House Happenings & Halloween Decor

Afternoon y'all! I just woke up.  HAAAAAAAAA! Just kidding.  I did sleep until 8 though, which is amazing when you have a 2 year-old/early-riser.  He's been waking up at 5:30 am every morning and this morning I was all, "oh no you di'n't!" and I gave him some milk and a kiss and he went back to bed.  It's a small but huge victory for this mama. 

Sooo last night I got a very lovely package from Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda.  For those who don't know, she has a gorgeous Blue & White Porcelain online store, and in a ridiculous moment of blue and white kismet, I won her ginger jar giveaway!  Well, yesterday I received not one, but two ginger jars.  I thought it was a mistake, but Jennifer insisted it was a housewarming gift.  It was so sweet and beyond generous of her.  I can tell you they are truly gorgeous in person.  You should all go out and buy a pair right now.  I'm not even just saying that to be nice.  I'm going to try and do all of my Christmas shopping through bloggers' online stores, you know support my peeps, and I will definitely be spending time in all of The Pink Pagoda shops - she sells porcelain, prints and accessories (like my famous iPhone case, and cute mugs and pillows and stamps, oh my!) Definitely a great resource for gifts and blue and white. 

So here are my new ginger jars on the mantle in the family room:

Purdy purdy right!

One more view from the front door.  I'm kind of obsessed.

Speaking of front door, it has not been painted.  I'm totally confident in my painting skillz, but I'm not confident in Edward's, and since he is hell-bent on "helping" me, I decided to leave it to the pros.  Now I just need to call the pros ... 

Here's my new little black and white pillow from the Nate Berkus for Target collection.

I'm not like obsessed with Nate or anything, but I happened to walk past this pillow and then I felt it and sniffed it (I worry about smells) and I was like, "oooh soft" and somehow it ended up on my sofa and I like it.  It feels like cashmere. 

Here's a little display in my entry.  I share this because those pink shells miraculously made it through the move.  I picked them up at the beach in Costa Rica and carried them on the plane in my pocket with a baby and a diaper bag.  They're super delicate so I'm amazed they've lasted. 

Things on the table to remind me to do them:

Bag of silver stuff to polish, tobacco leaf plates to hang (I'm in love with the tobacco leaf pattern), and mini-pot pies to make from the November House Beautiful.  (It's Sandra Lee so it's easy)

And finally, the moment you've all been waiting for .......

my Halloween Decor!  

Er uh hmmm.  I just, well, there's a pumpkin? and a jar of candy?  The Laura Trevey Rooster is going to be framed someday.   Hopefully soon, but ya never know! Anyway, I just can't get in to Halloween this year.  Maybe it's because Edward is terrified of every costume I try to put on him.  I think we're just going to skip it this year.  Except for the candy part.

Okay y'all! I've talked way too long! My posts have gotten way longer lately.  I'm a woman of a few thousand words, I've been told.  Have a lovely day! 


  1. Congrats on your big win! Your new ginger jars were made for your beautiful home. Glad you can buy your Halloween candy this early. My candy would be gone by tonight if I had a jar of it sitting around. I usually buy it afternoon of Halloween and only the stuff I don't like. It's amazing how my tastes change by the end of the evening if I'm craving sugar enough!

    1. Thanks Katie! I'm ok with jars of candy most of the time. It's bowls of spaghetti that get me ;)

  2. Tell me more about the Tobacco leave plates. They are gorgeous and I really need some!

    1. They're Mottahedah & I love them! I got a few for my wedding. I registered for them at the last minute. I want more!

    2. I googled afte posting. So in love with this! A little pricey for me though considering I have three kids who need things like food and clothes. I don't think it would go over well that I spent my budge on plates! I did ask my husband not to buy me any jewelry and just buy the plates. He looked at me and said, Really...plates?? Why doesn't he understand why I can't live without these plates??!

  3. I'm dying to win something on a blog! So fun! Glad you won the ginger jars! They are beautiful! I can't wait to trick or treat with my precious Layton….who doesn't love a cowgirl/granddaughter while trick or treating? And….we shall sneak over to Sarah Evans house this year for her impromptu party she always throws with her band…wish I'd done it last year! It's always a lot of fun! Maybe I can even blog about it? We shall see!

  4. awesome about those ginger jars - amazing luck to win! they're very pretty :)

  5. Are those Mottahedeh plate I spy? I just visited the shop and recognize that gorgeous pattern! You do beautiful justice to the ginger jars they look perfect on your mantle.....and how generous of Jennifer, she has beautiful taste and amazing things. Still think, with all the phone covers in the universe that hers are the very best!
    Looks like things are rocking and rolling over exciting and looking good!!!!! Have a great weekend!

  6. OMG, I am IN LOVE with the jars!!!! How SWEET of her to gift you the other one! I am going over there right now. Great idea to just skip halloween this year. XO, Pinky

  7. Jennifer, Those blue and white jars are just gorgeous, boy....what a wonderful prize to win! Of course, I WANT them so went over to Pink Pagoda and check them out. I was wondering what size yours are? She had 2 different was 14" and the other was 19". Also....can I please ask how wide your mantle is? I really want to get
    a set of these if they will fit on my mantle. The jars have a "beautiful" home to live in!!

  8. I'm at work (obvs) share where you will be Christmas shopping!

  9. Jennifer, I bought the jars from Jennifer and had to have the larger ones also. They look so beautiful on your mantel. Jennifer does have some wonderful pieces. So happy you are in your new home.

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