Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hark! There's A Mouse In The House!!

Well folks...its official...we have a mouse house!  I went in a total different direction this year for Christmas.  Mainly because of my hubby...he is Mr. Disney...he says with all sincerity and from the bottom of his heart...that Disney is the happiest place on earth! So I thought I would bring a little of that to our house...ok, maybe more than just a little.

I found these sweet little dishes at Tuesday Morning back at the end of September, yep I have kept it a secret this whole time...and that is kinda like a Christmas Miracle in and of itself!  I placed each setting on a Spode platter, the red with white polka dots just seemed to be made for these Disney dishes, a match made in heaven.  I only used the Mickey and Minnie on the table, I think they also had some of the other characters.

I wanted everything to be fun and fresh so when I spotted the monogrammed goblets, I did a happy dance and snatched them up!  They are placed on sweet little striped beverage napkins monogrammed with the words...Ho Ho Ho.  I married them with some bright green goblets that just made the table sing.

My napkin rings were a find at Pier 1 and the colors seemed to work beautifully with this table and the white tablecloth and napkins.

My red flatware has found its way onto this table as would be expected, nothing else would do!

My centerpiece is a platter placed on a pedestal with a Mickey & Minnie Mouse cookie jar taking center stage and tempting everyone to take a peek and see what treats are inside.  I placed a wreath of brightly colored Christmas ornaments around the base of the pedestal.

This present box sits on the island...ready for some cookies, what better way to store some homemade cookies than in a little present box, heck I love presents, much less ones that involve cookies!

I think Mickey is a Cookie Monster...just like my guy!

I sprinkled some red votives in the mix as well as a couple sets of happy little salt and pepper shakers...ready to sprinkle on a little Disney magic!

I carried the Disney Magic thru to the tree this year as well.  Our tree just puts a smile on your face.  Especially ours!

I was so happy with all the great little ornaments I was able to find which completed the whole Mouse in the House vibe.

The stuffed Mickey & Minnie are not actually ornaments, but I think they work great!  Who can resist that face?  She is adorable!!

I added a couple of mugs to the counter top in the kitchen, ready for some hot tea with my mouse loving fella!

Thanks to my friend, Kathie aka Dishgirl :) I found these perfect peppermint trees to use on my cooktop...so perfect with all the peppermint ornaments on the tree...I love you Kat and appreciate that you are such a wonderful enabler!!!

Merry Christmas to you all, and may God Bless each of you.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


I wanted to post my Thanksgiving tablescape, even though I spent my Thanksgiving at a football game, then proceeded to move my dear daughter to her new home.  I am so very thankful for my future son in law, and the beautiful life they are starting together.  We are having the wedding on New Year's Eve, so our holidays this year, is all revolving around the big day!

My thanksgiving tablescape is a quick little table I put together before heading to my daughter's house.  Thanksgiving has always been extra special at my house.  One because of my mama's super amazing mouth watering lip smacking turkey and dressing that she and my sister (my mother's real favorite daughter) make together each Thanksgiving and one other little thing is that my precious daughter has her birthday on the 26th, we always called her our little turkey baby.

I started this table with a burlap triple ruffled tablecloth...I have a deep love of all things burlap.  I paired the tablecloth with a sweet vintage lace edged napkin.

Old Tom Turkey is front and center in my placesetting.  I used a combination of Mikasa Italian Countryside, Pfaltzgraff Country Cupboard and my pretty little brown turkey transferware.

My goodness I do love glassware, I really have a passion for old glassware.  I used my Mikasa Italian Countryside with Fostoria Virginia Brown goblets, so pretty together.  What is a girl to do when she is running low on storage space?  Remove unimportant things like groceries from cupboards and replace with beautiful old glassware? I say YES!!

The table is very simple, I used my tureen in conjunction with my sweet little gravey boat...these are from Williams Sonoma with a couple of brown turkeys that tie back beautifully with Old Tom on each placesetting.

The flatware is a combination of Mikasa Italian Countryside and my tooled leather embossed flatware, a interesting combination that gives a nod to the brown of the dinnerware and my Texas roots.

I hope you enjoy my quick tablescape and that your Thanksgiving was full of all the things that make you happy.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

First Timer!

This is the first time I have posted a tablescape to my blog.  I hope you enjoy my take on fall!  Fall is short lived here in Texas, but we will take what we can get!

My fall tablescape revolves around some visitors my husband and I have each year...owls, I have always called them Hooties.  However, we took quite a few trees down in our pasture and unfortunately one of them must of been their nesting tree, so this year we have not seen them.  I plan to put up some nesting boxes for them to try an entice them back, because my gosh they were comical.  When I would be out in the yard working, the babies would follow me around and try to get the best view to see what I was doing...very inquisitive little critters!

So come on and lets take a look at the fall table here at the Love Shack.  I know that my colors are not traditional fall colors, but there is just something about this color combination that went so perfectly with my Hooties - I guess when I would look up in the trees and see my Hooties on those beautiful brown branches with the bright blue Texas sky glinting through the branches, it gave me permission to try and duplicate it on my table.

I started my table with a beautiful linen tablecloth that just makes me smile each time I look at it, the tailored look with that ruffle edge...kind of sassy!  I ran across these chargers at Pier 1 that actually mimicked the golden color of the glass pumpkins.  These pumpkins, they just scream Cinderella to me...you know the whole carriage thing, we all have a little Cinderella in us right?

I used my Pfaltzgraff Country Cupboard Salad and Dinner Plates which has the sweetest little embossed leaf detail along the rims.  I topped each place setting with a beautiful golden glass pumpkin to which I tied a sweet little ribbon around each pumpkin stem.  Pfaltzgraff https://www.facebook.com/Pfaltzgraffdinnerware is amazing dinnerware that can withstand lots of use and still maintain its beauty.  Which is important to me, as this is my only dining table in our house, so we sit down each night for our meal and enjoy our pretty table.

The glassware is so perfect for this tablescape, beautiful turquoise and sparkling brown goblets, even makes water taste special!

My centerpiece is a rustic cage on a pedestal holding a pretty Hootie and sparkling turquoise votive candle holder.  I topped the cage with a little ribbon and surrounded it with a floral wreath of all cream flowers with beautiful feathers.  I sprinkled in some small turquoise votives around the table.  I chose to use my bone handle flatware from Horchow and finished each place setting with a knotted turquoise napkin.

I always try to let my whole kitchen dining area reflect my tablescape as our Love Shack is a tiny space, perfect for us, but tiny.

A few votive candles are added around the table and help to add that sparkle to the golden pumpkins.

So in my mind, I visualized this table a combination of creams, browns, turquoise and that pop of glistening golden pumpkins.  It was so fun to add each layer until I stood back and saw that what I had visualized in my head was actually sitting on my dining table.

Do you have visitors to your little place in the world?  It is sometimes when we do not have these things anymore that we realize how special they really are even if it is just Hooties raising their babies in your pasture.