A Thanksgiving Corner

I love using what I already have to come up with something different. This year, I am using this grape tray to display some corn and chocolates (those ears of corn are at least five years old, but they still look pretty good to me to throw away):

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I got this idea that I could display my Portuguese Majolica Grape Plates in stacked-pancake-style on this cake stand that just normally sits on my counter top empty:

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Thank you for visiting my little Thanksgiving Corner. Stay warm (for the Northern Hemispher-ers), and enjoy a lovely spring day (for the Southern Hemispher-ers)! :) Oh, and don’t forget to grab some chocolate before you go — if you like chocolates, that is! :)

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Charmingly Tiny

I was inspired by Mary’s “Small is Beautiful” post today to look for something tiny and small in my house, but perfectly competitive in the charm department. I came across this tiny Royal Selangor trinket box that sits on the occasional table in the foyer:

I remember purchasing it the first year I was married. It is barely 1.5″ in diameter, and slightly less than 2″ tall. But I was taken aback by the details once I examined it closely. I went away thinking that the trinket box was absolutely charming!


Sometimes, it is the small things that we do that mean the most beautifully to others.

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On another note – I am officially DONE with my quilt deadlines that have been dogging me for a while! I am so excited that I can actually do something different for a change even if it’s just for a while! ;) More sewing/quilting posts to come next week!

Christmas Everyday

For this Friday’s Show-and-Tell hosted by Kelli, I am showing you one of my most priced treasures: a pewter nativity set (commonly known as Creche in Europe) from home. Somehow, I couldn’t mentally get pass putting Christ back into the box after the first Christmas I displayed the set. So, I have just left my nativity set out all year round through all these years, albeit without the usual Christmas trimmings. Right now, it is sitting on my silver chest on the kitchen counter – that makes life quite interesting whenever I have to get an extra silver spoon or something or other from the chest. :) It’s been six years since my parents presented this very much treasured gift to me when they were here visiting:

The details are quite stunning as one stops to appreciate them:

I think my all-time favorite piece in the whole set is the camel. The craftsmen did a superb job in making the camel look so realistic. It’s kind of silly, but I really like the tassels:

Here are some pictures from past Christmas-es:

Leaving the nativity set out does a lot of good to my heart and soul. It reminds me personally that the Christmas message in reality does not end with the annual celebration. Rather, it emanates day after day, season after season, year after year, generation after generation. It also provides me a connection with my parents who live far from me. Each time I stop to look and appreciate the set, I think of them and am thankful for them.

So, in the spirit of this post, may I wish you, my bloggy friends, a Merry Christmas? :)