November 29, 2014
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday full of family, friends, and food. Here’s this year’s Thanksgiving tablescape.
Every year I try to change/add/improve something about the table. This year, I added gold chargers from Target. I had hoped to add a table runner made from Hmong indigo Batik fabric like these:
find on Esty
find on Etsy
And blueprinted Asian rice bowls like these:
But they were too expensive/unavailable/hard to get, etc, etc. So I did what I usually do: I made myself a runner. Using this tutorial, I cut, tied, and dyed a length of cotton duck cloth.
After all of this indigo dying, and blue printed dishes, I’m beginning to realize how much I really like the color indigo. I’m going to have to start keeping an eye out for this color.
Oh, and just in case you haven’t had enough of Thanksgiving food, here are some snapshots of the dishes I made for the holiday.
November 28, 2013
I’ve been away so long and feel a bit like I’m talking to an empty room, but I’m doing it anyway.
We just hosted our third (third?) Thanksgiving and I feel like I’m getting a little better each time. This year was all about acquiring a complete set of dinnerware. A typical table setting count for our Thanksgiving dinners has been 8, and in previous years, we have made do with glassware and flatware in sets of no larger than 6.
So what do I do when I want new flatware? I hit up Ebay for a 24k gold set, of course. I found a great, used, vintage set on Ebay called Florentine. It was much less expensive than buying new and further idealizes my Vintage-or-IKEA product selections.
And what do I do when I want new drinkware? I arrange an IKEA trip, of course. We also managed to get some additional folding chairs for when we have extra guests.
Next year, I’ll work on a better Tablescape image. I get so caught up in getting the food ready that once it’s on the table, we all dive in. I did get talked into taking a picture of the bird in all its glory.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
November 23, 2012
This year’s Thanksgiving Tablescape isn’t the best and honestly, I wasn’t trying too hard. I’ve been focused a bit more on other things and for that, I’m thankful. But in honor of tradition, here’s our lackluster 2012 Thanksgiving Tablescape.
November 26, 2011
Thanksgiving was hosted on Friday this year. It was not my first time hosting; as you may remember my tablescape from 2009.
It’s hard to believe I pulled this off just 3 months after Rob and I moved into the house.
As I said, it was not my first time hosting Thanksgiving dinner, but it was my first time cooking the bird myself. I got some help from my mom and grandma to prep the bird, but I cooked up the brine and butter and roasted it myself. I put the bird in the oven at 9:30 am to allow time to roast (15 minutes per pound equals 3.75 hours), rest and carve by 2:00pm. My bird was done at 11:30am… Apparently “tenting” is an important practice.
So then it was a scramble to finish the rest of the sides. I had taken a before shot of my kitchen Thursday night. I wish I had taken a during shot Thursday afternoon. It was a sight. Luckily, Rob is a dish washing machine and we had that kitchen cleaned up in no time.
Decor around the house stayed relatively the same from Halloween – subtle and minimal.
And the tablescape was quite possibly cheaper than Thanksgiving 2009. I used small glasses and vases that I already owned – purchased during many trips to my favorite thrift store for about $.50 each and filled with yellow tulips I bought that morning for $9.
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I’m off to nibble on some left-overs for breakfast.
December 3, 2009
Disappointed with the lack of regular blog posts, I asked Rob to step up his game a bit. I created a schedule highlighting the times when Rob could be updating the blog and showed it to him. I’m kidding, of course. I thought it was only fair to write some of the posts, myself, seeing as how Rob has put so much energy into things he normally wouldn’t care about. Things like straight paint lines and screwless switch covers.
Fortunately, I have some pretty exciting things to post about. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and with that, the stress of completing some projects I had commited to. First was the all important Thanksgiving Day Tablescape. With the help of some lovely ladies out in cyber-space, I came up with the idea of painting a collection of gourds and pumpkins and using them for place settings and centerpieces. My goal was to spend as little as possible considering our new house payment. I think it came out well.
Of course, we still have the on-going project of exterior painting, and while it has progressed since the last post, I won’t bore you with the pictures. We’ll leave those for the BIG reveal.
We also reached our goal of “finished for now” on our guest bathroom project. With the help of my brother- Roman, friend- Heather and several other friends from church (who appeared here), we were able to tear down the old wall paper, texture, and paint our Sunday’s Best bathroom. We used an orange peel spray texture and painted the walls Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray in satin. We also applied a privacy film to the window. I like it so much that it changed my paint plans for the rest of the house.
The cats seem to like it, too.