Snowmen Everywhere! Decking the Halls … FINALLY

Have you "decked the halls" at your house yet? I finally got motivated to start (still more to do), but tonight I'll show you part of how I've spent my weekend ... This is the year that Little Man will LOVE snowmen. After all, their little eyes twinkle almost as much as his! So out came the boxes of snowmen. (If you don't know who Little Man is, you can find out HERE.) Snowmen are the order of the day for the living room this year. Every flat surface is now home to a snowman or two ... or three ... or four ...  Why don't I just show you some before and after pics?  (Just click on a collage if you want to enlarge it.) This "fancy" snow family ... some of my favorites! These little skiers -- and the sledder ... Keep Reading...

Grand Entrances

I'm adding a few more pics to my Idea Files tab. If you've been following my blog, you know that (like many of you) I've torn pictures out of magazines for years ... thinking "someday" I might use the ideas. This blog is helping me get them organized. I'm sharing them with you from time to time, but I have one BIG request ... Please -- remember that these were mostly torn from various magazines, and I am not always able to properly credit them to the appropriate source. I did NOT take these pics.  (As with ALL text and photos on this blog, you may not reproduce anything without permission -- and I cannot give permission for you to reproduce any of the ideas/pics that will be in this Idea Files section because it's not mine to give! You may ... Keep Reading...

Snow Angels

We're changing with the seasons at My Place to Yours ... and it only took a few quick changes to turn THIS Autumn tablescape into today's Winter tablescape. I gave you a sneak peek of the changes HERE a few days ago. These whimsical Snow Angel Village salad/dessert plates by Debbie Mumm were the inspiration for today's Winter tablescape. I used the same basic place setting that I used in the Autumn tablescape. Brown placemat (turned sideways) that I dyed HERE ... clear ribbed glass charger ... clear ribbed goblet I found years ago at Dollar General ... Mikasa Italian Countryside plates and flatware ... vintage napkin with ribbed silver napkin ring Then I added the Debbie Mumm plates ... and a second napkin ring ... Keep Reading...

Ornament Exchange

Marsha, who writes the blog, Marsha's Musings, recently hosted an ornament exchange for bloggers. I thought it might be fun to join the party ... and it was!  I had the privilege of trading ornaments with Pat, owner of Pat Carlson Miniatures. I wanted to send Pat an ornament that had some link to East Tennessee where I live, so I decided her ornament would be made of carved wood, a popular craft in the Appalachians.  Pat, who lives in sunny Florida, told me she likes snowmen.  This is the ornament I gave her ...     In exchange, Pat sent me this beautiful miniature book ornament ... handmade by her!  She said she chose The Night Before Christmas because she has such wonderful memories of Christmas Eves spent listening to the ... Keep Reading...

Quick Change Tablescape: Autumn to Winter; Thanksgiving to Christmas

If it's your first time to visit My Place to Yours, WELCOME! If you're returning for another visit, WELCOME BACK! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I certainly enjoyed my time with family -- and seeing this bountiful centerpiece basket my Mother prepared for our table. Aren't the colors and textures beautiful? Such a great "final memory" of Fall before turning my decorating thoughts to the Winter season. But now I'm back home in Tennessee where the thermometer is dropping. It's time for my tablescapes to make some seasonal changes, too ... Today I'm giving you a sneak peek at some quick changes I made to this recent Soup & Silver tablescape. Besides the obvious lighting differences, the table ... Keep Reading...

Happy Thanksgiving – 2010

Happy Thanksgiving! This is my last tablescape of the Fall season ... and it highlights the one element of Fall decorating I haven't yet used in a tablescape: METAL. (If you missed my previous posts, I focused on POTTERY here, and WOOD here.) Today's is a very traditional Thanksgiving tablescape with a turkey and Pilgrims, oranges, golds and reds ... and I've included elements of tarnished brass and shiny gold. Casual and elegant. A mix not often attempted ... A quick look at the dishes   A mix of metals ... * Brass tray * * Painted metal cache pot * * Brass hour glass * * Brass and copper pumpkin * * Gold flatware * * Gold-rimmed goblets and coasters * * 24-K gold-plated ... Keep Reading...

A Whimsy Christmas

A few days ago I posted A Gingerbread Christmas -- and added the ideas to my Ideas File tab at the top of this blog. Today, my thoughts have turned to whimsy ... so here are a few ideas I might draw from if I were doing a Whimsy Christmas theme.  Some of these pics were taken by me, but most were my usual "tear 'em out of a magazine but forget to make note of which one..."  So please remember -- As with ALL text and photos on this blog, you may not reproduce anything without permission -- and I cannot give permission for you to reproduce any of the ideas/pics that will be in this Idea Files section because it's not mine to give! You may use these solely for your own inspiration -- just as I do.  (You can click the pics to enlarge them; some ... Keep Reading...

A Thanksgiving Remembered

It was Thanksgiving weekend two years ago while shopping in Home Depot. (Hmmm ... somehow that's very appropriate!) We got the call. My sweet husband and I were going to be grandparents! Oh, how our world changed ... A grandone was on the way! Fast forward several months. The big day finally arrived!   Little Man made his grand entrance -- all 9 lbs. 9 oz. and 22" of him! Oh, how I wish I could show you pictures of his sweet face, but I have to respect his parents' wishes. (Yes, I know there are "crazies" out there in the world of the Internet...) I did get permission to give you a peek, though. Just a little one. How quickly he's gone from newborn to active toddler!   These little feet have learned to walk, ... Keep Reading...

A Gingerbread Christmas

If you've ever looked at the Idea Files tab at the top of this blog, you know that (like many of you!) I've torn pictures out of magazines for years ... thinking "someday" I might use the ideas. Some of them I have; many I haven't -- yet. This blog is helping me get them organized. I'm excited about sharing them with you from time to time, but I have one BIG request ...  Please -- remember that these were mostly torn from various magazines, and I am not always able to properly credit them to the appropriate source. I did NOT take these pics.  (As with ALL text and photos on this blog, you may not reproduce anything without permission -- and I cannot give permission for you to reproduce any of the ideas/pics that will be in this ... Keep Reading...

Artsy-Craftsy

I don't consider myself to be a "craftsy" person although I could easily be.  My daughters grew up hearing me say, "that would be sooooo easy to make ..." -- and often make it we did ... whatever "it" was.  More often than not, though, they would just respond to my optimism with groans.  (Imagine how I loved it not long ago when, while shopping with my young married daughter, I heard her say, "that would be sooooo easy to make."  Yeah, I loved that!) Over the past few weeks, I've seen several things that caused me to say, "I could make that!"  The truth is, I COULD, but I probably won't this year ... but the designer in me is just dying to show you ... in case you're inspired, too, and want to try!  Some ... Keep Reading...

PINK Thanksgiving?

A few years ago, I found this tablecloth in an auction box of linens...   I love the vibrant pinks and greens, but I'll admit that the design surprised me.  Green oak leaves and pink acorns?  Certainly NOT typical Autumn colors! I'll admit something else ... this tablecloth hung with my other linens, and -- until now -- I've never used it.  I started to a couple of times, but I honestly didn't know what to "do" with it.  How could I tie an Autumn tablescape in with hot pink and green?   The other day I challenged myself to use this tablecloth. I tried a few things that made me laugh they were so bad.  (No, I absolutely did NOT take pictures!)   But finally, it started coming together ... and I love it!  See ... Keep Reading...

Taper Candles 101

Do you avoid using taper candles? If so, is it because they wobble ... or melt all over your candlesticks ... or you're afraid you'll burn something -- besides the wick? Let's talk about it ... Sometimes a candlestick's opening is simply too large for the taper candle I want to use.  That was the case recently when I did this tablescape. See the extra space?  This candle is guaranteed to wobble! When that happens, I pull out my candle snuggers.  Do you know about those?  They're flexible foam discs that wrap around the base of your taper candle and fill the extra space.  They usually come in packages of 8-10 discs -- and they're reuseable. Like I said ... reuseable! I wonder how many times this one's been used -- ... Keep Reading...