Dare to DIY Recap + Ike Photos

Thanks to everyone that joined Monday's Dare to Deck the Halls. Katja, Kim, Rachel and I are all sharing our favorites today. 

I'm loving this Fa La La La La wall art from Create Bake Celebrate.  Makes me want to try out that double sided adhesive paper and glitter all of the things!

I'm, obviously, into holiday signs this year.  This chalkboard sign from The Simply Luxe Life is just the right amount of festive and classy for my liking.  If only there was more time to whip one up!

Thanks again to everyone that joined us for this year's Dare to DIY!  (New here and totally confused? Check out my Dare to Give Thanks, Dare to Entertain, Dare to Give Handmade and Dare to Deck the Halls projects!)

And now for some Ike photos because he's sort of the best.  I can't really describe how much Ike loves the holidays.  About as much as he loves Nate and I and dog bones.  (Not necessarily in that order.)  He's been helping us wrap presents and LOVING it.  It only takes twice as long with his help.  He's pretty proud of his work.

Ike usually hangs on the loveseat in front of the picture window in our living room.  Well, the love seat was moved to make room for the Christmas tree.  Ike's a little put out but has recently claimed the blue chair as his own.

Have a great weekend!  We are starting our holiday celebrations this weekend and all 3 of us are pretty excited about it!  See ya Monday!

How to Photograph Outdoor Christmas Lights

How to Photograph Outdoor Christmas Lights

In the latest Decor and the Dog news, you can see our house from space.

There isn't much better than coming home to a house full of lights after a long day in the pharmacy.  All I want to do during the holidays is soak up every minute of it.  Unfortunately, my day job is also the busiest this time of year.  (Stop getting sick, people!)  I think this may be the reason Nate and I go slightly overboard with this whole holiday thing (we did just as much pre-blog).  It's good for us to suck every ounce out of the holidays while we can.

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2014 Holiday Home Tour- Kitchen/Dining Room

2014 Holiday Home Tour- Kitchen/Dining Room

Let's continue the holiday home tour in the kitchen.  (Catch our living room tour here!)

I try to keep things simple in here because our kitchen gets a work out this time of year.  Well, usually.  I haven't had a chance to bake yet.  Hopefully next week!  (Or maybe New Year's cookies?)

I always have a poinsettia in our kitchen. Where it sheds it's leaves all over my counters.  Memories.

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2014 Holiday Home Tour - Living Room

2014 Holiday Home Tour - Living Room

Today Ike is pumped to show you our home all decked out for the holidays.

Actually I think he's playing guard dog here.  He's heard about some old dude sneaking into houses.  I told him there would be no dog bones under the tree if he caught Santa.  He just looked at me like "Nate brings me my bones. Duh."

We've actually had the house decorated since the weekend before Thanksgiving.  We just hadn't gotten around to taking photos of it.  We've been too busy shopping, wrapping, and enjoying the holidays to bust out the camera.  Until now.  Bring on 1700 photos of our Christmas tree.

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Last Minute Holiday Ideas Blog Hop

Last Minute Holiday Ideas Blog Hop

Here's a fun fact about me. I'm really good about saying yes to blog things and then flaking.  (Okay, let's be honest. I'm just a flake.)

Karah from The Space Between (who is letting me move in with her down in Key West) and Jessica from Decor Adventures asked if I would be interested in joining them for a blog hop that involved finding something around your house and turning it into a holiday item.  I was all like "OF COURSE! PICK ME!"  And then I forgot about it until like 2 days ago.

Luckily my craft room is currently auditioning for an episode of hoarders.  I dug around until I found the holy grail.  A pair of women's shorts 10 sizes too large for me that I picked up at a thrift store in October.  Why does one buy a pair of shorts 10 sizes too large?  Too make room for holiday food.  Duh.

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Dare to Give Handmade: Flannel Scarf + Stovetop Potpourri Tutorial

Dare to Give Handmade: Flannel Scarf + Stovetop Potpourri Tutorial

This week's Dare to DIY challenge was to "dare to give handmade."  This challenge is always one of my favorites.  I ran a little short on time (story of my life lately) but I'm still happy with my finished projects.

I really wanted to make something with supplies I had on hand. (Mainly because I was short on time and didn't want to leave the house.  See a theme here?)  After some pondering, I decided on a flannel scarf and stovetop potpourri.

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Dare to Entertain Features + Sneak Peek!

Dare to Entertain Features + Sneak Peek!

Thanks to everyone that joined Monday's Dare to Entertain party.  There we lots of great projects this week.  I'm sharing three of my favorites.  Rachel {Maybe Matilda}, Kim {NewlyWoodwards} and Katja {Shift Ctrl Art} are sharing some of their favorites as well!

First up we have the ever crafty Amber from Wills Casa.  These hand stitched napkins are simple yet elegant. They are festive without being over the top.  A nice pairing to any table setting.  (I act like I know what I'm talking about.)  They're pretty, ok?  Also, I shall steal this tablecloth when I visit her someday.  (Invitation's still open, right?)

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Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins

Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins

This December is starting off to be a cotton headed ninny muggins.  I caught a nasty stomach bug followed by a cold.  I also haven't watched Elf yet.  Horribly lame.  The beginning of December never fails to take me down.  Don't worry.  It's not as horrible as it may seem.  Because Gilmore Girls on Netflix. And the world's cutest nurse.

I have lots of holiday goodness to share once I can remove myself from the couch to photograph.  Until then, let's revisit posts of holiday past.  Maybe you missed something that will rock your holiday world.  (Like this sangria that is extra popular with the Pinterest folks this year.)

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