November 23, 2014

Feathers and Fluff

Incorporating a few trends into traditional Thanksgiving decor
is really a very simple process.
I love texture and you can see that I love it a lot.
Wicker, linen, plaid, Danni's dried bittersweet...
and embroidery.

I stitched up this feather pattern in a mixture of tan and blue 
and added a quick initial to personalize it.
Pairing it with blue transferware ...oh, yes.

In another room, I added an embroidered tea towel on which I used non-traditional colors.
But these muted colors say autumn to me and I'm happy whenever I walk thru there.

This French quote is also embroidery- it is meant to be barely legible.
Suzan translated it for me a while back, but I don't remember what it says!
I really like it, anyway.

I'm not really one to let trends dictate what I like, but adding a few touches is always fun.
I'm fussy about what I don't like...why have it if you don't love it?
You will never see shades of purple or mustard in my matter what the color of year is.
Sorry Pantone!

I have boxes and boxes of fall decor and I didn't open them this year.
I didn't need to.
These small touches did it for me.
The older I get, the more I value the things I choose to display.
And I am way past the decorating crazies of my thirties-
I'm exhausted just thinking of it all.
While I really loved doing it- and still do-
my priorities have changed and I must admit, so has my energy level.
I'd rather spend my energy elsewhere and I do have that full time job
of scratching Brucie's bum all day.

ALL day.

I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving.
Just let the feeling of gratitude wash over you for awhile.
We have so much to be thankful for.

While you're gathered around the table with family and/or friends,
take pause and remember that no matter how awful some of those people may be,
seating them next to Uncle Fester (and his brussel sprout burps) is pretty good payback.

Grab your pie, sit back and enjoy the show!

I have closed The Keeping Room for the holidays.
I have some gifts I need to make and a few things I'd like to make for myself,
but haven't slowed down long enough to do it.

Thanks so much to all of you that bought my 'stitchins. ;)

I'll be back in January.
(If you have an embroidery emergency, shoot me a note and I may be able to help.)

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Tina! Love all your fall touches. Enjoy your break!

  2. How lovely Tina! Simple is better. I too have toned down my decorating and am enjoying less, more. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  3. Your napkins turned out great! Happy Thanksgiving Tina, give Bruce a scratch for me:@)

  4. I love all of your muted shades. You will never find mustard or purple in my house either. Enjoy your week, sweet friend. xo Laura

  5. So pretty Tina - I've simplified things too..................due to lack of energy.
    I'm thinking of dispersing my " treausres " to the girls this year because I have a feeling they're just going to sit in boxes for the most part from now on.
    The days of putting multiple trees in the house are past me I think - it's exhausting to think of even putting one up lol - I don't know how most of the bloggers do it - I really don't.
    You have an over the top beautiful Thanksgiving
    Much love from me
    To you.
    ( my soul has a secret - my life is a mystery )

  6. You are so darn wise. From decorating, to friends and family, and especially to Pantone's Mardi Gras pallet.

  7. Oh my! I just love the feather napkins! They are absolutely lovely....especially with the transferware. Brucie is too cute and I bet he is super spoiled...just like my Sadie. Have a blessed day.

  8. love the feathers and the acorn, too. and sweet bruce.

  9. Hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving Tina! Your fall touches look great. I've never done much seasonal decorating, except for Christmas where we used to go insanely crazy outside and in. Now it'll be just a couple of indoor trees, because I do love to decorate them and I love Christmas lights, and a few other touches here and there and that'll be it. With 4 lovably mischievous cats less it definitely more, and I really don't want to give up my reading and relaxing time.

  10. I have so toned down my decorating, there is only five baby boo white pumpkins and Danni's little Thanksgiving girl out this year. Love the feathers. Enjoy quietly giving thanks and rubbing Brucie!

  11. I was so filled with emotion over this post, I forgot to thank you for linking it to Make It Monday.

  12. i didn't do a single thing for fall this year--i've been too busy scratching bailey's bum--haha! love your little acorn's muted colors:) happy thanksgiving, tina!

  13. Tina,
    Your table will look amazing, your colors combined with textural interest and beauty speaks of Thanksgiving. I too can relate to your statement of energy level and priorities. Those gathered at your table will feel the warmth and love and hopefully not encounter Brussel sprout burps! I admire your embroidery and untill this post didn't realize you have a store, The Keeping Room to purchase from. OK I am dense but will visit it in January. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.

  14. Tina, your little touches are really pretty I am getting better about putting the 30's behind me. Still have the desire but not too much of the energy. So I'm working on it. Tell you a secret, I wish I could scratch Brucie's bum once in awhile!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving..Judy

  15. You always make me laugh, Tina. I love your idea for payback with seating arrangements!!

    Your touches of autumn are lovely. I no longer go crazy with decorating for the holidays as I once did, either. I'll add lots of candles for Thanksgiving and that's all we need with all the chaos in our house. I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. You do beautiful embroidery work! It makes me want to pick it up again.

  17. Congratulations, Tina, your Feathers and Fluff post is a feature tonight on Make It Monday. Come on over a grab a feature button.

  18. I love your embroidery you did on the napkins and all of your fall touches! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.


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