Saturday, February 21, 2015

Winter Treats

Winter is far from leaving us…

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…and in the meantime we need…

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…treats…

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…to soothe us.

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Popping some treats into the oven can make us feel…

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…oh, so much better!

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Snuggling In

Snuggling in on these crazy cold winter days has its blessings.

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We stay in our homes keeping warm and…

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…enjoying our homes.

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We put our heart and souls into feathering our nests.

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Sometimes we are so busy that we don’t take the time to enjoy our homes. Winter gives us the opportunity to embrace what we’ve worked so hard to create.

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As much as I love the ease of the internet, there is nothing like curling up with a good cook book.

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I love paging through my tried and true books, some of which I’ve had from when I was just married. I may or may not use those exact recipes, but they…

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…inspire me.

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Hope you’re enjoying snuggling in!

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine

Such a wonderful week!

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Full of hearts…

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…and anticipation!

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What hearts are in store for you?

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Or will it be roses?

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What valentines await you?

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- Alma, The Tablescaper

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Valentine Cupboard

A truly love my home and the way I have decorated it however, I always wish I had room for a Welsh dresser.

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I love seeing beautiful dishes artfully displayed against the warmth of a Welsh dresser.

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Alas, that is not a piece of furniture that will be fitting into my home anytime soon so I have adapted.

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Awhile back I decided that while changing out my china cabinet/breakfront seasonally would be beautiful, it would be a  yeoman's task. Changing out my corner cabinet in my dining room is much more manageable.

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My dining room is right off my front entry and the corner cabinet is in the back right corner so it’s easily noticed – perfect for seasonal change.

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So, while there is no Welsh dresser in my immediate future, my corner cabinet is keeping me entertained.

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Displaying seasonal candy in my home is one of my little pleasures. So much fun for so little. Truth be told, at this point I think my visitors look for it.

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I’ve arranged my corner cabinet with all sorts of treasures: from my grandmother's Depression glass creamer and sugar, vintage milk glass, current purchases and even some dollar store purchases.

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Is there anywhere in your home that you change out seasonally? For all the times I’ve changed out this corner cabinet, I don’t think I’ve ever decorated for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll have to give that some thought!

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I’m so happy to be joining Laurie at her Valentine Par-Tay linkup on February 6th. It’s always lots of fun. Hope to see you there!

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- Alma, The Tablescaper

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Snow Day

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How wonderful to have a snow day!

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It gives you that extra time to enjoy your home, nap and read…

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…pausing to glance at the frozen world out the window.

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Baci is exhausted from all of her snow shoveling.

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Dolce needs a nap too! How did you spend your snow day?

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Not too bad

Thankfully Snowstorm Juno was not too bad for us.

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We got about 11 inches of snow, on the low end of the predictions for our area. No complaints from us!

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I live in Nassau County, western Long Island.

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Last I heard from Cuisine Kathleen, it was still snowing in Suffolk County, eastern Long Island,  and they will probably wind up with 30 inches.

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We still have some flurries as Mr. Scaper is doing a masterful job of digging us out.

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Thanks for all of the kind thoughts! Happy to report all is well here.

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Monday, January 26, 2015

Winter Storm Juno

After surviving Sandy, the prospect of surviving Juno is a bit daunting. Sandy left us for ten days without power. I must admit I had met my limit and am a bit inhibited about what could be before us.

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The forecasts are rather dim. Fifteen inches, twenty inches, even thirty. It all depends upon who you listen to. But after all it is just snow.

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What is quite frightful is the loss of power. I’m fine with being stranded. We’ve got plenty of food and such. But if we lose power, we lose heat. In the current temperatures, that’s a whole different story.

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We are so dependent upon power. But I think that’s the society that we live in. Power is a part of our lives. We have become dependent upon it and therefore it is a part of us. So perhaps it’s not such a failure for us individually.

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Technology can come crashing to a halt. These days technology is everything. This possibility, almost  a probability at the moment,  makes us stop and think. It makes us acknowledge our dependence, but also makes us remember to value what we take for granted on a daily basis.

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Blessings to all and be safe.

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Breathing New Life into an Old Collection

Many of us have collections that we ourselves acquired or may have inherited. I love when I can breath new life into an old collection.

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After removing my Christmas plates from my corner cabinet in my dining room, I was trying to decide what to put into it.

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I have a small collection of Lladro figurines (some where inherited, some were gifts, and actually one was a gift to my youngest daughter that I’ve been designated as the guardian of until she moves out).

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It seems that Lladro was once a very popular collectible, but now it’s popularity has waned. They are an abundance of them at antique/vintage shops.

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I am loving the coloring of the Lladro with the color of my dining room walls (the same as the inside of my corner cabinet) and my newly acquired plates! I have very much been on a “nondish buying diet” but couldn’t resist these. They are by echodesign and I got them at HomeGoods for $1.99 @ (no consideration was received, bought them myself, just wanted to give you the details).

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I truly feel like I’ve breathed new life into my collection. It gives me an opportunity to appreciate and admire some things that I’ve had for a long time, from a new perspective.

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What have you been up to lately? Cleaning out? Re-organizing? Creating new displays? I always love to hear from you and so appreciate all of your support as I try to breath a little life back into my blog! LOL!

- Alma, The Tablescaper