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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving - Our Thanksgiving Table

I am so excited to be in our new home this year for all the holidays.  Last year we traveled to family members for most of the family get-togethers since we lived so far away, plus our house was sold and I was deep in packing mode -  but this year I get to host!!!

The day after Christmas all of my family will be here except for two, so I will get to host a Christmas get -together for 18, I am totally over the moon.  This is going to be so much fun, I can hardly wait.

  Since I am hosting Thanksgiving,  I decided to combine my Thanksgiving and Christmas decor together.  As you know I love to shop Goodwill for all kinds of Holiday decor and I usually find the perfect things for my tablescapes.  Some family members will be sharing Thanksgiving with In-laws, so I will have a small gathering of 7.


 I set the table in the Dining Room with a mix of gold and silver.   I love to mix metals, and I love a little sparkle.


This is really just a random mix of things I found at Goodwill several years ago.  This wonderful reindeer is the only thing I bought at Home Goods last year.


The little mirror Christmas tree came from the Dollar Tree a few years back too.



 Isn't this Angel gorgeous?


These candles are a little over the  top, but I think they are so fun.  I found those at Goodwill too.  The cute silver reindeer I found at the 99c store.  I added the bows to them, they came from the 99c store too.


A simple tablescape in gold and silver that is perfect to go with my staircase garland.







I have been cooking like mad, making all of our family's favorites.  Our menu will include Turkey, Cornbread Dressing, Gravy, Candied Yams, Green Bean Casserole, Corn, Fruit Salad, Vegetable Salad and Hot Rolls.  There are always Pumpkin, Pecan & Chocolate pies of course, plus an assortment of cookies and Pumpkin Bread too. (I plan on wearing my elastic waist pants.)

I wish you and your family the most Blessed Thanksgiving ever.  I have so much to be thankful for and that includes you and all of my Blogland friends.   You are all in my prayers as we begin this Holiday Season.

GOD BLESS & HAPPY THANKSGIVING
You Might Also Like These Past Thanksgiving Tables
Thrifted Thanksgiving Table
Thanksgiving Table Pulled Right Out Of Goodwill

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

400th Inspire Me Tuesday

Wow, Welcome to the 400th Inspire Me Tuesday.  You guys have shared some of the most amazing DIY's, Room Makeover's and Recipes each week, and this week is no exception.  I love reading all of your links and seeing what you are up to.  Thanks for 400 wonderful weeks of inspiration.  Let's take a look at a few ideas from last week.

Brooke from Suddenly Southern has only been in her new home 2 months, but look how fabulous it is already.  Love it all.


I love the pretty new patterned tile you see everywhere.  Well The Honeycomb Home took her plain linoleum and turned it into this chic floor.  She shares her tutorial too.


If you are hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner, then you really need to read these fabulous tips from Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen.  I love that she adds a time table of when to do everything.




I found some wonderful recipes from Lolly Jane for all those Thanksgiving Leftovers.  I think you will find a couple you like too.


Ok, let's see what you have for this week.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Christmas Garland On The Stairs - Step By Step Tutorial

You know how it is, you see all the gorgeous decor in the stores and you just have to start decorating.  Since we moved in the week before Christmas last year, I didn't have much Christmas decor up.  In fact, we barely had the furniture in the living room arranged, boxes cleared out and a really tiny 4' tree up.  I was happy to call that good since that was about all I could get done.  I did manage to have 18 family and friends over Christmas night, so that made me a happy girl.  I just did a cold cuts tray, with all kinds of breads, fruit, cookies, pies and all kinds of finger foods.  Everyone seemed to be happy.  Now that we will have been here a year, I can't wait to start my decor.  Our living room has 2 story vaulted ceilings, so we bought a 9' tree.  Now to get that up, I need to get out the step ladder and I also need a ton more ornaments.

We have stairs for the first time in over 20 years, so I can't wait to hang a garland and decorate.  It has been so long that I needed to figure out the best way to do this especially since we don't have a banister railing to tie the garland too.  I thought I would give you a step by step of how we put ours up in case you are adding garland to a flat wall area too.


  We started by twisting two inexpensive strings of garland together and attached them to the stairs with some pipe cleaners tied onto hooks.  We just did a soft drape and then I played with shaping each little branch.   I had 27' of garland to fluff, (that took a while) now it is up to hubby to do the lights and I can decorate them with lots of pretty balls and picks.

We doubled up a string of lights, and hubby wove them in and around each garland.


So far looking good.  I think we need to do the top railing too, but this is looking good so far and will be so pretty when it is decorated.  Can you see all the mess on the table.  I need to get that cleaned up for sure.


Ok, on to the rest of the garland.  This all looks so uniform that I think it needs a few springs of greenery every now and then to make it appear more natural.  I found a spray of greenery and cut it all apart, so I can add a little here and there.


Hubby grabbed the camera and caught me off guard as I was adding a few picks of pine cones.


He also caught me in the act of adding the green sprigs.  About this time I took the camera away from him.  (Sorry the pic is so blurry.  I didn't see him taking pictures so I was moving all over the place.  Not sure why my hair looks red, it really isn't.)


 Adding the green springs, berries and a few other picks gave it some dimension and made it look more free form and natural.


 Doesn't it look better with the green sprigs and all the picks, it upped the game a ton.  I just used an assortment of picks, so use what ever you have or like.


With a few silver and gold balls of all kinds and it looks fabulous.  Everything I read said knowing when to stop is key, so I am stopping.

Now I am busy doing the top of the stairs.  I have to lean over the railing and do all this upside down, not an easy task.  Can't wait to show you how fabulous it looks.

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