Spindle & Rye: November 2015

Festive Holiday Hot Cocoa Station

Monday, November 30, 2015

Turkey Day was a success and now we are in full on Christmas! This is such a magical time of the year. There are festive and pretty decor items abound, warm hearts and warm mugs of hot cocoa.
Nothing says "welcome to my home" more than a sweet and functional little hot cocoa station for your holiday guests.

Painted Fox Black Friday Sale: Farmhouse Plate Rack

Friday, November 27, 2015

I have to admit, a few years ago I ventured out shopping on Black Friday. Mostly because I had never done it before and wanted to see what all the "hoopla" was  about. Let's just say if getting shoved in crowds and standing in long lines is your boogie, then Black Friday shopping at the mall is for you. Me? not so much!
I'd much rather shop online in the comfort of my own home in my jammies holding a cup of hot chocolate.

I'm so excited to introduce you to yet another new item available in the Painted Fox store. Not only is this Farmhouse Plate Rack a new product to Painted Fox, but it's also included in the Painted Fox Black Friday sale. Talk about farmhouse swag!

This rustic Farmhouse Plate Rack is perfect for all decor styles and is a great addition to your existing farmhouse kitchen pieces. I love the chicken wire detail wrapped around all four sides at the bottom of the rack. Such a cute added extra touch!

I used this beautiful piece on Thanksgiving for small bowls, plates and mugs. It was perfect to bring to the table at dessert time for assorted trail mixes, mini desserts, my peppermint bark pretzels and mugs for hot chocolate and coffee.

There's so much more holiday to celebrate friends! Head on over to Painted Fox to add this functional (and gorgeous) piece to your kitchen collection at a discount of 40%! There's no code to enter at checkout and you can purchase it for $25 and some change!

Free Christmas Printable

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Printables for me are a fun and easy way to “fill in” some areas of my home by printing them out and displaying in frames. Most frames can be purchased at craft stores from $5.00-$10.00 depending on the style you choose.

Holidays with Hallmark: Peppermint Bark Pretzels

Monday, November 23, 2015

Nothing says the holidays are here more than Hallmark! We already know that Hallmark carries such a great variety of Christmas Cards, Gifts, Ornaments and Decorations, but did you know that they also carry specialty teas, soaps and holiday candy?

Made From Scratch Brownies

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ooey, gooey made from scratch brownies anyone?
Who doesn’t love the wafting smell of  baking brownies filling up your house? Did you know that even the faintest smells can trigger memories from years ago?
Thankfully, I have so many wonderful ones of baking & cooking with my Mother as a child. She passed on when I was 15 years old, so I hold onto those pretty tightly.
I’m so happy that my daughter and I can do the same. She just turned 23 years old a few days ago, but never too old to crack eggs with Mom.

Painted Fox Design Series: Rustic Farmhouse Baskets

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Happy Thursday friends!

Some girls have an addiction to shoes or handbags, mine falls more under the category of baskets.
Big ones, small ones, wicker, metal, rustic, farmhouse........if "basket" is in the product title, I'm more than likely to snatch it up and bring it home.

Baskets are so much fun......they can be used in such a wide array of ways, from displaying holiday decor, stacking dishes for serving, even using them in your outdoor garden spaces.

Christmas With At Home Stores

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Christmas is most definitely the most wonderful time of the year!
I have been blessed to work with some amazing companies this past year and At Home Stores is definitely at the top of that list!

How to Link Blog Photos To URL'S

Monday, November 16, 2015

Happy Monday friends!

If you've landed here on my blog, you're either an active blogger yourself or a person who likes to read blogs. Welcome to Spindle & Rye!

I often think about blogging, how we can make it better as a community, how we can help and support each other with more visits, comments etc. Blogging to me, is like reading a newspaper article, but only better because unlike a newspaper, blogs are filled with not only great stories, but beautiful photos!

Painted Fox: Farm Fresh Chicken Tins

 Happy Thursday friends!

When the Thanksgiving decor is going up in my house I get really excited because I know that Christmas isn't too far behind! I'm not a real heavy Thanksgiving decorator, but I do have a few cute things I like to put out each year. Tom the Turkey is on the top of my list.
How cute is this little guy?
I found him at Joann Fabrics and I think he's the perfect added touch to my new Painted Fox "Farm Fresh Chicken" tins!

Benjamin Moore 2016 Color of the Year

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I'm not sure about you, but I was "over the moon" when I heard the news that the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year is "Simply White".

2015 was the year that I turned my home from "builder beige" into a white wonderland. I had my home built and never really gave the paint color a second thought until I realized that dark beige gets old.......fast. It doesn't really lend itself well to a more neutral decor color palette. I spent a good part of the year rolling up my sleeves, grabbing my white paint can and the transformation began. I was able to re-paint my entire kitchen, Great Room and main entry hallway a beautiful shade of white.

Painted Fox:Farmhouse Zinc Bowl Pair

Thursday, November 5, 2015

I know that I say it every week, but you can't imagine how much fun I'm having introducing these new and unique Painted Fox items picked especially for you!

And then it happened......these Farmhouse Zinc Bowls came into my life. When these beauties arrived, I truly pulled them out of their box and stared.....and stared....and this went on for about a half hour.

I just could not get over their true beauty!

Sparklefly Holiday Candles!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Happy November friends!

I don't know about you, but these cooler fall days have me getting into hibernation mode. You know what I mean......snuggling by a fire at night under a warm throw, lighting some of your favorite scented candles and heading to bed earlier. In honor of my candle addiction, I'm officially declaring this week "National Candle Week"!

Candles not only smell amazing, they feel like a warm hug on a cool night. They set the tone for a cozy welcoming room. This time of year I literally go "candle crazy" and pretty much have a candle lit in every room of my home. 

Everything Home Magazine Launch!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Welcome to the Premiere Issue of Everything Home Magazine!
I can hardly believe that this day has finally arrived friends! I have to be honest, I am filled with so many emotions today that I can hardly describe it!

It has been a long six weeks since we first announced Everything Home Magazine.
I actually remember the exact moment when I decided this was a project I wanted to undertake. I remember being filled with excitement to be able to share so many amazing people and talents all in one place. I have always been a promoter of lifting up others on Instagram. I have from day one. I have blogged my ideas to share my success as well as hosting Periscope chats. I have always felt it important to be transparent and an honest person. Why wouldn't I want to share how to work with your favorite companies or brands? Tips & tricks you might not already know about and make it easier for you who could be struggling with a same situation I was once in?
It's in my nature, it's just who I am. And so Everything Home Magazine was born.

I needed an amazing crew to make this idea come to life and I knew just who to reach out too! I sent text messages and private direct messages through Instagram asking others to hop on board. It was at this point that I didn't have many details to share. I didn't even tell anyone it was a magazine! I am overwhelmed when I recall each and every person saying "yes", not even knowing what I was asking them to do! To me? this is a testament to the strong friendships and trust that are created through Instagram over time.

Over the next six weeks the Everything Home team went from friends to family. I truly mean this in every sense of the word. We communicate daily through our Instagram direct messages, emails, our Google Group and through text messages. Everyone on the team is important, everyone has an opinion, everyone is heard. That's just our family dynamic.

A very special mention goes out to Daraka McCrackin, who is not only my co Editor, she is my very best friend. Without her help, my idea for Everything Home Magazine would never have been possible. Our daily chats, the sleepless nights, laughs and tears.....I wouldn't trade any of it with this beautiful soul by my side.

Through all of our hard work, we have created an amazing Premiere Launch issue that we couldn't be more proud of! We are featuring some of your favorite Instagram friends as well as bloggers. Some people you may already know, some you may be learning about for the first time through reading their story in our magazine. This is the whole idea behind Everything Home, to showcase as many people as possible in one place.
Our Everything Home Magazine motto is "we believe a light is bright enough to shine on many, not just one". This motto echos on every page!

We hope you enjoy reading the magazine as much as we have enjoyed creating it for you! We are already looking forward to next months issue and everything that is to come in the future. Your support of our magazine and it's contributors has been strongly felt every step of the way, and we appreciate it so much.

Please visit our advertisers who took a leap of faith with us and take a peek at the "Meet the Contributors" pages to get to know these inspiring talented people that I am so very lucky to call "family".

If you are not already following the Everything Home Magazine Instagram account, please do so for more information on how to use our column hashtags for a chance at a possible feature in a future issue.

Grab a cup of coffee, sit back & enjoy!