Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Blessings 2015



Hello, dear friends in bloggerland and beyond!  I hope you have had a wonderful day filled with the blessing of family and friends.  From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!  



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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday, Solitude, Sips, and Satie

Hello, friends....

It is the end of the busy, busy day of a most busy season.  I have begun my winter cleaning ritual, the arduous task of downsizing and donating, tax preparation, and preparing for the coming week's festivities.  Needless to say, it can be a bit cumbersome, as we have a large family.  At the end of a long day, and once my angels from tall to small are tucked away in bed and fast asleep, I treat myself to a little bit of self-indulging solitude.
 

A fireside reverie




between myself and beautiful prose (or in this case verse),


and the soft, soothing music of Satie.


It is a wonderful way to end the night





and bid a final farewell to the Fall,





for it will be winter soon.






I hope you'll enjoy the sights paired with the sounds of Satie's Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes in the following link.  This is a YouTube video I watch or listen to quite often.  The beauty of the piano combined with wonderful images of nature is sublime.  You might have to be on a PC in order to view, but it is worthwhile. 
 


From my collection:

Teapot, Ellgreave, Wood & Sons division genuine ironstone
Cameo demitasse and saucer, unknown 
Text, from my collection:  The Harvard Classics, 1937 Deluxe Edition 


Have you began your Christmas shopping?



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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Set Your Table With Flair--A Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape


Hello, friends...it is with a somber heart that I write this post.  The tragedies that have taken place in Paris have left me questioning our world's sense of humanity.  It is truly terrible.  May God bless and keep those in pain and those who have lost; the families and/or people who now must sort out their lives....also our veterans currently serving, and our fallen.  Atrocities like these make me pensive and truly grateful for my family, because we are never promised tomorrow.  Just so sad.  I digress.


The Thanksgiving holiday is coming very shortly, so today I am sharing a tablescape with simple, rustic elements (and of course a little bit of pretty) fit for the occasion.  I do hope you enjoy the post. 

Isn't this beautiful?  Jarrahdale pumpkins or cucurbita maxima are very rare in the United States. I of course was immediately attracted to the soft, muted color of this wonderful gourd, and it is the inspiration for my table this year.
 


To pay an homage to this pretty pumpkin, I created my own with a simple burlap modpodge.  Here is my process:

I began with a large foam pumpkin I found on clearance at Michael's Crafts.


With a paintbrush, I painted the pumpkin with Mod Podge.
 

I encased the pumpkin in a light blue burlap, and then used the brush to paint the Mod Podge all over the outside of the pumpkin, being especially sure to paint down into the creases.



Here, the pumpkin is almost completely dry.



It made the perfect foundation for my rustic centerpiece of soft, muted color.



Finally, I added a faux leaf right on top.


 

It is the perfect soft grey-blue; it mixes sublimely with the rustic, woody elements such as cotton, pinecones, and leaves,



the subtle grey-blue flowers,



as well as the soft green foliage and grey pussy willows.



To create the centerpiece,  I began with my simple candelabra and placed the pumpkin right in the center.

 

Two large pillar candles will provide a bit a warmth for the table, which is a great juxtaposition to the coolness of the color palette.



The setting began with rustic chargers and fleur-de-lis plates of soft blue.



Gorgeous tom turkey plates with just the right amount of rustic brown, beautiful blue, and grey will make for perfect dessert service.  I'd like to thank bloggy pal Susan at Between Naps and the Porch for putting the bug in her readers' ears about this pretty pattern from Williams-Sonoma.  To see this and more inspiration, you may visit her post here.
 

Tiny pumpkins of jute threaded with hemp thread



hold the crocheted napkins.  I love these little rope-like pumpkins, a placecard will fit easily between the tiny twists.



This Thanksgiving, I am going for no-fuss, no muss, so I kept things simple...adding gold flatware and crystal to complete the setting.








Completed tablescape.



Place setting.



Centerpiece.







A few more shots.









From my collection:
 
White whipstitch table linen, generic, TJ Maxx/HomeGoods
Rustic chargers, Pottery Barn
Fleur-de-lis plates, Tai Pan Trading
Turkey plates, Williams-Sonoma Plymouth pattern
Crocheted napkins, Neiman Marcus/Horchow
Gold flatware, Wallace Silversmiths Grand Duchess, Neiman Marcus/Horchow
Crystal goblets, Godinger Dublin Collection, Neiman Marcus/Horchow
Jute pumpkins, Kirkland's
Faux floral elements, Michael's Crafts



I hope everyone enjoys a holiday with great food, family, friends.  The floods, tragedies abroad, and here in the states have been humbling and made me truly thankful this year.  



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