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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! I love this holiday. Probably because it involves food. And a lot of it. And yummy too!!!
Not only is it Thanksgiving, it is also Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to visit Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch to see all the fabulous tablescapes for this week. I'm sure there will be a lot of Thanksgiving tables.

So tonight I set my Thanksgiving table so I'd be ready for tomorrow. This is table #2. I did table #1 last week as you may recall.
I had to use my turkey plates!!! I started off this tablescape with a gold tablecloth that I just got last week at Walmart. It was on clearance for $5.00!!! I thought it was a bit too much for what I was going for, so I placed a white lace tablecloth over it. The lace tablecloth also came from Walmart on clearance for $5.00 earlier in the year. Did I mention that I love Walmart!!!
Here is my place setting.
The white chargers are by Pinzon and I got them for free from Amazon. Well I earned 4 of them for free. The other 4 cost me $25 bucks with free shipping. So I actually got 8 charger plates for $25.00. That is a deal! And they are fabulous. My silverware came from Marshall's on clearance last year. I don't know who they are by.
And here is one of my fabulous cranberry turkey plates. I used the dinner plate and a salad plate.
Here is the back of the plate. As you know, I have service for 24. I've picked up my set over the past few years at Marshall's, TJ Maxx & Home Goods. They were fairly inexpensive as well. I've seen them on ebay. They come in different colors as well. But I love the cranberry ones.
I used 2 different types of crystal goblets. They all came from various thrift stores over the years. I only have 4 in each set. And since I set this table for 6, I used 4 from one set & 2 for the other.
I purchased each of these one at a time at different times. They cost me about $1-2 a piece.

I just love my turkey napkin rings. I picked them up this summer at a thrift store while on vacation. I squealed with delight when I found them. Hubby thinks they are ugly. I got 6 of them for $4.00.
The glass acorns came from TJ Maxx earlier in the month. I got 24 for about $7.00.

The napkins are thrift store finds as well. I paid $2.00 for 8 of them. I love the crochet edging on them.
I put a mercury glass votive holder at each place setting. I just got a set of 12 a few weeks back from Target online. But you can buy them individually at Target for 99 cents each.

I placed 2 different sets of salt & pepper shakers from my collection. This set is my largest.
I love the tops of this set. As you can see, I never polish my tops. I love them all tarnished.

For my centerpiece I used my fabulous candelabra. This was originally silver. I bought it at a thrift store for $7.00. I painted it white, distressed it and then added the acrylic crystals and garland. I had 2 of these that I used on the bridal party table at our wedding reception. I sold one of them on ebay after the wedding. The candles came from Walmart.

The glass turkey bowls came from Joann Fabric a few years back.
I got them for less than $5.00 a piece. I'm thinking more like $3.00, but I could be wrong.

I thought the table needed more candlelight. So I added my glass hurricanes. But I thought they were too plain. I had to jazzy them up. So I placed each on a different large crystal candlestick. I didn't want this to be permanent, but I didn't want them falling off either. So I used some candle stick um on the rim of the candlestick & the hurricane vase stuck to it pretty good. It will be easy to remove once Thanksgiving is over.

I have about 10 of these hurricane vases. They are left over from our wedding. They originally came from Walmart & were about $3.00 a piece. I think Walmart still sells them. The crystal candlesticks they are sitting on came from the thrift store. I paid $2.00 each. I love the height they give them.

Then I thought it would be cool to add a smaller glass hurricane vase to the inside. I needed to raise it up some so I added some pinto beans. I really wanted to use coffee beans, but we don't drink coffee and we do eat beans. The smaller hurricane vases & the candle came from Dollar Tree just a couple of days ago.

And one final look at my tablescape.

I hope that each of you has a Happy Thanksgiving!!! May you be safe, may you feel loved and may you eat a lot of yummy food!!! And most important of all, may you not get heartburn.

God bless each & every one of you and thanks for being my blogging friends. You mean a lot to me even though we have never met.

Take care!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving decor- The finale

Where does the time go? Can you believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving? Are you ready? I know I'm not.

At least my house is decorated and the groceries are bought. Since it's about time to start everything Christmas, I thought I better finish up posting my Thanksgiving decor. So you are going to get a whole lot a pictures!!!

I know I've already shown you my family room. But I added one more thing. Are we ever done decorating? I didn't think so.

I picked up this Mercury glass leaf ornament at TJ Maxx about a week ago. It is actually for Christmas, but since it is a leaf, I thought it would go better as a Thanksgiving decoration.

It's hanging from my Eiffel Tower lamp. I just love it!!!
Time to move on to my kitchen area. Here is my plate shelf. I added a couple of my turkey salad plates & placed a burgundy leaf plate in front of an old vintage off white plate. On the top I placed faux acorns in a couple of glasses I picked up at the thrift store. The 2 faux pumpkins were originally orange & came from Dollar Tree. I painted them Heirloom White.

But wait, the above only lasted a few weeks. While at TJ Maxx last week I picked up 4 new Johnson Brothers turkey plates. They were only $1.99 each. How could I pass them up? So I changed out the cranberry turkey plates for my new turkey plates. It's a good thing they didn't have anymore than the four plates or I'm sure more would have come home with me. Anyone want to start a dish rehab? Maybe Dr Drew would be interested. I think it would make a fabulous TV show. And I know there are many of you who would need to join me there. lol. Except for the fact that I really don't want to be cured of my addiction.
Oh it looks like I forgot that I also added faux gourds to the glasses as well.
Just to the right of my plate shelf is this plate rack. Here I have 3 of my turkey plates in the dinner plate size. These plates are Queens Myott. The pattern is Thanksgiving. I've picked them up over the past 3-4 years at Marshalls, TJ Maxx & Home Goods. As you remember, I have a set for 24 people. I saw them this year at all 3 stores as well, but I didn't need anymore. I left them for you. I've seen them on ebay as well. They came in cranberry, blue, brown & multi color. I liked this cranberry color the best as it is more pink than red. And I love pink!!!
To the right of the plate rack I've hung 3 different smaller Thanksgiving plates. These plates hang on the wall right above my secretary cabinet.
Here is the Queens Myott Thanksgiving plate in multi color. This is the only one I have in this color. I bought this one especially to hang on the wall.

I don't remember who makes this plate and I'm not at home to look. I got it at Marshall's last year.

I also got this brown turkey plate at Marshall's last year. I don't remember who is the maker on this one either. I remember this one was little more expensive than the Queen Myott ones.
Here is the view of my kitchen wall so you can see how everything is set up.
This little cloche sits on a wire shelf that sits on the cabinet underneath my plate cabinet. I picked up this cloche at a thrift store last month or the month before. I placed one of my S&P shakers underneath. It has since been removed & is being used on one of my Thanksgiving tables. I placed a faux pumpkin in it's place.
On top of my secretary I only have a couple of things for fall or Thanksgiving. 2 more S&P shakers underneath cloches. They have both been changed out as well.
This salt shaker came from Walmart this year. The cloche actually is the glass part of some candle holder. I picked it up at a thrift store earlier this year. I just added a knob to the top of this cloche. I'll share that & a couple of others I did for Met Monday next week. The blue & white plate is a thrift store find.
This salt shaker is the mate to the one on the other cabinet under the other cloche. This cloche came from a thrift store earlier in the year. The blue & white plate below came from a thrift store down in San Diego county years ago. All of my blue & white transferware came from thrift stores.

I have a small wall in my kitchen that I always hang a couple of plates. I switched out my normal blue & white transferware ones for the other two Johnson Brothers turkey plates I just picked up at TJ Maxx.
I love how there is a left facing turkey and a right facing turkey. I just love the color combo in these plates.
They even go with my Queens Myott plates. So if I want to mix things up on my table, I can.

Here is the maker mark on the bottom of my new turkey plates. The pattern is His Majesty.
Let's now move on to the living room. Here is the end table next to my couch. The glass terrarium came from thrift store early summer. The white square plate below was from Home Goods. I placed a faux pumpkin on some moss. Both came from Dollar Tree. The Faith, Family, Friends blocks were made for me by my SIL. It was a kit she bought that someone at church sells. The Murano glass vase came from Home Goods a few years back. The silk hydrangeas came from Joann Fabric a few years back as well.
We have a sofa table in front of our window. I closed the shades as there was too much glare for photos when I had them open.
Does this little arrangement look familiar? I originally had it on my fireplace mantel in our family room. But when I made the Give Thanks sign I switched things around. So this ended up in my living room. The white pumpkin was a clearance item from Michael's last month. The pedestal was a thrift store find that I painted black. The fall garland was from Michael's a year or two back. The Indian corn I've had for probably 20+ years. The Mercury glass acorn was from Home Goods this year and the plum pumpkin was from Target this year.
I got this lantern on clearance at Mervyn's about 3 years ago. I actually have 2 of them. I placed this one on some books I picked up at the thrift store just for the color of them. The fabric pumpkins came from ABC Distributing online a couple of years ago. They had them this year as well.
This is my newest "new" cloche. I picked up a set of 3 from ABC Distributing last month. Each one was a different size. This is the largest one. I placed it on a brown transferware plate that I got at Marshall's a few years back. I placed some more Dollar Tree moss on the plate & then added a ceramic pumpkin I've had for years. I could have snazzied this up more by adding a ribbon or a tag, but I was too tired to mess with decorating anymore.
The final area in my living room that I decorated was the buffet. I just added these 2 flower arrangements. I got them a few years back at Big Lots.
The 3 bowls are all Lenox. My hubby loves & collects Lenox. It's his favorite China. The bowl on the very right (that is almost out of the picture) is his most prized one. It's called a Constitution Bowl. I think he said it goes for $160 or more right now. I know he didn't pay anywhere near that much. He always finds deals online for the Lenox he does buy.
The largest Lenox bowl is my favorite. It's called Four Seasons.

I hope that you enjoyed the rest of my Thanksgiving decor. If you missed seeing my earlier posts you can check them out by clicking on Thanksgiving on my right side bar under labels. But you might want to do that tomorrow when your turkey is digesting.

We are now only having 7 people total for Thanksgiving. That is the smallest Thanksgiving my family has ever had. It will only be me, my hubby, my son, one of my step son's, my parents, my sister and one of my nieces. Everyone else in my family is sharing Thanksgiving with their inlaws. Or just lives too far away to come.

I want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy good food, good family & good memories.

I am thankful for everything I have in my life. Including all of you blogging friends. And I do consider you friends.

Be sure to come back Friday as I will be posting my first giveaway to celebrate reaching 100 followers. I love that those of you that have signed up to be a follower already haven't been bribed in any way to do so. But that will all change on Friday!!!!

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