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Journey Jots #1

By Rachel

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Welcome to Journey Jots #1!

In each weekly recap, I’ll share some of my most recent posts, favorite finds or things I’m currently shopping for, and an assemblage of home decor tips and decorating ideas from other bloggers. Settle in and join me for Journey Jots #1!

yellow wildflowers in Northern Minnesota

Journey Jots #1

Hello, guys! Happy Sunday!

It was another busy week preparing our living spaces for Winter. Isn’t that crazy?! Most of the trees in our yard have lost all their leaves and it’s a chore just to keep our patio space free of leaves!

I pruned back my potted Fern plants in hopes that they will come back in the Spring. Have you ever had any luck with that? Let me know…I would love to not have purchase new Fern plants each season!

Next weekend I plan to hang the Christmas lights and garland up outside. It may seem early but I like to do it before it gets super cold and there’s snow flying around. Plus, it starts to get me in the holiday spirit, you know?!

Life Lately

You may or may not know that, a few weekends ago, we spent 5 glorious days on the shores of Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota with my family.

The Fall colors were simply magical. We did a little hiking, a little shopping, and a whole lot of fishing!

Lake Superior in the Fall

My mom snapped this photo of us having our morning coffee on the deck. There’s just something so majestic about waking up to this view and listening to the waves crash into the rocks.

This is the largest lake in the world and it’s such a treasure to have part of it in our state. It’s awe-inspiring each time…I could sit there and stare and it for hours!

morning coffee on Lake Superior

We also fit in one long last bike ride before it get’s too cold to ride outside. All Summer, we chose one weekend day to ride 32 miles to our favorite coffee shop. It’s such a pretty bike ride through the woods. The halfway point is the coffee shop where we stop for coffee and a treat, then turn around and bike back home! Isn’t this the prettiest coffee?!

fancy coffee and donut

As we round out the month of October, we celebrate not only Halloween but our sweet girl’s 5th birthday on Tuesday!!

Tilly is the most special doggy. She’s so funny, adoring, and takes care of us just as much as we take care of her. Her favorite things are food, treats, going for walks, and playing with her long, dangly toys (she only likes the toys that have 4 long arms and legs to whip around). I don’t know how we got so lucky with her but we did and I’m so, so grateful. Happy, happy Birthday, my sweet baby!!

TIlly in a pumpkin patch

Favorite Shopping Finds

Have you started Christmas shopping yet?? I like to get an early start on buying gifts as well as home decor for the season.

  • These Christmas Bells are inspiring my Christmas decor theme this year!
  • I use this Velvet Ribbon for decorating as well adorning the tops of Christmas gifts.
  • These Fairy Lights are perfect for decorating shelves and Christmas villages!

On the Blog This Week

On Thursday I shared a new thrifting adventure as part of my monthly Thrifted Goodies series here on the blog. I found something SUPER special in this haul…come see what it is!!

You can also find many more thrifting posts here.

an antique German birthday book displayed in a hutch

If you are new to the antiquing world, and even if you’re not, this Beginner’s Guide for Antiquing offers many easy tips and tricks for successful shopping!

a red barn full of antiques

I also shared How to Use Thrifted Art for Fall Decorating. If you love old, vintage art or love to display unique artwork in your home, this post will give you some helpful tips on what to look for and fair prices to pay!

a vintage barn painting displayed as part of a mantel vignette for Fall

Coming Up on The Antiqued Journey

This week I’ll be sharing some ideas for decorating with vintage creamers, and, in a few weeks, a sustainable toy gift guide.

My Christmas candle collection will be launching in mid-November. They go FAST so be sure to keep an eye out.

Be sure to subscribe to my e-mail list to be the first to know about new posts and the candle launch!

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Home Decorating Ideas from Around the Web

I also found a few amazing home decorating ideas and easy DIY projects from some other bloggers that I wanted to pass along.

Closing Tidbits

Thank you so much for being here!

Mindful Tip of the Week: Remember to show yourself and others Grace.

I am wishing you a peaceful week ahead.

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  • Tanya Derrey Bingham
    October 29, 2023 9:36 am

    I love your new series Rachel! xx Tanya @twelveoeightblog

  • Congrats on your weekly newsletter! Looks like you had a fabulous time at Lake Superior! I use the same hand soap and concealer as you do!! I stock up on that scent so I can use it the whole year, lol!! I hope you have a wonderful week!!

  • Love your weekly newsletter! Happy Birthday Tilly!! Thank you for sharing my ⭐️ .

  • I enjoyed reading your inaugural journey jots! I’m so excited to see what you do for Christmas. I know it will be beautiful. Thank you for sharing a link to my pumpkin floral centerpiece. I so appreciate it!

  • Such a fun new series, Rachel. I can’t wait to follow along and see what you guys are up to. I love the photos of Tilly and from your trip. The leaves are stunning and the latte is almost too pretty to drink. Off to check out your links, I definitely need some fairy lights. Big hugs, CoCo PS: There is a squid I put on Pipers Favorite Things list that Tilly might like. It’s got a squeaker I believe (or used to) and the tentacles are floppy with crunchy paper in them so Piper shakes it all around the house. They sell it at Target and she’s had it about a year now and still plays with it which makes it a win in my book 🙂

    • Rachel Granholm
      November 1, 2023 12:11 pm

      Thanks so much, CoCo!! Thanks for the tip…I’m always looking for those long, dangly toys for her!! I appreciate you coming by today…your support means SO much.
      Have a lovely rest of the week!


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