Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thankful Indeed

Hello Everyone!  I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely and if you were out shopping on Black Friday Shopping, I hope you got some awesome deals.  Our holiday was really nice.  Jenna and I cooked together and had such a good time.   She is dating a really sweet guy, Beau, and he joined us for our traditional T-day breakfast and to watch the Macy's Parade.  We ate dinner together as well and everything went well except for the Sweet Potato Souffle.  It didn't set like it should have :(  It still tasted good, it just wasn't pretty - LOL.  Then, on Friday, Dan and I went out to get one special thing:  a 9ft Christmas tree (for $158!).  Once we got it home, I was a bit antsy to get started on the Christmas decorating.  Yes, the Christmas season has commenced in the Jackson household but, as usual, the time zone is quite behind in the Land of Encraftment so there's still time to share my Thanksgiving decorations.  (yup, my own little world....)

I used a lot of thrifted items and it is thrilling to see things come together and for such a small amount of money.  I started with the foyer:

The small pumpkin, beaded grapes and porcelain quail came from GW outlet.  I bought the painting ($3) at the retail GW and the vintage amber glass lamp ($12) came from Two Times New.  I bought the silk leaves at Michael's after Halloween for 80% off so it feels like it was thrifted :).  The "32" is our house number and I bought them at Hobby Lobby last season.  If you look in the mirror (bottom square) you can see the wreath on the front door - cool! :)

Next, I decorated the family room mantel:

There are a number of thrifted things here too -- two cut glass hurricanes, Murano vintage amber glass candle holders, vintage green Napco vase, silver mercury glass candlestick, the two large birch logs, firewood holder, and the basket with the fall arrangement.  The galvanized bucket is hosting a string of lighted fall leaves --also thrifted--and LED branches from Target also.  I bought the birch branches from Michaels last year.  My favorite thing here is the metal "FAMILY" from Hobby Lobby.  It was the cherry on the top of a lovely Thanksgiving :)

I set the dining table with vintage glass:

The centerpiece, vintage Indiana Glass diamond point green and amber goblets were thrifted as were the amber glass butter dish (which served cranberries for the big meal) and the large amber compote.  I bought the tablecloth at Kohl's last year.  My plates came from antique stores --with the exception of the Myott turkey plates which came ebay.  Here is a closer look at the plates:

I used candlewick salad plates (*love*), Queen's Myott Thanksgiving Turkey plates, and Federal Glass Patrician  (1933-1937) which I used as a charger.

The silverware is International Silver Rogers Bros., "Louvain" pattern (1918 silverplate).  I thrifted my first few pieces (from Class and Trash) and have added to it by finding pieces on ebay and antique stores.  The napkin rings are clear glass (Pyrex).  The pretty little metal leaf picks came from Hobby Lobby - 80% off :)  Here is the table all decked out:

Here is a closer look at the buffet:

The buffet was a Craigslist find for $125.  The picture frames, little shelf, candles, and tiny plate were thrift finds.  I framed an International Silver ad from 1920 advertising the pattern I collect.  I don't know what to put in the other

and just because I'm sappy and sentimental, here is my dining room last year:

And here it is now:

I'm linking up!

From My Porch To Yours, Treasure Hunt Thursday
Kathy with an E, You're Gonna Love it Tuesday

Have a great week!


  1. All your fall touches were fabulous! I bet your Christmas will be grand as well. Thanx for joining THT Lisa!

  2. Lovely table and your Fall decorating is so pretty and festive. I have started my Christmas decorating. Resting my back here and there.