A New Husband

To my return blog readers, today is a departure from my "usual" Tablescape Thursday post, but I hope you'll indulge me this once. (Tablescapes are still included!) Of course, you should feel free to "move on" as well ...     To first-time visitors, welcome -- and if my tablescapes catch your eye, I hope you'll check them out! I need a new husband. Actually, my current husband needs a new name -- on my blog. I realized not long ago that almost every time I've referred to him here, I've used the words, "my sweet husband." While he IS that, I started thinking that maybe that was too ... well ... "sweet" for my manly-man, so I decided to ask him about it. Our conversation went like this: ME: You know, Babe, when I ... Keep Reading...

Just say the word …

Do you have a "word" for the new year? When it comes to my workroom, my word is DE-CLUTTER! I let things get away from me in 2010, but even though we're only two days into 2011, I've made fantastic progress!   If you've read my blog for awhile, you may remember seeing the first metamorphosis. (If not, you can read about it HERE.) From this table full of unsorted auction linens... ... to these bins of organized textile treasures. It was progress -- and really nice to know what I had -- but I knew that eventually I wanted to find some open shelving so I could easily pull out and SEE my yet-to-be-laundered inventory. My criteria for storage: large, sturdy, inexpensive and (pleeeeaase) no repair or ... Keep Reading...

Another Pink Sunset

As I thought of Winter and "pink" and what I might share with you for Pink Saturday, I was reminded of something my Dad once wrote. As we begin a new year, I think the timing's just right. I hope you enjoy it... God Has Given Me Another Pink Sunset We were returning home and turning into the driveway on a beautiful winter evening when Stephanie, my three-year-old granddaughter, whispered to her mother. "God has given me another pink sunset," she said.  Texas Winter Sunset The wisdom of her comments, from one of such tender age, enthralls me. Every word has majesty and meaning. GOD   The creator of the universe. And the implication from Stephanie is -- her God. The influence of a Christian home was never more ... Keep Reading...

Snowman Finale

Welcome to My Place to Yours this week after Christmas! I hope you've had wonderful times with family and friends during all of your holiday festivities! Today I'm sharing with you a brief glimpse at two tablescapes I did while my family was together last week. They are my Christmas Finale -- although I would never call them a "grand" finale. They're very simple "real" tablescapes ... the kind I do more often than not. (Sorry if that disappoints you!) One evening I used this Debbie Mumm set with a favorite damask tablecloth ... Click to enlarge The centerpiece was a round silver tray with a berry wreath laid on top ... and a peppermint candle floated in a textured glass candleholder in the ... Keep Reading...

The Gift of Giving…

My grandson has a tradition, although he's still too young to know it. For now, it's his parents' choice, but I can hardly wait until he understands it ... The tradition is that each Christmas, rather than purchasing a gift for his Poppa and me, he helps his parents pick out a gift for a child who wouldn't otherwise have Christmas gifts. This year, a little 6-year-old girl received the sweetest red-with-white-polka-dots dishes and a Barbie and horse set. My sweet husband and I love children, and nothing could please us more than for gifts to be given to a needy child in our honor. We also love the lesson of giving that our daughter and son-in-law are already modeling for their little one. St. Francis of Assisi said, "...it is in giving ... Keep Reading...

Presidential Open House

  My dear friend, Kay O'Brien, definitely has a Christmas heart -- and it serves her well in her role as First Lady of Carson-Newman College. The college's mission is to help students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant leaders by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community -- and Kay and her husband, Randall, are wonderful role models for the students they serve. Recently, while busy decorating the President's Home for Christmas events, Kay was gracious to let me stop by and take pictures to share with you. She even let me play with her dishes! I can't begin to show you the entire house, but I'll give you a peek -- after I tell you a little interesting house ... Keep Reading...

Decking the Halls … FINISHED

I've decked the halls as much as I'm going to this year. My daughter who lives in New Jersey comes home on Thursday night, and there's a house to clean, groceries to buy, and presents to wrap. Tonight I'll show you a few more of the changes I've made for the holidays. But before I do, there's a tradition I want to share with you... When my oldest cousin was a little girl sitting on Santa's knee, he told her to "be sure and put out an apple for Rudolph." That's how it started ... A couple of days before Christmas, we purchase the biggest, most fabulous red apple we can find. Then on Christmas Eve, all of the little ones gather 'round with a cup towel and take turns "polishing" the apple 'til it shines! Then they all trek to the front ... Keep Reading...

Pink Christmas

Last Spring while in Campinas, Brazil, I found myself at a thrift store. Imagine that... Unfortunately, the group I was with insisted we had only 10 minutes to shop. And they weren't kidding. So, I could (a) complain that it wasn't enough time or (b) SHOP! Easy choice! Ten minutes can be an eternity for a thrifty shopper like me -- and some of you... My thrift store magnet kicked in and drew me over to a pile of linens. Easy to pack in a suitcase? Yes. Lightweight? Yes. Go for it! One item in the stack was pink with a wide hand-crocheted trim. Hmmm ... pretty -- but not my usual "thing." What is it anyway? Curtains? Bed cover? Whatever it is, it's big... ... oooooh, and hand-painted... ... with bells??? ... What IS this ... Keep Reading...

Ivory and Gold

Ivory and gold ... I told you in a recent post (click HERE if you missed it) that -- besides the "memories attached" ornaments, these are my very favorite ones. I'm glad you stopped by again today to see the tablescape I did to complement them. I do love the combination of ivory and gold!   I set the table knowing ahead of time that it would need a little something to give a "punch" of color ...   What should it be?   Click on pics to enlarge   Aaah ... Much better!  The simple holly candle ring gives just a touch of color ...and makes all the difference. I filled a favorite ivory and gold centerpiece bowl with vintage glass beads. Then I tucked in a vintage ornament, a ... Keep Reading...

Let it Snow!

It started snowing yesterday ... and through the night ... and much of today. It's beautiful! Since we don't get really pretty snows very often, my sweet husband bundled up and headed outside just after daybreak to take pictures.   This is My Place wearing her finest Christmas dress! Click to enlarge These crocheted snowflake ornaments are the background of the picture above. I've made them black and white so you can really see the detail. Each one is different ... 'cause they're snowflakes! Click to enlarge They were made for me many years ago by my Grandmother. I hung them on our Christmas tree today -- as I do every year. Grandmother is no longer with us, but I am fortunate to have ... Keep Reading...

My Favorite Christmas Ornaments: If I Had to Choose

I've made a decision ... and it wasn't easy! As I pulled out Christmas decorations this year, I thought about this question:  What decorations would I keep if I ever had to downsize my collection? Obviously, I would keep the "family" ornaments. The ones with special significance that we've collected through the years. But what about the others? Would I (could I?) get rid of the old Shiny Brites? Or the sweet little wooden ones? Could I part with the beautiful vintage silver mercury glass balls? Or the fabulous old cobalt? Could I walk away from that box of traditional reds -- or the newer, cheerful lime greens? The vintage hot pinks? Could I turn my back on the ornately bejeweled beauties? Or what about ... I decided YES (if necessary), ... Keep Reading...

A Woodland Christmas

During this busy holiday season, I am especially honored that you are taking time to stop by and visit. Thank you! If you saw my last post, you know that the tree in my sweet husband's study is decorated with a Woodland Christmas theme. It was my first inspiration for this week's tablescape. These handpainted salad/dessert plates by Royal Norfolk were my second inspiration. (I picked them up several years ago at one of the dollar stores.) First I covered my table with a golden-tan heavy linen tablecloth. Then I started on the centerpiece -- a couple of faux pine boughs laid down the center of the table. Next I tucked in a check ribbon ... metal star ornaments ... ... antlers ... clip-on birds ... ... Keep Reading...