Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Little Pink Christmas Inspiration

Hello everyone...  I am taking a mini break here. This a very busy time for us all so I am taking a little time to relax and to play around with a few pastel Christmas ornaments that I picked up this year.  They won't be part of my Christmas decorations this year but since they were such a steal,  I just could not pass them up.  And since I find them absolutely irresistible, I pulled out my camera and snapped a few shots before I put them away.




This is a little tree that I purchased to plant in our backyard in memory of our beloved Niki who passed away this August.  The garden was his favorite place to be.




Vintage china showcasing lovely pink roses were perfect for my pink and white ornaments.  I am such a softy for anything shabby and romantic.


 

I love the soft and delicate colors of these ornaments. 














A small peek at my pink and white Christmas tablescape that I will be sharing  this weekend.  The napkin ring is a handmade design which will be available through napkinringbling.com.  A new on line store that my sister-in-law Lilly and I will be launching in January 2015.

What do you think about the design???  Is this something you would actually purchase???  Would you be interested???  It is always a bit scary to dive into uncharted waters but life is about taking chances so please send a few great wishes and blessings this way. We are just testing the waters right now to see if there is a market for these pretty handmade pieces so I would love your input.  I will also share other designs in a future post.


Lots of hugs and blessings from here sweet friends.


Janet







Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tablescapes ~ Christmas Table Inspiration

Happy weekend everyone.  I hope you are all finished with your holiday decorations.  I am so glad to be done with mine.  I have now moved on to gathering ideas for setting the table for the various gatherings that will take place during holiday season.  And it is my favorite thing to do next to baking Christmas cookies.  

My first table is inspired by all the traditional festive colors of the holiday season. Reds, and greens layered on top of a simple creamy white tablecloth,  How predictable right???  As much as I love a soft and warm color palette, I do enjoy a table with the traditional colors of the season.  It just puts me in the Christmas mood somehow.




For this fun and festive table, I started with chargers purchase from the Christmas Shop last 
year.  The cream plates with the holy accents are by Grace and were purchased from Home Goods as well as the red Goblets. The green goblets were purchased from the Dollar Store a couple of years ago.   The napkins are from Pier 1 Imports and the little stockings are from Pottery Barn.
  



It is a table overflowing with whimsy and charm. .  Perfect for inviting friends and family for a relaxed and fun evening..




Snippets of holly tucked on the baby stocking enhance each place setting..





I love to entertain in this breakfast room because it has plenty of natural light.




This room has a round table accommodates four.








To give a little festive and whimsical touch to the napkins, I made a simple bow with red and white gingham ribbon to bring.

This is one of a few holiday table settings that I am sharing with you for a little inspiration this season.  I have a few more that I will be featuring within the next few weeks.

Thanks for visiting and may you all have a great week.

Janet  




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Our Christmas Tree

Hello to you all.  I hope you are all having a wonderful week.  The weather has been a bit frightful around here.  Cold, windy and even a few snow flurries.   BRRR!!!

Today, I just wanted to share a few photographs of our Christmas tree in the living.  The pictures are not as clear as I would like them to be but I want it to share them with you all anyway.  I have always decorated our tree in the traditional seasonal reds, golds and greens but this year, I wanted our tree to match the soft neutral tones in our living room which are browns, creams and golds.  I had already planned on making the change last year so I picked up all the ornaments at Target during their after Christmas sale last year and purchased them at 60% off. 








The mercury glass ornaments and the ribbon add the finishing touch.  The ribbon I bought this year at Michaels, using a coupon of course. 




I love the added touch of gold on this ribbon.  And the rhinestone snowflake is an old ornament.








I even added willow branches to give it a natural feel.




And the star of the show, my new Downton Abbey ornament found at my favorite interior design shop.  It is perfect.




Thank you for stopping by today.  May you all have a great rest of the week.

Janet

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Holiday Touches




Happy Saturday friends.  It has taking me two weekends to get our home dressed for the holidays.  I like to take my time decorating.  Check inventory and see what new ideas I can come up with,  Re-purpose old decorations.  They are after all the pieces that bring the beauty and wonder of the holidays into our homes.  So on this rainy and cold Saturday, it was the perfect day to do just that.  




Decorations also help us get into a festive frame of mind  And this year, I wanted to give our home an old world feel.  



Soft tones, time worn pieces and linens vintage linens to create a few focal points.  Hints of the season without overpowering the scene.








Christmas stockings are great to decorate mantels, banisters and just about any spot you want to make a little festive.




I also like to incorporate little whimsical pieces to keep things fun and also to add a little conversation piece.  















I also love to make my own wreaths.  It is a fun way to add personality and warmth to our home. And because they make me smile.  I just finished making this cute snowman wreath for our kitchen door today with items purchased from Michael's.  All at 60% off and an additional 20% on entire purchase. That is certainly a reason to do a happy dance.  I will SHARE how I made this cheery wreath on a future post.


















I still have to share my Christmas tree. just need to finish and clean things up a bit around here.

I hope you are all keeping warm and cozy today.  Thank you for stopping by today.

Janet

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Old Wooden Spools

Hello friends.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I am sure we all celebrated with a little too much food during the holiday.   But who wouldn't with all the delicious and heart warming fall vegetables flowing at local farm stands and markets.  Or the savory turkeys and hams that were the true stars of our Thanksgiving tables.  And who can pass on a holiday dessert.  Not me that's for sure.

And now, I am slowly working my way into Christmas. I do love the holidays after all, it is a fun and exciting time of the year.  But it can also a be stressful time of the year with all the Christmas decorating, holiday gatherings and the madness of the holiday shopping season.  Truth is, I do love all the craziness and rush that the holidays bring because I know that our home will be filled with family and friends during the holiday season.  Especially the new grandbabies that will be celebrating their first Christmas this year.  It will be a joyous and blssed time for sure.

And when I need a little break from it all,  I do turn to my collected treasures.  Don't ask me why, but spending time going through my beloved collections automatically calms me down.  It is very comforting and creativity comes easy.  Admiring a pretty teacup or a lovely piece of vintage linen gives me instant tranquility.  I don't know if that makes any sense but it does help me get focused. The mind gets going and the ideas just flow.

A few weeks ago, I came across these lovely vintage inspired wooden spools wrapped with lace and fabric typically used for finishing dainty and feminine clothing.  All reminiscent of times gone by.   For me, it is their nostalgic appeal and worn patina that I love most.

So when I thought of an old world Christmas, these charming wooden spools came to mind. Wanting to have just a whisper of Christmas, I created my vignette using creamy white vintage linens, Spode china and a simple ornament.  Soft and warm, it is exactly what I had envision  
































Thank you for taking the time to stop by my page today.  It makes me truly happy.


Wishing you a lovely week,

Janet



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SUNDAY


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MONDAY


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Dwellings for Amaze Me Monday
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Artful Affirmations for Tea Cup Tuesday 
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A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness Tuesday
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Cedar Hill Farnhouse for The Scoop Tuesday 
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Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday
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Antiques and Teacups for Cuppa of Tea Tuesday
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WEDNESDAY

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Rose Chintz Cottage for Home Wednesdays
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Savy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
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THURSDAY


From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday 
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A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday
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Faith, Grace and Crafts for Pearls and Lace Thursday
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FRIDAY


French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday 
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Shabby Art Boutique for Shabbilicious Friday 
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My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving To You All

Hello to you all.  It's me again.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We were a small group this year but we all had a great time together.  The food was delightful and the best part about Thanksgiving is the leftovers.  So many things to do with these delicious leftovers right??

But I am working on slow motion today. Still recovering from all the craziness of the holiday. In spite of dragging myself today, cleaning is all done.  Dishes, glassware and fall decorations have been put away and I am now ready to move on to Christmas.  But before I move on to my my favorite holiday, I wanted to show you my Thanksgiving table.  

This year, I wanted to incorporate more natural elements to our table.  So my center featured plenty of  vegetables and flowers from the fall harvest.  Willow plate chargers and napkin rings gave each place setting a natural feel.  Royal Stafford Turkey plates paired with a larger cream plate completed the look.   It turned out just beautiful.  Relaxed and perfect to enjoy the savory feast ahead.

  






















 










Each year I try to  mix it up a bit and do something different.  This one is one of my favorites.

Well friends, I hope you enjoyed your visit today!!!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Janet


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