Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tabescapes of Christmas past

It's that time of the year for me to look back at my previous Christmas tablescapes and figure out what I want to do this year.  I have a few new plates that I will be using as with the old.  Let's see what will be inspiring me this year.

I need to figure out a new area to put my nutcracker collection this year. 

The next three are from our previous home.

I can't wait to start decorating right after Thanksgiving.  I plan on getting the Christmas tree out of the basement this weekend and get it set up in the formal living room.  It takes me two days to get it decorated as it it 9 feet tall.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cornice boards in formal living room

I have four cornice boards in my formal living room that I wanted to recover.  I did get two of them done last weekend.  Since they are 8 foot in length they are quite a challenge.  I decided to do the front corner windows first since that is where I put the Christmas tree.  Here is how they turned out.

Here is the before picture.

They really didn't go with my furnishings in here and my rugs are more red and gold. 

I still need to either find some solid color panels or make some.  My windows are very tall so they have to be over 102 inches in length.

Here is a close up of the pattern.  I was wanting to not have to do any sewing so I put the pattern going sideways instead of down.  I kind of like it this way better.

Now I just need to get the other two done on the other side of the room.  I probably won't start that project until after Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thanksgiving tables

I was able to get my dining room table and kitchen table done for Thanksgiving.  In the dining room all I did was add my two metal turkeys and changed out the top plates with my "Thankful" ones.

They go so well with what was here already.

Close up of the metal turkeys.  They open in the back so you can put a votive candle in there.


Here is how the table looks now.

Now onto the kitchen. 

I love this white ceramic turkey.  He goes great in my kitchen.

I thought I would use my turkey plates here.  All the dark colors pop off of the cream colored table cloth.

Now I just need to get everything ready for Thanksgiving.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Early Christmas shopping (for me)

It is getting to be that time of year again when I just have to get some new Christmas decor.  I don't know why I have a hard time passing things up.  My main problem is that HomeGoods is just a couple of blocks from our business and I find myself going there just about every day.  Here are a few goodies that I found the other day.

Everything is from HomeGoods except for the reindeer on the right of Santa (he is from Pier 1) and the reindeer on the left is from Kohl's.  They are so adorable.

I love this tall Santa.  I have always wanted a big Santa and he is the perfect height.

This little Santa will be perfect in my kitchen this year.

I couldn't resist this mirror.  It was difficult to get a clear picture since it reflects the side table across from it.

I was thinking about changing the color of the blue skates.  I don't have any blue Christmas decorations but I like that you can put greenery inside.

I can't wait to get started with my decorating.  Since I host Thanksgiving I usually wait until that weekend to start on Christmas so my guests can experience the warmth of my Fall decorating.  I might try and get the formal living room done before then since we don't really use that room.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone.  I took this picture a few years ago from the back of my house and I thought it would be perfect for Halloween. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

An elegant haunting

I don't decorate for Halloween too much but I thought it would be fun to do the dining room buffet.  I was going for a more elegant than scary.  Even though there are bones they blend in with the pretty stuff. 

A closer look to the right side of the buffet we have a women in a mask that I draped some beads around her neck. The rats next to her got a some beads too.

The left side of the buffet is adorned with a harlequin skull in snow globe.  But when you shake this one up the snow if black.  A black and white pumpkin on a candlestick with more beads.  I also added my tall black owl.

The middle I used my silver candlestick holders with bone candles.  I placed a skull on top of the book stack and of course added some more beads.

I love my new find from HomeGoods.  The minute I saw it I snatched it right up. It was still on the cart when I saw it.  They didn't have time to put it on the shelf.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Playing around with the camera

The hubby and I thought it would be a good idea to get some pictures of us this weekend.  So we got out the camera and tripod and took a few shots.  This is our prettiest tree for Fall in our yard.  We mostly have evergreen trees and a few aspens.

This is taken by our pond in the backyard. You can see the Fall colors starting behind us in the foothills.

My hubby doesn't care much for getting his picture taken.  Now that I am getting older I am starting to feel the same way.  But of course that didn't stop him from taking pictures of me.  Here I am on the back patio.

Here I am with my two little boys.  The brown and white one is Kolby and the other is Bailey.

Here is the view of our pond from our deck.   I really need to get some more Fall color for this area.  I think I will plant some more bushes in this area next year.