Friday, November 25, 2022

Plaid Lampshades And A Thrifted Santa

Hi, Friends,
How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was lovely.
We had a nice quiet day with two of our children. 

I've been working on some Christmas projects. I usually start decorating before Christmas. I think it harkens to my days as a teacher because I wanted to get it all done during Thanksgiving break. 
When I waited until the day after Thanksgiving, I was exhausted by the time the break was over. We'd head into to December festivities and then I'd fight exhaustion all month long. So, as soon as Halloween is over, I begin a some projects. 

This summer I found this wonderful Santa at my second favorite thrift store. He was only $25.00. 
He's about 2.5 feet tall. 

He needed a refresh and some lights. 

I rewrapped his presents with better plaid and stuffed his bag with some updated greens and a cute gingerbread man. 

I decorated the dining room in traditional plaid with Old World ornaments on the tree. 
I didn't use these last year because of the new kitty. 

She's pretty chill so they get to be out again. 

I thought lampshades to match this scheme would be fun for the chandelier. 
I found a set of them in a dusty antique shop in East Texas.

This is pretty easy to do and they look so pretty with the light coming through. 

Except for the tree, I got this all styled, took some photos and then packed it up for when the kids came over. 
I'll have fun putting it all back out. 

I spent two days looking for a little mouse ornament. 
I finally spied his foot poking out behind a little bowl of apples on my spice cabinet.
That wasn't frustrating at all. Ha! 

I've accidentally thrown away Christmas decor in wrapping paper. 
My son sent him to me so I would have been sad to have lost him. 
The kitchen is going to have a few darling mice peeping about this year. 

I also lost a brass reindeer. I used him in the table setting below in 2020. 

Christmas was depressing that year.
 I packed it all away before Christmas day so there is not telling what I did with it. 
I have the other brass deer. I have the angel and all the other elements on the table. I've searched through all my decor and purged in the process. I finally broke down and bought a new set off of eBay. If it turns up. I'll take to East Texas to join the other one. 
I have a new plan for my Christmas decor that I'll share with you soon. 

That is all for now. 
Have fun decorating for the season ahead. 

Monday, November 21, 2022

November Notes and Happy Thanksgiving

Hi, Friends,
Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are well.

I haven't hosted in about 4 years, so I take it as an opportunity to get a jump start on some holiday decorating. 

The hutch got restyled with green glass. I'm using a lot of green and white in my Christmas decorating. 
I've not had this scheme in this piece so this was fun to do.

The ironstone is a staple in this piece. 

I went on a furniture moving spree. 

The dish dresser (a holiday icon) has been moved out of the garden room.
We had this media console upstairs and I thought it would look good against the brick. It modernizes the space a little but not too much. It still fits in with my style. I like it. 

I was very sentimental about the dish dresser until one day, I was over it. The pieces are in the garage. The top is being used as storage and the bottom as a makeshift workbench. I'm sure it will eventually make it's way out to East Texas. It would be good in a green house provided it is dry and has a foundation. 

Bill picked a fun dresser at an estate sale for $65.00. It is where the media cabinet used to be.
I've added new knobs but it still needs wheels. 

That's it for now. 

Bill and I are going on a very exciting trip. I can't wait to tell you all about it. 
Here is a hint. 

Have a blessed start to the holiday season. 
Hopefully, I'll be able to give you a sneak peak on Instagram.