DIY Twig Vase

You wouldn't think such an easy DIY would take me two weeks to share, but life/end of school happened and here we are!  We enjoyed some fantastic family/friend time at Lake Blue Ridge over the holiday and the fun has spilled over into the week.  The current inhabitants of my home are two 15 year olds, three 19 year olds, a 21 year old, a 27 year old "boomerang", and the hubs and I.  You can imagine the chaos!   It's only for a few days, so we'll … [Read more...]

This ‘n That Tuesday

My school year is rapidly drawing to a close (how did THAT happen??!) and soon I'll be welcoming both the college one and our oldest back into the fold -- busy times afoot around here!  And I lost a little ground battling that nasty head cold last week and through much of my weekend. Hence, this post. :) During my latest thrifting adventure, I stumbled on these old alphabet flash cards.   A couple of the cards were missing, but I thought … [Read more...]

Finish Your Shopping: Gift Ideas

Hey there, gang... first of all:  WAR EAGLE!  We've had so much fun watching Auburn play this year and my Auburn Tiger husband is one happy camper right now!  And since today is also his 55th birthday, all is right in our world. :)  Happy Birthday, honey! I saw this on Facebook yesterday and so I have to share... Now, down to business... Have you finished your shopping?  I'm just a few purchases away from being finished, but since I … [Read more...]

Win $50 to NOVICA {Happy Friday!}

**This giveaway is now closed** TGIF, friends!  I'm so excited to bring you YET ANOTHER giveaway this month!   You may remember last year I reviewed products from NOVICA, an online international artist marketplace that is part of the National Geographic family.  What an amazing experience that was from start to finish... and my eyes were opened to the incredible talent that exists in so many nations around the world. I was thrilled when … [Read more...]

Sharing is Caring {Southern Hospitality}

Have you ever noticed that some of the best gifts are free? We're back from our second weekend in a row spent with good friends... and we've experienced the most amazing Southern hospitality. If you follow me on Instagram you saw a few peeks from our weekend fun in South Alabama on the Little Escambia Creek.  And I returned with fresh vegetables, an incredible collection of driftwood, and new recipes to try... The previous weekend, … [Read more...]

Gift Wrap Ideas… Just in case :)

Hey there... I'm jetting off to NYC with my daughter for a GIRLS' WEEKEND with my her and my  BFF today!  Is there anything better during the Christmas season?  I'll be sure to share some pics and if you follow me on Instagram (heidiopia), I'm sure you'll see a few, too. :) This week I've been wrapping gifts like a crazy woman.  All of my family is in Texas or Arizona, so the gifts had to go out this week and I was a busy beaver wrapping and … [Read more...]

Mod Podge Christmas Canvas

Happy Cyber Monday, friends!  If you're shopping online today, just a reminder to check out my Willow House site for sale items and Dancing Zebras Etsy shop for her wonderful holiday gift ideas! Today, I'm sharing a sweet and simple project I knocked out to get my Christmas crafting mojo flowing!   This began as an experiment, but I loved the results so much, I did a few extra to pop into my booth and give as Christmas gifts.  … [Read more...]

Shop Small!! Let the Games Begin…

Happy Black Friday, friends!! I will NOT be braving the malls today... in fact, I rarely brave the malls anymore.  We're traveling and enjoying family and some football -- my favorite way to spend a fall holiday! Tomorrow is Shop Small Saturday, a day when we can all support our small businesses.  As a small business owner, I am thrilled to see American Express and our communities once again recognizing the importance of small business in … [Read more...]

Friday Happy: Catalog Finds {Ballard Designs} & a Little Giveaway

Confession:  I'm ready to decorate for Christmas. Maybe it's because I've got some Christmas things I've been working on for the booth.  Or maybe it's the cold mornings and fires in the fireplace.  Or the fact that gingerbread lattes have finally arrived at Starbucks??! Either way, I know my family will revolt if I break out the Christmas tree and decorate the mantel right now, so I'm holding off. So today, we'll go surfing through the … [Read more...]

Here and There

What a fun day!    My Moss and Burlap Wreath is being shared over at A Dust Bunny Life today.  You'll love this site --  KariAnne and Kelly highlight easy peasy DIY projects daily and share some hoot-n-holler pod casts about decorating, crafting, and living the "dust bunny life"... check these gals out! And you can also find me at Fancy Little Things today sharing gift ideas for Dads and Grads.  Come visit and share your own ideas!  I'm … [Read more...]