Happy Thanksgiving

Hello Friends and happy Monday! This is Thanksgiving week for those of us in the U.S., and I know it is a super busy time of year. There’s planning and shopping and cooking and baking to be done, and of course this week heralds in the official start of the Christmas holiday season. So I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the sweet birthday greetings yesterday and to wish you all a very happy holiday!

My boy is coming home tomorrow, and I am so excited, but I’m not at all ready. Today will be planning and shopping. And tomorrow, we start to celebrate.

But before the festivities begin, I wanted to thank you once again for all your visits and sweet comments left here on my blog. Your support and friendships mean the world to me!

And before the real craziness of this week begins, I thought I would share a peek of my holiday home with you all today.

You all know by now how much I love to decorate. The holidays are such a special time of year, and I try to capture their spirit in all my surroundings. I hope my home reflects the joy I feel to my loved ones. And I really hope you all enjoy it, too.

So from my house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! May your plate overflow with good food, and your home be filled with the love of family and friends!


























The 2015 Halloween Haunted House Tour Begins

2015-halloween-haunted-houseHappy Friday, Friends, and welcome to day one of my annual Halloween Haunted House Tour!

I thought I’d begin today where I often begin such tours, in my front entryway. This is the spot that greets my guests first.

In the entryway, I have this side table which is the perfect little landing for lots of my seasonal decor. The antique blue milk jug is leftover from my summer patriotic decorations, and was originally meant to come down for the fall… but I love it too much. So here it stayed. And around it I built my Halloween scene.

I love trays and baskets and containers and jugs for grouping my collections of things. Here on my side table, an antique hammered aluminum tray really grounds and pulls all of these pieces together. Then stacks of vintage books help stagger heights and dimension.

I like to mix little things in with the big. I think it’s these small surprises that reveal themselves the more you look that adds such fun to a scene. Like my wee Little Missy’s acorn zombie here. Peek-a-boo!

Doesn’t that blue milk jug bring out the color in Mr. Pumpkin-head’s eyes?

The under side of my entry table isn’t too pretty with that return vent, but it is a great spot for a large wicker basket and can be filled with lots and lots of Halloween spooks.

Including some of my own handcrafts. And vintage linens. And more hammered aluminum.

As well as a spooky tree, and a sweet seed-covered wooden owl with giant googly eyes. My gosh that thing makes me smile!

The other spot in my entryway is the stair well with my antique Shaker bench.

And of course the bench is piled with trays and baskets and vintage enamelware pots, both above and below.


I made those fabric pumpkins last year. I had to jam them a bit to both fit, but I love how they look in there, layered with vintage silver and ironstone and a spooky blackbird.

My tiny Halloween tree with my friend, Kurt’s, hand-painted acorn zombies.

The view from below.

My handmade hoot owl and a new metal kitty, gathered in a basket with vintage linens.

The girls and I tried our hands at Halloween configuration boxes this year. Joanne collected the rocks around Niagara Falls this past summer that were used for the tombstones, and she had old newspaper from the 1960’s that we used to cover the boxes. So fun!

I do so hope you enjoyed the beginning of the tour! I’ll share more next Friday.

Thank you so much for stopping by everyone! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

I’m a Little Crabby with BasicGrey


Hello, hello and happy Monday to you! Hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend. It was a busy one for us, but a very happy kind of busy. The Little Missy and I have just returned from a lovely three days at the North Carolina shore, celebrating a special birthday of a very special friend. What a fabulous time we have had! I’ve been quite spoiled, my friends… with perfect weather, great friends, and a condo right on the beach with a private strip of sand practically all to ourselves. It doesn’t get much better than that. I am a lucky, lucky girl.
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I had every best intention of getting some more of my holiday cards completed this weekend, but of course that never happened. I was waaaay too distracted by talk and snacks to get anything done. But in honor of my beach trip, I do have a fun nautical project to share with you today. A little crabby home decor piece, made with BasicGrey’s adorable beach collection Adrift.

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I found this wooden crab shape on clearance at my local big box craft store. Such a great deal at only $2, and so fun to dress up with my favorite beachy papers. I mixed lots of prints here for some eye catching interest, and grunged things up with a bit of sandpaper and white paint. Added a couple of hang tags, and a big double bow. Simple, shabby beach cottage charm.

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I’ve got more details up on the BasicGrey blog, if you care to take a peek. And I’ll link you to all the supplies below. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!



The Stars & Stripes with Simple Stories

I’ve got a couple of patriotic projects to share with you today, just in time for the Fourth of July, made with Simple Stories’ new 12×12 Collection Kit, Stars & Stripes.

Stars & Stripes is such a great collection. Of course it’s perfect for all your summer papercrafting needs, but I have to say that I am crazy for the ol’ red, white, and blue any time of the year. I think my favorite thing from this collection has got to be that adorable surf wagon, and I couldn’t resist using it in both projects today. It’s got that laid-back California surfer vibe I remember from my early days.

First up, a quick and easy home decor frame, made with one of the larger 4×6 journaling cards. I had just enough room for a couple of layers of papers underneath, and because I removed the glass, I could build up layers on top, too.

I simply added a twine tie, and a few Stars & Stripes stickers. Thought the scalloped border made an awesome “road” for my wagon to cruise on. Super simple, and fun.


And because I love that little car so much, I made a matching card using the smaller cardstock sticker.

A smaller 3×4 journaling card this time and Stars & Stripes stickers.  I popped some of them up with foam dots for a bit of depth in my little scene. I’ve got the details, along with the complete supply list, up on the Simple Stories blog, if you’d like to learn more


Thanks so much for stopping by! Just a few more days until the 4th! Have any fun plans in the works?

Remember This Day with BasicGrey


AudreyPettit BG TeaGarden RememberHangingHello Sweeties! Happy Friday! We are in celebration mode here at my house today.  What I didn’t really realize was that, because of some brand new end-of-year testing changes and senior exemptions, etc, etc…. well….. that we only have two more days of school next week. And then we are done! Finished! And ohmyword, then my wee Missy Peanut will be graduating! And as you can imagine, I am a whirlwind of emotion about that….

AudreyPettit BG TeaGarden RememberHanging2Today I have a sweet home decor project to share with you. A shabby chic wall hanging I made with BasicGrey’s beautiful Tea Garden collection. I must say, I really do love a good wall hanging. They are such an easy way to add a bit of handmade or seasonal decor to your home, and there is always a little nook or cranny they could be stuck into, or a spare doorknob they could hang from. This particular hanging, with the sentiment on this sticker, seems so fitting for the happenings in our house right now, and is a motto I am trying to embrace. Time just moves so quickly, and kids grow up so fast. I am really trying to stop, slow down, and remember each day.

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Lots of layers of pretty Tea Garden papers, and a bit of corrugated cardboard for structure. The beautiful flowers were fussy cut from the 12×12 papers. A label sticker sentiment on the top corner, layered over additional banner and border strips. I even made a shaker element on the side using recycled plastic packaging and handmade sequins. I’ve got more details up on the BasicGrey blog, if you care to take a peek!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you all have a wonderful, amazing weekend! And cheers to a three-day weekend here in the states!



Rose Hip 12×12 Paper
Earl Grey 12×12 Paper
Green Tea 12×12 Paper
Spiced 12×12 Paper
Jasmine 12×12 Paper
Chai 12×12 Paper
Element Stickers
Border Punch: Fiskars
Trim: Stampin’Up (chevron twill), vintage seam binding
Clothespin: Little Yellow Bicycle
Paint, Ink: Ranger Distress

A Deco Foil Shamrock with Therm O Web

Yesterday I decided it was time to put away all my snowmen and winter decor. It’s kind of a herculean task, and one I don’t really look forward to, but I think we’ve truly turned the corner here in North Carolina. And it’s time. So I spent most of the day packaging up my boxes and tubs, and making about 50 thousand trips up and down the stairs. And now things are looking a little stark and bare in my house.

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Of course I have many, many tubs of spring and Easter to bring out, and that will be the next step. But then I thought that, for a few days at least, I could enjoy some St. Patty’s Day things, if I had any…. so in comes today’s project. A fun little framed shamrock decor made with Therm O Web’s fabulous new Deco Foil and lots of shabby Distress goodness.

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I have to say, I really am crushing on that shiny green foil. Love the shabby chippy look of it mixed with that washed Distress background. It’s right up my funky junk alley. I used the liquid Deco Glue and a flat paintbrush to get the striated foil application once again. The shamrock was made with Tim Holtz’s fabulous new Sizzix Alterations Heartfelt die. I busted out one of my super old Stampin’Up stamps and a sweet vintage button and twine to add some extra detail.

My funky little frame is now gracing the table in my front entryway, along with a few other things I managed to pull together for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s not much, but it does make me smile… I’m hoping it brings a smile to your face, too.

I don’t know how you all feel about monster dolls, but we are crazy for them here at my house. The Girls and I have been making quite a few of them lately at our weekly crafty play dates, and of course we had to try our hand at a St. Patty’s version. Here is my guy, all decked out in his finest duds.

Don’t you love his top hat and all his fancy finery?

I’ve added a few of my other favorite “green” and “lucky” items to complete the scene. A perfect heart-shaped rock I found out on the nature trail one day. Some round “lucky” pebbles I collected from the beach. Nik made me that little chenille froggy when she was wee tiny little.

Love having a big basket underneath my table, as it’s the perfect spot for piling up lots and lots of stuff. I’ve got some vintage linen here, and vintage table wear, too. The bright green Majolica plate screams St. Patty’s, without being themed in the least.

The paper shamrock is an old, old project of mine, the very first one that I made as a member of the Glue Arts design team. It’s one of my favorite “paper pillow” projects, made from a recycled grocery bag. Ah, happy memories! And last, but not least, here is my wee Nik’s St. Patty’s monster doll. So adorable! She has a great eye for color and pattern, too, and is becoming quite the expert doll maker. I love that she loves to make them as much as I do.

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! I’ve got a full tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more about my shamrock Deco Foil frame. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Just You, Me, & the Sea with BasicGrey


Hello, hello! Happy Wednesday, my friends! Today I am up on the BasicGrey blog with a beachy home decor project. A little paper pillow tuck made with BasicGrey’s adorable new nautical collection, Adrift.

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The nautical look has been really popular recently in the papercrafting world, and that makes this ol’ gal happy, happy, I must say.  If you like beachy, you’re going to love Adrift. It is such a bright and vibrant line, great for beach and seaside layouts and cards, or for adding a touch of nautical flair to your home decor.

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You may have noticed. Little paper pillow are one of my favorite home decor projects. They are super quick and easy to make, and they can fit into any small nook or cranny in your home decor. I like to tuck them into a basket or bowl, or even use them like a pillow on couch or chair. Right now, it’s making me happy to have a little reminder of the sea after my four day trip to the beach last weekend.

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Although I have to say……. my little beach star is kind of clashing with all my winter snowmen….