cyber monday specials!

| holidays

happy cyber monday, lovelies!  today i thought i would share with you some online deals shared by other handmade artists.  first up, is a little discount for my etsy shops!

enjoy 20% off both of ghtr’s etsy shops, home to roost and the kitchen roost until midnight tonight, cst.  discount will be refunded promptly via paypal.

10% off everything at la famille at home! use coupon code BEMERRY at checkout.

15% off at city chic country mouse! use code THANKS2010 at checkout.

get 50% off at bluestar fuzzies and bluestar ink from until 11:59pm cst, on all items in both shops!  just enter the coupon code CYBERMONDAY50 at checkout.

20% off all orders at both alicia bock photography and her etsy shop, ends at midnight. enter code WINTERLOVE at checkout.

20% off at oh, buckets until 10pm cst- enter code XMAS2010 at checkout!

20 items on sale for $20 each at spool no. 72! ends at midnight pst, all sales final, while supplies last.

10% off airport love story and school girl crush using coupon code “happyholidays” at checkout, plus buy 2 get 1 free anytime at beads in flight!

25% off your entire purchase at green rainbow! use coupon code GCYBER.


having your own cyber monday special?


whether you’re having a sale or just want to share your favorites, please let us know about them in the comment section!


| holidays

thanksgiving is over and the leftovers are gone. today, most of us will return to our normal schedules and see that the hype of the holidays is upon us.  before the busyness sets back in, i want to take a moment to give thanks.  there are so very many things that i am thankful for, and i know i don’t say thank you enough. today and always, i am thankful for:

my husband, my light, my love and my life entertainment

my mom and dad, for the selfless love they give

my sister and how she makes me laugh

my grandma, and all the times we spend in the kitchen

my mom, dad & sister-in law for the inspiration and laughter they spread

great food and a family that loves to cook

toaster, and his willingness to snuggle

our jobs, and the way they fulfill us

safe travels, for the many miles we drive

great tasting coffee on cold mornings

having a deeper desire within me to do better and be a better person

for you, and your faithfulness- and how you make me smile!

for every blessing in our lives, that too often get overlooked.

what are you thankful for this thanksgiving?

black friday & cyper monday special

| holidays

 leaf with droplets {leaf with droplets}

hello lovelies! did you have a happy thanksgiving? i spent the entire day cooking with my mom, and today i’ll be doing the same with my mom-in-law.  before i dash off to more great food, i wanted to pop in and share a little special with you!

for black friday and cyber monday, enjoy 20% off both ghtr etsy shops: home to roost and the kitchen roost, valid friday nov. 26th through monday nov. 29th at midnight. discount will be refunded promptly via paypal. happy shopping!

having your own holiday sale? please share yours or your favorites with us in the comment section!

a vintage christmas

| holidays

rifle paper co.

rifle paper co.

even though our homes and hearts are filled with thanksgiving, it’s time to start thinking about christmas cheer as well. soon, we’ll be gathering holiday stamps and begin sending christmas cards to our friends and families, and i love these vintage inspired ones by rifle paper company.  with beautiful typography, pretty colors and scenes reminiscent of a simpler time, these cards are sure to bring back nostalgic memories.

as we all are traveling, cooking and spending time with family, i’ll be taking the rest of the week off to celebrate thanksgiving with our families.  i may be popping in with a post or two, and a possible surprise on friday (wink wink), but until then, i wish you all a beautiful holiday and wonderful times with your loved ones.

happy thanksgiving!

butternut squash soup from roost

| holidays

during our visit last week, my sister and i had some of the most delectable butternut squash soup we had ever had, and decided to try to recreate it ourselves for thanksgiving.  in search for a similar recipe, i found this butternut squash soup recipe from one of my favorite cooking blogs, roost.  it’s accompanied by pear, cider & vanilla and sounds like the perfect addition to our family meal this thursday.

are you trying anything different for your thanksgiving meal this year?

paper leaves

| handmade

paprer leaves

these paper leaves are actually a wallpaper created for your iphone or ipad, but seeing them just seemed to get my creative juices going. wouldn’t it be pretty to make your own paper leaves and crumple them about your thanksgiving day table? you could use children’s craft paper, or pretty scrapbooking paper. glitter them up or leave them plain, string them from the chandelier or use them as a center piece. you could even use them as place cards!

getting in the spirit

| lifestyle

happy monday to you! after a long weekend of over 24 hours of driving, we made it back to our hometown! greeted with both of our familes, good food and warm hugs- we couldn’t be more excited to be home this week for the holidays. helping me get in the spirit, is this new-to-me company, plümo.

toadstool clips
pop up cards

bird brooch
how was your weekend?

our pike’s peak adventure

| bonnie forkner

pike's peak colorado springs
this week i’m so excited to have my sister and dear friend in town for a visit. they are our first official visitors since the big move! to really show them the views of colorado, we took a cog to the top of pike’s peak. it’s the highest cog in the world and the views are absolutely stunning!

pike's peak colorado springs
i love looking at the tree line on this mountain, it makes for such a pretty cap on the top.

pike's peak colorado springs
pike's peak colorado springs
pike's peak colorado springs
the day was so clear and the sky was such a brilliant blue, it was the perfect conditions to see way off in the distance. these snow capped mountains are over 100 miles away!

pike's peak colorado springs
even though the high in colorado springs was 60°F yesterday, on the top of pike’s peak it was 4°F  with winds blowing up to 70 mph! i’ve never experienced such conditions! the wind was so strong that we could fall into backwards and not fall down.  there was also a sweet little cafe on top where we enjoyed some warm hot chocolate and some chili.

pike's peak colorado springs
and here’s the little red train we traveled on!

we’re going to be driving home to north carolina this weekend for thanksgiving, so i’ll be signing off until monday. i hope each of you have a wonderful weekend and i hope to see you back here next week! love, bonnie

{photos: bonnie forkner}