Saturday, November 11, 2023

Cottage Review: Enter Thanksgiving

Hi Friends, I'm sharing some Thanksgiving to Christmas inspiration today of my Entry from a few years ago. For some reason, my Entry this year wasn't spectacular (tehe), so I'm sharing some the entry area posts from year's past. As I say Inspiration is Inspiration, no matter the year.  I especially loved this look because of the "Oatmeal Tree" and the neutral painted leaf wreath. 

I had a brief thought of just whizzing by decorating for Thanksgiving and doing a more Christmas look, but in the end I just couldn't get there. I love late Fall and Thanksgiving, and I just wasn't up for full on Christmas. So I compromised a bit and brought out my "oatmeal" tree (looks like oatmeal) and called it good.

I found this vintage print years ago during my active selling stage (where you head to flea markets and junk sales and garage sales several times a week). I've used it every year for Thanksgiving since. The colors and subject gently remind me to be Thankful for what God entrusts to us and whatever our circumstances might be.

I added creamy faux Hydrangea blooms to the little tree and a few leaves and Fall berries. I hadn't intended to keep any orange here, but the tree wasn't ready for Christmas, so I kept out the one lone rust colored fabric pumpkin. 

I made this painted leaf wreath a few years ago, and enjoy using it in late Fall.

Sometimes in late Fall I still want a lighter, brighter look.

I never know what the light will be in here taking pics.
I tend to try to take a lot of photos when I have good light coming in.

When I have my oatmeal tree out for Fall I usually keep it out for Christmas with a little tweaking. Orange berries replaced with red berries, Holly, and sometimes tartan plaid ribbon.

I've been reminded recently to live each day with gratitude and being thankful. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself or what each day brings. It's easy for me to try to do that because I like a good plan and want to accomplish it. But when I do plow ahead, I end up missing the small things that I know are important in daily life. Just taking the time to enjoy each season and holiday is important for me. I need to contemplate "thankfulness" with the daily things.

Here are a few looks at previous Thanksgiving Entry posts.

 Joining in here:
The House on Silverado  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch  
 Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life  
 Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn 
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  
Share Your Style at French Ethereal
Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage  
Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home
 Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Create, Bake, and Grow at Shabby Art Boutique,
 Farmhouse Friday at County Road 407


  1. It's beautiful, Debra! That tree is the perfect transitional decor piece and it looks so pretty for Thanksgiving. I love your closing thoughts about not wanting to get too far ahead...I'm 1000% with you and is they way I'm trying to live each day, as well. Thanks for sharing that!

    1. thankyou Rachel. I've struggled with blogging to not get ahead of myself. Being intentional, each day is something that keeps me grounded and at peace.

  2. I've always liked so much The Angelus. Your print is so nice.

  3. I too need to concentrate on the small things, enjoy the season and stop trying to plow ahead. So much pressure! Every photo was beautiful. And that hydrangea tree is so pretty! I've not seen one like that.

    1. thanks Cindy. I did do a little Christmas decorating today since it's cooler, but still have out some turkeys!

  4. Debra, the floral arrangement in your foyer on the 2022 tour is just beautiful!

  5. I love that Angelus print and the oatmeal tree. I think I could house one more tree if I could find one like that. It's beautiful. Same for the print. A gorgeous look, and your sentiment on being in the now couldn't be better. Driving through our neighborhood last night was like being in a circus parade. People had everything from Halloween lights and decor to general Fall to Thanksgiving (read: blow up turkeys) and even Christmas lights going on.


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