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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The giveaway ends on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. Entrants must be 18 years or older and residents of the continental US. Read the “Terms & Conditions” in the Rafflecopter widget for full details.  A single winner will be selected.

Good luck!



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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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.

  8. Kim,
    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! :-)

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

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