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Thursday
Nov102011

The Center of Attention

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Remember when I mentioned October would be my test run for my new blogging strategy that I outlined?  Well, I made it through with an impressive 21 posts (record high!), and I was happy with the way it turned out...except for one small detail:  it straight-up nearly killed me!

Okay, maybe that's somewhat of an exaggeration.  I guess I could just say that I burned out really quickly on that routine, which is why you've seen fewer posts thus far in November.  My apologies.

It wasn't fully the blogging strategy that did me in.  Let's just say that one of my poorest qualities is that I tend to over commit myself sometimes...and then I don't sleep...and then I'm prone to sickness due to a weak immune system...and then I get grumpy, whiney, and lazy...and then I lose my creative mo-jo....and then I have nothing to blog about.  It's a vicious, vicious cycle that makes nobody happy.

And so, I need to make a few adjustments.  I've already been skimming the fat to free up some of my time, but I think I've still got a ways to go.  

When I look back at the posts from last month, I noticed one thing--very few projects--and though I enjoy writing about creativity, I'm still a bit more partial to diving in and getting my hands dirty!  

So here's the deal.  I'm keeping the Tip of the Week (but moving it from Mondays to Tuesdays), Theme Thursdays, and Sunday Schemes, but I'm scrapping both the Wednesday and Friday rotations (except the monthly guest post). This doesn't mean you won't see posts from me on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, it just means I'm leaving them open to post about anything under the sun.  You'll still see me posting about my window shopping finds, lunch break adventures, trend alerts, etc., but you'll also see that I'll have more time to dedicate to transforming my house into my dream home.

I want to thank everyone who has been following me along the way.  Your support has been amazing, and you've been so understanding of this poor blogger who is still a newby, and is trying to find some life balance.  I think I'll get it down eventually!  Ha!

Well, enough business...let's get to the fun stuff!

I absolutely love Theme Thursdays because we get to talk about a chosen theme each month.  This month, the obvious choice was Thanksgiving, and last week we talked about recreating a table setting with similar items to those you find in photos.

This week, let's talk about some centerpiece ideas!  There's nothing more attractive for a group dinner than a beautifully set table with decorative centerpieces.  Luckily, I stumbled across this gallery from Better Homes and Gardens that's loaded with simple centerpiece ideas.  Definitely worth trying!

First, the simple idea of using mason jars and leaves to add a natural touch to the tabletop.  You could jazz this centerpiece up a bit by using glue to tint the glass on the jars (like I did here).

I'm not sure how I've never thought of this, but thank goodness for the internet!  Pretty much anything small that's displayed in a glass vase can look pretty dang cool, but corn is just plain genius.  Especially for fall and Thanksgiving.  So simple and effective!

The burlap bags got me on this one!  I thought it was such a cute idea.  I like that the branch is taller too.  That means the centerpiece won't interfere too much as your guests strike up conversations from across the table.  Don't you just hate centerpieces that block the face of the person on the opposite side of the table?  Me too!

Loved the acorns here, and I just know this could be done in so many ways.  I don't have access to any acorns locally, so sadly I probably won't get the opportunity to make something like this...but those of you with acorn trees will certainly have fun with this one!

I told you these were simple ideas, right?  How pretty would something like this look all the way down the table.  Not only would it look great, place a nutcracker on the table, and guests will have something to snack on while they wait for the Thanksgiving feast.  

I don't know about you, but my family usually ate Thanksgiving dinner around 2 pm, so a tiny snack could definitely be beneficial.  Plus, for those of you on diets...eating a few of these before Thanksgiving dinner will reduce the likelihood of you overeating on potatoes, stuffing, and pie!

Here's a question for each of you...what is the most memorable dish you have on your Thanksgiving table?  For me, it's definitely the swan serving dish.  We use it to hold the cranberry sauce.  What about you?  Does anyone out there have a crazy-gravy-boat, or maybe even a hand-painted platter?  Let's hear about it.

 

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