Monday, November 26, 2012

Birds Nest Notecard

It's my friend Alice's birthday today and I wanted to do something special for her.  
She has one of those holiday birthdays that kind of get lost in the shuffle 
and it is not always celebrated properly. 
Sometimes her birthday is on Thanksgiving, 
sometimes it's before Thanksgiving and sometimes it's after. 
Shes a very good sport about when it gets celebrated, 
this year, I'm ready!  

Alice loves birds.

I printed this lovely birds nest off of the Graphics Fairy website:

Then I used my super-sharp little scissors to cut it out, 
leaving a tiny white edge around the whole nest.

I used a small strip of double stick foam tape to adhere the nest to the notecard.  
I like the foam tape because it gives the cutout some dimension.

Here it is-
Ready to go.

I paired the card with a gift and this gorgeous bird tag 
from Jennifer Rizzo and Room 363 in Naperville, Illinois.

I think Alice will like this...

Linking to
Brag Monday at Graphics Fairy
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Come on in...
The table is set. 

Darling Daughter arrives home from college today, 
Freshman year,
her first Thanksgiving visit home.

Do you remember what that was like?
I do, like it was yesterday.

The excitement was almost unbearable,
the hugs, the squeals, the sights and smells of home...

It's like that again for me today.
I cannot wait to see her!

 I am pretty sure I saw this idea on the blogoshere somewhere, 
and I had all the parts, 
so this lantern filled with Fall colored glass ornaments sets the stage.

The boxwood plants are from IKEA...  They can go anywhere.
Must get some more...

 I alternate the place mat colors.
It's kind of a thing I have....

I'd like to say it's a fancy design trademark
but it's really more like indecision
or plain old greed... 
I can't resist all of the pretty colors and fabrics and textures
so I use them all....

The leafy little green plates are from Pottery Barn.
The china and the sterling flatware and candlesticks are my Mom's.

I love the mix of the past and the present. 
I am thankful for all of it.

Now don't forget to make Aunt Dottie's Pickled Peaches 
from the recipe I shared with you last year... 

And here's a recipe for the Best Cranberry Sauce ever...
You can make this several days ahead, like I just did.

Cranberry Sauce with Port

1 bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup of good quality Port
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Wash cranberries and drain.  Place all ingredients in medium saucepan. 
 Boil over medium high heat for about ten minutes 
or until almost all cranberries have popped, stirring frequently.  
Sauce will thicken when cool.  
Serves 8. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Linking to:
Make The Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill
Masterpiece Monday at Boogie Board Cottage
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Nifty Thrifty Sunday at Nifty Thrifty Things
Sunday Showoff at Twigg Studios
Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Uncommonly Yours Link Party at Uncommon Designs
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense
Fall Into Fall at DIY By Design
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Peonies in November

It's a gray day, in more ways than one.  
I am not a fan of November. 
I look for things that brighten my spirits and flowers always do the trick.
I happened upon an enchanted place in Michigan this Fall
while exploring with friends-
Karen's Flower Barn in Three Oaks, Michigan.  
She grows rows and rows of flowers 
and dries them into the most gorgeous bouquets
and hangs them from the rafters in her Barn.

These are dried Peonies!

I did not know you could dry Peonies.
I think Peonies are right there at the top of my list of favorite flowers.

Aren't these gorgeous????

The buds are beautiful, too.  
Just a whole lot of potential wrapped up in one gorgeous little package.

 Masses of ruffly petals on every flower.  
Lush and luxurious.

 This is exactly how I bought them, wrapped in florist paper
   and that's how I think I will leave them... 

Peonies in November!  

They would be positively decadent if they were fresh
like these beauties from my friend Alice's garden-


Lucky for me, Alice is very generous with her garden's glories
and someday, I will share her garden with you....

Spring seems like an eternity away right now.
These will help.  A little.

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