Wednesday, November 29, 2017


A couple of weeks ago I shared some ideas for using your magnolia tree in your home. (Revisit those ideas here.) Today I'm sharing how my mantel turned out before everyone shifts to all things Christmas. It's really not very elaborate at all, but the magnolia greenery makes it feel like it is. It was really simple and easy to put together. If you have a tree, or know someone who wouldn't mind sharing with you, go get some clippings!

I started with these two vases that my sweet momma handed down to me. (This is the first picture I posted to my Woodbank Lane's Instagram account.) 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


I'm guessing that most of you, like me, are getting your final thoughts together for Thanksgiving. I have my to-do list scribbled down and I still need to make a trip to the grocery store. After that the only thing left is the cooking. Yay! We aren't actully eating at our house this year; we'll be at my parents' house. I did want to use these pumpkins one more time before they were done for, so I set a quick table. Here's how it turned out.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Last week it was my Sunday to help with breakfast in our ABS (Adult Bible Study). I took two things: this breakfast quiche and a new recipe I decided to try--pecan balls. Turns out they are easy and delicious. I'd be remiss if I kept this kind of goodness to myself. Here's the recipe...

Monday, November 13, 2017


Okay, friends. The countdown is on.

Less than two weeks to get your thoughts together on your Thanksgiving tables. Need a few ideas? I found some pretty ones. I've rounded us up a little of everything under the November sun. Look for neutrals, greenery, plaid, colors, and blue and white. I know you'll see something that promises to jump-start your holiday planning. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Last week when I was gathering up inspirational pictures for my post about bringing the magnolia tree indoors (click here to read that post), I found the gorgeous portfolio of Matthew Caughy and I knew I had to share it with you. 

Blue Bedroom

Thursday, November 2, 2017


The elegant magnolia tree is an absolute southern favorite. We had a beautiful one growing up. My brother and I had a love/hate relationship with that tree. On sunny afternoons with our neighborhood buddies, we climbed the tree and pretended to be in distant places. That was the love part of the relationship. We loved it almost all of the time. I say almost because in the fall, when it was too cold to enjoy our imaginary travels it was our job to rake the leaves. Have you ever tried raking magnolia leaves? The leaves are huge compared to other tree leaves, and we would be raking for what seemed like days. But we did it--whining and complaining the entire time, if I had to guess. Funny the things that pop in your mind when you're putting a blog post together...

Magnolia tree clippings are the perfect complement to any decor. Its branches make excellent bouquets and garlands for mantels, tables, or stairwells. The leaves are versatile; use them alone or mix them in with other items. Here are some ideas to steal borrow.