White, Silver, and Burlap Christmas Mantel

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After the abundance of our Fall Mantel – appropriate with the theme of Thanksgiving, harvest and all – I was in the mood for a quieter mantel (meaning less cluttered – I don’t think I’ll ever tire of sparkle at Christmas!) for the holidays. Two things I knew I wanted to start with were my […]


Christmas Links & Monday’s Menu

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Happy Monday – I hope you all had a great weekend! Ours was spent composting all the Thanksgiving decorations (well, the pumpkins and such – the ceramic turkeys were stored for next year…) and dragging out the Christmas decorating boxes. Though my daughter and I had high hopes, we didn’t accomplish as much as we’d […]


15 Awesome Christmas Cookies (And 3 More…)

Christmas Goodies Collage

I’m so excited to share with you this list of our family’s favorite Christmas cookies, candies, and goodies! These have all passed the taste test and most are holiday staples that I make every year. But I’ve also included year-around treats like chocolate chip cookies because they are awesome to have as the “regular cookie” […]


Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving, friends- I hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating the holiday! Btw, I’m loving the book-page banner and how easy it was to make one that said “give thanks” to replace the “fall” banner. The song from this Psalm (100:4-5) always goes through my head on Thanksgiving: Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His […]


Simple, White & Natural Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Happy day before Thanksgiving! I thought I’d share with you my Simple, White, and Natural Thanksgiving tablescape so you could see that a beautiful table doesn’t have to be: expensive complicated over-the-top take a lot of time Of course it can be, but that’s not what we’re about here at AOC! We like things simple […]


Book Page and Sheet Music Decoupaged Coasters

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I just love how these decoupaged coasters turned out and I am excited to share them with you – including the steps to make these yourself and a printable for the holiday words I used! Although there’s nothing new about decoupaging coasters, it’s still a wonderful way to upcycle old, outdated coasters into either gifts or […]


Merry Christmas!

We hope you have a blessed and wonderful holiday!Love, Jami & Brian           


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service- Free Download

I’m so happy to share with you that my friend, Amy, at Raising Arrows is offering a Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service download FREE to all her subscribers. It is a simple, meaningful way to celebrate Christ’s birth which I LOVE and hope to use with our extended family this year. Amy has a large […]


Book Page Ornament Tutorial: Accordion-Fold Rosette

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Ornaments made from vintage book pages seem to be pretty popular. There are many different kinds I’ve seen, and I made a few this year to add to our Christmas decorations. I like them all, but my favorite is this Rosette Ornament I made with accordion folds. You definitely get a lot of bang for […]


Christmas Tree 2011

We finally finished decorating our tree two days ago. We got it on Saturday afternoon, but had a concert that night and when we got out the lights for it on Sunday, two fairly new strands of 250 lights didn’t work. Two. From sitting in the box in the attic. How does this even happen? […]


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