Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 in Review: Books

I think it's safe to say that 2011 wasn't a banner reading year for Debra.  I'm not sure why but I hope that I can read more in 2012 as I have a list of books I want to read.  I did read the following books, which really stood out as the best in my mind:
by Kathryn Stockett

Who didn't read and love "The Help"?  If you didn't, you are missing out.  


by Holly Chamberlin

"The Summer of Us" was a quick, beachy-type read.  Entertaining for sure & my first book of Holly Chamberlin's.  She has others that I will put on my 2012 list.

 

by Ann Voskamp

"One Thousand Gifts" was another book I think most of us read.  While I enjoyed the book I have to admit it took me a while to get through it - I found her writing style a bit difficult for me but there are post-it notes and highlights throughout the book reminding me of some of the phrases I really liked or paragraphs I want to look back on.  I think it makes a great gift, too.


I did read some library books and non-fiction books I liked.  In no particular order:

  • Veganist by Kathy Freston - Kind an eating manual of sorts.
  • Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin - Ditto, but this one kind of makes you never want to eat anything again!
  • American Wasteland by Jonathan Bloom- Chronicles how much food we throw away (can you believe half of our food is thrown away?  I had no idea!)
  • Eat by Ian K Smith, MD.  Yet another food book. Interesting by lots of common sense stuff, too.
  • The Future Church:How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church by John L. Allen, Jr.-Interesting if you are interested in this type of thing.
  • Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson.  I love her books and have read all but her newest, Crunch Time (see my 2012 list below).  Culinary mysteries with some yummy recipes -a bonus.
As I said, not a banner reading year for me but I hope to do better in 2012.  I have a stack waiting to read.
  • Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson
  • Perfectly Imperfect by Lee Woodruff
  • Late, Late at Night by Rick Springfield
  • The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison
AND, waiting in my Nook:
  • Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
  • Sliver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
How about you?  Any books I should add to my list?

Linking up to the Nester today to see what others are reading.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011 in Review: My 11 Favorite Decorating Posts

As I take a look back on 2011, I am linking up to Rhoda's party, where lots of others are doing the same.  I don't know about you, but so often I don't think I get alot accomplished.  As I looked back over what I did in 2011 I realized it was actually quite a bit and I had to narrow down my fun projects to 11 when I originally thought I might struggle to find 11 that were worthy of showing again!

Here you go, in no particular order (because what fun would that be?)  If you want to see the original post just click on the caption below each picture.  Enjoy!

Kitchen Backsplash

Guest Bath Reveal
A Little Bit of Glitter


DIY Mercury Glass


Easter Table


Those Really Old Paperbacks


Get Framed

How Do You Like Me Now?


Fresh Towels


Ballet Shoes
Sprucing up the Entryway


Don't forget to head over the Southern Hospitality for more reminiscing!


Also Linking up to Tatertots & Jello...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Favorite Things...


It's time for Melissa's Favorite Things Party over at 320 Sycamore.  It's one of my favorite things!

favorite things 2011 button


Here's my list of my other favorite things:


The Kitchen Aid Mixer.  L O V E  It is the first Christmas gift my husband bought me 15 or so years ago and it's still one of my favorite things in my kitchen.  Mine is white and the basic model.  Nothing fancy here but it can take all the attachments and is a whiz in the kitchen!  Can't imagine not having it.







Pan Am, the series.  I really look forward to Sunday nights.  This is the only hour long drama I watch and I am hooked.  I hear a rumor that the show may not be here for the long haul (& I hope it's just a rumor) but there are still a few more episodes that are supposed to be aired and I am going to enjoy them and ignore the nasty rumors.



The pomegranate.  I love a good pomegranate.  In it's pure state, eaten raw.  Just like you see here.  Yum!



Park City Mountain resort.  I love this place.  Love it.  So much to do, even if you're not a big skier it's just fabulous.  The perfect family vacation destination.  You will not regret a visit here.  Winter or summer.




Christmas carols.  My favorite carol is 'Silver Bells'.  And I kind of like to hear Elvis sing it! 

City sidewalks busy sidewalks .
 Dressed in holiday style
 In the air There's a feeling of Christmas
 Children laughing People passing Meeting smile after smile
And on ev'ry street corner you'll hear

Silver bells silver bells
 It's Christmas time in the city
 Ring a ling hear them sing
Soon it will be Christmas day

Head on over to Melissa's and check out some more favorite things!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's a Wonderful Life...


~ Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives.
When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?~
 Clarence Oddbody, 'It's a Wonderful Life'

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Touches of Christmas...

Here are a few glimpses of Christmas at September Acres.


The Tree. 


The wreath by the front door.


The stockings hung just inside of the front door.  Not our 'Santa' stockings, just something fun.



A bit of our new Christmas Village.  LM has been asking for one for a couple of years.  We spotted this 'starter' set at Lowes for $79 so I caved!  I am enjoying it and can't wait to see what additions I can find at the after Christmas sales!



Our coffee table and the Christmas card 'bucket'.


A side table in the living room.  My mom gave me the print in the frame.  I have no idea where it came from so if it's yours or you know who created it please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.  It's cute though, isn't it?


Everyday dining room table.  You can see my formal one here.  I love the blue with the red.  Love.



The Christmas tree in LM's room.  She picked out a pink one at Hobby Lobby but I gently steered her toward the green.  I think it is the cutest tree ever!


Cute advent calendar I made last year; also in LM's room, right next to the tree.  The little guy next to the calendar is 'Snow Bear'.  Does anyone remember him from Thalhimers in Richmond?  Way back in the day.  He has been coming out every year at Christmas since 1986.  Wow!

Hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into our home this season.  Head over to Melissa's for some more home tours.


Don't miss out on the home tour at Hooked on Houses either.  I'll be there!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Blue Christmas...


The lights are twinkling on my master bedroom mantel this year.  I wanted this to be simple, serene, relaxing.  And blue.  I like to incorporate my year 'round decor into my Christmas decor when I can - saves on the need for extra storage space - even for just a few weeks it's sometimes hard to find room to store some of the bigger things.  Plus, it's fun to give the everyday a different look.


This bowl of shells gives the mantel a 'beachy' or coastal look which I love.  The blue vase on the right was a summer purchase this year.


Another view of the shells and vase.  The little white stocking on the right is metal.  It's one of my favorite Christmas pieces.


The little tree has the only pop of red on the mantel.  Shells lay around the tree like little gifts from the sea.  The greenery is faux but works nicely here.

I was thrilled I could use the blue candle stick (below) here.  The big frame is usually hanging in the center above the mantel.  The smaller frame usually holds a family picture but I popped it out of the frame to pair the two frames here.  I kind of like it!



I am linking my mantel up to Rhoda's Mantel party.  Lots of beautiful mantels over there!  Also linking up to Beth's mantel party where there is MORE loveliness!!