Setting a Post Thanksgiving Table

Setting a Post Thanksgiving table is usually what I do

when we return from our trip to be with our very large family

and extended family for Thanksgiving.

I love to cook our own turkey so we can have a small family celebration

with leftover turkey  to share.

Although it is so beyond wonderful to celebrate our blessings with my entire family

of siblings, nieces and nephews, their spouses, and my mom ….

I am also very THANKFUL TO bHOME.

Post Thanksgiving Day Tablescape - Antique Blue and White China - Housepitality Designs

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There is just something special about that Mary!

Mary…the beautiful blogger…from Home is Where the Boat Is

…..She lives on this gorgeous lake.

A background that she uses many times for her magnificent tablescapes…


And have you seen her “Garden Cottage”….

…..I swear I could live in that cottage…it is so beautiful!!

Can you see the lake by the Garden Cottage…?




Love those burlap valances…


And she is a wonderful cook…and food stylist…and overall stylist for that matter!!


And love seeing her posts about Gracie and Chloe…they are so cute!!


So other than talking about Mary and her beautiful blog…

… must be wondering why I am featuring her today….

She posted about making this beautiful wreath for her Garden Cottage…

…..a wreath that was inspired by Marian, “Miss Mustard Seed”.

Mary was one of my winners of Marian’s book…


When she was creating her wreath with pages from a seed catalog…

…..she came across “Shirley’s Poppies”!!!…

And stated in the post here that she is sending me some Shirley Poppy Seeds!

You must go and visit this post as you can see the things she has done in her Garden Cottage!


What a sweet and thoughtful thing to do!!!…

The other day…a package arrived…


The outside of the package is even decorated!!…No plain brown box!!


Images of seed catalog pages grace the outside of the box…


And when I opened the box….

…..there were those beautiful images on the inside of the box too!!

There is just something special about that Mary!



I was expecting seed packets….

…..when the box arrived it was rather large for seed packets…

And to my surprise…she also included this gorgeous watering can and plant marker!!




The seed packets are so pretty!!



So thank you Mary from the bottom of my heart….

…..I am so overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness and generosity…

I am truly blessed to have come to know so many bloggers who are truly kind and wonderful people!!

I was adjusting my camera the day that I took pictures of Mary’s gift…it was a gloomy day..

…..but today, the sky is the beautiful Carolina Blue…

……….dusted with the first snowfall of the year.



And also on that gloomy day…the painters were here…

… is a snippet of what they were doing…

Stay tuned!


Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!