Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Snow Day

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How wonderful to have a snow day!

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It gives you that extra time to enjoy your home, nap and read…

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…pausing to glance at the frozen world out the window.

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Baci is exhausted from all of her snow shoveling.

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Dolce needs a nap too! How did you spend your snow day?

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Not too bad

Thankfully Snowstorm Juno was not too bad for us.

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We got about 11 inches of snow, on the low end of the predictions for our area. No complaints from us!

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I live in Nassau County, western Long Island.

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Last I heard from Cuisine Kathleen, it was still snowing in Suffolk County, eastern Long Island,  and they will probably wind up with 30 inches.

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We still have some flurries as Mr. Scaper is doing a masterful job of digging us out.

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Thanks for all of the kind thoughts! Happy to report all is well here.

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Monday, January 26, 2015

Winter Storm Juno

After surviving Sandy, the prospect of surviving Juno is a bit daunting. Sandy left us for ten days without power. I must admit I had met my limit and am a bit inhibited about what could be before us.

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The forecasts are rather dim. Fifteen inches, twenty inches, even thirty. It all depends upon who you listen to. But after all it is just snow.

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What is quite frightful is the loss of power. I’m fine with being stranded. We’ve got plenty of food and such. But if we lose power, we lose heat. In the current temperatures, that’s a whole different story.

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We are so dependent upon power. But I think that’s the society that we live in. Power is a part of our lives. We have become dependent upon it and therefore it is a part of us. So perhaps it’s not such a failure for us individually.

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Technology can come crashing to a halt. These days technology is everything. This possibility, almost  a probability at the moment,  makes us stop and think. It makes us acknowledge our dependence, but also makes us remember to value what we take for granted on a daily basis.

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Blessings to all and be safe.

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Breathing New Life into an Old Collection

Many of us have collections that we ourselves acquired or may have inherited. I love when I can breath new life into an old collection.

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After removing my Christmas plates from my corner cabinet in my dining room, I was trying to decide what to put into it.

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I have a small collection of Lladro figurines (some where inherited, some were gifts, and actually one was a gift to my youngest daughter that I’ve been designated as the guardian of until she moves out).

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It seems that Lladro was once a very popular collectible, but now it’s popularity has waned. They are an abundance of them at antique/vintage shops.

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I am loving the coloring of the Lladro with the color of my dining room walls (the same as the inside of my corner cabinet) and my newly acquired plates! I have very much been on a “nondish buying diet” but couldn’t resist these. They are by echodesign and I got them at HomeGoods for $1.99 @ (no consideration was received, bought them myself, just wanted to give you the details).

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I truly feel like I’ve breathed new life into my collection. It gives me an opportunity to appreciate and admire some things that I’ve had for a long time, from a new perspective.

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What have you been up to lately? Cleaning out? Re-organizing? Creating new displays? I always love to hear from you and so appreciate all of your support as I try to breath a little life back into my blog! LOL!

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Benefits of Winter

There are a lot of posts out there in blog land discussing how to deal with winter.

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At the moment, I  for one, am enjoying winter.

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I’m sure after several months of cold that inhibits your movement, I’ll feel differently.

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But for the moment, I’m enjoying it.

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I’m doing my share of cleaning out and organizing (posts to come on all of that) but…

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…what I’m enjoying is the lack of hustle and bustle.

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A bit of time to slow down and focus on what surrounds us.

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To stop and look at the details.

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Some time to realize that sometimes we look at our situation too closely…

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…and we need to back away a bit to figure things out.

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Some time to enjoy and appreciate what surrounds us.

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- Alma, The Tablescaper

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Naked!

Naked! That’s what my daughter proclaimed, when she saw the house post Christmas Decorations. The house is naked!

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All of the Christmas grandeur is tucked away for another year.

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The last time you saw my dining room table it looked like this.

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I’m enjoying the simplicity of just a few things. It gives us pause and time to clear our heads.

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I did purchase these two little pots of ivy, as I found myself craving something green, growing and full of life.

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I’m sure it won’t be long until this table is full of beginnings of tablescapes or projects in process or a full blown tablescape, but for now I’m enjoying it just the way it is.

Hope you’re enjoying your January.

Partying at: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Organize!

As we begin a new year we all seem to get bit with the organization bug.

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And there is nothing like a bit of inspiration to get us going. To see how I organize my busiest kitchen cabinet click HERE.

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An armoire can be a wonderful place to store things. To see how I put my armoire to work click HERE.

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One of the most important elements to organization is labeling. To see how I organize my tablecloths click HERE.

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Even when you think it is obvious, I always find it best to label. Click HERE to see how I organize my placemats.

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My favorite place to store things is where I can see and enjoy them. Click HERE to see the storage in my bedroom.

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Try not to get overwhelmed or discouraged. Your room can start like this…

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…but with persistence, come to perfect order. Click HERE to see the organization of the room above.

Good luck with putting your house in order!

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A New Year

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A new year is a beautiful thing. It’s a time of new beginnings. A time to start fresh. A time to move on.

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A time to grow and change.

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But also a time to remember where we come from.

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As we bring out the new calendars and start off fresh, I wish you much growth and happiness (but don’t forget those roots!)

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ring in the New Year

Set your table to ring in the New Year!

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Setting a spectacular table is a wonderful way…

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…to usher in a New Year.

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Gather your friends…

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…and set forth…

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…all that sparkles!

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Sparkle and shine…

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…epitomize that special evening.

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The little details matter and the alternating continues: silver branches set upon gold mesh; solid gold napkins layered with silver sheer napkins; names are written with a silver marker upon gold trimmed place cards.

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Gold candles are placed upon silver mercury glass candle holders, while silver candles are placed upon gold holders.

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Happy New Year!

- The Tablescaper