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The time has come, my friends. After all the preparations and all the anticipation, the big day is here. Now it’s time to just sit back and enjoy, share in the precious moments spent with those you love most.


It’s peaceful and quiet here right now. One last blissful moment before all is said and done. Such a perfect moment to share my last holiday greetings with you, from my house to yours.


Of all the gifts I have been blessed to receive, all my good fortunes in life, I count all of YOU at the top of my list. The visits here with me, the sweet comments you leave in your passing, mean more to me than you’ll ever know. So thank you, all of you, for your gift of friendship. I hope I’ve been able to return the gift in kind.


And now, before all the paper starts ripping, the last little peek of my holiday house.



























Merry Christmas!!

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“The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” James E. Faust.

On this special day, as on every day, I pause to reflect on my many blessings, for which I am continually grateful.  I have been so deeply blessed with a wonderful home and the love and support of family and friends. Could not let this day pass without saying, once again, how very thankful I am for all of YOU, for your kindness and visits, the many sweet comments you leave here, and for the friendship you share.

Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving, from my house to yours!

Audrey Pettit- Thanksgiving Home 2013





























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The day is finally here when I can say………

octoberAnd you know what that means! It’s time to let the Halloween festivities begin! So do come in, and let’s get started on my annual Halloween Haunted House Tour.


I hope you will make yourself welcome, and stay for awhile. I have ever so many things to share with you. Step inside the door and see what surprises await.


Here is my little front entryway table. A first happy greeting for all visitors done up in my usual mish-mash style of old mixed with new. Fine things and junk things.  Things I’ve made, things I’ve been given, and priceless treasures made by my kids over the years. Everyday items. Sticks gathered from my yard. Even trash rescued from the bin. I don’t worry if things match, or if they “go” together, or what style it is………I think that if you love something, by all means then, enjoy it.

And I hope you enjoy it, too!





The figurines are from my ever-beloved collection of Lori Mitchell dolls. I’ve mixed a few of them here along with some vintage books and silver pieces, great everyday props that work perfectly for Halloween.


The tree is sort of a funky, modern retro guy from Pier1. Decorated with super cheapy cheap pumpkin ornaments and one of my favorite Pottery Barn spiders.



Prim Halloween dolls and a handpainted gourd ghost the little missy made years ago in an enamel-ware thunder bucket.


A bat card from my mom and a pair of jacks I made last year, tucked into my old rusty kitchen scale.



Hello cuteness.


And also in the entryway is my wooden antique prim bench and stairway, another favorite spot for some festive cheer.



P1030421A basket filled with prims and a card I was lucky enough to receive last year. Sticks turned into stars, and a wee Halloween tree I got at the Goodwill for a song.


More vintage enamel-ware. Another everyday piece I love to use in my home decor throughout the year. I filled it with recycled packaging paper and Halloween floral picks…..and a few more sticks from my yard. Never underestimate the design power of mother nature. It’s free, it’s earth-friendly, and so often completely magnificent.


The skeleton is an amazing greeting card that my mom sent me a few years ago. How stinkin’ fun is that?


Vintage linen and enamel-ware pot. A felt pumpkin from the thrift store and a ceramic pumpkin from the flea market. Odd bits I’ve collected over the years.


I made the wreath myself from things my mom found on her junking adventures. A costume feather boa that Nik played with when she was wee, and a cute felt pumpkin cat garage sale wreath that was the perfect fit for on top.


The banister is pure trash to treasure. Dollar store creepy cloth and a big strip of filler packaging paper that came in a recent shipping box, draped across the railing and tied with a bit of natural raffia. Doesn’t get much cheaper than that.



There you have it, my friends. Just the beginning of my annual Haunted House Tour. Perhaps I’ll save the rest for another day. What do you say?

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Popping in today to wish all my friends in the States a very safe and happy 4th of July! And sharing a few last scenes from my patriotic home, just in time for the holiday. Because you all KNOW I’ve got my home all decked out for the 4th, right?

I hope you enjoy taking a little peek!










May your day be filled with friends, family, food, and fireworks! Hug a serviceman or woman today, and God bless the USA!

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Hi everyone! Happy 4th of July to my friends in the States! I hope you all have a very special day planned filled with family, good friends, good food, and lots of celebration. This is the first 4th of July in 18 years that I have spent on the West Coast with my family, so I am feeling very lucky today. Really looking forward to watching fireworks from this side of the continent tonight. I’m sure they’re very different from the East Coast variety. ;)

Even though I’m away, I do have my house all decked out for the holiday. So today I thought I would share a few more photos of my red, white, and blue home. I hope you enjoy! And Happy 4th of July, everyone!











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Hiya Peeps! I wanted to make sure to pop in here today to wish you all a VERY joyous and blessed Easter holiday! And of course I have a few more photos of my spring and Easter decor to still share with you. Can’t let a holiday pass without my seasonal pretties. Because after all, you all KNOW I have a soft spot for the holidays.

From my home to yours

Happy Easter

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Holiday House

Feels like I’ve been slow as molasses this year, but I think I’ve finally got my house almost, pretty much, close to, just about decorated for the holidays. And just in time, too. My favorite holiday visitors, my mom and dad, are here now for a 3 week visit, and of course everything needed to be perfectly festive for their arrival. For me, once my family is all together, that means that Christmas is truly here! Let the celebration begin!

Since I am finally just about ready, I wanted to share some holiday photos with you. One of my favorite spots to decorate in my house is the dining room. I’ve been collecting antique china and ironstone for quite some time, and my dining room is my favorite place to display my treasures. I try to change out my display for every holiday and season.  Feels a bit like playing dollhouse as an adult, and I just love that.

For Christmas this year, I wanted a crisp and calm look inspired by elements from nature. My faux tree stands in the corner, dressed only in its winter white lights.

My antique sideboard is filled with my favorite things. Crisp white ironstone and sparkly silver pressed aluminum, winter-print transferware, pine boughs, and my treasured Lori Mitchell holiday figures.

Glittered snowflakes and shiny silver ornaments. Chenille stem candy canes. Vintage pieces. Modern holiday decor. Homespun treasures.

I hope you enjoy!

Happy Holidays, everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving, from my house to yours.

May your day be filled

with family and friends

laughter and togetherness

and most of all

good eats!

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Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend. It’s been beautiful here these past two days, and nice and quiet, too. On a lovely day like today, I thought it would be nice to take you visiting with me again, to show you the second half of my girls’ weekend away to Wilmington last month.

As many of you know by now, I absolutely adore going antiquing, and Wilmington is a fantastic place for treasure seekers like me. Top on our priority list of places to visit was Castle Street, a quaint shopping district dedicated to antique and vintage thrift shops. In an area of about 2 square blocks, there are 9 stores to visit, and of course we hit them all.

One shop was even housed in an old church. I loved the wooden ceilings and the stained glass windows. Such a fun place.

After spending most of the day in the New Castle Antique District, we headed towards the riverfront area. And got a much needed pick-me-up at Port City Java, followed by more shopping along Front Street.

Afterward was a fabulous dinner at Fish Bites, Wilmington’s second-highest rated restaurant. The highest ranked restaurant we hit the night before. :)

What a wonderful time we had. If you are ever in North Carolina, I highly recommend a visit to Wilmington. And if you come, I’ll pop up and join you!

Thanks for visiting with me. It’s always more fun to have YOU along.

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As is so often the case with me on the last day of each month, I find myself thinking and planning for the days ahead. Today, I’m starting to put away my Valentine’s decor and pack things up for a new season. Time to put away the red transferware, and think of something new……..perhaps brown instead? Maybe a hint of green? So many possibilities. So many dreams. I’m not sure which direction things will go yet, but I can say this. I predict many rabbits and sweet Easter things on the horizon.

As many of you know by now, I absolutely love a holiday. I don’t let many pass without bringing out my seasonal treasures and sprucing up the house with a little holiday spirit. Lately, I’ve been scouring the antiques stores for spring items, like this sweet trio of vintage figures. It may be just a tad early for Easter, but this ol’ gal is going to be ready.

The cute guy on the left is a hand-painted paper mache rabbit from the 20′s or 30′s that originally held candy in the basket on its back. The sweetie on the right is a cotton and pipe cleaner rabbit from Occupied Japan. It has a real feather for the greens of the carrot and ears made from paper. I love the hand-made delicate nature of them all, and adore the combination of textures mixed with the vintage crocheted hen.

Bringing out my Easter things has put me in the mood for a little spring crafting.

I found the most fabulous vintage image from the Graphics Fairy, and along with a bit of new paper to get me inspired, spent a fun morning in my scraproom, just creating for fun.

Paper is from the My Mind’s Eye 6×6 Fine & Dandy paper pad. I added a strip of blue paper from Cosmo Cricket’s Material Girl, a few pearls and photo corners and a sentiment banner printed from my computer.

The tag makes me happy. I recycled it from my vintage paper mache rabbit purchase and just flipped it to the back side. I’m always looking for ways to recycle, and smile knowing the details of my sweet rabbit are on the other side. Of course I had to dress the tag up with a few extra goodies. A chipboard flourish that I painted light blue. A satin ribbon recycled from an old package. The hemp string from the tag. A snippet of leftover Vintage Inspired Netting from Webster’s Pages. And a lovely Maya Road velvet flower from my stash.

Here’s wishing a little spring to come your way!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

{If you’re looking for my Monday Kraft Journal post, please scroll down}

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