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29 October, 2011

Thinking About Thanksgiving

036 I have a confession…I am already thinking about my Thanksgiving tablescape!  I find myself looking for inspiration in my favorite catalogs and magazines and playing with some elements on my table. Are you?

003 However, I already know I will be all alone on this post since this is my illustrious co-host’s favorite time of year. He stays glued to the window watching the leaves blow. He has been doing this every fall since he was a little guy!

PB antlerFirst stop for inspiration…Pottery Barn! I have another confession…even though I really am turned off by the real ones, I am really liking faux deer antlers! At Pottery Barn, they are $30 on sale…not bad! Restoration Hardware is featuring them, too…for $129…quite a hefty price by my standards!

PB Sooo….you will not believe what I found! Yes…faux deer antlers at Goodwill! Well, one at least! It had a funny metal thingy on the end that I managed to remove. Not sure what it came from, but I couldn’t argue with the price…$2.92! Woo hoo!

PB centerpiece I have also been admiring this autumnal centerpiece…also at Pottery Barn…with that striking candelabra! But it’s $129yikes! And…you need several deer antlers to achieve this look.

PB Here’s my version after finding yet another faux antler for only $6.00hmmmm. My candelabra was a flea market find two years ago for about $10 and I am afraid the price difference shows! Not doing this one!

Better-Homes-Gardens-October-2011-Magazine This cover of Better Homes and Gardens has been a favorite of mine this fall! Gotta love those white pumpkins with bittersweet…lovely!

036 And here’s my version! By the time I decided that I need more faux white pumpkins, they were nowhere to be found, so I spray-painted some of the orange ones from Walmart. Not bad, huh? I love the stem! And the pumpkins were only $5.00 each! I used ivory spray paint instead of white for a more natural look.

035 I am also starting to think about the dinnerware and linens. I found these acorn napkins on sale at the Williams-Sonoma outlet…love them!…but I don’t think they are available any more. That’s my bargain Chris Madden Felice dinnerware that I found at GW last year for $10 for a service for four…my favorite! On the table...twig placemats that I am considering.

IMG_4252And finally, here’s last year’s Thanksgiving tablescape 2010. I definitely think my burlap table runner will be back as well as the dinnerware. Beyond that…I’m still working on it. What about you? Are you starting to think about Thanksgiving?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my tablescape possibilities!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Debbie at Debbiedoo's Blogging and Blabbing for the Magazine Copy Cat Challenge
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Fall into Fall
Jill at French Cupboard for Voila!French Inspiration on Thursdays
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Fabulous Fall Fun
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
See you next time! A la prochaine!

90 comments:

  1. Oh-It's looking lovely...and your knock off looks are great! Amazing what you can do, isn't it, with a little ingenuity?

    When you said you were thinking about your Fall tablescape and then showed a picture of your cat I thought maybe you were headed in a whole new direction!;>)

    Loving everything so far. xo DianA

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  2. It will be beautiful Debbie!! Loving the elements. I saw that same centerpiece in PB catalog and fell in love with it.

    Great buys on the faux antlers!!

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  3. You sure do know where to find the deals. I have to tell you, though, I bought the antlers...with the head!!! Yup, the whole shebang. But, shhhhh. It's a Christmas surprise for somebody, and was only $35! I have to wait 'till mid January, since that's the only time we can all be together.

    Once again, great ideas from you!

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  4. Hi Debbie,
    PB's got nothin on you! You have created lovely displays and last year's table setting is so pretty.
    I buy the orange faux pumpkins and use a paint brush to paint them white.
    They always turn out lovely.

    Love those antlers too. Who knew we would ever find them decor worthy! LOL!

    That's funny that Baby Kitty loves to watch the leaves. I bet he'd like to be out there chasing them around.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  5. Debbie I know whatever you come up with it will be beautiful!! I love last years tablescape! Martina

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  6. Love your ideas... and as I always say, we're never to old to play with dishes!
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you do on T-day. I always forget to take pictures!
    Cass

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  7. Debbie, I am thinking of Thanksgiving table settings, too since it is my turn this year to have it at my house. I have to set at least two tables. I love your napkins. I need to find some new ones. You find the best stuff out thrifting. I never have luck at GW.

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  8. This is wonderful, love it!!! Give Baby Kitty hugs and kisses from all of us! xoxo

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  9. I love to see your bargains, Debbie, and how they compare to the originals. Yours are better!! You never fail to give me inspiration.

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  10. I love your antler finds! And your tablescape from 2010 was wonderful. We are setting picnic tables for Thanksgiving this year and eating outside. We are going to use burlap table runners, for sure! I'm really looking forward to the celebration this year! Can't wait to see what you decide to do! :)

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  11. Debbie, love your faux antlers, they are fabulous. I havn't seen any of them, but I agree, the faux don't bother me, the real kind of do. lol Love your table scape and your copy cat ideas are always better than the ones they show. You amaze me. I havn't got anything organized for Thanksgiving yet, but I better get it all in gear. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  12. I love this entry! What a great copycat. I loved the cover of BH&G! I bet it sold a lot of copies of the magazine.

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  13. Your ideas for your Thanksgiving table are all just wonderful! And, I'm sure you will have even more surprises for us! You never fail to inspire!

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  14. Deb this looks great! I think you are well on your way to a perfect Thanksgiving table. I am with you, I bought a tablecloth on clearance last spring and started thinking about what I might do. I have a pretty good idea, it involves a color scheme of dark lime and umber, a box, artichokes and limes and maybe pewter!! Hmmm???? Always fun to see your wonderful creativity at work!! xo Kathysue

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  15. Whatever you do, it will be perfect, because it will never disappoint. Not a big fan of antlers. Everything else is pretty1

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  16. Beautiful, love your creativity! Can't wait to see the final Thanksgiving table.

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  17. Debbie, my kitties run from window to window...chasing leaves that are blowing around! Baby Kitty is just so focused on those leaves...he is adorable.
    I like your pumpkin vignette better than the BHG one.
    Have a great week...

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  18. I think your pottery barn replica is wonderful! How fun that you found faux antlers at such a great price!!
    Your white pumpkins are beautiful..as was your tablescape last year at Thanksgiving. I love those Chris Madden plates!! Great finds!
    Miss Bloomers

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  19. Your cat watching the leaves is precious!!! Great deal on the antlers! And I love the yellow acorn napkins...very pretty! :)

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  20. Hurray on the antlers...I feel the same way about the real ones...what is the intrigue?

    You have me thinking about Thanksgiving...so far it was only about which tablecloth to use! I do my best thinking when I can't sleep at night and so far it has been pretty good... the sleep that is.

    Love what you did with the pumpkins, we don't grow the bittersweet here, the faux doesn't look so great. I hope yours isn't faux!!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  21. Love your wonderful arrangement of white pumpkins with the beautiful naturals. We always go away for Thanksgiving these days but I do love having a little fun making up a table. I definitely need to make up a burlap runner. So gorgeous.

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  22. Hi Debbie,
    I love all your beautiful vignettes and knock-off centerpiece ideas!
    You have the knack girl!
    We go to my brothers every year now.
    He has a very large heated garage and they set up everything in there.
    Our family is just too big to fit in anyone's home anymore.
    I loved the pic of Baby Kitty! Lily actually chases the leaves all over our yard, especially on a windy day. It's fun to watch!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  23. I'm onto Thanksgiving and Christmas too!!! I am so sick of Halloween!! lol Loved looking at the ispirational pics! Thanks!

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  24. If these are only your inspirations, I can only imagine the real deal this year. Last year's was beautiful.

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  25. I think your versions are beautiful, Debbie! just beautiful! I love last years table and I am sure this years will be just as stunning. Have a great week!

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  26. I like your faux antler find...they add a little more outdoor/rustic/earthy feeling. I've never grasped onto the fantasy for the antlers myself, but when mixed in with the other elements they look great. Your 2010 table was awesome, I'm sure 2011 will be too! Your spray painted pumpkins look fab!

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  27. Well time seems to be in a rush and Thanksgiving will soon be here. Shoot! We are still having nice weather here and i hope it stays that way for awhile. I am not a fan of deer antlers-fake or real-but I know most people are. I can't believe you found them so reasonable. I never have that luck. I go to Goodwill, have to drive 50 miles to get to one, and all I find are dirty stuffed toys and crook pots with no lids. It just ain't fair, but, if some one deserves to find good stuff at a good price it is you. Keep up the good work, thanks for sharing. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  28. Gasp, I'm a little green...I love the Felice pattern. It all looks wonderful! Hope you have a grand Sunday! Toodles, Kathryn

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  29. Your napkins are already a beautiful asset for your new Thanksgiving table, I just did mine and changed a little from last year's...I already made it and took pics as I'm going to deck my Christmas halls soon, lol! My real Tksgiving will be Xmas looking for my grands, therefore I will post in Nov. I always love looking at your header plates, I just love them! Your last year's tablescape is gorgeous, I adore your white china, you can change a little and use it all. Thanks for visiting my marble table and for the lovely comments. Hugs, FABBY

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  30. Just discovered your blog and love it. I've been to France many times and love everything about it. You mention GW as a souce for item you find, what is GW?
    Can't wait to see what your next project will be.:)
    DianeD
    MA

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  31. Beautiful table. How awesome finding a faux antler! I love how when you're wanting something badly, you always seem to find it at goodwill.
    I'm starting to think of Thanksgiving and Christmas. It will be just me and my two babies for Thanksgiving since my husband is deployed.
    Have a wonderful day!

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  32. I've been thinking about Thanksgiving, but nearly with the same focus as you have, Debbie! The white pumpkins with bittersweet have been a favorite of mine this year, too and I love the twisted gourds in both your version and PB version! Can't wait to see what you come up with !

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  33. Okay, I'm starting to think you have some kind of magical powers. I cannot believe you got those faux antlers at those prices - especially this time of the year. I've been looking for some for months, and they are all sooo expensive. Your ideas are looking beautiful. I love the white pumpkins with the bittersweet. I can't start thinking about T'giving until I get these Halloween decorations back in the closet. (I'm not a multi-holiday thinker). laurie

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  34. It's so much fun to find those fabulous deals like you've found! And I love all of your beautiful things! It's a good time to start thinking of Thanksgiving...and for being thankful! Hugs! ♥

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  35. Wonderful pictures and ideas Debbie, your "take" on each of them really hits the spot as does your bargain shopping. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Debbie, Your tablescape is so elegant and understated and I love it!!...and your vignette and the great acorn napkins. I've started thinking about my Thanksgiving table and trying to think what to do with three little boys at the table. Yay!
    Babs

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  37. Everything is just beautiful...you DO have a way with these pumpkins. :)

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  38. Great look, Debbie! Now you've thrown down and gauntlett (sp?) and we'll have to start thinking about Thanksgiving decorating! Thanks for the good inspiration....I think I'll paint my Walmart pumpkin white - looks great. Linda

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  39. WOW, Debbie you are one amazing cat! Copy cat that is indeed. This is so much fun, and so inspiring. You did an awesome job. I have been thinking about my Thanksgiving day table too. Thanks for joining me. I do this party monthly, so I look forward to seeing more.

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  40. Your's looks Fabulous~!
    Great job of doing a Copy Cat~!

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  41. What an amazing copy! Your talent just never disappoints!! The whole table is just gorgeous!

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  42. You always inspire me Debbie! Love the white pumpkins and bittersweet..a favorite look this fall. I will just have to spray paint some old pumpkins and try this myself! hugs, Linda

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  43. I love all of your copies! They're all so pretty.


    I've been thinking about Thanksgiving tablescaping too. I keep telling myself to hold off until after Halloween though.

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  44. Great copy cat version. I'm liking your spray painting idea. I haven't looked ahead to Thanksgiving yet, but you have me thinking now.

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  45. I am feeling very sad that I can't find antlers and dinnerware this wonderful at my Goodwill! These vignettes are amazing! and I'm going to Goodwill everyday until I find something this good!
    Debbie

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  46. Fantastic!! I've got one pair of antlers (the real thing) that I used with my crows for Halloween by my fireplace...not sure if I want them on my table though...you understand! Love your white pumpkins and bittersweet - too cute! No, I really wasn't thinking of tablescapes for Thanksgiving at the moment (we've been trying to get ready for our Christmas Open House in two weeks, so we've sort of had Christmas on the brain!!) BUT, now that you've got us thinking.......I need to check ebay out for a Turkey Platter....been meaning to get one :) Enjoy your evening!

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  47. I love the white pumpkins with the bittersweet, what a pretty contrast! Your tablescape from last year is lovely too!

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  48. Debbie,
    YES!!! On Crooked Creek will host the annual Thanksgiving Day Feast this year. I, too, have been searching through resources for our Thanksgiving table. I won't begin doing any mock table runs until after the 15th! I'm hosting an evening for our Ladies Group...so, I'm still working towards that event at the present. Thanks for all the inspiration! I adore your addition of deer sheds!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat
    P.S. "Mr. Ed" use to deer hunt ...I have an ample supply of deer sheds...THE REAL THING!

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  49. It's funny, but I considered doing my copy-cat challenge on this picture, but wasn't sure where i would get the bittersweet from. I love how you did it and think it will make a lovely centre-piece for your table.

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  50. Great copy cat. You always have a wonderful creative aspect for your table scapes.

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity

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  51. Your copies look almost identical to theirs! Great deal on faux antlers. I've been going rounds on buying them, too. I looked at some yesterday in a consignment store mounted for around $10. I just couldn't get past the hair that was still attached. Creeped me out, so I left without them! ;o)Happy Halloween!

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  52. Is there any difference in copying? I think NO... perfectly perfect Debbie ... very beautiful setting it is ... really love it
    Happy if you come to see me at
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    with love from
    Farah

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  53. What a beautiful tablesetting. I love those white pumpkins and I had to laugh when you said you spraypainted the orange ones. You have the best ideas.
    Have a nice week Debbie.
    Riet

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  54. This post is truly an inspiration for me! I love your tablescaping and those faux deer antlers. Thanks for inspiring me and enjoy your day.

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  55. Wonderful ideas, Debbie! I feel the same way about antlers...I'm not putting ANY dead animal's body parts on my tables...Yuck! Even *lucky* rabbits feet gross me out, not to mention raccoon caps & fox stoles. ~~shudder~~

    I need to find some faux bittersweet, as they strongly discourage people from cutting & thus, spreading the real thing. I guess its pretty invasive.

    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful ideas. I think I need to sign up for some of those catalogs!

    Happy Halloween!
    Rett

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  56. And yet, I SO loved your bargain find candlelabra much more than the Pottery Barn one!!

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  57. The Better Homes photo is great ! Love your rendition and your beautiful creativity

    -KAT-

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  58. Debbie,
    You have really had some great luck at the THRIFT stores and thank you for sharing them at my party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  59. This looks absolutely beautiful! I love your spray-painted ivory pumpkins and you found such good thrift deals! I LOVE your blog and your cats! We have a "cat staff" at our blog, too! Hugs,
    Cindy

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  60. You just inspired me with this post, Debbie. The problem is I won't even be here for Thanksgiving. But hubby will be so maybe I should just create a nice Thanksgiving tablescape for him to look at...Christine

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  61. I cant believe you found antlers at that great price wow! Every single thing you have done looks gorgeous.

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  62. Oh, I've already started planning for Thanksgiving, too. Hubby helped me put the leaves in the table today. That's a beginning, right? I love the orange kitty. What a great picture of him.

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  63. What pretty fall settings!Lovely pumpkins. Gorgeous colours. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!
    I appreciate it!

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  64. Debbie, you've always got a way of making everything you touch look dazzling! You've got that brilliant touch always going on! Your table was beautiful, can't wait to see this years! I'm crazy about those white pumpkins! Great finds too! I could go on and on!

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  65. Deb, I can't wait to see what you do for Thanksgiving. You have so many great ideas and these are all just stunning. Hugs, Marty

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  66. I really love white pumpkins - just this year - I have seen them every where and I think they are so pretty. Love the faux antlers too.
    Beautiful table setting. Love the little white pumpkin on the plate - so elegant.

    sandie

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  67. Love your displays. Wouldn't it be great to get unlimited shopping at PB! There catalog is drool worthy. Won't you stop by and post a comment on my Thanksgiving dilemma - Jennifer

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  68. You're so talented! Anything you can't do???

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  69. Beautiful tablescape, Debbie! I love that you found shed antlers at GW ... wow! Your Thanksgiving guests are in for a REAL treat!

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  70. Beautiful table last year! I love the whole thing. Love those dishes and that table runner.

    Nice finds on the antlers and candelabra! I'm with you--I'm not paying $129 for a centerpiece. :)

    Have a great day!
    Pam

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  71. I think each photo is beautiful... love the candlelabra... a fantastic match! so now.. how do you choose the one for the dining table!

    thanks for sharing... you're such an inspiration!

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  72. Question on the drop cloth tablecloth: any trick to getting it to feel soft? Saw them at Home Depot yesterday! Looks like linen but they are canvas. Just feels like Thanksgiving to me!

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  73. Hi Cherie! The drop cloth tablecloth was easy. I just washed it three times...once with bleach and then two more times to help soften it, using fabric softener. Then I dried it in the dryer and steam ironed it. I t is not stiff after that. And...the good thing is that it is already hemmed...so It's an instant shabby tablecloth! I hope that helps...hugs...Debbie

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  74. I have to agree...I too am thinking about my Thanksgiving tablescape. I love hosting Thanksgiving and it's my year. Love all the inspiration I found here today.

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  75. I just got done putting the Halloween decor away, so I need a week or so to start thinking about Thanksgiving. We always host 18, so I only change the tablescape every few years. Love the antlers!

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  76. Your tables are always stunning, Debbie, and I love where you are going with this one. Great elements, and I can't believe you got the dinnerware for that price. AND I adore those napkins. SO cute.

    If it will make you feel any better, apparently deer shed antlers so some of the ones you see are simply from deer that have shed. I'm from a family of hunters (except Mr. Magpie) so I have the real thing, but I also have some faux ones. I'm betting the metal thingy is the same thing that's on mine which was used to attach it to foam in an arrangement and/or to attach it to a swag.

    I love what you did with the pumpkins. They look stunning. GREAT job. Were they real ones or faux that you painted?

    And that precious Baby Kitty looking at his leaves. That kitty boy just tugs my heartstrings. Love him! Love you, too!

    XO,

    Sheila

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  77. Great post, glad you are only thinking about Thanksgiving, so many people are posting about Christmas already, yikes! Laura - Cottage and Broome

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  78. Very cute ideas-lovin' the white pumpkins too :D

    Thanks for sharing, cuz I found you at The Romantic Home's linky party tonight,
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

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  79. From one plate addict to another: I like your style!!

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  80. I'm absolutely thinking about my tablescape, except I'll be decorating my kitchen island since most of Thanksgiving day will be spent at my parents'. I have 2 smallish-medium pumpkins that I got for free at a fair last weekend, and if I can find my cardboard and tissue paper turkey (I know it sounds cheap, but believe it or not, it's so darn cute), then I think I'll have alot to work with. I'll put down a Fall-themed paper tablecover and the gourds and turkey. Some battery tealight candles would set it off more, so I'll be using those, too. I'm on a budget since I'm planning a Christmas Open-house gathering, but these few details should make me feel even more excited about Thanksgiving. Also, have you ever thought about spray-painting your candelabra to a more rustic hue? I bet you'd have a different feeling about it if you did. Your tablescape from last year is very, very pretty, warm, and welcoming. I really adore your blog. Thank you for such thoughtful posts.. and pictures of your kitties. They're so darn cute!

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  81. Absolutely love the first photo of the painted pumpkins, mercury glass stand and bittersweet.
    Summer for Swede

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  82. I'm stopping back by to say thank your for linking your beautiful post to Potpourri Friday!

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  83. Seriously, antlers at GW! I just saw a pair go by my window a liitle while ago. Too bad they were still attached to the deer!
    I am thinking too. First I have to decide if I want to do it!
    So many people, 35, and so much work!
    Time for the younger generation to take over me thinks!

    I love your centerpiece, and last years' table is just lovely. Very serene!
    Have a good weekend!

    Sent from my iPad

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  84. So much beauty and wonderful inspiration in this post Debbie! I love the different knockoff looks you have created. So pretty! Thank you for joining TTF and have a fun day!

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  85. Your table scape is so lovely! I wish I had your talent!

    ♥charlotte

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  86. What great inspiration pictures you have! I'll bet your Thanksgiving table is gorgeous!
    I'm hosting an everything Thanksgiving party next Tuesday and would love for you to join. Please stop by!

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  87. Debbie, All of the vignettes you created are lovely! I can't believe you found two faux antlers. Can't beat the price either. Thanks for linking to the Open House party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  88. So many gorgeous ideas here! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie