Happy New Year 2023

I didn't get a tablescape done in time for this post, so here is my Japanese Inspired Tablescape from my New Year post in 2020, along with recipes. Everything on the table except the flowers and napkins came from my thrift store and estate sale excursions. I love these lacquer dishes and they blend nicely …

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Christmas Wishes

On this Christmas Day, I want to wish you joy and peace, with love and laughter of family and friends. A wish for all my readers, no matter where you live or what your faith, of health and happiness on this day and every day. I wrote these wishes in 2016, republished them in 2020 …

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Projects and Parties

It has been a busy week! An elegant evening early in the week meant getting dressed up, so nice to do for a change! I have five sparkly, beaded or sequined jackets, and I had a hard time deciding which one to wear. It has been so long! I settled on the midnight blue, sparkly …

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Gift Ideas Tutorials and Cyber Monday Fun

Have you begun your holiday shopping? I have, placing a few orders online on Black Friday sales and I am still looking for a few more things for special gifts. Here are more deals for Cyber Monday from my affiliate vendors with some of my free tutorials. For those of us in the creative arts, …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It's my favorite day of the year! From the aroma of delicious food cooking all day, parades and football on TV, to connecting with friends and spending the day with My Sweet Babboo, it is the best day of the year. Often, my birthday falls during the holiday weekend, so sometimes there is cake, too. …

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Celebrating Independence Day

It's a hot weekend here to celebrate the 4th of July, but an anticipated short afternoon rain may cool us off for the fireworks tonight. It is expected to be in the mid-70s later. We haven't decided if we will go downtown to the Music on Main concert before the show like we did last …

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Springtime Tablescapes for Easter

Easter is so late this year, that it has almost gotten by me unnoticed. I was setting a table for something festive, when I realized I had used all these same things in exactly the same way before. It was this table, from 2021, and I did it without realizing it until it was finished, …

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Fun with Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, March 1 this year, just about as late as it can possibly be. Does this mean a late spring too? Perhaps, so we need something bright and cheerful for winter days. It is a good time to do a new table with only what I have on hand. We'll have some …

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Quiet Time for Christmas Eve

Earlier this week, we had a lovely dinner with friends, then drove over to the Lake Julian Festival of Lights, a drive through light show with part of the proceeds benefiting Special Olympics. This one is much smaller than the big Tryon show, or the ones that take up a stadium parking lot, but has …

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