Style Scouting: Vol. 28

Hello…and happy weekend.

Thank you for stopping by for my weekly collection of ideas, tips and inspiration that I call Style Scouting. I enjoy sharing the creative ideas I find that spark my imagination and give me the fuel to live the best life I can.

snow blowing a driveway

January is almost over and it is cold outside, even here in the south. Brrrr… I saw on the weather map that the northeast will be getting snow. We won’t get any here… just freezing temps.

I say if it is going to be bitter cold, it may as well snow. I miss a good snowy day where you are snowbound for a day, Ed does not. All he thinks of is having to shovel and snowblow like he had to do when we lived in Pennsylvania.

I enjoyed the coziness a snow day brings to the house. How about you. Snow… Yay or Nay?

Over the past few weeks I have been posting fewer posts. Reason is I decided to do catch-up on the never ending behind the scenes stuff that needs to be done on the blog.

Technical and purging stuff you don’t see, but makes for a better reading experience. It all takes time and will never be done as the digital world changes too frequently, but I try my best to stay on top of things.

As I write this I am snuggled on a recliner looking at the fire. It is making for one very cozy evening. Just what a cold winter night should be all about.

Is it cold and wintery in your area? If so… this will warm you up, especially if you just came in from shoveling snow. :-)

My Favorite Find This Week:

set of 3 round lidded baskets that vary in size.

You know I love lidded baskets. I have been wanting this trio for sometime. They are a little expensive, but worth it for me as I will use them forever. :-) They were finally discounted with free shipping. I used the code PINECONE to get the discount.

Inspiring Things and Creative Ideas I Found Online This Week

A reader sent this link my way. If you enjoy jigsaw puzzles, you may like this site.

I need to find a place for something like this.

When you are craving a little bit of colorful, pretty and spring. Kim knows how to deliver!

Such a great resource for home decorating DIY’ers.

Didn’t know I could use my slow cooker to cook more than stews.

21 Tiny Changes You Can Make in Your Home to Make Life Simpler in 2021

All ovens should come equipped with these!

Not a traditionally decorated cabin. This one has an appealing mix of modern and rustic.

One creative way to enjoy going out to dinner again.

If you love chocolate & peanut butter!!!

In case you missed it… my nightstand makeover.

Valentine's Day Gift and decorating Ideas to Make

Valentine’s Day is 2 weeks away. I don’t decorate the house, but I do like to make Valentine goodies and gifts to give to family and friends. I have made quite a few over the years.

If you are looking for a few ideas to give to the people you love, you can find my projects here: All Things Valentine.

If you enjoy these posts – You can find past Style Scouting posts here.

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Enjoy your Sunday. :-)

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  1. Kim | Shiplap and Shells says:

    I loved this Diane! It’s my first time to your weekly blog post and I loved all the inspiration. Thank you so much for the feature. I really appreciate it so much!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kim – From reading your profile, I feel we are kindred spirits on opposite coasts. The Puget Sound area is so pretty. I lived there for about 5 months back in the early 80’s. My husband was a Naval Officer back then and his ship was getting repairs in Bremerton. We lived in sub-standard Navy housing – fun times. We did quite a lot of exploring and lots of ferry rides into Seattle. I will never forget how fresh and clean the air was there – so fresh and pristine. I look forward to reading your blog.

  2. fixing 15 says:

    Like the new photo. You look so sophisticated and stylish! Great bracelet! If it is any comfort to you, I do not see your skin condition. And even if it was visible, it wouldn’t matter. You have such a generous and kind heart to share all your information and knowledge. I feel as if I am talking to a friend, that I never met.

  3. Barbara Pilcher says:

    I’m living in coastal North Carolina and am happy that we get maybe one or two pretty snowfalls a year, the kind when Mother Nature (the sun) is the only snowplow, snow shovel, or snowblower you need. I grew up in New England and recall piles of frozen grey slush that lasted weeks or even months, followed by mud season (early spring). I don’t miss that. I’m content to look at pictures of snowy, undisturbed landscapes.

    I watched The Dig, too, and have been recommending it to friends and family. It’s so rare we get to see a film that’s well-acted, well-scripted, scenic, and teaches history, all without profanity or scenes of sex or violence.

    Yes, there’s always blog maintenance, neverending. Your hard work shows! Thanks for the great links.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Barbara – You get the best of both worlds – a little snow and no need to have to shovel.:-) The only snow we get here is a dusting that is gone in an hour. I wish producers would see the need to make more movies like The Dig. It was so well done. So hard to find good stuff to watch most nights. Hope you have a great week.

  4. The last time I saw snow was Presidents Day 1983. I have never ever missed it not once.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Vicky – I like the fact that you remember the exact date when you saw snow last… says just how much snow is not something you enjoy. :-)

  5. I like the snow & how much quieter it is in the winter. I feel like we can take a cue from nature, and slow down & pause in the winter months. Some days I’ve been playing YouTube videos on our tv, there are some good ones with cabins & fireplaces with snow falling outside the window. Really cozy & peaceful having them on the TV.

  6. Jenny Young says:

    I enjoy reading the links.
    I thought I’d share my favorite free jigsaw puzzle site. You can upload your own pictures to make a puzzle. And even kids can do these puzzles….& all the puzzles I’ve seen on this site are kid-safe. My 3 yr old grandson enjoys do the 9 to 24 piece puzzles.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Jenny – Thanks for sharing, being able to upload your own photos to make puzzles makes doing them online even more fun. Great for little kids. I will check it out.

  7. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    I so look forward to your post!

    Where can I purchase those beautiful socks in front of the fireplace?
    You do know nice fitting socks in attractive prints are difficult to find. Some of us have wude feet. Help!
    Let’s talk so KS.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nan – The socks are from Dicks and Field and Stream. My daughters gave me a pair a few years ago and I loved them. Since then I have them in many colors and designs. They are called Cozy Cabin Socks. They keep your feet nice and warm and are not too thick or slouchy. Just right. You can find them here:

  8. Where are the lidded baskets from? The ink doesn’t appear to be working. They are beautiful, and so practical too. Looks like you’re enjoying the cozy atmosphere you’ve created in your lovely home! Enjoy!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Oh – sorry abut the link not working. I will fix it.

  9. I just finished watching The Dig last night and my first thought was, why aren’t there more good movies like this? Just an excellent movie.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Eileen – I couldn’t agree with you more. I said the same thing to myself. I didn’t want it to end. It is hard to find good movies to watch anymore. When I do see one I think will be good, I jump at the chance to watch. The Dig was a winner.

  10. Hi Diane, I’m with you on the snow issue – I love snow and think cold weather is much more enjoyable if it’s snowy! I watched The Dig, too, and really enjoyed it. I especially like the link to a simpler life in 2021. Those are great suggestions and I need to remind myself of them. Thanks for another great post!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Linda –

      I called my sisters who live in the Phila area to hear all about their snow day, so I can live one at least in my mind today. :-)

  11. Ursula Pton says:

    Hello Diane, from a very hot Cape Town, South Africa summer. I’ve been following your blog for many years and appreciate all the effort you put into it – truly inspirational.
    Keep cosy warm and stay safe

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Ursula for taking the time to tell me that you enjoy my blog. X0- Enjoy the warm and sunny weather in your part of the world.

  12. Wow! This week a lot of things that inspired you have inspired me! Love these weekend lists. Thanks!

    1. Lynn Woodall says:

      Yay for snow, because we live in the Atlanta area and we rarely get it. I think if we are steadily having temps in the 20’s, and 30’s, we should have some snow, occasionally! Also lately it’s been cloudy and rainy a lot, so some beautiful, fluffy snow would cheer me up! P.S. I like the weekend links too. XO!