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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All Those Last Minute Details

Wow, it is just a few days to Christmas, where has this year gone? December comes in with such anticipation, and then I run out of time. Thankfully, the decorating is much simpler now, with carloads going to the thrift store and not having every horizontal surface in the house covered in Christmas. I finished …

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Happy Holidays with Free Tutorials

Friday after Thanksgiving is a fun day. Most years, I do not leave the house that day as it is the time to put the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street on the DVD player, take down all the autumn decorations and begin to put up Christmas. Of course, this weekend begins the shopping …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This is my favorite day of the year! We'll begin the day with my baked eggs breakfast, have some nibbles through the parades and football games, and enjoy our turkey dinner in the early evening. I promised a photo of the pilgrims with the little mini quilt from Autumn Jubilee a few years back. I …

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Autumn Jubilee Halloween Fun

When we moved to our home in the mountains, we knew that there wouldn't be any trick or treaters who would hike up here. So, for many years, Halloween was not a big deal. That is, until we joined the MINI club and began going to the annual costume party. Now, it is fun to …

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Sunday Chat

It is the last Sunday of the month, and Autumn arrived this week with beautifully cool days. The garden is winding down, but I am still harvesting a lot of tomatoes! This was a couple of days worth, with lots of little cherry tomatoes and another Cherokee purple. The hydrangea is covered in dark pink/green …

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Fun on the Fourth

Last weekend was a fun holiday weekend with lots of activities. We started the weekend at Mountain Fresh Orchards on Saturday, having lunch with our friend, Jeff. He had a booth there with his wonderful pottery, and I think he made this green bowl just to tempt me. It is a cereal bowl size and …

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy Fourth of July! I can't believe it is July already. I thought you'd like a look back at my patriotic tablescapes for some inspiration for your holiday meal. This one featured my vintage milk carrier holding Ball jars of water filled with blue hydrangeas freshly cut. The little star sprays were Dollar Tree finds …

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A Table for Fat Tuesday

It's Mardi Gras today! The last day of the Carnival season. Of course, this year there hasn't been much party time, so a festive table will help bring a bit of cheer this week. We are staying home more than ever now, so some color on a rainy day is nice. Gold, green and purple …

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