Just pretty.

Sometimes you just have to take a breather.

I'm kinda like my house in some ways.

I feel better when I open my windows and let some fresh air in.

After months of getting ready for the Chapel Market, I think I'm done.

I could paint forever and feel as though I don't have quite enough.

Or I don't have all the right designs for everyone.

And then I remind myself.... breathe!!

So that's what I'm doing today.

I thought I would meet up with you here and say Hi!

I thought you would enjoy some of my favorite places in Texas.

This one above was taken right out of the shops back door.

It's crazy how these awesome shops just set up right in the middle of cow pastures.

The cows.... they don't seem to mind one bit.

I don't recall the name of this shop but it reminded me of an old drug store.

The lights and shelving ...oh my!

And slap dab in the middle of a field... a herd of deer.

I know!!!!

Can we have a moment here?

Piles of wooden sweetness...glory B

I'm feeling refreshed already but then I start asking myself questions like...

Woman! Why in the world did you not buy some/all of these?

I know right?

What was I thinking?

And then there was this..

Like BIGGEST disco ball ever!!!

This picture does not do it justice..at all.

Y'all this thing was so big it would not even come close to fitting in the back of my SUV.

For that reason alone, I bid my goodbyes and walked away.

But around every corner, you fall deeply in love again.

You forget about those wooden pedestals and tractor sized disco balls....you do.

Your attention moves on to Swedish furniture and you start the process all over again..

You gather your thoughts... and take it all in for days like these.

I love looking back at the photos from our trip.

I can almost smell the sweet grass and dew covered tents.

Thanks for walking along with me today.

Now I must start packing and making lists...Oh JOY!!

I'm working on a Chapel Market post for those of you considering coming next Saturday.

And for those of you that can't make it this year, maybe you can plan on the next one.

I so want to meet YOU!


live or faux

Live or faux.

Will they know?

For the last 15 years, we have used the same tree.

We called it "the ole' faithful"

We loved that tree!

It was the perfect height and width and was hinged!


With all good things, they must come to an end............wait!

Don't you just dislike that saying?

Although we put our "ole faithful" to rest, that didn't mean we couldn't replace it. Right?

So the question was..

Live or Faux

Time was creeping up and the holidays will be here soon. oh geeeeeese!!!

I had to decide. The time had come!

Many of you know I decorate and join in with the Holiday House Walk every year.

This will be my 4th year  and its such an honor.

So nothing like a little pressure ...right?

But then....

The sweet sweet Balsam Hill came to my rescue!

They had something so very close to our "ole faithful' AND even better!

It is called the Silverado Slim

I placed my order on-line and it shipped the very next day.

It arrived all wrapped in cute little red bows y'all!

If you are shopping for a faux tree, here are just a few things that is a must for me.

An easy stand that won't damage my floors.

Hinged branches are the BOMB y'all.

There is no sorting through colors and sizes and poking in holes that you can't see.

You just gently fold them down. LOVE..

Another plus when searching for the perfect faux tree....

I always look for sectional trees that can be broken down and save room.

The tree I picked out comes in three pieces and also comes with a storage bag for safe keeping.

And get this, it also comes with two pairs of gloves so your hands won't get all poked up.

But honestly, the needles are so soft, I didn't even use the gloves.

I feel bad for saying this , but....this new tree...

It's so much better than our oldie.

Bless its heart!

I like the way the branches are layered.

And you know me, I put this tree together minutes after it arrived.

I don't plan on decorating just yet nor plan to leave the tree up.

I just wanted to share with y'all in case you're in the market for one.

Sometimes pictures in catalogs leave you wondering.

I hope this helps you some.

If you're wondering about fallen needles...

There were only a very few and made clean up easy!

I'm taking it down today and storing it for just a few......

It won't be long before its go time and I can get away with decorating.

I push it closer every year and I know....

Why rush it? Poor Thanksgiving. Are you crazy?

I never rush, I savor.

I love to enjoy my turkey with soft twinkle lights...

and Yes..I'm kinda crazy.

I just love family and friends and decorating and if that makes me wrong...

I don't wanna be right...


But really y'all.

I love Christmas!

And I love sharing with all of you.

If you have any questions about our "new faithful" tree.

I would be happy to help you.

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