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Thursday, November 28, 2013

White And Gold Thanksgiving Table


 Simple, Understated Elegance was the theme for this years Thanksgiving table.

Gold dipped vases hold all white flowers.

Sitting on top of mirrors measuring 6 ft. long.

Wishing YOU and  YOURS 
A Blessed Thanksgiving Day



Happy Thanksgiving

I am feeling very grateful in my life right now for so many, many blessings.

YOU my dear readers are one of the many things I am thankful for. 

Thank you for your continued support, reading, and commenting on my blog through out the year. It means so much to me knowing you are out there reading what I write.


Thursday, November 21, 2013



I have found there are three different camps when it comes to tree toppers……..




Shall we take a look at an example of each so you can see which category you fall under, or maybe you have your very own personal category that I have not mentioned.




Vintage Lighted Star Tree Topper
Remember the silver tinsel covered stars?


Vintage Angel Tree Topper or Wall Hanging Nice Condition Free Ship


tree topper idea from http://kristenscreationsonline.blogspot.com/

Now that you have see all three options I thought it would be fun to explore some different options for tree toppers just in case some of you need a little inspiration…..

Pine Cone Christmas Tree Topper
Perfect for those doing a woodland or rustic Christmas tree.

How to make a cozy Christmas tree topper. #diy #Christmas #holidaydecorating #topper #crafts
This would be wonderful if you are doing a Snowy theme or a Nordic Christmas. A cozy sweater knit covered star. I just noticed they hung it upside down, but to each their own!

Vintage Christmas Tree Toppers.  After searching for these for years, I was able to purchase 2 of these at Penneys this year.
These are the kind of tree toppers I grew up with. You can still find the vintage toppers at antique stores. 

Burlap Christmas Tree Topper -  Burlap Tree Topper, Burlap Bow Tree Decor, Burlap Topper, Burlap Decor, Bow Tree Topper, Burlap Bow
So many people in blogland seem to love burlap so this one is for them!

Even though I don't like white trees, this would look so cute as a classroom tree. Such a creative Christmas tree idea!  (love topper - unique to sell white tree)
I just had to share this one!!

I remember the very first time I saw a top-hat on a tree over on Pat’s blog, Back Porch Musings!
The entire tree was done so appropriately for this unique tree topper. For those of you that are not familiar with Pat’s blog, I highly recommend you start following her. 

She always does just the right amount of embellishing in her Holiday décor. A real treat not to be missed.

What You Should Never Hang on Your Christmas Tree
Karianne over on Thistlewood Farm blog, did not put her tree topper on the tree, but hung it ever so gently hovering above the tree.

After all a snowflake falls down from the sky!

Can mimick this look with the brown paper-covered letters from Hobby Lobbby...and just spray adhesive and sprinkle copper and gold mixed glitter. I would add picks though...lc agrees ....it needs something...some blendng....but then the tree is very simple also.  Lots of possibilites
I am a big fan of initials/monograms so this one is quite appealing to me.

Starburst tree topper out of pipe cleaners. Lots of cheap ideas for a beautiful tree
Clever use of pipe cleaners, and I love how it sparkles, Just another take on the star tree topper.

Great idea, I can easily make this! Bird's Nest Tree Topper #westelm
Being a bird lover this tree topper is just so sweet to me. I might add a bit of snowy sparkles just to make it show up more on my tree.

Like the idea of a teapot as a topper for the tea of two tree in the diningroom (next years addition)
For all of you Tea and McKenzie Child’s enthusiast.

My Personal Category 
I fall into  two of the categories:
Sweet memories.....For years we had a little cardboard, and felt Santa on the top of our tree, but over the years Santa lost a few of his parts so we had to retire him.

I opted for a simple white star……

Christmas 2011 005

Then last year I decided to use a Moravian Star theme, and I found the perfect tree topper for my tree……

2021 Christmas Tree 024 (800x544) ribbit

What camp do you fall under, Simple, Personal Memories, or Elaborate?


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Casual Outfits For Thanksgiving Day


We think a lot about what to fix for Thanksgiving dinner and how to set the table, but if you are like me figuring out what to wear is usually last minute because I am so caught up in the prep.

I thought it would be fun to take a look at some outfits on the casual side for Thanksgiving day.

thanksgiving day outfit

Whenever I look at an outfit that is already put together I look at the concept. 

Most of the time I would not wear the outfit in it’s entirety but the overall concept is appealing to me. 

For instance in this outfit love all the elements, but I won’t be wearing skinny jeans tucked into boots. 


First I am not skinny, second, with my short legs wearing boots like that would cut me into thirds and I have short legs so I would look out of proportion.

Proportion is something that is so over looked when dressing. 

If you are not tall and lean and have long legs and still insist on wearing boots try wearing boots that are the same color as your pants, and that will give you a long lean look.

The other option is to wear a bootie that comes just right above your ankle with your pants tucked in.

Start looking at some pictures of women with jeans tucked in there boots and see if it cuts them in thirds or almost in half. 

You will see what I mean about proportion. Just because it is on trend does not mean we have to wear it!

So with that being said, I would wear a nice boot-cut jean with booties instead. Everything else could work for me. and I think it looks like a nice comfy, outfit for Tday.
thanksgiving day outfit4

This outfit is so ME. I would not change one thing about it.

I think a classic white blouse and jean is a uniform of sorts and you can add so many different pieces to make it look different. 

In fact it is my go-to uniform and usually topped with a cashmere sweater and I am good to go.

thanksgiving day outfit3
Love a classic cream cable knit sweater ( in fact I am on the hunt for just the right one). 

Pair it with some camel pants cute leopard flats, gold bangle, and pearl studs and I am done!! Love it, simple, classic and comfy.

A classic buccle jacket in fun colors with trim and then pop a colored belt on the jeans takes it up a notch, so does the ruffled blouse.

The Glitter Guide
Belts are a fun way of taking a simple outfit up a notch, notice the touch of gold around her waist.

Love this whole ensemble, but would change the shoes to my leopard flats, they go with just about everything.

Speaking of leopard flats here are a couple that would work if you are looking for some. 

I chose shoes for comfort, and a reasonable price point. I also like the calf-hair, and a smaller leopard print on my shoes……

Corso Como Mirage
I also kept the style fairly classic because once you buy a pair of leopard flats you will wear them for many years to come. I purchased my first pair 12-15 years ago and still wear them and they still look great.

Clarks Valley Lounge

Notice the toe is not too pointy, round or squared. This classic slipper flat will last for years.

If you are in need of some inspiration in the fashion department I have several boards on Pinterest that you might find a few things that might work for you.

All of the above outfits can be found on my fashion boards on Pinterest, just click the links below:

As you can see I have quite a few fashion boards, in fact more than even I realized. 

I love fashion almost as much as I do design. After all pulling together an outfit is very much like pulling together a room.

You start with a good solid base and accessorize.

I hope this gives you a little inspiration for what you might wear during this holiday season!


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Top Christmas Pins and Links to my Christmas boards

Don't you find Saturday mornings the perfect time to pin ideas for the upcoming Holidays? A nice hot cup of coffee in hand and just let your mind wander throughout Pinterest.

Today I am going to show you some of my top pins for Christmas. The criteria was 20 repins or more.

I hope you enjoy and become inspired. At the end of the post you will find a list and link to all of my Christmas boards.

Wrapping paper placed in a French Market basket and used as part of the Christmas decor by the tree

29 pins

black and white striped paper with red satin ribbon with reversible green side.

29 pins

GEORGICA POND gift wrapping
22 pins

Winter Door

30 pins 

24 pins

Christmas Cherries — dipped in white chocolate with silver sprinkles. - these are so so pretty!!!

28 pins

The Fancy Shack
22 pins

Spray paint pine cones to have that mercury glass look to them.
27 pins

20 pins

92 pins

35 Amazing Ways to Rock a Christmas present...beautiful ideas! by belphegor
22 pins 

Designer MacGyver: 5 #Christmas Cookie Cutter Craft Ideas by ashleyw
107 pins

No more bows!!! Love this look for Christmas wrapping.
24 pins

Christmas Decoration  Merry and Bright  by MooseberryPrintShop, $18.00
327 pins

Christmas gift wrapping DIY by dakota moone
137 pins

chalkboard Christmas GIFT WRAP $15 FOR 6FT
42 pins
(all above pins can be found on my pinterest boards, links below)

If you are in need of some Inspiration take a trip over to Pinterest to visit any of my Christmas boards.

As you can see I have quite a few boards.
You can go there by clicking on the words below…….



  HERE (a rustic woodland theme)
 HERE (all about red and white)
 HERE ( a soft Nordic Christmas) 
HERE ( More red and white)


I even have a Secret Santa board where I pin gift ideas for my family!