Sunday, December 31, 2017


Belief.  We are not necessarily referring to our faith and belief in God at this moment.  Although this is so important because it is our faith which influences us all in everything we do.  No, instead what I mean is a belief in another person.  It is a subject which I feel is appropriate to mention especially as we approach a new year and we look to make a difference in the lives of those around us as the unused days ahead unfold.

Did you ever find yourself in a situation where someone encouraged you no matter what the odds and no matter how much you doubted yourself or the circumstance?  A belief in you that even you didn't have in yourself or didn't even see.  It says a lot, doesn't it?  It sounds empowering and it is.  They must have seen something so overwhelmingly certain and so positive to be able to say to you, "go for it."  Did they have a crystal ball or did they happen to believe in the capabilities they saw in you?

Did you ever have this happen to you?  Or did you ever see this in others and engaged in this kind of loving encouragement?  To me, it is like having a guardian angel.

So, as we look to "be someone's angel" in the upcoming days and to celebrate with fresh resolutions for the New Year holiday, I want to inspire you with this lovely photo of a iron garden gate in the shape of an angel found on Facebook (from: Vintage Belle Broken China Jewelry, image source: along with this provoking thought regarding the belief in the goodness and potential in others.  This belief and positive steadfast assurance can and does change the life of others.

In addition, some angel food cupcakes and pecan cookies with coffee are served as a dessert at this "heavenly" table to help celebrate the New Year.

Therefore, this week's tablescape, hopefully, captures the glory of angels or those loved ones in our lives who do the work like angels on earth.  These dedicated, insightful patrons embody an unending and unwavering conviction, acceptance and sureness of our recognized talents or qualified capacity and lovingly cheer and inspire us to take action.  It is a great gift to give to someone that has a lasting and consequential impact.  Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

A Little Bit of Vintage

Can anyone's love for Christmas with it's many choices in decorating and celebrating styles be enough of a compelling and irresistible reason to want to create several holiday tablescapes in one season?  After seeing some gorgeous Christmas tablescapes during my participation in the Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop 2017,  I couldn't resist my nostalgic inclinations and aimed for yet another holiday tablescape entitled, A Little Bit of Vintage.

Since I did not want the holiday to pass without using some of the Christmas village buildings, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity this year to use a building or two as a decor piece, but this time placed within a apothecary jar.  Of course, as a table's centerpiece, how could I not include using the popular "little red truck" along with a string of old-fashioned color light bulbs to help create a nostalgic scene.  Nowadays, it is so heart warming to reminisce over the fact that as a child growing up in a family which included living with my uncle, there is one memory among many of my uncle being the owner of this kind of cute, cherry red truck complete with its wacky and comical horn.

So peering into this apothecary jar is like gazing back into my childhood.  Join me as we go back in time.......