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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

It has been a wonderful day, with family and friends, great food and laughter.
I love laughter, don't you?

The day started with lots of work in the kitchen, everyone helped with the peeling, chopping and preparation!!

Lots of wonderful dishes were created...
Thomas had turkey and gravy duty.
He is the master, I have never cooked a turkey and we have been together a long time.

I was fairly well organized and with everyone's help the cooking was finished quickly so I was able to turn my attention to what I enjoy more than the food....the tablescape.

The weather was beautiful, thus we decided (after a little convincing on my part) to eat on the back deck.

I put two tables together and covered them with a very large drop cloth,
I then layered on some burlap that I purchased for today.

My color scheme was white, ivory, brown and aqua, with a touch of silver.

I have these plates purchased from HomeGoods.
I used tea to slightly dye the doilies for layering.
I added my vintage milk glass plates.

I made the leaf garland out of an old book and grocery bags. 
I simply cut the leaf shapes from the book and used an upholstery needle and twine to "sew" the leaves together, adding them to the paper bag stems with hot glue.

Instead of place cards, I made glittered letters in silver and aqua and added a bit of twine. This was a gift for everyone for their Christmas tree.
I also used my vintage mismatched it!!

 I also alternated book pages and large doilies under the plates, layering white, ivory and teal.

I really loved it...
It was a near perfect day,
gorgeous sunshine
great food
blessings abounding.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Friday, November 4, 2011

From Halloween to Thanksgiving

What is there not to love about the season?
Colorful trees propped up against brilliant blue skies....
pumpkins in various shapes, sizes and colors
Yummy home cooked comfort food...
I could go on and on.

It starts with Halloween and for us, must continue through Thanksgiving. 

One of my biggest pet peeves is that when Halloween  is over, stores and many people begin to automatically think of Christmas.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas and I go crazy with the decorations but Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday all in itself, (and not just for the wonderful food).

For me and for our family if is a time to focus on being grateful ( yes, we should be doing that all year long), but it is a special season to really focus on what we are thankful for.

I am thankful for many things, and at this time in the life of our family it is of the utmost importance to remember and remind ourselves of this daily, oftentimes moment by moment.

We are going through a difficult time, my husbands cancer has worsened to a place where we have a few decisions to make.
Thankful....not easy but necessary.

Today I am thankful for the grey skies, because the brilliant tees seem so much brighter.
Find joy and gratitude in each situation, that is my theme this month.

For starters, I thought I would share a few ways I tweaked my home to represent Thanksgiving, I hope you enjoy...

I do have to say I was totally inspired by The Nester for my book page leave garland...

I did change my kitchen a bit as well....