2016 Christmas Home Tour: Return of the Dinos

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Big thanks to Carrie from Lovely, Etc. for hosting A Very Merry Christmas Home Tour again this year; this is my third year participating, so I’m starting to feel like a veteran. Be sure to stick around to the end to find out how to enter to win $600 (!) to put toward your holiday shopping and to find the … Continue reading

Book A Day Advent Calendar/Christmas Countdown.

Book a Day Christmas countdown/Advent Calendar

We’ve been wrapping up Christmas books for the kids and reading one a night all during December for years and years now. It certainly isn’t an idea I originated, and I’m sure most everyone already knows about it, but I posted a photo of our stacks of Christmas books waiting to be wrapped up on Instagram last week and someone … Continue reading

Framed Vintage Christmas Sheet Music

frame vintage Christmas Carol sheet music for simple holiday decorating

I think this is the week when I’m supposed to show you my Thanksgiving table. We are hosting Thanksgiving this year, but my table’s going to look pretty much how it looked last year and the year before that, so you don’t get a new post about that. It will look pretty much like this, only with different chairs: So … Continue reading

Progress in the Den! Slow and Erratic Wins the Race.

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We’ve been watching The Crown on Netflix because the politics that happened 60 years ago in another country are easier and less scary to think about than the politics that are happening here and now….and it’s become very clear to me that the royal family has fancier gallery walls than I do. I’m a little embarrassed about my own gallery … Continue reading

DIY Road Trip Souvenir Christmas Ornaments (and a cautionary tale)

USA Map Christmas ornaments: DIY souvenirs from your summer road trip or other travels

Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! Last year I made and posted about our Christmas crackers Advent calendar type thing on December 14. This year I’m going to try something new: I’m going to get projects done and post about them early enough that 1. my own family can enjoy them and 2. anyone reading who would … Continue reading

Halloween 2016: Ridiculously Obscure Costumes + a Firefighter

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Later in the week I’ll have a (gasp!)…..Christmas post for you, but first here’s a quick goodbye to Halloween post. I hope none of you wanted to dress up as the Apollo 11 stones this year, because this post is coming too late to do you any good. File it away for next year. But let me back up. We … Continue reading

Abe’s National Parks Room: Updates Already

National Parks themed boys room with pillows and poster from Uncommon Goods

I can’t leave Abe’s room alone. I posted the reveal back in August, but I’d been working on the room for a full year before that, on and off, and apparently I can’t quite shake the habit. Also I wanted more pillows. I always intended to have more fun pillows on Abe’s bed than the couple that were around for … Continue reading

Dec-O-Ween! A Decomposing Composers Halloween

decomposing composers: antique violin case

It’s here! Dec-O-Ween week is here! This is my first time hosting a blog hop of any sort, and it’s been so much fun reading everyone’s posts and seeing the great Halloween decor they’ve all come up with. Make sure you take the time to check out all the other posts after you finish here! The kids and I had … Continue reading

Vintage Horror Movie Posters: Easy and Inexpensive Halloween Decorating

free printable dracula poster and halloween decorations

I should probably note for the record here that I do not enjoy horror movies. But I do enjoy their posters, at least their posters from old times. Actually, I could probably watch these particular movies, even, without being haunted for decades. Like after I made the mistake of watching Scream twenty years ago. I’m so fragile. We have a very … Continue reading

Sunroom Updates: A New Rug and a Cluttered Mantel

mantel with lots of vintage finds

We last visited the sunroom back in May (what?! how did that happen? I would have absolutely sworn it was July. Stop it, time!) when we had just moved Abe’s tent down there and made a kind of tossed together play area in one side of the room: Today I’m here to show you the slightly more pulled together, intentional … Continue reading