Sunday, November 30, 2014

Main Table for Thanksgiving Dinner in Natchez, 2014

I got to spend Thanksgiving at home in Natchez. I had to set 2 tables because all guests would not fit in one. The adults sat here and I had a table in front of the fireplace in the kitchen for the kids. I will share that table next week because I do not want to bore you with picture overload.
 We were 9 adults, actually 11 but 2 of them came late because they had to attend a family dinner so they just joined us for dessert. I placed 2 chairs on one end of the table to accommodate all since my table normally only holds 8.

 I chose to use Polish pottery instead of the usual traditional orange and green Thanksgiving plates. They are my "Go to" dishes when I do not have too much time to prepare because they are stored in the kitchen cabinets and are easily accessible.
 However, I added rust colored napkins to have the feel for Fall. I mixed and matched the Polish pottery plates and some of them have some rustic colored design in the center, but mostly blue, green and white.


 I have this big wooden bowl that I filled with squash and pumpkins for my centerpiece. I added a few antlers and straw twigs to make it look somewhat rustic.



 I used amber iris goblets and Polish pottery wine glasses.

Here is a close up of the plates showing woodsy designs, which I think are perfect for Fall.
 Polish pottery and Spode S & P shakers and pumpkin and asparagus napkin rings from Williams Sonoma.
 Artichoke and pinecones for place card holders, also from Williams Sonoma.
Thanks again for all your visits. I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving celebration with your families and you are enjoying your preparations for Christmas now. I also am very thankful to all the hostesses of the following memes.
 
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Table I left Florida, 2014

I am home in Mississippi now but before I left, I set the Thanksgiving table for Rochelle and her family. They will just have a quiet family dinner because Rea is restricted to be near anyone who traveled by plane. They are just very fortunate and we are all very happy that Rea is home to celebrate this special holiday. We sure have a lot to be thankful for.
 I gave Rochelle these Queen's turkey salad plates so I got to use them. I have the same set here at home.
 Rochelle bought this material from Old World Pottery to recover the chair cushions messed up by the kids and there was a lot leftover so I made it into a table cloth. The colors are perfect for the season.


 Pilgrims S & P shakers

 Pilgrims used as centerpieces against a large tin pumpkin. They aren't allowed to have live plants or flowers to be near Rea because chemo and post transplant kids are sensitive to them and they might carry bacteria and we need to protect her from any kind of infection.


It is a pretty simple table but I am happy with it. I hope they enjoy it.
 Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Old Everyday Fall Dishes

 I have been staying in Florida because my 2 and half year old granddaughter Rea has been undergoing treatment for cancer. In 7 months, I must have been home only for a total of 5 weeks in 2 trips. But I am happy to say that Rea is free of cancer now and is doing very well and we are so thankful. Here is Rea playing with her twin sister Halle, about 3 weeks post her auto stem cell transplant. She is not done with treatment though but they are mostly preventative right now, to prevent relapse. She starts radiation on Monday for a total of 12 days. Please continue to pray for her and I will be forever thankful.
 
 
Anyway, this post was one of our quiet dinners while I was home in Natchez. It was just one of our regular meals using some of our everyday dishes.
 

Do you see those blue Kalorik electronic gravity salt and pepper shakers? All you have to do is turn them over and they sprinkle the salt or pepper. No need to turn anything. DH loves them.


I bought these plates and bowls from the Dollar Store in Florida, before we even moved to Natchez about 8 years ago. They are so sturdy and as much as they are used, no single piece has broken yet. The colors are perfect for Fall.
We just had seared tuna steak and Caesar salad, both John's favorites, and of course, rice.

 
 
John likes his tuna rare but I like mine cooked throughout.

And that's our simple dinner with my simple tablescape. Thank you for stopping by and a special thanks to all the hostesses.
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Evolution of Florida Guest Bedroom 1

 
We have owned this house for about 2 years now but this is the first time I am showing the first guest room. We bought the house primarily because it is right next door to my youngest daughter's house and her family. It is the smallest bedroom in the house and the bed in it is a queen size. The seller left the bedroom set with the bed, including that frame above the bed, lamps and the candle holders, so I had to work with them. We really did not want to spend any money buying furniture because we plan to retire here and we already have a house that is almost twice as big as this in Natchez and it is packed with furniture.
 
Anyway, this is how the sellers had this room when I looked at it for the first time. I could already tell that the frame is too small for the wall.
 The curtains were too dark, making the room look even smaller. And of course, I did not like that cable showing on that wall.
 After we closed on the house, I immediately moved the armoire that I found in the other guest room, to that wall, and it matches the furniture here.
 I found this curtain from Dirt Cheap in Natchez for $3. Yes, it was dirt cheap but I love it, love the texture and the bows.
 I found the bird cage in a yard sale close to my other daughter's house in another city of Florida. I think it was $10. Then, I moved the candles next to it. They were left by the sellers on the dresser as seen in the first picture.
 I took the palm tree picture that the seller's left in the family room and moved it above the bed but I knew it would be temporary because I do not like it.
 
I like how bright the room is already.

 When I washed the comforter, it got deformed so I replaced it with a quilt.
 When my granddaughter AJ came to visit us one summer in Natchez, I packed this with another painting and sent the package back to Fl with her.
 I decided to replace the palm picture with this and I really like it.
I found a quilt with 2 matching shams on clearance for $5.00 at Homegoods. I really did not need it when I saw it but at that price for a queen size, who can resist? I replaced the folded quilt at the bottom of the bed with it and used the matching shams too.


 
I think the colors of the frame and painting itself blend so well with the wall color.
 
 
I added this little painting that I brought from the Natchez home, in the little wall by the door.
 
 
I have since added another white vase on the left end table.
The white vase on the left end table shows just a little here.
 
I am happy with how the room looks now and I will leave it like this for a while. Hope you like it too. Thank you for stopping by and thank you to the hostesses too.

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