Wednesday, December 17, 2014

You Can Take The Snowman Out of The Desert...

But you can't take the desert out out the snowman.
Don't think that this Christmas hutch just 
sits there with lawlessness running amuck.

No siree, we've got our very own sheriff.
A snowman who happily keeps the peace 
with a level headed "Mayberry" approach 
to law enforcement.
Straight out of the old West with 
his rootin tootin cowboy attire 
and his festive Saguaro Cactus, he makes a great 
little salt and pepper set that I found at Kohl's 
seven or so years ago from their Sonoma 
St. Nicholas Square "Happy Trails Holiday" line.
I thought he was so special that I bought two 
more sets! One for a white elephant gift and 
another for an ornament swap at work.
The recipient was pleasantly surprised
that it wasn't an ornament. 
Just look at his "sweet" little candy cane side arm.

With this little Western snowman on duty 
rest assured it's always a silent night.
Thanks for stopping by 
and happy hunting.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pyracantha Watch 2014

December has arrived 
and Christmas is on its way!
I'm delighted to report that the berries 
on our new Pyracantha shrub
in the front yard have turned...
 bright red!!!
As red as Santa's suit!
It was taking its sweet time to turn too.
From the orange color it was at Halloween
to the Christmassy red it is now!
I was so hoping it was going to be 
a red berry bush, and not stay orange,
and it did turn a beautiful red.
 It makes a perfect compliment 
to my grapevine reindeer.
Hope everyone is having a December
full of happy surprises.
Thanks for stopping by
and happy hunting!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

In 1620 the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
They felled trees and built one room homes.
After the brutal winter where almost half the colony 
died they met a Native American named Squanto.
He shared with them the secrets of growing
maze, fishing, and harvesting maple syrup.
Soon food was plentiful an they began to prosper.
In 1621 they celebrated their successful 
growing season with a great harvest feast.
The men where sent out to hunt water fowl.
The Native Americans hunted five deer.
Surprisingly turkey may not have been on the 
menu as much as lobster might have been.
90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims 
took part in the feast that lasted three days.
 
The Pilgrims gave thanks and counted their 
blessings for their fortunate new friendship.
Much like the friendships I've made on this blog.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours
and thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Thanksgiving Tablescape with a Woodland Vibe

Finally another tablescape has worked its 
way out of my brain and onto the table! 
It's probably not completely finished this year...
but we got pretty far along.
Without being strictly a Thanksgiving theme, our
 new table runner from World Market
 inspires the colors used in the rest of the scape.
Plaid napkins were an affordable 
find at HomeGoods this year.
I got the winning bid for two more Bordallo 
Pinheiro turkey candle holders from eBay
 to add to the one I've had for many years.  
Then we picked up three burnt orange tapers 
on sale at World Market,
along with some woodland critters 
made with natural material.
Fall goblets from the dollar tree were a steal.
A bear from Target adds a twist 
of the unexpected...
 I wonder if bears were a
problem for the Pilgrims?
 I grabbed a great deal on these 
squirrel salt and pepper 
shakers at Walmart for 50% off.
See the fox and little green bird?
 They're also finds from Target.
 Turkey salad plates from Pottery Barn last year
 compliment amber plates from World Market
this year.
For a finishing touch, this weekend, Sam and I 
picked out these World Market wicker chargers
after seeing they were 20% off.
 This cute little raccoon bandit 
 was 25% off at Pier 1...we just couldn't resist.
I think we finally have a noble tablescape 
of which to be proud.  We now have three, a 
Christmas, an Easter, AND 
a Thanksgiving one!
It definitely provides a nice compliment 
to the Thanksgiving themed hutch.
Thanks for stopping by
and happy hunting.

Sharing This Thanksgiving at
Susan's Between Naps On The Porch

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Autumn Shopping

Sam and I stopped in at Cost Plus 
World Market this weekend, and found a few
things for the Thanksgiving table...
a woodland hedgehog, 
(aren't they precious?)
 a Malli table runner on sale for $19.99,
and some Amber dinner plates, also on sale for
4 for $22.36.
These should all work very well with the tablescape
we are building for Thanksgiving!
Last year I found Pottery Barn's set
of 4 Turkey salad plates on clearance!
And I was inspired by Pottery Barn's
Sandi Palampore Crewel 
Embroidered Table Runner
But just couldn't fathom paying $89 for one.
Besides the World Market one has many 
of the same colors and is brighter.
At the Dollar Tree we found Leaf Goblets!
For a $1 each!!
That's my kind of bargain!
So, you can see, we are on our way to 
having a rather nifty tablescape
for the Thanksgiving Season!
It just might take a few Thanksgivings 
to complete the look!
Thanks for stopping by
and happy hunting!

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