12 Wreaths to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

12 Wreaths to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

As you may have guessed, I LOVE making wreaths! I work to keep them simple so my clients may add their own personal touches to their wreaths. A wreath welcomes guests to your home & should reflect your personality & your home.

While I would be THRILLED to have you (& everyone else) purchase their Christmas wreath from me, I would also be happy to know you have created a Christmas wreath for your home. Good Housekeeping shares 12 wreaths you can make yourself. If you are like me, you will make more than one to decorate your home! Enjoy!

DIY Christmas Wreaths

50 Gorgeous Holiday Mantel Decorating Ideas

50 Gorgeous Holiday Mantel Decorating Ideas

Decorating the mantel in your home adds such a brilliant touch of elegance to your home. While we don’t have a mantel in our Simple Joy Cottage, so I use ideas like these on our sideboard, dresser & bar. It takes so little to decorate a flat surface like a mantel or sideboard. They aren’t very wide so I like to work with height. A touch here, a touch there and TA-DA! Christmas beauty abounds! And such a Simple Joy!

This tips & decorating ideas come to us from Midwest Living.

Christmas Mantel

The 12 No-no’s of Thanksgiving Part 9 Never Overestimate Your Time

Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful. So much to do & very litle time in which to do it, no matter how late it is in the month. You can take much of the stress out of the season when you avoid these 12 No-no’s for Thanksgiving. In this series, Jean Ann points out some of the things we do that create our stress, then offers ways to make the Holiday more joyful.

In this  episode, Jean Ann offers ways to avoid stress by creating a schedule for Thanksgiving prep.

This Holiday season, work smarter, not harder when you celebrate a Thanksgiving of Simple Joy.

For more Thanksgiving tips,please visit SimpleJoy

Download your FREE Thanksgiving To-do List or Grocery List

Download or order The Simple Joy of Thanksgiving today

Shop My SimpleJoy Cottage Boks &  Gifts

23 Elegant and Easy Thanksgiving Table Settings

23 Elegant and Easy Thanksgiving Table Settings

I like to set a beautiful table when I entertain. Corny as it may sound, I see my table as a lovely accessory that adorns my meal. The table & the food compliment one another.

I know many of you may panic at the thought of having to set a table for Thanksgiving, or any occasion this Holiday season. Table settings don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. You simply build them up, one item at a time, step back after each layer & look to see where you need more. Like accessories to an outfit, your table setting should compliment your menu, not overwhelm it! If you turkey gets lost in the setting, you have done too much.

Also, guests must be able to talk to one another across the table. If you have stacked your centerpiece so high that no one can see across it, again, you have done too much. Remember, bit by bit.

Still confused? Country Living to the rescue! They have put together 23 elegant & EASY table settings for you. I LOVE the rustic look to the setting in the photo above. Use these ideas to create your table or as a starting point for a creation of your own.

And when you are done, remember Coco Chanel’s advice concerning accessories, “Remove the last piece you put on!” Even Coco knew, we always go one step too far!

Table Settings

Holiday-Inspired Outdoor Decorating that Lasts

Holiday-Inspired Outdoor Decorating that Lasts

Many of us like to decorate early in the season for Christmas. The problem then is: how do I make sure my decorations last that long? No one wants a wreath that begins to droop before Christmas. Or a display that just begins to look tired & worn a week or so later. We want our home to look as fresh & beautiful the last day as it does the first. BHG shares a selection of outdoor displays that stay fresh looking throughout the season. Give your guests a warm welcome this Holiday with these beautiful, and lasting, ideas!

Lasting Decorations

FREE Digital Download through Friday! Fear Not! The Simple Joy of Advent!

During the busy Christmas season, it’s easy to lose sight of the true mean of Christmas: the birth of Jesus. Advent is a time when we are able to reflect on Jesus coming and the meaning of that on our lives.Fear Not! is a daily Advent study for women and their families. Each Sunday, there is a detailed lesson, featuring one of the angel appearances in the birth story. The rest of the week contains a short verse and lesson to allow women a chance to relax with the Word of God and consider the meaning on their lives.This Christmas, discover the message the angels brought to us before the birth of Jesus: Fear Not!

35 Easy Christmas Crafts

35 Easy Christmas Crafts

I enjoy having a bit of Christmas spirit throughout my home. This can be expensive if you continue to buy new decorations for your home. It can also get, well, a little boring. If you spend a lot of money on decorations, you don’t want that expense to go to waste. So, you keep using your decorations year after year. This year, add Christmas spirit to your home without the expense or bother by making your own Holiday touches. Midwest Living has 35 projects to tickle your Christmas fancy! That should stop you from becoming bored!

Christmas Crafts

The 12 No-no’s of Thanksgiving Part 8 Never Forget to Take Care of Yourself

Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful. So much to do & very litle time in which to do it, no matter how late it is in the month. You can take much of the stress out of the season when you avoid these 12 No-no’s for Thanksgiving. In this series, Jean Ann points out some of the things we do that create our stress, then offers ways to make the Holiday more joyful.

In this  episode, Jean Ann points out the importance of putting yourself first this Holiday season

This Holiday season, work smarter, not harder when you celebrate a Thanksgiving of Simple Joy.

For more Thanksgiving tips,please visit SimpleJoy

Download your FREE Thanksgiving To-do List or Grocery List

Download or order The Simple Joy of Thanksgiving today

Shop My SimpleJoy Cottage Boks &  Gifts

17 DIY Advent Calendars to Help You Count Down Christmas

17 DIY Advent Calendars to Help You Count Down Christmas

Kids are always SO excited about Christmas. They can’t wait for the big day to arrive & drive you almost CRAZY asking how soon it will be here. This year, help them count down the days until Christmas with an Advent calendar you (& your kids) can make. Country Living has a wonderful selection of projects that you can choose from, including this darling Box Calendar! Browse through them & pick the one that best suits your family! Advent is a wonderful way to enjoy the Christmas season all month long. What a Simple Joy!

Advent Calendars