Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Snow in the Kitchen

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.
Thank y'all so much for all your sweet comments in wishing my back to be better...they worked!!

We had a house full of family...six adults and 3 little boys. The baby was teething and wanted to be held a lot, which was ok by me. My sweet DIL did all the cooking for Thanksgiving dinner while I watched the kids...not that the 3 1/2 year old needed watching. He so good and doesn't bother anything, so my job was easy.

Son, DIL and grands left early Sunday morning. We had an extended family party to attend that night.
So yesterday morning, I hit the ground running.
It poured rain all day, and we didn't get the wreaths up or any outside decorating done. As a matter of fact, the pumpkins are still by the front steps, but they will be gone today..

On top of all that, we're having a party at our house on Saturday, and I'm running about two days late with my decorating. 

Oh, did I say "snow in the kitchen"?

Yep! I wanted to use spray snow on some pine cones, and since it poured rain all day yesterday, it snowed in the kitchen.
I haven't used spray snow in years and forgot how long it takes to dry between coats.
Don't look at the mess on the table...the whole house is in transition. 
Here are a couple of hints of things I'm working on.

Here's a partial view of the mantel. I'll be adding fresh greens in a couple of days and tweaking things. I hope I don't get crazy and decide to do something totally different...no time for that before the party.

Fortunately, we decided to put the tree up before Thanksgiving, so we could take photos of the grands for their Christmas card.

Ours is a family style tree with ornaments we've collected over the years.  This year, we only put about half the ornaments on, and I think I like it better that way.

Here's a hint of what's happening on the breakfast room hutch. I'm doing something totally different from what I normally do...sort of a retro look with my red and white transferware.

I've missed visiting with everyone and all your great decorating ideas, but I'll visit y'all tonight to see what everyone's doing.

I'm late, but I'll be joining  Marty@ A Stroll Thru Live for
Table Top Tuesday.
Then let's go see Kim @Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Just What I Needed...Not!

I had hoped to have a tablescape done for this post, but Wednesday night, I was picking up the pumpkins by the front door to bring them in the house, and threw my back out. Yay! Just what I needed.
It was a bit better today, and then, I wasn't thinking and bent over and hurt it again!
No, I didn't say any "Sunday School words", but I thought a few.  :) 

Needless to say, I didn't get to do much decorating, so here's a little something I worked on earlier in the week.

I dried orange slices for Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations.
I know this isn't a biggie project as far as creativity goes, but I love doing it.
The dried slices are so pretty. They almost look like stained glass if you hold them up to the light.

This is so easy. Just slice the oranges about a quarter or eighth inch thick. You can do this with lemons, limes or other citrus fruit, too.  
Blot the slices on paper towels for a few minutes.
Then, place them on a rack to dry naturally, in the oven, or in a food dehydrator, if you have one.
 I used the oven on the "keep warm" setting, which I guess is about 100 degrees.
You can let them air dry, if you like. Sometimes, I put the rack on top of the fridge. They dry nicely there, and are out of the way.
It takes a few days for them to completely dry.

The slices can be used in so many ways. One way I use them is to decorate bags of simmering potpourri that I give as little gifts for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

There are lots of recipes for simmering potpourri, but I just use cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole allspice, a few dried orange peel pieces and a fresh orange.
I put all this in a cellophane bag, tied it with a raffia bow, and added a dried orange slice and sprig of rosemary for decoration.

I used the orange slices another way, in a basket of pine cones and orange pomander, in my last post .
They look great on the Christmas tree if you do country decor.

One last photo is one my hubby took this morning.. he said, "It's Mother Nature doing her thing."

It's ice from the bird bath with leaves frozen in it. He thought it looked a bit like a plate or wreath decorated with leaves.
LOL, Hubby used a plate stand to hold it so he could photograph it.
 As you see, we had freezing temps last night, which was the reason I was bringing the pumpkins in, when I hurt my back.

Our son and his family will be here Sunday, and I hope my back is better by then...gotta be able to play with the grandkids.

Wishing everyone a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of turkey and dressing, and loved ones around you.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ready for Thanksgiving?

Yikes! I just realized out son, DIL and two grandsons will be here a week from today, and the house isn't decorated...not that I decorate that much.
I've been so busy playing with lamps that time got away from me...story of my life!

This morning, I got busy and worked on the entry. 
Y'all know how I love to decorate with natural elements and tartan, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so of course, I started with  tartan.
It actually was a skirt in it's former life. I found it at GW, cut it apart and made a square and two scarf like pieces. I arranged the two pieces on the basket to look like a long scarf.

I tucked the antlers, tartan, some faux leaves and a little picture in a basket to hang on the stair railing...and added a horse brass.

This one has a little acorn on it.

These little terriers are so sweet.

The caption on the print says, "There's no place like home."

I put a pheasant figure, a turkey plate and a wire basket with oranges and pinecones on the chest.

I've been drying orange slices and making orange pomanders.  This is a Fall project I've done for as long as I can remember.  I need to buy more oranges. I couldn't find smallish ones, and had to take these monsters. They actually are almost the size of grapefruits.

I hope you're ahead of me in getting ready for Thanksgiving.
Soon the kids will be here, and we'll all be together for Thanksgiving.

I've left the light on for them.

There's no place like home...for Thanksgiving.

Thanks for stopping by.

Now, let's go see what's happening at these great parties...

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
Marty@ A Stroll Thru Life for  Table Top Tuesday
http://www.thebungalowblogonline.com/ for everything Thanksgiving on Tuesday
Kim@ Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Sherry@No Minimalist Here for Open House Party
Debra@Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I'm Off Track

I don't know what's going on in my head.
I should be thinking about decorating for Thanksgiving, and here I am fooling around with lamps!

Last post, you saw the new table lamp I bought. 
This time, wanting to switch things up a bit, I decided I didn't want matching table lamps.

Hubby asked me what I thought about using the floor lamp from his music room. 
It was one my mom had for many years, and it worked well except...

it was a brassy colored metal, and I wanted a dark lamp that would work with the new one.
Immediately, I thought of...ORB!!

It was a gorgeous day, so Hubby dragged the lamp outside, and taped the cord and sockets. 
After a coat of primer and three coats of ORB, it looked pretty good.

Now, I'm happy...for the time being. Although the table looks a little bare without a lamp, I'm sure I can find something to put on it.

One other change I made, was to switch out the tray and big red apple, with a plant and metal pumpkins...I know, I'm still in that metal mode thing.

The pumpkins had been a flat brown color when I bought them, so I sprayed them with Hammered Copper spray paint.  At least they look a bit more pumpkin-y.

I'm on my way to look at everyone's new posts for some Thanksgiving inspiration.
I've somehow gotten off track and started thinking about Christmas and buying Christmas gifts.

It's all Wal-Mart's fault. I went in to buy the primer, and the music playing was "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"!! 
Why can't they play "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come"?

Well, I know y'all will get me back on the right track for Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Different Lamp and Thrift Finds

The table lamps in the family room have been bugging me for years.
Here's a pic from earlier in the year; and you can see they're really beige and boring.

Today, I finally found a new lamp that I like, at a really reasonable price, so I used it with two thrift pieces for a new look on one of the end tables in the family room.

The lamp is a definite update from the old ones, but it was a tad shorter than I wanted, so I set it on a wooden box to give it a bit more height.

I love pewter, and although this isn't real pewter, it has a shine and a look that speaks to me.
It's actually Wilton Armetale.

Since there isn't a glass top on this little table, I decided the metal tray could serve as a place to set a glass or cup...as well as hold the candle. 
Oh, and I changed the tablecloth to a more neutral khaki color.

The big red apple looks like wood, but is actually some sort of pottery and very heavy.  It also has a neat metal leaf and stem.
It seems like I have a metal thing going, as the lamp looks like it's metal too.
I was too lazy to move the phone, and now that I look at it, there's that metallic look again.

I decided not to put a table lamp on the other end table, but use a floor lamp by the wing chair... I'll show you that another time. That side of the room was a big mess.
You know how it is.

Well, it isn't a big change. But, it'll do...for now.

Let's go join these great parties...

Marty@ A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday.
Kim@ Savvy Southern Style for  Wow Us Wednesdays.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Home for Thanksgiving

Halloween's over. I'm still munching on left over candy and thinking about Thanksgiving.
I was looking  to see what I might use for a Thanksgiving tablescape and pulled out my favorite serving piece...the turkey platter.

It's by Johnson Brothers, and the pattern is Historic America. The platter design is called Home for Thanksgiving and depicts a farm scene with guests arriving.

I never noticed before and had to laugh. All of you up North who just had snow-covered pumpkins, will see that the farm family had the same surprise.

The platter is quite large, and has so much detail...

...if you look closely, you can see a child ice skating...

...someone is doing chores in the barn...

...cows are headed to the barn, and chickens and birds are finding a meal at the feeding trough...

...a team of oxen is pulling a sled with logs.
You can see their breath in the cold air...

...and the turkey is still strutting around the barn yard. 
Hmmm. I wonder when Thanksgiving dinner is going to be served?

...surely the guests must be staying for several days.

Thanks for letting me share my favorite Thanksgiving turkey  platter.
Do you have a favorite dish with a turkey or Thanksgiving scene on it?  
I'd love to see your turkeys. 
Strut your stuff. :)

I'm thankful for everyone who's hosting a party and
I'm joining...

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here for Open House Party Thursdays
Honey @ 2805 for Potpourri Friday
The Tablescaper  for Seasonal Sundays
Emreen@ Liven Things Up for Itz' Festival Time