Wednesday, November 12, 2014

~Welcoming Guests for the Holidays and Simple & Sweet Fridays #141~

I love our new Welcome Holiday Sign.
I saw this idea in the November Country Living Magazine.
I just copied by eye the lettering from the magazine and then used a chalkboard paint pen to write the words 
onto an old antique silver tray.
I had a burlap wreath on our front door and
 just added the Welcome tray.
I tied it on with green jute.
Some Fall garland 
added for that festive look!
Now I can swap out the flowers next month to evergreens and holly
for Christmas!
While I was making the Thanksgiving wreath I made some gingerbread cake. I bought the mix from Traders Joe's. 
Love that store!!
It smelt so good cooking while working on the wreath.
Looking forward to dessert tonight!
Roses in bloom in the garden.

Such a wonderful surprise getting blooms from our peonies again! 
It's November in San Diego!!

Love the scent!
Stan and I went to Roger's Garden this week!
They had the most beautiful displays of Christmas trees already.

I'll share some more photos this week.
Love the holiday season!!

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  1. Hi Jody,

    Such warm and sweet ways to welcome your guests for the season. The chalkboard greeting, as well as the chocolate gingerbread loaf, would make any guest feel extra special. Thanks for hosting and have a lovely weekend!


  2. Love your creation. A beautiful welcome for everyone who comes to your door.

    Hugs from here

  3. I love your welcome tray wreath Jody! It's simply stunning!!
    Enjoy your peonies and lovely fall roses! We woke up to snow today. What a delight to know you are enjoying such beauty.
    All the best for an extraordinary end to your week.

  4. Your writing is so good!
    I bought that mix too..heard great things about it..will make little Nordic Ware Christmas houses as gifts~

  5. Love that tray Jody! what a great idea .... thank you for hosting.

  6. Hi Jody!
    LOVE your new Welcome sign!
    Loved seeing your photos of Roger's Gardens. It's one of my favorite places to visit in the Fall and Winter, especially around Christmas. It's magical there!! My husband has promised to take me the weekend after Thanksgiving :0)
    As always, thanks so much for hosting another fun party!
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    PS Loving this cooler Southern CA weather!

  7. Thanks for the feature, Jodi!!! You've made my day!

  8. We are getting our first snow of the season here in Idaho...brrr! Thanks so much for hosting each week!


  9. I made gingerbread too. It's the perfect time for it with all this cold weather. Thanks for hosting!

  10. I love gingerbread loaves. Just discovered your site. Thanks for hosting.
    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

  11. I love your welcome sign! It is so cute!

  12. Gingerbread and peonies! What could be better? (I love TJ's, too!) Pretty pics from Roger's Gardens!

  13. Hello!

    I love this tray/sign! I have one and just wrote random things on's stored away now. Out it comes tomorrow!!

    I want to thank your for the pumpkins...I have post coming soon where I am showing off your handiwork! I LOVE them. And the Snowman! Do you know I collect them?

    You included my share to your party...thank you again! I am chuffed!!

    And thanks for a nice comment. :)

    Jane x

  14. Oh my goodness! That Welcome door sign is so beautiful! I like it more than the inspiration piece in the magazine. Your photos of Rogers Garden are magnificent. If that doesn't get us into the Thanksgiving/Christmas spirit this month, nothing will.

    Wonderful features, especially love Everyday Living. Thank you so much for including my table and sharing all of us. Hope you have an awesome week~


  15. Your welcome sign is delightful! Then you followed it up with photos of gingerbread that I can smell, followed by roses and Christmas trees. Lovely images. Thanks for hosting this party; you always do a great job. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

  16. LOVE that gorgeous tray, so very unique and beautiful! Thank you so much for hosting!

  17. It has been a while since I have been to Rogers Garden. I used to spend my lunch hour there when things got too crazy in the office. I highly recommend if you find yourself near please visit.

    Thank you for hosting.


  18. That's a great wreath creation, Jody! I'm happy to have a post to share and thank you for hosting the party!

  19. Your wreath is gorgeous! I saw that in the magazine and was thinking about trying it. Now I am even more inspired!

  20. Thanks for hosting Jodi. Such great roses.

  21. Jody, beautiful features this week such lovely decorating ideas. Yum, the smell of gingerbread. I'm heading to Trader Joe's this weekend and will definitely pick up some gingerbread mix. Have a great weekend!

    Kim (WI)

  22. Hi Jody, lucky you that you have nice warm weather in CA! I love you flowers and the wreath and your chalkboard tray are just so nice and festive and you did a great job creating the same letters as on the magazine! Have a nice Friday and weekend.

  23. Beautiful my friend and thank you for hosting, there are so many wonderful things linked this week. xo

  24. Hello cute lady! What a fun party. Thank you for hosting. Please stop by our party. We would really appreciate it.
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

  25. Nice job on your fall wreath, wonderful that it can serve double decorating duty! Oh my! Rogers Garden is spectacular! They could lock me in overnight and I wouldn't mind at all being stuck in all that glorious Christmas Wonderland... Thanks for hosting;)

  26. Thank you so much for the feature and for the party! Enjoy your weekend! Blessings, Pam (

  27. omg!!! so tolle inspirationen!!! liebe grüße von angie aus deutschland


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