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  1. Sharon
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    I love this post! And I love your 200 feet of garland. It. is. beautiful!


  2. Sandi
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    I love the greenery. One cannot have too much greenery – unless it makes one trip and fall unbecomingly down the stairs, of course.

    Which is not your gig. 🙂

    I am so pleased you’re doing a video!!! You’re fabulous and I look forward to your continued rise in popularity. 😀


  3. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Your home is stunning as always!!! I LOVE all the greenery and who knew there was a difference! 😉 (and the mirror is still fabulous too!!)
    Love your wit and humor…thanks for the great read! And I did one of those videos awhile back for Hometalk…and managed to not make a complete fool of myself!lol (of course that’s debatable! 😉 )
    I’ll be watching!


  4. Debbie
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    I don’t know what you do for a living in your “real life,” but I hope you are a writer, because you have an amazing way of putting words together and creating the most outstanding sentences.

    I just know without thinking your home will be fantastic and magical and beautiful and you will win first prize by a landslide of whatever contest you enter!!!!!


  5. Amber
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    I am your friend, because I read the entire post! ha! 🙂 Actually, your writing is what I love about your blog! The garland looks lush and gorgeous!


  6. tammigirl
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    We have way too much in common… right up to the point where you actually DO the things you tell yourself you will do. I, on the other hand, make compulsive lists of things I am going to do right away. Then I do nothing. Well, that’s a lie. I snack. But only if snacks are easily accessible to me.

    Please tell me you have a maid. Or that Paul is an Obsessive-compulsive neat freak and he does it all. I really need to get to work on, well, anything around here.


  7. Alex
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Feel free to send some extra over my way to Canada. And while you’re it, hire the Wizard from Oz to bring me your house too. XO


  8. Colleen
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    I love how on the Google+ page you linked to, the other participants have these sweet orderly smiles, then we have you, in classic form, who looks like you have excitedly escaped your orderly. I can’t wait to watch. Please sing a song.


    • KL
      December 3, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

      I just guffawed out loud (laughed out loud would have been too extreme an understatement and how GREAT is the word ‘guffaw’?!) at ‘escaped your orderly’. Thank you for the icing on the cake that is this post.


  9. Barb
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    You win. I must come and steal your white cabinet. What is you address? I know, creepy- blog -stalker. But look at it this way, you started it. I really need it. Look at it as charity for an antique dealer who sells all of her stuff, keeps nothing for herself but crappy projects that never get done. Love your blog. I know, you win and you like me even more. (I have shared you with others, more creepers, on the way.)


  10. Christy @ Our Southern Home
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    You have just made my day! I laughed and laughed because I can so relate and then I went back and Oooo’d and Awe’d! Beautiful and so worth the garland effort! ~Christy


  11. Robin
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    It’s all beautiful, all 200 ft. of it, and you are so funny and smart. Hope you holidays are wonderful… 🙂 Trust me, Mom is looking down on your with pride. You got a lot more than just bow-making skills!


  12. Ginny
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    You make this internet blog world marvelous! I drop whatever I am doing to read your newest post! I am in the process of decorating, so you have really inspired me! Maybe I need an overload of garland… 🙂


  13. Paula@SweetPea
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    I am in love with your live garland and agree that it looks a million times better than the faux stuff. I’ll bet that your home smells wonderful, too!


  14. Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    Oh I hope you do burst into song, no pressure. Your home looks amazing as I totally expected. Came to see your tour this morning and since it wasn’t up yet, found myself reading about your best friend and about five other posts…stopping by here is sabotage for my to-do list! Your house looks fabulous!!!


  15. Meghan Furst
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    WOW! I was surprised when I saw the pictures of your beautiful home today. Last week your place was such a mess. (I was gratified to see that. Actually.) Just call me petty and childish. We should get along well. 🙂 Your house is really, really nice. How are you going to keep your visitors out of the kitchen? Also – Good Luck today!


  16. Sarah Starr
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    My Christmas preparations this year were a lot like yours–except instead of evergreen garland, ribbon. Yards and yards of ribbon to wrap around dozens and dozens of vintage wooden spools and spindles. And not just any ribbon–I made the proclamation that I would only use vintage ribbon… Because the $15+/yard (plus shipping…) vintage jacquard trim (from France!) is just so much fancier! It just is!

    I have not stopped to calculate my total ribbon expenditure because math and budgeting do not mix well with fanciful Christmas cheer–but I am almost certain I spent more on ribbons and spools than on actual Christmas presents…


  17. Kate
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    You’ll be swell! You’ll be great!
    Gonna have the whole world on the plate!


  18. Marty Walden
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    You are a hysterically funny writer with a gift of self deprecation and self promotion at the same time. How is that even possible? Good luck on your hangout. You’ll be fine. Just don’t forget to go live 🙂


  19. Garden, Home and Party
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    Your house looks great, and yes, I did read every word. The idea for the mantle is inspired! Too bad I didn’t have it many Christmases ago, I forever have little nail holes in the top of my mantle to keep the garland, which is faux, from falling into the fire. I don’t want to hear that the 200 ft. of garland is dead by Christmas…let me know.


  20. Diana C.
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    Well, as I stand here feverishly cutting out my newly-inspired mantel extension board, the thought occurs to me that I almost never want to stab myself during these fits of creativity run amuck. The very real concern is preventing myself from stabbing those around me! Namely my wonderful, patience-of-Job husband as he either offers non-solicited advice, but more often wants to hand me a glass of wine (to wash down the Valium) and tell me to quit for the night. I am never sure if it’s my nerves he is looking to preserve, or his own. Either way, I plug forward and usually end up with excellent results. How my marriage of 36 years has endured these OCD fits of decorating, crafting, and repurposing, is a testament to the power of love… and more than a little prayer!

    Beautiful garland; your home must smell like Christmas Heaven. I guess that artificial stuff I picked up at a yard sale last summer is going in a dumpster somewhere. I am German by heritage and didn’t even know we had our own version of glitter; must get some… yesterday.

    See you at 2:00 o’clock!


    • Just Me
      December 5, 2013 @ 7:26 am

      Husbands have to suffer through it all with us. I told mine to stop making comments as we were opening boxes in the garage. Need to get them out of there so we can get his car in. Moved recently. He wants me to toss everything. “That’s my stuff in there and I want it. Hush up, pub-leeze!” Him: “I can’t help it if an involuntary utterance slips out here and there.”


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