Extravaganza, festivities and more

Extravaganza, festivities and more

I am glad you all enjoyed the home tour! I added a couple of extra photos on this post for your enjoyment. I think I can safely say we are all crazy for Sunday drives through the neighborhoods! One of my friends always calls them “Drive Bys” but I think that sounds a little violent! LOL! We are just looking and shooting our cameras, not endangering their lives with weapons !

From now on our home tours will be a regular feature for us here, snooping around to find the coolest houses ever! I’ll be on the lookout for some Christmas front porches too as the season gets under way! I always go on some holiday Christmas tours inside of houses, but I have a feeling photography of interiors might be a no no. We’ll see what I can do!

So, this week we are going to kick off the holiday season with a bang! This Friday, November 2, I hope you will join me for my 100th post extravaganza! Just to make it super fun (well, that is the idea anyways so humor me here!), we are going to be setting up our own satellite party to coincide with the holiday festivities going on at The Blissful! Oh, yeah! While they are partying in Ohio, we’ll be partying at The Inspired Room blog. Hopefully we will get to peek in on The Blissful party and just have a great time getting in the holiday spirit. Maybe I’ll show some more holiday ideas from my house, too.

So start thinking of your favorite hors d’oeuvre, beverage or perfect hostess gift ideas to bring along to the party, because that is your ticket to get in! And if you invite your friends via your blog, all the better, you get BIG bonus points for that. Especially if you show your holiday party outfit on your blog (link from my comments so we can visit too!), so we know what you are wearing to the festivities! You do all those things and you are my BFF and I give bonus points in the drawing for BFFs. But, if you can’t manage the BFF thing, come by anyways! I’ll still like you. Come in your jeans and bring Velveeta if you want.

We’ll have a giveaway or two, including the mystery gift from The Blissful ( I am truly making this up as I go along so bear with me! ) and get pumped up about the holidays! I can’t wait! Mark your calendars for November 2, so you won’t forget! I’ll be putting out a few more posts before then too so stick around. Maybe you’ll sneak a peek at the mystery gift before Friday!

In other news, I have a couple of people to thank for awards, one goes to Plum Water Cottage for a You Make Me Smile Award and the other to Nunnie’s Attic for the Spirit of Christmas award. Thank you both so much for thinking of me, you are both so sweet! I haven’t yet had a chance to put together a list of folks to pass it along to, but I did want to acknowledge the awards before more time passes and you all think I am pathetic for not playing along! I’m just slow. I also have been tagged for a meme by Jacaranda Cottage (aka Cottage Contessa), which I will get working on too!

Also, I want to thank {this is glamorous} for spending the weekend finding the perfect craft for me! Clearly she was worried and didn’t want me to fall flat on my face trying to make an elaborate craft for my Pay It Forward project, and was determined to find something suitable! Thank goodness people watch out for me! What a sweetheart, I really appreciate it! I owe her big time now. I’m so excited, I’m gonna give her idea a try and you can all laugh at my attempt! It does look easy though, so maybe I’ll set up my own shop soon!

I also want to thank everyone who submitted ideas for easy crafts, I will announce the bonus winner of my craft giveaway this Friday along with our other festivities! TTFN!

Extravaganza, festivities and more

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

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