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January 10, 2019

To The Slopes!

Winter has settled in here and the ski lodges have opened up.   

 Imagine a day spent out on the slopes, cross country skiing or even just playing in the snow.
Coming into a warm meal and a cozy table to dine it would make the day perfect!

 A Christmas gift from my hubby was a German Pyramid.  I've have wanted one for a long time and found this on one of our visits to Frankenmuth, MI at the Frankenmuth Clock shop.  It's definitely a spot to visit loaded with black forest cuckoo clocks (some extremely elaborate), grandfather clocks, nutcrackers, pyramids and so much more. 
 Each side has a different scene and  the center spins around.  I've included a video of it located further down in the post.

 If you aren't famliar with these the little bit of heat generated from the tealite candles causes the top part to start turning.

My vision for this tablescape was with an "alpine" kind of look.  
I used my galvanized tin chargers to separate the red found in the buffalo plaid dishes from the red placemats.  I chose the napkins to pull on the colors from the salad plate.  The napkin rings have an aged look like the accent on the flatware.

Placemats are from Juliska (found on one of their sales). 

 The little black table has been in this corner for the holidays and I chose to leave it here for now.  I brought out the lantern box I got from Pier 1 a couple of years ago.  I did a post last year showing it in more depth that you can see "here".

 I put the black and white dishes from Pier 1 back up and added the dishes with the pine cones that I've used a few times.  I wanted to depict a winter feel to the plate rack.

 I'm getting a new range in the kitchen next week and it will have a warming drawer so I rearranged some pots and pans and decided to bring out my larger pots and stage them on the etagere.
It's a more utilitarian look but it helped solve a storage issue for me.

 Time to dine!

 A quick video showing the pyramid in motion.

Thank you for visiting with me for my "To The Slopes" tablescape!

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December 20, 2018

Holiday Decorating and Nostalgia

 Santa is back!

 This sleigh has been featured several times on my blog and each year I try to do a little something different.

 Books and toys for children in a more old fashioned way!

 I found a little spot for my giant Santa I acquired from MacKenzie Childs several years back.  I grabbed it when they marked everything down right after Christmas.

 This Santa Toymaker always makes me smile each year.
I spotted one for sale on Ebay for $550 plus $80 shipping!! GASP

I moved my little table over to this corner so the tree would have a nicer spot to sit.  I love creating vignettes like this.  

 A nice sunny morning.  My Christmas cactus was moved over here for the time being and I decorated my plate rack for the holidays.

I found the little alpine ski girl at the Lenox outlet.  I think she's adorable!

 At my kitchen sink once again I've decorated it using my three arch piece.  I added some new trees in the metal planters and I acquired two more of the Wendell August Christmas village pieces.
 This is a link to last year's post "here"

 The Toy Shoppe

 The General Store which was my first piece.
The old woody car ornament was just a find at a store.

 The Sweete Bakery

For those of us who grew up in the "black and white" picture era...a little nostalgia look!

Sister Jen (on the right)  and me Christmas morning 1958!

Jen and I a few years ahead with our first cat Koki which I adored.  
Ahh..the good old days!

This will be my last post until after Christmas Day!
Thank you for visiting!

 Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!

December 14, 2018

The Nativity

 I have a new nativity.

We haven't had a lot of sun lately so when It came out and saw it was shining right in on the Nativity I worked quickly to capture some pictures.   Minutes later it was gone!

 I found the 5 piece Nativity set half off after the holidays earlier this year.

 I think they're beautiful and elegant.

 We stopped in at Bronner's Christmas store and I found this Fontanini by Roman, Inc. "Donkey With Pail"

 and I found the lambs there too but they were by an un-named source.

I nestled little broken twigs in with pine boughs for texture and color.

 I found the angel while rummaging through all my stuff that haven't used for a while.  I think it pairs well with the nativity.

 These golden urns were picked up back at the same place as the angel along with the large creamy white ornaments (2011).  I layered two candle rings on them and really like the affect I got.

The two palm trees are Fontanini by Roman, Inc. and are available through the internet.  I got mine at Bronner's.  They do come in various heights and combinations.  I really like them and feel it really made the scene look complete.

I ordered this background arched piece from an online company that took a long time to come in.
Now it's complete!

Though I do love the other Christmas side with Santa and all the trimmings I always have a nativity scene out to remind us what the first reason for celebrating Christmas was!

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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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