Favorite Things 2014 {and a Gift for You!}

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is enjoying their time as we close out 2014.  My family and I spent the day together playing games and opening gifts.  I cooked brunch and dinner but still never quite managed to get out of my PJs.  That’s my kind of day!  And today, believe it or not, is my birthday!  Actually, I like to think of it more like my anniversary….the anniversary of my 21st birthday but I’m not telling which anniversary it is!!

For my birthday, I thought I’d give a gift to you as my way of thanking you for making this a great year.  But first, I wanted to share some of my favorite decorating items from 2014.


1. Boxwood Wreaths

As I’m sure you’ve realized by now, I *love* boxwood wreaths in any and every size!  I like that they add an organic look to the room but are maintenance free and work with the decor year-round.




2. Antique Cameras

2014 brought about the start of my antique camera collection – hooray!  I have two so far and my collection might stop at just these two, but I really enjoyed researching and purchasing them.




3. Ironstone

I also worked on my ironstone collection in 2014, although I embellish it a bit my mixing in inexpensive pieces of white dinnerware from Target.  :)




4. Vintage Trophies (& Roses)

I find so many uses for my vintage trophies, everything from flower vases to remote holders!





5. Teacups

I collected a few little teacups that are just too cute for words.





6. Fresh Flowers

More and more I find myself stopping by the floral department when I go grocery shopping.  I especially like to have flowers in my room – it feels so decadent!  And if I remember, I dry them so that I can use them again for decorating.




And now my birthday gift to you!  A $50 Gift Card to Antique Farmhouse!  I look at the sales events happening at Antique Farmhouse every day and have scored some of my favorite things from the site, like my boxwood wreaths and vintage trophies.  And the great thing is that you aren’t limited to shopping just the current sales events.  You can shop past sales events, too, by looking on their Pinterest page and as long as the item is still in stock, you can buy it!gift-card_1

Entering is easy using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Just leave me a comment on this post telling me about your favorite item to use in decorating.  That’s it!  Then hop over to the Rafflecopter widget to tell me that you commented and you will be automatically entered to win.  For extra chances to win, you can subscribe to Tidbits&Twine via email, visit Tidbits&Twine on Facebook or follow on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instragram.  That’s 6 chances to win!

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56 comments on Favorite Things 2014 {and a Gift for You!}

  1. Tammy
    December 27, 2014 at 6:10 AM (3 years ago)

    I also love my boxwood wreaths but this year I find myself gravitating toward pretty napkins.

  2. Kristie
    December 27, 2014 at 8:18 AM (3 years ago)

    I have started using tea plates for decorating and holding small items.

  3. Rachel
    December 27, 2014 at 8:23 AM (3 years ago)

    This year I have been draw to vintage galvanized things. They add a nice farmhouse/garden feel.

  4. heather
    December 27, 2014 at 8:31 AM (3 years ago)

    I have been loving tea towels!!

  5. Susan
    December 27, 2014 at 8:47 AM (3 years ago)

    I love tucking in little birds of porcelain, plaster, metal, or other materials (the chippier the better) around my tabletop displays. Reminds me of my dad, who always had an eye to the sky.

  6. Emily
    December 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM (3 years ago)

    I have been really into vintage plates and teacups lately!

  7. Lauren Faczan
    December 27, 2014 at 1:08 PM (3 years ago)

    Oh goodness, there are so many things I’m drawn to and like to decorate with, but the common factor is that they are mostly antiques (when possible) and greenery of any type.

  8. Susan Scott
    December 27, 2014 at 1:17 PM (3 years ago)

    Always fresh flowers, art we collect on our travels. Things that make me feel in love with my home.

  9. Judy Fisher
    December 27, 2014 at 1:22 PM (3 years ago)

    Grainsacks are my go-to item lately – hanging on ladder rungs or as a table runner. I love them

  10. Karen
    December 27, 2014 at 1:24 PM (3 years ago)

    I like using small vintage wooden boxes to elevate things in a vignette. I also use a lot of natural items–bird nests, rocks, shells, dried flowers, etc.

  11. Joann
    December 27, 2014 at 1:27 PM (3 years ago)

    Lots of greenery and elephants!

  12. Laurie Cordeniz
    December 27, 2014 at 1:32 PM (3 years ago)

    Fresh flowers are my favorite! They really add to any room. My grocery store has an amazing floral department and it really isn’t a big investment for a personal treat!

  13. Lauri99tx
    December 27, 2014 at 1:49 PM (3 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! Today is my birthday, too! :) Love your beautiful and inspiring site.

  14. Ruth
    December 27, 2014 at 2:11 PM (3 years ago)

    My favorite items to decorate our home with are family photos in unique frame collections.

  15. Calli
    December 27, 2014 at 2:13 PM (3 years ago)

    I loved bundling up cinnamon sticks and decorating with them!

  16. Tina voyles
    December 27, 2014 at 2:20 PM (3 years ago)

    Love your cameras I. Have started collecting them also! I have been decorating a lot with cobrbels and architectural
    l items!

  17. Shirley Lawson
    December 27, 2014 at 2:27 PM (3 years ago)

    My favorite items to decorate with are vintage ornaments. I have a lovely collection from the 40’s and 50’s that were my mother-in-laws. Whenever I use these ornaments, they bring back wonderful memories when Mom and Dad both were with us.

  18. Donna Halvorsen
    December 27, 2014 at 2:27 PM (3 years ago)

    Just recently took out my old brownie camera and my grand father’s old camera for our mantle.

  19. Patty
    December 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM (3 years ago)

    I love linens and wreaths around the house. I do love plants but I just don’t do that well with them even though I try very hard.

  20. Rebecca Musser
    December 27, 2014 at 3:17 PM (3 years ago)

    I got on board with using trays in various places…on the kitchen counter to corral daily items, on my coffee table to make use of some smaller items together, but easily moved when a puzzle needs to be completed.

  21. Shelly Hopper
    December 27, 2014 at 3:19 PM (3 years ago)

    My favorite thing to decorate with is old books. Love them so much!

  22. Bernadette
    December 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM (3 years ago)

    My favorite thing to decorate with is trays…I have them in almost every room.

  23. Darla
    December 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM (3 years ago)

    I’m loving watercolors right now…

  24. Darla
    December 27, 2014 at 4:26 PM (3 years ago)

    I follow your delightful blog by email. Thanks!

  25. Robin
    December 27, 2014 at 4:42 PM (3 years ago)

    I love, love, love to decorate with white & silver platters. I think this is a perfect giveaway! Thank you!

    • Robin
      December 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM (3 years ago)

      Happy Birthday too!

  26. Kim
    December 27, 2014 at 5:27 PM (3 years ago)

    I love using old silver: platters, trophies, silverware, etc. Looks especially nice with holiday decorations.

  27. Alicia
    December 27, 2014 at 6:12 PM (3 years ago)

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! I love decorating with white pitchers and red accents all over the house.

    December 27, 2014 at 6:40 PM (3 years ago)

    Boxwood, boxwood and more boxwood…and I’m currently in FL trying to figure out how to get magnolia leaves to take home and make a wreath and whatever lovely thing I can imagine. I just LOVE using natural elements. Thanks for the opportunity to win something from AFH. All the boxwood I have came from them!!!

  29. Patty
    December 27, 2014 at 7:39 PM (3 years ago)

    I am loving burlap and pinecones in our home right now. Seems I never know what to put out after the holidays, so pinecones seem to work as they are a part of our winter right now. Happy Birthday to you…..I celebrated mine on Christmas!!!

  30. Pamela Bolton
    December 27, 2014 at 8:16 PM (3 years ago)

    Happy Birthday. I like your antique cameras.

  31. Amye
    December 27, 2014 at 8:23 PM (3 years ago)

    Thank you for this opportunity! Love the milking stool and love your purchases!

  32. Kristie
    December 27, 2014 at 8:26 PM (3 years ago)

    My favorite thing now is white plates, vases, jars to decorate with.

  33. Kristie
    December 27, 2014 at 8:27 PM (3 years ago)

    Already an email subscriber, too.

  34. Kristie
    December 27, 2014 at 8:42 PM (3 years ago)

    tea towels! I have a pretty large collection. I’m going to need to upgrade my storage for them soon :)

  35. Brenda
    December 27, 2014 at 10:13 PM (3 years ago)

    thank you for the giveaway, a couple things I have been wanting from them but never have the money this way I can get one

  36. Tish
    December 28, 2014 at 12:23 AM (3 years ago)

    I also love antique cameras, opera glasses old silver and antique linens.

  37. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
    December 28, 2014 at 5:40 AM (3 years ago)

    Such a pretty post to see this morning, Kim! I love decorating with books. Whether I paint them, cover them or just use them to raise things up, they come in very handy for decorating. Oh, and I like to read them, too! : )

    Happy New Year!

  38. Susan Welsh
    December 28, 2014 at 5:56 AM (3 years ago)

    I have been a fan of old glassware. I have many pieces of depression glass in a variety of colors and use them as a decorating touch. I always think of my grandmother when using them (the collection I have belonged to her) and I know she loved them too.

  39. Debbie
    December 28, 2014 at 5:59 AM (3 years ago)

    I love ironstone, galvanized things, lamps, mirrors, candles, the list goes on and on! (Also I am a December baby – 31st!)

  40. Carolyn
    December 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM (3 years ago)

    I decorate with blue & white mostly but incorporate other vintage in here and there. Love all of your favorite things!

  41. Garden, Home and Party
    December 28, 2014 at 4:50 PM (3 years ago)

    What a great giveaway. Happy Birthday. I commented on facebook and I follow you on Instagram. I love vintage trohies and boxwood wreaths. I think one of my go to items are antique, leather bound books. But there are also the trophies! :-)

  42. Emily Smith
    December 28, 2014 at 9:12 PM (3 years ago)

    I like to decorate with burlap. It’s versatile.

  43. Sherry
    December 28, 2014 at 10:08 PM (3 years ago)

    2014 was more a year of trying to thin out collections for me. Saving the best pieces is easy. Giving up some nice ones is harder. But I’m planning on continuing to seek the singular pleasure of finding another wonderful aged treasure.

  44. Joan Kubes
    December 28, 2014 at 10:55 PM (3 years ago)

    I have been obsessed with decorating with leaves this year. So many things to do with them.

  45. BrocanteuseRose
    December 29, 2014 at 7:04 AM (3 years ago)

    It is so hard to pick just one thing! If I say greenery is my favorite decorating item, can that cover everything from dried boxwood to fresh flowers? ;)

  46. CoCo
    December 29, 2014 at 7:54 AM (3 years ago)

    I love all of your favorites too! The vintage trophies are so hard to find but they really make a statement. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a very Happy Birthday! Thanks so much for the chance to win. Hugs, CoCo

  47. ginette4
    December 29, 2014 at 7:57 AM (3 years ago)

    I loved decorating with tin stars that my husband cut out of old tin ceiling tiles

  48. Jenna
    December 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM (3 years ago)

    First–Happy Birthday!!! I love using live greenery, whether it’s house plants like my African Violets, fiddleleaf fig tree, to fresh flowers! I feel like fresh flowers are always an indulgence, but I absolutely love to fill my low round vase with all of one type of flower and then use it on my coffee table!

  49. Elizabeth B
    December 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM (3 years ago)

    Blue and white, of course. Thanks for another year of beauty and fun. And, a very happy birthday to you.

  50. Stacey Keeling
    December 29, 2014 at 6:19 PM (3 years ago)

    I agree with several of the things on your list! I’m in love with boxwood too. My hubby thinks it looks like Christmas but I ignore him. I also love jars and bottles. So sweet of you to have a give away!

  51. Athena
    December 30, 2014 at 4:35 AM (3 years ago)

    Always on the lookout for a pretty teacup! :)

  52. Kara
    December 30, 2014 at 6:49 AM (3 years ago)

    My favorite thing to decorate with are my now teenage children’s preschool crafts! Drawings and ceramics and especially during the Christmas season I have a manager scene that my son made out of toilet paper rolls that is my prized possession! Great giveaway! Thanks for a chance!

  53. Cassandra E
    December 30, 2014 at 9:47 AM (3 years ago)

    Just found your blog over the holiday! I too love boxwood, and finally splurged on a wreath. I like to use random bowls and trays with candles and other seasonal objects to decorate. I am kicking myself that I did not buy a white octagon tray from antique farmhouse when I saw it!

  54. Michelle
    January 1, 2015 at 6:08 PM (3 years ago)

    I accented w candles.


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