Pink Dining Room Plus Shop Miss A

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A couple of months ago my mother-in-law picked up these lovely plates at a sale. I recognized them immediately as Homer Laughlin and that they blend in perfectly with my Sunrise, Gold Crown, and Danube chinas. It is on the Rhythm shape and the pink rim is a perfect match with the Sunrise china. The Rhythm shape was produced in the 40s and 50s, so that helped me date these plates.

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The mark on these plates does not mention the Homer Laughlin Company, and this mark almost threw me off. However, HL sold their china to distributing companies, and I had just not run across the company International D. S. Co. until I saw these plates. I still have not been able to find out much about this company, but it was probably one of many that sold dishes to Woolworth’s, Sears, and similar companies. A more detailed discussion of Homer Laughlin and its various distributing companies can be found here.

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Back to the table…I started with my pink tablecloth, but did not like the pink-on-pink, so I put a simple white Dollar Tree placemat underneath the plate.

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I had a couple of different pink napkins that would do, but in the end chose the ones that matched the tablecloth. I used a simple clear napkin ring and San Remo flatware.

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I had a hard time deciding whether or not to layer since I wasn’t sure about covering up that pretty magnolia blossom. Finally I decided to go for it. I ran across two pretty small plates with pink in them when I was putting up the magnolia dishes, so I decided to go for it.

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These are really pretty and old plates that I actually had purged back when I had my breakdown about a year ago. However, they did not sell (which I really just don’t understand at all), and I brought them back home when I put out my Christmas décor. I’ll probably try again at some point, but for now, I’ll just enjoy using them.

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Since I only have 2 of those plates, I filled in with the Sunrise on the other 2 place settings.

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I decided to top off the plate stack with the Sunrise berry bowls. With the pattern covered, the dinner plate looks like an exact match to the berry bowl! I love the mix-and-match element to so many HL patterns.

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Of course, my lovely tulip-shaped stemware was perfect for this table.

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I even found enough wine charms that had pink beads on them for all 4 glasses.

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Turning my attention to the center of the table, I used the only table runner I have with pink in it. I found it on eBay about a year ago.

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I love these Cheerful Giver candles. I found them a while back on amazon when I searched for pink pillar candles because I do so many pink tables. The colors are so soft and pretty and perfect for my pink décor.

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I actually keep tall silver candlesticks on the mantel most of the time because they display perfectly with my Hull pottery collection.

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Speaking of Hull, I decided to use a couple of my smaller pieces on this table. I love the delicate pink and blue shades of this pottery.

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The colors always look great with my vintage HL. My guess would be that is because they were probably manufactured around the same time period and these colors were really popular at that time.

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The centerpiece turned out exactly as I had envisioned. Shades of soft pink and the glow of pastel candles set off my pretty new plates.

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I love the way my table turned out!

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Simple, pretty…pink. What else can I say?

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Now on to the rest of my title. Have you heard of the website Shop Miss A? I just happened to stumble upon this site when I was reading some blogs a couple of months ago.

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The site is basically a makeup and accessory site and everything is $1. Yep, you read that right…$1!

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Of course, I had to try it. I actually purchased a number of items. I focused mainly on makeup and skin care, although I did buy a couple of scarves that I love.

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I won’t go into every product that I bought, but I will tell you about a couple of them. I had never heard of Kleancolor eye shadows. These are baked and called wet/dry shadows, but they actually look better wet. They don’t really show up when wearing them dry.

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I love the color on the left, called toffee. It is an interesting mix of teal, brown, and some other shades that really doesn’t sound great when I describe it, but trust me, it is really pretty. The plum shade on the right is also really nice, but it is exactly like the plum shade in the Elf baked palette, so I really didn’t need it. But it was only $1, and I will use it.100_0935

I did get a few things that I ended up not liking much, but at only $1, I decided I would risk buying. I have a friend with 3 little girls who love playing with makeup, so I know I can pass on anything I don’t want.

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The reviews I read of this site gave more negative than positive on the shipping. I actually did not have any trouble at all with the shipping. Yes, it took slightly longer than most companies that I buy from online, but I don’t get upset about that at all. I’ve never been one to pay extra for rush shipping…I am cheap all the way! Plus, I ordered around the holidays and I knew the shipping would take a little longer…actually the website even stated that clearly.

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I actually discovered this site too late for Christmas giving, but when I told my friend about it, he agreed that he could have filled up his daughters’ stockings with all kinds of things cheaply. He told his wife to be sure to remember that site for next year.

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As a p.s., I finished The Heart of the Sea last night. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but I enjoyed this book very much. It was really good, and I am looking forward to the movie. So another New Year’s Goal has been met!

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Have a great day of reading, tablescaping, and online shopping!

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,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,   The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants;  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 , Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow, 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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home

 

 

 

 

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Favorites, Old & New; New Year’s Goals

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One of the things that I have not yet mentioned about the New Year is my annual report from WordPress. One of the things that I was totally aware of is that I have not published as many blog posts this year as in previous years. I added more working days at the flea market, spent more time shopping for merchandise for the flea market, and did probably a dozen more things that I let interfere with my blogging. I can’t truthfully say that I will post more in 2016, but I would like to if possible. But I know better than to set that goal when I am not sure if I can meet it.

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My most viewed post in 2015 was More Purging Options. I purchased a new set of dishes at our flea market about that time and it sent me into a tailspin about my hoarding tendencies and how I had way too many dishes. Most of my other top-viewed posts all had to do with my sort of mini-breakdown: Valentine’s, Pinking, and I’ve Crossed the Line. One other post, Rhapsody in Blue, made it into the most viewed. It had a great blue and white table and some details about my flea market booth.

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Those stats bring me to today’s table. I have not used my lovely magnolia dishes lately, so they seemed the obvious choice. I started with my sage green placemats. I love the green leaves on the magnolias, so I decided to bring them out in several ways.

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The salad plates have the entire bloom on them. I like the way the rim of the dinner plate frames it.

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I had a difficult time deciding whether or not to use the cups and saucers. Since I have not used them in a while, I decided to go ahead. I like the shape of the cup and the way it looks on the plate stack.

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Of course, I had to use the matching goblet. I like the size of these and that they hold a large amount of liquid.

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I also had a hard time deciding on napkins. Finally I chose a fringed napkin in taupe and cream plaid (old favorite). The taupe seemed like a good choice given the color of the center of the blooms. I did not want to introduce another color at this point. I also chose my Dollar General flatware (old favorite) in green.

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P. Silkotch (old favorite), a Mississippi artist similar to Gail Pittman, napkin rings complete the place setting. I like the way P. Silkotch and Gail Pittman complement each other and can used together.

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Since I like my Gail Pittman Flame pattern (old favorite) paired with the magnolia dishes so much, I decided to use them for the centerpiece. Because none of my table runners had the look that I wanted, I layered my burgundy beaded placemats for the runner. I ended up liking the look more than I thought I would. I found this small bowl in my favorite pattern a few months ago at my flea market (new favorite).

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I also used both my tall (old favorite) candlesticks and short (new favorite) candlestick as part of the centerpiece. Green tapers bring out the green in the plates.

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Also bringing out the green is the square green dish (new favorite)that my good friend recently gave me. It had belonged to her late mother. I love how this dish looks.

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I ended up being really pleased with how the centerpiece turned out. Of course, I always like the magnolia dishes no matter how I use them!

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In a recent post, I mentioned some New Year’s goals. I periodically…not just at New Year’s…reevaluate and set goals for myself. One of them was to read more. I am happy to report that I have met my first goal…

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Yep, that’s right! I finished Moby Dick this morning! (He’s not as cute as the above clip art, by the way…) I’ve read about an hour a day almost every day since Jan. 1. Parts of it were hard to get through, but the story itself was pretty good. Now I’m ready to read The Heart of the Sea, but I think that I will wait a little while. I need a break from the heavy reading and will read a couple of easy-read books that I have on hand first. I used to be a high-school librarian and junior high English teacher; I almost always have some quick read YA novels around. I’ll let you know when I begin The Heart of the Sea.

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So that’s it for my goals and ramblings! Have a happy new year of tablescaping and reading and whatever you favorite hobby may be!

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,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,   The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants;  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 , Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow, 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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home
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New Look in the Dining Room and a Bargain

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I think I have mentioned in my last couple of posts that I am way behind on putting away Christmas and doing a general cleaning and reorganizing in my home. Today is the first full day that I have been at home since last week, so I have tried to utilize every moment of it. It has taken me all day to clean and organize the extra bedroom where I store flea market and tablescaping items. It had really exploded into a huge mess when I added Christmas items to the disarray.

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Cleaning and straightening the extra bedroom always creates a domino effect into the dining room and the storage spaces in both rooms. It has taken me a long time to get it done, but I think I finally am.

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So here is my first table of the New Year. Sorry all the pics are dark. It was a cloudy day outside and the rain started about the time I was finishing up. With the plethora of Christmas dishes finally put away, I was ready to do something completely different…purple seemed the answer. I started with this floral runner with its purple, blue, and red flowers.

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My mother-in-law recently gave me these placemats. I thought the purple grapes would be great on this table.

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The dishes I like to use the most when I have a purple color scheme are the Thomas Kinkade Spode set. I love these gorgeous plates, an old eBay purchase.

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Of course, I had to bring out my purple napkins. Beaded napkin rings, an early tablescaping purchase, are perfect to dress up these pretty napkins.

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Lovely purple goblets are my stemware of choice whenever I use the Thomas Kinkade.

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I went through my wine charms and chose some cute ones for the goblets.

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Black San Remo flatware finished off the place setting and I was really pleased with how it came out.

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I wanted to keep the centerpiece simple. Looking through my accessories, I discovered that it would not be too hard to do that since I don’t have a lot of purple tablescaping items.

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I love this antique frosted glass vase with applied decoration. It belonged to my grandmother.

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It was easy to find my purple variegated candle since I had just completed reorganizing the candle storage spaces. My black candle holder was also a quick find since I had organized all the candleholders into one space; previously they had been spread out all over the dining room.

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I love this delicate pierced serving dish with its delicate violets. I like putting it on a stand for display purposes. Obviously, I would take it down to use it for serving.

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Love my simple purple table! It’s perfect for a new year and new look.

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I also had to redo the vignettes on the Hoosier and the buffet while I was cleaning. I did a variation of what I had up before with the magnolia and burgundy dishes.

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I decided to add Gail Pittman pieces to the buffet. The color is perfect with the burgundy and green in the magnolia pattern. It’s hard to see my dark green piece because of the darkness in the room and the dark color of the buffet. Trust me, it blends in great with these pieces.

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I put dark green tapers in the candlesticks.

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The dark green makes a nice accent color and ties all of pieces together.

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I decided to use some of my new Pioneer Woman pieces on the Hoosier.

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This pitcher is really one of my favorite pieces in the collection.

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This small pitcher is actually measuring cup. Look closely at it. The pictures of this pitcher online show that it has measuring marks on it. There are none. How can I measure anything using this cup? I really can’t decide what to do with this piece. I like it, but it is useless as a measuring cup. I can just use it for décor and purchase one with marks on it at a later date, which is what I’m leaning toward doing right now.

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I’ll close with a great CVS bargain trip. Since about mid-November, I have been purchasing a little more than usual from CVS. Because we were helping out our friend, I had purchased things like toilet paper and laundry detergent whenever CVS ran a special with extra bucks.

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Also since I knew I had a makeup no-buy starting on Jan. 1, I had taken advantage of the extra bucks on several makeup items before the end of the year.

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So I had a good many extra bucks saved up, and here is the final result! I actually did not need too much that day. I like to get Osteo Bi-Flex when the buy 1, get 1 free special is on. I needed conditioner and decided to also get some shampoo since a buy 2 and get $5 extra bucks special was on. I like to have a couple of shampoos and conditioners bought ahead, and it was a good time to get them. I also took advantage of the Campbell’s soup special since we were running low and bought some chips for our lunch that day.

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I had a 30% off and $10 extra bucks sent to my card. The rest of the coupons that you see are all of the extra bucks that I have been holding on to for the perfect moment. Do you see the total? It came to 26 cents plus tax, a total of $3.08. I call that the perfect moment!

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How much did I save? 100%! Score! I got $103.03 worth of merchandise for 26 cents, probably the best that I have ever done. Of course, that’s the last of the great CVS shopping trips you will see for a while. I have used up all of my extra bucks (except the $5 I received for the shampoo), plus I have a stockpile now of the things that I usually buy when they are on special, like Tide, Charmin, and Bounty. I also have plenty of makeup, as we all know!

Have a great week of tablescaping and bargain hunting!

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,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,   The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants;  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 , Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow, 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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home
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New Year’s Tasks, The Pioneer Woman, and Wal Mart Beauty

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So it’s another year…2016 has officially begun. It seems like 2015 just sped by; wasn’t it just yesterday that I was blogging about the new year?

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As long as I’m talking about time passing by, I’ll go ahead and ‘fess up to my first New Year’s task; taking down Christmas. I think this is probably the latest that I’ve ever taken down my Christmas décor…yeah, I know, lots of people wait until Epiphany to do that (as a Christian I probably should also), but not me. I like my house back in order pretty quickly and have even been known to take it down Christmas night (but that is rare…usually I take it down a day or 2 after Christmas). Where does the time go? It seems like I’ve been starting to take down Christmas all week, but one thing or another kept getting in the way.

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Before I began the take down, I put The Pioneer Woman’s Hoppin John in my crock pot (this is last year’s pic when I cooked it on stove rather than crock pot). Southerners have this strange superstition that we have to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring good luck throughout the year. I did not know until I was grown that some families also add greens to their New Year’s meal (symbolizing money); my family never did. I don’t know if we didn’t buy into that part of the superstition or we just didn’t like greens.

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As long as I’m on the subject of The Pioneer Woman, I’ll show you my fresh new tablescape that I did after putting away the Christmas dishes. I was ready for some nice, neutral tones after the profusion of color from having the Christmas dishes out the past few weeks. This was the perfect time to use one of my great Christmas presents…these amber plates from The Pioneer Woman collection. I’ve loved her collection ever since it debuted at Wal Mart and asked for a few things to add to what I had already purchased. I’ll be showing you more of my PW gifts and purchases in the coming weeks. I love this basic neutral shade and placed it on a simple cream placemat.

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I love these beautiful paisley napkins, one of my first Napkin Lady purchases. Our menu today was hoppin john, cornbread, and smoked ham, so I did not do any layering. I just added my Chateau flatware and a pretty tassel napkin ring.

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For glassware, these amber balloon goblets were the perfect addition.

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Still keeping it simple after the plethora of Christmas décor, I just chose my 3 cream colored pillar candles.

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I loved our simple table and our simple meal! Both were so pleasurable after the excesses of Christmas.

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Referring to the last part of my title, I got my Wal Mart Beauty Box in a couple of weeks ago and am just now having time to blog about it.

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Yes, you are seeing leopard print Swisspers. Cute…nothing I would ever purchase for myself…or anyone else. It’s a Q-tip, people!

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This full size body butter is very nice and I will enjoy it. However, it is not something that I would purchase for myself. I’m a Jergens girl.

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I did use the Cover Girl coupon. Not that I needed to buy any makeup, of course.

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Also useful was the L’Oreal coupon. Not that I needed to buy any makeup, of course.

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I haven’t used the Oil of Olay sample yet, mainly because I forgot about it. But I will; Oil of Olay is one of my preferred brands.

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I really like both of these samples. I already use Pure Silk brand of shave cream, so I am thrilled to try out this raspberry one. I am always glad to have a travel size hairspray. I definitely will put this to good use.

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Centrum vitamints? Really? It landed in the garbage.

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Rogaine for women? Really? It landed in the garbage.

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Didn’t I give Jennifer Aniston’s perfume sample a bad review a while back? Really? It landed in the garbage. Overall, I wasn’t quite as thrilled with this Wal Mart Beauty box as I have been with others. But there was enough in it that I still feel it worth the $5, so I will continue for now.

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This brings me back to my final New Year’s task…examining some things in the past and setting some goals. I abandoned New Year’s resolutions years ago. But I do periodically examine different items in my life and try to improve them or set goals for myself. You already know about my new variation of using up stockpiled makeup. Above is a photo of the Elf Happy Hour palette on Jan. 1. As you can see, I have made a lot of progress and hope to have this conquered by the end of the month.

The Upper Room Disciplines 2016: A Book of Daily Devotions (Paperback)

I also start a new devotional book each year on the first. I love my Upper Room Disciplines and started my new one today.

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I do different things each year when it comes to reading the Bible. Last year, I bought a Guideposts Women’s Devotional Bible, and I enjoyed it very much. Sometimes I will read the Bible through in a year or go back to one of my old Bibles.

That is what I decided to do this year. I chose to do this Bible again because the devotions are arranged topically rather than chronologically. For example, instead of going straight through the Bible beginning in Genesis, I started with a section of devotions on the topic of “Grace,” which began in Job. I will be skipping around throughout the Bible rather than reading it chronologically. Since I just finished going straight through a devotional Bible, I thought that this would be a refreshing change and something different.

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The last task that I attended to is something that I have had on my mind and heart for a good while. I love to read….I love it so much that I made an almost 30-year career out of it as an English teacher and a librarian. However, I have discovered since my retirement that my reading for pleasure has gone way down. I know it sounds crazy…seems like I would have more time to read, not less. I guess since I was reading anywhere from 2-5 books a week for 9 years, I just felt a little relief that I did not have to meet that pace any more and my reading decreased dramatically. Yes, I have read in the past few years, but nothing like what I really like and prefer to do. I just don’t take the time any more.

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So I have made up my mind to be more intentional about my pleasurable reading in the future…and this is where I’m starting. Go ahead…say it out loud, “Moby Dick? Pleasure? Are you nuts?”

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No, not nuts…actually I am a little anal retentive. Because the book is always better than the movie, I am planning on reading The Heart of Sea before I see the movie. Because The Heart of the Sea tells the “true” story of Moby Dick, I wanted to read the novel first.

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I’ve read excerpts from the novel and know what it’s about, but I’ve never actually read it from cover to cover. Seems like when I took that period of American Literature, we had to read Bartleby the Scrivener. Enough said.

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I’ll probably think of some other goals that I’ve set for future blog posts, but for now, I have covered the major ones:

1. Don’t buy more makeup. 2. Use up makeup you have. 3. Read Women of Faith Devotional Bible and Upper Room Disciplines. 4. Read for pleasure more.

Have a great week of tablescaping and reading! I certainly plan to.

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,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,   The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants;  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 , Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow, 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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home

 

 

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A Family Christmas

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I finally have at least a little time to post about our Christmas get together. We met at my house the weekend before Christmas, and everyone was able to make it. We all share in the preparation of the meal, and my vanilla wafer cake turned out so pretty that David insisted that I take a photo of it.

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I mixed up the china from usual, putting the Wal Mart china in the dining room and the Lenox china in the kitchen at the “kid’s table.”

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I used pretty sparkly round placemats as the base. Instead of moving out the small kitchen table and putting in a larger one like I usually do, I decided to just keep it there since a larger table takes up so much of the space that we need for food prep. Therefore, the round placemats were perfect and did not take up to much room.

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Did you notice these cute Christmas tree ornament place card holders? I found them at our flea market for a great price, $1.50 for all 4. Of course, I had to get them.

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Of course, I had to use the holiday wine charms on my Christmas tree glasses.

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Grosvenor silver, Bed, Bath, & Beyond napkins, and Lenox Joys of Christmas napkin rings complete the place settings. Obviously, there was no room for a centerpiece on this table.

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For the dining room, I layered a small white cloth over a red one, but I needed something to break up the white plate on top of the white cloth, so I chose the gold chargers. I love these Wal Mart plates!

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I used my new salad plates, a perfect choice since I bought a set of 6 and there were 6 of us at the table.

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OK, this next thing is going to shock you. I know you are used to my using the salt and pepper shakers as place card holders, but this year I wanted to do something different. I found David’s small collection of Hallmark collectible old truck ornaments and thought they would make perfect place card holders. Cute, right?!

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Everyone seemed to like them and we actually rolled them back and forth to each other after we ate so that everyone could get a closer look at the different ones.

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I actually am pretty proud of the brainstorm that I had for napkin rings. Since my mismatched silver napkin rings made out of vintage silver are the only ones that I have more than 4 of, I had to use them. However, I thought they looked a little uninspired; then I remembered my plethora of wine charms.

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I decided that these would be the perfect things to make the napkin rings say Christmas and be a little more festive.

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My vintage green goblets were my choice for our stemware.

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Of course, more wine charms dress up the glasses.

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Grosvenor silver and white napkins completed the place setting.

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I was a little uninspired when it came to a centerpiece, but I finally came up with something that I like. My holiday candles and the trucks that I had left after making place card holders were perfect for this table.

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This Christmas dinner table was pretty much a departure for me from my usual holiday table, but I did end up liking it. Everyone was complimentary and the truck ornaments were a big hit.

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So what happened to the salt and pepper shakers? I moved them to the laundry room. They made a really cute display out there.

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On the buffet, I placed the platters and bowls that I would need when the food arrived.

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I put all the vegetables on this platter and put the spinach dip in a bowl that I centered on the platter. It was a big hit, and everyone loved the dip.

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On the kitchen counter, I placed out drink choices: tea, lemonade, and sparkling water.

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I used the counter on the other side of the kitchen, I place the dessert choices: cake, 4-layer dessert, cookies, and candy.

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I used my green dish (which I now know is Indiana glass) to hold the dessert forks.

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I love the opulent display of fruit in my white Vietri bowl.

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Lenox candle holders completed this vignette.

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For our sparkling cider, Santa stood guard over the glasses on the Hoosier.

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Of course, more wine charms were needed.

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On the hutch, I left everything pretty much the same as usual, only adding a Laurie Gates pedestal bowl with frosted fruit and Lenox vase to the display.

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For our appetizer table in the living room, I placed a St. Nicholas table runner for decoration. I used the Laurie Gates platter for a cheese plate and the small tray for crackers. Sugar and spice pecans are in the vintage urn.

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Everything looked festive, but more important, we all had a great time. We had a nice night of food and fellowship.

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We had fun playing our Christmas gift exchange game with the “silver and gold” theme. We ended up the night by donating some money to Russell for his new canoe fund at Camp Cedar Crest. Overall, it was a wonderful and memorable night.

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Hope your family get together was wonderful also and that your New Year is happy as well.

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Simple Christmas Breakfast and More Catching Up

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Because my extended family got together the weekend before Christmas, our Christmas weekend is kind of quiet. We visited David’s parents on Christmas Day. We had a nice visit and David’s mom had an amazing meal fixed for us. David’s younger brother and his girlfriend were there, and the 6 of us had a good day. Today David and I are catching up on things around the house.

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Because it’s just been the two of us the last few years, David and I have gotten into the habit of fixing a nice Christmas morning breakfast of pancakes and sausage. I set a nice table beginning with my red Dollar Tree placemats and Wal Mart Better Homes & Gardens china.

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I used my Chateau flatware and decided on green napkins. I found these really inexpensively at a booth at our flea market that was going out of business a few months ago.

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A gold tassel napkin ring finished the look.

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For glassware I decided on my Dollar Tree holly glasses. These are great all-around glasses. I really meant to get back to Dollar Tree this year and see if they had more, but I completely forgot. Where does the time go? It seems like I did not get several things done that I meant to this holiday season.

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Because my kitchen table is small, I did not do a centerpiece. Instead, I chose this wonderful jar candle, one of my Christmas gifts. I love scented candles.

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At the last minute I grabbed a few of David’s old truck Christmas ornaments for one end of the table.

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I liked our breakfast table. It was perfectly simple, just like our perfectly simple pancake breakfast. The rest of my catching up post involves makeup, so stop now if you’re here just for the tablescape.

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I reported in October about my strange eyelid rash and my discontinuing not only using eyeshadow but also panning palettes until I got my skin under control. I did a good bit of internet research and came to the conclusion that I must have eczema.

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I began alternating using cortisone cream and Neutrogena hand cream nightly. I also went completely without eye shadow 2 different weeks for 5 days straight, which was really hard to do! My rash cleared up and I have been back to using eyeshadow for about 6 weeks now.

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I also blogged about not purchasing any beauty products because I had purchased way too many. I have to be honest here; although I did stick by the makeup no-buy for a few months, I have gone overboard the past several weeks with buying beauty products. I now have enough makeup to last me for…oh, I don’t know…maybe…the rest of my life!

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Because I have so many eyeshadow palettes, I have been thinking about an alternative to the one month, one palette challenge. I do get tired of using only 1 palette for an entire month, plus I now have so many eyeshadows that I need to work on panning as many as I can.

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I began a week or so ago trying a different approach to panning. I have decided to choose 1 small eyeshadow–a single, trio or quad–and use it the majority of the month. I chose to do it this way for 2 reasons. First, a smaller eyeshadow will pan more quickly than a larger palette. Second, using it the majority of the month rather than the whole month gives me some room to use other palettes so that I don’t get tired of using the same one daily. Plus it allows me to use some of these products that I have stockpiled.

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The small palette that I chose and will continue to pan into January is the Elf Happy Hour (the one on the left). Yes, my negative review of this palette still stands, but the frugal part of me cannot leave it untouched. I also have found a couple of looks that I am okay with since I’ve made myself use it, so it’s gotten a little easier to reach for it. I don’t really plan on using this palette up, but if I have panned a good bit of it by the end of January, I will probably toss it.

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Since my last post about makeup, I have panned the Mally Poreless Perfection powder. This is actually a powder foundation, but I usually chose to wear it over foundation rather than alone. I liked the product; it worked well and looked good, but it was not really worth the high price (about $45). This product came with a brush. I liked the size and weight of this brush, and it worked really well. I used this product every single day beginning in July until it ran out in early December. Sometime around the end of October, bristles began coming out of this brush. Almost every morning after applying my makeup, I had to pick at least one bristle off my face, sometimes several. For reference, I have a Paula’s choice powder brush that I have used almost daily for over 15 years that has never lost a bristle! I’ve used a few Mally products in the past, but this was my first time to use one of her brushes. I was very disappointed since Mally products are not exactly cheap. I threw away the brush as soon as I took this photo. I do not recommend this product and would not repurchase. Because the coverage is good with this powder, I do not give it a failing review. But everything else about this product is not what I would expect out of a high-end product. Grade: D.

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I also panned my L’Oreal blush in tender rose. I really love this color and will repurchase once I use up a few million of my stockpiled products!

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Have a great week of tablescaping and beautifying!

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Merry Christmas and Catching Up

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

I guess that over 2 weeks might be the longest period of time that I have gone between posts. Where have I been? Believe it or not, I’ve been right here at home…just swamped with Christmas preparations and festivities. I’ll start with the kitchen table that I did not show a couple of weeks ago and move one from there.

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I started with poinsettia placemats and topped them with my Lenox Joys of Christmas dinner plate. I love this china and this post tells how I got it. It’s been so long since my last post you may not remember that I decided to use the more formal china in the kitchen and the casual china in the dining room.

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I topped the dinner plate with the salad plate. I love the way the design on the rim of the dinner plate frames the smaller plate.

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I also used the matching napkin rings and Chateau flatware.

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For glassware, I chose the matching mugs. I love these! I always feel like it’s a special treat when I sip tea or hot chocolate out of this mug.

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I also used my forest green goblets. I love these glasses, an antique mall purchase from last year. I have gotten a lot of use out of them this holiday season.

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Of course, I had to use my great wine charms.

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I don’t do a centerpiece on my small kitchen table. I purchased the Yankee candle brand of crackling fire candle recently, and what a dud! I can remember my husband and I making fun of the first Woodwick candle purchase years ago. We had to lean very closely to hear the faint sound of the “crackling fire.” A few years later, I purchased the Woodwick brand again (I still love the scents even though the sound was a joke), and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the crackling fire sound had been greatly improved and it was actually more audible now. Hope Yankee will get that formula right soon! Anyway, it is a Yankee candle, so the scent is great.

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I put my Lenox candlesticks on the end of the table with my holly tapers, an old purchase from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

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I really liked our festive kitchen table, but had to take it down a couple of days later in order to prepare for hosting the holiday party for the newspaper that I work for.

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We always do a casual family party with spouses, families, and significant others. Everyone brings snack foods and we just eat and visit. I cleared off the kitchen table for whatever kids wanted to sit there. I put the ice chest with ice and drinks out in the laundry room.

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I cleared the tablescape off the dining table, and left the tablecloth with a great Christmas runner. Because I wanted to have plenty of room to set out the food, I decided to keep the centerpiece simple with some candles and salt and pepper shakers.

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I accented the Lenox candlesticks with some votives and selected several sets of shakers to add to the setting.

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I love these candles. I found them in Bed, Bath and Beyond a couple of years ago. I intended to get some more this year, but never got there. Where does the time go? Anyway, that is the reason that my tapers look a little worse for wear.

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I also used the matching small votive holder as one of the accents. I never get tired of this china pattern and love it more each year.

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These cute snowmen are welcoming everyone to the party.

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I am happy to report that even though I left lots of room for food, we had so much that we had to use the extra table that I had placed in the dining room.

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Everyone ate and visited, and we all had a great time. There were even a few tears shed as we bid farewell to a coworker who is moving away.

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I have a lot more to say to catch up with over 2 weeks of not posting. However, this post is long enough and I have miles to go before I sleep. Hope everyone has a merry Christmas and remembers the true meaning of the season!

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Living Room, Dining Room Christmas Decor

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I have spent the last few days working on making the house look in the holiday spirit, and I am exhausted! If you read my blog, you know that I have a lot of Christmas dishes and I like to decorate with them every year. It takes me a long time to get out the Christmas china as well as the Christmas salt and pepper shakers. It also took me quite a while to put away all the fall décor and the harvest salt and pepper shakers.

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I decided to do things differently this year. Although I have slight variations on the way I decorate from year to year, I usually do the same basic design on the mantel and the buffet. This year, I went wild and crazy; instead of doing the Lenox Joys of Christmas serving pieces as the buffet décor, I decided to use the new pieces that I ordered from Wal Mart as the buffet décor. Isn’t this platter lovely!

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I’m not sure what this piece is called, but I think it will be great for a relish dish, candy dish, or even for dips alongside some crudités.

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This long dish would be great for a number of uses. I looked back at my Wal Mart order, and this set was called “appetizer and divided tray set.”

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I guess you noticed Santa looking over the dining room looking out for the naughty and nice. This is the first year that I have not put him on the mantel. He is very old and unsteady and has to prop against a wall.

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I put the tree of wine glass charms in the center of the vignette and used most of my holiday salt and pepper shakers to fill in on the buffet.

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I think that this is my  first time to use salt and pepper shakers in my dining room décor as well.

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However, I love the way it turned out and I will probably decorate with them in the dining room again.

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On the Hoosier, I decided to use my casual Laurie Gates Christmas china. The story of how I began collecting this china is here.

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I also have a bowl in this pattern, but decided not to display it. I’ll be using it a lot to serve, so it’s easier to leave it in the cabinet.

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On the dining table, I began with some great beaded placemats that my mother-in-law gave me recently. I love them! Since I was using the casual dinnerware on the buffet and Hoosier, I decided to use the Better Homes & Gardens plates for today’s table.

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You probably remember how thrilled I was to get some Pioneer Woman dishes for my birthday last week. I decided that the red plate would look great on top of the Christmas plate, and I was right!

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I still wanted one more layer, so I found my appetizer plates that I picked up at a local flea market a few years ago. I paid $2 for 5 plates. All have the same happy Santa pattern, and they have a three different sayings on them.

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I love the way the plate stack looks! Now I had to decide on glassware and napkins.

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Sticking with the casual vibe, I chose these casual patterned napkins. I think I may have gotten these at Wal Mart many years ago. I also used clear acrylic napkin rings and San Remo black flatware.

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For stemware, I chose my favorite Arby’s Christmas glasses and ruby red wine stems.

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Since I currently seem to have a plethora of Christmas wine glass charms, it looks like I need to put them in every holiday tablescape that I do.

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Since I’m going kind of casual, I wanted to do a casual centerpiece, not too fussy. While I was mentally going through some possibilities, my eye landed on this cute piece of glassware. One of my closest friends lost her mother a few months ago, and she and her sisters spent a lot of time helping her dad get his house in order afterwards. Her mother had been quite ill and they had all been tied up with her care for several months, so the house was not top priority. One of the major things that she and her siblings did was clean out and have a yard sale, and she had asked my help in identifying some dishes and glassware. She also let me come out the night before the sale and pick out what I wanted for my booth.

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To make a long story short, I fell in love with piece of green glass. I did get a few things to sell, but I love this vase (?) and plan to keep it. I’ve not been able to positively identify it. My gut instinct says Anchor Hocking, but I don’t see it in my Anchor Hocking book. I think it is probably classified as floral ware, but I will probably just use it alone, like I have today. I love displaying pottery and glassware with nothing in them in order to showcase the beauty of the pieces.

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Anyway, the green color is perfect for the season, so I selected it for this table. When my son and his wife were here a couple of weeks ago, they brought these cute little miniature crates and thought that I would like them in my tablescaping. I put my colorful ornaments in them, and they were right: I do like them.

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I decided that the centerpiece needed a little something else. I decided to use a few red candles in various sizes to complete the look.

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I like my cute, rustic centerpiece.

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I think that where I really went for a different look was the mantel. This is the first time that I have put my Nativity Scene on the mantel.

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Last year my daughter-in-law decorated my mantel, and it was the first time that I had not used my brass candlesticks on the mantel during the holidays. I decided that I would try that again and used a mixture of silver and crystal candleholders on this end of the mantel. The red and green pillar candles are actually Home Interior candles that are usually pretty expensive, but I got them for next to nothing after Christmas last year when a fellow flea market vendor was going out of business.

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On the other side of the mantel I used my workhorse pillar candles with my vintage urn and a small votive in a crystal holder.

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You will also notice something a little different with the stockings. I usually spread them out on the mantel, but this year I moved them all on one end so that the focus will be on the nativity set. The story of Callie’s Christmas stocking is here.

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I’m not totally sure that I will leave the mantel like this. I’ll have to take a few days to think on it, but for now, I like it.

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I kept the sofa table by the window simple. I used one of the Christmas runners and my Laurie Gates pedestal bowl filled with frosted fruit.

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I chose just the snowman salt and pepper shakers to complete this look.

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I don’t keep much on the coffee table since it acts as a catch-all for mail, reading material, and snacks during the week. I used another holiday table runner, my Gail Pittman tray, and a couple of candles.

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I did manage to do a couple of vignettes in the kitchen today also.

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In addition, I did a simple tablescape on the kitchen table.

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However, this post has gotten pretty long and I will save it for another time.

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Hope everyone had a great week of tablescaping and decorating!

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Christmas Table, Giving Back, Bargains, a Getaway, and The Pioneer Woman

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Wow! I have a lot of catching up to do. This post will be long, so just skim on down to the tablescape if that’s all you’re here for. The last two weeks have been filled with company, traveling, and catching up on chores neglected because of said company and traveling. We enjoyed our son and his wife for a few days before Thanksgiving. While they were here, my Equinox started giving me a service airbag message. Since we had some travel plans, I thought that it was fairly important to get it checked out. Russell followed me out to the dealer so that I could drop the car off. Troy, the assistant service manager, told me that the message could signal anything from simple to complex (implication: expensive or more expensive). Well, I had to do it, so it didn’t really matter. The last time that I used my preferred owner discount was September 2013. Every time I have any work done on my car, a percentage of the charge goes on my preferred owner card and I can deduct that amount from any future charge whenever I get ready. This really seemed like a good time to use my discount.

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Troy called later that afternoon and said that it was a loose wire. The charge would run around $40, and Russell drove me back out to pick up my car. I pulled out my preferred owner card, and, yes, my total was $17.91. Score! Love being a preferred owner.

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I also decided while they were here to make chocolate cobbler. I had only made it once before, and I wanted to see if they like it. On my way back from the dealership, I stopped to buy some ice cream because I thought that it would go really well with the cobbler. I grabbed the only vanilla that I saw, Edy’s, and went to the checkout. I remembered to pull out my $5 extrabucks. You will probably have to click on the photo so that you can see my final total, but, yes, I did spend $1.41. Both the cobbler and the ice cream were great!

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While I am on the subject of bargains, I have gotten some really great deals at CVS lately. Unfortunately, you have to click on the photos to see the final totals well. My best deal recently involves a really big shopping trip, so I had to photograph the ticket in several parts because it was so long. The top part of the ticket shows the advertised sales that I found in the sale paper that week, such as buy one Osteo Biflex, get one free, and several others.

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The next part of the ticket shows the deductions for the coupons that I had, such as those for Crest and Arm & Hammer, as well as several of my extrabucks. The last things deducted from my ticket are for the deals that I had preloaded on my card, such as $6 off $30 and $1 off Cascade.

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The next photo shows what I spent on my purchases, $59.90 ($55.02 before taxes). Yes, that is a little more than I usually spend on one shopping trip; of course, I bought a little more than I usually buy in one trip.

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OK, but look at the final! I saved $77.18; before the coupons were deducted, the total was $132.20. When I saw that $132 come up on the screen, I almost fainted. I held my breath until all of the coupons were applied, and I was thrilled with the final price that I paid.

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One reason that I purchased a little more than usual is that David and I try to give a little more than we usually do during the holidays. This year we have chosen several ways of giving back. We plan to put a little extra in the offering plate at church for a couple of funds that need it. We will also purchase a gift for the angel tree at church. The angel tree is a way of giving gifts to children of the incarcerated, and our church participates each year.

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We also will help out a family friend who is having a pretty rough time lately. Due to some physical problems and a series of unfortunate circumstances, he has no job and no income. The EBT card and a couple of churches who have food pantries provide him with enough food, but other necessities are a problem. Whenever CVS runs specials on things like toilet paper, shampoo, etc., I have been picking them up for him. Due to my careful scrutiny of the CVS sale paper each week, I was able to give him a box of bargain toiletries and cleaning products at Thanksgiving and should be able to take some more at Christmas.

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The next giving back that we will do involves our local Lions Club and the newspaper that I work for. The Lions Club takes food baskets to the needy each year, and it asks those who are able to donate nonperishables to add to the baskets. The newspaper staff decided to do that as our project this year, so I have decided to pick up a few extra nonperishables each time I am at the store. Yesterday I picked up several bags of rice and a few boxes of mac and cheese.

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Finally, our last giving back involves my extended family. Several years ago, we decided as a family that we could cut way down on gift-giving to each other and to give back instead. My son (that’s him in deep conversation with some camp kids) is a camp director and his camp has a long list of needs. He is planning to purchase a few new canoes before summer 2016, and our family decided to finance one of those canoes as our Christmas giving back this year. It was my mother’s idea, and we all like it.

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Russell (he and his wife are on the far left in the above photo) was thrilled that we wanted to do that. His camp has a lot of needs and not enough budget to cover it all, as I am sure is true with most Christian camps. What are some ways your family give back during this time of year? Chime in the comments!

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Russell and Callie left the day before Thanksgiving heading to her parents’ home. It works out really well that they live in the same town as David’s parents, so we got to see them again when they came over to see his grandparents. We had a great day of food, family, and fellowship and returned home that night. The next morning, David and I left for our semi-traditional weekend after Thanksgiving getaway.

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We headed north to Jackson, TN, for a little antiquing, a little Christmas shopping, and a lot of relaxing. David got a great buy on some furniture that he can redo for our booth way before we got to Jackson. So we arrived there with the car almost fully loaded…I did say I drive an Equinox, right?

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I did manage to get a few things that David said that he would squeeze in somewhere. Of course, I forgot to take photos before I put them in the booth this week, so I found some pics from google images. Between one thrift shop and one antique mall, I got 17 pieces of vintage Anchor Hocking swirl in white with gold rim. I have no idea if it will sell or not. I’ll keep you posted.

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For the past couple of holiday seasons, I have had so much Christmas stuff in the booth that I have sworn to keep my Christmas purchasing to a minimum for this season. That has worked so far; I put the old Christmas stuff  leftovers from previous years on sale very, very cheaply, and most of it has sold. The 3 sets of Christmas glasses that I did purchase have already sold, but the 1 set of Christmas dinnerware that I bought has not yet. However, when I saw a set of Christmas tree glass with a pitcher for a really good price, I just could not stick to my resolution. It’s not like I have another set of glasses left in the booth anyway! I’ve never had a set with the matching pitcher and I really wanted to try them. Once again, I’ll keep you posted.

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I did remember to take a photo of one of my bargains, however. I just could not resist this set of Christmas wine charms. They were brand new, still in the box, never used….all 6 for $1. I love wine charms…they are really cute and don’t take up much storage room, so I don’t have to worry about purging when I get a lot of them.

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Why is the Pioneer Woman an important part of my title? I love her new line that Wal Mart carries and I have purchased a few things for myself. However, I quit buying her stuff so that David would have something to get me for Christmas. I took him to a large Wal Mart a few weeks ago and showed him all of the things that I liked from her line. I want to be just a little bit surprised, so I did not point out specifics…just gave him general ideas.

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Yesterday was my birthday, and I had two presents to open from him. I was so happy and, yes, I was surprised to find 4 PW cowgirl lace dinner plates in linen.

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The second package held 4 cowgirl lace salad plates in red. The only thing that I had specifically asked him not to do was to give me a whole set because I like to mix and match. Like any good husband, he takes direction well! Why was I surprised at my wonderful gift? I had thought that he might give me the flowered version or one of the extra pieces. I love these and they are the basis for today’s tablescape.

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Yep, I’m finally getting to it! A few weeks ago I decided to see what Wal Mart would be adding to its Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Heritage line, and I ordered a few things online. The salad plate that they added this year is called “Sledge,” and I ordered a set of 6. I really like them on last year’s poinsettia placemats and this year’s PW plates.

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I used my red Bed, Bath and Beyond Christmas napkins. I dressed them up with my gold tassel napkin rings. I love this look…very holiday!

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I have several types of Christmas glasses to choose from and chose these that I found at Dollar Tree last year.

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Since my kitchen table is small, I do a simple vignette rather that a centerpiece. Because I had wine charms on my mind, I used my Christmas tree full of wine charms. Since I spent several hours this morning putting away all of the harvest salt and pepper shakers and getting out all of the Christmas salt and pepper shakers, I had to use some on this table.

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Since I had a Christmas tree wine charm holder, I chose Christmas tree shakers.

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I finished out the place setting with my everyday Chateau flatware. I love my simple, yet festive table.

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I also like getting the kitchen into the Christmas spirit. I spent a few hours this afternoon getting out the Christmas dishes and putting away the others.

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I really want to use only Christmas dishes and glasses throughout the season, and the only way to insure that is if I have them readily accessible.

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It took a long time, and I was worn out when I was done. I was tired of fooling around with Christmas dishes, so the dining table will have to wait. I hope to have something done in there in the next few days and will post when I do. I also hope to have more time to read and comment on your blogs. Can’t wait to see what everyone has done! Have a great week of tablescaping and decorating…and sharing your giving back for the season!

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,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,   The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants;  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 , Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow, 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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home

 

 

 

 

 

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Simple Thanksgiving Table

I have a very busy couple of weeks coming up and decided to take a few minutes today to do a simple table for Thanksgiving.

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I was putting some things away in my napkin drawer a few days ago and realized that I haven’t used my April Cornell sunflower linens in a while, so I decided to use them as my starting point.

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I placed my sage green placemats (Fred’s… a few years ago)on the taupe tablecloth and used my fall-inspired napkin rings to hold the sunflower napkins.

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I decided to use my Mikasa plates as the base and topped them with the shallow leaf bowls that I purchased at my flea market.  Dollar General flatware is perfect for this place setting.

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The leaf bowls are really pretty, and I like the way that the set consists of 4 different colors.

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Because I purchased them new in the box, I did not realize that these plates were actually very shallow bowls until I got the home.

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I love to fix soups and stews in cool weather, but these are really too shallow to use for that. The final analysis: I bought these thinking that they are plates and they are still plates! I will use them for salad, dessert, or any other type of use for a small plate in a table setting.

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I decided the my Dollar Tree autumn leaf goblets would be great on this table.

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Then I turned my attention to the center of the table. I really don’t have time to do an elaborate centerpiece, so I settled on candles and, of course, salt and pepper shakers.

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I love the autumnal colors of these pillar candles. My son purchased them especially to go with the rustic wood candleholders that he made for me several years ago.

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I decided that I needed another candle in order to set off the rustic ones. I placed my green variegated pillar candle in my silver candle holder with the hurricane. I love this look.

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I finished off the look with my autumn leaf salt and pepper shakers.

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After all, autumn leaves are a must on fall tables!

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As for the next couple of weeks, my schedule is beyond busy. My son and his wife are coming in for a few days before Thanksgiving, so I have a lot of cleaning and grocery shopping to do. I also have an out-of-town trip for the day for my parents’ medical appointments and I’m working an extra day at the paper this week. The good thing about working an extra day this week is that I will be off the week of Thanksgiving, which means more time with my family and at home.

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We will visit family on Thanksgiving and are tentatively  planning a brief overnight trip on the weekend after Thanksgiving. So, yes, I am swamped, but I am loving every minute of it! If you don’t see any posts from me for the next week or so, you will know why. So happy Thanksgiving to everyone; be careful when you travel; enjoy your family and friends!

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,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,   The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants;  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 , Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow, 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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home
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