart

Great befores and afters

Best new habit for the new year

One of my favorite home tours by one of my favorite designers

10 things to do to organize your year

Kitchen trends do’s and dont’s

Perfect for New Year’s Eve

How to de-orange your wood

And this.

You know I write books, like this one and this one and this one and I’m always looking for ways to get better at writing.

If you are working on your writing, too?

Then this article is one of the best I’ve read.

And one more for the road

This snowflake pine cone wreath is perfect for your winter home.

See the DIY here.

Happy random Saturday to you.


  1. Image for Eileen Eileen

    Congratulations! You deserve to be on this list. I love your blog....and now I'm going back to sign up for all the others on that list. Thanks so much.

  2. Image for Pat Pat

    Congratulations for making the hottest decorating blogs list, how exciting, of course we all knew that before them😃🤣 xo Pat

  3. Image for Debbie C Debbie C

    Congrats on getting on the Hottest Decorating Blog List! I'd still follow you, even if you hadn't made the list. Your blogs speak to me and I look forward to reading them every time!!! Happy New Year and thanks for helping me make my home more me!!!

  4. Image for Ann C Ann C

    Did I miss your post on what you made your family and what your siblings made you for gifts this year?its always one of my favorite posts. Perhaps I’m just jumping the gun...or perhaps you haven’t had your get together yet. Just love seeing what your brother comes up with.

  5. Image for Kathy Kathy

    You always bring me up if I’m having a bad day. I’m resolving to bring and give more beauty in my life. From pretty note pads, homegrown flowers, and being a better human being.

  6. Image for Pamela Griner Pamela Griner

    It is so fun to decorate for the holidays...but I am one who likes to pack it all away (lovingly) and get my house back to "normal." I love every decoration...but it does feel a bit cluttered when they are up. This year I really got organized and put all the decorations for each area in labeled bins. And, donated or took to the local resale shop alllll the Christmas items I have not used in years, along with clothes and other random "stuff" (good bye beautiful new boots that were beautiful but not comfortable). It feels so good!! More importantly...I am watching my last Hallmark Christmas movie...'til next year!

  7. Image for Peg Peg

    Years ago, I Googled "best home design blogs" and found you! Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition!! And, that watercolor tutorial is amazing!!! Wishing you health, love and peace in the new year. xoxoxo Peg

  8. Image for Lyn Lyn

    Well, for the number 3 link above, where you are included in a list of home decor bloggers, you don’t seem to have much competition. For example, The link to savvy home blog is over a year old and the author of the article didn’t seem to notice it. Anyway, you always have interesting blog posts and it can’t be easy to be constantly entertaining your readers.

  9. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    From the article on writing: "4. Avoid “got.” This, from my writing teacher in university, who was known to issue an automatic F if you turned in any paper containing the word “got.” There is always a more suitable replacement, he’d said." AMEN, SISTER!! I've told my kids this for years... THE HABIT? I'm starting today; before my resolutions!! And, OF COURSE you are listed as one of the best blogs - we are all here for a reason!!

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