A Simple Thanksgiving Table

Our plans for next week are finally set (does anyone else out there have trouble getting your adult children to commit?), and we are looking forward to our week.

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My son and his wife will be in Tuesday for a couple of nights. On Thanksgiving day, they will be heading to her parents’ home for the next few nights. Her grandmother will be in town, and Callie is really anxious to visit with her since she hasn’t seen her in several months. We will travel to my husband’s parents’ home for the day on Thursday. The good thing about this plan is that her parents and Russell’s grandparents live in the same town, so we will see them again later in the day when they come to visit his grandparents.

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Since they will be here for the days leading up to a weekend of rich food, I plan to keep the meals simple to allow more time for visiting and catching up. To that end, I am doing a simple Thanksgiving table while they are here as well-no elaborate centerpieces, layers of plates, or several pieces of stemware. I started with my sage green placemats (Fred’s) and The Friendly Village dinner plates.

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I just chose one plate for the next layer. Our meals will be simple, so no need for extra plates. This one plate is all we need for a salad or dessert. I got these acorn plates and the fall leaves as well at Family Dollar a few years back.

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I love these April Cornell napkins with my turkey napkin rings. I think they look great with this table setting.

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You know, one drawback to working at the flea market is that I find it pretty hard to resist purchasing tablescaping items. However, I normally do resist, but when I saw these fall leaf place card holders reduced to $1 for a set of 4, I had to have them. I also got another set of pumpkin place card holders that included several cards like the one above, also $1 for 6 pumpkins and about 12 cards. Cute, right?

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I like to use my Grosvenor silver for my family. The Dollar Tree fall leaf glasses and my fall wine glass charms complete this simple place setting.

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Once again, in keeping with the simple theme, my only centerpiece is this set of 5 fall votives. The same booth that had marked down the placecards had this set for $2. They are a Better Homes & Gardens set from Wal Mart that was brand new in the original box. I’m not sure what they would have cost if had purchased them brand new at Wal Mart (which I wouldn’t have), but I’m sure that it would have been more than $2.

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So for $4, I got 2 sets of place card holders with some extra cards  and 1 set of votives. Can we agree that I did really well with these purchases?

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The candlelight makes the pumpkins kind of flicker, but you can’t really tell it from my photos. Trust me, they look really cute.

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I also finally cleaned all the salt and pepper shakers off the buffet (took me about an hour to repack and store) and set the buffet up for our fall dinners.

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Keeping it simple with fall colors, I used my Friendly Village accessories.

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Also, fall leaf votives and a platter with some autumnal colors in it give the feeling of autumn.

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I love this green mercury glass piece in the fall and finished off with my pillar candle set.

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I am planning hamburgers and fixin’s one night and haven’t quite decided on the other night they will be here. I’ll probably go with chicken or smoked sausage.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:4-5

I hope to have time to post one more time before Thanksgiving, but in case I don’t, hope everyone has a great long weekend and enjoy counting your blessings!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

 

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A Bountiful Harvest Plus Counting Blessings

I have had this table in mind for a long, long time, and I think it is a good idea. However, I knew that it would be hard to carry off, and I am not totally satisfied with it. But I’m sticking with it, so here it is.

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Started with the Dollar Tree plates this time. I like these colors for both fall and spring. They are very versatile; for $1 each, I can’t go wrong!

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For the next plate, I decided on the Wal Mart Better Homes & Gardens fall plates. I mentioned previously that I wasn’t crazy about this year’s fall plates, owls, foxes, and squirrels. The squirrels are kind of cute, but I don’t like any of them enough to purchase. Instead, I think I will try to find more of these on eBay. I actually have found them, just not at a price I like yet. More on that in a future post.

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So I almost stopped here, but then I decided to do a top layer, the vintage Salem fruit plates. I love these plates, and they are perfect for fall.

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Another reason that I decided on these plates is that I decided to focus on the bountiful harvest that we celebrate at this time of year. These plates are perfect for that.

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Do you love these napkin rings? I have had them for so long that I can’t remember where I got them. I think maybe my mother gave them to me once, but I can’t swear to that. Yellow napkins from the Napkin Lady are perfect for this place setting. San Remo flatware and green Dollar General glasses complete the look.

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I have wanted for a long time to put my fruit and vegetable salt and pepper shakers in a bowl and use them as a centerpiece. I knew that they would not look like real fruits and vegetables, but I thought that the idea of it would be cute.

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Well, I am not totally satisfied with the look. But I left it and I think that the idea does come through, even if not in quite the way that I had envisioned.

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I used my variegated green pillar candle and autumn leaf votives for the rest of the centerpiece.

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For the next part of my title, counting blessings. I was listening to MPB the other day and the talk show hosts were talking about things you take for granted until you don’t have them any more. Of course, health was their number 1 topic. I have already covered that over and over in the past few months, so I won’t go there again. You know that I realized after rotator surgery that I could not shave my underarms, comb my hair, or floss my teeth…and the list goes on.

I have now decided that the thing that I was taking for granted until I lost it was heat. Our central unit had acted up for a few days, and we decided early Monday morning, during very unseasonably cold weather for central MS by the way, to call the repairman. They came pretty quickly and it did not take them long to give me the fatal diagnosis.

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The major part in the unit, the heat exchange, had rusted through and not only was the unit not heating properly because of it, but also it was leaking carbon monoxide into the house. The guys could not believe that we had not had any headaches. After telling me that the unit could absolutely not be operated any more, he remarked, “One morning you will wake up asleep.”

Well, I’ll skip over all the details, just tell you that we spent 2 nights at my mother’s house while the new unit was being ordered. They came before 8:00 this morning with it and left in about 3 hours. It did not take the house long to warm up, only a couple of hours, and, yes, carbon monoxide detectors are definitely on our to-purchase list. I am sitting in a pleasantly warm house and so grateful to be warm.

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This afternoon I warmed up enough to move around, do some laundry, and do a new table. I also decided to tweak the mantle a little to make it more like Thanksgiving.

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In case you don’t notice the differences, I put all of the turkey salt and pepper shakers on the mantle and switched out the fall leaf plates for the Give Thanks plates.

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I think that I will leave this up until it’s time to do a Christmas mantle.

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It’s hard to believe that it is right around the corner! I finally started a little (very little) shopping and menu planning.

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Malachi 3:10

 

But for now, I am just enjoying warmth and counting my many blessings. Give thanks with a grateful heart!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

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It’s Fall at the Friendly Village

If you have ever perused my blog for even a little while, you know that Johnson Brothers The Friendly Village is one of my favorite china patterns. Although I like this dinnerware at any time of the year, the browns and muted green in the pattern are really wonderful for fall table settings.

100_8664I started with my fall table runner, a Dollar General purchase a few years ago. I was thinking that I don’t know if I’ve ever showed a close up of this runner so that you can see its leaf pattern…well, there it is!

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For the plate stack, I started with the dinner plate.

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The square salad plates are probably my favorite pieces of this set. They are very versatile and can be used so many different ways. As a matter of fact, I rarely use them with the matching dinner plate, so I chose them for the next layer.

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I wanted to continue the fall theme on the plate stack, so I used my fall leaf plates, a Family Dollar purchase from a few years ago. Fall leaf plates are fairly common at this time of the year, and I have seen many different versions of them in various stores. So far, I like these the best and love using them for salads on a table setting or for candy sitting around various places.

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The same holds true for pumpkin plates. They are easy and inexpensive to find, and I have had these from Family Dollar for a few years.

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I went back to my Napkin Lady napkins…I love the rich autumnal colors in these napkins. The acorn napkin rings are perfect for this time of year.

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San Remo flatware is great for this table. I never get tired of this flatware.

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For the glasses, I decided to go simple with the Dollar Tree stemware. I used the green in both sizes. I love these glasses…very versatile, and I think most of us tablescapers love Dollar Tree.

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I mentioned in the last post that I have another pair of salt and pepper shakers to show you. Aren’t these great? I love the fall colors of this set. I also like the fact that they blend in with almost any theme I decide to go with for fall, whether pumpkins, gourds, or fall leaves.

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So I put a pair of salt and pepper shakers at each place. Then I turned my attention to the centerpiece. I’ve had my Gail Pittman bowl filled with autumn leaves, gourds, and pine cones all season. It’s been sitting on a table in the living room and I decided that it was time to use it for a tablescape.

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I wanted to keep the table simple, but thought that it needed a little something else. I don’t think that I have used my Friendly Village pitchers on a table yet, so I chose them just to add a little something extra. Although fall foliage would look good in these pitchers, I have always loved using pitchers, vases, and other vessels empty. I like the emphasis on the lines of the pottery.

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Anyway, there it is, and I love the result. This table combines so many of my favorite elements, from the Friendly Village to the Gail Pittman bowl to the pitchers.

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Of course, I love the salt and pepper shakers as well. Hope everyone has a wonderful week of tablescaping and fall decorating!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

 

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Weekend Update, A Painted House, and Turkey Talk

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David and I took a long weekend. We (especially he) badly needed some R&R and time away from work and home. We really can’t afford a long trip with hotel rates and so forth, so we decided to do short day trips that would serve the purpose of getting away on a budget.

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On Friday we drove to his parents’ home and spent the day. While there, we took a brief visit to the hoarded house. A great deal of work has been done, and, while still cluttered to the max, a lot of progress has been made–leaps and bounds even. Anyway, while there, I spied a sugar bowl in Noritake Reverie, my wedding china pattern. In the words of my son: “How Random!” I brought it home, hoping more pieces will turn up…you never know in that house.

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We had a nice meal out, went to Lowe’s, and then visited a local nursery. I got several pansies, which I talked David into planting for me yesterday.

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We also went to a local antique/junk store.

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I loved looking through the store, and even made a couple of purchases, throwing the budget out the window. I had to have these turkey salt and pepper shakers when I saw them, plus another harvest-themed pair which I have not photographed. Don’t worry; you will see it in a tablescape coming your way soon. As I told my father-in-law, I “needed” them. I didn’t have enough turkey sets to put one at every place setting, so I need them, right? And since when is 250 salt and pepper shaker sets enough? Rhetorical question.

Our plans for Saturday were to head south to the “big city,” stop at a couple of shops for some things we needed, and then on a little further south to a big flea market. We enjoyed looking around, but didn’t find anything that we wanted to purchase. We headed back home, stopping for a nice meal out then groceries before returning home.

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While we were away yesterday, our house was being painted. There is no way to exaggerate enough how badly our trim needed painting. It has been needing it for several years to the point of it looked like an abandoned house. Of course, since I did not have enough sense to take before pics, these photos just don’t mean as much to the average viewer. My columns out front are iron, yes, metal posts. The rust and peeling paint on them was beyond disgusting; now they look brand new.

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My windowsills are actually concrete. You know that houses were better made 100 years ago, right? Anyway, the peeling paint on all of the windowsills was terrible; this front window was the worst one.

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I live on one of the red clay hills in my area of MS, and my house has a basement at the rear of the home, which is unusual for this area. The basement is not living space; you cannot get to it from inside the house. It is a storage basement only. Anyway, the rear of the house is quite high. When my husband painted the trim a number of years ago, he used 2 sets of scaffolding. Our painter did not want to use any, however. He just used a long ladder. Glad we weren’t around to watch! We were thrilled to return home to “A Painted House.”

Our plans were to get up this morning and spend the day in nature, taking a picnic lunch. We live on the Natchez Trace within easy driving distance of several nature areas with both trails and grills. Last night I told David that I was really tired and might want to rethink the picnic plans. He was fine with that and we agreed to decide after getting up this morning and seeing how we felt.

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We decided to stay home…a mini staycation of sorts. We were tired; we both have to work tomorrow, and a day of doing nothing was just too inviting to pass up…we have very few of those. So I have spent my day reading, watching tv, tablescaping, and taking photos. We also cooked our planned picnic food (burgers) at home. This is actually the second weekend in a row that picnic plans have been cancelled and picnic food has been eaten at home, but that’s a story for another day.

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While snapping the shots of the paint job, I noticed that the sasanqua bush is in full bloom. Once again, I wish that my pics do it justice.

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On to the tablescape…I used my square Wal Mart plates topped with the Thanksgiving plates. I purchased these from Cracker Barrel when I first began tablescaping. I love both the fall colors and the saying, “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart,” one of my favorite praise songs.

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I chose soft yellow napkins, and how do you like these great napkin rings? My mother-in-law found them at a yard sale recently, and I just love them. They are some sort of heavy metal; it looks like pewter, but probably just some imitation of it.

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Present Time flatware finished off the place setting.

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I decided on 2 goblets, both from Dollar Tree. I love both of these and think they work well together.

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My fall wine charms were the finishing touch, and, yes, there is even a turkey one.

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Now that I have 4 different sets of turkey salt and pepper shakers, I put one set at each place setting.

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I have had this set for a long time. They were originally from a home store like a Kirkland or Pier One, but my aunt gave them to me.

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This set is an Indian and a Pilgrim turkey. I picked them up for 50 cents at my flea market a couple of years ago. Cute, huh?

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This turkey set is unusual for a couple of different reasons. First, it is the only set that consists of both a hen and a tom turkey. I don’t know if I have ever seen a set like this before; most have only tom turkeys since they are the most flamboyant.

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Also, do you remember how to tell if a set is vintage? Ding, ding, ding! You’re right; it will have cork stoppers.

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The other thing that I think is unusual about this set is the holes. Can you see where they are? Not on top, where most are, but on the front side, underneath the gullet. I just happen to think that this is a little weird.

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For the centerpiece, I went back to the fall table runner with harvest images on it. I purchased this set of harvest salt and pepper shakers last summer for 25 cents at a thrift store. I chose these for this table because I like the pops of purple, and there are some purple colors in my table runner.

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My only other set that has a turkey in it is this one, which is a turkey and pumpkin. If I remember right, this is a Fitz and Floyd set that someone gave me as a gift so long ago that I don’t remember who or when.

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I used the pumpkins on the other end of the centerpiece and did not take a close up since you have seen them so many times before. I used my Dollar Tree autumn leaf votives.

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Since there is some purple in the centerpiece, I chose the soft purple and green pillar candle. Since the purple is not glaring and really soft, I thought that it might look ok on the table. Actually, it looked even better than I thought it would.

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I was pleased with my Thanksgiving turkey table, and enjoyed my relaxing morning of tablescaping.

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We have also enjoyed all 3 days of our long weekend. We have always enjoyed taking day trips, and we did not miss a long weekend out of town at all.

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There is something to be said for sleeping in your own bed at night. We have also thoroughly enjoyed our day at home today, doing nothing.

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Or at least, we have done only what we want to do. Wishing everyone great fall decorating and hope that you will enjoy some relaxation time as well!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

 

 

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A Simple Fall Tea, Recovery Update, and Counting My Blessings

I have a few things on my mind today, but first the table. I recently acquired a vintage snack set that had been my grandmother’s (more on that later). I decided to do a simple tablescape for tea or coffee and snacks with the set before I put it up for sale.

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I started with this runner that has a fruit pattern on it which works well for almost any season.

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It’s already been well established on this blog that I cannot photograph crystal. To try to aid in my poor photography skills, I thought that a solid color placemat would be best to display the crystal, so I chose sage green (Fred’s, a long time ago) to complement the runner and add to the autumn colors. This is the snack plate; you can see the indention for the cup to the right.

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I love the way these old-fashioned snack sets look. I see them in almost all types of clear crystal, milk glass, and porcelain. I love the fact that this one is complete….nothing missing from the service for 8 and no chips or scratches. I don’t remember this set at all and it is in such good condition that I wonder if my grandmother ever used it.

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I decided to use a patterned napkin since the placemat had to be solid. These April Cornell napkins have the perfect colors in them and I chose my acorn napkin rings to continue the fall theme.

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I know that the green on green may not be the best choice for photographs, but I thought that my green Dollar General flatware was the best choice for this place setting.

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Since tea will be served at my imaginary party, I needed a teapot. Friendly Village fits the bill perfectly for this time of the year!

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To keep my centerpiece simple, yet “fall-ish,” (like Shakespeare, I make up words), I chose some of my ceramic pumpkins in various autumnal hues. I think I have gotten all of them at Dollar Tree over the years, although I also see them at Dollar General, Wal Mart, and Fred’s.

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My chunky wooden candleholders keep the centerpiece casual. My son made these for me about 10 years ago and even chose the sage green variegated candle himself. I love them, and they are perfect for fall.

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What is in that candy dish, you wonder? Doesn’t she usually decorate with candy corn? It is the color of candy corn, but the wrong shape. What is that, you ask? Well, the answer is…..

Candy corn colored M & M’s! {I’m an English teacher, people…love alliteration.} Yeah, it doesn’t take much to get me excited, does it? OK, I know that I have no young children at home and no grandchildren yet, so maybe that’s why I never knew that this stuff existed until a few days ago.

I have a cookie bar recipe made with Bisquick (of course, I use Jiffy Mix brand…nothing but the cheapest for my family) that I make a lot. The recipe is adaptable to a number of different add-ins, and I have made it with M & M’s, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and even white chocolate chips. You know those cartoon characters who get the idea bulb over their heads? Well, I was that person standing in the aisle at CVS!

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Even better, I had $5 in extra bucks to use that day. I purchased 2 packs, which were already on sale 2 for $6. I handed the clerk my extra bucks. I know my pic isn’t that great, so if you can’t make it out it says $1.42! Yep, $1.42 for 2 packs of candy corn white chocolate M & M’s, something I normally would not even purchase due to the cost. The receipt says that I saved $7.38, or 88%. No trick here, only treats!

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I had a good time this afternoon preparing the cookie bars with the candy corn M & M’s. I assure you that they are very delicious and festive for this time of the year.

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I live on a busy street and don’t normally have trick or treaters, so I actually invited a few trick or treaters to come to me. My boss at the paper stopped by with half his kids. His son, whose birthday is on Halloween, is much to cool to dress up, so he just wore a mask.

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I was assured that his youngest daughter is a character from Frozen. The two middle sisters were eating with friends, and they are supposedly dressed as other Frozen characters. I told you I have no young children, right? So I just took their word for it and was glad that she took the sucker out of her mouth long enough for the pic. They took their treats and promised me that they would not eat the ones I sent to their sisters. Hmmmm…

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A little later my friend showed up with her 3. Sister is much too cool to trick or treat, but she did take some cookie bars. The middle brother was just so excited that he never took the time to put on his costume, so little brother was the only one dressed up.

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It doesn’t matter…they were all cute. The boys are full of energy and never stopped talking (I know you’ll say they had a sugar high, but I assure you that they are always like that), but were very polite and said thank you several times. I enjoyed seeing all of the kids that came my way.

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I like the fact that these treats are made in one bowl and don’t need a mixer; however, my shoulder was bothering me quite a bit after I finished my baking session. This statement brings me to the next part of my post: recovery.

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I finished my official therapy sessions (10 weeks) almost 2 weeks ago. My therapist sat down with me a long time on “measuring day,” and he explained in great detail how far I had come and what needs to happen next.

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To sum it up briefly, I have been given a very extensive “home program,” which I must continue on my own as long as it takes. It is quite demanding, consisting of a variety of stretches, strength exercises, mobility exercises, and bicep exercises. I don’t know how to explain in layman’s terms why the bicep bothers me so much more than the shoulder when it comes to actual pain. However, I have been assured by both the doctor and the therapist that while the complication with the bicep is not common, it does happen in some rotator repair patients. The exercises that I am doing are supposed to help that problem. Naturally, I am always the one who gets whatever is uncommon!

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This week I had a follow-up with my doctor. He is pleased with my progress, but still wants me to go a little further. I can raise my arm over my head, but he wants it to come on up a little straighter. I can put my hand behind my back (almost impossible just 3-4 weeks ago), but he wants me to do that with less difficulty and a little higher up. He said that continuing my home program diligently should get me there and he will see me again in another 6 weeks. He does not seem concerned; he said that it takes rotator patients about 4 1/2 months to recover, and it’s only been about 3 1/2 for me. I trust him, and I am working hard at my home program (it’s killing me, by the way), but I am determined to recover fully.

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That update brings me to the next part of my post: blessings. The surgery really threw my already tight budget into a spin, and I have written in the past few months about how we are trying not to spend any extra until the bills are paid off. That includes spending on new merchandise for the booth at the flea market.

I have had several friends and family members in the last few months give items to me that I can use for booth merchandise. That’s right: give…plus most of them did not know at the time that they gave it to me that I was trying to save every cent I could to put toward medical bills.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38

Thanks to generous friends and family, I have been able to keep my merchandise new and fresh-looking without spending any money. In addition, everything that I make on these donated items is 100% profit. Why do I ever doubt that God will take care of us? He knows my needs even before I do, and He will always supply them…maybe not in my time, but His.

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And that little tidbit of information brings me back full circle to the beginning of  this post. Out of the blue, I had an email from my sister. She was cleaning out some cabinets and purging and told me that I could have anything that I wanted for the booth. I emailed her back that beggars can’t be choosers; I would take anything that no one else wanted. As it turned out, her daughter did not want any of it, so I got it all, including the snack set that once belonged to our grandmother. I do like it, but don’t really see myself using it except for this tablescape. These also are not huge sellers; I guess most people don’t use these so much any more. However, since what I make on it will be 100% profit, I can put a low price on it so that it will sell. She also gave me a few other pretty crystal items, including some lovely stemware from the ….ahem….first marriage….well, you get it, right? I have my booth pretty full with Christmas merchandise right now, but I will put that stemware out as soon as I have some room for it since I think that people might be more likely to use that around the holidays.

Speaking of blessings, traffic has finally picked up at the flea market, and I am so grateful and praying that it will continue. The economy is bad in our small town, and the flea market business has really been showing it. A good friend recently said, quite wisely I thought, “If people aren’t spending in a flea market, they aren’t spending anywhere.” My husband’s business has been affected greatly, and we have much less in our pockets, which is one reason we need to make every penny that we can in our booth.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19

Hey, the Lord provides, and we should have a good October check and hoping and praying for an even better one in November! Wishing everyone a wonderful fall with lots of great decorating and tablescaping projects!

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Soup’s On!

I’ve written many times of my family’s love of taco soup as soon as the weather turns the slightest bit chilly (which we have to wait quite a while for here in central MS). To celebrate how much we have been looking forward to taco soup weather, I have set both the kitchen and dining room tables for soup.

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For the dining room, I started with my April Cornell sunflowers runner. I love this runner at any time of the year, but it especially seems to go with autumn.

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My square taupe plates from Wal Mart for the base of the place setting.

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I decided on my Better Homes & Gardens fall plates for the next layer.

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I placed the matching napkins between the two plates. I have made several trips to Wal Mart looking for this year’s fall dishes by Better Homes and Gardens. I had seen some fox and owl salt and pepper shakers and a couple of other things. Finally, they put out what must be this year’s dishes…owl and fox bowls which I really don’t like enough to purchase. They are ok, but if I buy something brand new, especially at a time in which I am stretched with my medical bills, I really need to love it. I guess that it’s a good thing that I don’t like them that much since I have sworn off spending until my bills are under control! No temptation is the best deterrent to spending on things I don’t need! I did not care for last year’s plates very much, so I did not buy them. I truly love these plates and wish they would come out with them again.

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OK, back to the soup…the top layer is my Dollar General mini soup pots. I love these pots and use them often during the chilly soup months. I put the green on top of the pumpkin plates.

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The red ones are on top of the autumn leaf plates. The little pots are wonderful; I don’t think I will ever get tired of them.

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For our soup, I put out my San Remo soup spoons. Dollar Tree glasses complete the setting.

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Looking through my harvest salt and pepper shakers, I tried to choose sets that color-coordinated with the table. This set of pears on a tray are the perfect colors for this table.

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Corn has both yellow and green colors. I used both sets of corn, the same ones that I used a couple of weeks ago in the kitchen.

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My little character squash also have great fall colors in them that go with the runner and the plates. These are a wonderful antique pair that I just love. My great-aunt Nannie gave them to me when I was in high school.

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For a simple centerpiece, I chose a variegated green pillar candle on a simple base, a wonderful green mercury glass piece that my husband gave me a few years ago, and one of my Dollar Tree votive holders. All of these colors look great on the runner.

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I love this table, and decided to do a soup table in the kitchen as well. In case you are wondering if taco soup is the only soup we eat all winter, it is not. We do eat it an awful lot, I’ll admit; it is quick, easy, and nutritious.

However, a few other cool weather soups and stews that we like are jambalaya, chili (I have 2 favorite recipes…one is Weight Watchers and one is vegetarian), broccoli cheese, red beans and rice, and, of course, Campbell’s chicken noodle and Campbell’s tomato. I’m usually all about generic, but those two soups have to be Campbell’s!

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My brown placemats and red Wal Mart plates formed the base of the kitchen table setting.

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I put the Friendly Village plates on top of the red plate and the large soup bowl on top of that. I love this china pattern and never get tired of it!

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I put my fall leaf napkin rings on some brown napkins to continue the fall theme.

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For the stemware, I used my ruby red goblets and Dollar Tree fall leaf glasses. I put my fall wine charms on both types of glasses. I used my everyday Chateau soup spoons.

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Fall leaves seemed the perfect choice for the salt and pepper shakers since I had fall leaves elsewhere in the table elements.

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I decided on candles for my simple vignette. My other two autumn leaf votives and my Wal Mart candle holder with a dark red candle continues the colors and theme of the table.

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I love this table, as I love anything with Friendly Village china.

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Sorry that my pictures are so dark. Cloudy day, dark table, and dark table elements don’t produce very light photos.

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I smell my taco soup in the crock pot as I am typing and am looking forward to dishing it up in my Friendly Village soup bowls soon! Hope everyone has a great week and enjoys their decorating and tablescaping!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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Halloween Table, Harvest Red, and The Antiques Roadshow

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I decided to set a Halloween table in the kitchen since I had not done that yet this season.

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I started with my placemats, of course. I know you’ve seen them a lot, but they are the only ones that I have. There are some others at the flea market that I like a lot, but I am trying not to spend. [I am trying not to spend....I am trying not to spend...I am trying not to spend.] Hey, a mantra can’t hurt, can it?

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These cream Wedgwood plates are always good to use as a base.

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I chose my Pfaltzgraff Halloween plates for the top layer. I love these plates…purchased when I began tablescaping.

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Napkins from the Napkin Lady in my old jack-o-lantern napkin rings are a great addition.

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I chose my Dollar Tree goblets and black stemware for the glasses.

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For a simple vignette, I found a black votive to put in my black candle holder. A witch shoe and the witch herself finish off the little scene.

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I love the San Remo flatware with this setting, and I liked the finished look of my Halloween table. For lunch we had pasta with Italian sausage, peppers, and onions on the cream-colored plates and salad on the Halloween plates, so I can now do another table. I will have to think about that awhile.

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I wanted to do another harvest table, this time in the dining room, using these placemats. I was looking at some red goblets that I have had for a while and haven’t used. Then I thought, “Why not red for harvest instead of orange?”

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I started with cream-colored plates again; these are Mikasa.

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I topped them with my favorite vintage fruit plates by Salem.

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Looking for something red, I spied my 22 Fifth appetizer plates and thought that they would be perfect. Even though the fruit design on the middle plate is covered, I like the red and gold in this plate and how the gold edging from the Salem plate outlines it.

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I decided on brown napkins with acorn napkin rings to continue the fall theme.

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Then I brought out the red goblets. The color is ruby red, although I am not sure if they are old or not. It doesn’t matter; I still like them. The Dollar Tree fall leaf glasses are a good complement.

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So what do I have red for a centerpiece that continues the fall theme? I looked through my harvest salt and pepper shakers and spied them: tomatoes!

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I added in my fall squirrel sets to break up the red. Before you say anything, I do have a few sets with apples, but none of them were the right shade of red.

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I love using my salt and pepper shakers to decorate. Most of my 250+ sets have never held salt and pepper, in case you are wondering.

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To continue the fall theme, I used my leaf and acorn plates at the corners of the table.

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Then I decided to add a red candle on my white Dollar General candlestick (probably the best $1.50 I’ve ever spent on my tablescaping disease hobby).

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Present Time flatware finished off the setting, and I was done!

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I really like my harvest table featuring red, and I am always glad when I can do something a little different with the same theme.

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PBS is finally broadcasting The Antiques Roadshow taped in Jacksonville which we attended last year. This silver case contains Marilyn Monroe Playboys…I think that this show will be on tomorrow night. We can’t wait to see what they are worth. We watched last week’s episode and did not recognize any of the appraisals. I spent a lot of time looking for us in the background shots, but did not ever see us.

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I had on a pink shirt, so I thought that I might be easy to spot in the background shots. Well, seems like everybody else wore pink that day! Anyway, the next 2 episodes should be really good, so I hope you get a chance to watch them. We are anxious to see the items that we saw being appraised.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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Harvest Table, Football, This-N-That

It rained yesterday, and we finally got a little cool snap here. You know what that means at our house: taco soup!

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I decided to set a simple soup table in the kitchen, beginning with these cute placemats. My mother-in-law picked them up at a yard sale for me. They are perfect for this time of year.

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I used my solid black plates for the base and my Fire King peach lustre plates on top of them. I like the way these two plates work together to bring out fall colors.

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I used my black bowls as the top layer, ready for our taco soup.

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Although I like this place setting, it is very dark. The placemats have a dark blue or black background, depending on how you look at  it at any given moment. The black plates and bowls add even more darkness to the setting. Although the Fire King plate helps to keep the top and bottom layers separated, it doesn not really help to lighten up the darkness of the entire place setting. I decided on yellow napkins. Although there really are no bright colors in the placemats, the yellow does reflect some of the lighter hues in the pattern and helps to lighten up the place setting. The black napkin rings look a little like basket weave and came with the placemats.

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I chose goblets with black stems and the San Remo flatware to finish off the setting.

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I like this simple setting and will certainly be using it again.

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I decided to use my corn salt and pepper shakers. The corn both continues the yellow color palette and the harvest theme. The yellow also brings a little more color to the table.

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I used my Dollar Tree fall leaf votives at one end of the table, and I was done.

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While not exactly a tablescape, I do like this simple table and the fact that it is ready and waiting for our taco soup.

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David’s birthday was this weekend (57 born in 1957), and I decided that we need to look into getting new phones. We’ve been talking about it for quite some time, so when his birthday rolled around, it seemed like a good time to bite the bullet and do it.

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So we shopped around and ended up getting the best buy at the AT&T store. I got an LG; he got a Motorola; our monthly bill will now be a little less than it had been.

We also visited his parents this weekend and went to the hoarded house once more. I won’t go into more detail; you can read that here if you are interested. Although I really do not need to spend money and I have plenty of Christmas items, I cannot pass up Christmas dishes. Once again, I did not take any photographs and went through everything as quickly as I could. I lifted the above photo off the internet; it is a set by Gibson, never used, still in the boxes, an 8-place setting, 40 pieces. It is really pretty and this photo does not do it justice.

I could not find an internet photograph of the other set that I got. It is by Today’s Home and also has holly and berries, but it is intertwined with a burgundy ribbon and is quite attractive. I have a 10-place setting of it with a couple of extra pieces, 44 pieces in all. The set above is Christmas Treasures by Jamestown, and I have an 8-place setting of it for sale also. This set I got a while back and have had it stored until now.

In other news…last by certainly not least….MS State beat Auburn! Wow, what a game, and now we are #1 for perhaps the first time ever.

Our arch rival, Ole Miss, is #2, and ESPN Game Day was actually broadcast two Saturdays in row from Mississippi. The Ole Miss/Alabama game was broadcast from Oxford on Oct. 4, and the State/Auburn game from Starkville on Oct. 11.

So lots of football history is being made in our state this season. Sports commentators state-wide are predicting that the Egg Bowl, rather than the Iron Bowl, will be pivotal in determining the SEC championship this year. Of course, there is still a lot of football to play between now and then, and both teams have some rough matchups ahead. State still has to play Alabama, while Ole Miss still has to face Auburn. Of course, Florida State is waiting in the wings for both teams. But no matter what happens down the road, this football season has already been a memorable one for Mississippians far and wide.

As a side note, I absolutely loved that State was participating in Breast Cancer Awareness month. From Coach Mullen’s pink visor, to the cheerleaders’ pink pom-poms, to the players who wore touches of pink on their uniforms, MS State went all out for October, and I was surely proud of my alma mater.

CNN had a good article about Glen Campbell, and no matter if you are a fan or not, it is well worth reading. While you are there, be sure to play the video of his new (and final) song. I’ll go ahead and warn you: have the Kleenex ready! If you were, like I was when I was a kid, upset when he died in True Grit, that is a walk in the park compared to this. However, it is still important to watch, as is the video of his daughter asking legislators for more funds to be appropriated to use for Alzheimer’s research.

That is about it for my this-n-that report. My booth sales are still slow, but steadier than they were in September. I am hoping that this trend will continue and get stronger, or, at the very least, not slow up any. Have a great fall of tables, decorating ,and football!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

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Halloween and True Confessions

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The last Halloween table that I showed you used these cute Cracker Barrel plates, and I mentioned that I had always regretted that I did not purchase more of them. After writing that post, I had a sudden thought: eBay! Why I had never thought of searching eBay for more of these plates is beyond me, especially when I use eBay all the time to hunt for tablescaping bargains. Well, I found them, so this Halloween table features my recent finds.

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As usual, I started with my Halloween placemats. I love these placemats and actually purchased them on eBay many years ago.

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I decided to layer 2 solid color plates, my square taupe Wal Mart plates and the black ones that my mother-in-law gave me last year. The solid colors were a good backdrop to show off my cute plates.

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For the napkins, I went back to my 2 sets of Halloween napkins which I purchased from The Napkin Lady a few years back. This time I mixed and matched the 2 sets. I wish you could tell from my pics that the eyes of the spiders on these napkins are actually sparkly.

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The green napkins went on the plate with the green background, and the orange ones were next to the plate with the orange background. I placed the napkins in my jack-0-lantern napkin rings (I’ve probably had them 20 years or more) and set them on top of the plate stack so that the colors would be next to each other.

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I decided to use only one glass for this place setting, the orange striped stems from Dollar Tree.

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Of course, the black San Remo flatware was the best choice for this place setting.

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For the centerpiece, I decided to keep it simple. The eBay lot that I purchased included not only two more of the little plates, but a large plate as well. I really loved that I found this plate, especially since I had no idea that they were even made in this size. It will be a great serving piece, but for this table I am displaying it on a stand.

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I chose my two ceramic jack-o-lanterns to place on either side of the plate and left it at that. I have had both of these jack-o-lanterns many years and really enjoy using them each year.

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Then I went really wild….instead of candy corn, I chose candy pumpkins in the witch boot shoes for the final touch on the table. I know; it’s scandalous not to use candy corn, but I’m just all crazy like that.

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You probably noticed something about this post if you are a regular reader. A while back, I swore off extra purchasing while I am working on paying off medical bills since my recent surgery.

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OK, I admit it: I fell off the wagon. To be perfectly honest, I am pretty mad at myself about it. I showed no willpower at all and made an impulse purchase. I know better!

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After a good deal of prayer and thought, I decided not to beat myself up about it, but to move on. I did it; I own it; I will not do it again in the future.

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So there you have it. I have confessed and beaten myself up a lot the last few days.

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Now I choose to forgive myself and move on with my resolve further strengthened.

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No more spending! I can do it. Happy Halloween and I can’t wait to see all of the Halloween décor out there in blogland.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

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Fall Table and Fall Weather

Here in central MS, fall does not come in very early, but this year we had a cool snap a little earlier than usual and had lows in the forties and highs in the seventies for several days. I’ve written before of our love for taco soup, and I made it this weekend, even though it was still just a little warm outside. We had taco soup in our purple pots, and it was truly delicious! For those of you who have real fall weather where you live, try taco soup. You will love it! For those of you who, like me, have to wait awhile for fall, try taco soup. You will love it! Today, back to normal early fall weather…lows in the sixties and high almost 90.  I guess I won’t be making it again for a few weeks, so I’m glad I got my “taco soup fix” out of the way. I had even been contemplating putting away my capris for the year, but I guess that can wait!

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After eating our soup at the purple table, I was ready to do a fall table with orange. I used the same placemats, but started with my Dollar Tree plates in bright colors.

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I used my Fire King plates next. I have written in the past that I picked up these plates for $1 each back when I first started tablescaping. I wasn’t crazy about them, but the color was perfect for fall table layering. I have since discovered that these are peach lustre in the laurel pattern and can be quite pricey. Well, I am still not that crazy about this color, but do appreciate them a little more.

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For the final layer, I chose my favorite Salem plates with fruit on them. These plates were also among the first that I ever purchased for tablescaping, and I really love them.

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I have both the pear and the apple design. They were also made with grapes and with some type of berry, probably raspberries. I have seen them on eBay, but so far I have never wanted to spend what folks are asking. I hope to some day run up on those other 2 patterns inexpensively.

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I used my fall leaf napkin rings and a taupe napkin with my everyday Chateau stainless.

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For the glasses, I chose both sizes of the fall leaf stemware from Dollar Tree. You know, Dollar Tree really should give us tablescapers a kickback!

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As you know, my kitchen table is small, and I don’t do a centerpiece, usually just a small vignette at one end of the table. Sometimes I’ll put a little something in the middle; sometimes, not. Today I did because I want to use my harvest salt and pepper shakers. Because my plates have pears and apples, I chose my pear and apple salt and pepper shakers to continue that motif.

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Since the other motif in the place setting is fall leaves, I chose fall leaf salt and pepper shakers for my vignette. I used a fall leaf candy dish for the candy pumpkins.

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The fall leaf votive holders were perfect for this table, and I put them at the other end.

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I really liked my final product. I’ve never really been sure of why I prefer fall tables to all of the others.

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I guess it is probably because I first began tablescaping in the fall and did a wealth of fall tables in those early days of my addiction hobby.

 

Hope everyone has a great week, and I can’t wait to see all of the fall tables!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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