Saturday, November 28, 2009

Working on Christmas

We are decorating today.....

I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

It was Thanksgiving And Then It Was Christmas! Where Did The Time Go????

This is the look you'll see early
Thanksgiving Day

at our house. I will be up early having my first cup-a-joe and working on the menu and putting finishing touches on the table and around the house.

The Menu
Honey Herb Turkey
Cornbread Dressing
(I make mine sweet and savory. What do you like?)
Potatoes augratin (SMIL will be providing... she makes the best!)
Sweet potatoes 50's style (marshmallows on either love'um or hate'um)
Roasted Asparagus Spears
Homemade Dinner Rolls (SSIL is making her specialty)

Apple Pie (My SM will be bringing hers)
Pumpkin Pie (My SM makes the best I've ever had)
Cherry Pie (SSIL will also be bringing her's... ALWAYS a taste treat)

At some point during the day we always watch
A Christmas Story

It's a rule not to be broken. It just gets us in the mood.

Then on Friday, Saturday and Sunday....

Its up early to get my Christmas on!

I hope all of my wonderful blog friends have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving! I am so humbly grateful for each and everyone of your friendships. You mean so much to me. You take the Turkey!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

An Antique Show and Some Great News!

I went to the Antique Show at the State Fair Grounds this afternoon. It was a little disappointing but I did bring home this cute little creamer. I bought it from the most darling little man. He shared so much of his knowledge about depression glass and elegant glass. I just had to buy something from him. When I saw the little pitcher I couldn't pass it up. It is sitting on the counter holding toothpicks now.

On another note.... Some super, wonderful news! Gooseberries was able to renegotiate their lease and will be staying open. YAY! I have to tell you guys.... This makes me so happy. So if you are in the Central Phoenix area Please stop in and see them. I am going to try to come in and order the Special Chicken and Fruit Salad at least every other week. We need to support our small local businesses!

Located in the AJ's Shopping Center

7th Street and Thunderbird - at the Southwest Corner.

13216 N 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85022

For Reservations call:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Scent of Ironing

I have some ironing to do... But I have a new ironing board cover.
It is perfect. Super thick and it fits really really snug.
Plus it's pretty. : )

Does anyone else love the scent of starch and heat?

Am I crazy or what?

I guess some girls like to polish their silver...

So maybe it isn't so strange.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy Fall!

Don't Chocolate and Fall go together?
I think so!

Sunday afternoon I am going to an antique dish show at the fair grounds.
I'm taking my camera so I will be able to share with you.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Adds, Moves, Changes, Mergers and Acquistions

Look what I found! I was sooooo thrilled.

I have been hitting Goodwill about once a week at lunchtime. Usually, I sadly leave empty handed. But this week was pay dirt. I only found one thing, but it was awesome.

See! Made in ancient Thailand.... LOL!
Very Rare and highly prized! snicker.....

Here's the deal .... Every day a certain week number or color is an additional 50% off. Every Saturday is also 50% off. This particular lunch hour it was week 45 or the color green.....
$2 bucks!!

Of course this fact only fuels the treasure hunting addiction!

I knew that I must have it. I simply needed it and that was all there was to that! But where would I put it? Oh bother!
There is always room for more in a small cottage.....

Well,I did find a spot for it and I am really happy that
I went ahead and got it. This is where I decided it looked best.

Love it!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fall Tablescape

A trial Thanksgiving Day Tablescape to share today....

Here's how the dishes stack up...

Spode Copeland Buttercup

Depression glass.... These were a super bargain! They are the very rare Blue Royal Lace pattern. They are normally about $12-$20 each. I got 6 for $12! (shock and awe)
I think they are gorgous!

Johnson Bros. Turkey plates...

My Burlap Tablecloth is perfect for this Thanksgiving table.
If you want to see how I made it... click here.

Many more lovely tables at Between Naps On The Porch.
Be sure you stop by.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Beth Moore

This is a new Bible Study that I picked up and have started.
It's by Beth Moore.

90 Days With A Heart Like His

So far I am really liking it a lot. Has anyone else done this study?
Leave me a comment.
I would love to hear what you thought

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sad, Sad Day

Friday morning I received an email stating that November 21st Gooseberries Tea Room will close their doors. This is very sad news. Gooseberries has been a favorite lunch site for years in the Central Phoenix area. It was so busy the day of The AZ Blogging Luncheon that I thought for sure they would survive. But with lagging sales, its closing was eminent.

All my best wishes to Debra and her husband as they move to the next chapter. You will still be able to visit them on line at

Gooseberries Tea Room and Boutique

Monday, November 2, 2009

How To Make A Round Burlap Tablecloth

I decided this fall that I wanted a different look for our Thanksgiving table. So I looked at the trends and noticed that a lot of burlap is being used. Now I have never worked with burlap before.

I was pretty intimidated. Plus, I have made square tablecloths but never a round. Yet another challenge. I was pretty sure that this wasn't going to work out well.

But I really felt that this was the look that I wanted. So I decided to just get on with it. I went on line and got inspired and some instructions. The first blog that I noticed a really cute burlap tablecloth at, was Cherry Hill Cottage. Miss Tina had featured one of her friend's home and in her dinning room she used the most adorable little tablecloth. You can see her pictures here.
Thank you Tina

When I bought the fabric, the gal at JoAnn's said not to preshrink....but she also looked at me funny when I told her that I was making a tablecloth for Thanksgiving.....
didn't figure she was the expert.

So .... I looked a little more and found a darling blog.Eileen at Star's Fault shared that you can and should preshrink the fabric. Which certainly made more sense to me. Plus it gave the fabric the more relaxed feel that I wanted. She also has a beautiful blog. You can see her pictures here.

And then the last bit of help I got was from I have included their instructions below. My comments are italicized in parentheses.

About.Com How to Make a Round Table Cloth

Determine how much fabric you'll need.
Measure the diameter of the top of the table. To that number, add 2 times the amount you want the tablecloth to hang from the top all the way around. If you want a floor length tablecloth, measure from the top of the table to the floor. Double that number and add the result to the diameter. Add 1 1/2 inches (3/4" all the way around) for the diameter of the piece of fabric you'll need.
Prepare the fabric.

( I washed my Burlap 2 times before I did anything with it. If you don't prewash the fabric you won't be able to wash it once it is done. It shrinks and ravels a lot. Because it is so inexpensive I purchased twice the amount that I thought that I needed.)
Sew panels of fabric together to create a square whose width is the diameter of the circle you've planned to make. Use the full width of the fabric panel for the center section and add the needed widths on each side.

Sew the fabric.
Sew the side panel or panels to the center panel, keeping the seams straight. Finish the seam allowance on the underside by zigzagging or overstitching.
( with the burlap, all of the seams have to be overstitched to prevent raveling.)
Carefully press the seams flat, pressing the seam allowance to one side of the panel.
(I used high heat and steam, but it will still be wrinkled)
If your fabric has a pattern or plaid, be sure to match the pattern or lines of the plaid so that the top of the tablecloth is perfect.
Measure for the round.
Fold the panel in half, corner to corner.
Fold the panel again along the folded edge from corner to corner. You now have a square of fabric, four layers thick, with all the folded edges along one side.

Get ready to trace the outline.
Tie a pencil or piece of fabric-marking chalk onto the end of a piece of string. Cut the string to a length 1/2 the diameter of the desired finished tablecloth plus the hem allowance. Tie a knot in the free end.
Secure the knot of the sting into the folded corner of the fabric panel with a pin.
Mark the pattern.
Starting at one side edge, trace the length of the string onto the fabric, marking an arc onto the fabric.
Cut the round.
Remove the string and cut through all four layers of fabric along the marked outside edge. You'll now have a circle of fabric the desired diameter for your tablecloth, plus the hem allowance.
(I had to do 2 layers at a time)

Prepare the hem.

(I saved myself a lot of time by cutting my 3 inch ruffle on the salvage. No hemming needed!)
Place the fabric circle right-side-down on an ironing board. Fold up the 3/4 inch hem and press up all the way around.
With pins, fold under the raw cut edge of the fabric and pin the hem in place.
Sew the hem.
Carefully either hand-sew or machine-sew the hem around the outer edge, taking care to keep the stitches an even distance from the edge.

Finishing touches.
Press the finished panel, carefully keeping the hem flat and even.


Be sure to purchase enough fabric. A round tablecloth takes much more fabric than you'd think.
Consider using a decorative king-size sheet for your fabric. You'll get a lot of coverage for the money and might not have to piece the panels together.

Be sure your scissors are sharp and strong. It might be difficult to cut through four layers of fabric.

Have a large, clear surfact to work on. A dining room table or clean floor is the best place so that you can spread things out.

For a decorative touch, add fringe, beading, or cording around the bottom edge.

This ended up being a really fun and easy project. I bought enough burlap to do 2 tables for less than $20.00. I hope you will try it and let me know how yours come out.