I've made a vow to take more of the time I earn through the year in 2015 and make more time for myself and leisure activities for my little family. Hold me accountable, okay?
On to the holiday decorating... Keep in mind, all of these pictures were taken with my phone. I have a decent camera, but who has time to take, edit and upload pictures. I'm also experimenting with a pic app on my phone. Here we go:
I really need a valance in the living room. YIKES!
I set the table tonight just to see how it looked. I've been collecting Christmas themed dishes and decor. I have no idea how many people are coming to eat, but I can fit up to 8 at the table, 3 at the bar, and I can get a card table for the living room. If I have more than 15 people they will have to eat on the couch, or on the back porch if it isn't too cold. (Kidding!)
Santa plates, felt snowflake chargers and cloth napkins I got at Walmart a few years back. My local WM doesn't seem to have any Christmas themed dishes this year. I usually wait and get them on clearance, but there aren't any to be had this time. I may try the next town over and see what they have in stock. The napkin rings are from Lenox, and I found them on clearance year before last. The adorable S&P shakers were part of a large collection my aunt gave me. I happen to have two Santa/Snowman sets, so I put one at each end of the table.
The flatware was my grandmother's (on mom's side). It's a silver plate pattern called "Evening Star." There's one spoon in the bunch that looks like it was actually used, but the rest has hardly any patina. I'm guessing it was a favorite coffee spoon. Memaw loved her coffee! The set was given to my grandparents as a going away present when they moved on from one pipeline station to the next. Eight place settings plus a couple of serving pieces in another pattern, all accounted for. I have never used it, and I wanted to get it out of the cabinet.
The plates, silverware, S&P, tea light holders, cream and sugar, canister, tea tray, bread box, smaller coffee cups and silver candle plate are all either thrifted or hand-me-downs. The plates on the table are all Gibson, as are the smaller coffee cups. I have several other Gibson Christmas patterns as well as a Majestic Ware poinsettia pattern.
Another thing I have decided is that everything in my home is going to be used or admired. Collecting things for the joy of collecting has lost its fun. I want to use all the great dishes and geegaws I've amassed and start entertaining and rotating my dishes out seasonally. If they break, I have dozens of other dishes.
I'm a very sentimental person, but I know that things really don't mean anything in the grand scheme. The memories we make are the important part, the stuff is just background. Even the truly sentimental stuff like grandma's flatware or Aunt D's S&P collection doesn't mean much in the long run. They will all be part of an archaeological dig in 2000 years anyway!
I'm participating in Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch. Check it out!