PUMPKIN, PIES, AND TRADTIONS

As the day of Thanksgiving approaches this week, my thoughts have been turned to . . .
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TRADITIONS
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Ones that include baking homemade pies . . .

in the early hours of that morning.

And taking some of the hot pudding (from the cream pies) to my children as they lazily sleep in.

Or the tradition of deciding what we will all wear for this family gathering at grandmas house (my mothers).

It’s usually a casual gathering so warm sweaters and slacks are the norm . . .

but once in a while I enjoy ‘dressing up’ a bit,
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and taking my pumpkin-colored dress out of the closet for a few days seems quite fitting.
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Or the tradition while we are all gathered around the big table . . .

holding hands . . .

and taking turns sharing our grateful thoughts.
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This year my children won’t be traveling home for this day . . .

So TRADITONS will be put on hold . . .

I will miss the baking of the pies
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the choosing of the outfit
and holding the hands with those I love most dearly.

But I will still be ever so grateful . . .

For all the many countless blessings which I have in my life.

May you each have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

Heading over to join Patti and all my wonderful blogging friends for visible Monday.

P.S. Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions you hold dear to your heart?
What will you be wearing for your Thanksgiving gathering?

TREASURE HUNTING

Every once in awhile I go treasure hunting, which in my case means hitting some vintage stores, antique shopping, or estate sales. I usually head out searching for a particular object (on this day, I was looksing for a nit age type writer) but most the time the treasures I end up bringing home with me are a complete surprise.

An object that just spoke to me . . .

For instance this beauty . . .
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(ignore the person in the middle of the frame -me-, it was the only way I could let you see how wonderful this baby is)

And I knew exactly what I was going to do with this. Before I even made it home, I stopped by my local Home Depo and had them cut some wood the size of this frame (which happens to be 40 x 30), some chalkboard paint and some new brushes.
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See, I had a vision . . .

It’s my new doodle board or in other words . . . my antique chalkboard.
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I’m having so much fun with this treasure. And with its huge size it can go from room to room and just be placed on the floor and looks awesome, such a focus point and conversation piece.
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This was another treasure I found on the same day . . .
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I knew the color of this antique cake stand would fit right in with my fall and Thanksgiving decor.
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I spotted a set of vintage glasses but the set was incomplete and I knew I at least needed 6 to entertain and mix and match.

My wonderful mother came to my rescue . . .

She was certain she still had a set of the same ones sitting in one of her cabinets.

Sure enough . . .
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Thank you mom!

Now the creative playing begins . . .

When I set my table and centerpieces, I just pull from objects old and new.

I wanted to incorporate the cake plate and glassware so I pulled a few more vintage finds . . .

Like these linen napkins (purchased at an estate sale)
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Doilies (inherited from my grandmother)
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I do try to mix old and new, metal and glass, and heights.
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It’s ok to lay a pitcher on its side . . .
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And use books for stacking . . .

And a bit of twigs from a morning walk.
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I just play around until it seems complete and inviting.
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Amazing where a treasure hunt can lead you. . .

Linking up with Jann for SYC where I’m sure you’ll see some other creative Thanksgiving table displays.
Have a wonderful weekend my friends.

ENJOYING SOME BLUE -SKY-AND SHOES

When you wake up to the sun peaking out from under an umbrella of leaves still hanging on for their last few days, it’s got to bring some joy to your soul.
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It also brings joy to my feet . . .
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Puts a little hop and dance to them.

What better way to embrace this moment than to join in and adorn my feet with some blue colored sky . . .

And the rest of the attire just followed along.

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How many of you dress from the feet up?
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Thank you sunshine and a breathtaking sky for uplifting my soul today.
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Joining Patti to be uplifted even more so.

Also joining Mispapelicos for share-in-style, it’s all about shoes this time around.

MY LEATHER REPORT

It’s the 3rd anniversary for Adrienne at therichlifeonabudget and Jill at everythingjustso”s HIWM, therefore they chose to have others share how they wear leather, crystal and or glass.

My first thought was, I’m not really a leather wearing gal, but then I realized I was totally wrong.

Because I wear this little pewter number numerous times throughout the season.
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I love throwing it on with my black skinnies . . .
This time mixing in some brown on black.
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But how fun is it when I pair it with black on black?
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I also got brave and purchased this skirt last year and have found it to be quite a great staple item.
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It’s easy to throw on a printed sweater and I’m good to go . . .

Or make it more business like by layering a white button down underneath and mixing in that awesome cobalt color.
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You can see how I wore it last season here.

How about the rest of you, do you have a “LEATHER” to report about? I would love to see or hear about it.

Linking up with Alice for her weekly TBT

Skirt: Ann Taylor
Cobalt Scarf: Jcrew
Jacket: Boutique from Paris

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Sharing some Halloween fashion fun from the one and only Miss Molly.

Molly and Tori came for a short little visit last week, which totally made this grandma and momma one happy lady.
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Each morning cute Tori made sure Molly was dressed for the season . . .
In her fancy witchy outfit . . .
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(Molly would have nothing to do with putting on the two hats grandma made and purchased for her)
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To a stylish black and white dress . . .
And she has no problem adding on the jewelry, seriously this girl would go stright to my hanging necklaces every morning and layer them on.
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Even dressed her up in the colors of the season to go play around at Gardners Village annual Witches Day.
She obviously had no problem wearing the cat ear headband.
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Thanks for making our week so enjoyable Molly and Tori.
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May you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween today!
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IT’S THE WITCHES TEA

Yep, it’s that time of year again and I can’t hide the fact that this is my all time favorite tea party to hold each year. I don’t know what it is about dressing up as witches or even just putting on that hat that brings out the best ( or actually the most fun) in all the gals, but it works.
As you know, I like to choose a theme to run with and this year I fell head over heels with the dancing skellie idea.
I created this invite . . .
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Once they were carefully delivered, I began gathering my skellies and placing them around my home.
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Some were going to be used as the table center pieces . . .
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Others were used as vignettes throughout my home
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Placing them on every table (with fun hats). . .
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And on the kitchen island . . .
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On the fireplace mantle and another table . . .
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Even hanging from the ceiling.
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And then who walks in but Mis Bones herself and I just had to dress her up for the dancing party . . .
(notice the fun picture she is holding).
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Once the house was ready, I began working on the table setting . . .
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I wanted to go with the color scheme in the invitations so I stuck with purple, black and brought in some green for a little bizazz.
Each guest will find their seat by their own little skellie ( yes, I made 24 of these and I do know I’m crazy).
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The little halloween plates are going to be used as their appetizer plate.
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I didn’t realize how beautiful skellies could actually become.
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I did take time to just enjoy Miss Bones before everyone arrived . . .
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I chose to dress as if I were the dancing witch, ready for a ball.
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All the fun witches were able to enjoy the evening with this dinner menu . . .
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Right before dessert I shared this adorable and entertaining story book with the group.
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Each beautiful witch took home their own little copy of the saying “if you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best take it out and teach it to dance” which was rolled and tied with a junk bow as well as a little skellie filled with homemade licorice caramels (yes they are yummy!)
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I also transformed my china hutch into a little witches candy shoppe full of skellies and goodies, which they could grab a little skellie bag and go candy shopping if they chose to.
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Wonderful evening with wonderful friends.
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I sure am blessed with incredible witchy friends.
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Because I promised to share, here’s some of the recipes from the party. Enjoy my friends.
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“p.s.” for more witches tea party ideas
I’m taking my little witchy hat and linking up with Judith for her monthly hat attack.

Linking up with Jann for SYC, I bet there’s some other fun Halloween ideas over there too.

Also joining Alice for her TBT and see how others celebrate this crazy holiday.

Also excited to join the Halloween Party at A fanciful twist.

THE COLORS OF NATURE

I’m still being influenced by the color of nature.
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A few weeks ago I woke up with my daily agenda of dusting, vacuuming and grocery shopping.

But when I looked out my window at the near by mountains full of fall colors . . .

I quickly changed my mind . . .

I simply grabbed my hiking shoes and drove myself up there and spent the day

Breathing . . .
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Listening . . .
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And

Enjoying Nature.
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It was clearly a good choice.
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After looking over some pictures from that day, my choice of attire has been greatly influenced by the color of nature.
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(outfit: dress-Ann Taylor, white button down shirt-Madewell, cardigan-Jcrew, scarf-boutique from England,)

Linking up with Patti for Visible Monday, wonder if anyone else has been influenced by the colors of nature.