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I Have Not Yet Decked My Halls

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When it comes to Christmas time, I think people fall into one of two categories:

a) Those who finish their Christmas shopping early, giftwrap the heck of their presents, buy and decorate their tree the day after Thanksgiving, and are now just sitting back eating their home-baked cookies waiting for Santa to arrive. Well let me just tell you, Santa does not exist…. so keep on waiting honey.

I’m just bitter because I fall into this category:

b) the category of people who still have pumpkins sitting on their front porch.

Plus, Evan says we can’t buy our tree until mid-December. He’s paranoid it’s going to dry-out and catch on fire. Neurotic? A little.

And, our oldest dog (seen here) is terrified of everything. Not-so-loud noises, boxes, my purse, our kitchen (sure, the knotty pine kinda scares me too, but c’mon) I’m a little worried about his reaction to a six-foot tree entering our house. He’s been known to be in freak mode for days on end.

Then, there’s the three pounds of mischief with teeth of a piranha who thinks she needs to eat everything and thus perpetually has diarrhea.

Meet Nora (yes, we gave her a human name. What? ) aka My Little Shit Machine.

Look! She even wants to eat our oldest dog. I’m worried she’s going to think the Christmas tree will be her next meal.

Happy Thursday,

 

Irene

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Wake Up, Wake Up. It’s The First of the Month.

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Don’t these images just scream Hanukkah? Of course they don’t.

Happy first day of Hanukkah to any Jewish readers I may have. And to my Jew Husband.

xx

Irene

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Wake Up, Wake Up. It's The First of the Month.

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Don’t these images just scream Hanukkah? Of course they don’t.

Happy first day of Hanukkah to any Jewish readers I may have. And to my Jew Husband.

xx

Irene

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Thanksgiving is Over, But I’m Still Talking About It. Mainly Because I Set A Beautiful Table. Eddie Ross Said So.

Remember when I said I wasn’t going to host Thanksgiving? Yeah well, The Husband had some recipes up his sleeve and begged for us to host so he could prove his skills in chefery. And I don’t mean opening up a can of cranberry sauce or making Stove Top. The Husband made the turkey (for the second time), gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, creamed corn, and left the mashed potatoes to me. I’m not one to be out-shined, so I also set the table. Beautifully. What? I didn’t say it, Eddie Ross did. And he was Senior Style Editor of Martha Stewart Living. And well, we all know Martha is the Jesus Christ of craftiness and all things turned pretty, making Eddie like a disciple or something. I don’t know, I’m not religious.

But anyway, here’s what Eddie said. About my table. He’s like big man status so he surely did not need to say anything. But he did and it could not have been said by a more qualified person than if it were Martha herself. Thank you, Eddie.

Meet the kale.

If you notice, all of the dinnerware, stemware and silverware is from my garden party. (Seen here) The vintage books, vases, dry leaves and ikat bowls I already had. I went out and bought the fabric for the tablecloth from Calico Corners. FYI, if you buy fabric from Calico Corners, it’s a two week lead time. Luckily, they have a sale section in the back you can buy bolts of. I was extra lucky they had just enough yardage for my table.  The mini pumpkins, corn and kale are all from the grocery store. I filled the clear vases with paper to bring in some extra pattern. This could only last for so long until the kale starts to wilt.

There you have it, a table setting by designstILes.

xx,

Irene

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Thanksgiving is Over, But I'm Still Talking About It. Mainly Because I Set A Beautiful Table. Eddie Ross Said So.

Remember when I said I wasn’t going to host Thanksgiving? Yeah well, The Husband had some recipes up his sleeve and begged for us to host so he could prove his skills in chefery. And I don’t mean opening up a can of cranberry sauce or making Stove Top. The Husband made the turkey (for the second time), gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, creamed corn, and left the mashed potatoes to me. I’m not one to be out-shined, so I also set the table. Beautifully. What? I didn’t say it, Eddie Ross did. And he was Senior Style Editor of Martha Stewart Living. And well, we all know Martha is the Jesus Christ of craftiness and all things turned pretty, making Eddie like a disciple or something. I don’t know, I’m not religious.

But anyway, here’s what Eddie said. About my table. He’s like big man status so he surely did not need to say anything. But he did and it could not have been said by a more qualified person than if it were Martha herself. Thank you, Eddie.

Meet the kale.

If you notice, all of the dinnerware, stemware and silverware is from my garden party. (Seen here) The vintage books, vases, dry leaves and ikat bowls I already had. I went out and bought the fabric for the tablecloth from Calico Corners. FYI, if you buy fabric from Calico Corners, it’s a two week lead time. Luckily, they have a sale section in the back you can buy bolts of. I was extra lucky they had just enough yardage for my table.  The mini pumpkins, corn and kale are all from the grocery store. I filled the clear vases with paper to bring in some extra pattern. This could only last for so long until the kale starts to wilt.

There you have it, a table setting by designstILes.

xx,

Irene

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Ready, Set….

STUFF YOUR FACE.

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Happy Thanksgiving Everybody.

Aside from all the good in my life, I’m forever thankful for not being kidnapped that one time I took a ride from a total stranger after locking my keys and phone in my car. True Story.

This year, I’m thankful The Husband is making Thanksgiving dinner. Like all of it. He didn’t lose a bet or anything.

And to you, I’m thankful that you continue to come back and visit my little blog.

Thank you and have a very Happy Thanksgiving,

Irene

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Tis the Season, Yo Yo Yo

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Garland / Cake / Wreath

Don’t mean to get all retail store on you and start talking Christmas before Thanksgiving is even over.  At least I’m not doing it before Halloween, right? But let’s face it, as much as “I can’t believe the holidays are here, ”  they are here and this year I’m not going to be a Scrooge about it. I haven’t been enthusiastically into the holidays since starting college, and my college years were multiplied by two (don’t ask) which meant an extra four years long time getting ready for finals and less time for Jingle Bell Rock. No one has tried harder to get me into the spirit of ugly sweaters and Baby Jesus more than The (Jewish) Husband. I’m not one to spin dreidels so Christmas it is.

You’d be proud, I already gulped down my first peppermint mocha from Starbucks. Well, maybe not gulp. That would burn.

Here’s what my Christmas would look like:

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Gift wrap/Ribbon

Teal and pink, duh. And maybe some mustard yellow for good measure.

 

xx,

Irene

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