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Journey Jots #3

By Rachel

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Welcome to Journey Jots #3!

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 #3!

Lake Superior in Fall

Journey Jots #3

Hello, guys! Happy Sunday!

How is November going for you?! Are you starting to get in the Christmas spirit? I’ve been getting everything ready the past few weeks and have been able to buy some new decor items with all of the incredible sales going on right now!

This is currently the pile that’s sitting underneath my desk…this happens to me every season change as I acquire new things but don’t have a place to put it all yet. Anyone else have this problem??

new Christmas decor pile

Also, November 1st is the day that I start playing Christmas music so that’s all you will hear in our house from now until New Years Day 🙂 What’s your favorite Christmas music or album that you just have to listen to on repeat? Mine is Mannheim Steamroller! Let me know yours in the comments.

Life Lately

You guys. You may not believe me, but a few days ago, I went to a shopping mall for the first time since 2019. Isn’t that crazy?! Ever since getting into antique shopping and thrifting, then the pandemic hit, I just haven’t had the urge to go to a large mall.

And let me tell you…if you haven’t been to a mall in awhile, you are not missing much. It looks the same and smells the same, like it came straight out of the 90’s. The Christmas decorations were really pretty, though! There was this magnificent Poinsettia chandelier that was so neat! Do you go to malls anymore?

a large Poinsettia chandelier at a mall

We have officially entered cozy season here in the Northland. We’ve been stocking up on firewood because having fires in the fireplace is our favorite thing to do in the Winter. Tilly loves them. Ever since we got her as a puppy she plops herself in front of the hearth, grabbing all the heat she can get!

Tilly dog in a cozy blanket

Lastly, I’ve been a busy bee the past few weeks pouring and scenting The Antiqued Journey Christmas candle collection. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating them!

Each one is hand made out of my kitchen using only the items you see here. I truly love making them. It’s become a favorite hobby, especially during the Winter months.

pouring Christmas candles in my kitchen

My sweet hubby also helps with them by creating the labels for the jars. His artistic talent really shines in the new Christmas labels. I’m so thankful for his help!

candle labels in progress

Favorite Shopping Finds

  • This electric kettle is a kitchen essential in my house.
  • I use this dried red foliage for Fall and Christmas decorating.
  • My entryway received a major upgrade with this beautiful green braided rug!
  • These rustic jingle bells are so pretty to use as ornaments or for crafting.
  • Essential oils are a staple in my home and this one smells so good for the season!
  • The Christmas baking season is upon us and these cookie cutters are so adorable.
  • This is the prettiest Christmas green ribbon! Add it to a garland or gifts.

On the Blog

Last Thursday I shared some eco-friendly gift ideas for the little people in your life. If you need some help jumpstarting your Christmas shopping, this post will help you check off some people on your list. I even have a coupon code that you can use!

eco-friendly wooden blocks for Christmas gift ideas

If you need some Christmas decorating ideas, this classic red and green Christmas decor post might be helpful for you!

a vintage milk glass bowl filled with vintage ornaments

Or, you can check out these ideas for vintage Christmas decor!

an antique toolbox filled with vintage Christmas ornaments

Coming Up on The Antiqued Journey

This week I’ll be sharing a super easy and budget-friendly Thanksgiving centerpiece. Then, the coming weeks will be all Christmas!

Also, my Christmas candle collection will be launching THIS Friday! This is, hands down, my most favorite candle collection to date. I’m super proud of them and I hope they will bring joy to your home this holiday season. 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 as well as 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 creators that I wanted to pass along.

Closing Tidbits

Thank you so much for being here!

Mindful Tip of the Week: Ground yourself in the present by simply noticing the sights or smells that are around you.

I’m wishing you a joyful week ahead.

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Other Posts to Enjoy

a DIY stamped Christmas gift tag on a present with velvet ribbon
DIY Christmas Gift Tags with Stamps

wood round and beaded garland
DIY Wood Round and Bead Garland

finished homemade clay ornament on Christmas tree
Homemade Clay Christmas Ornaments

4 Comments. Leave new

  • Lovely post! Thanks so much for mentioning my Shiny Brite ideas post.❤️

  • It looks like it’s going to be a vintage Christmas at your house, Rachel, and I’m so excited for you. The pops of red get me every time. Tilly is such a cutie pie. I love it when dogs curl up like that and are living their best lives. Can’t wait to hear more about your upcoming candle collection release. It sounds fabulous! Hugs, CoCo

    • Rachel Granholm
      November 15, 2023 1:47 pm

      It is!!! I am SO excited.
      Thank you!! Candles come out Friday AM…I’m so happy with how this collection turned out. Thanks for coming by today, CoCo!


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I’m so glad you are here! Old things are my jam. Antique malls and thrift stores are my happy places.

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