Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

When I was a kid one of my favorite things to do on a Sunday afternoon was to have my parents take me for a drive through neighborhoods to look at houses. Even at a young age, I was fascinated by charming homes. I guess I was a weird kid! We’d slowly wind up and down streets, gazing at front porches, doorways, windows, shutters, lanterns, all the things that make houses look inviting. Sometimes we’d drive through massive gates to get a closer look at a mansion, before getting scared off by giant dogs!

So, because my dream of a sweet escape has always been lovely homes, even more than traveling to far off lands (although in recent years traveling has become more and more intriguing while the upkeep of those dreamy houses is slowly losing its appeal!), today we are escaping through a few of the neighborhoods I grew up in or lived in during my adult years.

I’ve been privileged to live in beautiful neighborhoods that satisfied my romantic fairytale ideals of my youth! Enjoy the festive fall decor and your Sunday afternoon Drive By!

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses
Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

This one (below) was my parents house when my kids were younger:

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

Sweet Escape: Fairytale Houses

A Martha Moment & Giveaway

A Martha Moment & Giveaway

Ok, now girls (do I have any guy readers? I think not, or they are too afraid to admit it), you KNOW I am not crafty. You know it. There is no hiding that fact. I don’t knit, sew, glue or stitch. However, I did have a proud moment to share with you. Now, I know this is going to seem SO shameless and self-serving to share this, but since my crafty moments are so far and few between I hope you will indulge me in this one moment of crafty glory.

So I am pouring over my coveted copy of Victoria Magazine, drooling over each and every romantically delightful page. When suddenly I see MY CRAFT IDEA from a page in my blog duplicated in the glorious pages of Victoria! Now granted, it is not my photo. And they used different fruit and a fresh wreath, which is obviously so much better, but I didn’t have a fresh wreath in September nor did I have those exact fruits.

Point is, I thought my idea was ridiculously too simple for it to be worthy of mention in such an esteemed place as Victoria! But now that I see it there, I am thinking hey, watch out Martha, there is a new crafty goddess in town! My self-esteem is soaring and and I have a new attitude. Give me a call, Victoria if you need any further ideas. I will see what I can whip up for the next issue. Stay tuned for The Inspired Room, the craft blog of a domestic genius. This could be good!

A Martha Moment & GiveawayA Martha Moment & Giveaway

Since my inner domestic diva is now awakening to its fullest potential, my new friend Erin at Design for Mankind has asked me, ok she begged me, to participate in a little Pay It Forward craftiness and you know I need more to do in life so I’ve agreed. Here’s the deal, don’t all rush for my comments at once because I KNOW you will want a handmade gift from me, you need to read this first:

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. If anyone is interested in joining in, I will send a handmade gift to the first three to leave a comment with their promise to pay it forward.

Because I know that everyone will want to receive a handmade gift from me (everyone needs a good laugh now and then), and only three will have this privilege, blech, I’m gonna make you a deal. IF you leave me a comment here with a link to a SIMPLE BUT GLORIOUSLY WONDERFUL HOMEMADE GIFT IDEA that EVEN I COULD DO, one of you at random will also get the gift. You don’t have to participate in the pay it forward to be included in the bonus gift. (And don’t forget, my BIG 100th POST GIVEAWAY is coming up soon!)

I need help people! This is a desperate cry for help! Don’t desert me now!

UPDATE: We have two eager crafters and one dreading the idea like me! Hooray! So, we have our crafty three! But, we STILL NEED IDEAS ! Especially Julie and I, the pathetic non-crafters. We need simple ideas, lightweight (cheap for mailing!), and super cute. So, keep the ideas coming or Julie and I will be up a creek! Remember, one lucky idea giver will receive one of my crafts, and if that isn’t enough to make you comment here, I don’t know what is.

A Martha Moment & Giveaway

Wreath photo #1 from Victoria Magazine, wreath # 2 is my own creation, other photos from Martha Stewart and JCrew

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!

A Martha Moment & Giveaway
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