Christmas, Thursday Favorite Things

Celebrating The Holidays at Thursday Favorite Things


Season’s Greetings dear readers! Welcome back to Thursday Favorite Things! I am so happy to be joining Katherine at Katherine’s Corner and a wonderful group of blogging friends as a co-hostess for this fantastic weekly link party for bloggers and blog readers too! If you are looking to grow your blog, make new friends, and be inspired each week, this is the place to be. *Bloggers: If you would like a chance to be featured, please leave me a comment with the number of your link up. We can’t wait to see what you have to share this week! (If you missed last week’s party you can find it here???? To get the party started, let’s take a look at what I have been up to recently:



Christmas Swag using fresh holly and ivy

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Swag

On Monday I kicked off a busy and exciting week of home tours and blog hops by hosting the Christmas Porches and Holiday Door Decor Blog Hop. I shared my last minute Christmas swag which was inspired by the old nineteenth century Christmas Carol, The Holly and The Ivy. I used fresh and free cuttings from the holly bushes and ivy growing around our front porch. This was such a fun blog hop with so many wonderful ideas for decorating your porch for the holidays or winter!



Easy Christmas Porch Decor Ideas

On Tuesday I joined Kendra at Joy In Our Home for the Christmas Festival Blog Hop. Twenty-Five bloggers are participating and there is a different theme each day of the week. Tuesday’s theme was porches, so I shared more of  my porch and a round up of Easy Porch Decor ideas.


Gluten Free Vegan gingerbread cookie recipe

Delicious Gluten Free Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

This week I did something I thought I would never do again…bake delicious gingerbread cookeis! It has been eight years since I was diagnosed with food allergies and I also avoid refined sugar, so I gave up on making cookies years ago! When I was asked to join the Eight Christmas Cookies To Jingle Your Bells” blog hop I decided I was up for the challenge, and I found a wonderful recipe for gluten free and vegan gingerbread cookies. I used coconut sugar and molasses in place of brown sugar. Even if you don’t have food allergies I highly recommend this recipe YUM!


Beautiful French Country Vintage and Traditional Christmas decorating ideas Christmas Home Tour Green and Gold Christmas

Christmas Tour Of Homes: A Warm Holiday Welcome

On Wednesday I offered a warm holiday welcome to readers as I shared a first look at this year’s French Country Christmas decor in the music room and some preview pictures of some of the other rooms I will be sharing in upcoming Christmas home tours. I am loving the green, gold and ivory theme I have chosen this year. I think it may be my favorite Christmas decor ever! I would love for you to take a look after partying at TFT today!




Tomorrow I will be joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for the Christmas Home Tours with 30 bloggers. I will be sharing more of my simplified and elegant vintage French Country Christmas.

Now it’s time for some inspiring features from the last TFT party!


Simple Christmas Decor In The Sunroom~Dabbling and Decorating



When Your Tree Sparkles So Much You Have to Sing - Thistlewood Farm

When Your Tree Sparkles So Much You Have To Sing~ Thistlewood Farms






Gingerbread House Tablescape~ Thistle Key Lane





Traditional Southern Christmas Mantel~ Virginia Sweet Pea



Little Red Truck

DIY Holiday Gift Bag Sign~ Centstible Chateau



Farm Fresh Christmas Trees free Christmas printable.

Farm Fresh Christmas Trees Free Printable~ Clean and Scentsible



free watercolor printables christmas winter photo with antlers and berries and greenery with the words merry and bright

Free Water Color Printables for Christmas~ My Wee Abode



Christmas kitchen, bottlebrush trees, Christmas tablescape

A Southern Inspired Christmas Kitchen~ A Southern Inspired Life




Want to make your house smell like Christmas? Try this delicious homemade Holiday Simmer Recipe to unleash the delicious scents of the season! This makes a great homemade gift too!

Holiday Simmer Recipe~Celebrating Everday Life



Bonus Features:

Kitchen renovation part 1 new counter and backsplash

My Kitchen New Counters and Backsplash~ Rever Un Couleur




Gluten Free Vegan Cranberry Bliss Bars~ Strength and Sunshine


Thank you to everyone who visited and participated in the last party. By the way, your comments make my day! Thank you friends!


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  • Reply Ann

    Amber thank you so kindly for the feature this week. I appreciate it so much!

    December 6, 2018 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

    Amber, I love the peek of the mannequin’s skirt in your music room! I’ll definitely go to the post to see the rest. Thanks for hosting, this week; I’ve linked at #62.

    December 6, 2018 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Jenna

    Thank you Amber, you certainly are busy busy this week, I can’t wait to peak at the home tour, alas, I’m still only half decorated!! My links are #82, 83, 88…Merry Merry!

    December 6, 2018 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Hi Amber, thank you so much for sharing the gingerbread tablescape post. I guess we both have gingerbread on our minds! Love your cookie recipe!

    December 6, 2018 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Julie Briones

    Oh, thank you for the feature, Amber! I’ll be linking up later this week, as my Christmas posts have gotten away from me (I told you my life was too crazy busy!) 😉 Be back this weekend!

    December 6, 2018 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    Thanks for hosting each week!! My Link Ups for this week are #107,111, 113!

    December 6, 2018 at 11:22 am
  • Reply michele@hellolovelystudio

    What glorious inspiration in this post today! I visited your home tour and love love love what you did with that dress form! So unique and whimsical and I am inspired to do something with little form since she hasn’t been dressed for some time. I thought it was a challenge learning to bake without gluten for my husband, but now that our son is vegan – I need help for those holidays when he visits–thanks for sharing! I’m at #112 (a vibrant farmhouse Christmas decor tour) and #114 (a quieter glimpse of the holiday decor in our prior home as well as my winning cookie recipe). Thanks so much for the opportunity to share, and peace to you, friend.

    December 6, 2018 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Pat

    Thanks for the great party Amber. So many fun ideas. This week I’m number 120. Hugs, Pat

    December 6, 2018 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Marilyn

    Thank you so much for hosting again this week. You always do so much for bloggers! Have a relaxing week! I am off to see some posts. Looks like a lot of inspiration tonight.

    December 6, 2018 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    Linking up #255, 256 this week. You’ve been busy, lady! Hope your Christmas energy keeps going for a couple more weeks! Hope you can relax a little this weekend!

    December 6, 2018 at 10:31 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Thank you for the party. Our links this week are: #259, #260, and #261.

    December 7, 2018 at 12:48 am
  • Reply Emily

    Thank you so much for hosting! Loving all these features!! Linking up #262 & #264

    December 7, 2018 at 1:01 am
  • Reply Christine

    Happy Holidays! Great link party and features! I am at #272 :).

    December 7, 2018 at 7:36 am
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