Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Tablescape

Tablescaping is a lot like playing dress up.  (Without worrying about a muffin top.) And... Christmas is the best time for both.  Julia and I both love these girly pursuits.  This started at a young age for both of us, I guess.  When she was small, I spent no small amount of time getting her dressed up for Christmas:

Julia has on  Children's Corner Pattern: Kathy - Kelly dress with a hand smocked detachable collar.
I made the Kathy Kelly several times in multiple fabrics and sleeve lengths.  This is my favorite, one though.
Aren't they precious?




While my sewing and smocking days are gone, we're still playing dress up.  Usually, clothes are our medium, but we like a good table setting, too.



They're both dressed up for the Second Sunday in Advent




This table is dressed for Christmas Eve.  The fun part is over, now the cooking has to begin. Ugh.


Old Britain Castles by Johnson Brothers
Emerald Green Stemware from an estate sale
Golden Ribbon Edge Flatware by Gorham
Chargers from Bed Bath and Beyond
I'm no longer smocking, but I did make the placemats and napkins with fabrics from Robert Kauffman





Saturday, December 06, 2014

O Holy Night


Friday night's recital was the perfect end to a long work week for De and me.  We couldn't have been prouder of our baby girl who played the piano and sang a solo.  Maybe it's because I'm a moron or maybe just because I was so dadgum tired that I didn't even think about recording it using my phone. Either way, it's locked in my memory.







She did a beautiful job with her piano piece, Sancta Dorothea by Liszt and then she sang O Holy Night which was truly magical.  



She had not wanted to sing, but she did it for me... for Christmas.  As we were leaving the church where the recital was held, I changed her loud radio station.  She changed it right back.
"I sang", she said.

It's gonna be a long weekend.



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

O give thanks unto the Lord for he is good, for his mercy endureth forever.  
 Psalm 107:1






















Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mooseltoe Christmas

When J & J were small, this was one of our favorite Christmas books:


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This Moose was an organized wonder when it came to Christmas.  (My hero!)  He tried to make everything "perfectly perfect", and it was.... until he forgot the tree.  This book is a cute read for anyone of any age - especially people like me who take Type A to another level - especially  at Christmas!



Every year for the last ten, I've used Ann's Amazing Holiday Planner free templates that were found on Disney's Family Fun website.  This year, they are gone, so I opted for a new planner that I found at www.brownpaper--packages.blogspot.com.  I love it even more!  I plan to print 10 more years of templates just in case these disappear :-)

organized cover

from www.brownpaper--packages.blogspot.com
this redirects you to the cutest blog ever: simplykierste.com

Speaking of holiday planning, do you know Mary? If not, meet her at my new favorite blog for all things culinary: deepsouthdish.com.  Then go to her "Christmas Cookies, Candies, Southern Christmas Dinner Menu and Recipe Ideas".  Then be amazed. (I understand she has a cookbook that will be out soon.  I'll be first in line. I'm such a fan.!)

Last year, I saw this idea on Pinterest:


Genius! A simple way to store and organize your gift wrapping


This organized wrapping station was wonderful for keeping things neat and mobile.  Sometimes you want all that stuff in the family room so you can watch "The Grinch", too.  Roll it right on in.
(Obviously, the credit here goes to acasarella.net. Check that beautiful blog out and like me, you'll wish you had more time to copy  be inspired by some of the featured projects.)

For gift ideas, I decided to stay at home.  Our local weekly paper ran an ad last week that explained the monetary value to the community when commerce stays local.  I admit it.  I love shopping online, but since I, myself, work at a local Athens business, I thought I would highlight some others with wonderful wares that would make great gifts. Here are some of my favorites:

The Pearl Girls is a business that has beautiful jewelry at all price points.  Nothing whispers southern lady any more beautifully.

R. Wood Studio Ceramics
Interesting pieces to complement or anchor any table.

Phickles Pickles, now on Baxter Street 


Morning Ride
Jittery Joe's Coffee: an Athens staple


One of the best presents I ever got was a gallon of my favorite Brunswick stew


Anything from here.  Really.

There's a great gift shop here that features locally made products


Gift Ideas
Striplings General Store
With everything from sausage to T shirts to a delicious Southern Breakfast basket to decorated pigs...

So whip up those Thanksgiving dishes, then let the shopping begin!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Disney Halloween

My co-worker, BFF and great American, JB, and I share lots of laughs, lots of interests and one definite passion: Halloween.  This year, like most, we dressed up for Halloween at work, but unlike the others, she and I decided there should be a theme.


So, we had a Disney theme.  Suffice it to say that TT and JB were hands down winners!

Has there ever been a better Queen of Hearts or Ursula outside of Walt Disney Studios? I think not!

JB as Ursula

SD as Fawn

TT as Queen of Hearts

Yours truly as Minnie

MS as Clarabelle and CB as Doc McStuffins

LH as The Mad Hatter
I don't know if the others have as much fun as TT, JB and I, but they play along and we love them for it!  JB and I started talking about and planning this months ago.  Sadly, a very busy end of the month Friday and impending inventory kept us hopping.  (In years past, our CEO has dressed up, played along and taken us all to lunch.) This year the festivities were kept to a minimum because of the schedule, but everyone still looked great and JB and I are already talking about next year....

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Season

"Oh how we love pumpkin season.  You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right?
Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin... we anxiously anticipate it every year."

Trader Jo's Fearless Flyer, Pumpkin Season 2010



A local church, Milledge Avenue Baptist,  has the coolest fund raiser every year that benefits their youth and childrens' ministries: selling pumpkins... and lots of them!


Washington Farms Pumpkin Patch has a corn maze and "pick your own pumpkins" for sale.


Sure it's pumpkin season, but this is still the Land of Cotton...


And some of the most fun occurs during pumpkin season:






John is number 91...


Jules and buddies pinked out for pumpkin season.


"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and 
THE GREAT PUMPKIN." 

-Linus van Pelt, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Just Dance

When the high school guidance counselor and John were going over his schedule this summer, I got tickled when he asked, "How about dance?"  It really cracked me up when John said, "Sure!".
John loves to dance and he's good at it. He has enjoyed the class this semester and I hope he can continue through spring semester as a member of the Swing Team.



My hat is off to Ms D at NOHS.  Half way through Wednesday night's dance program, I thought, "Wow! I'll bet she goes home tired everyday!"  Her hard work and that of her students really paid off.
The program was very nice and I enjoyed seeing some of the young dancers who were so  unbelievably talented.

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I think that John just enjoys the break from his AP classes and Chemistry.  He enjoys being with friends and the girl to guy ratio of about 30:1!