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december book giveaway!

November 29, 2016


The giveaway this month is not a book…it is a calendar!  I am giving away the cutest herb garden calendar from Rifle Paper!  Don’t you just love Anna Rifle designs?  Why not add a little happy to 2017 by looking at a beautifully designed calendar each and every day!

annarifle-calendar-giveawayJust leave a message on this post, and you will be entered to win this herb garden calendar!

I want to thank everyone who left a comment to win the November book Sea Salt Sweet by Heather Baird.  (Click here to read more about the title.)  The winner of the book is Carol P.  Congrats to you Carol – enjoy!  And, thanks for the beautiful email!

For those that use Instagram, please read on for this month’s challenge!

Of course, the December challenge is to share favorite ornaments! It can be photos of ornaments you own, ornaments you see in a gift shop or on a tree, or ornaments you make yourself!  Use hashtag #pleasuregram to share…can’t wait to see your favorites!


Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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diy candle advent calendar

November 25, 2016


I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Now that we have officially started the holiday season, today’s Friday field trip is a visit to my holiday workshop to create a super quick and easy Advent calendar!

This year’s Advent calendar was inspired by one for sale at Terrain.


The Advent calendar from Terrain that inspired my DIY – styled by me on my holiday table in a glass container with ‘snow.’

Basically, all that is needed for this DIY is a single candle… isn’t a candle the perfect vehicle for an advent calendar?  Who doesn’t use a candle during the holiday season?


My favorite candle as a DIY Advent calendar!

Utilize a favorite candle you already own (or treat yourself to a new one) and affix (I used rubber cement) an appropriate sized piece of paper printed with a December calendar…so simple and so cute!


I simply typed the word ‘December’ and the numbers 1 to 25 using a simple typestyle and printed it out on regular computer paper.  I made mine 3” x 3” to fit nicely on a favorite woodland scented candle.  Use a favorite typestyle and vary the finished size of the calendar to best fit the candle you choose to use.

If you want to make one up to give as a gift; tie a red, green, or metalllic marker with a piece of twine to the finished candle!


Thanks for stopping by!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things,  Jackie

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November 22, 2016


Changing up knobs or pulls can instantly update a piece of furniture.   These days, great hardware can be found at discount home stores as well as specialty stores.

My very favorite place to buy furniture hardware is Anthropologie because they have a great variety and some really unique pieces.  Because Anthro hardware is on the pricey side, it is best to choose their hardware when you have a really special piece or you only need one knob!


A small sampling of the large hardware selection available at Anthropologie.

For multiples of hardware – like a dresser that may need 10 pieces, it is better to try online hardware resources, Target, or HomeGoods.   Very often, HomeGoods will have packs of multiples at a very affordable price.


The top photo shows an Ikea dresser with the standard hardware. The bottom photos show switched out pulls purchased online.



Another Ikea piece with updated hardware purchased from Home Depot.

I almost always change up hardware on the furniture pieces I redo, but you don’t need to save hardware changes for when a piece is refinished…it is easy to change the hardware any time!  I recently changed up my dining room knobs from a casual look to a more streamlined, elegant look.


One word of caution – if you are replacing a pull that has more than one screw/hole – be sure to measure the spread before you look for a new piece of hardware.  Some of the older pieces of furniture require a different size spread – if this happens, it  makes your job a little more time intensive because you would need to use wood filler to fill in the old holes and drill new ones to accommodate the new hardware.


I found these nautical inspired rope pulls in a multiple pack at HomeGoods and used them on this Ikea dresser redo.

Replacing the hardware on your furniture can give it a whole new look!  Take a look at some of your older furniture…can you picture it with some new knobs or pulls?  I hope I have inspired you to thinking about updating a piece of your furniture by replacing the hardware!  Maybe check out some black Friday deals on line!


I used Anthropologie compass knobs on this coffee table redo.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a blessed Thanksgiving!  I am thankful to have you join me on pleasure in simple things.  Stop back on Friday and I will share this year’s Advent calendar that you will want to make – a super easy and fun design!

xo Jackie

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holiday reading

November 18, 2016


It’s been a crazy week – next week will be even more hectic!  I barely had time to turn on the computer today, but you know I could never miss a Friday post!

So, for today, Friday field trip is a throwback from a couple of years ago.  I shared a DIY project that deserves repeating!  I thought I would remind you about the cool ‘book a day” idea so you can prepare to put one together for yourself before December starts!

Click here for the full DIY!

Have fun with it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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holiday theme 2016

November 15, 2016

diy ornament

For someone that normally has a holiday theme chosen well over 6 months before December, this year is very different for me.  I didn’t really have a clear idea of what I wanted for 2016’s holiday theme until recently.  Once the start of November happened, I decided I needed to choose a theme,  quick!  Every year, so much of my holiday planning is tied into my chosen theme and this year I started November with no plans!


Initial mugs always make great gifts on their own or filled with sweets or a succulent. This one from Terrain is a beauty!

What did I decide?  A typography theme!  At first, I thought I might call my theme “to the letter,”, but I really didn’t want to leave out the numbers!  Then I thought maybe I should go with “by the numbers,“ but that would leave out the letters!  Typography might not sound as cute, but it includes both numbers and letters!


The glasses I adore from Mark and Graham…perfect to use on my holiday table!

When I start thinking about all the possibilities using a typography theme, it really puts my creative spirit into overdrive!  Here is some of my initial brainstorming.  We shall see how it plays out!


Williams-Sonoma’s initial doormat makes a great gift and is right on theme!

Wrapping Ideas

  • Initial key chain or luggage tag as package tag
  • Book pages as wrapping
  • Number gift tags using rubber stamps
  • House numbers tied to packages

See what I mean?  So much to work with!  Remember the DIY wire gift tags I made into words a couple years back?  Click here to see them.


4lovecustomgifts on Etsy makes wonderful custom initial or name signs like this one!

Gift Ideas

    • Initial doormat
    • Initial necklace
    • House number or last name sign
    • Sign using coordinates of a place with special meaning
    • Personalized stationary
    • Monogrammed items
    • Initialed items
    • Initial wine bottle stopper with bottle and opener
    • Gifts with personalized zip codes



Initial necklaces may have been around for a while, but there are always some different choices to give as gifts. I love this one made by nest on Etsy!

Gift ideas are super easy to come up with using a typography theme!  And I have made some gifts in the past that would work well…remember the zip code tray, the zip code pillows, or the embellished mason jar.  (Click on the names to see the tutorials.)


  • Number/letter sparklers
  • Number glasses for desserts
  • Initial cheese tray

This William-Sonoma cheese tray is just perfect for a typography themed Christmas!



These beautiful gold numbers and letters I found at Paper Source are sparklers, but I won’t actually be using them as sparklers in my holiday decor…I just love the way they look! Maybe I will spell out Joy and place them in a dessert or use them at individual place settings.

I also have tons of ideas for my holiday tabletop with my new theme!  I really want to serve dessert in these really cool glasses with numbers that I found.  My traditional holiday rosemary shortbreads can be cut with alphabet and/or number cookie cutters!

Home Décor/Tree

  • Initial ornaments
  • Ornaments made from book pages
  • An initial wreath

If you would rather not make your own initial wreath, Ballard Designs has them ready made!

The tree and home décor is fun to think about.  I will definitely make an initial wreath for my  front door this year and ornaments will be fun to create…remember when I made the animals from book pages?   Or, the Ikea heart with script?  (Click on them to see the DIYs.)  I am sure I can come up with some new ones!  If you would rather purchase ornaments, there are always great initial ones at Anthropologie as well as some of the other stores during the holiday season.


A great initial ornament from Pottery Barn if you would rather purchase an initial ornament over making one.

Well, that is the start of holiday theme 2016!  Do you use a theme for your holiday?  I hope I inspired you to start thinking about one…what will you come up with for this year?

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

Note:  The product photos shown here were taken from the respective websites.

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easy candied pumpkin seeds

November 10, 2016


For Friday field trip today, I am taking you into my kitchen to share a simple recipe for a sweet and crunchy snack that is ready in 20 minutes!

steps-for-candied-pumpkin-seeds-pleasure-in-simple-things-blogThese candied pumpkin seeds are super satisfying.  I make them without sugar – using honey and maple syrup to sweeten.  With a little sweetness and a little spice, these crunchy pieces are the perfect little snack!  This recipe is super easy…I pick up pumpkin seeds at Trader Joe’s, but the rest of the ingredients are items I always have on hand.  You can experiment and switch out the spices to your own preference.



It is too bad that most people only think of pumpkin seeds around Halloween, because they are delicious any time of the year!  At Halloween, these pumpkin seed snacks serve as a great substitute for the traditional Halloween candy, but they are also fun and easy snack to package up as a Thanksgiving hostess gift.


In addition to serving as a great fix for a sweet craving, these pumpkin seed snacks are also a  great garnish for that homemade squash soup!




Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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6 paint tips & revere pewter

November 8, 2016


I have always loved neutrals and my living room color scheme has been gray and beige long before greige was a word…it is an official word now, isn’t it?

greiges-pleasure-in-simple-things-blogWhat is interesting to me is the popularity of the Benjamin Moore color Revere Pewter.  I think it has a lot to do with the popularity of Pinterest.  Someone posts a gorgeous room on Pinterest that uses a specific paint color and everyone wants the color used in that gorgeous room!  Or, maybe the paint company posts a couple of great room photos and the mention of the paint color causes it to go ‘viral.’

Granted, I think Revere Pewter is a gorgeous neutral, but I think there are a lot of gorgeous neutrals.  And, even though Benjamin Moore may be the preferred paint of decorators, we don’t all have a decorator’s budget.

If you have respect for Consumer Reports, you know that Benjamin Moore paint is rated higher than Behr (available at Home Depot), but not by much!  The biggest difference is in the price.  Benjamin Moore is a much higher priced paint and if budget is a concern, this is something to think about.  Maybe buying the most expensive paint for one room isn’t a big deal, but it may be a concern when painting an entire house!  If you are a new home buyer and have to repaint an entire home….saving $10 to $20 on each gallon of paint is a huge savings!


I guess my point is, you can easily get the same color you admire in a magazine without paying the price of the most expensive paint.  By taking a little time to compare paint swatches, you can save some money on your paint choice.


I am using Revere Pewter as an example above since I am fascinated with its popularity.  Aged Beige by Behr, though a little lighter in shade, is very close to Revere Pewter and a great color. Glidden’s Fossil Grey is almost identical to the Revere Pewter.  If you need a less expensive paint choice to achieve the same look, this may be the way to go.

So, comparing paint samples would be my first tip when choosing paint – here are all 6 paint shopping tips!

Collect tons of paint samples (in all brands) and bring them home.

Remember you can use color matching to match a color in a less expensive paint.

The smaller the sample, the darker the color will appear.  For a truer color, grab a larger paint swatch.

Look at your samples in the light of the room you are painting and surrounded by the furniture/curtains, etc. you will be using.

If there is more than one color on the swatch, remove the ones you are not using…the way colors look are influenced by the surrounding colors.

Don’t pick the paint first!  Buy the most expensive item first!  This is so important.  There are a lot less color choices in furniture or curtains then there are in paint colors!

Happy painting!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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wild about harry

November 4, 2016


If you know me at all, you know my favorite entertainer is Harry Connick, Jr.  I have watched him perform in person more than any other entertainer… in addition to seeing many, many of his concerts, I have watched him perform on Broadway  – from the front row…and,  I even sat in the audience for a taping of one of his holiday specials…and now, I can say I have seen a taping of his new daytime show, Harry!


For today’s Friday field trip, I am sharing a few photos from my first visit to a Harry show taping!


If you live somewhere commutable to New York City, I definitely recommend requesting tickets to see the Harry show for yourself!  Not only is Harry Connick, Jr. a great guy and a wonderful performer, but his show includes his full orchestra!  A visit to a taping is like attending a concert…Harry singing with a full band…incredible!  The band even performs during the breaks!  And then, a few celebrity guests are thrown in.


Photos of Harry or the actual show to be aired are not allowed, so I can’t share that with you, but if you watch the show today, you may just catch a glimpse of me “backing it up” with Harry!


Have a wonderful weekend!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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november book giveaway!

November 1, 2016


When something sparks my interest, I get caught up in exploring it.  Most recently, this is happening with salt.  I started investigating different types of salts, created a DIY salt cellar, and I have plans to visit a salt-themed restaurant.

The November book giveaway highlights this current interest of mine.  More specifically, the book is about using salt in desserts.  Sea Salt Sweet:  The Art of Using Salts for the Ultimate Dessert Experience  by Heather Baird demonstrates the tasty relationship between sweets and salt.   With the holiday season almost upon us, this selection is perfect for creating a delicious and unique dessert for your celebrations!


More than just a recipe book, master baker, Heather Baird teaches how to use fine artisan salt to make mouthwatering desserts for any occasion.  Leave a comment to be entered to win this wonderful book.  A winner will be chosen at random from the comments received.


Congratulations to Deborah, winner of The 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal, last month’s giveaway selection.  Enjoy!  (Click here to read more about the book.)

Instagram users, please read on!  In keeping with the salt theme, let’s share photos “all things salt.”  Your cool salt cellar, a photo of your latest artisan salt find, or a great culinary creation using salt are all great subjects!  Use hashtag #pleasuregram to share!


Thank you for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

P.S.  Click here if you missed the salt cellar DIY.

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