Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Home Tour!!

Hi Glam readers!  As most of you know, we're in the middle of moving.
I won't have a full holiday home tour to share with you this year.  However, I do have some amazingly talented friends.  My sweet friend, Nancy, is a fellow pastor's wife and one of my favorite people on this planet!  She and her husband are mentors of ours and we lovingly refer to them as "Mom and Dad".
They pastor in Des Moines and she's what I would call a "kindred spirit".  She loves hunting as much as I do and was kind enough to share their home so that I could share it with all of you!

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Beautiful vintage silver!  I think the shape of this piece is unique and stunning!

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Love those fur stockings and the silver tray!

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I love all the vintage silver mixed in.  It grounds it and gives it a sense of history.

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I'm particularly fond of that red truck with the little bottle brush tree!
Love the Santa mug as well!

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Her home is just beautiful!  I'm so glad she let me share it with all of you today!

I hope all your Christmas prep is going well!

I would love to hear all about it!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Great, Big Thank You!!!

Hi Glam readers!!!

I just wanted to say thank you for the overwhelming support you all gave me regarding last week's post.  It was hard to write.  I know it's all for the best, but it's still hard.  You all reminded me that I would get throught.
So, thank you!!  Thank you for every comment, email, Instagram comment and Facebook message you sent.  It overwhelmed a good way.  I'm so grateful for all of you!!  You are amazing!

I'm up to some fun stuff this week, thrifting across the country while we take our christmas vacation.  Be sure to follow along on Instagram!!

More holiday inspiration is coming your way tomorrow!!

Thank you again, with all my heart!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Guest Post With Emily of Gold & Stripes!!

Hi Glam readers!  Today I have a very special treat for you!  Emily of Gold & Stripes is guest posting today!
I know you all will just love her and her style.  Be sure to go check out her blog too!

Hey, everyone! I'm Emily from Gold & Stripes. Much like Krista, I love to blog about my thrift finds, DIY projects, and love of all things home decor! I found Krista through Instagram months ago and have loved following her ever since. So naturally when she invited me to guest post for a day, I was delighted! Recently I posted on my blog a Christmas tour of my living room. This is where we spend 99% of our time at home so it's where we've devoted the most holiday cheer.

My daughter is as girly as you can get so I was pretty ecstatic to get to incorporate bright, cheerful colors for our holiday theme. This year we decided to use lots of pinks, purples, and golds! The gold is always non-negotiable :) Since my living room already donned a decent amount of purple hues and gold accessories, the Christmas decor fit in so well!

To spruce up my gallery wall, I took a few of the frames and wrapped them in wrapping paper! It was a fun, quick way to add some holiday cheer to the wall. I also created an image to display to turn my TV from an eyesore to a part of the art! You can read my DIY Holiday Themed TV Display post if you're interested in instructions on making your own or downloading the image I created! 

I must say that my mantle is favorite part of the d├ęcor. Pretty soon we’ll be adding some stockings but I really enjoy the simplicity as it is now.

Thank you for sticking with me on Krista's blog today! I would love for you to come over and visit sometime on Gold & Stripes, and please stop by my Instagram where I frequently post pretty things :) 

Happy Holidays!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Five Under $5!!! Holiday Decor

Hi Glam readers!  Can you believe Christmas is almost here and 2014 is almost over??  I have more fun, holiday finds for you, all under $5!!!

All of these finds are available at Target.

I love this horn shaped bottle opener.  Priced at just $4.99, it would make a great hostess gift!

I love doing a hot cocoa bar every year for Christmas.  These festive snowflake mugs would be perfect for a hot chocolate bar!  The silver adds a touch of glam.  Priced at just $3.99, it won't break the bank.

I love the mercury glass line they carry during the holiday season.
Mercury bowls $3.99 each.

Silver mercury glass plates, $3.99.

Small mercury glass candle jars, $2.49.  These would be beautiful interspersed throughout a buffet or tablescape!

How about you?

Have you found any beautiful things to add to your table this year at a great price?

I would love to hear about your finds!!


PS:  This post was in no way sponsored by Target, I just happen to love these items and these prices!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Guest Post With Shannon Of Burlap And Lace!!

Good morning glam readers!  Today, I have a very special treat for you!  Shannon of Burlap And Lace is guest posting today!  If you haven't had the chance to visit her blog, make sure you do.  I know you'll love her style and all her great DIY projects as much as I do!  

Hi Goodwill Glam readers! I'm Shannon from Burlap and Lace. Krista asked me to share a holiday DIY, so I created a quick and easy update to a plain stocking hanger!

Here are the supplies you'll need for this project:

1 stocking hanger (I got mine at Target)
Heavy duty glue
Crystal, rock, or geode (you can purchase these on Amazon, eBay, or a local gem show)

The rest is super simple! Spread some glue on the flattest part of the back of your gemstone, and allow it to get tacky. Then, adhere it to the top of the stocking holder, and let it sit for as long as your glue says! I left mine alone for five hours.

And there you have it! Super easy, and very unique!

There you have it! You can really do this project with any object...gemstones, agate slices, animal figurines, the list goes on! I hope you enjoyed my little DIY, and have a great holiday season!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

A Less Than Perfect Christmas

Hi Glam readers.  
I know that you all come to my little spot on the web to read about design and decor and diy and holidays.  This year is a little different though, and I thought you all deserved an explanation.  Most years, the halls have been fully decked by now, I start the day after Thanksgiving...sometimes before.  I love it all, the sheer magic and high spirits.  But this year, the magic is missing and our spirits are less than high.  

It's a less than perfect Christmas.

It feels awkward.

This is basically how awkward I am on escalators. Me and Buddy, we are kindred spirits.

This year, not a single ornament is out yet.  You see, my family is in the middle of the middle of the holiday season.  It's less than jolly, less than perfect.
Instead of helping my children decorate their trees, I'm helping them pack their things and adjust to the thought of leaving their friends.  Our move will take them out of our beloved Lincoln school away from teachers who love them and have poured into them.  Teachers who cried when they found out they would no longer be in their class.  As a Mom, you can't put a price tag on a teacher who feels that way about your child.  I'm crying as I write this, just thinking about it all. 

It will take us away from a neighborhood that feels very much like Mayberry.  I know that sounds silly, but it's true, our neighbors know each other and watch out for each other's children.  It will take us away from neighbors who deliver soup when you're sick and best friends who live down the street and walk to and from to school with us.  It will take us away from a city we love.

My husband was offered a new job and while the new position is promising and I can see where this is probably the best thing for our family, it's hard.  It's hard on my children, lots of tears have been shed.  It's stressful on my marriage, because up to this point I had literally lost count of the amount of times we moved.  So, today I counted.  This is the thirteenth in thirteen years.  I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

What I know for sure, is that God has never left us.  He will be with us during this transition.  He will be there for every tearful goodbye.  He will be there for all the unknowns.  The unsure feelings at a new school.  He will be there.

I know it's selfish, but I wanted to share it with you guys because I need you.  I need some encouraging words.  I need someone to whisper our names in prayer.  I need ideas for how to help my children through all the changes.  So, I guess I shared this, just because I needed you all to know.  I love things beautiful and perfect.

This year, they aren't.  Sometimes life is just like that...less than perfect.  Life isn't as glossy or beautiful as you see on blogs all the time.  Still, you get through and it's okay.   Some days I'm really excited about it all and others, my heart hurts so badly that I can hardly breathe.  Some days I'm fine and others I quietly cry and hide my tears so my children won't see.  This transition has some very exciting aspects as well and I can't wait to share more of that with you as it all unfolds.

My entire life can be described in one sentence: it didn't go as planned, and that's ok. #wisdom #affirmations


Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Five Under $5: My Favorite Ornaments Under $5!

Hi Glam readers!  Today I wanted to share my favorite Christmas ornaments under $5.
Now, if you're anything like me you probably don't need any more ornaments.
I think I had 7 totes of Christmas decor at last count.
That's never stopped my from adding to my collection though.

All of these are available from Target!

I love these little chalkboard style ornaments!  They're just $3.00 each.  The "Cookies For Santa" is especially cute to me.  They would also make really cute package toppers!

The cable knit ornaments felt especially cozy.  These are also $3.00 each and they had tree shapes and star shapes.  If I was doing a tree on my porch this year, I would love to add these to it!

I love these frosted mercury glass pine cone strands!  They are $5.00 and would be perfect for an ornament exchange!

I thought these deer were really cool and I loved the fact that they were available in copper!  These are just $3.00.

They also had mercury glass letters in red and silver.  I love how classic these are!  They really are timeless.  Just $4.00 each.

I hope you enjoyed this little ornament round up! 

 How about you?  Have you spotted any new ornaments this year at a great price?

I would love to hear about your finds!!


PS:  This post was in no way sponsored by Target.  I just happened to love these items and these prices!