Monday, November 17, 2014

A Thankful Giveaway

Hello friends!

Forgive me for having disappeared from blogland, 
yet again, 
but honestly, I was at a loss for something to post about.  

Thanksgiving is upon us 
and though I'm chomping at the bit to decorate for Christmas, 
I'm trying to hold out until the day after Thanksgiving to decorate.  
That has always been my tradition, 
and as much as I'm being prodded by the blog world to decorate now, 
I'm shakily holding my ground.

This past Spring, sweet Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows had a giveaway.  
I was the lucky winner of that giveaway.  
What did I win?

A subscription to The Cottage Journal magazine!

I have to say girls, I really did enjoy this subscription.  
It's just 5 issues, but it's been 5 wonderful issues.
 Here is the latest Christmas issue:

So much to see!  So much to love!

In the spirit of thankfulness that comes with Thanksgiving, 
I have decided to give a subscription to one of you!

No jumping through hoops to enter,
(I'd love it if you followed me, but it isn't necessary) 
Just please leave me a comment if you'd like to be entered. 
If you are a no-reply blogger, 
please make sure I have an email address to reach you 
should you be the winner.  

And that's it friends.  
I will draw a winner sometime Thanksgiving weekend.  
Good luck!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thanksgiving Chalkboard and the Love of Pumpkin Pie

Happy November!

Can it really be November already?

Time sure does fly by.

I thought I'd drop in quickly today to share my 
dining room chalkboard with you.  
She's all set for Thanksgiving...

Although I'm no artist, 
I had some fun with this one.

Mind if I share a short story?

As I was on my step stool, chalking away,
my husband yells from the other room,

"In the time it's taking you to draw that pumpkin pie,
you could have made a pumpkin pie."

Then upon completion of my "masterpiece" I hear,

"It looks nice, but it could have looked
even better if it came with an actual 
pumpkin pie."

He's like living with a comedian, I tell you!! 

The question now is...
Should I make him wait until Thanksgiving Day
for pumpkin pie or not?


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spookley the Ghost Pillow


I don't know if you recall the little Halloween pillow I made a couple of years ago.  
He was inspired by a pillow I had seen at Target.
(You can read about it here.)

I named him Jack........

Jack the Pumpkin pillow was one of my more popular posts 
here at Random Thoughts.

When I began decorating for Halloween this year, 
I put Jack in his rightful spot on my sitting room sofa.  

Then I got to thinking.

Wouldn't it be nice if Jack had a friend?
Because who doesn't want a fun friend to hang out with as we
anticipate the arrival of Halloween.

Enter Spookley the Ghost..............

Spookley is, like Jack, made of soft fleece
and is all hand stitched.

Nothing fancy here.  

I drew Spookley free hand so I could have him just the way I wanted him,
but there are tons of ghost templates on the internet
should you not wish to draw your own.

They look kind of cute together, don't they?

 The countdown to Halloween is on!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vintage Halloween in the Dining Room

Hello all! 

My computer issues have finally been resolved.  
We ended up buying a new computer!

I'm sure I've missed lots of Fall & Halloween fun in the past week.
Try as I might, I'll never get caught up on visiting
all of you to see everything I missed last week. 

I pulled out my vintage looking Pumpkin head people for Halloween.  
I know you've probably seen them before.
 I love them, so I display them every year,
in different ways.

Traditional Halloween colors of
black, orange, silver & white.
Lots of glitter too.

Here's a closer look:

I can't believe we are almost halfway through October already.  
Just where does the time go?
Halloween will be here before we know it.

Enjoy the week, my friends!
See you soon.

Linking to:

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Golden Sunflowers Tablescape

Ahh yes, long lost friend. 
I have missed you.

I had a few extra minutes and thought aloud,
"I need a pretty tablescape!"
(which I do realize may seem sad to some who just don't get it.  lol)

So here goes:

The warm colors of Fall are always a welcome sight this time of year.


You may recall seeing some of these items 
from my other tablescapes.
Nothing is new here.

Wicker placemats from Pier 1.
Bronze chargers from Michaels.
Orange Dinner plates from Walmart, Better Homes & Gardens collection.
Sunflower plates from Christmas Tree Shop.
Napkins from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Flatware...a mystery.  For the life of me, I can't remember!
Park Lane wine glasses from local antique shop.
Amber bubble goblets were borrowed from my sister 
(I believe she got them at Tuesday Morning)
Burlap runner from Home Goods.
Black enamel splatterware coffee pot from local antique shop.


The tree looking out the dining room window
had not changed when I took these photos several weeks ago.  
 It's turning a vibrant red now. 

Thank you for visiting me today.
Happy Fall!

Just an fyi:  I'm having computer
issues, which I'm hoping are resolved soon.
I could scream... it's all very frustrating.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Decor in the Living Room

I'd like to move on to the last leg of our Fall home tour.  
Today, I'm going to share the remainder of my living room.

In August, we purchased new couches for our living room.  
(It was torture waiting for them to be made, let me tell you!)
New couches lead to a new coffee table, 
which lead to new curtains, 
which lead to new end tables,
which lead to a new area rug....
oh you know how it goes.  

I wanted to show you this room once it was completed, 
but by the time I had most of the players in place, 
it was time to decorate for Fall.  

Here's my new living room all set for Fall:

I don't know if you remember what it looked like before, 
but you can take a peek here.

I can't even begin to tell you how I love this new look!
All the major pieces are neutral, so I can add whatever accent
colors I want without worry.

I sewed 3 out of 4 of the pillows you see here.
I used the same fabric to make the banner for the mantel.

I'm sure you've seen my gallery wall decor before,
but I decided to give it the Fall treatment.

I had crafted the rag wreath earlier in the year for my dining room.
It was all in neutral shades so it was a cinch to add some orange fabric
scraps to it and turn it into a Fall rag wreath.

I rarely share the shelves of the entertainment center 
because in all honesty, I'm just not confident in my 
shelf decorating skills.   
I was somewhat happy with these, so here you go.

This room did not have a coffee table previously,
I had leather ottomans instead.
This time around, I wanted a coffee table.
I had to order it and  wait several weeks (there's that torture again!),
but I was so happy when it finally arrived.

Coffee table vignette:

Here's another view where you can see a bit of the fire place as well.

I hope you enjoyed my Fall tour.

Now that that's done, I guess it's getting about time
 to decorate for Halloween, isn't it?

Linking to:

Inspire Me Monday @ Sand & Sisal


Friday, September 26, 2014

2014 Fall Mantel

My Fall mantel this year is fairly simple.  
~Simple, but warm~

The only things new here are the beige candle holders.
I bought them at Hobby Lobby.
Everything else, I'm sure you've seen before at one time or other
throughout different Fall vignettes over the years.

(Please, as always, ignore that ceiling fan image in the mirror!)

I think I've had these pumpkin topiaries at least 10 years!

This Fall, I crafted/sewed quite a few items.
You saw the wreath in my dining room here,
and above is the banner I sewed.  

I love seeing my Mantel all dressed for Fall.

I'll be back soon to share the rest of the living room with you.

Enjoy the day!
Have a pumpkin flavored something or other to celebrate!

Linking to:

Tuesdays at Our Home at Our Home Away from Home
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

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