Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My Christmas Present

I got two new chairs and an ottoman for Christmas!  My wonderful friend Geri put up the tree for me before Christmas because I just wasn't up for it for some reason.  She did a beautiful job, and when my new furniture arrived I couldn't resist taking photos!!!

They are actually both a chair and a half and are more comfortable than I ever imagined (whew).  We have thoroughly enjoyed them (and so has our whippet, Ty).

I hope ya'll had a wonderful Christmas.  We finally have a couple of days of sunshine and it's just beautiful.  I'm looking forward to the new decade.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What IS IT with December

I think that gremlins hide among my Christmas decorations and come out when I start flipping the house to December decorations.

I never seem to get the house to come together; appliances (like our heater) break;  no repairman is available; I burn food, lampshades, shelves and anything else within 10 feet of a candle; the dogs throw up on the carpet; a bird flies into a window and cracks it; dishes break spontaneously, those wierd "idiot lights" on the car come on and off at random, and; I catch a cold.

No wonder the holiday season tends to be so stressful.

And, still, we love the season and everything about it. 

All seems right with the world because the Salvation Army bell rings at the grocery store; the tackiest of decorations make me smile; the excitement of the kids is contageous; the beauty of the human spirit is everywhere; cards and letters arrive in the mail from those we only hear from once a year;  Christmas sweaters, vests, T-shirts, sweatshirts and sox become fasionable; the smell of baked goods is in the air; the perfect gift for somesone catches our eye and is on sale; the search for tape and scissors happens on a daily basis; Christmas music plays everywhere and we sing along; we give of ourselves in a way we may not during any other time of the year,and; for a brief time (which can seem like an eternity) although the pace can be hectic, everyone seems to slow down a bit and take time for friends, family and total strangers. 

Happy Everything, to Everyone.

Thanks for visiting and indulging my sappy side.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

I have so many things for which I am thankful.  I humbly feel that my life has been blessed in more ways that I could ever count. 

While I like to use my 'special' things as often as I get a chance, this year as had 9 family members which includes my sweet and special 21 months old granddaughter.   I wanted to pull out as many stops as possible without making everyone too uncomfortable!!

How could anyone be uncomfortable with a high chair in the mix.

The china is Syracus Nimbus Platinum that I have been collecting for years.  I love the simplicity, the ivory color and the silver colored rim.  I used to think  I had to stay away from gold rimmed china because of using sterling flatware.

The napkin rings and chargers were at Walmart last year after the holiday and were on sale.  I opted for these instead of silver chargers for the afternoon dinner so it would be a little less formal.

The sterling is the Francis 1 pattern from Reed and Barton I splurged on when they had their 100 anniversary of the pattern in 2006 and I continue to add to it when I can.

The stemware was given to me by my wonderful Mother-in-Law and is Fostoria's Mulberry pattern.  It's not as ornate as many vintage Fostoria patterns and I just love it.  It's the pattern she picked when she married.  I believe this pattern is cut rather than etched.

I also used some of the Fostoria Meadow Rose serving pieces that she has given me over the years as Meadow Rose was her Mother's pattern.

The tablecloth and napkins came from Kohls a few years.  They have carried this pattern for a couple of years, which is good, because thankfully, I have been able to add to it.

I don't usually use place cards, but I couldn't resist the little turkey holders from Marshall's.

And of course, I am centerpiece challenged so there is not really a centerpiece -- more room for food.

It was a wonderfully traditional dinner, even it it was on Saturday rather than Thursday. 

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Another November Setting

Although this isn't for Thanksgiving it is for November so I thought I'd join Susan and Between Naps on the Porch for her 117th Tablescape Thursday.  She is having a terrific giveaway from Mikasa to be sure to check it out.

I liked the vintage tablecloth and the Sango china so much I just made a few little changes and kept using the basic set up for the last week.

I love this amber etched glassware from Pier One -- but it is extremely fragile and I've broken most of them!

Can remember where I got these napkins, or the napkin rings.  I'm always looking for a setting for these napkins, but I only have four of them.

The colors in this tablecloth are so nice and so different that most of my other cloths.

And we're down from 6 to four for this setting.

Next is Thanksgiving (which we are having on Saturday the 27th.  So I have some time to work on the table and the food.  And I spent yesterday cleaning the silver so I'll be all ready.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ah November already

Here we are hitting the Holiday Season in full force.  I have flipped the house from Halloween to Thanksgiving.  I got inspired to set the table for six today to practice for "the dinner".  Guess I should plan dinner (I'm thinking meatloaf)-- or not!

I used a vintage tablecloth (inspired by The Little Round Table);
the little leave things are supposed to be place card holders that you stick in a pumpkin;
the dishes are Chateau pattern from Sango;
just plain wine and water glasses; and,
Francis 1 which will get a lot of use in the next weeks.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Halloween Birthday

It seems like forever since I've joined Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday.  There are some of the most terrific settings listed.  I never cease to be amazed and surprised.

 It was a Halloween Birthday.   Was kind of funny, once I got the table set I thought about the fact that is wasn't very festive - black and orange,  but it WAS Halloween after all!  Nothing too fancy, but lots of fun.

Yes, the tablecloth is supposed to be 102" long but I think it shrunk!!  Don't tell anyone.

Dishes are my everyday Pfaltzgraph, flatware is Reed & Barton's Francis 1, tablecloth and napkins are probably from Ross or Marshall, I can't remember.  Glasses are old.  Large gord candles are from Pottery Barn several years ago.

Monday, October 25, 2010

A New Find

Yes, I'm still around.  Have a few Halloween things out, but am really kind of getting ready for the holiday season.  Our weather has  been SO nice it's hard to believe it's fall.

I have found a new seasonal decoration!  take a look at this

There are many different signs  -- of course I need one for every month.  So cute.  I have found two sources for them:

Rustic Country Shop in PA and Autumn Cottage.com

I think they are mean to be hung on the front porch, but I'm putting mine inside in my entryway so I can see it!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Hi all, just in case you are watching we are in Amarillo - or a little East of Amarillo on the way to visit my family in Texas.

I'm not gone, just traveling and don't really feel like "scaping" in the RV by the time I'm ready to fix dinner.

Am getting quite of bit of needlepoint done - perfect to do during the drive as the needle is not sharp!!!

thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Simple Supper on the Deck

Finally the weather is conducive for an early dinner on the deck.   It's not going to last, so we're going to take advantage of it while we can.

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.  There are so many beautiful tablesettings that are posted there you can't help but be inspired.

Family was here and none of us wanted to cook, so we ordered pizza.  It was great to enjoy the fresh air and warm sunshine with loved ones.  Nothing fancy, but I didn't want to use paper plates since we were all together.

I've had this tablecloth for many years.  In fact, I have a couple of them for some reason. 

Plates from Dollar Tree and grey water glasses I've had forever.

Napkins are also ages old.

The little grandgirl loves pizza (just like her Mom) so, of course she is joining us.

With the fresh peaches all over, a cobbler (with ice cream of course) was definitely in order.

Thanks for joining me for this extremely casual supper.

Friday, September 3, 2010

All Those Embroidery Projects

I really enjoy needlework, embroidery in particular.  I'm by no means an expert at it, but I do enjoy it.  One of the problems is what to do with all the "stuff", handkerchiefs, tea towels, luncheon napkins, etc. that my friends and relatives are sick of receiving.  Admittedly, hand embroidery is somewhat out of fashion these days with all the beautiful and perfect machine stuff out there.

My MIL does crafts for her church to sell in their Christmas time bazaar so I decided that would be a great place for me to send some of the things I have done.   

Since I follow a couple of stitchery blogs I have been wanting to post some of my work, mostly to get advice, tips and constructive criticism.  There are some incredibly talents stitchers out there. 

These are a trio of handkerchiefs I finished off with a crochet edging. 

They were a good way to get back into the swing of things. 

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you have a great Holiday Weekend. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hydrangea Inspiration

I was so inspired by the hydrangeas in recent posts that I had to pull them inside and set a table.  They have turned from a bright fushia pink to this lovely mauvey color.

This weeks post for Tablescape Thursday pulls out all the purple I own!

I used a green sheer piece of material over a plain white tablecloth to bring out the green in the dishes.

A greenish urn worked perfectly for the flowers which, of course, will come off the table during dinner.

The plates are 222 Fifth in their "Gabrielle" pattern picked up at Marshall's over the last year;
the purple goblets were a Good Will find for about $1.00 each;
the pieces are silver are from my thrift finds collected over many years;
the flatware is Reed and Barton "Francis 1";
the flowers are from my yard.

On update on the hydrangeas, they are turning a dusty lavender color so I'm sure I'll use them again before long.

Thanks so much for visiting me. 

Don't forget to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her wonderful blog, and for all the lovely tablescapes that are posted for Tablescape Thursday