*Chalk It Up To The Season*

What is it about the holidays that makes us want to spruce up our homes; fluff our nests?
Is it the thought of company coming?
For me, it's wanting to be comfy and cozy in our home throughout the winter months.
It's a happy feeling, nothing in the world can buy... to have a orderly, cozy, and charming home.
A home filled with welcoming touches, comfortable places to sit and rest and visit with others.
 A sprinkling of twinkle lights on the tops of hutches, and candle warmers or stovetop potpourri filling the house with delicious smells.

The old lead glass window, that my sweet husband found for me is getting spruced up for the holidays.

 Homemade chalk paint in black.
{Instructions for making your own chalkpaint are easy to find on the internet.}
After it dries, it will get a quick swipe with fine grit sandpaper.
A little texture and personality added.
The frame was originally white, and I am in love with black trim right now.
Chalk that up to my love of old manor homes, and their black painted doors with white trim.
I  adore that look, and have plans to paint the French doors on the library with black paint, as well.
 More projects in the works....
including a project with black and white pictures of the  Manti Temple :
 Architectural details : Door Knob
 Wrought iron fence.
I have a special plan for these black and white photo's .
A little Christmas gift for a friend.
Finally, a shot of a sunrise this past week.
Just a little dusting of snow left on the mountains, and molten colored clouds.

Ok... it's back to the holiday projects for me.

Attitude of gratitude :
~ I am grateful for a great vacuum! I love to vacuum, and sometimes I vacuum twice a day.
I just love those fluffy fibers in the carpet, and love the lines that the vacuum makes.
~ I am grateful for my recipe book collection.  I enjoy reading recipes, and trying new dishes.
Sure breaks up the monotony of meal time for me, and I'm sure for my family as well :)


  1. That is one of the things to do on my list, to make chalk paint and paint. :)
    I love that you love to vacuum. It sounds so nice that you are at home today playing house.
    Have a lovely day.

  2. Kerin, I FOUND YOU AGAIN!!!!!! Thank heavens I saw a comment by you at another blog! I'm so glad!

  3. I know that feeling of a nice warm cozy house. I like that too.
    You are one of a few people I know who likes to vacuum. I don't mind it but can't say I actually like it. : )
    Always a pleasure to stop by.

  4. Looks like you have quite a few projects on the horizon! I love that you are grateful for your recipe book collection. I love mine too and often read them like they were novels! :) Love the new wintery look of your blog!

  5. I like the lines the vacuum makes too . . .
    Brought a smile!
    I look forward to seeing your creating projects,
    It sounds fun and that you are enjoying!

  6. I have always wanted to try chalk paint, but just haven't. I think it's time I remedy that :)

    Your sunrise is absolutely breathaking! What a glorious sight. Hugs to you, dear Kerin!

  7. I love a super clean house at Christmas as well as a cozily decorated one. I don't know whether I'll get a top-to-bottom cleaning done this year, tho. Last December, I cleaned out all the kitchen cabinets and rewashed every dish and pan I had. It needs doing again!
    Looking forward to seeing the project you are working on! Have fun!

  8. I knew we were kindred spirits, Kerin. I am dying to paint something black and your b/w photos are outstanding. I love when the house is clean. It makes it so much easier to accept the bad weather which is coming down in buckets here today..Happy Tuesday..Judy

  9. I am in the mood to re-paint all my picture frames black!!! AND...I collect cookbooks and love to sit and browse thru the pages!

  10. I have to vacuum several days a week because of my furball cat, but it's not really my favorite things to do. Love cookbooks- especially the ones that church groups put out.


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