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A Review of Favorites from 2015

Happy New Year plate

Happy New Year to you!  I hope your day and year are off to a great start.:)Both of our sons flew to Seattle on Wednesday, and we took our daughter to an out of town wedding yesterday.  She will be staying in Atlanta over the weekend, so our New Year’s Eve was a quiet one with just me and my husband here.

New Years tableI woke up sick this morning with a sore throat, lots of sneezing, and a low grade fever….and our washing machine decided to overflow.:( I hope this is not a sign of how our new year is going to be!  Regardless, we still enjoyed a traditional New Year’s Day lunch…hopefully full of vitamins that will help me get well quickly. 

Hoppin John and turnip greens

Our menu was: Ambrosia, (with vitamin C – yay!) Hoppin John, (a traditional Southern dish for New Year’s Day) turnip greens, (collards are more traditional, but I like turnips better) and cornbread (for my husband to soak up all the pot likker from the greens.)

I picked up the small Happy New Year plates at Homegoods back in November.  They finished off this holiday season’s black and red color scheme perfectly. We ate in the family room so that we could watch football during the meal.  Isn’t that what you are supposed to do on New Year’s Day?…and yes, the Christmas tree is still up.

New Years Day table

To wrap up 2015, I thought it would be good to look at a review of the posts from the year…just in case you missed any.:) I know I am supposed to run the data and write about what were your favorite posts from the year, but I am not feeling well today. Sooo…let’s just do a quick run-through of some of the posts, and then I will share with you my personal favorite from each month.  (Yes, I am taking advantage of being sick!)

Among the posts in January we looked at the Vera Bradley Inn in Seaside, Florida and some rooms by the talented Cathy Kincaid, and we had a sneak peek at my workroom progress.  We had our photoshoot with Better Homes and Gardens that month, so my favorite post for January was the Behind the Scenes of the photoshoot one.

bhg photoshoot with talk of the house

February brought a lot of Valentine related posts…like this house by Patrick Ahearn, and our home decorated with red for the holiday here, here, and here!  We also had our fill of eye candy from some rooms done by John B. Murray.  A BIG birthday for my husband was celebrated that month, so my favorite February post was the Weekend Birthday Party celebration complete with a sports theme.

Weekend birthday party celebration

Our daughter was working in Disney World during the first semester of 2015, and in March our family all met up there for a fun visit.  Needless to say, Disney was the topic of several posts that month…like The Yacht and Beach Club,  Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and the Magic Kingdom.  The house was decorated with green for St. Patrick’s Day.  There were several other posts that month, but my favorite was the one in which we finally finished the workroom, and I could show it to you.

the workroom

We decorated with red and yellow for Easter in April here and here, and we traveled back to Florida to visit our daughter.  On that trip we stayed in Celebration, and we looked at the hotel, the town, and the houses there in three different posts. My father and sister both have April birthdays, so my favorite post for that month was about a double birthday party we hosted for them. (A Disney celebration of course!)

double Disney birthday party

 The month of May began with a beach house in Seaside, Florida. Both of our sons came home to visit that month, and we celebrated their visit with “welcome home” parties here and here.  Mother’s Day brought lemon inspiration, a lemon cake, (that didn’t look very good:() and a garden tour.  We hosted a graduation party for our daughter’s boyfriend as he graduated from college, and we had more eye candy when we took a tour of a beautiful inn located in Rhode Island.  May ended with a post on my retirement from teaching – my favorite of the month.:)

teacher partyWith summer in full swing in June, we studied some rooms and a Nantucket Inn decorated by Trudy Dujardin.  I jumped on the summer bandwagon with a summer home tour broken into part 1, part 2, and part 3.  We found some inspiration for our 4th of July with a post on tables for that holiday, but my favorite of the month was the post on having Holly Mathis and her friend, Cindy over for lunch one afternoon.

lunch with Holly Mathis(In case you haven’t heard, they have opened a wonderful shop in Chappell Hill, Texas called True Blue Home.  The photos of everything are enough to make me want to chunk all my red and go with blue blue blue!)

True Blue Home cottage

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A little more inspiration for the 4th started our month of July. Then we dealt with the summer heat by enjoying some pretty pools and outdoor showers and an armchair vacation to Martha’s Vineyard in 3 posts here, here, and here.  We took a real vacation to St. Simons Island, and I shared that with you in part 1 and part 2.  While we were there, we also ventured over to the nearby Jekyll Island, and I wrote about it here.  My favorite July post was this Talk of the Weekend one because I just loved the houses in it!

Ferry House kitchenTo celebrate my birthday near the beginning of August, I did a post on one of my favorites: gingham! That month I also shared with you our local New Perry Hotel, a Disney birthday party for our daughter, farm to table decorating and dinner, (complete with a delicious dessert!) and our road trip to New England began with two posts on Charlottesville’s Oakhurst Inn.  My favorite from the month though, was a post on decorating our daughter’s apartment (quite a departure from my typical style here.)

decorating apartment with diy art

In September I shared Jan Karon’s new book with you, and the BHG Christmas Ideas magazine  with our feature came out (much earlier than I was expecting!:)) I wrote 8 posts about our road trip beginning with The Study at Yale (the hotel at which we stayed) followed by Perkins Cove, Maine, L.L. Bean and Freeport, Maine, Whitehall (the inn we stayed at in Maine),  Bar Harbor and Camden, Maine, Edson Hill (the inn where we stayed in Vermont), Stowe, Vermont, the campus at Yale, and I ended September with my favorite of the road trip posts that month – decorating our son’s apartment (because it took the entire road trip to furnish it!:))

college apartment furnished from Ikea and travelsThe road trip posts came to a conclusion in October with 3 posts on the Southern Living Idea House in Charlottesville, Virginia and Pippin Hill – a wonderful vineyard there.  Then began all things fall starting with a love letter to the season as I decorated the foyer and family room.  That was followed by decorating in the kitchen and dining room, decorating the workroom and playroom, (with some help from Charlie Brown!:)) decorating the front porch and decorating the back porch for a Halloween party (which was my favorite of the month.)

Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown party

November had 3 Thanksgiving tour posts starting here followed by a redecorated room over the garage.  You saw some of the Christmas decorations that didn’t get included in the BHG feature, and my favorite post of the month was about a party for our friend who completed a Thru-Hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Appalalchian Trail partyAnd that brings us to December – the month of Christmas everywhere.  We made peppermint cheesecake dip and stocking letters, and decorated the kitchen, the dining room, the back porch, and outdoors.  We had a bridal shower, and we celebrated Christmas.  My final favorite post of the year was my first December post on decorating the workroom and making an Advent calendar.

cabinet with table top tree

And that was 2015 at Talk of the House. I did take a look at the numbers to see which one post was viewed the most this year.  It was this one on the Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas magazine.

BHG Christmas Ideas magazine

We have certainly done our share of traveling, celebrating, and decorating this year.  Thank you for following along with us.  I hope that you will keep reading here with us as we see what 2016 brings.:) I’m looking forward to it!  Now after 27 sneezes and 14 Kleenex tissues through this post, I will leave you with a couple of question on this first day of the year:

Do you have a favorite post from 2015?
If so, which one was it?

We’d love to know.
:)

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Sandy in FWB - January 1, 2016 - 10:09 pm

Choosing a favorite is way too hard. I have so many favorites. I loved the hiking party theme and oh the Charlie Brown one was superb. I loved seeing your workroom finished. I really enjoyed your vacation/ trip to and from the northeast too. I guess my favorite would be the cake and table setting you did for Jan Karon’s new book. It was so pretty. I haven’t tried that orange marmalade cake yet, but it is in my plans. Hope you feel better soon!
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Well you certainly liked quite a few of them Sandy! Yay! That cake and table was so not my norm, but they did fit the wedding and book very well. You HAVE to make that cake THIS YEAR. Okay?! It is delicious. (Wish I had a slice right now. :) )
I am doing better thank you since I have taken all my meds. Hope your 2016 is off to a great start!
Kelly

Sandy - January 1, 2016 - 10:43 pm

I love the red!! Beautiful!
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Thank you Sandy! There is plenty of it around here. :)
Kelly

Garden, home and party - January 1, 2016 - 11:06 pm

Kelly,
So sorry to hear you’re ill. Take it easy and hope you’re well soon. I’ve loved all of your posts this year and will look forward to following you into 2016.
Get well soon.
Karen
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I am doing better now since taking meds all week (and taking it easy..except for Tuesday.) Thank you for following along all this year Karen, and thank you for your always thoughtful comments. I certainly appreciate the time you take to read and correspond. I hope that things will slow down enough in 2016 to allow me time to get back to reading and enjoying blogs like I was once able to do.
Happy New Year.
Kelly

Lynne - January 1, 2016 - 11:30 pm

It’s so hard to choose a favorite! I loved both the sports and Disney themed birthday parties you hosted. I also enjoyed seeing your workroom come together. It looks like a wonderful work space for you. The DIY Advent calendar was something that I would like to make next year. Thank you for continuing to inspire with your creativity and talents. Best wishes for a Happy New Year!
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Thank you so very much Lynne. I did not realize how many parties we hosted this year until I put that post together. The workroom has turned out to be a really useful place for me. I could live in here if I had a coffee pot and microwave! LOL I am so glad you liked the Advent calendar, and I hope you do get to make it for next Christmas.
Best wishes to YOU for a Happy New Year too!
Kelly

Louvina - January 2, 2016 - 12:23 am

Was just getting ready to turn out the light and saw your post and of course I had to check it out! What a great trip down memory lane! Loved it all! I think my favorite was the decorating of your daughter and son’s apartments. The road trip was just wonderful as I always feel like I too am traveling ( always do extra research on the places). Your NY’s dinner looked wonderful! What a nice relaxing way to spend the 1st day 2016!! Must be very guiet in the house with the kids off and about ? Here’s hoping you are feeling back good as new real soon!! At least you don’t have to worry about going back to work next week!! Did you know this is a Leap Year?
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Yes, it was a trip down Memory Lane wasn’t it? :) I liked the redo of the apartments too. Those were MAJOR accomplishments of 2015. (Hope I don’t have to do the same in 2016!) Our dinner was very relaxing, and it is most definitely quiet here without all the kiddos….like the quiet after a storm! LOL I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and Day. I was thrilled to not have to worry about inservice training on the first Monday and Tuesday of 2016! I did not know it is a Leap Year until I heard it from you. :)
Happy New Year!
Kelly

Vicki - January 2, 2016 - 12:27 am

I love ALL of your posts, but your end of the year rhyming post was wonderful. You are very talented!
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Gosh thank you Vicki! It took quite a while to get the words right on that one, but it was fun to do. I am happy you enjoyed it.
Happy New Year!
Kelly

Leila - January 2, 2016 - 1:10 am

Hi Kelly, as I was thinking about the past year, one of the most significant new experiences for me was discovering the Mitford books. I have to credit you and your features about Jan Karon and her books. While traveling, I stopped to explore a small Goodwill store in TN, and happened to recognize the first Mitford book that I remembered you mentioning. Beginning with that book in 2015 I read every single one of the books and have started over again!
I enjoy your features so much and just wanted to express my gratitude for all of your wonderful inspiration. You never realize sometimes how much you can influence the lives of others in wonderful ways. Thank you and Happy New Year to you and yours!
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If your 2015 was your year to immerse yourself in the Mitford series, then you had a good year Leila! :) I am so glad you recognized that book in the Goodwill store. When things slow down some here, I want to read the entire series again as well.

Thank you so much for your appreciation of the blog posts here. I appreciate you for taking the time to read them and leave comments!
Happy New Year to you. :)
Kelly

Frances in England - January 2, 2016 - 5:40 am

It is too hard to choose a favourite post – there are too many! But if I am allowed a favourite series then I pick the posts about New England, for the memories they brought back. Your writing style is very warm, which brings, for me, an automatic enjoyment of any post.

I’m afraid I’ve joined you in the being sick brigade. Did manage to make it through until yesterday before feeling too bad, but am now coughing and sneezing with the best of them. Oh well, at least we can snuggle up in the warm and dry with some good food and drink and Christmas-present movies!!!

Happy 2016 everyone! I hope it brings maximum joy :-)
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Oh dear! You are sick too?! Not good Frances. :( I hope you are feeling better by now. Everyone in the comments says to drink hot tea with ginger of some form. I am doing better with medicines and gingerale.

I am so glad the New England posts could bring you joy. That was a trip of a lifetime for us. Hopefully our next one will be out west…not sure what the architecture of that area will bring. Something new!

I hope you have a very blessed 2016 and good health! :)
Kelly

Linda - January 2, 2016 - 8:16 am

Loved them all, Happy New Year!!
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Thank you! Happy New Year to you too Linda!
Kelly

Karen - January 2, 2016 - 8:45 am

Hi Kelly
I am new to your blog and loving it. I notice that you change out you window treatments. often. Do you make them or buy them ready-made? I would love to start changing mine out. I absolutely love plaid but hate feeling “stuck” with a color scheme sometimes. Happy New Year.
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Thank you Karen! I do change out the drapes quite frequently around here. Almost all of the drapes are ones I have made over the 20 years that we have lived in this house. They are all stored on hangers in the workroom closet, and it is easy to find them and hang them wherever they are needed. With neutral walls everywhere, this allows me to easily change my accent color in each room.
Happy New Year to you too!
Kelly

Nancy - January 2, 2016 - 8:50 am

i think your son’s apartment transformation was my favorite post of the year. Since I have daughters about the same age and stage I was fascinated to see how you transformed that apartment using mostly IKEA and Target items. I’m impressed he let you do it, too. 😉
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Ikea and Target are certainly good go-to places to shop for me when I am working with a low budget. Our son was not exactly thrilled to “let” me do it. He was fine until I started talking art on the walls, and that was our biggest problem area. (Art is not “functional.” :) ) BUT the artwork has stayed, and it looks just like we left it. And more importantly, he has been happy with the space (but not the amount of work in law school!!)
Kelly

Alice - January 2, 2016 - 10:06 am

Where did you get your round black/white buffalo check tablecloth? I have been looking for one for years😁
Alice
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Alice, I am afraid it is not round. It is a square cloth made from an old curtain from Country Curtains. (Their cabin check.) I will keep my eye out for a round one for you though. If you know someone that sews, Country Curtains does sale the fabric online.
Kelly

Donnamae - January 2, 2016 - 10:16 am

Favorite post? I love the ones with Red! Actually…my fav, were the series you did on your trip to Vermont! You gave me so many travel ideas. Hope you feel better soon…I’m fighting a cold myself, and our furnace decided today is the day it wasn’t going to turn on. But, 2016 is going to be a wonderful year…I hope! 😉
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Oh no! I hope you are feeling better and that your furnace has been repaired Donnamae. Our bedroom wing heating unit has decided it does not know how to defrost, so it is needing work too. Yes, 2016 is going to be good (and expensive!)
I am so glad you enjoyed all the travel stories and photos from our road trip. I hope you get to travel this year too!
Happy New Year!
Kelly

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - January 2, 2016 - 10:19 am

What a fabulous 2015. I hope 2016 is even better.
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Thank you Marty! Happy New Year to you too!
Kelly

Ruth - January 2, 2016 - 11:30 am

I can’t believe some of those posts took place a year ago! They’re so clear in my mind, it feels as though only a month or two has passed! All your posts are so consistently good, I couldn’t pick a favorite. Guess I’ll just have to declare this my favorite YEAR of posts? Thank you for every one of them, and for all the time, talent, and energy you put into sharing your wonderful ideas and creativity with us! Hope you’re feeling better soon, and have a MUCH better rest of the year after that rocky start!
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Doesn’t time just fly by Ruth?! Thank you for your sweet comments – all year long. :) I do appreciate them more than you will know. I am feeling much better and ready to get this year going now. It’s only the 8th of January…just a little behind. Ha!
Happy New Year to you. May it bring many fun filled adventures!
Kelly

Jayne - January 2, 2016 - 12:28 pm

The posts of your home are always my favorite. I especially like the porch posts. Looks like many people like the travel posts. I’m a fan of your décor and dedication that you put into making your home and entertaining so special. Thank you for your time and inspiration.
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Author H. Jackson Brown wrote, “Don’t forget a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.” I think that is so true. Thank you so very much Jayne for appreciating all the work that goes into blogging. It is VERY time consuming (enough to make me contemplate stopping it from time to time) but it is comments like yours – those comments that show appreciation – that keep me coming back to it. Thank YOU!
And Happy 2016!
Kelly

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - January 2, 2016 - 1:07 pm

Love every single one of your posts! Hope you feel better soon and the washing machine will be the last of your worries in 2016!
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Thank you so much Leslie Anne! You always have such a gift for witty comments. :) Thank you for the wishes for 2016, and I hope your year will be your best year yet. (Lord at the alliteration in that sentence!)
Happy New Year!
Kelly

Dawn - January 2, 2016 - 3:15 pm

Kelly,

I love this recap post. I am sorry to hear that you are under the weather but I am hoping you are taking the time needed to recover. I can’t say that I had a favorite post from the past year but I do have a favorite room that I enjoy getting to see in your lovely home…the green game/tv room. I love how cozy and inviting it always looks and seems to be the casual style in there that just speaks to me. Thanks for all that you have shared with us in 2015. I look forward to more travel, home decorating and recipes with you in 2016. (I made the peppermint cheesecake dip twice and it was a huge hit both times!) Take care.

Dawn
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Dawn would you hate me if I painted all that green….yellow? JUST KIDDING! ha. :) We were at my daughter’s apartment yesterday and I commented that I will be happy to have our “traditional” sofa back in that room this summer. (She graduates this year and will be doing mission work with youth this summer.)
I’m so happy the peppermint dip was a hit for you. It can be addictive! Hope your new year is a good one!
Thank you for following along on my blogging adventure. :)
Kelly

Gina - January 2, 2016 - 3:29 pm

Hmmm, favorite post? How about all the above!! 😉 I loved following along on your summer trip. :) I agree about Holly’s store! I used to have a lot of blue in my home and even “pinned” that lovely bedroom yesterday. I’m going to pop back through some of the posts I might have missed. 😉 Happy New Year and I hope you feel better!!
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Aw you are too sweet Gina! I figured I bored you all to death with the roadtrip (like my husband’s old slides of his trip to Texas years ago…shhh…don’t tell him I said that. 😉 )
Isn’t Cindy and Holly’s store just perfection?! One day we will get there to actually shop.
Happiest of New Years to you!
Kelly

Carolyn - January 2, 2016 - 6:12 pm

We had the traditional southern New Year’s meal, too, except for greens we had organic kale. To make it southern enough, we added hog jowl for flavor. (Sounds awful, I know, but just a little fattier than bacon. And the local grocery store had a big display of it – ready for the holiday.)

As for your favorite posts, well, I haven’t done a reprise, but I always love the ones where you feature cute cottages – whether by the water, the mountains, in New England, or the south, old and historic or newly built. I love seeing both exteriors and interiors, which you so often feature. Thanks for always having a beautiful blog and lots of inspiration. Hope you beat the cold fast. Happy New Year!
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Your meal sounded yummy Carolyn. I bet those greens were excellent!
I’m with you on loving cottages. We were driving through some neighborhoods yesterday that had very large homes. I just wasn’t that impressed. Give me a small cozy cottage any day. They have so much character!
I think I am over the cold or sinus infection or whatever it was. Thank you for the get well wishes.
Happy 2016 to you!
Kelly

kathy - January 2, 2016 - 8:47 pm

I love all of your posts! I get inspiration from every single one of them! I love getting emails saying you have a new post. I loved your BH&G spread. I love the way you decorate your home as well as the travel posts. Of course, I always love your chalkboard ideas. Weekend #26 was one of my favorites but I also loved seeing your daughter’s apartment and what you did with your son’s apartment. I enjoy your posts with photos of foods you try in restaurants and how the restaurants are decorated. Since I love the beach, beach house posts are really fun for me. Just keep doing what you are doing! We all love you! (And, feel better soon!)
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Well I would say that you are very easy to please Kathy! LOL You like everything! Thank you for reading and for writing all your encouragement as I have been on this blogging adventure. It has been so nice to “meet” wonderful people like you as I have done this. I will keep doing what I am doing because I don’t know any other way to do it! :)
Hope your 2016 brings many wonderful things your way!
Kelly

Catarina G - January 3, 2016 - 9:01 am

Dear Kelly,
My favourite post from 2015 was… to discover your blog.
I love all of your posts and now on you have a follower from Portugal.
Get well soon. Boil 4 cups of water, add five medium sliced ginger root and simmer for 20-30minutes, add 2 tablespoons of raw honey and drink – very good recipe for severe sore throats.
Have a great year!
Cat.
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Oh my goodness what a sweet thing to say Cat! I am so glad that you discovered the blog. Thank you so much for reading!! And thank you for the recipe to help my often sore throat. I will be saving this for future reference. :)
Happy 2016 to you!
Kelly

mari1017 - January 3, 2016 - 10:38 am

Hi, Kelly! I’m so sorry to hear you are under the weather :-( Ginger does work wonders. Davidson’s Organic Ginger Lemon tea is wonderful as the ginger opens up bronchial passages and just makes you feel better all over.
My favorite post was the one in which I “discovered” your blog – the Martha’s Vineyard and Susan Branch giveaway ♥. I instantly became a loyal reader and have enjoyed every post! You are very generous with your sharing and photos and time, and your sweet spirit shines through! Feel better, and we all look forward to receiving your posts in 2016 XOXO
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I have been drinking loads of gingerale but not a hot tea version with ginger. I am doing much better but will keep your advice in mind when the next wave of respiratory mess hits me. (And I am sure it will visit me again this winter. :( )
I am so happy that Susan Branch led you here. :) That was a fun series of posts! Thank you for being such a loyal reader in 2015. I am looking forward to everything that 2016 may bring.
Happy New Year to you Mari!
Kelly

Patty in Michigan - January 3, 2016 - 4:14 pm

Happy New Year, Kelly! Sorry it started out with not feeling well. Even with not feeling well, you got together a year in review. What a great year of posts it was. You pour so much into your blog and sharing with us readers so many great ideas. I appreciate it every one of them. Here’s to another great year at Talk of the House! Patty
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Gosh, thank you so much Patty…both for reading so many of the posts and also for taking the time to comment on so many of them. I appreciate you very much. Thank you for the wishes for the blog for this year. I am looking forward to another year full of houses, entertaining, and traveling.
Happy new year to you!
Kelly

Cindy - January 4, 2016 - 6:29 am

Kelly,

Visiting your beautiful home, meeting you, and getting a taste of your amazing hospitality was most definitely one of the highlights of our summer in 2015! I still can’t get over how special you made each of us feel – especially Lauren, with the way you honored her dietary restrictions. Thank you so much for the shout-out for True Blue Home – it’s an honor being mentioned here! I hope you’re feeling better, and I can’t wait to see what the new year holds for you and your family! And keep doing your thing with red – I couldn’t imagine your home any other way!

Much love,
Cindy
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Girl it was a highlight of my summer! You three were perfect guests! I’ve since tried a few weeks of going gluten free but discovered it was peanuts not gluten that my problem. Anyway, it is HARD! So I am impressed by how well you and your daughter deal with it.
I am also thoroughly impressed by your shop and your show-cottage. I know they will continue to be inspiring spaces for everyone in the coming years – not just 2016! Hopefully when my husband retires we can make a trip to Texas and I can see it all in person!
All my best.
Kelly

Julia - January 4, 2016 - 11:01 am

Kelly – I love remembering the past year and can’t believe there were a few posts I missed! So I get to catch-up with you! You have a beautiful home and lots of inspiration to us your readers.
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How in the world did you miss any Julia??! So glad you got to catch up! :) Thank you for your compliments on the house, and I am so happy you can find inspiration here on the blog.
Kelly

Kathy P. - January 4, 2016 - 5:50 pm

I love ALL of your posts whether traveling, your home, or whatever. I love that black and white gingham tablecloth for your New Year’s Day dinner. Did you make that or purchase it somewhere.

Have a wonderful new year.
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Thank you for reading all the posts then Kathy! I am glad you enjoy them all. :) The black and white tablecloth was merely a square piece from an old curtain I am not using. The curtain came from Country Curtains, and the fabric is their Cabin Check.
Kelly

Claire @A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - January 5, 2016 - 3:01 pm

Hi Kelly! Thank you so much for this wonderful recap! I find it a great ideas beacause I realized I missed great posts and it allowed me to catch up! Congratulations for this beautiful year of blogging and best wishes for 2016!
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Thank YOU so much for reading and leaving your compliments here in the comments Claire! Best wishes to you (and your blogging adventure :) ) for 2016!
Kelly

Debbie@debbiethisandthat.blogspot.com - January 5, 2016 - 7:55 pm

I always enjoy your posts and this review reminded me of my favorites!!
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You are too kind Debbie! Thank you for all your very sweet comments! :)
Kelly

Design Chic - January 6, 2016 - 11:42 am

I have loved all of your inspiration, Kelly and the welcome home for your children was one of my favorites, and the True Blue Home showhouse…fabulous! Happy Wednesday!
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Thank you so much! It seems we did quite a bit of celebrating with our children in 2015. I hope we get to do the same in 2016. :) Isn’t the True Blue Cottage charming? I hope we get to Texas to see it and shop some time soon.
Kelly

Rosemary - January 7, 2016 - 2:26 am

Hi Kelly, sorry you’re not feeling well. Hope your able to relax and take some time for yourself. I’m finding it really hard to choose my favourite posts but I think I’d go for the ones where you decorated your daughter and sons University rooms ….the transformation of the furniture in your daughters was just spectacular!! I also enjoyed your journey through New England. I still remember, possibly the first post I read , when I thought you’d stayed at Ocean House, Watch Hill!! I read about it when I was researching for our holiday to New England …. What a hotel!! Just a little above our budger though! :)
Take care, hope you feel better soon.
Rosemary
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Thank you Rosemary. I’ve been taking several meds and am feeling better now. I am glad you liked the posts on decorating the places for our children. (Perhaps our oldest will let me decorate his apartment one day too. :) ) How funny that you thought we stayed at Ocean House! I agree that it is a beautiful place, and like you, it is out of our budget…unless some large account finds its way to us by surprise. (Not likely to happen. :( )
Kelly

Rosemary - January 7, 2016 - 2:31 am

Hi again … Apologies for typos and grammar errors!! I really should proof read! I’m commenting whilst half asleep with my first de caff of the day before dashing out! Have a good day!
Rosemary
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No problem! My fingers don’t usually wake up for awhile in the morning to type correctly!
Kelly

Lisa - January 8, 2016 - 9:25 am

Hi Kelly! Happy New Year! I’m late on commenting, but we were traveling to Scottsdale for Christmas (from VT). I agree that picking ONE favorite is too hard, but I do want to say that your children’s room/apartment makeovers were WONDERFUL. I’ve pinned your son’s to my special board for my son’s future apartment. I wish we lived closer, because I just KNOW we’d be friends! 😉
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Good grief what a looooong trip you made Lisa! Thank you for the compliments on the kids’ apartments. (And thank you for pinning the photos!) Yes, I know we would be friends too if we were closer. Vermont was just beautiful when we visited there this summer. So perhaps I should mention moving there to my husband. LOL
Happy New Year!
Kelly

A Christmas Bridal Shower…from Start to Finish

Christmas bridal showerThe first of our daughter’s close friends is getting married in February, so naturally we wanted to give her a bridal shower.  All of the girls are still dealing with college schedules, so we had to find a date during their various breaks to fit it in between their exams, our sons arriving back home, and Christmas.  A dear friend of mine (who’s also named Kelly:)) helped to host the party with me on the Monday of Christmas week.  Between various emails among everyone we came up with the theme for the party – a Christmas bridal shower. What could be more perfect for a December night?:)

Once that was decided, I got to work on the invitations.  Using plain stationery from Target, I came up with a design that had a “classic Christmas” feel with a simple candy cane at the top, and it was easily printed on our printer here at home. To dress it up some, I added a sheet of vellum over it, attaching it with thin red ribbon run through holes around the peppermint design. (The photograph is not showing it very well here.:()

Christmas shower invitation(I edited out the personal info for privacy reasons.)

These postage stamps added the perfect finishing touch.

red postal stamps

Here is a mock-up for you to see the envelopes I lettered.  I tried to write in a style to match the script font I used on the invitation.

Christmas envelopes

I knew I wanted to tie into the candy cane on the invitation with the party favors.  At first, I was going to do small bags of peppermint bark, but with 30 guests coming, it was going to be too expensive (and too time consuming) to make.  But then I found this recipe for Peppermint Bark cookies which worked out great.  After hunting for the chocolate wafer cookies in a zillion stores, our daughter whipped up a bunch of them for the bags.

peppermint crunch cookiesThey made a nice little party favor for the Christmas shower.

shower favor bag

We displayed them in a jar by the front door for guests to take as they left.

jar of party favors

foyer with Christmas vignette

With the busy-ness of the holidays, Kelly and I decided on a simple menu of assorted cheesecakes, nuts, cheese straws, and strawberries – all purchased from the grocery.  We served it on the vintage Colony Harvest snack plates that my mother-in-law gave me a number of years ago.

bridal shower dessert platesbridal shower cheesecakeI forgot to take a photo of the punch bowl with the matching punch cups.:(You can see that I have 30 of these snack sets and tons more of the pieces.  I believe my mother-in-law acquired them through the redemption of S&H Green stamps back in the 1960’s.

Colony harvest milk glassAlright, back to the party now.:)

The guest list was a fun mix of the bride’s friends and their mothers – a family affair!  Here is the beautiful bride with her pretty mother and sister.

bride

 I am not usually a fan of silly games at showers, but I found something that I thought would be fun for everyone to do before the bride opened the gifts – especially since so many of the bride’s close friends were there.

bridalquestionaire

I printed it out from here on cardstock and had 30 things to write with ready for the “test.” Her mom opted out since she felt she would win, and 2 of the bride’s close friends got the most correct. (This is only a portion of the guests.  More are behind the sofa, in the playroom, and beside me in the dining room.)

bridal shower gameOf course the winners each graciously gave their prize to the bride.  And then the bride had the fun of opening all the gifts.:)

bridal showerShe received so many pretty Christmas things…trees, ornaments, Christmas china, door decorations, nativity pieces, and more.  This is just part of what she was given.

shower giftsAfter all the presents were opened, the guests continued to socialize, and then they left for the night.  But the bride and several of her friends stayed over at our house for a girls’ night out together with our daughter that night.  (They have all been friends since elementary school.) I had wanted to take a photo of them dressed up for the party, but they managed to get into their comfortable clothes before I had a chance to snap a picture.  So here they are in their casual wear.:)

girlsIt was a fun night, and I was thrilled that my friend, Kelly and I were able to give the bride her very first bridal shower with her friends and family.

I think this brings us to a close on all the December happenings around here.  2015 has been a very busy – very good year for me and my family, and I am so very thankful for all of our blessings.  I am also thankful for all of you very gracious readers who take time out of your busy schedule to drop in for a visit here.  You are the reason I keep coming back to write for Talk of the House.  I hope your 2016 will be a very wonderful year – filled with good heath, lots of good food, and many good times spent with family and friends.

 Thank you and Happiest of New Years to you!:)

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Vicki - December 30, 2015 - 11:01 pm

What a wonderful and fun evening of precious memories! Have a glorious New Year!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - December 30, 2015 - 11:33 pm

Absolutely love the Christmas theme! What a great memory for all the girls. You are the hostess with the mostess!

Happy 2016!

Emily - December 30, 2015 - 11:47 pm

Looks like such a fun bridal shower. I’ve never been to one that close to Christmas, but such a great time to honor the bride. Thanks for sharing The Piano Guys’ video. I love their music! Wishing you and your family a Blessed New Year!

Louvina - December 31, 2015 - 12:01 am

Lovely way to end the day by viewing the special Christmas Bridal Shower. Looked liked everyone was relaxed and enjoyed being together. How very gracious of you and your friend host the party during a very busy week! Everything was already decorated for the theme and how nice to be prepared in this way!! You know what they say about busy people!! Getting it done!:) Blessings to the sweet bride to be– and February will be here before they know! Time passes quickly!! Count down to New Yesr’s Eve!! Oyster stew makings in the house( my husband makes the best) and now to get the corned beef fixings for NY’s Day!! Watching the Times Square Ball and reflecting on the past year with hopes sand prayers for a more peaceful and grateful world for all people!!

At Rivercrest Cottage - December 31, 2015 - 12:09 am

Love the idea of a December bridal shower. It seems a wonderful time of year to get family and friends together for a happy affair.

Lisa R - December 31, 2015 - 5:57 am

How exciting! My daughters are also in their early 20s so I imagine this will be in my short range future as well! Great theme!

Tricia - December 31, 2015 - 8:19 am

Hi Kelly. Love the idea of a Christmas Shower, how much fun would that be! The invitations are perfection, absolutely precious. So good of you, Kelly and the guests to take time to honour Brittany during the busiest week of the year. Happy New Year!

Char - December 31, 2015 - 8:55 am

What a sweet shower! Love how you pulled the theme throughout the shower & into every little detail!! The bride will treasure this first shower! My husband and I were married in December so Christmas has always been an even more special & magical time for us! I’m so happy that I found your lovely blog, Kelly! Can’t wait to see where 2016 takes us! Gods best blessings to you and your family in this coming new year! Happy New Year!!
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Oh a December wedding for you! I know that had to be beautiful! Thank you so much for reading the posts here Char. I am glad you found Talk of the House too. :) Many blessings for your 2016! Hope it is a wonderful year for you and your family.
Kelly

Sue - December 31, 2015 - 9:19 am

Your shower was so cute. What a perfect theme. And I am drooling over your milk glass collection. I have been acquiring pieces at garage sales and thrift stores to use in our lake home. You have an impressive collection.
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I’m so glad you liked the shower Sue. That collection is large thanks to my mother-in-law. I think she must have collected every piece they offered with S&H green stamps! :)
Happy New Year!
Kelly

Peggy - December 31, 2015 - 10:09 am

Happy New Year to you! Thank you for your blog and thanks for the music!
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You are quite welcome Peggy. :) Happy New Year to you too!
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - December 31, 2015 - 10:33 am

Kelly,
What a perfectly delightful shower. I loved the invitations and party favors. Those cookies looked so yummy. I’d love the recipe sometime, I could see making those for little presents for neighbors and friends next Christmas. You can never plan too far ahead for Christmas, right? :-)
Enjoy this New Year’s Eve and I look forward to your posts in the new year.
xo,
Karen
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Thank you so much Karen. Just follow the link in the post for the recipe for those cookies. They are super easy to make and turn out great. The pink ones used andes baking chips instead of the crushed peppermint. I am right there with you on planning for the next Christmas. I have already started filling in my notebook with ideas! :) Enjoy your New Year’s Eve too. Here’s to a happy and healthy new year for you and your family.
Kelly

Anita - December 31, 2015 - 11:53 am

Really nice bridal shower! I love the invitations–I must learn how to print fancy ones
like that out on the printer. Perfect little touches make for a really special day to remember.
Wishing you a healthy and happy 2016!
Blessings,
Anita
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Thank you Anita. I thought the invitations turned out nicely. Best wishes for your new year too!
Kelly

Cindy - December 31, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Kelly….what a fun idea. I would have LOVED a Christmas shower as a young bride! I have been following your blog for just a few months and I LOVE it!! You have been a great inspiration to me. LOVE the peppermint cookie idea….will definitely be trying those out. My daughter and I made your Peppermint Cheesecake Dip for Christmas and it was a big hit! Happy New Year!
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Thank you Cindy! I would have loved a Christmas shower too. Thank you for following along on the blog, AND for taking the time to leave your sweet comments. I am so glad you tried out the dip. Isn’t it just yummy?!
I hope 2016 brings you a year of many good things. :)
Kelly

Dana - December 31, 2015 - 1:13 pm

Oh what fun to have a Christmas themed shower and receive so many “Chritmasy” gifts, as the bride to be begins to prepare for her own home and family. Delightful! My favorite part of this post is your collection of milk glass. I don’t rememeber seeing that on any of your posts before. Have I missed any? My mother and I both like milk glass. I have a small collection, with a couple of lovely pieces that beonged to my grandmother. Happy 2016!
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It WAS fun Dana! No, I have not shown any of the milk glass before. It is not something I really use, except for “girl-y parties.” :) (We always seem to have a bunch of guys around here.) Good luck with your collection, and how wonderful to have some of your grandmother’s pieces!
Happy 2016 to you too!!
Kelly

Barb - December 31, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Thank YOU for a great year. Coming to your blog is like a mini vacation in the middle of my day. I just love your style and your attention to detail. Such an inspiration. Looking forward to 2016. Happy New Year!
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Gosh thanks Barb! I am glad that I could give you a break in your days. Thank you for following along this year. Happiest of new year wishes to you!
Kelly

Dawn - December 31, 2015 - 2:24 pm

Kelly,

I like the way you throw a shower. It all looks so nice. Thanks for sharing it with us. Take care and Happy New Year!
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Thank you Dawn! And thank you for always being so encouraging in your comments. I appreciate you!
Have a super happy new year in 2016!!
Kelly

Jill - December 31, 2015 - 3:48 pm

Kelly, this is a lovely shower idea! Thanks for sharing. I wanted you to know I followed your scripture advent verses the 1st through the 25th. Every Christmas I try keep myself focused on Jesus, and your daily devotional was such a blessing! Hope you and your family have a blessed and joyous New Year!
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How wonderful Jill! I am so glad that the scriptures were a blessing for you. Best wishes to you and your family as well. May 2016 be your best yet! :)
Kelly

Nan, Odessa, DE - December 31, 2015 - 6:01 pm

Beautiful celebration!
I know your mother-in-law enjoyed seeing you use the dishes.
Thanks for sharing your Mitford map and keeping the Piano Guys before the readers. Good advertisement for all to make your blog.
Enjoy a happy new year!

Lynn A. - December 31, 2015 - 8:05 pm

Happy 2016, Kelly!

Teresa W. - December 31, 2015 - 11:33 pm

That was so kind of you and your daughter to host such a nice shower, what a fun night! I hope you enjoy all the wonderful things 2016 has in store for you and your family. Happy 2016!!!

Cindy T - January 1, 2016 - 9:08 am

I absolutely love your calligraphy, it’s beautiful! Where did you learn it or are you self taught? The shower was adorable with all your personal touches. I always look forward to your blog! Hope you and your family a very Happy New Year!
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Thank you for your sweet comment Cindy! I thought the bridal shower turned out very nice. As far as the calligraphy goes, I just taught myself many years ago…bought a pen and a little book with practice paper. I practiced and learned the Italic style of Calligraphy. From there I just played with letters and styles.
Kelly

Paula B. - January 1, 2016 - 9:24 am

What a lovely party, Kelly. I am sure the bride and her family were thrilled with the Christmas themed gathering. And, now she has such a head start for her first married Christmas! Wishing you and yours all the best in the coming year.

Gina - January 1, 2016 - 5:14 pm

How special to be able to host the bridal shower for your daughter’s friend. I always love seeing your party details. I bet they had the best time at their “sleepover!” :) Smart decision to keep the menu simple this time of year. Those peppermint bark cookies look delicious! I will definitely try the recipe. I love your milk glass. My family has some also and we used milk glass, including a few family pieces for my daughter’s shower a few years ago. :)

Kaye Ann - January 6, 2016 - 3:15 pm

Such a beautiful Bridal Shower. Can I ask how you learned Calligraphy? Did you teach yourself, or did you take classes for it? Thanks!
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Thank you Kaye Ann. I taught myself lettering by just playing around with a pen and practicing. While my mother paints as her art, lettering is mine. (I can’t paint worth a flip!)
Kelly

The Week Before Christmas…

toy car with tree for ChristmasTwas the Monday before Christmas
When all through the house
I was scurrying around like a quick little mouse.

A shower was scheduled at my home that night
With presents and sweets for a bride’s fun delight.

bridal shower cheesecake

 The house was all ready with greens, lights, and bows.
The guests came and partied and for pictures did pose.
They opened the gifts and nibbled on sweets.
Then all went their way with a bag full of treats.

shower favor bag

(Except for the few who stayed overnight
To catch up on friendships til the day’s morning light.)

girls

Then Walt in his t-shirt and I in my gown
Had just gone to sleep when I heard a loud sound.
Out in the field there arose such a crash.
Away to the window I flew in a flash.

A thunderstorm rumbled and raindrops were pouring
While lightning was flashing, but Walt kept on snoring.
So I went back to bed and then sound to sleep
Until the alarm clock went off with a beep.

That Tuesday our son arrived on a plane.
We drove to Atlanta in the thunderstorm rain.
Ponce City Market was our place to explore.

We dined on fried chicken and checked out the stores.

Hops Chicken

Peppermint, furniture, gingerbread, plaid.

Williams Sonoma peppermint

Williams Sonoma furniture

Williams Sonoma gingerbread

Williams Sonoma plaidShopping with Jonathan made my heart glad.:)

On Wednesday the rain continued the same
And our oldest child also came home on a plane.
Again to Atlanta we drove in the car
To pick up our son who had traveled so far.

We met up at Leon’s for burgers and fries.
(Their sauces are loved by the girls and the guys!)

Leons Atlantagoogle.com

After dinner we drove back home in the night.
(The holiday traffic and storms were a fright!:()

Christmas Eve came that Thursday.  We had lots to do.
Like set up a party and puppy-sit too!

puppy

The food and the gifts at our party were fun.
Puppy went with Santa, and our work was almost done.

Friday was Christmas! The kids slept til 10!
A very simple breakfast was set up in the den.

Christmas breakfastChristmas donuts

 The presents sat and waited on the sofa for them all.
Santa had been kind leaving gifts that weren’t too small.

Christmas morningA camera for our daughter who will use it in her work.

camera for ChristmasBooks for our student who wants to be a clerk.

booksA camp stove for the oldest and a cheesecake for him too.
(Red Velvet is his favorite, but he’ll share it with our crew.:))
camp stove and cheesecake

Christmas morning gifts

The children weren’t the only ones with gifts on Christmas Day.
I got a television and a player for blu ray.

But my most surprising gift was a book and map for sure.
My son met Miss Jan Karon when she traveled on her tour!:)

Mitford book and map

After all the gifts were opened, and our breakfast had been done
We went upstairs to play a game – a new gift to our son.

Monopoly

He beat us all. (He always does.) He’s a big time Monopoly winner.
Then after that we all went over to the in-law’s Christmas dinner.

Our Christmas Day came to a close with one last fun event.
We headed to the theater and to a movie went.

The scenery was gorgeous.  The story very sweet.
It was a super fun way to end our Christmas week.
But I have to exclaim, as this comes to a wrap
Happy Christmas to all, and I need a loooong nap!

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Melissa - December 29, 2015 - 7:38 am

Thank you for sharing your special Christmas with us! Everything was so beautiful, and it was wonderful to see your children. Christmas is all about family! May God bless you! Happy New Year!
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You are so welcome Melissa. Thank you for the compliments on the decorating. Yes, Christmas is all about spending time with family, and this year’s holiday was even more special with ALL of our children home. :)
Happy New Year to you!
Kelly

Tricia - December 29, 2015 - 8:08 am

Kelly, Kelly, are you awake?
A quick little comment I want to make.
So happy you spent such a glorious time
And shared your Family with this Christmas rhyme.
Just want you know before off you drift,
Talk of the House is such a gift.

Sweet dreams…
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Oh Tricia you’re clever! In rhyme you did write!
It takes extra effort. (You must be quite bright!)
Thank you for reading the blog all this year,
And leaving your comments that I hold so dear. :)

Kelly

Debbie from MountainMama - December 29, 2015 - 8:42 am

Kelly, you are so clever with this amazing post!! I am always just amazed at the brilliant ladies I find out in blogland that have these incredible gifts – you are surely one of them! What a lovely Christmas you had with your family – may 2016 bring you much joy as well!
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Gosh thanks Debbie! I just reverted back to my “elementary school teacher” mode for this. :)
It was a lovely Christmas, and I hate to see it come to an end tomorrow. (sniff, sniff.)
Best wishes for your 2016 as well!
Kelly

Louvina - December 29, 2015 - 9:16 am

What a delightful post Christmas share! Enjoyed it so much! Wonderful to see the family/friends in your home. Know that everyone had a great visit!! It was almost like being there— loved the picture of the cute/delicious donuts! Two trips to ATL airport– oh my!! And what a sweet Christmas puppy! My belated and much looked forward to laundry room ( washer/dryer just arrived!) is almost finished! Which will be my workroom and fun project place. I really need a “consult” session with you for ideas!! :) Cool down is arriving here this weekend–just in time for NewYears and hopefully will get to have a relaxing fire in fire pit on the beach! Looking forward to a better 2016 for everyone!! CHEERS!

Donnamae - December 29, 2015 - 9:49 am

Kelly…your poetry is really impressive! Looks like a happy Christmas was had by all! Wishing you and your family many more celebrations in the New Year! 😉

Bonnie - December 29, 2015 - 10:03 am

What a special post…poetry, busy times, special places and events, all of your children with you, and a Jan Karon surprise for you…how full your days have been! Thank you, again, for sharing in words and pictures.

Dawn - December 29, 2015 - 10:29 am

Kelly,

I just adore your creativity and how you share your talents with us. Your Christmas looks like it was just divine. Thank you for sharing with us. Take care.

Dawn

Vicki - December 29, 2015 - 10:34 am

Love this! And how did your son manage to get a map? I want one! Merry Christmas, and thank you for sharing your charming life with us!
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Thank you Vicki! Our son went to Jan Karon’s book tour stop in Bellevue, Washington where he lives. They were giving them away the maps with a book purchase. It was a 9 minute walk from his apartment to the library where she was speaking. I had asked our son to go for me since there were no stops near us on this tour. He told me he couldn’t do it that night since he had a “card game” scheduled. He totally fooled me!
Kelly

mari1017 - December 29, 2015 - 11:21 am

Kelly, you saved the best til last! Isn’t the Christmas season wonderful in so many ways? Thanks for such a fun post. As a former elementary school teacher, I totally understand going into the mode LOL – and I love it!!! XOXO
p.s. If I wasn’t taking the decorations down today (on a rainy and foggy day!) I would have attempted a rhyming reply ha! mari

Donnie - December 29, 2015 - 11:21 am

Oh Kelly – what a delightful post – I must admit I am very envious of the map!! Have loved Jan Karon for many years.
Hope you New Year is full of all good things, can’t wait to hear how you start us off!

Gina - December 29, 2015 - 11:46 am

Oh my goodness, this is so cute!! You are very talented. I think it would take me forever to come up with something this clever. 😉 I love your son’s gift to you. How special. He knows you well! Enjoy resting and recuperating from the holiday!! :)

Ruth - December 29, 2015 - 11:57 am

A fantastic post! You really outdid yourself! The thing that possibly impressed me the most, though, was the thoughtfulness of your son in planning ahead so in order to get the most perfect gift for you! What a doll! And he obviously loves his mom!

Now go take that well-deserved nap. I expect you’ll need it in preparation for some fabulous New Year’s “do” you’re cooking up! :-)

Thanks for another delightful morning’s reading — indeed, for the year’s worth of beautiful, inspiring “escapes”! Wishing you all the best for 2016!

Karen Green - December 29, 2015 - 1:17 pm

I adore Jan Karon and her books! What an awesome present. I am new to your site and sure enjoy it! Karen Palmer Lake, COlorado

Jill Culbertson - December 29, 2015 - 3:20 pm

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas. Glad you all got to be together! My daughter got the National Parks Monopoly too. We haven’t played yet though. We received so many games. We’re still wading through them all!

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - December 29, 2015 - 3:47 pm

Perfect gift for you and such an enjoyable post! Happy New Year to you!
Shelley

Cindy - December 29, 2015 - 6:59 pm

What a wonderful way to tell your story,it was precious. Isn’t it wonderful to have our children home for Christmas! Absolutely love all your decorating ideas, even though Christmas is over my daughter and I are working on the gingerbread house to put in my huge jar!! Love your ideas!!😊

Marianne in Mo. - December 29, 2015 - 8:43 pm

I loved the rhyming post. Knew you would be in the best spirits with having all the kids home, I know the feeling very well! My daughter and her boys joined us from Texas (her hubby is deployed and was not with us this year) Daughter brought a life-sized cut out of her hubby so he could join in with us in spirit…what a kick that was! Had a great Christmas, then the rains came, and now our area is having flood issues. We are all high and dry, daughter made it home to Texas today safely, so all is good.
Here’s hoping you and yours have a blessed New Year! Thanks for sharing your life with us!

Garden, Home and Party - December 29, 2015 - 10:37 pm

Kelly,
What a clever poem and a very fun Christmas you had!
I’m relaxing and unwinding after a fun but busy Christmas.
Happy 2016 to you.
xo,
Karen

Mary Anne - December 30, 2015 - 2:23 am

Thank you Kelly! I so enjoyed seeing your posts this Christmas season and you provided me with much inspiration. You are a delight to so many of us viewers! Glad you had such a blessed holiday with your family!
Happy New Year!

Rosemary - December 30, 2015 - 3:50 am

Such a cheery post Kelly …loved the rhyme … It made me smile! You truly are a lady of many talents. It’s a beautiful picture of your daughter and a friends. I guess you both had such fun hosting the Bridal Shower.
Your family Christmas looks as though it was a very happy one …. merry and bright! My family love to play board games too!
Rosemary

Sandy - December 30, 2015 - 5:11 am

A+ on your rhyme connected to Christmas time,
May you enjoy a blessed New Year full of happiness and cheer.
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A+ on your rhyme too! Thank you for reading the post and taking the time to leave your VERY clever reply. :)
Kelly

Angela - December 30, 2015 - 11:20 am

I am sooo happy I found your blog!

When you have time could you tell me what font you used on the It was sweet of you to come and Cookies for Santa tags. You also use it on you chalk boards sometimes. It’s a slant to the left and to the right and the letters are also not on a straight line. I love it and would love to use it sometimes.

Happy New Year Kelly!!!
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Angela,
The font on the cookie tag was printed using Bombshell Pro. It is the closest font to my personal lettering – which is what the “cookies for Santa” was. (It was hand lettered not printed from a computer.)
Thank you for following the blog!
Happy New Year to you too! :)
Kelly

Julia - December 30, 2015 - 2:56 pm

I loved reading about your Christmas week! How fun to have all your babies home with you. Blessing to you Kelly and your family in the New Year!

Debbie@debbiethisandthat.blogspot.com - December 30, 2015 - 6:37 pm

Awesome poem!! What a clever way to share your fun Christmas events! Loved it.

Sherry Myers - December 30, 2015 - 10:38 pm

This is a delightful post. Such a creative way to share your wonderful Christmas with us. It is like an extra Christmas gift for your readers! Thank you! Just wish I could have grabbed one of those special favors from the shower. I am happy for you. It is definitely obvious great memories were made. I am looking forward to 2016 Talk of the House!
Sherry

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