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Happy Monday – Oh deer!

I’ve been on the hunt for this style of vintage brass deer for some time now. Over the weekend, we dropped by an estate sale and saw these two and haggled our way down to something more affordable for us. These stand 13″ and 16″, respectively, and I think they’ll look lovely on the mantle this year. Michael cleaned the doe when we got home I love it!

I’m kind of wanting to go directly past Thanksgiving and get started on decorating for Yule, now!

Peppermint Placemats

These are a quick, inexpensive and festive way to dress up a holiday table. I used foam sheets that I picked up from Michaels a couple years ago for a costume project. They’re an almost perfect size for a placemat, and I’m thinking other materials such as poster board, cardboard, or foam board would make a nice wrapping base if they’re handy.

Remove the tag and staples, and wrap away! The ‘wrapping’ job on the back doesn’t have to be perfect, btw!

After setting the table it is time to eat, drink and be merry.

Bon Appétit!

Hark! Is this a post?

I’m not very fond of over sharing, but there are some current issues that are taking priority over projects and posting, and I will go in a bit more depth in upcoming posts. But it’s the holidays and we’re making merry and decking the halls. I’m happy to say this year is about a 95% recycled holiday season.

I’ll start with the last bits and go forward. After I finished the holiday decorating, I had some extra snow in the bag. I pulled a few ornaments from the tree and mantel (those will be fairly obvious), and made a little ornament vignette to save as inspiration for next year.


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Bon Weekend – Middleton Montage

Wow, it’s been almost a month since we did our annual excursion to the Inn at Middleton Place & Middleton Gardens and I am now finally getting to post some of the photos starting with the sundial in the sundial garden! I thought to provide a detailed write up but if I wait to to it I’ll never share these so I’ll let the photos do the talking. I have more photos to edit and will share them soon. Perhaps then I’ll conjure up the some more exciting words! Oh, the smaller images can be clicked on for a more detailed view.

There are several artisans working on the property recreating various goods for visitors to watch and buy.

   

 

   

And last but not least, a shot of one of the many beautiful camelias in the gardens.

ETA – I forgot to mention that we bought a cutting of this type of camelia for mom. I’m looking forward to seeing it develop! There several beautiful larget camelia bushes at the old house, which either my grandmother or great grandmother planted. We’re trying to get a collection started for mom. Also missing is a magnolia tree or few.

Design*Sponge Paper Snowflake Mini-Garland

Hooray! I would like to shout a big ‘Thank You’ to Design*Sponge for featuring the snowflake mini-garland today.

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New traditions

We’re heading out to Middleton Inn & Gardens to celebrate Michael’s birthday… a week early. We did it last year and had such a blast. We’ll head over early and hit the gardens for late afternoon photographing (weather permitting) before getting into our room for the evening’s festivities. We’ll take a long stroll on Friday and head back home.

Here are a few shots from last year…

Monday, Monday

What a wonderfully busy and fun weekend was had by all. Saturday’s HCAF was much fun and I sold a few things. I mentioned to friends that I really don’t need to get attached to some of the things I make as I almost cried when this walked away with a delightful new owner. I’m busy trying to get more inventory ready for the closing weekend of the Farmers Market, coming up this weekend!

Here’s to a fabulous week! I hope to have photos of the newer pillows taken and uploaded to Etsy tomorrow.

Bon Weekend – ‘Tis the season…finally!

We got most of the Yule | Christmas decorating finished last night. Here are some teaser photos of some of our stuff. More to come on Monday! I’m very thankful the awesome lady at the tree place gave us an armful of tree cuttings!

Almost everything is from last year, even the snow!

I also have to include a photo of the matriarch, who rarely poses, but she was having the best time with her sassy new garland!

The boys are spending most evenings sleeping under the tree.

Instagram is hijacking my blog

With shows every weekend until Christmas, needing to get the house decorated and various other goodies, I can’t say NO to it.

It was around 90° yesterday but we got the tree. It’s gorgeous.

We got the lights up last night.

And this is a teaser of a project Michael is working on for mom.

The thread racks are up and I love them! I had no idea I had that much thread…

Back to work!

Blessed Yule!

I’m in a very silly mood today. We needed at little bit of this to get our butts out of bed to watch the eclipse this morning. Instead, we fell back asleep.

Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre >>

I’m working on a write-up of Michael’s birthday.

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