Do you love attending home tours?

When you go on a holiday home tour, what are you hoping to see?

Have you attended any holiday home tours this year?


Holiday Home Tour :: 12 Days of Christmas ::

I bet you’d love to take a tour of my home.  We can’t do that this year since everything I own is packed up in storage, but how about we push the button on the time machine and go back in time?

Are you ready?

Here’s a link to some holiday fun at my last house.

Be sure to ‘sign the guest book’ and let me know if you picked up any ideas or what you most liked.


Oh…you’re wondering about the 12 Days of Christmas?  

We’re going to enjoy celebrating Christmas in some way every day.

It’ll be fun!


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this week at An Extraordinary Day:


The Week at a Glance 12/14 ::

It was an Extraordinary week here on the blog.

Here’s a rundown of this week’s posts…

  1. Paperback Book Christmas Trees ::  The Week at a Glance 11/30   ~ Sharing a blast from the past and my most popular post these days.  Plus, check out a recap of the week’s posts.
  2. Light the Candle of Peace :: Joy Day!  ~ On this first Sunday of Advent we light the candle of peace and learn how the heavenly host who brought the good news of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds told us how to have PEACE.
  3. Adore My Decor or Adore Him  ~ Here we are in the season of hustle and bustle.  Do you find yourself  “keeping up appearances” or gazing in the manager?  This is a no quilt post about the tension of Christmas.
  4. 12 Ways to Spread Joy Around Your House  ~ A round-up of some really amazing Christmas JOY decor.


Humbled and blessed.

What a lovely blessing to have a  few of my posts included in the features from the weekly link-ups at these sites where I “party”:  

Imparting Grace    ~    Living Well Spending Less

A Pinch of Joy    ~    The Thriftiness Miss    ~    Dwellings

I am truly honored to have been featured at these blogs this past week, too:

 Living Well Spending Less    ~    Home Stores A to Z

Please be sure to pop over to these extraordinary spots!!

Wishing you an Extraordinary weekend!


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  1. Gwen says

    I liked going back in time because I feel I know you even more now so it’s even more fun to look at a friend’s special things transformed for these holy days.
    I too am half Swedish (I’m a Swegian–other half is Norwegian) so I liked your tree! A number of years ago Martha Stewart had a tree in her collection of Swedish straw ornaments and I got a few. In the attic though. I did display my mom’s that my brother picked up in Sweden as well as a 9″ straw horse. Last summer to my delight my daughter and I spotted a large Swedish horse–size of a dog!!!–for a couple dollars!!! So I’m delighted to have him at my entry table. I do need to make a God Jul sign for him as I did the small one as none of my friends “got it”!!! But you would Diane!! It’s Joy Day tomorrow but although I’m still recovering my balance, so Im really drinking water and pedialyte, I was after a long nap, able to go to my husbands small company party.
    And for you Diane, I’m glad you blog as it does keep your situation before us to pray.

    • Diane says

      You are ever the encourager and lover of life Gwen. Even in your present state you live life more fully than many. 🙂
      Yes!! I would get your straw horse…how fun to have picked one up for a song.
      I’m so excited that you were able to attend the party.
      Keeping you in my prayers daily and trusting and believing for you to be up and dancing soon. (Yes…I actually pray that.)
      [hugs] You made me feel so loved today.

  2. Mel says

    I’m with Gwen…..that was a nice tour–given I saw a lot of ‘stuff’ that escaped my eye the first time through. You really do know how to put YOU in what you do. Whether that’s writing or decorating or showing us photos…your heart shows up.

    Good things in my week were opportunities amidst the muck and mire. Seems I get plenty of both–which creates a nice balance for me as long as I manage to keep my perspective. (though I DO toss a fit when the internet disallows me to be ‘connected’……*sigh* I’m such a whiner….LOL)
    I got to see the grandchild’s Christmas Concert and she rocked the Baby Jesus like no other–literally. LOL They’re so cute. And her small, private, Christian School is so centered on the joyful celebration. It was the highlight of my week–even with the hour plus on the road to get there.

    • Diane says

      Haha! You aren’t alone when there are internet issues. 🙂
      Your grandchild got to rock Baby Jesus?!!!!! That is the best! Oh my heart!!! I am so excited that you were able to attend her Christmas concert. Truly a treasure. Sorry she doesn’t live closer. :/

      I am truly touched by your remarks and Gwen’s. Thank you for your sweet encouragement. It means so much. [hugs]

  3. Linda says

    Really just getting into this Home tours for the holidays. I do enjoy the variety and beauty shared. Thanks for sharing from your Christmas past. Lovely. Living with every thing packed away has its own troubles but also some joys too.

    • Diane says

      It is so much fun touring the web, isn’t it. Not having to deal with parking and tickets and maybe even snow. [wink]
      Thanks for coming by Linda…you surely put a smile on my face. [hugs]

  4. Joanne Viola says

    Thank you for inviting me in 🙂 I loved seeing the beauty & warmth with which you prepared for Christmas. May you & yours have a blessed Christmas!

    • Diane says

      You are so kind Joanne! Thanks you for coming in on the tour!
      Wishing you and yours a most joyous Christmas!

  5. What a warm and inviting home. I’d love for you to stop by this week’s link party and share this. Hope to see you there!

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet and kind, Jennifer. Thank you for popping over with our invitation as well.

  6. Sandi says

    A beautiful home, Diane! I used to decorate every room in the house but not this year. You have shared some very lovely ideas. Thank you for the tour and sharing at my HOME. Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous holiday.

    Christmas blessings,

    • Diane says

      I’m sorry that you aren’t able to do all you wish this year Sandi…but really…I think that maybe you are enjoying the season of Christmas in another richer, fuller way. Yes?

      Merry Christmas!!

  7. Lovely! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

    • Diane says

      You are so kind, Danielle.
      Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  8. Beautiful and yes I have enjoyed all of the lovely home tours :-). Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Wishing you a lovely weekend and a very Merry Christmas♥

    • Diane says

      Thank you for popping by for the tour, Katie!
      Hope your holidays were Extraordinary!

  9. Cindy says

    With the kitchen stuff going on I wasn’t able to decorate for Christmas this year either AND my camera is acting up also…so I can relate. Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY and MERRY CHRISTMAS sweet friend!

    • Diane says

      I hope your Christmas with less was in the end Christmas with more. Sometimes that’s the way we get to hear and experience more directly from God. 😉

      Happy New Year, sweet friend!!

  10. Linda says

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, Linda

  11. Kathy says

    Hello Diane – beautiful tour! I know what it’s like to be in transition…2014 will be a wonderful year! I do appreciate you sharing and I’ll be featuring your post in this week’s Home and Garden Thursday,

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Kathy! I’m really looking forward to the all the goodness that awaits in this New Year! [hugs]

      Thank you to for the lovely blessing of the feature. 🙂


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