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My passion is decorating with vintage and antique finds on a budget. There was a time when I wouldn't have dreamed of going into a goodwill. That day has passed. :) My second love is scrapbooking all those special family moments for posterity, and I recently set up my very own scrapbooking room. I have three beautiful children, two sons and a daughter as well as a sweet (albeit full blooded Yankee) daughter-in-law and two grandgirls. I also enjoy gardening, meeting new friends and relaxing on my patio in the evenings with a glass of fine wine. During the summer of 2001, I spent two glorious weeks at Kennedy Space Center. I've been somewhat of a space geek ever since....

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Monday, December 7, 2009

My Christmas Tablescape

Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch is graciously hosting another Tablescape Thursday. Hop on over and visit her at I've been busy decorating for Christmas and carried the theme into the dining room.... DOUBLECLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO ENLARGE THEM. A lighted garland placed down the center of the table adds glow as do the snowmen tealight holders. I added color by embellishing the garland with faux grapes in gold and burgundy and anchored the garland on each end with apothecary jars filled with shiny Christmas ornaments.
The black chargers were marked down to $1.50 each at Hobby Lobby last summer and I'm so glad I snapped them up. I love the way they make the other colors in my tablescapes really pop.

I'm pining for some Christmas salad plates.... but in the meantime I'm using the green plates I picked up at Tuesday Morning. Have you seen the new Noble Excellence Twelve Days of Christmas salad plates? They are beautiful but too pricey for my budget at this point... Most everything is too pricey at this point. LOL

I've decided to enlarge my collection of milk glass and transferred the pieces I have to my china cabinet for a change of pace. My mother passed these pieces down to me years ago and I've only recently really come to appreciate their classic beauty.

The silverplate belonged to my great aunt Clara on my daddy's side of the family. I did some online research and discovered that the pattern is called "Elaine" by Oneida, circa 1926. From the looks of it, it wasn't put away for special occasions but used often. What good are fine things if we don't ever enjoy them? Here is a close up look at it. For some reason, there are no salad forks in the set, just dinner forks... Any ideas on that?

The pattern isn't as ornate as most Southern patterns but very pretty nevertheless. You can see the wear on the bowls of the spoons in this photo.

This shot gives a nice view of the switchplate and extension cord, LOL... It's funny how the camera captures all of those little details and records them for posterity.

Here's a view with the lighting dimmed...... Be sure to doubleclick on the image to see the light reflecting off the crystal champagne glasses.

I do believe I got somewhat carried away with photos this time..... The antique mirror at the end of the table is begging to be hung on the far wall, isn't it? Anyone have a studfinder I could borrow? It weighs far too much to be hung any other way.

Here's one last shot of my tablescape. Thanks for hanging in there through the entire post.... ;-) Hope your season is filled with holiday joy....



  1. A very pretty table -- I just love Christmas tables and each one is so different!

  2. First of all I love your music, she is so wonderful to listen to, one of my favorites, and then the dining room is so pretty, I want a dining the centerpiece and I really like the green plate on the beautiful placemat, everything looks so it, I am a new follower of yours and would love for you to come for a visit...

  3. Great table! I love the snowmen! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Terri, love your festive table. The snowmen are adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  5. The snowmen are precious. Those black chargers do make the entire table pop.

  6. The table is so lovely. I love your combination's and the green plates are very nice. Keep looking for some special salad plates, I found some at Goodwill that I love.

  7. Your table is truly gorgeous. Love does indeed live in the details.

  8. I love your table and the centerpiece is lovely. The snowman jars are precious. I have been up to some decorating too and having lots of fun.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  9. Great table. It's beautiful and the only thing missing is a sumptious meal. You have impeccable taste Terri.

  10. Fabulous table! I love that "dark" shot. That made it look so magical. I'd love to share this on my christmas table decorations board on Pinterest. Merry Christmas!


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