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Good Monday morning friends, how was your weekend? Did you have a lot of trick or treaters? What did you dress as? We didn’t attended any parties this year so I did not have a fun Halloween costume, I did however see some really great ones in my neighborhood and on Instagram. There are so many creative people, I particularly enjoy when families pick a theme, like Harry Potter or Scooby Doo and everyone in the family dresses as a character.
We did not have any trick or treaters at the house. Our neighborhood doesn’t have streetlights and it is very dark so they only allow trick or treating on two long streets that end in cul du sacs; anyone that wants to drive their golf cart to the cut du sac to hand out candy is welcome to.
Aside from that the weekend was busy hanging light fixtures, or should I say helping my husband hang the light fixtures. A few of the pieces we ordered arrived this week. Originally I had another pair of sconces picked out but they are backordered and one sconce is about 3 times the price of this pair. I got tired of waiting so I ordered this pair (as a place holder)and they arrived in 2 days. They are very well made and priced that I decided to cancel my original order. I am going to change the shades but they work for now. Slowly but surely the little things are getting done, the major projects as I have mentioned or not on the calendar until April or May.
We also did a little clean up in the yard from all of the wind and storms this week, we must have picked up 500 pinecones. Did I mention that our house, actually the entire neighborhood and village is filled with Longleaf pines? The U.S Forest Service was here two weeks ago inspecting all of our trees to see if they are healthy and if not letting us know what to do about them. Longleaf pines have a very interesting history, “out of the 92 million acres of pines that were spread over 1,200 miles in the American Southeast two centuries ago, only roughly 2 million are left, or 2.2% of the original forests.” Source Here.
I made a pinecone wreath, it is my first diy project for Christmas and I am so excited because I have never made a wreath before. Ironically I did not use any of the pinecones from my yard, I had to forage them elsewhere. I will share the tutorial with you later this week, it is so easy you are going to want to make one yourself.
I have all of my Christmas buckets piled up in the garage, my Christmas recipes sorted and my “Countdown to Christmas” list ready. I realize it is November 1st but I have a lot going on over the next two months and lots of visitors and I need to be organized to be ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Over the next few weeks I am going to share a few DIY projects I am making with all of my pinecones, as well as some homemade Christmas/holiday food gifts that you might want to gift to family and friends. I will also be sharing some gift guides for the men, women, children, bakers, book lovers, travelers, etc in your life. That said, I will not be bombarding you with them, in fact I might just add them to my “pages” and then direct you there. I will be sharing mostly the things I personally own or will be purchasing, once in awhile I might include an item from “my wish list.”
Last but not least I will continue to share my baking exploits and Friday Favorites as well. If there is anything you would like me to post about let me know and I will do my best.
How was your weekend? What did you do? Will you be decorating for Christmas earlier than normal? What about your Christmas shopping? Have you made any Christmas purchases yet?
I hope that you have a great week!