This past week was the week that I kicked off Christmas at our house. This week’s 10 fabulous finds at Bluesky Browsing #16 is all about Christmas ideas for your home, inspiration for making crafts, and resources to inspire, entertain or inform you.
I hope that you had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving with family and friends. It was so good to have our older son with us this here.
Have you packed away all the Thanksgiving decorations? All our turkeys have been put to sleep for a year of rest.
I have been on the hunt for great Christmas projects. I found few new fun craft ideas ideas to share with you at 10 Fabulous Finds. And some awesome Christmas home decor.
I’m constantly discovering fabulous finds to inspire us. My goal is to help you find ideas for your home decor, your crafting, your home organization, and anything about home. I’ll throw in some good blogging information that I think will be beneficial to you.
Ready to see this week’s fab finds?
10 Fabulous Finds at Bluesky Browsing #15
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In case you missed last week’s 10 Fabulous Finds, here is Bluesky Browsing #15.
ON THE BLOG FRONT
- I caught up on entering blog expenses into my financial document on my computer. It feels so good to be up~to~date. How do you keep track of your finances?
- Jillian Leslie of Milo Tree recorded a Meditation on Gratitude on her Podcast that I liked and I wanted to pass it on.
- I downloaded a set of blog calendar spreadsheets for 2022 from Rock Content. You can get them for free. Besides an annual calendar with holidays already inserted, there are spreadsheets for blog posts, daily social media and email marketing planning and tracking, and one for lead magnets. All the spreadsheets are for January and you can copy for other months. You can print them off but they are intened to use online.
- I’ve never been a Black Friday Shopper. I can’t imagine anything worse than fighting crowds on the day after Thanksgiving. I do have a few Black Friday Deals that I think are worth taking advantage of this weekend. See Below.
- Last week at Bluesky at Home was all about Christmas: 9 Ways to Use Christmas Garland to Decorate Your Home, Yummy Apple Cider Martini, 10 Fabulous Finds #15
ON THE HOME FRONT
- Although it seemed like a short week, I felt it was a productive one. I gathered all our Thanksgiving decorations and packed them up. Sweet Shark put them in their designated spot in the garage with the fall and Halloween decor.
- I cleaned and dusted all surfaces downstairs in the house. I like to do this between decorating for different holidays. It’s amazing how much dust and debris builds up from decorations.
- Yesterday, we brought in most of the storage boxes with the Christmas decorations. There about 3 dozen of them. We’ll start with the garland and the big stuff and work our way to the small vignettes. I’m planning to mix up our decorations some this year. It usually takes us four to five days to get the house completely deorated for the holidays.
- I started making a few brand new DIY Christmas projects.
10 FABULOUS FINDS FOR THE HOME, CRAFTS AND RESOURCES TO SHARE
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Here we go with Bluesky Browsing #16. This is a really great list for everyone.
- My friend Crissy of First Day of Home shared a really cute way to make Christmas chargers using Mod Podge. I started making my set this week and I’ll share the post next week.
2. Next on my list of 10 Fabulous Finds is this rustic family home in Tennessee of Holly Williams’ (Hank Williams’ daughter). This cabin has been in the family for generations. Holly has updated it for gatherings and it is decked out for Christmas.
3. I had to share some of my favorite things that I’ve found online for Christmas home decor.
4. Here are some sales that I think are very worthwhile to take a look at; I’m sharing for information only; :
- Debbie Gartner’s course Journey to the Center of Amazon is on sale. I can personally vouch for this very informative course. I learned things I never knew about how to correctly use Amazon as an affiliate. During Black Friday week, use BLACKFRIDAY30 for $30 off bringing it down to just $67 where it normally sells like hotcakes. (affiliate)
- Here are a bunch of FREE resources shared by Amy Harrop. It’s from Thrive Anywhere. I’m checking these out. FREE is always good.
- Mike Futia’s Stupid Simple SEO self~study course is on sale. This is not the complete, full course (I have that one and it never goes on sale.), but It’s a slightly trimmed-down version of the full Stupid Simple SEO program, minus the Facebook group support and extra bonuses.
Mike created the Self-Study version of Stupid Simple SEO for newer bloggers who frankly couldn’t justify the financial and time commitment of going through the full VIP program. Sale is on through Monday and only happens once a year.
- I recently became aware of Cindy Bidar and I purchased one of her courses. She has another one on sale this weekend for those of you who want help about how to launch digital projects. It’s normally $97, on sale for $27 (not affiliate).
- If you have a Restored 316 theme on your site, then they are having a 25% off on many features. I’m seriously thinking about purchasing the Conversion Callout ConversionBlocks.
5. Do you like to dress up your tables with cool napkin folds? Or would you like to learn how to make several different ones? Here’s a good tutorial for napkin folds.
6. Do you binge~watch holiday~decorated homes? I love seeing beautiful homes decorated for the holidays. Here is another one from Michael Winn and his wife Melinda who tore down their Cape Cod 1950’s home and built a new dream home. I love the simplicity of their Christmas decorations.
7. My friend Rhoda of Southern Hospitality (Rhoda was one of the founders of Haven Conference.) shared her lovely Christmas tree and decorations in the kitchen. I love this sweet tree vignette.
8. Oh my gosh. Southern Living shared 124 ~ 124!! ~ lovely vignettes for Christmas. This was one of my favorites that I may use for our entry.
9. I have another treat to show you ~ one of my own. I’ve been making Marshmallow Pops for different holidays and occasions for a few years. The Christmas theme ones are so cute. Here’s what you need and how to make them.
10. BOOK OF THE WEEK: As I shared, I am an avid reader. I’m never without a book. I keep a running list of books I read. I checked and I now have 798 on the list.
Last on my list of 10 Fabulous Finds is a new best read. If you love a love story set against the backdrop of war, a connection between present~day and the past, you will love The Last Letter from Juliet by Melanie Hudson. This is one of the most captivating love stories I have ever read.
The two major women characters are so real and engaging you will wish you had known them. At the beginning of World War II, Juliet is a young woman in England whose parents taught her to fly as a young girl. She wants nothing more than to fly for the RAF as war comes to Britain.
Katherine is a modern~day woman whose husband passed away three years ago. She has not yet begun to move on with her life when her uncle invites her to spend the Christmas holidays in Cornwall. She stays at the cottage of a woman (Juliet) who she presumes has passed away.
Katherine finds Juliet’s last letter recounting her life, her love for Edward, how she became an ace flyer (one of the real~life Spitfire Sisters ~ Google it.), and the undercover work that she and Edward did in Europe.
As she learns to let go of the past, Katherine becomes enthralled reading Juliet’s story. As the story goes back and forth between Juliet’s letter and life and Katherine’s experiences in Cornwall and their lives come together, I promise you won’t be able to put this book down.
You will fall in love with Juliet and Katherine. I cried the last 20 pages of the book. It is touching and tragic, but the ending is exactly as it should be. I loved this book and could read it again.
That wraps up the 16th edition of Bluesky Browsing and 10 Fabulous Finds. What was your favorite from this collection of 10 favorite finds?
What are your favorite topics? I’d love to know what topics you are curious about. Let me know in the comments and I’ll
search browse for them. Be sure to PIN to keep these ideas handy.
In between decorating for Christmas, writing posts, taking courses, reading, and doing various blogging tasks, walking Nola, and playing tennis, I’ll be browsing away.
In the spirit of Christmas, I’m using my new holiday signature.