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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Thanksgiving Tablescape

I did not host Thanksgiving at my house this year, but I still found time to put together a Thanksgiving tablescape anyway!
I'll be linking up with Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish!
I did my napkins in a fan fold, reminiscent of a turkey's tail fanned out!

Autumn centerpiece, complete with a velvet pumpkin..........

The cover.......

Pheasant S&P shakers and a silver domed butter dish......

Of course, we must use the good silver flatware!

I have really no Thanksgiving decorations, so I thought I should treat myself to a new tablecloth which has turkeys on it!  I bought this recently at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It's very beautiful!

Paisley figured placemats in  mustard/gold are perfect for a fall table.....

A trio of glassware at each place; water goblet, wine glass, and champagne flute.

I also bought two turkey votive holders at Bed, Bath and Beyond, along with the tablecloth. Notice I have "fake" votives in them. This is due to my cats, who like to go up on tables when I'm not in the room. I often put these battery operated candles in my candle holders for "effect". If I was hosting a real dinner, I would have put real candles in them before my guests arrived!

 Monogrammed individual spreaders go on the bread plate at each place setting.

Each place setting also gets an individual salter, or salt dip.

A crisp linen bread basket liner proclaims there are "HOT ROLLS" to be had.....

The red color of the napkins is perhaps unexpected, but works well for a fall table.........

Lights on!

Thanks for stopping by!
I'll be joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and
Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Metamorphosis Monday: Retaining Wall and Yard Landscape

Although many of my regular followers saw most of these pictures just this summer, I had planned to share our landscaping project on Met Monday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, at some point after the project was completed.

"Phase 1" of the project, as we like to call it, was officially completed in July, but it took some months for the new grass to grow in. We don't know when we will begin "Phase 2", which will involve replacing the fence. We are hoping to start Phase 2 in the spring. As for the rest of the project, which involves a new driveway and landscaping the rear yard, including a patio and pergola, we have no idea when we might be able to afford to do that at this point. Hopefully it will be in the next few years, if we are lucky!

In the meantime, enjoy the transformation!

Before: Front walkway and front steps

   Before: Front steps with partial view of front retaining wall.
After: New Walkway
After: New walkway and new steps

After: New walkway, new steps, new retaining wall, new landscaping!

Before: Side Yard Retaining wall.

Before: Side Yard wall, fence, back yard and back steps

After: Back Steps and new back walkway

After: New retaining wall, side yard and back yard
After:New side yard retaining wall with new landscaping

After: New landscaping, front yard

Here's some "During" pictures that you might enjoy:

Grass growing in with new trees:

October 2012

Thanks for stopping by!
I'll be linking up with Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch!