Friday, November 16, 2018

Wow Your Guests with A Welcoming Thanksgiving Entryway

Hi friends! Is your home already decorated for Christmas or are you a die hard after Thanksgiving decorator? I admit that my home is almost Christmas ready.  My boys will be in Sunday evening and they once mentioned that they would rather enjoy our Christmas décor as opposed to fall leaves and pumpkins.  Well you know that's all it took, so I have been a little elf and have been in a decorating frenzy.  I'll share my Christmas décor with you later.  For now, we have one of my favorite holidays right around the corner...Thanksgiving!

I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner, so my dining room is everything Thanksgiving.  If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, I imagine that you want your entryway to look festive and welcoming.  I love the colors of harvest time.  There is such warmth and beauty in the hues of fall.  There is still time to jazz up your front door before your guests arrive!

There is an old English proverb based on Matthew 6:22 which states the "eyes are the window to the soul".  I think it can also be said that the front door of a home is the window to the soul of the home.  The front door and surrounding outer entryway is the first impression for our guests.  Fall entryway decor can be a fabulous way to make that first impression a lasting one.  With the abundance of mums, pumpkins, gourds, and other fall flowers available this time of year, you too can welcome your Thanksgiving guests with a festive atmosphere.   I thought I would put together a few fantastic examples for you to peruse, maybe with a cup of hot cider by your side. 

We will start with my home.  The front entryway is normally decorated with pumpkins topiaries, corn stalks, mums, grapevine wreaths with burlap roses, and jaunty scarecrows. I place corn stalks close to the front door.  Since I decided to decorate early for Christmas, this front door entry décor has been moved to our side door.  Most of our guests always arrive at that door anyway.  Lets look at some other festive entryways!
This lovely entryway is compliments of the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina.  I love the corn stalks attached to the posts.  The scarecrows can be stored away until next October and this entry would be a delightful way to welcome guests for Thanksgiving dinner.
Notice the carved street number in one of the pumpkins pictured below fromCornerstone Homes.  Pumpkins and gourds can be used throughout fall; however, many stores begin to sell their pumpkins for a reduced rate after Halloween.  A teacher friend of mine purchased three buggies full of pumpkins from a local super store for all of 23 cents!  Not 23 cents each, three buggies full for 23 cents!  If you want to jazz up your entryway for Thanksgiving, check out the sales.
Here is another example with mums, pumpkins, and stalks.The golden light glowing from the door and windows gives this home a warm and inviting look.Another beautiful entryway!  This one is from Dysfunctional Design blog.  Okay, I would have to sweep up the leaves, but they look great here!
This entryway from Something to Some People is understated, yet lovely.  I think the pea gravel walkway lends a rustic look along with the stone dwelling.  I bet the owner of this home has afternoon tea.
Southern Living is known for beautiful photography and classic designs.  The addition of the lanterns adds a special touch to this welcoming front porch.
I hope I have inspired you with some last minute decorating ideas.  Head outside and make your front door and entryway a place where the eye lingers, the heart stills, and a smile crosses the face of your Thanksgiving guests. 
Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving from Still Woods Farmhouse

Thursday, November 1, 2018

A Day With Mr Darcy...The New Man In My Life!

Hi friends! Hope you all had a wonderful October. I wrote this post months ago and am finally getting around to posting it.  After I decided to start blogging again, my mother was rushed to surgery with a ruptured colon and was the hospital and rehab for over two months. Life suddenly revolved around ICU visiting hours and meeting with doctors.  I am happy to report that she is home and doing well. The Lord blessed us beyond measure with her incredible recovery. I'll write more about her journey later.  So for now, let me tell you about my little ray of sunshine!

Last summer a new man came into my life, much to the distress of my husband! Whereas my husband has beautiful blue eyes, my new guy has big, brown eyes. The type that seem to look into your soul. In fact, that is what drew me to him...that look he gave me the first time we met. It was love as first sight. My new fellow is soft and likes to cuddle.  My husband is rock hard and when he doesn't shave for a day, his stubble feels like course sandpaper. Whereas one is 6'2" the other is, well very short! I am sure you have deduced (as if the photos didn't give it away) that my new man is of the canine variety.  Let me introduce you!

His name is Darcy Bennet. He is named for that famous, moody character in one of my favorite books.  I often call him Darcy Doodle or Mr. Darcy. He is an apricot toy poodle. When we first got him home, he weighed a little more than one pound. Much to our dismay, we found out that he was very sick with parasites.  Unfortunately, he had to be admitted to our local Animal ER the day after we brought him home. They put him on IV meds immediately. After he perked up, they brought him out to see us before we left for the night.  Look at his little paw with the IV. So pitiful.

I went to visit him the next day and he looked 100% better.  He had the entire hospital staff wanting to care for him! After vacationing at the ER for a few days, he came home to us a totally different pup. He did require a great deal of care. We had to syringe feed Darcy every four hours throughout the day and night.  This was in addition to meds given during the day.  It was exhausting, but I realized that he was totally helpless and dependent on us to survive.
Nasty meds and yummy food!
After he recovered, we found out that he was  a very mischievous pup. He was so little that he would get himself into some precarious predicaments. Help! How do I get out?
He also loved to sit for photographs.  We call this one, You Are My Bucket List!
First trip to see his human Dad's office! He was quite the handsome fellow that day!
Cute, little toys don't stand a chance with Mr. Darcy!

We live in the south so you can expect a hurricane or two to crop up. Darcy was ready!
We couldn't decide which costume to wear that first Halloween. How about a Fire Pup?
Or maybe a Super Pup?!!

Oh my goodness!  How quickly a year went! He looks totally miserable here. I bet he is thinking, "Really? Do I really have to sit here with this hat on and take yet another photo?"!!

A little laundry room boredom while the floors were being mopped! He is an expert at looking pitiful.
He loves to play Canasta with the family! 
Darcy is always on the lookout for a snack! Look how much he has changed.

I could go on and on and show you a gazillion photos, but will stop here.  Look for him on Instagram soon.  He is a special part of our family.  Everyone needs a Mr. Darcy in their life and I'm so glad that we have our very own.

Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

Thursday, July 19, 2018

A Fresh, New Start

Almost a year ago, I wrote a quick post saying that I was "Back in the Saddle Again"! After a few less than inspiring blog posts, I just quit.  So if you don't believe me when I say that I am starting again... I will understand! To be very candid, a few things turned me off of blogging.

So here they are...
#1- I was invited to attend a few swingers parties. This does not mean sitting on a front porch swing with a glass of sweet iced tea conversing with a good friend. It does not mean swinging away the hours reading a great book or working on your Bible Study (my favorite place to work on my studies). To say I was shocked by the invitation is putting it mildly.
#2- As I read other blogs, I began to compare my little blog to the other blogs. I wondered who would want to spend their time reading about Still Woods Farmhouse when there were so many wonderful blogs out there?
#3- My time was consumed with a new business endeavor and I found my time management skills went out the window.  
#4- I found out that the invitation in #1 was from a neighboring city.  The closeness of this invitation really... REALLY bothered me and that was the end of my blogging. 

But you know what? I have decided to set new parameters on who can see and comment on my blog to avoid creepers... I will not allow comparisons to destroy my joy of blogging... and I will strive to manage my time so that I have a designated blogging time.

I love the blogging community! I have belly laughed over blog posts, cried when a fellow blogger lost her battle with cancer, rejoiced at the birth of long awaited children or grandchildren, had the privilege of praying for fellow bloggers, and been inspired by a new recipe or a home project.  Why should I allow the reasons listed above to stop me from enjoying blogging?  I know that answer... I shouldn't.

As I'm writing this post, the rain is falling as is has been off and on for days.  I am reminded that the rain washes away the dirt and grime.  It gives new life to that which is dried up and parched.  Rain is a special gift of time to readers and to writers. It refreshes the soul.  So it is a fresh, new blogging start from here on.  I think I will grab a glass of sweet iced tea, my summer Bible study and go swing for awhile.  

"Let my teaching fall on you like rain" Deuteronomy 32:2

Blessings my friends from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse