Wednesday, December 17, 2014

pretty glow with outdoor spotlights

The other night I was at my friend's house and was so excited to head out
so I could see her home all aglow in the Christmas lights they'd just put up. It
 was just as beautiful as I expected, but I noticed her wreaths on the windows and
 her pretty window box didn't show up well. I told her about our spotlights that give  
the entire front of our home a pretty glow and highlight our Christmas decor. 
 If I hadn't been a hundred feet away this would be a great example - you could see
 our wreaths on the windows and our window boxes!   

We use two spotlights, one a few feet from the porch and the other a few feet
from the patio on the left where I have a bench and oversize lantern.
Without the spotlights it's barely visible. 

Ours are from Home Depot, we've had them for a few years, and it couldn't be easier,
 you push the stake into your lawn and adjust the angle to highlight your area. 
It is similar to this - Home Depot LED Spike Light here

 Here are a some examples of homes I found that are using spotlights.

Have you ever tried them or do you have a trick to highlight your decor?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

a super easy diy and christmas link party here, now!

The participants of the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes decided it would
 be great to have YOUR Christmas Tour links show up on ALL 10 of our blogs!
That means more beautiful Christmas ideas for you, my readers, and 10 times the
 exposure for the awesome tours you've put together if you're a blogging friend! 
Link up once at the end of my post and you're on all 10 of our blogs.

Today I'm thrilled to be sharing another project over at A Blissful Nest, it's super
 easy, costs less than $2 and Rio approves! I'd love you stop by and check it out here.
Now it's your turn...share your Christmas Tour...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

4 Winners & 12 Days of Christmas Tour Finale

Thanks so much for entering everyone, and for all of your sweet birthday wishes!! :) 
Congratulations ~ the four winners of the $25 Gift Cards are:
Kathy B., Susan S., Faith D. and Diane W. you've all received an email.

The 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes has been so inspiring and we still have one
day left ~ tomorrow! We'd love to see you at our Link Party to show us YOUR
Christmas decor for the grand finale! 
Head over to Jenny's at Evolution of Style to link up and share. 

If you missed any of the tours our talented friend Lisa @ Shine Your Light has once
 again created a beautiful collection of collages for each of our tours. Just click on the
 graphic below and you'll be on your way to holiday inspiration!   



Sadly, our friend Andrea @ Oak Ridge Revival, wasn't able to share her tour because
 of an accident that left her needing to be with her mom. My thoughts and prayers are
 with you and your family, Andrea. I wish your mom the best.

Hope you've all enjoyed the tours, we've loved sharing our homes with you! 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

a few ideas to steal from the christmas tours

Happy Friday, friends! 
I'm loving all of the inspiration in the Christmas tours, 
and thought I'd share a few fun ideas I noticed.  

Jesse @ Scout & Nimble 
This was my original color scheme for this year, I bought a couple boxes
of ornaments, but ended up returning them because I just wasn't sure 
I could pull it off, well Jesse pulled it off beautifully!   

Love this great wagon in front of the tree - wouldn't it be fun filled
with presents? I have a red wooden one that my dad made for Detail Boy's birthday,
when he was a little guy. 

This chandelier dripping with clear ornaments is such a gorgeous statement!

Created this amazing little gem from a dead tree! 

Christine @ Bijou & Boheme
DIY Merry Sign 

Elizabeth @ Little Black Door
I LOVE this tradition - each year they cut the bottom off of their Christmas tree and
make a candle holder!! Such an great idea! 

A great tutorial on how to achieve this layered ribbon look,
it seems easy enough.

Amanda @ Dixie Delights
These Naughty (Oreos) & Nice (Apples) snack jars are too fun!  

Today is Stacey @ Steward of Design is sharing her lovely home in the
12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes. I know she's
 done some updating this past year, and I can't wait to see it decked out for the holidays!

If you haven't had a chance to enter the giveaway for a 
$25 Gift Cards to a store of your choice
you still have time - go here

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

a present for you...

...because, it's my birthday! 
And, I couldn't be more thankful for all of you that stop by and visit my little blog,
whether you pop in every now and then when you have a few minutes or you check
daily to see what I'm up to, I so appreciate it! Your sweet, thoughtful comments and
 words of encouragement throughout the year mean the world to me. 
Thank you, dear friends, you're truly the BEST!
  xoxo ~ Pam      

Four random winners ~ for a $25 gift card to a store of your choice!
Good Luck!


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