Spindle & Rye: December 2015

Painted Fox: Leather/Canvas Bag

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy "almost" New Year friends!

One day to go and we put this year to bed and ring in the New Year!
I don't know about you, but I like to start off the New Year fresh and this Painted Fox Sunny Saturday Morning leather & canvas bag is the perfect addition to any wardrobe!

Christmas Traditions Around the World

Friday, December 18, 2015

We as Americans have our own Christmas traditions, and some of us are adding to that list making new ones with our family each year.

I thought it would be fun to take a peek at how some other Countries celebrate the holiday in their own special way. You might be surprised on what day the holiday is celebrated, or the interesting food that is eaten.
You might even want to incorporate some of these special traditions into your own home this year!

Painted Fox: Rustic Moxie Clip Chain

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Every square inch of my home is covered in "Christmas" and I wouldn't have it any other way. Christmas is my most very favorite time of the year!
Let's face it, I wait twelve long months for it to make it's way back around again, I might as well do it up right!

OREO Cheesecake Shots

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpreadOREOCheer #CollectiveBias

There's no better time of the year than to spread the holiday cheer! 
When an easy recipe comes my way that doesn't take a lot of time or effort, I take advantage of the opportunity to serve it up to my family.

Elf on the Shelf Gift Ideas

Sunday, December 13, 2015

If you follow me on Instagram, you are very much aware that I am having wayyyy too much fun with our Elf on the Shelf again this year! I think this little guy is just the cutest thing! It's so fun to get creative in the ways to have your child "discover" him/her each morning.

Truth be told, our Buddy elf is for my daughter Chloe.......and shes 23 years old! She has a ball looking for him every morning and I wouldn't have it any other way! Proof that Christmas is magical and fun, regardless of your age.

At Home for the Holidays with Glade

Thursday, December 10, 2015

There's something sentimental about the last couple months of the year. Yes, they are hurried with holiday shopping, menu planning and setting out holiday decor, but they are also a time to reflect on your family and friends and special memories you have made throughout the years.

I'm a candle lover by nature and always look forward to filling each room in my home with the new scents of the season. I love how each scent in the Glade®Limited Edition Winter Collection instantly reminds me of Christmas, hanging ornaments on the tree and spreading sentiments of peace and love.

Painted Fox: Cast Iron Bird Set

How are you doing with your holiday decorating? I pretty much wrapped up all of my decor right before I shared my Blogger Holiday Home Tour last week. But of course, I'm always switching things up and adding a few "extra" pieces!

I have dedicated holiday pieces specific for Christmas, but I always leave a few non themed items in each room that can pull double duty and be left out all year.

December Blog Post Ideas

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


There's nothing worse as a blog owner than to have writers block. Ok, I take that back. If you typed in your blog URL and saw an error message of "page not found", that would certainly be worse than writers block...you get the picture. You love to write. You know how to write, you just don't always know what  to write.

Holiday Re-Mix: Maple Bacon Fudge

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

2015 was definitely the year that I stepped up my "baking game". I look at baking in a similar way as I do interior design. I see a recipe I love, then I put a special little twist on it to make it my own.

I'm a chocolate lover by nature, and there's no better time of year to incorporate chocolate my addiction into Holiday recipes.  This recipe uses NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE semisweet chocolate chips and peanut butter......a marriage made in heaven in my book. Add in maple bacon, and you have a Holiday re-mix of the Century.  Such a clever twist on a classic fudge recipe!

If you like to bake homemade food items for Christmas gifts, these Maple Bacon Fudge squares will fit perfectly into kraft bags or small boxes to add to festive gift baskets.

My daughter always says "everything's just better with bacon". Judging from how fast these fudge squares disappeared from my kitchen, I'd say she's right!

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Monday, December 7, 2015

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DIY: Bird Seed Ornaments

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Michigan winters can be rough, especially for my feathered friends who like to hang out in the trees in my backyard. I'm a bird lover by nature. I hang several of my mason jar bird feeders throughout my yard all year round. Afterall, their hunger doesn't stop for the birds just because it's cold outside.

I have been making these DIY Bird Seed Ornaments for years, They pull double duty. They help keep the birds fed through the cold winter months, and look super cute hanging from my mini Christmas tree next to my deck.

These DIY bird seed ornaments would really make thoughtful Christmas gifts for bird lovers on your holiday list. Just wrap each one in kraft butcher paper, and set inside a burlap bag or small box wrapped in twine.

Painted Fox: Nantucket Driftwood Bowls

Thursday, December 3, 2015

If you wait on the edge of your seat for my new Painted Fox Design Series item of the week.....boy was it worth the wait!

I recently mentioned on a Periscope video that you would soon be seeing a driftwood piece arriving in my collection, and today is the day!

If you're anything like me, you have been staring at the photo above for longer than you care to admit.
How gorgeous are these Nantucket Driftwood Bowls?  I love adding nature inspired pieces to my home and these bowls  do not disappoint! Some may see a coastal vibe, while others see rustic or farmhouse. Driftwood is a gift from nature, and these bowls will easily lend themselves to any type of home decor.

Blogger Holiday Home Tour 2015!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Happy Wednesday!

My super sweet friend Sandra from the Rustic Life Blog asked myself, and nine other bloggers to participate in a blogger holiday home tour back in October. We have been planning this for weeks, and I'm so excited this day is finally here! I'm so honored to join in with this amazingly talented group of women that I'm happy to call my friends.

Holiday Goodie Bags with Hefty

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Raise your hand if you are in "full Christmas mode" like me! Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it definitely puts the holiday pressure on. Most of these days I find myself looking at the clock at 9:00 pm wondering where the entire day went.