Thursday, November 26, 2015

Choosing to be thankful...

Today I thought about wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving; put up a few appropriate pics and calling it "done". But each time I would do that God would nudge me in another direction. Not about the day of Thanksgiving on the calender, or being "Thankful" for things or even for those people in our lives that we love. I need to share the importance of having a "Thankful Heart". In more cliched terms, having "an attitude of gratitude". And it's something I need to be reminded of.

OK, you're still going to get the pics...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New to me...

I'm frequently the last one to know 
about some amazing item, bargain, or trend."isn't that so cool?"

So this post is my latest installment of
"Everyone else may already know... but"
I just had to share this in case there's anyone else out there 
...ah, um...a little uninformed.

this is paper, peeps.

Guess what?
There are now paper plates that are exact replicas 
of the iconic Spode dinnerware!
I did a double-take when I was at the Hallmark Store
looking through the Thanksgiving items.
Yes, my friends... there are now paper plates to be proud of.
Below is the real thing.

and here are the Christmas Tree plates, and napkins.

That's right...again.
They're exactly like the real thing.
only a teensy fraction of the cost.
But yes, you DO have to throw them out,
because washing them and putting them in the cupboard
would be gross...
and creepy. 

another pattern...

I have to admit, there are times that a posh paper plate
with matching napkins can be a "good thing". 
Appetizers, cookies, (multiple desserts), assorted cheese, crackers and dips.
...when you have unexpected knoshers waiting at the counter.
Yes, there are times when a Spode look-alike will gladly do.

This is not a sponsored post, 
just thought these were wonderful!
Also while at Hallmark, I found a great package 
of assorted Plaid Christmas Gift Wrap.
LOVIN' them all, oh yeah.

Did they read my mind or what?

Today, I even dipped my toes in the plaid/leopard pond...

knit top


J.Jill black quilted jacket


Dillard's Royal Stewart Plaid Scarf
purchased many years ago.

I'll never be a fashion blogger,
but with black leggings and boots
it was a fun new look for me.

I know, I don't get out much...

This is the week that I get all antsy to decorate for Christmas,
My tree is up but my Velvet Pumpkins are still out for Thanksgiving.
Some greenery has been added to the mantel,
and my Holly Burlap Tablerunner has crept out of the Linen Closet.
The Plaid is ready...

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Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House


did you catch my last post?

Friday, November 20, 2015

In Praise of Plaid

Plaid is my go-to for Christmas.
I like to keep it simple, and that's what Tartan Plaid gives me.
The Tartan Plaid fabrics bring an instant festive Christmas flair.
Here are a few pics to share the Tartan Love...

A concrete statue becomes a Christmas Cherub.

A bountiful bow for the front door...

or a chalkboard message...

 Plaid shows off a rustic and woodsy vibe.

Mix plaids to give an extra Christmas feel 
to your book covers, tabletops, and bookshelves.

And use different plaids to wrap your gifts.

Plaid always looks good with Toile...

and pairs beautifully with florals for snuggly Christmas bedding.

add a monogram for something extra special

Leopard print mixes especially well with plaids,
who knew...?

How about an outside vignette to greet your guests...

or tea time on the porch.

Cozy up while you wait

On the mantel...

or the tree

A Christmas Tablescape is the perfect place for plaid.

so add that transferware!

Paisley is another fabric that compliments well at Christmas

Even an elegant setting works with Plaid

try it in unexpected places

looking for something fabulous to wear?

Everybody looks good in Plaid...

I didn't know that there was an Oliver Clan Tartan...
but there is...

Do you love a good Plaid for Christmas?
Hope this was a little fun inspiration...
Now, can you guess what I'm doing for Christmas?

Find all the photo sources Here and Here

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