“Blessed Assurance”

 

 

Today I went to our church Christmas shopping event and purchased these sweet cards with a verse of the hymn “Blessed Assurance”.  I immediately began humming the hymn that I grew up singing as a child.  What a sweet reminder especially during this Thanksgiving season that no matter what I may be walking through, it is my story and my song…praising my SAVIOR all the day long!  May this time of year be a reminder that in all circumstances we can praise our Heavenly Father!

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Fondly~
Mary

 

Gotta eat on Halloween!

Growing up it was always a tradition to have a hot bowl of chili before going trick or treating.  I have since carried that tradition into my family and each year my kids know what is for dinner the night of Halloween! It just feel right to have chili and cornbread.  If you are still deciding what to feed your family tomorrow night, here are a few recipes that are super yummy and won’t leave any of your Faries and Pirates hungry!

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White Chicken Chili Barefeet in the Kitchen

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 Trader Joes recently opened here in Birmingham! Two of my favorite items to buy is their cornbread mix and their Cookie Butter.

32809-Cornbread-mix If you have never had Cookie Butter, I describe it as “crack in a jar”…. you can’t put it down! Here is a cookie recipe using the Cookie Butter.  The only thing I add is a warm Cookie Butter drizzle on top!

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Baking Bites

 We eat them while watching football, hence the WAR EAGLE platter!

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Happy Halloween-

Mary

Trick or Treat

I don’t know if your family is like ours, but holidays seem to “sneak” up on us while we are busy living our daily lives and doing what we do!!  So… for all of us last-minute holiday doers, here are some easy Halloween ideas that won’t leave you out in the cold with the werewolves!

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Stacking pumpkins around is a quick and easy way to get into the spirit.  The black tree is fun and could be cut out of black butcher paper purchased and a teacher supply store.

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Painting pumpkins rather than carving allows you to use your pumpkins all the way through the Thanksgiving season.  Great way to get the most bang for your buck!

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Who wouldn’t want these on their Thanksgiving table???

Happy Halloween!
Mary

Happy Fall!

Today is officially fall!! It is truly my favorite season.  I love the sights and smells that it brings.  In honor of its beginning, I wanted to share some yummy recipes that you might like to try this season along with a few ideas to bring fall inside your home.

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Cotton and plaid are two hot items for fall. If you have not already, you will begin seeing these two EVERYWHERE! Try and find little places within your home to add a touch of these two very fall, yet very southern elements.

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Antique Farm House

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Just wing it!

All too often, wingback chairs have unfairly be placed in the category of something found in our grandmother’s living room!  Many of us even have one or two in our garage or attic that are family hand-me-downs. You hate it, it’s ugly, but  you don’t want to give it away in fear you will hurt maw-maw’s feelings.  I say…. Bring it out! Recover it and enjoy!!  Wingback chairs are COOL, HIP, ROOM STATEMENT PIECES.

The great thing is that they go anywhere.  Anchor a fireplace, use them in a bedroom or even put them at the ends of your dining room table.

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Have a great day!
Mary

Do you know what you are sitting on??

My mother is famous for cutting out articles and passing them on to those that would benefit greatly from it’s content.  I have a file folder full of anything from how to raise children (a lot on that topic) to decorating a cake.  But somewhere in the middle I found an interesting article that came out of Woman’s Day Magazine in 1967. Furniture has a personality all it’s own and a time period to represent.  Let’s see if you have any of these Early American pieces in your home today!!
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William and Mary 1690-1725 ( also known as the Baroque style) This tends to be one of my favorites due to it’s strong Euopean influence.
Furniture began to change in America due to new styles coming out of England.  The gateleg table was very popular due to its drop leaf frame. Side chairs remain straight with scroll work.
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New England 1700-1870                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Painted Windsor chairs and chests were common for this period.  Corner cupboards, open dressers and tall case clocks all depict furniture from New England.

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Shaker 1776-1900                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The furniture in this period was all about function, not fashion. There is a lack ornamental design in the make of the furniture. Draw pulls are plain, and chair frames were often dark red.

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Pennsylvania 1700-1870                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Pennsylvania style is very similar to the New England style with the exception of the Germans and Swiss  influence. The Germans loved color and design. The tulip was their favorite motif.  The Windsor chair was first made in the Pennsylvania colony. Case clocks and chests were common in homes of this era.

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So there is your furniture history lesson for today.  Thanks mom for your clippings!!

Fondly,

Mary

In the market for a sofa?

Are you in the market for a new sofa? I have helped several clients lately with their purchase of a new sofa. It’s a major investment so buyers want to make sure to pick one that they will be happy with for a long time.

There are three popular styles of sofas-

Three Cushion Sofa:

Three cushion sofas are my personal favorite, especially for a family room. No matter if you choose a two or three cushion sofa, make sure that all top and bottom cushions are detachable.  By moving and flipping cushions around, the sign of wear is less noticeable.

Two Cushion Sofa:

Sectional:
Sectionals are not what they use to be! They are stylish, sleek and the perfect choice for a large family space.

No matter your style, here are a few things to consider when making your sofa purchase.

1) Strong Frame– Make sure your sofa frame is made of a hard wood such as oak. Wooden frames are less likely to warp or crack.
2) Cushion Filling-  Polyurethane foam is the most common filler. It is easy to care for and costs less. The best filler is a down mixed with foam. It gives a luxurious look, while keeping cost low.
3) Tight Springs– Springs are a necessity for a sturdy, comfortable sofa.  Before buying your sofa, make sure that the springs are made close together and tight.
4) Smart Fabrics- If your sofa gets lots of family love, stay away from natural blends with polyester of suede.  Those fabrics show signs of wear sooner than a cotton or linen blend.  A fabric that is 100% linen, will be HIGH maintenance.  Always wrinkled and always needing of a fluff!
Your sofa should complement your space. Be sure to take the time to consider  color, shape and size.
Fondly-
Mary

Brown Paper Packages….

If you are anything like me, you may not have all your presents wrapped and under the tree! And some of you may not have even know what you are going to wrap them in :)  Have no fear for Home Depot is near!  A role of brown paper from home Depot is cheap, looks great on any gift and can be used all year long!!

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Mary Crawford Design- Christmas Soaps

Christmas Soaps are ready for delivery! Whether it’s the bar soap wrapped and tied with a ribbon or the Joy pump soap, these gifts will make any hostess, neighbor or teacher happy this holiday season.  Order now until Thanksgiving and receive free shipping!

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Keeping It Simple… Easy Christmas mantel ideas

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Start thinking now about your Christmas mantel. This is a good time to take inventory of items you have on hand that can be used for a simple holiday mantel… keeping it simple!

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