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12 Tablescapes: One for Each Month of the Year

12 Table Settings, One for Each Month of the Year

Welcome to the 381st Tablescape Thursday! Thanks so much for all your kind words on yesterday's post. I appreciate them so much! I know the information you shared about your past experiences with roadside assistance will greatly help all who visit and read that post, so thanks so much for sharing those. They definitely helped me! Since I didn't get a chance to set a table this week, I thought I do something a little different. I went back … [Continue Reading...]

How To Get Your Car Out of the Mud: A Roadside Service Fail

SUV stuck in Mud

Last Monday I went through one of the worst experiences I've ever had while traveling. In fact, I would say this ranks as the worst. Grab a cup of coffee or hot tea because this story is a bit long. I hope it saves someone from experiencing what I went through a few days ago on a long trip back home. I've had car insurance and roadside assistance with the same company for over 35 years. My insurance company has always been the highest ranked … [Continue Reading...]

The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour

Window Box Decorated for Christmas

Welcome to the 362nd Metamorphosis Monday! Happy New Year! How were your holidays? I hope you were able to spend them with those you love most. I was away for a while, visiting my son, dil and grandson. It was wonderful seeing them! Unfortunately, the trip back home was an adventure, and not in a good way. I'll share that story very soon, complete with pictures, because there are lots of lessons to be learned from it.   Postcards … [Continue Reading...]

Christmas Table Setting: Lenox Holiday Tartan & Beautiful Fitz and Floyd Santa-Reindeer Centerpiece

Fitz and Floyd Santa with Presents

Welcome to the 380th Tablescape Thursday! Elena created a beautiful table setting for her family for this year's Christmas dinner. If you're a fan of the beautiful pieces produced by Fitz and Floyd, you'll love this stunning tablescape.   Elena decorated her sideboard to coordinate with her table, as well.   The highlight of the centerpiece is a wonderful Fitz and Floyd Santa. The dishware Elena used for Christmas … [Continue Reading...]

Happy Holidays!

Christmas Decorations on Yellow Tudor Style Home

Welcome to the 361st Metamorphosis Monday! How were your holidays? Did you have a great Christmas?  I hope it was wonderful! I'm taking off  a few days here at the end of the year to spend with family, so posting may be a bit lighter this week than normal. I don't have a Met Monday post today since I've been celebrating the holidays with family, but I'm still posting the party link-up this week in case some folks do have a "Before and … [Continue Reading...]

DIY Hot Cocoa Sign for a Hot Chocolate Bar: A Tutorial

Hot Chocolate Bar with Hot Cocoa Sign

A couple of days ago I shared a Hot Cocoa bar I created out on my screened porch. The bar area included a sign I made that was inspired by a sign I had seen floating around blogland a few years back. After not having any success locating a similar sign, I decided it was time to head downstairs to my basement workshop and make my own. (Inspiration sign and detail views of the Hot Cocoa Bar can be seen in yesterday's post here: Create a Hot Cocoa … [Continue Reading...]

Toile Christmas Table Setting with Bon Jour Yuletide

Christmas Table Setting with Bon Jour Yuletide Dinnerware and Deer Centerpiece

Welcome to the 379th Tablescape Thursday! Recently Gina shared some wonderful photos of her Christmas table setting and I loved it! In her email Gina said, "You posted on your blog a year ago, to take a second look at ornaments that do double duty for other things.  Well I did!  I have used ornaments as napkin rings this year on my Christmas Table."  I immediately recognized the beautiful toile pattern. I recently ran across it online and … [Continue Reading...]

Create a Hot Cocoa Bar for Winter Entertaining

Hot Cocoa Sign

Happy Holidays to you, dear Friends! We're out on the porch today and I know it's a little chilly. Don't worry though, I have just the thing to warm us up. Step right over here and belly up to the bar--the Hot Cocoa Bar, that is. :) I've been envisioning a Hot Cocoa Bar for years out here on the porch, but I could never quite gather together all the bits and pieces I needed to create it, most especially the sign I wanted to place above … [Continue Reading...]

Decorate the Porch in Tartan for Christmas

Christmas Decorations for the Porch

Welcome to the 360th Metamorphosis Monday! Last summer I shared Linda's beautiful porch as it looks during the summer in this post: Patio Becomes a Three-Season Porch   In October I shared how it looks during the fall months: Decorate a Porch for Autumn   Linda has transformed it again for the holidays and it's a winter wonderland with lots of great accent pieces pulled right from nature.   Do you … [Continue Reading...]

Adding a Touch of Tartan to the Kitchen

Red Pine Cone Lamp, HomeGoods

In today's post, I'm sort of getting the cart before the horse. lol Yesterday I posted a table setting for Tablescape Thursday here in my breakfast area. In that post I shared this photo. I liked the contrast viewing the all white, serene table setting juxtaposed against the colorful, red plaid shade of a lamp I had just added to the kitchen. That picture sparked a good many questions and emails asking about the lamp, so though I had planned … [Continue Reading...]

I’m Dreaming of a White Feather Christmas

Christmas Table Setting in White with Feather Tree Centerpiece

Welcome to the 378th Tablescape Thursday! Have you ever tried to take a photo of a cloud or a ghost? That's a kinda how it felt this week as I tried to take pictures of this week's table setting. lol Feather centerpieces can be a challenge! I wish the chandelier didn't hang down in the way, try to imagine this table without it there. I wish I had placed this setting outside on the porch but I wasn't sure if the weather would be too cool, … [Continue Reading...]

A Christmas Tree at Last

Plaid Wrapping Paper for Christmas

Several folks have asked when I was going to share my Christmas tree for this year. Well, I finally called "uncle." Where does that phrase come from anyway? lol   After spending 3 hours one night changing a million fuses, two hours another night examining a million bulbs, and an hour a third night fiddling and fussing, I finally gave up (for this year) on trying to get the lights to work on the lowest branch of the tree. It killed … [Continue Reading...]