Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Blessings...for this sliver of solace betwixt holidays, the grace of those close in heart, the simple pleasures of time, health, random acts of kindness, and laughter, all take on deeper meaning.  I cannot think of a more grounded and peaceful time of year to celebrate all that is good in our lives!

Often, this is a time of gathering as well...delicious food, dear family and friends, fond remembrances and cherished traditions.  For me, this is a time to "nest."  The smells of Warm Cinnamon Pumpkin, and Baked Apple Pie bring to mind all things cozy.  I've also re-evaluated our family spaces this season, simplifying the clutter and layering on the comfort, with snugly blankets and updated collections.

My friend, Beth, has the gift of "grouping."  Be it tabletop, nook, or wall she can define a space with effortless inspiration. One of her recent ideas was creating a focal point from the emptiness of a hallway's end. Combining heartfelt typography with similarly hued framed photographs, she has given life to an oft-overlooked area.  

Surprisingly, even these simplest of decorating inspirations can come in many forms.  This summer we were vacationing in the Black Hills.  While dining at a Longhorn Steakhouse in Rapid City, SD, I noticed a unique art piece using shadow boxes.  My inner-DIY'er remembered the collection of NFR belt buckles my husband received from his father.  Being difficult items to display, they were either tossed on a shelf, or boxed, awaiting further motivation.  Pulling the shadow box concept as a collection around our Working Hands print, we now have a meaningful "home" for this treasured memorabilia.

As you look to feature your beloved collections, photographs of holidays past, family heirlooms, or stored mementos, allow the repurposing of household and natural wares to be your muse.  Branches, or our Gratitude Tree, are an easy display piece when adorned with handwritten sentiments, notes of thankfulness, or photos hung from ribbon or tiny clothespins.  Personally, I'm ever on the hunt for unique containers in the form of baskets, pottery, jars, and hurricanes.  Not only does a beautiful pottery piece (think festive Berry Platter) accent your feast, it makes a stunning, and movable!, centerpiece tray/coffee table decor brimming with candles, florals, and other holiday embellishments.  Even simple, clip frames provide easy opportunity to swap out pictures, recipes, favorite quotes, or children's artwork.

To that end, check out our GLORIOUS GIFT SALE, until the end of November...NEW ITEMS ADDED EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY (available while supplies last!)  I also encourage you to peek at the TREASURE CHEST items, updated every Monday.  Both sales host miscellaneous items, significantly reduced just in time for your holiday needs!  

Finally, I'd love to share one of my favorite poems with you.  Although I do not know where it has originated, it conveys a sentiment that connects so many of us with family and friends this time of year; enjoy! 

Blessings from my home to yours...

(Images courtesy of:  HD Wallpapers, Celebrating Home; Poem courtesy of: