Friday, November 30, 2012

~~~Decorating my Best Friends House!!!~~~

 Happy Saturday everyone. I have been a crazy, decorating fool this past week and that is the reson I have been MIA from blogging. I apologize! But now I am ALMOST done; I have to do outside today. But so far I have decorated my daugter and SIL's house, my best friends house (this post) and my house! OY!!! But it is fun. I love doing it, I am just realizing now that my right hand is NOT GOOD. It is painful for me to now cut stems of flowers and to make bows. DARN! But I am working through that. Anyway, enought of that. I want to share my friend, Wenda's home. I help her do it every year. We have been friends for 45 years and we also share a birthday!!!!!!!!! Isn't that amazing!!??  So this is her tree. I did the topper a little differently this year because she had bought some new branches. Plus her ceiling is VERY high so I wanted to make her tree GROW a little:)
 Here are some tips for you when decorating your tree. I use these fabulous leaf branches to fill in spaces that need a little something. Then I place these grape clusters so they look like they are part of the branch.
 Flowers are always a great filler on a tree, or wreath.
 Her ornaments are all burgundy or gold, SO pretty. I also found these pearl like berries and they just POP against the tree.

 I make the branches stick out a little bit beyond the edge of the tree.

 Have any of you seen the glitter spray paints??? I use glitter gold on plain burgundy flowers and they look terrific. Another tip, if you can't find the COLOR of a flower that you want, just spray paint a white one!!!!!

 Here is her mantle this year. After I took these pics we went shopping and she found beautiful gold candles for the candle holders. There are 2 more on the hearth, and for some reason I didn't get a shot of the hearth????
 We also did her wonderful stairway.
 Lots of garland, lights and decorations!
 It goes across the bridge upstairs too.

 More flowers, grape clusters and leaf branches.
 I got these grape clusters several years ago at the place where I worked and they have never carried them again. I am so glad I got enough for her and me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Then we moved on to decorating her ledges with her village pieces.
 We just used buffalo snow around the pieces and white lights.
 This is a sleigh I made her several years ago for her coffee table.

 So, that is her beautiful home all dressed up for Christmas!!! I will start to share MY house next week. It has been alot of fun deciding what to use and where to put it in this new house!
I hope you all have a GREAT weekend. I am joining some of these great parties:



My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesadys Treasures
Paula and Patti at Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Potpourri Friday at 2805
Open House Party Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Share Your Creations on Thursday at Kristen's Creations
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Thanks SO much for stopping by. I promise to be a BETTER BLOGGER:):) XO, Pinky

Friday, November 23, 2012

~~~My New Turkey Platter!!!~~~

 Happy Friday, or as I like to call it, elastic pants day:):) I hope you all had A wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving. We did and I am very grateful for all my blessings. Yesterday my daughter used this turkey platter and I remarked how pretty it was and how much I liked it. She gave it to me and was grateful for me to take it cause she doesn't like it!!!!!!!!!!!! I am giving her my PLAIN one:) I love the scenes and embellishments along the edge of the platter.
 The colors are also so pretty to me. I have a set of green dishes  (anyone surprised???:):) and they will look nice with this too.
 I look forward to next year to do another pretty table with this platter too.

We are having guests today. Tomorrow I will go decorate my daughters tree and stair railings (all 60 feet of it). Then I can start MY house and I am antsy as can be to GET TO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a beautiful day. XO, Pinky

Sunday, November 18, 2012

~~~ Our 45th Anniversary with our Dinner Group!!!~~~

 Good Sunday evening, my friends! Yesterday was our 45th Anniversary and we hosted our dinner group!  This was our very first dinner party in our NEW HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!! I just got these new turkey plates so wanted to use them since we are days away from Thanksgiving. And boy, do I have ALOT to be Thankful for! I started with a green table cloth, then a twiggy placemat for texture.
 I also like to add a little "fluff" between the plates for fun! I also added some leaves between the charger and the dinner plate.
 A leaf embossed napkin ring encircles the leaf embellished napkins.
 I love the edge of the turkey plates.
 And the turkey looks as if he is "struttin his stuff":):)
 I paired my leaf embossed wine glasses with the amber water goblets.
 And, I used my brown bamboo flatware. I love using it all during the Fall. It will SOON be replaced with my red flatware for the holidays.
 You can see the leaves on the napkins in this shot.

 Our menu was chicken marsala, sweet potato casserole and broccoli with garlic and butter. The pumpkin gravy boat held the DELICIOUS gravy. Is your mouth watering yet:)

 Since we didn't have alot of room for the FOOD, I opted for a simple centerpiece of a hurricane with a candle nestled into a bed of acorns.
 The wine glasses each have 3 different colored leaves on them....

 On this wall I have this small server. The cornucopia that I made several years ago sits here along with 2 large candle holders with heavily detailed candles. I didn't get a GOOD shot of the candles, sorry.

 This is the dining room, looking from the foyer. I had that large round table in the corner to hold the food plates while we were eating. It doesn't stay there.

 We put the chicken marsala on the turkey platter. I am sorry I didn't get a picture of the sweet potatoes or brocolli.

We all had a great evening. It is VERY hard for me to believe that we have been married for 45 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I swear I must have been 3:):):) Thanks SO much for your visit. I truly appreciate each and every one of you!!!!!! I will be joining these parties:
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesdays Treasures
Tutorials and Tips Tuesday at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
It's A Party on Thursday at A Creative Princess
Show and Share on Thursday at Southern Lovely
Open House Party Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Share Your Creations on Thursday at Kristen's Creations
Remodelaholic's Anonymous on Friday at Remodelaholic
Addicts (not so) Anonymous on Friday at Addicted 2 Decorating
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Potpourri Friday at 2805
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Sew Darn Crafty Sunday at
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
Paula and Patti at Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
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