November 30, 2015

My Thanksgiving Table 2015

I know we are several days past Thanksgiving, but I thought you might like to have a quick look at my table laid out for our Thanksgiving luncheon.

I almost forgot to take a couple of photos before we began eating. 


I set up a buffet in the kitchen instead of passing around plates of food. 



Our downsize has a much smaller dining room...but our small family fits around the table just fine, even though I had to remove two leaves for the table to fit into the room.


As you can see, everything is simple. I did take my pumpkin garland and line up the little pumpkins side by side. I thought it looked kind of cute.





Thanks for visiting! 
Sheila

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November 28, 2015

Playing With Plaid


Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by today. 

I am at home today in jeans and tee shirt playing around with some Christmas decorating ideas for the house. 

I'm trying to figure out how I want to "deck the halls" this year.

Please come in to visit for a few minutes.

I have a photo show for you. I took a different picture with something new added to each one. This way you can see how I go about planning a "look."
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I have a two yard piece of fabric that has been in my fabric stash for a long time. 


But for some reason I just though about it...for Christmas.  

I went to the basement digging around, and I found my plaid remnant. Bingo.

I tried the plaid fabric here and there...just for fun. I folded it. I draped it. 



I do not know what I want to do with my plaid. I have thought about making some 20 inch pillows, that could go on either the white sofa, the white chairs, or the great room sofa. 



On the other hand I thought about finishing the edges and making a table cover, or table runner. 


The fabric is a faux wool from years ago. I think I bought it to make a jumper for my daughter when she was young...and never did. ha. 

I could make a scarf or wrap. The possibilities are endless.


The story isn't over...because, well, one thing led to another. I began playing with my plaids. I went around the house in search  of more plaid accessories.


I located a plaid tablecloth, and a plaid pillow. 


Then I started making a pile, and playing, ...and hoping no one would come to my front door to see my pile of stuff.  But this is how I create. I gather items into a pile to see how colors and scale work together.  


If I go with tartan for Christmas I can see using it casual or dressy. I can work it into the sitting room and dining room, as well as the great room. 


The tablecloth in the basket is almost the same plaid. The tablecloth plaid has a larger scale, and more hunter green.


I put the pups into the pile...and then I knew I could go with a plaid this year. Of course I could change my mind... :-) 

Plaid brings visions of equestrian style to mind, and I have a couple of equestrian hunt figures. 

I'm just thinking out loud!


Have you started to "think" about Christmas or are you in full swing?  I am in the process of pulling things out of my Christmas bins.

How do you decorate your home? Bit by bit? Or do you haul all of your boxes and bins to one spot and go for a full one or two day assault? :-)

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Today's music selection is the song Let There Be Peace on Earth, sung by Vince Gill and his daughter. This song always brings me to tears...I guess because of the many layers of interpretation. All of us want personal peace as well as worldly peace.  This is one of my favorite songs! Just click to enjoy.



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November 26, 2015

Christmas Decorating With Pine Cones, Berries, and Greenery



It is such fun to begin bringing in bits and pieces to decorate our home for Christmas. Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and settle in for a few minutes. I have some relaxing music as well as photos for you. 

(Click to listen to  a soft piano version of "Deck the Halls".)


What I have to share today falls into the category of bits and pieces. Literally. Some bits and pieces I picked up at Pier 1...and they were reduced. Woohoo!


I love to decorate with pine cones and greenery...and when I ran across these boxes of filler I knew I should buy them for this year. 

I use this type of woodsy filler beginning in the fall, and it lasts through the winter in my home. 


At the end of the season I just put my filler and such in zip lock bags for next year. 

I like to fill vases, hurricanes, bowls, you name it with filler. And for the holidays and winter I love pine cones and berries. (This year I am using them on our Christmas tree too.)


As you can tell by my blue and white bowl...I will be using my blue and white pieces in my Christmas decorating again this year. 


I do not know what the greenery is in this box of filler.  If you know what it is please tell us by leaving a comment. Maybe I should know, and probably after you tell me I will go...oh yeah. I knew that. ha.


And one more little bit...some red plaid will be appearing this Christmas too. 


I have an odd mix going on this Christmas season...red plaid, pine cones and berries, with jute ribbons and sparkle! I told you it was odd. 

Somehow it is all working well so far! I just start decorating... and wait to see where I end up. I surprise myself sometimes!


I have no affiliation with Pier 1. I just wanted to tell you about the vase filler in case you need some woodsy accessories for fall, Thanksgiving, and/or Christmas. 

Of course if you have some evergreens in your yard you can gather your own woodsy collection of filler, and enjoy the outdoors. I had huge trees that kept me stocked with the miniature pine cones and medium pine cones when we lived on our farm.

What about you all? Have you started decking your halls?  'Tis the season to be thinking about it even if you have not opened one box of decorations! 

Whether you choose a small tree and a wreath or go big with Christmas all over your house...the idea is to love your own home and decorate in ways that make you and your family feel warm and cozy. 

We decorate differently now that we live in a smaller house, and empty nest. That's the thing about life, it is constantly changing and we have to adapt and change also. It's not always easy, but I am learning how to live smaller, and cozier. 


A Charlie Brown Christmas - Christmas Time is Here Song. Click to listen...


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November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Y'All

I am so thankful for the friendships that I have developed with you all. 

I truly appreciate you and your support of my blog!


Take it easy on the pie! ...and you have my permission to leave the Fitbit on your dresser and take a nap after you eat. 


This is the only Thanksgiving song hubby and 
I could think of...so here you go. :-) Enjoy.


And if you have more time 
(50 minutes) you can listen to...
Classical Music for Thanksgiving Dinner


And listen to a touch of humor from the 
parents of Bon Appetit staffers share...
Listen to Your Elders


If you want something in addition 
to your pumpkin pie, 
here is a simple Bon Appetit Apple Galette... 


If you need help carving the Thanksgiving turkey...


And don't forget the Mashed Potatoes...


I will be back after Thanksgiving to share some of my Christmas decorating projects. 

If you are traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday be safe and drive carefully.
Have a nice Thanksgiving!

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November 22, 2015

A Styled Jute Bow Tutorial

I ran across some really great ribbon!
So, I have been knee deep in making jute bows. 


I spent an afternoon making bows for my Christmas tree. It took me a few tries making some before I got what I was looking for, but I finally arrived at the method and "look" that I like.  

I had ten yards of thick wired ivory jute ribbon, and I wanted to be stingy with the yardage. Now I am kicking myself because I did not buy another spool, or two, of this ribbon. But, no!


I made a little tutorial for you to see how I made my bows. 

This tutorial is short and sweet!  

I thought it might help some of you to make decorative bows for the Christmas season. (I will put a bow on just about anything that will stand still! ha.) These bows will be going on our Christmas tree this year...and any other place I find to put one. :-) 



1. Begin with a strip of ribbon that will become your loops. Make the strip into a circle and staple the overlapping ends. (you could use hot glue or needle and thread too. ) You determine the size you want. 

2. Cut another length/strip of ribbon that is longer than your circle/loops. See photo above. I nipped my ribbon ends into points.

3. Cut a length of lightweight ribbon or  strong matching cording for tying the strips of ribbon together.



4. Flatten your stapled circle/loops and lay on top of the second strip of fabric that you cut above. Keep the stapled ends in the center of the back side of your loop.



5. Cut a third length of light weight ribbon (or heavy cord) to tie the heavy jute ribbon layers together. Use ivory satin, grosgrain, or something like I used above. You could also use white pipe cleaner. 

You need something strong because you have to tie a tight knot with the ribbon/cord.



6. Pinch the jute layers together and tie together with the lightweight ribbon, leaving the knot on the back side. Flatten or curl any loose ends.



7. Here is the front side. Flatten or curl under any loose ends.



8. Shape the loops and ends, then use on your project. I made a mix of larger and smaller bows. I am putting the larger ones at the bottom of the tree, and the smaller ones at the top of the tree. 

note: You can make your bows/strips of ribbon as large or small as you want. Just note that really thick ribbon like this jute is harder to made into extra small bows. These are very sturdy/heavyweight bows. 



And another finished bow. This jute ribbon makes fuzz all over the place. ha. Now I have to get out the quickup clean my work area. 


Yes, we put up our Christmas tree this weekend. I have started! It takes me a week to get my tree decorated, because I do something then stand back and consider what I want to do next. That takes a while.

I wanted a very stylized bow, and not a floppy one. If you want to have some bling you could sew some glittery embellishments/buttons/ etc. onto the front of the knot.



And now I have bows on the tree. (I just placed my bows on branches...but you could wire them to a branch if you used pipe cleaner.) 

My afternoon's work is done. ha! I am using rustic (ribbon) and glam (glitter branches) on my tree so far. 

Why do I love opposites so much? ha!

There is a lot more work to do... and I will share my tree with you when it is finished.



I was playing and put a bow on my large platter too. 

I have to head back to the store to see if there are more spools of this ribbon. Fingers crossed. 


I hope you can take a few minutes to just relax and enjoy. For me, music is a very lovely part of the Christmas season. Natalie Cole and Andrea Bocelli sing The Christmas Song. Click to enjoy!

Happy bow making!
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