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November 17, 2017

Addicted To Growing Flowers!


I was a little late this year getting some Amaryllis bulbs to plant.  I was inspired when I saw a bulb shown in an email from Terrain and then I found myself searching the internet for it (for less money).
I fell in love with this bright and expressive bulb called Santiago.

These bulbs came in a small burlap bag with green ties so you could offer it as a gift.

I had this potting soil in the garage so I decided to give it a try.  Amaryllis don’t like to be kept too wet so this soil should offer a light and not too compact texture. 

I used this galvanized planter Turing the summer and decided the amaryllis would look good growing in it. 

I put them in the kitchen window and hope they’ll do well. 



I have definitely been thinking about Christmas and chose an angel for the tree topper.  
She came today and is perfect.   I know a lot of bloggers are done with their holiday decorating but i’m Still only dreaming about it.  Have you made any progress yet? 











November 15, 2017

Dining for Thanksgiving



 Mr. Tom Turkey presides over this table waiting to be replaced with a turkey platter full of the real thing!


I put a light under the brown glass for added illumination.

I love how the antlers add rustic elegance.

I chosethe green and brown placemats to add some additional color and break up the predominant rusty orange tones.  They worked out well since the the dishes have all the same colors.  The green stemware came from Pier 1 a few years ago- they seem to come in handy during the holiday period.

I had the napkins and they offer just the right tone found in the dinner plates and the green napkin rings are from Bed Bath and Beyond a good while back. 

There will only be 4 of us plus our grandson so I kept the table settings to a minimum.


I can dissect this quickly if we chose to.  The leaves and pumpkins at the base of the brown candle holders are actually small wreaths so it's easy to disassemble and reassemble.



Thank you for visiting and I wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving holiday.

We will be very thankful that our son, daughter in-law and grandson will join us this year.  We don't often get company for this holiday!  

Gobble gobble!!

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November 10, 2017

Cyclamen and Thanksgiving Deco Cont’d!

Earlier last week I noticed this Cyclamen plant was still blooming even after a couple of frosts had occurred.  I hadn't yet emptied the container it was in along with a fern that I planted in the ground.  Someone I know says she waters hers from the bottom and it does well- I'll have to give that a try because I usually overwater these and kill them!

I potted it up in a wide but short clay pot, set it on the table in a pie tin with one of those pie carriers that look like wicker.  I lined the pie tin with foil so there would be no contact between the pot and the actual tin since it's used for food.

This picture is from 2010 when we visited at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.  They had many displays with cyclamen around and I enjoyed seeing them.  I was chatting with one of the attendants about the cyclamen and he said that before the Poinsettia plant became popular for the Christmas holiday the Cyclamen was the plant of choice.  It's a fantastic place to visit- if you ever get a chance go there it's worth it.  They have a giant conservatory and a large outdoor area to walk around so it's a very enjoyable place to see inside and out.  This is a link to our visit in 2012 "here"



The winter storm turned out to be much milder than they warned but still we received about 2" of snow which is a little more than normal for this area so early in November. 

I put a few things out for Thanksgiving around the kitchen area.
I found a pair of Pilgrim turkey salt and pepper shakers I set out on the first shelf and the whimsical turkey tea light holder I got a Pier 1 a couple of years ago.

I replaced my fall dishes with these turkey plates and left the other blue and white ones there along with the pumpkin mugs.  

The ceramic Polish Pottery pumpkin has a carved out face on the other side.  I just turned it around so I could still use it through  Thanksgiving.

I found another turkey in my stash so it went on top of the etagere and I moved the MC pumpkin over there too.  I am going to move the etagere back to the corner it was in before to make things easier for the holidays.  That'll be my little chore for today!  Of course that means vacuuming and mopping and a little chore turns into a big one!

Sorry I haven't visited your blogs much lately.  I have a sciatica issue and sitting for long gets to me so I am encouraged to keep on my feet!

Have a great weekend!

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November 9, 2017

Centerpiece for Thanksgiving Dining

                   
Last week when I did a little decorating for Thanksgiving I created a centerpiece arrangement and set out some dishes.

                    
The Tom Turkey is a new piece.  It came complete with the little pumpkins and greens at the base.  The top edge seems to be covered in foil that has some brown stain on it to mellow it’s color.

                         
I found a multi-colored table runner made of leaves at Bed Bath and Beyond (comes in two lengths- good value) and set it on the Williams Sonoma tablecloth I bought a few years ago.  I re-used the gold antlers that have been on the table more than once along with a candle ring at the base of a glass candle holder that I turned upside down for a fuller look.  The pumpkins have been with me a couple of years.


                    
The chargers came from Pier 1 a while back and some of you have already seen the dinner plate that is adorned with wheat.  The Heritage Turkey plates are from from Pottery Barn last year.  I had to shoot on an angle because of the lights.  I don’t like taking pictures with inside lighting but that’s how it worked out the day I took the pics.
                         
I didn’t do a full tablescape- just wanted to enjoy looking at the turkey plates with the centerpiece.  I’ll finish it up and take pictures next week!  

We are getting our first winter storm today.  It’s always pretty to see but the weatherman also thinks this snow will stick around a while since the temps are going to stay pretty cold.  I hope this is just a brief start towards winter because I’m not ready!


November 6, 2017

Thanksgiving Accents

I started with the entryway chest.  I swapped out the large striped MC (MacKenzie Childs) pumpkin with my MC turkey I bought a few years ago.

Everything else is the same with the fall garland I draped around the tray that’s hidden below and the little MC checkered pumpkins.



I changed out the pumpkin that was here with another turkey I already had. 

I added a bunch of miniature pumpkins on top of the raffia.



I edited the mantel by removing most of the pumpkins and gourds that I had there and then added the two pheasants.  
I’m already dreaming about Christmas decorating on the mantel.  It seems like everything happens so quickly from this point on!

I got my pheasants at Pier 1 a while back.  I’ve tried to use them in different ways each year. 

I rearranged the pine cone garland that I already had there and adjusted the remaining pumpkins.  I like to pretend the design is mimicking a forest floor. 

I didn’t change the tall arrangement that I introduced in an earlier post this fall. 

This new time change has me screwed up a bit.  It was dark by 6 pm and I had to take pictures with the indoor lights on.  We’re taking off in the morning for my Aunt’s funeral.  I’ll get a chance to see my mom,  sisters and cousins I haven’t seen in a long time.  

November 2, 2017

Cold Week- November Arrives

The gutters were installed at the end of last week.  We've never had gutters on the house or garage before because of our heavy snow load/melting and ice issues but the contractor swears that they'll hold up just fine.

It's always been a problem when it rains with water dripping straight across the garage so getting into the garage without getting big drips on you was impossible.  

In a weak moment I ordered more tulips.  I wanted to try some in a planter.  I will be moving the big pot into the garage and the plan is to bring it out after about 12 weeks. 



These are narcissus bulbs- big fat healthy ones!

I layered the pot with the bulbs starting with the two types of narcissus (daffodils).  This may be fantastic or an epic fail!

I covered them with a layer of dirt...

Then I put the two kinds of tulips on top and I added fertilizer as I went along for each layer ...

Covered with another layer of dirt...

The top layer are the muscari (grape hyacinths).  Each bulb has different requirements for the depth that they are planted.  My biggest problem will be if they freeze out since they are in a planter.  The garage stays a bit warmer than the outdoors but it's still iffy as to whether this will work.

It's full to the top!  Fingers crossed that I'll have a good outcome!  


This was the morning of Halloween!  I thought it was neat how the snow accented everything.

It started snowing a bit more later that morning.

Fortunately it's all melted. This weekend all of these things will be put away. 

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Sadly another family member has passed so we will be headed downstate for the funeral.  My aunt was 96.  We will rejoice in the full life she lived and at peace knowing she's gone to be with God and re-united with her husband. 
My mom on the left and my aunt on the right many years ago.  My mom is 95 now.  That was an afghan my aunt knitted for my mom.   She gifted my mom with afghans and sweaters each Christmas for many years.
Rest in Peace dearest Aunt Lavina






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