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.
plumo

 
toadstool clips
 plumo
 
pop up cards

plumo
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}

lolley’s curiosites

| handmade

lolley's curiosites

lolley’s curiosite’s feeds the most beautiful part of my imagination.  i can see myself right along in the forest with all of these creatures. reading a book with an inch worm and frolicking about with a herd of reindeer, i would be completely satisfied to be in any of these scenes. i’ll be daydreaming all day!