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Monday, October 16, 2017

395th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 395th Inspire Me Tuesday.  There are some of the cutest Halloween and Fall decorations I have ever seen going on right now.  Love them all.  Here are just a few.

R & R at Home created these genius floating witch hats for her front porch and wait until you see them lit up at night.  How fun are these.


Now I've seen some really cute pumpkins, but this one is amazing.  How about taking a pumpkin and making him the "Paranoid Man" hat and all.  How cute is this.  Be sure to visit the Boondocks Blog to see how she made him.


I know some of you are still wanting to make a few of your own pumpkins to fit your style.  The Interior Frugalista shares the most detailed tutorial I have ever seen.  You can use any fabric and how fun to use door knobs for stems.


I absolutely love these pumpkin topiaries that Lovely Livings used on her tablescape.  How gorgeous are these.  I think I need to make some.



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

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Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Wow, can you believe that we are in October and that the holidays are just around the corner.  Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be here.  Now is the time to start planning.  I see tons of tablesetting pieces at Goodwill right about now.  There is all kinds of dishes, crystal serving pieces and silver, so you can put  fabulous tablescapes together for just pennies.  It seems like all my tablescapes are always put together with thrifted items that I have found.

Last year I shared this table with you.



My plates for $2 and gold chargers for $1 came from Goodwill along with my brass candlesticks.  The candles came from the 99c store.  The small water goblet was my MIL's and are treasured inherited pieces.  The wine goblet was found on the clearance aisle of Home Goods for $2 ea.


Add a pretty bouquet of thrifted faux flowers in a Goodwill brass container and you have a really pretty Thanksgiving Table.


This was my Thanksgiving Table for 2015.


Almost everything on this table came from Goodwill.  All the silver and even the dishes.  The linens were in my stash and the flowers are recycled from my stash too.


When you see these unique pieces at Goodwill like the candelabra and wine caddy, by all means buy them.  They can be dressed up or down for any occasion.




Here are a few others from the past that I have always loved. - Again almost everything was found at Goodwill or the 99c Store.

Roses & Silver 



Just add a really special bouquet to a simple and casual placesetting and instant elegance.


Black, white and silver is always elegant.  Every single thing on the table came from Goodwill.



Giggle Galore stole my heart with this one using items from the grocery store.  How about using artichokes, gords, squash and all kinds of vegetables.


This is also one of my very favorites from Uncommon Designs.  A bundle of wheat, a simple placesetting and this looks so elegant.

How do you plan for Thanksgiving?  Do you go all out or do you go low key?

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cooler Weather & Backyard Landscaping

We are finally out of the 100 degree temps - hurrah!!!  Now is why we live in the desert.  The weather is fabulous from here on out - until next summer.  Time to live outside and enjoy tons of sunshine.  The only sad part is the pool is not heated, so the water is a little too cold for me right now.  Everything else is wonderful though.  Now is when we need to do some more landscaping and finish up a few projects outside.


We planted a few things this summer and most are doing really good.  I also planted a few annuals the other day too.  They will fill in and create even more color.




Everything looks really small now, but give them a little time and it will look really nice.  We've also planted a couple of trees that will block the neighbors windows.  These are Carolina Cherry and will get about 8' to 12' wide and 20' tall, so perfect for this area.


We bought this gorgeous palm the other day and I think it will be a fabulous focal point for the back wall.


We had a smaller palm here, but the new one will look amazing.

I think this is exactly what this back wall needs.  We moved the smaller palm over to the right on the corner.  

This is the perfect focal point for the back wall.

We still have to build the fence around the pool pump equipment and then fill in all the flower beds with mulch.  There is still tons of work to do, but it is progressing.

My daughter was getting rid of her fire-pit table and chairs, so I grabbed them.  They will be fabulous for this winter when we have cooler temps.  A little spray paint has totally transformed it.


 I still have to paint the chairs - however I did find some great new cushions at AtHome on sale, so these are going to look brand new too.  (Yes, the shed is not built yet.  Now that the temps are cooler that is one of the projects on the to do list.)


These look brand new with just a little paint.  I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.  It looks so rich and will hold up really well.  I chose a rounded top pillow for the back to give the chairs a little different character since the dining table chairs are also square backed and so are the cushions.  Mixing things up a bit is always fun.


 I am sure we will love these this fall and winter.  What a nice place to sit by the fire and have a glass of wine or maybe make some smores.


 This side of the yard is starting to look pretty good.


The right half of the yard is still a total mess.  Piles of pots, some plants, tools and you name it all over the place.  We need to get the shed built so some of that stuff can go inside the shed and some behind it and this other side cleaned up.  Still a lot of work and will take a while, but hopefully it will be done before too long.  When the box with all the shed parts gets moved off the patio, I think I will put the patio table and chairs under the patio roof and we can have dinner out there almost every night.  Now that would be fabulous.

I am so happy with how things are shaping up.  This is going to be a really great yard to relax and enjoy with all our friends and family.



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