Monday, December 31, 2012

Tablescapes and More of Christmas Past

Still Celebrating the Season....

This post is full of pics celebrating Christmas at Tablescaping Escpades for the past few years. 

Thanks for stopping by to check out my Tablescaping Escapades.

All the Best,


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas Brunch 2012

I certainly hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior and enjoy time with family and friends, truly the best gifts of all.

Every Christmas morning, we have Christmas Brunch after Sweet Pea and Sugar Puttin’ open and play with their presents. My in-laws join us since they come first thing in the morning, so I set a place for them, too.

This year on my Tablescaping Escapades at HomeGoods, I found a beautiful set of china by Grace TEA WARE, no pattern name. Hopefully, I will find more pieces next year. I have eight plates, eight cups and saucers, four salad/side plates, one small oval platter, and four small berry/soup bowls (not shown). They are trimmed in gold with a ring of berries and on a vine of leaves – just adorable. I have other Grace TEA WARE pieces without pattern, but far from ordinary, like the butter dish included in my Thankful, Thankful post.

In the center, there is a tiered tea cup and saucer holder or a cupcake stand, depends upon how you use it.  Today, its a tea cup and saucer holder.  My second mother (my dad's dear wife) found this tea cup and saucer holder, brushed with the slightest hint of gold in an antique store.  This summer, she had taken me antiquing and I found one of these stands.  We hunted for another one to no avail, but later she found this one and brought it to me; I was so delighted.

Each place setting is set upon charger plates, a thrifty find for a $1 each at the antique mall. The flatware is gold-plated Grand Duchess. These seemed to complement the dishes. I purchased a set of twelve a several years ago from Tuesday Morning. I had been admiring them on Horchow, so you can imagine my merriment when they were $99.00 at Tuesday Morning with the flatware chest – love it!

The green goblets are from Target, a great find a few years ago. At the time, Target had lavender or purple stems, too; I wished I had gotten those, as well.  Those uber gorgeous tri-color organza napkins are from Pier 1.  The gold-banded napkin rings were my darling mother's; we were out on Tablescaping Escapades at Stroud's.

Usually for brunch, I pick a dish or two from one of my holiday recipe books are magazines. This year, I kept it simple with good old fashioned buttermilk pancakes with a variety of syrups to suite your taste buds, turkey bacon, broccoli and cheese quiche, orange juice, coffee and tea.

Enjoy the sweet taste of success in 2013!

Tablescaping Escapades

I'm joining Susan's Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.  Stop by the porch and see all of the beautiful tablescapes.

Happy New Year!

All the Best,


Monday, December 10, 2012

Thankful, Thankful

Thankful, thankful, Lord I adore thee! Wow, it has been over two years since my last post. So much has happened.... milestones, loss, and triumphs... life. Through it all, I am glad I prevailed, thanks to Almighty God.

Over three years ago on a Thursday, I conducted an Internet search for a celebrity chef’s tablescape, but what I found was Between Naps on the Porch. Just about every Thursday after that first chance encounter, I have visited Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. As time went on, I wanted to comment on all of the beautiful tablescapes on Tablescape Thursday and join the party.  I was really excited to learn that so many others enjoy tablescaping as much as I do.

After I had been laid off for several months, I decided to join blogland so that I could compliment creative tablescapes of other dish-a-holics and participate in blog parties. I had a ball sharing my Tablescaping Escapades and visiting other blogs. Although I have not posted in over two years, I have still been on many Tablescaping Escapades.

My previous employer was acquired by a competitor, hence my layoff. Actually, it was a stressful environment and I really wanted a year off to myself, spend more time as a Domestic Diva with Sweet Pea and Sugar Puddin’, and entertain family and friends, breathe, relax – not really. How could I help support my family? How would we survive? God knows the desires of our hearts.

Someone, an angel, contacted me about an opportunity. The more I learned about the organization, the more I liked it. The company mission seemed to align with my personal mission which is based upon The Prayer of Jabez, “O God and King, please expand my opportunities and my impact in such a way that I touch more lives for Your glory. Let me do more for You!”

There were a couple of hiccups during the interview process, but I just knew, this company had to be the one. Exactly one year to the date I was laid off, I received a job offer from my current employer. Hallelujah! God knows the desires of our hearts, and He fulfilled my desire and answered my subconscious prayer – a year off work.  Now, back to work I go, happily and thankfully.

When I told my father-in-love this story, he said you should write a journal about it. I will, I told him.

Before I sit down to my computer as I commence my work day, I repeat my mission to myself and thank God because I feel that my service to my employer really has a positive impact on many lives, to God be the Glory.

I plan on sharing how thankful I am with Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper and Tablescape Thursday with Between Naps on the Porch.

All the Best,