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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tablescape Thurs. - Thanksgiving Dinner



Thanks to Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for hosting this fun event. I love playing with dishes and creating tablescapes, and she does the most amazing ones you have ever seen. Be sure to visit her blog and see her beautiful tablescape and a list of all the other participants.

I've set the table today for Thanksgiving Dinner. I wanted the table to have a little elegance and I always think gold and candles evoke a sense of elegance.


The floral centerpiece is made up of all kinds of dried and silk flowers that I had, plus a few pheasant feathers and gold ribbon loops for a bit of shine and drama. It's placed on a bronze and gold pedestal.


The gold banded crystal stem is a set that I found at GW. I don't know the pattern, but I love the detail and the shape. The small crystal stems came from my MIL. She got them for a wedding gift 70 yrs. ago. They are a prized possession.


Each placesetting is set with a gold charger and a dinner and salad plate that is Noritake Marigold Japan. It was made between 1921 - 1924. I found this gorgeous china at GW. It has the softest yellow border with a very detailed band and swag, with beautiful florals between the swags. Definitely one of my better finds.


Along with 7 plates and 6 salad plates there were several serving pieces. I love the graceful detail on this bowl and the very heavy gold banding.


The gravy boat has an attached saucer. Every one of the pieces were in perfect condition. Even all the gold was perfect.


The platter is the perfect size. Not too small or too large. I really thing they are all so pretty.


The table is set with a dark peach tablerunner made from leftover fabric from the LR sofa pillows. I used a lot of candles in different sizes and placed some more gold ribbon loops in amongst the berry garland.


I used a mix of candlesticks that are antique and newer. All of the brass candlesticks are antique ones that I've had for many years. The bronze and gold ones are the newer ones.


This gives you a look at the floral pedestal. When it's time to eat the floral arrangement will be removed from the pedestal and a large bowl of fruit salad will be placed in it. This will not obstruct the view of everyone at the table so the conversation can be shared by everyone. I love it when everyone talks all at once and the laughter is continuous. To me that's the perfect meal.


This side of the table also has a mix of old and new candlesticks. I think they work well together.


A final view of the entire table.


Thanks so much for stopping by, I wish you all the Happiest of Thanksgivings and pray that you can spend the day with all the ones you love. God Bless.


80 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning! I just love the china...so delicate. The crystal is beautiful too. Well, all of it is! :-) Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Oh, Marty...this table practically screams "Thanksgiving!" It's formal enough for a special occasion, yet cozy enough for family. The candles render such a glow of warmth and comfort. May you be blessed with a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

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  3. Marty,
    Your centerpiece just amazing, you did a fabulous job creating such a beautiful table~ When I come back to AZ I need to find that GW of yours, it has the best finds on china ever! Every detail is so perfectly done, your family will be thrilled! They are very lucky indeed! Cindy

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  4. Hi Marty! Oh, another beautiful table! First of all your centerpiece with the floral and all the candlesticks is so lovely.
    Your GW dishes are wonderful - what a find. How nice they are in such great condition and you even have some serving pieces.
    Everything is so lovely.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  5. Beautiful! Love the china. It would be great to sit there and have a meal with family and/or friends.

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  6. Marty, I really love your tablescape! I usually don't like golds and brown tones, but this one is elegant and very cheerful at the same time. The berries, along with the centerpiece, which is fabulous, plus the gorgeous dinnerware, the table runner...all of this together makes a stunning tablescape. Your family will be blessed to attend Thanksgiving dinner that is truly set for a king..and a queen!

    God bless,
    Mary

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  7. Oh Marty, this table is gorgeous! That china is so pretty, and I love the way you have added the berries with the loops of gold down the center of the table. What a beautiful centerpiece arrangement! You have outdone yourself with your Thanksgiving table. laurie

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  8. OH WOW; Marty.. I so love your table scape... It is just gorgeous.. you did and amazing job with the center piece... and the china! wow I want to go with you to GW...lol thanks for sharing it.... have a great week.

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  9. The table looks great. I love how you mixed different candle sticks together - works great.

    Chelsea

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  10. I Love the dish pattern. The table is very lovely!

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  11. Marty-This is just beautiful! I love your centerpiece! I can't believe your china from GW--what a find. I know you treasure your MIL's crystal. I wish I knew a good way to identify old crystal. I have my grandmother's and have no idea about it. I am glad you have fought the trend I see in Blogland to spray paint your brass--I'm not painting mine either :) All beautiful!!

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  12. HI!!!
    Oh it looks lovely!!!!
    I love the gold!!!! I will be adding gold to my Thanksgiving table as well!!!!
    I wish I could get that centerpiece at my house!!!!!
    I will Probably buy a real arrangement of a cornucopia!!!!
    hugs,
    jamie

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  13. Marty,
    Beautiful table, your china was a real find. I can't believe you found it at GW. Lucky lady!!! I love the pattern and as usual you have attended to every little detail and made evrything perfect. Wonderful center piece. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Sandy

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  14. Beautiful setting! Love the pheasant feathers-the unexpected. :)

    Can't believe you got your china and that gorgeous crystal at GW!!! Way to go!

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  15. Marty - I cannot believe you found that lovely china at the GW!! What were they thinking to get rid of all that? I guess they knew you'd be right behind them to cherish it and give it a good home, huh?

    Your table looks lovely and all the candles and rich colors look great together!

    Enjoy your family - you sound like my mom - she just told me the other day that a perfect day is when she hears us laughing!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  16. You have another beautiful tablescape. The china is so lovely. I know we need to go thrifting often to find the deals. The reals deals don't last long. I agree about family sharing and laughing.

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  17. This is so formal. It looks just the way it used to look when we'd go to my grandmother's and everything was "dressed up" and so elegant. You have set the perfect traditional Thanksgiving table. It is lovely.

    Sue

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  18. Beautiful--can't believe you found those dishes at GW!! What a treasure--they look so nice on the table with all the white,gold, etc!! Like the feathers, too!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  19. What a gorgeous and elegant tablescape, Marty! Your china set is amazing,I cannot believe you got them from GW. I love the pattern and the colors. I have been looking for a china with predominantly yellow and I haven't found a pattern I like. I like yours though, I would have bought them if I saw them first. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Oh, I also love how you raised your centerpiece unto a pedestal...Christine

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  20. Those dishes are gorgeous Marty!!

    I am so looking forward to maybe getting to see you next week!!

    blessings
    mary

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  21. Hi Marty,I love yor beautiful table... You did a wonderful job... I love the center piece and your dishes are so pretty...
    Happy Thanksgiving
    xoxo
    Julie

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  22. Oh Marty, this is so perfect for Thanksgiving. I love the centerpiece, you are so talented! And the china is gorgeous, it's perfect for such a special family meal. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday together. Hugs, Kat (BTW, thanks for the comment. I was hesitant to run that post, thought people might think I was odd. But I really love old cemeteries!)

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  23. What a great find at GW.....you were in the right place at the right time to purchase those beauties! Love the use of feathers in your arrangement! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Once again, a great TT!

    Blessings~
    Tonya

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  24. Marty, another gorgeous tablescape! I especially love the pheasant feathers. It adds such a wonderful texture to the arrangement - which is, again, so beautiful. You surely do have a gift for arranging! Happy Thanksgiving to you. Linda

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  25. Only one word Marty BEAUTIFUL my friend...I love the center piece and the differ candle holders and that chine to die 4...WOW!! I still say you have the best GW around...I need to come to AZ and do some melt my plastic card shopping with you...ha ha!! Thanks honey for coming by...Boy I wished I could do TT like you do...Mountain hugs to you my friend...Gl♥ria

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  26. Beautiful table. Love the centerpiece and ALL of the china.

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

    - The Tablescaper

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  27. Hi Marty! What a beautiful table! I love your china...what a find! And your centerpiece is just gorgeous! I know your family will be so impressed to sit at your lovely table! Happy Thanksgiving, Marty!...hugs...Debbie

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  28. This is just beautiful!! What a great Thanksgiving table! I love the Noritake. My mom has some very similar, can't remember the pattern but it has the same colors also Noritake and about the same age. Beautiful!!!

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  29. Marty, everything is beautiful from the centerpiece, to the stemware, to the candles, to those gorgeous plates. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. What a stunningly gorgeous table, Marty! You've outdone yourself on this one, Honey. Did you notice how similar your centerpiece shape is to the one in your painting on the wall? COOL!

    Those dishes are just incredible & I would have snatched them up immediately if I'd seen them. Great choice!

    Your MIL's pretty little stems are so dainty & delicate looking. How lucky you are to have such treasures. My MIL was long gone before I married DH & we have nothing of hers...except HIM, of course! LOL

    fondly,
    Rett

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  31. oopps. I came back to wish you a "Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving"

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  32. Another lovely table by our sweet Marty, I know I say this all the time but it amazes me how you have grown in your design abilities and confidence. It has been a real pleasure to go on this journey with you. I would feel honored to sit at such a lovely table with such a wonderful woman. Hugs Kathysue

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  33. Your table is just stunning, the wonderful flowers, the china and the depression glass, wow, I love love it all and i especially love the way you have put it all together, it is so pretty and inviting....

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  34. When I see those old China sets, especially when they are in such good condition, I can't help but think that they were someone's treasured item, saved for only special occasions.

    Then sadly they are just given away, by someone else who thinks of it as just old junk...

    Then again... we come along and finding it just makes our day!!!

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  35. Love your table Marty. The tablerunner is gorgeous and I really like the way you used several differant candlesticks. Beautiful.

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  36. Gorgeous tablescape Marty!!! I love, love, love the china.

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  37. Beautiful Thanksgiving table, Marty! Can I come over to eat? What a great GW find your china was. I love the centerpiece.

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  38. Wonderful setting for Thanksgiving Marty. I have seen the china at garage sales before when I used to do broken china mosaics! Don't worry....I only used china that was beyond repair....never never whole complete pieces! LOL! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! XX Luanne

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  39. Hi Marty
    We're still on our road trip. Getting ready to check out this morning. I got up before daylight and packed, so I would have time to visit a few folks before we head for home.

    So happy I stopped by. I love your table. It's beautiful!!

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  40. Marty, you have created the most beautiful table. I love it. Everything is so elegant and stunning. Wow. Love those candlesticks. They are just beautiful grouped together. Wish I could come over and see it up close!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  41. Beautiful! Love the whole thing.

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  42. Your Thanksgiving table setting is lovely. I especially love your centerpiece with the feathers. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Penny

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  43. i like how your centerpiece mimics the print on the wall giving such a full look to the room~

    very pretty~

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  44. Marty dear..your table is EXQUISITE! My best china is a set of Noritake also. You were so fortunate to find a lovely set like that. I hope my girls keep my china (set of 12) that their father sent me from Okinawa in 1969. IF they don't ..I hope someone like you eventually owns it. That would make me smile!
    Hugs,
    Mona

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  45. Your talent and taste is beautiful!

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  46. Lovely tablescape, Marty. What a find on that Noritake.

    Thanksgiving blessings to you.

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  47. Now that is the picture of a Thanksgiving Table! I think a table is so much more special when you have the wonderful memories associtated with the individual pieces.

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  48. Love the dishes. So pretty and elegant. Your table is so warm with the glow of all the gold. Very rich.

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  49. Hi Marty...Beautiful dishes and tablescape...Your ready for Thanksgiving my friend...Love this time of year...have a wonderful weekend, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  50. Marty,

    Everything is beautiful. I love the gold ribbon you worked in. I may have to "steal" that idea :)

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  51. Hi Marty,
    You've done a beautiful job! It's such a rich-looking, elegant setting. The centerpiece is gorgeous ... and the china, what a FIND! I'm so glad you're the one who gave these wonderful dishes a new home ... and that you shared them with us on TT!

    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Bill

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  52. Hi Marty
    Your table looks so elegant. What amazing things you found at GW! I hope you have a wonderful dinner on Thanksgiving.
    Hugs, Rhondi

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  53. What beautiful china! THis is a lovely thanksgiving setting -- I love the little gold loops you've been adding here and there lately -- such a nice little touch.

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  54. Love your China!!! I really like the floral arrangement and all of the candles! The crystal is pricelss!

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  55. Your table is just beautiful...I adore your china and your centerpiece is out of this world.

    This is definitely one of my favorites!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  56. That table is gorgeous! I love the feathers coming out of the floral arrangement. The candles add the perfect glow and I love the varrying heights. It is so lovely!

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  57. LOVE IT!! You know how I love yellow, and I would have bought that china too!

    Your whole TT is very dramatic, and elegant! I really like the mixture of the candlesticks!

    Great job!

    Katherine

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  58. Absolutely stunning Marty!!!!! I love the touch of pheasant feathers on your tablescape. I too love the gold touches when it comes to dining ---I even splurged one day and purchased a setting for 8 goldware and then added to my collection, as an afterthought, the matching serving ladle and cake knife and 8 serving spoons. I makes for a great holiday setting.

    Love your elegant table!!!

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  59. Oh Marty...you have done it again! such a beautiful table!!!
    I have not been around much as life is super busy here this month...but I do have lots to say when I get the time! have a great weekend

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  60. Oh Marty,
    Your table looks so elegant. Love your plates! What a wonderful find. I'm absolutely positive that your Thanksgiving guest will feel so special sitting around your beautifully arranged table. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Blessings to you and yours.

    Hugs,
    ♥Ana

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  61. Absolutely beautiful. I love every single detail of your tablescape.

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  62. Marty, it is just wonderful! I love the mix of candlesticks -- heights and styles. And that dinnerware -- it's fabulous. Love the swagging in the design. Very graceful.

    Plus I like the creamware (?) on your walls -- the pierced plates. Lovely!

    As always, your table delights and inspires! And how wonderful to have those small and pretty wineglasses still in the family; very precious.

    happy Thanksgiving!
    Cass

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  63. This table setting reminds of a traditional holiday . . . so beautiful and classic, all ready to embrace new memories. Love the brass candlesticks! thanks for stopping by my place recently. I'd like to invite you (and your friends) back to check out my GiveAway -- and to play. Have a wonderful holiday, -susan

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  64. Marty, as usual I'm late getting around to all my visits. Your table looks perfect to me. I like the different brass candle sticks, especially the one with the square base. Great idea to trade out the flowers for something you are serving. I'm with you, everyone should be able to see each other and converse at the table. I've yet to do my table. Better get busy!

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  65. Hi Marty, your table is absolutely gorgeous. I love your plates. And that centerpiece is just gorgeous. I love anything with feathers in it.
    Thank you for coming by the open house event. I wished you could have been here too. Maybe someday huh? hugs ~lynne~

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  66. Marty this is gorgeous! I really adore your beautiful centerpiece. Lovely job on everything.

    ~Happy Thanksgiving! ~Melissa :)

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  67. Hi Marty,
    Sorry i have not been by for awhile, but i sure do appreciate your visits and nice comments. Thanks!

    Love your centerpiece and dishes. All so very lovely.

    blessings and have a great weekend.

    barbara jean

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  68. Oh my goodness Marty! It's all so beautiful!

    The china is GORGEOUS...what a find!

    I'm afraid it won't be near that elegant here! I LOVE your tablescapes!

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  69. I love the pattern and as usual you have attended to every little detail and made evrything perfect. Wonderful center piece. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  70. Marty, your table looks lovely (as usual), and I know you and your guests will enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving feast.

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  71. It's about time I caught up with you dear lady. I have a whole lot of your previous posts to catch up on. This Thanksgiving table is magnificent. You have inspired me to check out my local GW, and I recently found a complete set of Robins egg blue dishes for $7. It was thrilling to find such a bargain.

    I know that you will have a wonderful meal in your beautiful setting. I wish you the very best on our upcoming day of gratefulness.

    XOSue

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  72. Howdy Marty
    Wow what a divine post .
    Thanksgiving Blessings to you .
    I am back after several months of no monitor and than being out sick for a month I am back in the saddle and making my rounds.
    Thank you for the feast you have shared my eyes are filled with tears .
    You have truly captured the spirit of the season with your talent.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Big Hugs
    Happy Trails

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  73. Hi Marty, everything is absolutely gorgeous, love that china, at GW no less, and your centerpiece is beautiful. love the feathers!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!
    Blessings,
    Debra

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  74. Marty,
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! Yours is lovely! :) I'll be stopping by again soon!
    ~Shan
    Design Gal & Her Handyman

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  75. Beautiful! Love the china. It would be great to sit there and have a meal with family and/or friends.


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  76. GORGEOUS table... LOVE the china too! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  77. GW?! Really? Wow! They are beautiful! You got an amazing deal! Such a pretty table. Everyone will feel so special when they sit at your table!

    I hope you have a special and wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

    ~Liz

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  78. wow marty this is a stunning setting...have a great weekend my friend,the best to you and yours and thank you for always ,ALWAYS coming by to say hello...have a great day...xoxo..

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