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The number of Black Friday deals this weekend is a little bit overwhelming, but here are a few things that have caught my eye!

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World Market-
 40% off all furniture with code FURNSALE through today only. These chairs are identical to my round back chairs, the fabric added to the back was an easy DIY project.

Below, use the arrows on the left and right of the photos to scroll through, then click on the photo you're interested in for more details.

Nordstrom-Lots of great deals, including many extra 20% off sale styles offers.  That long cardigan is a steal, I ordered 3 colors!

Accessory Concierge- one of my favorite accessory sources, 40% off site wide with code BLACKFRIDAY2017... best sale ever!

J Crew- take an extra 40% off and free shipping with code THANKU

Here are a few small businesses with great deals going on too-

Studio McGee-  20% off site wide with code GIVETHANKS.  I always get questions about this wood scalloped bowl, and it's hard to catch it in stock.  Grab it while you can!

Lindsay Letters- 20% off site wide with code GIVEPEACE20.

Scoop up a set like my 12 Days of Christmas Prints, just download them to your computer and print!

Laura Trevey- 30% off site wide with code GIVETHANKS.  Laura is an artist who launched her business selling her artwork on an assortment of products, from throws to bedding to notepads to phone cases.  Great gift selection!

The Plaid Pineapple- free shipping with code THANKFUL through Sunday night.

Gingham Sneakers (true to size) 

Happy Shopping!  Do you shop Black Friday online or brave the stores in the wee hours of the morning?

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I'm grateful for YOU today, sweet readers.  Thank you for following along with my journey here and always being supportive and encouraging.  It's an honor when you take time from your day to read a post.  Today, I pray God's blessings, mercy, and peace on your lives.  Happy Thanksgiving.

"The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

-Numbers 6:24-26

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Every once in a while I like to throw a post in full of random things that aren't quite enough for their own post, but that some of you might be interested in.  So here's some highlights of what's been happening with our family lately and a few other things you might be interested in.

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My sister gave me a letter board for my birthday, and shortly after I saw this handy storage idea on Chris's Instastories.  She had this genius idea for organizing the letters!  I found this box at Michaels but here's a similar one.  Scrapbook stickers label each compartment, and the few extra compartments are nice for the numbers and punctuation pieces.

letter board, letter board storage, organization, breakfast nook

Last month we booked a last minute road trip for Fall Break.  We found a great rental on the river in Southeastern Oklahoma and spent a few days doing a lot of nothing.  The river was way down so we couldn't kayak, but Ray and the kids still enjoyed fishing and we had a good time exploring the property.  If you're in Oklahoma or North Texas and want a quiet getaway in the middle of nowhere, let me know and I'll get you the rental information. 

We had to document her tiny catch, can you see him?  Ha!

My son wrapped up another season of Marching Band a few weeks ago.  He played snare this year and once again had the time of his life.  The band heads to London to play in their New Year's Day parade next month, he's super excited!

My trusty Monogrammed Tote- (a PERFECT gift for someone you love!)

My friend Amy wrote a fantastic cookbook that released this week.  She's a pastor's wife in Arkansas and loves to bring people together and cook for them (not to mention she has the cutest kitchen shop in Springdale, and a cooking show that airs regularly in NW Arkansas)!  She very sweetly sent me a copy and we've already made the Double Chocolate Blondies and Chicken Enchiladas.  Both were a huge hit with the family and I'm excited to have some new recipe options for when we host friends for dinner. 

This gingham cape is such a great piece (see those tassels on the corners?)... and at 40% off it's the perfect time to snatch it up!  I'd pair it with a chambray or denim shirt and colored pants.

I just received this round gingham tablecloth that I ordered a few days ago, and it's really nice so I wanted to share it with you.  I'm going to cut a slit in it and use it for my tree skirt this year!  I've shared rectangular gingham tablecloths in the past, but they're polyester- which I actually like for the table because they're easy to wash and don't wrinkle- but this one is a nice, thick, medium weight crisp cotton.  It comes in several colors (gray/white, tan/white, green/white, royal blue/white, red/white) so there's one to match whatever your Christmas colors are.  I'm considering adding some trim to the edge, but most likely will leave it as is. 

As I mentioned in a post last week, I've never had the desire for a flocked tree in the past, but this year I really do!  My tree is several years old so I'm willing to try DIYing one, and a reader pointed me towards this tutorial.  I ordered this flocking material and can't wait for it to arrive and try it out.  Here's my tree from last year, I think a bit of flocking will be a nice change!

I always have questions whenever I share photos with striped candles in them, and I never have a good source because I've found them at Homegoods or I've painted some myself.  But... just the other day I was checking out the candles at Hobby Lobby and look what they have now!!! Yay! They're in the regular stock of candles and come in black or gold, and are a bargain at $2.99.

My husband and I slipped down to Dallas for the day last week to do a bit of shopping.  Lo and behold, I was in line to check out and my sweet friend Lisa was checking out in front of me!  Lisa is a pastor's wife, emailed me years ago complimenting the blog, and a friendship was started.  We keep up on social media and met in person a few years ago, but it was a complete fluke to run into her at Homegoods.  I'll never get over how this crazy internet connects people!

Speaking of Homegoods, want a peek in my cart?  I ended up putting that glass dome and wood pedestal back because I noticed a small crack in it.  They only had 3 of the green bowls, I've searched every HG/TJ/Marshalls since looking for at least one more! 

You can also barely see a peek of some Lauren white Christmas tartan napkins that I bought.  They had scads of tablecloths and runners which I passed on, but after seeing Meredith's gorgeous table a few days ago I'm kicking myself for not getting the tablecloth!  Of course, while searching for those green bowls back home I looked for a tablecloth too, and there are none around here to be found.  #nonbuyersremorse

Here's what my chauffeur does while he's waiting on me... ha!  Quite the set-up, right?  He preaches occasionally at our church and I think he actually nailed down a sermon at some point during that day.

During our shopping adventures that day I spotted these cuties... can you even???  They were velvet slippers and would be a splurge, but look at that little bunny tail, and the ears!!

Finally, we celebrated Thanksgiving with our church family at our annual Thanksgiving Dinner this past Sunday night.  We are so grateful for where the Lord has placed us to serve!  (Here's a great sermon for Thanksgiving if you care to watch.)

(My yellow pants are sold out by here's a cute printed version.)

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I promise I'm not full out decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving is over, but today I'm so excited to share my colorful Christmas mantel with you.  For this project, I was challenged to spend $100 at Hobby Lobby to style my mantel for Christmas.  Let me tell you, especially during weeks where Christmas is 50% off, that goes a long way!

Actually, a good portion of my holiday decorations are already from Hobby Lobby (I always add in a few new things each year), so I took this opportunity to add a few bigger pieces to my collection, knowing that I had plenty of smaller things to fill in with.

Here are the results of my shopping trip- a huge 24x36 chalkboard art piece, vintage style and peppermint striped shatterproof ornaments, 2 artificial trees, 2 nutcrackers, and some gold metallic paper fans.

I have LOVED that artwork ever since I used it in my Christmas styling promo video with Hobby Lobby a while back, and I couldn't resist getting it to use in my own home.  My husband couldn't believe it wasn't an actual chalkboard and asked if I had done the design myself.  Nope!  (I'm not that good!) I see so much potential for this piece in the future, too.  It would be great on the porch or patio, in an entry, over a sideboard, in a kid's room... so many possibilities.

After adding in some things I already had and a few clippings of fresh greenery, here's what I came up with.

jewel tones, christmas mantel, christmas vignette, brick fireplace, vintage cane wingback chair, betwixt pillow

I already had everything else shown from Christmases past or stashed in my craft and decor closet.  You all know I love using these paper fans at Christmas, and I was so happy to discover the white and gold metallic set that is now available.  They also have some great patterned fans in various colors, and lots of solid colored options.

merry christmas chalkboard, paper fan decorations, christmas mantel, nutcrackers

To add some fun to the front of the mantel before later in the month when the stockings are hung, I used a tissue tassel garland that I made ages ago.  I have tassels in all different colors and switch them out depending on the occasion.  I most frequently use it for birthdays, but to make it work for my Christmas palette I removed the orange and yellow tassels and added in a few hot pink ones.  Then, I anchored the ends and middle with the large red and white striped ornaments.  I keep very small nails in the outside edges of my mantel, so I can hook up a garland when desired.  Command hooks would work well also if you don't want to or are unable to use nails.  To pull up the middle I just used a small thumbtack.

Tissue tassel garland, christmas mantel, nutcrackers

For even more interest, I added these colorful vintage style ornaments in between some of the tassels.  They look so good, I can't believe they're plastic!  #shatterproofforthewin

Christmas mantel, vintage style ornaments, tissue tassel garland for Christmas
(That wired gingham ribbon is HL too- it's in the floral ribbon section year round!)

The minute I saw these trees I knew they'd be coming home with me too.  The needles are actually plastic and the branches are wired for easy shaping.  These are great rather than the typical nylon needled trees because they won't shed or get smashed after a few years like the nylon needles tend to do.  

christmas chalkboard, nutcrackers,  christmas mantel

They come in an attractive round metal base, but I slipped them in some pots I've had for years to coordinate better with the rest of my space.  Then I filled the base with mini ornaments in my color palette, and a mini disco ball here and there for good measure!

mini christmas ornaments, artificial christmas tree decorations

My last new addition was a pair of nutcrackers.  I already had a few that I've had for ages, but have been wanting to add to my collection.  Using an item in multiples always makes it more special and more of a focal point.  The drummers were meaningful to add in this year since my son moved up to playing the snare in drumline this year.  Now I'll always associate that memory with these guys when I pull them out each year!

drummer nutcracker, paper fans, christmas decorations, christmas mantel

I love the base that my new pieces allowed me to build on to create this fun, festive space.

tissue paper garland, christmas mantel decorations

vintage cane wingback chair, christmas decorations, christmas mantel, vintage brass fireplace screen

And yes, all of the wrapping paper is from Hobby Lobby too.  I know you have your eye on that cute blue gingham!  It's in the regular party section with the other gift wrap.  I already had the stripes and black polka dot, but I think they have them again this year (or very similar) with the Christmas gift wrap selections.

gingham wrapping paper, nutcracker, polka dot wrapping paper, Christmas decorations

HL is also my go-to source for disco balls.  They have them in so many sizes and lots of colors this year.  I added a larger one in with the gifts, and a few smaller ones mixed in with the ornaments along the mantel.  If your mantel happens to be in a spot that receives direct sun during the day, get ready for a sparkle show all over your room!

Christmas decorations, Christmas Mantel, Merry Christmas Chalkboard, Hobby Lobby, nutcrackers

For easy sourcing, the only things pictured not from Hobby Lobby are the blue and white pots, the vintage chair and brass fireplace screen, the green garden stool, and the two pillows in the chair.  Everything else (or the supplies to make it like the tissue paper for garland) can be found in store and some online.  Even though I've had many of the Hobby Lobby things for years, they carry similar seasonal items from year to year so it should be pretty easy to find everything shown here.

paper fans, tissue paper garland, christmas mantel decorations, Christmas decorations, merry christmas chalkboard

Be sure to stop in to Hobby Lobby to get your creative juices flowing for your Christmas decor this year- and hooray that Christmas products are 1/2 off this week!  And in case you happen to find something that's not on sale, here's your handy coupon to use on a regular price item.  Go get your own adorable Merry Christmas chalkboard!


 And what about you...have you been able to resist the urge to start decorating for Christmas?  Or is your house already a winter wonderland?  I want to hear all about it!

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In keeping with my untraditional Fall color scheme this year, my Thanksgiving table followed suit!  I focused on hot pink, orange, blue and white and did some pattern mixing along the way.  If you read yesterday's post, I'm glad I put this table on hold for one more day because other than adding the glassware that I forgot, I made some other tweaks too and love it so much more now.

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I found a new blue and white bowl at Homegoods last weekend, so I think that kicked off the entire plan.  A simple fruit centerpiece stays low and keeps from obstructing the view of friends across the table, and the ginger jars with Trader Joe's eucalyptus (thank you Amy!) can easily be moved aside if they are obtrusive during the meal.  We serve all of the meal buffet style in the kitchen, so there's no need to leave a lot of space on the table for food dishes.  I do usually add salt and pepper shakers and butter to the table during the meal.

Following my usual pattern, the "runners" are pieces of fabric with the edges ironed under to keep them neat.  I only had a few scraps left of the pink and orange fabric left over from pillows I've made with it so I had to piece it together. And we will never use this much flatware in a meal  ;)  it just all came with a set I found on eBay and all of the pieces are too pretty not to put out!

Using a piece of scrapbook paper, I cut a simple flag and glued the end around a piece of a wooden skewer, tied a bow, and then stuck it in an orange to make personalized place markers.

These lovely napkins are my current favorites, and I use them every chance I can!

Sometimes I only have 4 of something I love for the table so I have to mix it up a bit.  I bought these spiky napkin rings years ago on clearance after Christmas at Target.  I searched but could only find 4, so I use simple beaded gold rings at the places on the end of the table.  I also only have 4 tea saucers that the oranges are sitting on (a million cups...no saucers!) so I just left those off on the end places.

I spray painted these candles a few years ago for another project.  Can't find striped candles you like?  Tape them off, choose your color, and spray!  I've also used a brush and acrylic paint too which also works fine.  (I did just notice that Hobby Lobby has started carrying striped candles though, woo hoo! They have black/white and gold/white right now.)

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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