Delighting In The Details

Setting a table like this one doesn’t have to be a complicated task at all. Start with a little advance work. When hosting brunch, the window of morning prep time can sometimes be pretty slim.  There are a few time consuming details which can sneak up on a hostess, if not carefully considered.

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Deck the halls!

It’s that time of year! The week between thanksgiving and December 1st is the unofficial Christmas decorating week. You see Christmas trees atop SUV’s and each night another house on the block seems to light up! It seems like there should be a name for this flurry of activity, proper recognition of this race to get decorated, the way Europeans observe Boxing Day after Christmas. You may be sitting pretty, reading this post while sipping cocoa in front of a roaring fire, your home all aglow with the splendor of Christmas. Or you may look a little more like me. I’ve got nutcrackers in the “hospital” and pumpkins on the porch.

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All Saints Eve🎃 Tuesday Table Talk

Haunted house style was the inspiration for this table of terror. I started with fabulous black glitter beeswax candles, white pumpkins, and a bag of spider web material. I love the simple white of Kells. Versatility made this pattern the perfect choice for a dramatic black and white table scape. I layered antique silver pieces and candelabra for a haunted mansion feel. After all, witches prefer sipping from silver goblets:) It is fun to carry a theme into the details, and I loved the way this antique apothecary seemed to beckon, “pick your poison.”

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Celebrate It All! Making the Mundane Magnificent!

My mother’s little sister, my Aunt Karen, possesses a special talent for making most anything fun, and she showed me that we could find a reason to celebrate almost any time. Helping me hone my party skills, many an afternoon snack break turned into an Oreo and Dr. Pepper homework completion celebration, with toasting and merriment for two!  We would play “fashion girl” in her  closet-a budding fashionista’s version of dress-up.  Aunt Karen worked in television production, as a  freelance wardrobe contractor.

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Sister, sister!

Some of my recent days have fortunately been spent with my sweet sister in law, Hillary.  She is such a doll, a gift to my brother, and I love having her around.  She loves my two boys well, too, and they were over the moon to have Aunt Hillary and Uncle Chad visiting us at the beach.

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Sail away!

My husband and his long-time best buddy have birthdays just a few days apart.  We have always made an occasion of celebrating them together.On one very special occasion for the two, their fortieth birthdays, we cruised the French West Indies, on a catamaran captained by my husband. We provisioned the boat, and set sail- to adventure, eat, drink and be merry!

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Sunday Lunch

About a year ago, I took inventory of a heaping handful of pieces I had written for different purposes, ie. magazines, newsletters or personal enjoyment. Seeing a theme, stories compiled, and along came GoldenThread.blog. The sweetness has been working on this project with my mother and grandmother-discovering just how the golden thread glistens with inspiration.

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Celebrating Time-Honored Traditions

This past Saturday, May 12th, we welcomed Steeplechase-goers to our annual race day breakfast.   This year, the event held special meaning, as we toasted to the launch of GoldenThread.blog!

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