Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a special celebration. It is a time when we think of family, friends and home, for me that includes my family and friends in Plymouth – the home of Thanksgiving.

Much of Thanksgiving is about gathering together to celebrate all that is good in our world but sometimes it is nice to take a quiet moment to yourself.

Breakfast is my quiet time of day to sit and watch the sun coming up and enjoy some of my favorite things including a daily reading from
Sarah ban Breathnach's Gratitude series.

Placecards are a fun decoration. The feathers are easily made by cutting strips of pretty printed papers and folded them up to make feathers, tucked behind a circle creates a cutie of a turkey shape.

Recently I converted to shabby chic beach d├ęcor and now that everything is shades of white it gives more reasons to think about what to keep and why they are special.

This is my entry table, the first thing you see coming in and the last stop for car keys when running out the door.

All these little trinkets are the reminders of everything I am thankful for, an angel to watch over my travels, family photos and the beach.

Always nice to bring a hostess gift when visiting, this is my creation for friends who have decorated their home in lovely autumn shades of gold and burgundy.

Thank you cards seem to have gone out of favor in this era of instant communication but saying thank you is the nicest compliment you can give your host, so don’t forget to put it in writing.

Thank you to Cindy’s
Romantic Home for hosting the Show & Tell
and Susan for hosting
Tablescape Thursdays and all the bloggers who share their inspirational ideas
Friends like
Linda who gifted me with French laundry hangers
Melissa’s Inspired Room with fun suggestions on how to make more of what we have
Steve Irwin for all the legacy he’s left in
wildlife warriors

Thank you to Tattered Angels for providing the Jumbo Leaf Stamps, Chipboard Shapes, and the wonderful imaginative colours in the Glimmer Mist range that brighten everything they touch.


Maya@Completely Coastal said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I enjoyed to get a glimpse into your lovely abode!!

Drawn to The Sea said...

you wrote..."now that everything is shades of white it gives more reasons to think about what to keep and why they are special"

Such a true sentiment. Your home has a comforting soul... I imagine that's a large part of the reason.


Alison Gibbs said...

Wonderful post Mandy thanks for sharing your thoughts on Thanksgiving with us.
Love 'all the shades of white' in your home

Porchlight Interiors said...

Thanks for showing us inside your lovely home and giving us more insight into is one celebration I would love to see more Australians adopting! Tracey xx

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

You have a delightful home, and I love the way you've incorporated Plymouth into it! Have a joyous Thanksgiving, Mandy!!!

Lawstude said...

happy thanks giving to you and you seem to celebrate it in a fun manner.

jabblog said...

I love your shbby chic surroundings - so relaxing and full of interesting things.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Natasha Burns said...

Happy Thanksgiving, I love your table settings and your beautiful decor!

Storybook Woods said...

Happy Thanksgiving Mandy, I hope it is yummy and blessed. Clarice

Maria said...

Hi Mandy! I love your post! Your banner on the wall is just GREAT! Your sweet and serene tablescape is also lovely~
I love Tablescape Thursday... I have never participated, just discovered it a few weeks ago! Are you on the linky list?
Thanksgiving Blessings to you! ~Maria

theoldboathouse said...

Hi Mandy, thanks for stopping by. Sorry I havn't dropped a line sooner but i have been having internet dramas. I agree vintage rulers are soo much nicer. You might try a large centre like Woollongabba or Padington Antique Centre as they have so many stall holders you might find some nice ones. Ebay is also good and you can get lovely advertising ones that have adds for lollies etc on them. unfortunatly i don't have any at the moment. If i see any i will let you know. Your home is looking lovely. I love the pictures. cheers Katherine

Beach Vintage said...

I love your entry tables, Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Such cute table accessories. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Yes, I like the peaceful white.


Linda Manning Findley said...

Your home is lovely and breakfast is my quite time also ... hope you have a super Thanksgiving full of laughter and love .... Linda F

jill said...


Your home looks so nice.
Happy Thanksgiving my friend.


Jill xoo

Miss Rhea said...

Love your pretty entrance table :) Tables ? That is a great look :) Glad you had a great Thanksgiving :)

Tammie Lee said...

you have such a lovely holiday post here! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Miki said...

Ooohhh, I am loving everything about your house!!! The Thanksgiving table looks scrumptious (amazing birdcage!) & I am going to borrow a gazillion ideas for sure! Thanks for stopping by & commenting - I'm going to be visiting your blog a.lot ! MIKI

ceekay said...

Thank you for visiting me and commenting on my little altered book. I was venturing on untrodden land for me! It means a lot that you liked it. You have a lovely blog and I am marking it so I will not "lose" you!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Relyn said...

Your home is so gorgeous. And, I must say, your friends very blessed, not only by your friendship, but by your incredible present for them. I can not get past your harmony art work. Will you please tell me more about it? I am completely enthralled.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Mandy, what I like so much about this post is how you are celebrating the quiet moments by treating yourself. That is so imporant, and I think people forget to do that. Love all of your special touches. They made such a cute tablescape. And I like your conversion to white. Since this is my first time to your blog, I'm not sure what it looked like before, but I like it now.

Love your special treasures you are taking to friends and the fact that there are things you decided to keep of your own treasures that are meaningful to you. I like things around me that have memories, too. Of course, I am no minimalist... but I do have my favorite treasures. I try to only surround myself with things I truly love. It's worked for me for years.

Love to you on Thanksgiving and here's hoping you also have a Happy Tablescape Thursday...


Sheila :-)

Julie said...

Hi Mandy, What a sweet post...Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family my Friend

Chari said...

Hi Mandy...

I really enjoyed your Thanksgiving reflections, my friend! And...I enjoyed all of your beautiful Thanksgiving pretties!!! Love that beautiful white table in your entryway...gorgeous!!!

Warmest wishes and may you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Chari @Happy To Design

meandering pearl said...

Hi lovely! so many special things & i love the hats hanging up! hope you have a gorgeous Thanksgiving day!!!

kindest wishes today!!!

Hootin' Anni said...

Everything is so beautiful Mandy!! I love the red stemmed goblet candle holders!! What a perfect, warming touch.

My show n tell is HERE

Happy Friday.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I like your quiet start to your day. Your home looks lovely and welcoming. Thanks for stopping by Sweet Bee Cottage.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Your place is so pretty! That lace tablecloth really caught my eye! It looks gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Love the welcome sign on the hanger. Clever and pretty.

Sheila said...

What a warm and inviting home you have. I love the beach, as i use to live close to one.. I love the smell and the sea gulls. Always have things to look at each day that you love.

Jeanette said...

Such a serene home. Thank you for sharing

Lynda @ Elegance Reclaimed said...

Just lovely!

All the time and effort you put into making these decorataions and then displaying them all paid off, your place looks lovely!

Thanks for sharing and have a GRAND weekend.

Diann said...

Lots of cute things! Love your hostess gift. I bet they will love it too!

Have a great day!

Sandra said...

Hi Mandy, everything looks so beautiful, you have done a great job, I am loving all the white.... as I would, keep it going.
I have put some before and afters up on my blog you may like to see.
I am sort of wishing you hadn't giving me those links, I am spending all my time drooling over the blogs and not doing what I am supposed to be doing...LOL

InkyFingers said...

Your home is so beautiful!

Maria Berg said...

The are very nice Placecards are a fun decoration - good done.

Nice to look around,
Merry Chritmas and a happy new year,
Maria Berg