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Showing posts from November 20, 2011

Transferware Teacup Christmas Tree

Who has their Christmas tree up and decorated? Not me.  I am just getting my Christmas decor out but thought I'd repost my tree from last year that I decorated with red/pink transferware teacups.  There are about 50 teacups on the tree. In addition to the teacups I used a variety of collected red ornaments, garlands and ribbons.  I have a recurring theme of birds throughout my house and they've made it to my Christmas decor too.  Some birds are tucked inside the transferware cups. Some birds are clipped onto the tree branches.   Grandma Judy sent Ashton home with a collection of bird ornaments she's saved for her, so those were added to the tree as well.  I love the color amber.  I have several strings of amber colored lights.  My favorites are old fashioned, real glass bulbs in a pine cone shape.  Don't you just love the glow of twinkling Christmas lights? As I did when I was a child, I still like laying on the floor and loo

Happy Thanksgiving

“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some” ~Charles Dickens~

Last Minute Table Details ~ Natural Elements As Place Cards

Need ideas for last minute place card settings? Natural elements at a table are beautiful and can make for elegant, if not refined,  place cards, as evidenced below.  (photo, Martha Stewart) (google images) (photo, Better Homes and Gardens) Photo,  That Country Place (photo, I LOVE this a little pomander! (photo, the design file) (photo, byStephanieLynn) (photo Family Circle) The options are absolutely endless! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Shabby Apple Dress Winner is comment #3 Trena S. The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings! ~Eric Hoffer~ May we all learn to count our many, many blessings! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Joining in at  A Stroll Through Life , Between Naps on The Porch , Share The Love Wednesday and Wow Us Wednesday

Decorating with Vintage Clutches

For as long as I can remember I've displayed these vintage, beaded clutches that belonged to my Grandmothers somewhere in our home, usually in the powder room.  I enjoy having things around that remind me of my Grandma's and I like to think about the different places and events they'd carry these little hand held purses to. I am really sentimental when it comes to these things. Are you?  Do any of you have a little collection of purses that you like to display?  What, if anything, do you display in your home that belonged to your Mother or Grandmother? The powder room in this house is small and has no cabinet or shelf space at all so I decided to hang them on the wall with a grouping of framed pictures. Above the toilet, I have a pretty barley twist cabinet and I've got a little reproduction purse that hangs from the handle. I plan to show you around this powder room later but didn't have time tonight,  I'll show

Shopping at Novica

Have you all been buying Christmas gifts yet?  I have!  With six kids I make a running start beginning mid-summer.   Have you heard of Novica?  Novica is associated with National Geographic and provides artist and artisans around the world a global platform to express their talents and spur creativity.  The site is full of hard to find, unique items that only the Internet infrastructure can allow access to.   Recently my sister-n-law Monica and I took some of our kids out to Yolotti (self serve frozen yogurt), to which I am now an addict of the Red Velvet cake flavor, and Ashton and Trevor played this game, Oware, with their cousin Lucy.  The three of them had such a fun time playing this so when I saw it on Novica I decided it needed to be part of their Christmas. Oware is one of the oldest games in the world.  It is a game of skill and strategy designed for two players, challenging mental agility and alertness. The objective can be briefly described as "counting a