Kitchen Chandeliers and Tidbits and an “Apron Swap”

I started decorating today at o’dark thirty…

It seems to be a pattern lately, trying to complete the decorating…

…..so that I can move forward with shopping, cards, and party preps.

First thing this morning I tackled the kitchen and sunroom chandeliers…

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I decorated the kitchen island chandy with florals and picks and stems…

…..and two beaded garlands of bells..

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I have had these garlands of bells for a few years now…

…..using them in different places each year.

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day..the old familiar carols play…”….

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A close up of the floral picks…

…..I have splashes of red in the kitchen and sun room…so these do well in the chandy..

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Now on to the sunroom…

…..I added ornaments to the arms of the candelabra and placed floral picks at the base.

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I bought the ornaments when visiting the Biltmore House in Asheville…they had a great sale!

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Here is my cookie cutter tree…placed in a mini colander..

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I fill some of my covered jars with candy ornaments…

….and sugared fruit…bells shaped into a bunch of grapes lay in the jar with the wine corks!

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And now we move on to the other side of the kitchen….

…..a decorated covered jar with pears and cranberries…a Byers Caroler..”The Milk Maid”

……….a watercolor of cherries by my friend Martha…

……………crystal pineapples hang from beneath the cabinetry.

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What’s a kitchen without Mr. and Mrs. Claus Lenox Salt and Pepper Shakers!!

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And another thing I need to do….CLEAN THE SILVER!!!

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A swag on the range hood…

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And Katherine of Katherine’s Corner had an “Apron Swap” a while ago…

…..and here is the apron I received….It is so cute!!!

I placed it on my A&P vintage grocery cart to show you!

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I received it from Susie of Homemaker-mom.com

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Thanks Susie!!!..

So there is most of my kitchen decor…the take out chefs were featured in this post….

Have a wonderful day!!…and I leave you with my favorite item…

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A gift from my niece…

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A “12-12-12” Christmas Dining Room Tablescape

Today is 12-12-12…..a day that will not be seen for many, many years…

So on this momentous “date” I continued to do my decorating…

…..setting my table for the holidays…running to the post office..

……….so that I could mail my packages and send a postcard to my granddaughter…

……………with the date stamp of 12-12-12.

This year, the theme is relative to my Christmas dishes..

….Lenox Holiday Tartan.

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The centerpiece is decorated with evergreens and fruit trees…

…..and critters of winter…

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Believe it or not….

…..this is probably the simplest of tables and chandy decor that I have done in the past several years.

There is usually more decor on the table and chandelier…of branches reaching toward the chandelier..

…..and florals scaling the branches…like Jack and the Beanstalk meets Christmas!!

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No…just a place where the deer and the quail (no antelope) play….

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Where seldom is seen (not heard) of the deer eating the plants…(at least not on this table!)

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Sorry guy…fake greens and the ground is laden with a Ralph Lauren tablecloth…

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I placed my “signature pineapple” in the votives and vases…

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The place setting…

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I placed a “clip on” candle on each napkin…

…..hey when you get to be my age…you need all the light you can get!!!

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When my hubby saw the table…he was pleased…

…..that there was no “cyclone” of florals reaching to the sky..

………..such a funny guy.

But I still managed to include lots of decor on the table…

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The place cards are missing, as this year my granddaughter wants to write the names on the cards…

…..so she will be creating them on her next visit with us.

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Have you noticed the tree in the background?

It is not quite finished…just need a tweak here and there…

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Ya like the way my package matches the tree?…one of my very favorite papers…

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And the simplest chandy decor was done this year…

…..just a garland of silver/green leaves and berries and a gold glittered open weave ribbon…

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I mixed gold and green ornaments…

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I am happy that I have completed one more task…of the dining room tablescape…

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So I can move on to the large tree in the living room…..

…..did a little tweaking of the topper…

My hubby puts it in the workmate bench, so I can add more stuff, tweak, and jooosh…

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And up it goes…

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Ta dah…now..it is my turn to decorate the tree…

…..going up and down that 10 foot ladder…

……….after that type of exercise…I think I will have an extra cookie tonight!!!…

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Hope you enjoyed my Christmas Tablescape of 2012!!

I am joining:

Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

Yvonne at Stone Gable for a Homespun Christmas Party featuring Tablescapes and Recipes…

Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours Treasure Hunt Thursdays

Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday