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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sentimental Country Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving table this week is styled in a country theme using handmade items made by Mother and Grandmother.   The focal point is the cathedral window quilt handmade by Grandmother Dorothy Smith years ago.  I also used hand crocheted place mats that my Mother made as a wedding gift for a cousin and his new wife over 40 years ago.   They recently gave them to me while I was home for my Dad's funeral.  My cousin always admires my tables and it was a great surprise to open the gift bag and find something so special made by my Mom.  There is a special note below from he and his lovely wife. 

Country Thanksgiving place setting. 

This is my Grandmother Dorothy Smith with her finished quilt.  I remember when she started making it and piecing every square together and inserting the pretty fabric for the window.  During this process of making this quilt she showed me how to quilt and make this pattern.    I made a pillow and I have a pretty one that she made for me that matches a quilt that my Mother made for me.  

This is the quilt completed on a queen size bed in her quest room years ago.  I keep the quilt packed away to protect it.   During the last hurricane evacuation it was packed in my car and evacuated with me to higher ground. When you are faced with a quick evacuation order you only have a short period of time to decide what must go with you.   This was the first thing in the car along with a couple other sentimental pieces and photos.  One day I will pass it down to my nephew Blaine.  

Here is the note my cousin Dennis and his wife Rhonda included in the gift bag with the place mats.   I will cherish these forever. 
The place mats hand crocheted by my Mother over 43 years ago.

The centerpiece starts with the antique bread bowl (below) then I added the pumpkin truck.  I added some fresh croton leaves from the yard to faux Fall filler and candle rings.  

The pumpkin truck centerpiece.

This bread bowl belonged to my Grandmother Smith.  It was passed down to her from her Mother.    I remember her rolling out bread dough in this bowl to make loaf bread, biscuits and yeast rolls when I was a small child.  I must admit, I've never used it to make bread, but It's been a great centrepiece foundation on several tablescapes. 

The pumpkin truck was purchased at Michael's this season. 

The turkey salt & pepper set are from Salem Creek in Winston-Salem.   I made the corn husk doll when I was in the first or second grade.  I'm amazed this girl has made it all these years through numerous moves.   She's been packed away in a box for years and I decided it's time she came out for Thanksgiving. 

I made the wood slice napkin rings last year.   This year I added a mini Indian corn cob with husk under the ring.  

The pine cone metal candle sticks are from Orchard Garden Center.  The flameless birchwood candles are from Reggie's Flower Shoppe  in Welcome, NC.   

Overhead view of the quilt tablecloth. 

I added a few woodland critters to the server this week. The pumpkin carriage and illuminated mercury glass pumpkins are from the Valerie Parr Hill Collection  on QVC.  

I added Fall themed houses and trees to bookcases on each side of the server.  

The plate stack. 

The wood grain chargers are from Michael's this season. 

The harvest orange plates are from Dollar Tree. 

The embossed leaf salad plates are from Home Goods or TJ Maxx several years ago. 

The turkey plates are from Home Goods several season ago. 

The table with the quilt and place mats. 

Up close view of the quilt.  


This post is linked to the following parties:
477th Tablescape Thursday - Between Naps on the Porch
Dishing It & Digging It Link Party 174 - Life and Linda
Creative Mondays Blog Hop- Claire Justine
Inspire Me Monday - Week #306 - Create with Joy
Amaze Me Monday #240 - Dwellings- The Heart of Your Home
Celebrate Your Story #103 - Celebrate & Decorate with Chloe Crabtree
The Scoop #301 - Stone Gable
399th Inspire Me Tuesday - A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesday #362 - Savvy Southern Style
Home & Garden Thursday #299 - A Delightsome LIfe
Talk of the Town #98 - Knick of Time
Vintage Charm #109 - Our Hopeful Home
Grace at Home No. 275 - Imparting Grace
Home Matters Linky Party #162 - Life with Lorelai
Home Sweet Home #347 - The Charm of Home
Foodie Friday and Everything Else - Rattlebridge Farm
Share Your Style Link Party #144 - 21 Rosemary Lane
Saturday Sparks Link Party 246 - Pieced Pastimes
"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday - How Sweet the Sound
Pretty Pintastic Party No. 183 - Loveland Lodge

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Autumn Elegance

The table this week celebrates the warm tones of Autumn.   Living in South Florida we do not have the change of season and the beautiful leaves.   While I was home in North Carolina last month for my Dad's celebration of life service the leaves were beginning to change.   During a trip to the mall in Winston-Salem to pick up a few things for the service I posted a live Facebook video as I was driving.  I mentioned in the video how much I missed the change of seasons and the beautiful leaves.   My dear friend Cyndi Nifong was watching the video and graciously gifted me with this beautiful fine china.  She thought they would be perfect for one of my tables and give me a taste of Autumn in South Florida.    She was correct and I know I will use these plates for many years go come.  

The pretty china was made by Yamaka China in Japan.  The pattern is named September Song.  The leaves on the plate are gray and rust.  I found this tablecloth last week at Marshall's and it coordinates nicely with the plates.   

The illuminated glass hurricane with harvest ring is part of the Valerie Parr Hill Collection on QVC.  It comes with a battery operated candle, but  I used Realistic LED Flame from the Lisa Robertson inside the hurricane.  You can see the candle in the photo below. 

I scattered beaded and glittered acorn filler by Valerie around the centerpiece and on the server.  

The copper hammered napkins rings are from Pier One .  The do not have the copper in stock on their website, but they have gold and silver. 

The goblets were purchase at Home Goods in August.   They are made by Patina Vie.  The pattern is Milan Luxe.  The crimson and 18kt yellow gold blend with the other copper and gold items.  

The illuminated mercury glass pumpkins with timers are by Valerie Parr Hill and available at QVC.  I ordered them in gold and orange. 

The illuminated pumpkins are so pretty with the lighting turned down low. 

Overhead view of the table. 

The layers.  I used a copper metallic place mat in the center of the table.  

The stack starts with a gold beaded edge charger plate.  I used a dinner plate, soup then a saucer to hold the illuminated pumpkin. 

I have always wanted gold flatware and I found a steal at Home Goods last week on clearance.  They are Gourmet Basics By Mikasa Halston Gold-Plated.  

I fell in love with this Metal Pumpkin Carriage by Valerie when it was shown on QVC.   It's curently out of stock, but hopefully it will return next season.  I used one of Valerie's Autumn Beauty candle rings with a flameless candle from the Lisa Robertson Collection.

Thank you Cyndi Nifong for the lovely china set.   I will enjoy it for many more years to come. 


This post is linked to the following parties: 
Dishing It & Digging It Link Party #173 - Life and Linda
Inspire Me Monday #305 - Create with Joy
Creative Monday's Blog Hop - Claire Justine
Amaze Me Monday #239 - Dwellings- The Heart of Your Home
Celebrate Your Story #102 - Celebrate and Decorate with Chloe Crabtree
The Scoop #300 - Stone Gable
Talk of the Town #97 - Knick of Time
398th Inspire Me Tuesday - A Stroll Thru Life
Wow us Wednesday #361 - Savvy Southern Style
Vintage Charm #108 - Our Hopeful Home
Creative Inspiration Linky Party - Embracing Change
476th Tablescape Thursday - Between Naps on the Porch
Pretty Pintastic Party #182 - Loveland Lodge
Home Matters Linky Party #161 - Life with Lorelia
Grace at Home No. 274 - Imparting Grace
Petite Haus TFT Party - Katherines Corner
Home Sweet Home #346 - The Charm of Home
Share Your Style Link Party #143 - 21 Rosemary Lane
Foodie Friday and Everything Else - Rattlebridge Farm
"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday - How Sweet the Sound