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Easter Decorating

Easter is just days away now.  I didn’t do a lot of decorating for this holiday this year.  One thing I do have to put out every year, though, is this adorable, now vintage, Happy Easter train.  Look closely and you can see the word Happy spelled out in twig letters held by the little bunnies.  The word Easter is spelled out on the train cars.  This year I have it on the kitchen counter.

Easter Train ~ From My Carolina Home

The Spring Tulip Mini Quilt is on the stand.  I need to get a few more designs done for this stand.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

On the wall is my original disappearing nine patch based quilt, Stacked Bricks.  That pattern is free in my Craftsy store.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

This little Button basket is a fun crafting project.  Just glue pastel color buttons to the side of a basket in rows of colors, then fill with some silk flowers.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

This little ducky is too cute with her Easter hat and egg.  I put a silk violet in a yellow basket nearby.

Easter decorating at From My Carolina Home

Over on the coffee table, I set out a wool-work rabbit penny rug with a glass bunny on it.

Easter decorating at From My Carolina Home

So, not a lot of specifically Easter decorations, most will stay out until summer.  Are you decorating for spring?

 

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January Clean Out Project and Thrift Store Finds

January just seems like the right time to pare down, so I am cleaning up and clearing out.  I am laughing as I write this as I hit some thrift stores in Brevard recently and scored a number of great finds!  But as new-to-me comes in, some old has to go.  Each year I try to find one area to give special scrutiny – two years ago it was my closet (What’s in Your Closet?), and last year it was the the recipe clutter (Getting Organized Saving Recipes).  This year, I decided to take a brutal look at the linen drawers.  I have linens for tablescapes in three different places, and this year I need to finally organize them better and discard the hopelessly stained.  First is to pull out everything and give it a good going over.  Some things get one more chance in the washer, and some things were given to DH to use in his garage.  I got new kitchen towels for Christmas (thanks, dear MIL!), so a lot of the old ones need to finally go.  Do you keep favorite kitchen towels long after they should be tossed?

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

All the Christmas linens were washed and this year stored with the Christmas stuff, instead of putting them in the hutch drawers to just take up space for a year.  The autumn items were put in a different set of drawers in the secretary in the loft.  That left me with a lot more usable space for everyday linens and colors that cross over holiday seasons in the main hutch.  There may just be a bit of space for some new placemats.

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

The pumpkin napkin rings were put with seasonal linens.

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

The other everyday or cross seasonal napkin rings were put into plastic bags to keep them together.

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

Score!! Thrifting over in Brevard was very fruitful! I managed to get a neat set of gold square chargers (you saw them on the Romantic Table for Two blog hop) along with these marvelous magnolia plates, and a couple of shabby silverplate items.

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

Same trip, different thrift store, and I found some parfait glasses. I have wanted a set of these for a long time. The glass was cloudy, but how can I resist when they were only 10 cents each!  Not one chip on any of them.

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

Amazingly, one trip through the dishwasher, and they were clear again!

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DH will insist that if something comes in, something else needs to go. So, I let go of the black octagon dishes, and a set of round gold chargers. Linens I haven’t used in years were washed and put into the donate pile. I also let go of some other baking pots, and a few more Christmas items.  Four bags of stuff were donated to the Blue Ridge Humane thrift store.

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More books went to the Friends of the Library for their semi-annual sale.  Magazines to the exchange table.

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

Plus two bags of fabric bits to the quilt club.  The fabric was set out at the January meeting for members to take for free and use in charity quilts or however they liked.  What was left over went to Project Linus.

So, it was OK for these rattan chargers to come home for an outdoor meal next summer.

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

While I was in clean out mode, I cleaned up my workbench where I do stamping, crafting and painting.  A box of stamps was put on eBay for sale along with some other items.  More items went to the donation pile.

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

Now I have space to work. I plan to turn this tarnished little silverplate piece into a pincushion. This type of thing seems to sell well on Etsy, so I think I’ll try my idea of making one with velvet and some trinkets.

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

I found this one too, not sure what it was originally, but I think it will make a lovely pincushion.

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

More crafting, quilting and sewing coming up next.  What are you playing with now?

 

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Winter White

Now that the holidays are truly over, I like to create a cleaner space after the clutter of the autumn season followed by Christmas.  For me, going to to an all white decor is a rest for the eyes before getting to the rich Valentine reds  and Mardi Gras colors of February. The snow over the weekend helped set the mood too, and our pub table is now decked out in all white.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

I found these darling little mitten ornaments with snowflakes at the thrift store, and they had four! So, of course they become napkin ring ornaments.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

The placemats are my vintage Battenberg lace ones, with the white French Country dinnerware. I added a little white sauce dish at the top. It can hold some teriyaki or horseradish sauce for a pork roast dinner.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

In the center, a white rabbit planter holds the white poinsettia from the holidays. It is still growing, and I turned the silver side of the wrapper out.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

On either side are white pillar candles in the cut glass holders I’ve had for many years. I found the white iridescent beads at the thrift store too, and lay them around the center for a bit of sparkle.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

Another thrift store find, this little snowflake candle holder is a perfect addition to the other side of the centerpiece.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

Here’s a wider view of the whole table.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

White is the theme all through the house, with this display on the kitchen counter. The white colander holds a new white candle in a lovely scent called Winter Garden. The white salt and pepper are within easy grasp sitting on a lace placemat.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

In the den, I put the White Mini Quilt on the stand, adding white candles on the side. My white reindeer stays out all winter, and this year he sits regally near the quilt. The little pine cone next to him is a candle with glitter, too pretty to burn.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

In a corner, the antique table usually holds a quilt, but for January it displays another Battenburg runner.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

On the coffee table, I placed the Snowflake runner from last year, with a Fenton candy dish, my depression glass American potpourri dish, and a book of Andrew Wyeth art. The cover shot is one of my all time favorite paintings.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

Outside, the snow filled up the feeder Saturday morning so the birds were having a hard time. It was dark and the snow was still falling when I got up Saturday.

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You can see on the top of the feeder how many inches we got, which is on the driveway too.

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The blue jay managed to unhook the suet feeder from the clip, not on purpose, and it plopped into the snow. When DH saw that, he put on earmuffs, gloves, heavy coat and Wellies and got out the ladder to fix it.

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He brushed all the snow out of the feeder, and replaced the suet feeder. I scattered some seed on the ground for the ground feeder birds and we went back in to watch. Very shortly, the cardinal landed for a bite, while a woodpecker went for the suet.

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A titmouse on the feeder,

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and juncos on the ground.

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Everybody that wanted a meal got some food.

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Later in the day, the sun came out. It was a beautiful clear blue sky.

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Just look at the icicles on the roof!

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Then, on Sunday, the boys were back for another handout. One was really strutting his stuff, cluck-purring and fanning his tail.  He was really preening for a tidbit.

Turkeys in the Snow 4

DH thought I’d lost my mind as I made them a peanut butter sandwich and fed it to them in small bites thrown onto the snow. They need the extra protein and calories when it is only 27 degrees outside.

Turkeys in the Snow 6

I’m still not going anywhere soon. The driveway is still several inches deep in snow.  Hopefully the sun will melt it before Wednesday as I have two meetings that day!

Turkeys in the Snow 5

In the meantime, I’ll be sewing and crafting!

What’s going on where you live?  Do you enjoy Winter White?

 

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Decorating for Christmas

Decorating the house for the Christmas season is always fun.  Each year I try to use the same things we have had for years in new ways, adding a few new things and donating others.  This time, I had a new Wool Applique Christmas Penny Rug from the Christmas in July event, and it was perfect for my tiny frolicking reindeer .

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Of course, quilts are always a part of the decor. The guest bed got the Christmas Star quilt.

Christmas Star Quilt

I love these goofy moose with their plaid outfits. I got them in a silent auction of closet clean out stuff at our quilt club.

Chris-Mooses

My chair next to the den fireplace has my Christmas Trip Around the World quilt from last year.

Christmas 2016 Den 1

DH has my orphan block quilt that I made into a table topper. It is large enough to cover the dining room table, and happily the same size works as a throw.

Christmas 2016 Den 3

Isn’t this little mouse cute? He gets to sit on the kitchen window with a teacup so I can hear his stories while I make a meal.  To hear him tell it, he has had quite a few adventures with Santa.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

The fireplace doesn’t have a mantle, and with this stonework it isn’t really practical to try to put one up. So usually I have to put my stockings on the bookcases to the right.

Christmas no mantle

But this year, I thought putting them on the stairs might be fun. The stocking hangers are Santa in his sleigh, and I have four reindeer. This year I just used three.  I think I’ll add a golden cord next time to tie them all together like they were harnessed up to pull the sleigh.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Over on the pub table, a jigsaw puzzle is ready for MIL to visit. We like doing these as an activity while watching football games, or just to relax. I love the elegance of the white poinsettia (a gift from a friend) in the white reindeer and I think it looks nice on the Hexagonal Table Topper.  The puzzle is actually quite a bit further along now, after MIL visited and got the border done.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

Next to the tree is my collection of little Santa figurines on the Victorian corner shelf.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

On the cookbook bookcase, I placed the Santa Paws plate, a cute little collectable with all dogs dressed in holiday finery. A few Christmas cookbooks and a golden tree candle complete this display.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

In the kitchen, the little library table has a few Christmas themed items, along with the Quick Squares Table Runner – click on that link for the free pattern.  I have most of the Christmas with Southern Living series, and this one with the cookies on the cover was perfect for the kitchen this year, adding a vintage vibe to this corner of the kitchen.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

The pie safe that I use for storage and display space has the Christmas Table Runner from our quilt along last year. Click HERE for that pattern.  Yes, unbelievably, those violets are still blooming a month later!

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

In the library, the Christmas Mini Quilt from the Christmas in July event sits on its stand with the evergreen tree topper.  It is supposed to be an ornament, the pattern is free on the link.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

This little mouse has a pin in the side to hold onto a pillar candle. Cute isn’t he? He has been around a lot of years, but I don’t always use him every year.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

On the bathroom counter, a new-to-me Santa for this year (estate sale of course), along with a moose and a small little ceramic box. I like the descending sizes with the tall candles. Festive, but doesn’t take up a lot of space.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

In the sewing room, a little tree and a stuffed reindeer wait for Santa on the Singer treadle sewing machine.

Christmas Decorating ~ From My Carolina Home

In the hallway, I put a greenery wreath on the jingle bell hanger on a closet door. You know, you can have as many wreaths as you want, sometimes some just have to go inside. I used this wreath as a table centerpiece last year. This year, I added a gold wire edge ribbon bow and a few berries on either side of the bow. Everything is wired on so it can be easily removed when I change my mind and want to use it on a table again.

Inside Wreath 1

So, there are a few ideas for making a festive home.

Do you have some favorite things that come out at holiday time?

 

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Decorating in November

This is such a fun month to decorate, I get to see all my turkeys again. This year, the kitchen counter is graced with a lovely bouquet of flowers that DH brought me recently, just because. The pretty apricot color flowers went nicely with a large turkey and a small pie pumpkin.

November Decorating at From My Carolina Home

I like this grouping a lot. They are sitting on my Autumn Jubilee quilt along two-block mat. Speaking of quilt alongs, I have had a few new followers in the past couple of days, I think to participate with the Scrap Dance Waltz quilt along.  I want to welcome to the newcomers, and I hope you like the variety you find on my blog. It is a lot of quilting, and a variety of other things too.

November Decorating at From My Carolina Home

The colors in the flowers also go well with this turkey, the largest one I have. The little ones are salt and pepper shakers.

November Decorating at From My Carolina Home

This collection gets a bit bigger from time to time, but it isn’t often that I find ceramic turkeys. I did find one earlier this year at the thrift store, and I was so excited about its coloring! I put it on the small bookcase table at the end of the kitchen counter, with the leaf decoupage plate and a cookbook for Thanksgiving. I needed to show you that I did in fact finish the replacement table topper I talked about in September. It matches the other one on the pie safe in the kitchen.  Isn’t that border print cute?

November Decor at From My Carolina Home

Have I shown you these candles before? I have had them for a very long time, turkeys on the sides!

November Decorating at From My Carolina Home

They are on the cookbook bookshelf, with the Thankful plate and another ceramic turkey.  I choose a few books that sound like comfort food and bring to mind wonderful baking aromas.

November Decorating at From My Carolina Home

I still have an autumn color quilt draped over a chair, it has been used on a chilly day while reading. The table topper is my Moda Bake Shop recipe called Maple Star, link on the sidebar.

November Decor at From My Carolina Home

The Autumn Jubilee mini quilt is still on the stand, and more turkeys are displayed with it.  I put the leaf topper back on, and changed the jack-o-lantern back to a pumpkin.  See the link to understand that statement if you weren’t following that quilt along. Some of my little tiny turkeys are set with this mini quilt.  The cornucopia wall hanging is on the wall beside the cabinet.

November Decor at From My Carolina Home

I love these little guys, and I haven’t seen any like this in many years. They are about 2 inches high.

November Decor at From My Carolina Home

On the coffee table, I set a turkey on a wool applique penny rug I made a while ago.  The Autumn Jubilee Wool Applique leaf penny rug is in the guest room now.

November Decor at From My Carolina Home

This is my most special turkey. It is one my mother bought when I was a child. It was carefully stored in her cedar chest each year, and brought out in November. It just seems like the holidays are here when it comes out at my house. It is a wax candle, and it cost 25 cents, the sticker is still on the bottom. Of course, that was a few years ago, LOL!!

November Decor at From My Carolina Home

Yes, there are many more turkeys around the house, on the bathroom counter, near the fireplaces, on the tables.   I’ll show you the breakfast table tomorrow.

How are you decorating for Thanksgiving?


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November Wreath

Last month I did a post on Harvest Wreaths for Autumn Jubilee, and my MIL commented that she wanted one.  Well, OK, any excuse to get out the goodies and play with my glue gun again!!

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Starting out with a grapevine wreath base, I added some fall color faux flowers and leaves. I also started the bow with the streamers to mark the position for the bow.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Adding in some natural elements, I glued sweet gum balls and black walnut shells between the flowers.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

I looked in the yard for acorn cups like these, that are three to a stem. Gluing the acorns to them made a larger element. I always glue the acorns into the caps as they come apart too easily.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

She liked the idea of the pine cones in the middle so I did that too. I have lots of them. The bow is made from the harvest color ribbon I used on the Thanksgiving cards.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

I just love these colors this time of year!

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Groups of natural elements surround the silk flowers.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Hanging it up on the wall for a picture, before packing it up to send.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

One more view.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Do you have a Harvest Wreath?

 

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Sew an Autumn Valence

My kitchen window has had the same valence over the shade for more years than I can count.  It was also over the kitchen window in our previous home, which amazingly had the same size window.  Of course, the view here always takes my attention, but the lace valence had seen better days.  I made it from the edge of a lace panel adding a green trim accent. The trim is now faded and discolored, and I am just tired of the look.

Autumn Window Valence ~ From My Carolina Home

So, time for a new one. These are so simple to make, ridiculously easy and fast, why don’t I have several to change with the seasons? So, Autumn Jubilee is starting, let’s make an Autumn Valence. I found this perfect striped print in the stash resource center. I cut the size I wanted, for me it was a 14 inch strip. For yours, measure the size of your window. The length should be 1-1/2 to 2 times the window width measurement, and the height should be 1/4-1/3 the height of the window.  I cut off the selvedge edges.

Autumn Window Valence ~ From My Carolina Home

I used my serger to join the strips for the length, and to finish the edges.

Autumn Window Valence ~ From My Carolina Home

If you don’t have a serger, no problem, just fold under 1/4-inch, iron and proceed on. I iron in the hem before topstitching.

Autumn Window Valence ~ From My Carolina Home

On the short sides, which will be the edges of the valence, turn under about 1/2-inch or so and topstitch.

Autumn Window Valence ~ From My Carolina Home

Turn down 3-inches at the top and press. This will become the rod pocket and the ruffle at the top.

Autumn Window Valence ~ From My Carolina Home

Stitch one inch from the top edge to form the ruffle over the top of the rod pocket.

Autumn Window Valence ~ From My Carolina Home

Then stitch at the bottom of the foldover to create the rod pocket. This will fit up to a 2 inch circumference rod easily.

Autumn Window Valence ~ From My Carolina Home

Topstitch the hem. Then hang it up!  The fabric was perfect, matching the butter yellow walls, and picking up the black in the appliances and countertop. It even has green and burgundy to pick up those colors in the accessories in the kitchen. Adding the fall leaves and flowers in the print, and it is a fall festival over the sink.

Autumn Window Valence ~ From My Carolina Home

I tucked that edge into the window after I took this picture. I am loving these colors! Such a contrast to the light lacy valence from before.  Start to finish took me just over one hour.

Autumn Window Valence ~ From My Carolina Home

Now the window looks fresh and new, with a great autumn print. I’ll be making a couple more and changing them with the seasons.

Autumn Window Valence ~ From My Carolina Home

You can upload pics of all your Autumn Jubilee projects to the Flickr group.  Debbie put her wreath on the group yesterday, and it is lovely.  Only pics of the quilt along will be eligible for the drawing for quilting by me, but any picture of any Autumn Jubilee project is welcome!  If you just found this blog, click on the Autumn Jubilee link to see the fun month-long celebration of Autumn with projects, a quilt along and giveaways!

Can you change your kitchen for the seasons?

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