A few of my favorite THANKSGIVING things

I always thought that Thanksgiving is the perfect way to wrap up the autumn season. By the next Show-and-Tell hosted by Kelli, many of us will be having our “second or third Thanksgiving feast” with the leftovers.

Here are a few of my favorite things leading up to Thanksgiving:

1. The foliage

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2. Home Decorating

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3. The Food

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4. The books

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5. And of course, the dishes and tablesetting

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Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone. I wish you a safe travel for those who will be traveling, and most of all, a BLESSED celebration for all of you and your loved ones!

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Dish-aholic Part 6: Brown Beauty

I took some time off from quilting this afternoon to play with some breakables:

I started the Spode Woodland mixed with Delamere collection years ago (when the pieces were still crafted in England) for my husband because autumn is his favorite season. I think the game bird motif and the floral border make the perfect marriage combining the masculine and feminine tastes:

Well, some of the usual suspects refused to be left out…

Now that playtime is over (time to get back to quilting), how about some tea before you leave for the other show-and-tell? It rained here yesterday, and it’s been cold today. A hot tea would do me good before I head back to the sewing dungeon…

Don’t be bashful – I have plenty more cups and mugs in the cupboard! If Earl Grey doesn’t sound good, I have other blends too. :)

As for my favorite piece in the collection – it will have to be a toss-up between the teapot (because of the acorn-shaped knob on the lid) and the cornucopia:

Thanks for stopping by – it was nice having you. Have a marvelous weekend, everyone!

Wiesbaden Napkin Fold

Some of you have asked me to demonstrate how to do this napkin fold:

It is called the “Wiesbaden” because this napkin fold adorns many dining tables in the beautiful resort town of Wiesbaden, Germany (from Linda Hetzer’s The Simply Art of Napkin Folding).

[I find that for the best presentation, you would have to use quality linen that has a bit of a “body” and is not too “limp”, or else your folds won’t stand up as nicely. For the “real” thing, I also press and starch my linen before performing the fold. I also found that a larger fork (Continental size) works and looks best.]

First, fold the napkin in half diagonally to form a triangle:

Fold up the bottom edge about 1-1/2 inches:

From the center, fold three one-inch pleates and insert the pleats in between the tines of the fork. There you have it – Simple, simple, simple!! You may choose to display the napkin with or without that “front” fold depending on from which direction you insert the pleats between the tines:

I hope you have enjoyed this short tutorial, and that it has given you some ideas for your Thanksgiving presentation this year!

Have a great day, everyone!

More Autumn Accoutrement

Last week, I had shown you some autumn tablescape that I was able to capture from years past (click on link to see more shots):

Earlier this week on my cleaning day, I captured a few more shots. This time with more of a “blogger’s” perspective (click on link to see more shots):

And my camera battery went dead right about that time. So, here are the rest of what I put up from my cleaning day:

I have to tell you a little about these candles. I had gotten these candles probably seven years ago for about $0.15 each. And I have used them every year for the fall season since – they still smell wonderful whenever I bring them out. They were very inexpensive, but they have become part of my fall tradition:

This is another floral arrangement I did a few years ago, and have always dragged out for display in the fall. This year, I have displayed it with an oil painting of Tuscany as a backdrop. I also mixed in an old pair of gilded birds, shiny and tarnished silver pieces and some other greenery:

I happened to have a tube of lotion with orange packaging — how is that for details?! :)

Thank you for coming to my show and tell today. Do leave me a comment to let me know you have dropped be so that I can visit you! I hope you have a beautiful weekend, my bloggy friends.

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My candles remind me of one of my favorite William Bradford quotes:

“Thus of out small beginnings, greater things have grown by His hand Who made all things out of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light enkindled here has shone to many, yea, in a sense our whole nation; let the glorious name of Jehovah have all the praise.”

And to that I say “Amen, and Amen”!

More Autumn Tablescape

I stuck to my plan today – I cleaned, I dusted, I vacuumed, I mopped, and the most fun part was I put out some fall decorations!! :)

Here are my Irish Belleek kids again – doing their part in celebrating the fall season. [Ivory Spring’s HOLIDAY TRADITION — I always read “Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford during the couple of months leading up to Thanksgving]:

I decided to do something more “grand” with them, starting with an Italian gilded mirror that never got hung, and some fall “scraps” I have used over and over again over the years:

This is the final look, and the centerpiece is displayed on our breakfast table:

I decided to use the rest of the scraps for the display on the dining table. See if you could spot some usual suspects from this post:

This is my 2006 Thanksgiving Menu Card that I had done by hand-calligraphy to let my guests know what we were having for dinner that night:

Right about this time, my camera battery was running out of steam. I had to stop taking pictures and save the battery juice for uploading the pictures. I will have more pictures to show you later this week. Meanwhile, HAPPY FALL, everyone! :)

Autumn Tablescape

To get geared up for the fall season, I am showing you a few of my autumn tablescape pictures. Please keep in mind those pictures were taken before blogging, so you would have to excuse the quality of some (*grin*):

I have truly enjoyed reading the holiday traditions you have left on my giveaway post. I will be sharing between now and the holiday season the different traditions we have at my house – one of which is that we do not serve turkey at any other time during the year except during THANKSGIVING (or maybe Christmas). It makes it all the more special when we walk through the house on Thanksgiving Day and smell the turkey roasting deliciously in the oven!

I wish my bloggy friends in the Northern Hemisphere a very beautiful and safe autumn! Till next time! :)

Click the following links for more autumn tablescapes:

More Autumn Accoutrement

More Autumn Tablescape

Autumn Dessert Presentation

Click here if you are interested in the napkin presentation.