Random Monday

Happy start of the week!
Just a couple of thoughts:
Thanksgiving is coming up next week and you are either getting really excited or really stressed or both. I love this holiday myself but sometimes I think we stress over the meal so much that we tend to forget to decorate for Thanksgiving. There are no cute ornaments, no “turkey tree’s” to put up and you don’t pile in the car to look at turkey lights all over the neighborhood.
Sad.

So I have a cute idea for the holiday table so that people will be talking about you into the new year….in a good way.

I got this cute frame at Dollar Tree a few months ago; I love this color for this time of year. Normally, I would have painted this but I think it would look really pretty with all the amber and red colors on a typical Thanksgiving table. All you would need to get is enough of these puppies for as many guests as you are having.

Now- if you are having 50 people at your house a) I am so jealous and b) $50.00 is not economical so skip this idea and just put a paper tablecloth on the dining room table and call it a day. With that many people, no one is gonna care what is on the table unless it is a turkey and the trimmings. But if you have a smaller gathering under 15, this is a great idea.

Go to your computer and print out different themes or words that represent what this holiday means to you and your family; or you could even type the guest’s name in bold letters and type a small blurb about why you are thankful for that person. It personalizes the place setting for that person and is such a great conversation starter.

My friend and I were out yesterday at this really cool and totally free decorating class at Pottery Barn. When we were looking around, we both said, “I wish I were rich so I could shop here”. But it was fun and I took some pictures to steal inspire ideas for us to recreate some of the more expensive items.

One thing we found:

Isn’t this a cute ornament? I am not sure if we could recreate this for less than the $2.99 they were asking but I loved this and see the cute sweater blanket it is resting on??? I love this place, I wish they had one closer so I could spend money work there part time
Also I wanted to show you a picture of the most upscale looking DT I have ever seen.

 

Sorry the picture is a little blurry; we were standing in a crowded parking lot and it was cold.

 

One more note: so the last blog post was about my wedding and I forgot to add pictures of two of the more important elements (to the females at least) of a wedding- my dress and Annie’s dress!

So here are some pictures:

Here is sweet little girls dress. My mom and dad got her this dress at Von Maur in Bloomington, Illionois after trying on a couple of dresses but this is what she chose without any persuasion from mommy. We told her while planning that this was her wedding too and to this day (at age 10) she still says “our wedding” when talking about the day. I love that.

Here is mine and let me tell you the story behind it before I show it to you. So I had planned to get all the girls together and go down to central Illinois to dress shop down there because my parents had just been taken in the night transferred there and I wanted my mom to be a part of this.

So a few weeks before, Rebecca and I were out having a girls day and we stopped by this little dress shop in a town near where we live. Now I am not good at seeing the potential of a dress on a rack, especially wedding dresses. I need to see them on a mannequin or a human being to get the full effect but Rebecca is good at this. After trying on a few dresses, she found my dress and it was two sizes too small. But I loved this dress and I did see the potential it had even though I couldn’t zip it up half way in the back. So I bought it. For 200.00. And then Rebecca and I went to Culver’s to get a burger and fries afterwards.

But after dieting for months, I took it to the seamstress to take off the train and to take it in a few sizes…yeah baby!!…and here is what it looked like on my wedding night:

 

I bet I can’t pull this thing up over my left shin now but I loved this dress. My friend Mindy took this picture because as she said ” you want your grand kids to see how hot you looked on your day“.

Have a great week my beautiful friends.

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