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November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!



The recent storms left us blanketed with
lots of snow.  I was getting worried we weren't going to be able to go anywhere, but it did stop snowing and the sun came out today.
  My back yard and deck. 

As you can see we've gotten a lot of snow!  Our official snowfall count is 13"

I've been stuck at home a lot lately so I broke my own rule and started to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving.  
I've got my mantel done, my santa's sleigh and a couple of other things.
  
The tree will be next after we're back from our Thanksgiving with the family.
I will zoom in on the mantel in my next post!


Til' then, have a




November 14, 2013

Turkeys and Pumpkin Pie

  While rummaging through my little bit of Thanksgiving decorating items I found my golden turkey's that I've used for several years.  
I like to set my dining table with a holiday look for everyday viewing.

 I also found this runner that was hidden away from a purchase I made at T.J. Maxx last year and forgot about.

 It puts me in the holiday mood seeing the turkeys!


I made pumpkin pie the other day because I just had to have a taste of it!
Needless to say we enjoyed it all already!


Gobble Gobble!!
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November 12, 2013

Voilà!

Finally- the rods up and 
the curtains are hung. 


 I like the overall lighter look which was my goal.
I've moved the furniture into another arrangement.  If you've followed me for any length of time that is no surprise!
 Their coloring was an easy blend with
the room. 

I'm letting them hang and relax and then I'll probably have to steam them to remove any further wrinkles.
For store bought curtains they're not bad.  I just couldn't justify the cost of custom made curtains.   
  
 I snooped on the Lowe's website at every single curtain rod they have to offer.  I found out that there is a lot more to choose from than in the stores so I'm glad I looked.  These are 1 1/2" rods.

 I knew I wanted a rod with some substance and I generally knew how I wanted the finials to look.  I took a chance on these amber colored ones because I thought they'd offer a little more interest. 
 
 So tell me what you think!
 

November 8, 2013

Accent Table for Thanksgiving

After I took down  my Halloween decor on the accent table 
I readied it for Thanksgiving

 I love this statue of the Indian woman with
the cornucopia.
She and the black gourd were from Hobby Lobby
 a couple of years ago.

  I made up a new arrangement with some dried Indian corn and pine cones and set it on a wooden pedestal.
If you like you can see that same glass bowl used last year with my
*Pottery Barn Inspired Corn Project*
 just click above to see it

I used a thick rubber band to hold them together, then tied the ribbon around it.  I wanted to stand the corn up so I stacked the tall pinecones in an upright position to help keep them standing.  I loosened the corn husks a bit to give the top more fullness.  (I collected those pinecones at my son's new home in Pennsylvania).  I tossed in some potpourri filler. 

I decided to use my green lantern for a little color and my candle from Pottery Barn.  It smells soo good!
I love how candlelight creates such a cozy atmosphere.

This table topper is by April Cornell.  
I like that blue accent she included in the design.
It's called "Falling Leaves" they have a larger one with this beautiful fringe on it...you should see it! 
By the way if you shop there directly and sign up with your email you can get $10 off on your first purchase! (no I am not compensated for saying that)

 I think I can smell the pumpkin pie and turkey already!  I really enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and can't wait to share it with my family.


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November 6, 2013

Give Thanks Mantel

It's that time of year when we move our thoughts to
Thanksgiving

Since I had to tear town my original fall decorations for our painting project I decided I'd go for a new look on the mantel.

I decided to decorate these tall pedestal urns.  

As you can see I put my pumpkins on top like a topiary and I added some fall floral picks that I bent and hung over the edge.

I put a few pieces back on the mantel that I usually have up there and added my Give Thanks pumpkin.
I like the movement in the design of the vines on the pumpkin with the picture frame and the deco balls.




Waiting for my curtains. The rods are up and
I'm content with my current layout of the room.
I'll be back to show you a full sized view next week!

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November 4, 2013

Painted Progress

As I posted about last Monday (here) I had torn apart my living room to get it ready for painting.  Wednesday was the big day and I couldn't be happier.
  Karen and her dad Greg have painted for us on  various occasions and we didn't feel up to the task of this room with the higher walls and ceiling.  You can see the old color next to the new color in this shot.

 They make it seem so darn easy and they were in and out in one day with two coats on the walls and one fresh coat on the ceiling.

 The sun came out mid day and brightened the room right up.
 As the day progressed I took pictures, excited to see the new color and to be sure I had chosen wisely.


 All our windows in the room have the Hunter Douglas duette honeycomb shades that are called Top Down/Bottom Up.  These are 17 yrs. old and still going strong.  Most often I have them lowered to the half point because we are close to a busy road and you can see in too easily.  They offer a lot of thermal assistance especially in the winter when we are heating our home.

 I slid the furniture back in place after they were gone but then of course I decided I had to change the layout of the furniture... go figure!  It's not like either of the above pictures at this point but I'm waiting to show you that for another time.

 The holes where the pictures had been hung were preserved so we didn't have to redo them.

I waited since June to do this, and I had saved money from our garage sale to pay for it.  It's been burning a hole in my wallet for a long time!
Finally it's done!

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