Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Let the Games Begin!!


Time to get serious, about Christmas!! I thought I would do a small table this week and expand to my special Christmas table later in the month.



"Bountiful Holiday" by Fitz and Floyd seemed like the perfect pattern to use.  The name sounds like a combination of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I always think of Thanksgiving, as a "bountiful" holiday, but Santa seems to have another day on his mind!



I started with the Fitz and Floyd canape plates, which are huge.  They are almost as large, as the red Biltmore "Louisa" dinner plates. 



 The plates have a significant amount of light green on them, so I used green placemats and napkins.




Vintage silverplate pieces, which belonged to my grandmother, are shown here with the napkin.




I finally succumbed to the green Dollar Tree glasses, like most other tablescapers already own.  I bought the blue ones some time ago, but I really did not think I needed the green ones.  Of course, I figured out that I absolutely had to have them - lol!! I think they are a perfect accompaniment to the Fostoria cut glass "Holly" water goblets.



Of course, I had to use the "Bountiful Holiday" musical Santa, as the main attraction in the centerpiece. I love the details on this piece:





So perfect for this time of the year!






The pretty fall leaves on the Santa looked like what I was viewing from my breakfast room window, while shooting this post!



Yes, I think that I am ready to begin the Christmas season - are you? Let the games begin...


Diane



Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thanksgiving Gratitude


Since Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, I am especially aware of all of the many blessings that I have. I am thankful for each and every one of them. Of course, I am the most thankful for my family. I cannot imagine my life without them and I am extremely grateful to my husband for what he does for all of us each and everyday day.



I am thankful for my friends that I see often, my Facebook friends, and for the friends who inspire and awe me in blogland! I am constantly amazed at your talents and creativity in everything that you do.



I am humbled by the individuals who read my blog and, more astonishingly, bother to comment on a post.  Thank you - I am truly touched by your willingness to take the time to express your opinion.




I am deeply appreciative to God for this beautiful world that he has given to us. What a gift!!



For the beautiful Fall colors and the rain and wind - the stunning beauty of the mountains and the seashore.





I am thankful that I live in a country where we can speak out freely and worship, as we please.



Oh, I almost forgot one more important thing for which I am very grateful - that the University of Alabama football team is still undefeated. ROLL TIDE!!! If you have a team, I hope they are doing well and that you enjoy all of the crazy football games, during the Thanksgiving week-end.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Diane





Plates - Alfred Meakin "Fairwinds" brown
Glassware - Fostoria "Jamestown" brown iced teas and Tiffin "Killarney" water goblets (Stem #17453)
Flatware - Cambridge Silversmith "Antler Mirror"
Pine Cone white runner - Heritage Lace
Napkins - Kemp and Beatley from Steinmart.  Monogramming by Macon Monograms
Cloth and toggle napkin holders - Tuesday Morning
Turkey centerpiece - Home Decorators calalog
Wooden salad bowl with acorns - Mud Pie
Place mats, salad servers and metal candlesticks - long ago purchases.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Roosters in the Kitchen


Oh, what a crazy month this has been so far!  I caught a "bug" on my trip to Baltimore at the end of October and I was sick for almost a week ("in the bed" sick) and, then, I went on vacation for a week.  I am so behind on everything, especially, the blog!  However, I was I so excited to share a couple of happy events with you.

In 2010, I had my kitchen redone and for three and a half years I have had no artwork on my walls. A few months ago, I did purchase a couple of rooster prints, but I needed to buy a storage cabinet to go underneath them. Therefore, they remained on the floor and not the walls.  First, I have to share that I bought these prints, not because I love roosters - I bought them, because I thought the colors went well in the room.  I know we are not supposed to buy art that way, but I was tired of looking for art!  I could not find the piece that I had in my mind, so I settled for the roosters. I, also, found another print at an estate sale with a rooster in the correct colors for $7.00!

Finally, while I was on vacation, my husband and I found this crazy green cabinet that we thought would fit in the space we have. so now I have a cabinet and prints above it.  Yeah - it is about time!



This is not a great photo, but this is how my formerly empty space looks now.  We found the cabinet and the rooster at Home Goods in Destin, Florida.  May I tell you how happy that I am to have a Home Goods in Destin?  It opened recently and I was like a kid in a candy store shopping there!



The second bit of happy news is that I, also, found more of the rust colored "Toscano" mystery plates that I had bought at Dillard's. If you do not remember the story of my dilemma, you can read about it HERE. They finally showed up online and, now, in the stores.  I bought several additional ones at the Dillard's in Panama City, Florida.  It was a very successful vacation!!

I decided to combine the new kitchen decor and the plates into a single blog, so I pulled out my April Cornell rooster tablecloth.  Fortunately, it had black and rust in it, so it was perfect for the room.


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I used black napkins from Dillard's and rooster napkin rings from Bed, Bath and Beyond. The yellow salad plates are, also,  the Noble Excellence "Toscano" pattern from Dillard's.



The heavy pewter-look flatware was purchased at Steinmart a few years ago.





For the stemware, I chose silverplated goblets and "Ebony" Celebrity water goblets.



I am very excited to finally have my kitchen almost finished.  I have bought a couple of other roosters, but I really do not want my room to turn into "Rooster City"!  I hope that you are not a procrastinator like I am, when it comes to decorating.  I always want to wait, until I find the perfect item, but it almost never happens.  Sometimes, I need to learn to compromise more quickly!!

Diane





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