Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Christmas Mantel With An Antique Window and Lots of Ornaments

I wasn't going to decorate my mantel until after Thanksgiving this year but decided at the last minute to get it done before family members arrived.  



I was thinking that if the mantel was ready, our guests might want to take some family pics. I was right, they did take several pics with the mantel as a backdrop. 



The antique window was recently purchased at an antique mall then painted and the window panes sprayed with snow.  I made a swag for the window from fresh cedar, berry picks, sprayed pinecones plus a bow. 





Many of our glass ornaments are special and each has a story. I just can't hang them on the tree and risk them falling on our wood floors. I was happy too find the ornament hangers at Hobby Lobby to hold them. If you look close at Raggedy Andy, you can see most of his legs are missing. He had a little accident a few years back so "hanging out" works perfect for him. 





Two garlands were combined then swags were tied into the garland to fill it out. I used staircase lights in the garland plus ornaments and picks. A video from here was my inspiration for the garland. Nothing new was purchased for the garland, I just used what I had. 


I whitewashed the fireplace a few months ago, you can see that DIY here. I'm happy with our Christmas mantel against the whitewashed brick. 












Thanks for stopping by to see my Christmas Mantel - Judy. 





Linking to these great parties:


Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog

Fall into Fall@ DIY by Design on Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings
Thoughts of Home on Thursday @ White Spray Paint
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays







Thursday, December 1, 2016

Currier and Ives Blue for a Christmas Tablescape

I have developed a love for blue and white and was so thrilled to visit an antique store in my area of Kentucky and purchase this Currier and Ives blue set of antique china. The china was made by Royal China Company in the USA from 1950 to 1986. I felt just like a kid in a candy store as I looked at each piece. 





I find myself searching for blue and white tablescapes on blogs and Pinterest.





Setting a table for eight with this china is so much fun for me. I just love the look! The chargers are chop plates by Bordallo Pinheiro followed by dinner plates with "The Old Grist Mill" design and fruit bowls with "The Old Farm Gate" design.  




Six dark blue candles surrounded by fresh cut cedar lined the center of the table.




Blue glass ornaments filled a raised crystal bowl while mirrored glass ornaments nestled in the cedar cuttings. 




Blue beaded garland ran atop the cedar pieces. 





Cedar cuttings and blue glittered stem filled a crystal vase near the table. 





Flatware for the blue and white tablescape is 1847 Rogers Old Colony. The silver plated flatware was a gift from my husband's aunt years ago. 






Crisp white dinner napkins rolled inside antique silver napkin rings were placed at an angle to the top left side of the dinner plate. 







Blue goblets from my hutch were selected to finish the table setting. 





Magnolia leaf clusters were cut from a friend's tree and attached to wire wreaths. Blue ribbon bows were tied and fastened to each wreath before they were hung from each set of shutters.  The leaves last about 10 days so beware of making the wreaths too early. 









Gosh, I am ready for the guests to arrive and share some holiday laughter and fun around this Currier and Ives Blue Christmas tablescape. 







Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy.

Linking to these wonderful parties:


Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog

Fall into Fall@ DIY by Design on Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings
Thoughts of Home on Thursday @ White Spray Paint
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays








Monday, November 28, 2016

A Few Birds in the Upper New England States

In early October, we visited the six upper New England States to see the fall leaves (plus a couple of days in New York). I'm running behind in sharing this post but I decided to go ahead and post it before winter really sets in. I thought the leaves were gorgeous in certain places.



We were able to get some pictures of a few birds from the area to share.


In Stowe, Vermont, we saw a mallard drake on a pond at a hotel we stayed. This male duck has beautiful colors. 


His green head, gray flanks, and black tail-curl make him easy to identify. 




I thought this pic of the mallard drake and hen was interesting. Look close at the hen and you will notice she has a dark blue patch on her wing and a dull orange and black bill. 






Also in Stowe, we saw lots American Robins in a berry tree off the deck of our hotel room. 



The robins were having a feast on the berries.



One of the days of our trip, we rode the Cape Cod Central Railroad along the Cape Cod Canal in Massachusetts. Perched on a telephone pole along the canal was a Double-crested Cormorant.




I'll end with a collage of pics from the White Mountain National Park Lower Falls.



Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

Linking to:


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening


Our World @ Our World Tuesday Meme
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern on Tuesday evening

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods
Floyd Family Homestead on Wednesday

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 

Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday evening
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday evening

Photo Friday @ Pierced Wonderings
Skywatch Friday @ Skyley


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon




Sunday, November 13, 2016

Gather Here With A Grateful Heart - A Thanksgiving Tablescape


Soon we will gather around our tables to celebrate Thanksgiving here in USA. We will give thanks and celebrate the day with family and friends. 


Turkeys will be cooking in our ovens and wonderful aromas will fill our homes. Tables will be set, whether elegant or simple, it won't matter, for it is the gathering of grateful hearts that makes this day so special.




 As you scroll down the page, I hope you will reflect on what you are grateful for.











I know you are planning your menus and gathering your dishes as all good bloggers do.



From the words of George Washington . . . "that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country . . . "


Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy.

Linking to these great parties:

Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog

Fall into Fall@ DIY by Design on Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings
Thoughts of Home on Thursday @ White Spray Paint
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays