Thursday, October 29, 2015

Grace at Home No. 178


Welcome, friends!  I can scarcely believe that it's nearly Halloween already!

I'm glad you're here for this week's Grace at Home party.  Here are few links from last week that caught my eye:

Cathy from My 1929 Charmer shared her Fall Front Porch.  I'm such a fan of porches, and I love to see how people decorate them.


Dawna from That Country Place has a "room without a roof" that she's decorated for Fall.  This space looks so peaceful to me!


I don't know about you, but I'm still very much enjoying pumpkin recipes, so I was glad to get this Pumpkin Coffee Cake recipe from Jamie at Anderson + Grant.


Andrea at Living on Cloud 9 shared a recipe for Pumpkin Spiced Fudge!  I've never heard of this confection, but doesn't it look good?


And Karmen from Chairs from the Curb wrote a post about God's amazing creatures that really touched my heart.  Pop over and read it--you'll be encouraged!



Those are just a few of my favorites.  A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Grace at Home No. 177


Welcome to the Grace at Home party!  I'm so glad you're here.

Can you believe we're nearing the end of October?  Last week some fun ideas for Halloween decorating caught my eye.

Paula at Sweet Pea created these cute candle holders from pieces of wood, and she gave great step-by-step instructions.


Kim from Hunt and Host discovered a simple, mess-free way to make these darling ghosts.  Just a little spooky and a lot of fun!


And to serve at a Fall gathering, I'd really like to try this recipe for Pecan Pie Dump Cake from Leslie at Lamberts Lately.


Those are just a few of my favorites.  A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!


Monday, October 19, 2015

A welcoming Fall foyer


My porch has been decorated for Fall for a couple of weeks now, and I'm finally getting the rest of the house decorated as well.


During this season of change in my life, I've been rather slow to decorate. I've discovered that my desire to decorate for Halloween has dwindled as my children have grown up (although my desire to eat Halloween candy hasn't dwindled a bit!).  Still, I want change things up a bit for this glorious season.

I sometimes find my foyer hard to decorate.  It's a nice-sized entry, but I like to keep it free from too much stuff.  I do have one antique dresser in the foyer, and it's always held a much-loved elephant lamp.  To add just a bit of Fall to the dresser, I created a simple vignette.


I was born and reared in West Tennessee.  My grandfather (not many generations back, but my dad's father!) was a sharecropper.  By the time I came along, he'd managed to buy a small piece of land for growing cotton.  My childhood memories include many images and smells of that cotton field.  When I think of crops being harvested, I think of cotton.  I was tickled to find these faux cotton stems from the Perfectly Imperfect shop that look so realistic!

To create this Fall vignette, I simply placed my cotton stems in a blown glass vase.  They "arrange themselves" beautifully, I think.  I found the free "Happy Fall" printable at Jones Design Company (thank you, Emily!).  I printed it at 80% of its original size so it would fit in my 5" x 7" frame.  I added a ceramic acorn and voila!  My foyer is ready to welcome Autumn guests.



Decorating doesn't get much simpler than this!  What have you done to welcome Fall at your house?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Grace at Home No. 176


Welcome, friends!  I can hardly believe that another week has flown by.  I am grateful that you are here for this week's Grace at Home party.

Here are some links from last week's party that caught my eye:

Tara from Lehman Lane gave us 8 tips for Fall decorating on a budget.  If you're like me, you're still in the process of doing your Fall decorating, so these are very timely!

My mind is already moving ahead to Thanksgiving, and I was tickled to get this centerpiece idea from Lori at Dining Delight.  I have to remind myself that my Canadian friends celebrate Thanksgiving much earlier than we do in the U.S.!


Cathy from 1929 Charmer Cottage shared a recipe for a Fall Pork Roast that I'm going to try.  I always need new main dish recipes!


And Nicki from T-shirt and Jeans shared a great post about how to say "I'm sorry"--lessons learned from a 2-year-old!  Love this.


Those are just a few of my favorites.  A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!



Thursday, October 8, 2015

Grace at Home No. 175


Welcome, friends!  I'm so glad you're here for this week's Grace at Home party!

Last week's party included some real treats.  Here are a few that caught my eye.

Erin at Meadowlake Road crafted a great knock-off of Pottery Barn's pumpkin pillow.  Love this!


Jennifer at My Flagstaff Home shared a method for making your own "sun-dried" tomatoes. Brilliant!


Patty at Pandora's Box showed us an easy way to prepare butternut squash.  Sounds delicious!


And Rita at Panoply shared a couple of great tips for cleaning and storing silver.


Those are just a few of my favorites.  A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!



Tuesday, October 6, 2015

My prayer for this Autumn


Autumn is a season of great beauty.  But this Fall is shaping up to be an ugly time in our world.  So much fighting is taking place, so much hatred is being sown.

As I ponder what I might do to counteract the effects of evil, here's my prayer for this Autumn. Perhaps you'd like to make it your prayer as well.



Will you pray this with me?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Autumn on the front porch


It's finally Autumn in the South!  Of all the seasons, Autumn is my favorite, especially for sitting on the front porch.  Come have a look at my porch!



I know it's very much in vogue to decorate with all neutrals, but I love the colors of Autumn.  The area around my front door is bright with mums and gourds and pumpkins.  I added a demijohn and a pottery jug, both from Pottery Barn.


I purchased these large lanterns at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago, and I change them up to suit the seasons.  Right now they're wearing a coat of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint and they're filled with ornamental gourds.


The wreath on my front door was handmade by a friend who brought it to me as a hostess gift.  She embellished a grapevine wreath with beautiful ribbon and faux botanicals.


To the right of the front door is one of my favorite parts of our house: the front porch sitting area.



This little area is pretty well protected from the elements, so I've created an outdoor living room.



I updated the porch this spring, and to "fallify" things I simply made a few changes.  I made quick covers for the throw pillows out of an old Pottery Barn tablecloth.  I've always liked the Jacobean print, and the colors are autumnal.  I also brought out my DIY Autumn Leaf pillows.



The lamp table is actually an antique desk to which I regularly apply Howard's Feed 'n' Wax.  The pull-out writing surface is perfect for holding a coaster.  I found the large green pumpkin at HomeGoods, and the little clock is part of the Better Homes & Gardens line at Wal-Mart.  The "relax" letters are part of the Letterpress line from DaySpring.



I added a fun Fall message to the chalkboard:



Wish you could all come sit a spell with me!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Grace at Home No. 174


It's October!  Yippee!  Welcome to this week's Grace at Home party!

Here are a few posts that caught my eye last week:

Sweet Carol from An Oasis in the Desert shared the way she decorated her dining room for fall. Carol is battling cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, so I was especially proud to see that she'd gotten her lovely dining room ready for the season.


Roxanne from The Honeycomb Home shared a full Fall Home Tour with us.  So many good ideas for fall decorating!


Roxy from Living from Glory to Glory posted a recipe that I really want to try:  Bite-Sized Lasagna "Cupcakes."  Don't these look delicious?

And if you're looking for a great recipe for fall baking, you really should check out my new favorite recipe for Fall: apple cake with maple glaze.   I promise you it's delicious!


Those are just a few of my favorites.  A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button (the code is right over in my sidebar).  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

 

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!