Saturday, November 26, 2011

Jingle Bell Mason Jar Christmas Lantern

I'm looking forward to the Christmas Holiday.



I'm starting to make my little Christmas crafts, and wanted to share my Christmas Lantern with you. It's real simple to make. You can use them as a decor item on your mantle, window, or front porch, or give them as a gift.

  • start with a simple mason jar
  • add silver  bells or pine cones




  • tie a little piece of silver ribbon, into a bow around the jar


  • add a couple jingle bells for embellishment
  • insert a tea light candle, you can use the little battery operated ones so you can put the lid back on the jar.

  • Tie a bit of wire around the top to create a handle by twisting the sides

  • Turn on your candle and put the lid on. (If using a real tea light candle, leave lid off)



The little tea light that I used actually have their own internal timer and they go on for 5 hours and off for 19 hrs. they vary colors, from white to red, to green to blue. I picked them up at Home Depot.


You can also just get them in just white, and set them all in a row. Hang them from a flower pot holder.

Or a little spot on your buffet.
And just sit back and watch it flicker.

Wishing everyone a peaceful and beautiful Holiday season.
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Monday, November 21, 2011

The countdown to Turkey Day begins

I finally got my butt in gear and started getting the dining room buffet and table ready for Thanksgiving day.
I really just moved around things I had. Put bowls and pitchers I will use in an easy to reach spot on the buffet. streamlined my centerpiece so we can fit place settings.


I still have to add another table and many more chairs,  We are having 11 I think....so I will be moving more things around tomorrow!!
But I wanted to at least get started. I was going to get a folding table but I remembered I actually have a small drop leaf in the garage that needs some work, so I am hoping to use that.
Crazy me started last night at 12 when all went to bed!
Do you do that too?
Sometimes it's the only peaceful moments I can find.

These candles are the flameless ones I picked up at dollar tree and when I tried peeling the labels off the didn't completely come off so I wrapped them in leaves and twine!!




Moved a few things from the entry,

 and pulled some out of the China closet for the buffet decor.


I will use these things. the soup tureen will hold the stuffing, chicken holds the butter..

And how do you like my little white leaf plate? I just picked that up out junkin!! I love it and wish I'd have gotten the other. There were two.


I added a few more old Ball  and Atlas jars to my corner cabinet this week.



 I think I may need a whole shelf going across the ding room wall just under the molding,
 if I don't stop buying them!! It's an addiction.
I just couldn't resist adding a few sand dollars and starfish
Just a few more tweeks

Got all the food this morning, and making coleslaw tonight.
I got all the extra chairs up from the basement, and added a folding table so we can seat 10 or 11
Moved things around again.
 I guess I should really consider painting the wood chairs white!!
What do you think?

Oh gees... I still I have to get my Turkey platter up from the basement!!

My favorite tweek is the addition of my daughter, Mary's 24 pink roses,

 her honey bought them for their 2 yr anniversary of dating. One rose for each month. Isn't that so sweet?
and what a joy to put them in my Mom's old ironstone pitcher from the early 1900's that Mom found in my grandmom's attic, it came with the house.




I'm excited for Thanksgiving Dinner!! It's our first Thanksgiving in our new kitchen, we started the kitchen in January!!
If you stayed this long, I hope I havent' bored you with my rambling on!!


 Thank you for stopping by my blog. Happy Turkey Day!
It's time to set up those dishes...



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Vintage and Pumpkins and Lace, Oh My

I recently opened a booth at the North End Antiques and collectibles in Cape May NJ.
I love crossing over the bridge into Cape May and seeing all the boats!
 I also love the colors that the beach grasses change to this time of year!


I know I have to hunker down at home and get myself ready for Thanksgiving Day,
 and I will really get on the ball  tomorow... 

After all, pumpkin pies must be made for this little cutie pie.. my grand daughter.


But I have to tell you, I have really been enjoying setting up my little shop down on the Cape.
 I especially love the shore when it is quiet.

I did a redo on this old desk with some Annie Sloan paint. I love how easy it distresses.





It used to look like this....
back to the finished product,... quick.


And this cute little french vanity below got a coat of one of my favorite white paints by Behr, Cottage White.
 I slightly distressed the edges.


Sorry these aren't the best pics. It was rainy and dark out that day.
That little vanity's look before I slapped it senseless with some cottage white ..

She is much better now,
but I do want to pair it with a small mirror. and I recently found the perfect one to work on. You can see the one in my booth is too large for her.
Peek to the right and you will see a pair of vintage barkcloth drapes from the forties in the background,
these were always a favorite romantic shabby pair of drapes,
 and some
gorgeous vintage French lace which fits nicely on a twin bed.
I hope you'll follow me as I have fun in this new adventure.
Here's wishing everyone in blogville have a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!!



Thanks a million for stopping by!

Partying with these lovely ladies..


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving is coming quick

I can hardly believe it is nearly time for the big Turkey Day. This is the time of year I pull out the crystal and silver. I love the reflective quality.

I am wondering what all my blog friends will be doing Thanksgiving Day.

 Cooking at your place or visiting?




I always have thanksgiving at my house. Do you have any traditions? We have a few.
I ask everyone to say what they are thankful for this past year.
My husband always says " I'm thankful dinner is finally done!"
I usually take the more serious route and express my thanks for my entire family's health this past year.
That truly is a big blessing.
I am happy to say that this little white milk glass turkey, I recently found, which is exactly like one my mom used to have, will be joining our Thanksgiving table this year, holding the butter.

Isn't it the cutest? I adore it.
A few little touches around with fall Decor and we are ready for that big cooking day.

Maybe some leaves brought in from the cold...

Some splashes of pumpkin colors in my cottage white hutch.



And the table awaits it's plates and guests.

I won't actually set my table till the day before thanksgiving because we use it everyday!! ;o)

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