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What a week it was!

I finished planting all of my spring flowering bulbs for next year in the nick of time because it is pretty cold here now!

However, I have a few indoor bulbs left as I’m planting a few amaryllis and paperwhites for the sunroom.

But I kind of wanted to wait on those a bit so they bloom after Christmas.

I had a few amaryllises that bloomed around Christmas last year and while I appreciated them, I enjoy them much more after the holidays when all of the holiday decor is down.

close up of amaryllis flower at Christmas in the living room

With the gardening season in the rearview mirror here, I’m turning my attention to Christmas decorating here at the new house.

I am wrapping up my front entry hall with my new King of Christmas tree. And wound up ordering the wreath too.

And let me tell you it looks fabulous!!! I can’t wait to share this one with you soon.

front yard pond with footbridge in fall

We also closed up and winterized the ponds for the winter. Let’s all say a little prayer for the fish because I’m hoping they make it through the winter.

They should all be OK, but having never done this before, it’s all a learning experience for me.

But, I’ll tell you.

Even with frost on the plants, it’s still so pretty here!

purple mums and kale with frost on them in the backyard gardens

What I’m Shopping For This Week

Oh, I’ve been doing a lot of shopping for last-minute holiday decor here. Since we moved in just before the holidays last year, I didn’t decorate much, nor did I purchase much for the house.

So I sort of feel like I’m catching up. But it all takes time.

I’m also still potting up some plant divisions, so I’m still shopping around for them too.

fun planters at the garden nursery with houseplants

And I’ve been moving furniture around in the family room and thinking about adding some new items to spruce things up. I’m excited to see how this space will change over the next year.

Here’s what I shopped for this week!

Some BIG Winter Sales Happening Now!

If you are looking for last minute holiday attire, I got you.

My favorite places to shop are having huge sales right now.

orange garden mums with frost on them with view of the valley in new jersey in november

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

We had another busy week here as we head into the holiday season.

My supper club and I moved our monthly gathering up a week so we didn’t overlap with Thanksgiving next weekend.

So this week, we got together to celebrate Christmas with a family breakfast (or brunch depending on when you decide to wake up in the morning LOL).

christmas table ready for family breakfast or brunch decorated with chirstmas greenery and gold with centerpiece gold bucket filled with poinsettias and a crystal chandelier

The menu is incredible.

You’ll see the prettiest Christmas table centerpiece and decor ideas.

And I even shared how pretty the whole dining room looks this year for the holidays.

In addition to supper club, I FINALLY finished my thrift store mantel and how I decorated it for Christmas too!

It took me about 5 minutes to decorate it too because I used a less is more approach with it and loved the result.

five minute mantel decor for christmas ideas
close up of poinsettia Christmas table centerpiece in brass ice bucket with christmas greenery on table set for chrristmas breakfast

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

My good friend Jen from Midwest LIfe and Style set the prettiest table for our supper club this week and I love it!

What a sweet way to set a table.

I love how she incorporated those cute gingerbread houses with festive Christmas greenery and red ticking strip ribbon.

christmas breakfast tablescape with gingerbread house theme by midwest life and style
Midwest Life and Style

My good friend Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest always designs the prettiest mantels.

I mean, shut the front door! How incredible does this look!

As an aside, I am all about the golds and greens this year so I really love how she decorated her mantel with golds, woods, whites and Christmas greenery.

winter greenery for mantel decor by robyn's french nest with farmhouse decor ideas

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

This DIY festive Christmas sign is so cool!

These Christmas decorating ideas using vintage decor.

These vintage Christmas must-haves.

Best hosting tips for a Christmas party.

This recipe for twice baked sweet potatoes.

These molded Christmas cookies.

close up of crystal chandelier in farmhouse dining room

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Home and Garden Blogger Stacy Ling cutting zinnia flowers in her cottage garden with wood picket fence in front of garden shed

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  1. I can’t wait to see more of your home all decked out for the holidays, Stacy. And thank you so much for sharing my Christmas tablescape. Happy Sunday!

  2. Stacy,
    It was a busy busy week and I appreciate you for sharing my Christmas Party tips. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  3. I am loving how you are decorating the house. Those urns for the front porch you made are beautiful. Just love how they turned out. I really enjoyed the breakfast post filled with great ideas. That chandy that you have your eye on is stunning. Thanks for sharing the link to my project. You are too sweet.

  4. I love reading what you’ve been up to and seeing your gardens and home in every season! Thanks for sharing my post!!

  5. You’re right! Your garden does still look beautiful even with the frost Stacy. Mine is completely wiped out for the season. Love all your shopping links and ideas. Thanks so much for sharing my vintage post.

  6. Sounds like you had a very busy and produtive week. I love your idea of doing the paper whites and amaryllis so they bloom after Christmas.