Monday, November 24, 2014

A bag, a visit, and some ribbon for the tree...

I have to admit that I've been so busy and concentrating on getting moved into the new house, that the idea of Christmas just hadn't really sunk in. This last week we've been hustling to get the house in order and a place for the kids to sleep this week. So we've had a bit of a "deadline" with Thanksgiving and that has caused us to get in gear.

Over the weekend we ran out to get a few things like towels for guests and a doggy gate for the grandpuppy, and while we were out I dragged Hubbs into TJ Maxx for a quick run through. Of course there were tons of goodies to check out, but I just happened to find these adorable burlap tote bags for an extra large "gift wrap". When you have to spend several dollars on a gift bag for those extra large items, why not spend a few more and get a bag that's reusable and decorative. Dolly is being a helper with her big toes to hold the bag so you can see it!

Friday after my rehab appointment I headed over to The Vintage Suitcase to hopefully find some Christmas ribbon. Robin always has the most gorgeous decorative wire ribbon, and my little Christmas tree needed something new. So here are a few pics of the store. It's always overflowing with beautiful things, and lot's of inspiration.

I wanted some beige checked, and so here's a peek at my start of putting the tree together. It's going to be a pretty simple tree, but I wanted something to dress up the burlap that I've had on it for a few years.

I still have lot's left to do before Thanksgiving,
 but I have to say that I'm looking forward
 to Christmas now that a little of the stress of the move is off.
 I'll check back in before Thursday.
Have a great week,


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  1. I love that checked ribbon! It's so much fun to read about your adventures! Happy Thanksgiving, friend. I'm thankful for YOU! xo

  2. Oh, the ribbon is gorgeous! I know you're going to really enjoy having family in your new home.

  3. How great to have Thanksgiving in your new home. Love the gorgeous checked ribbon and I know it will look terrific on the tree.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. I know you are glad to be in your new home for the holidays. That shop has so much eye candy.:) I try to stay out of places like that these days, as my decluttering has come to a halt. :/
    Wishing you and yours and Very Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Love that bag, Debra! Robin's looks great, as always when you share pictures of the place. I love the decorations and some of the simple looks. I may have to dress up some of my statues this year and I think I'm definitely going to paint one white and give it a cement look (that may have to wait until Spring/Summer though for spray painting). Have to get started on my decorating after Thanksgiving, but I think I'm going to head up to the attic this week to plan on which bins I'm bringing down.

  6. That ribbon is gorgeous...and I can't believe you've started you Christmas decor. I also love that bag. After Thanksgiving I'll start on Christmas. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Debra,
    That ribbon is too sweet. The bag is pretty cute too. Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family.

  8. As for gift bags, I purchase real bags too. I sometimes buy those 99 cent bags at TJMaxx. Great after the gift use!

  9. Darling gift bag! Your beige checkered ribbon looks pretty with the burlap behind it and I can't wait to see your tree decorated with the ribbon! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Debra!

  10. Debra,
    Lovin' that huge bag and the ribbon is perfect for your burlap ribbon. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


  11. Beautiful site! I love the bag.

  12. Love that idea! I am going to do less wrapping this year:) I spend SO much time doing the shopping and LOTS of time wrapping! This year, I am gonna do more stuffing in bags and that one is SO cute! Love all of the decorations! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

  13. Hello dear Debra... stopping in to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving in your new home!... always love seeing photos from the Vintage Suitcase... except then I want it all!!!... your ribbon is so pretty... and that bag is perfect!... love you, xoxo... Julie Marie PS I sent you an email explaining about my blog photos... and how I found out they were all stolen...

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  16. Debra,
    Love, LOVE, L O V E the tan and white checked ribbon, dear freind!!!
    That burlap bag from TJ Maxx is charming, indeed!!!
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving in your new home.

  17. Simple but beautiful.I love the calm colors. And I loved your secret place to shop.


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