My Thanksgiving Tablescape

I had so much fun decorating for Fall and Thanksgiving this  year. It’s like playing for me! Before you see my pictures you should know that my least favorite color EVER is orange. It’s just not my favorite. But, I do think an orange tree in the fall is amazing and orange pumpkins are organically beautiful. I could have done white pumpkins, but I thought that was getting a bit overplayed so I went old school.

What is such a blessing this year is that on Thanksgiving I will have my best friend, Rachel, here from Colorado. We have known each other since pre-school and have walked through every broken road and every happy event together. I am feeling so blessed to be sharing my Thanksgiving with her.

Back to my decor…

My table is a variety of orange hues and texture, including brass, copper, gold mercury, wood twigs, orangey everything, yellow wheat and off white candles and old books. I pulled pieces from all over my house and my decor closet where I keep a stash of fun stuff. The cute fabric pumpkins came from Target. Yeah, Target! They are doing good things over there.

Here’s my table scape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So much fun. And I actually like the orange. Here is a little picture of my Holly Golightly Halloween costume complete with Cat. I’m pretty sure I’ll be the same thing next year 🙂

Luckett’s Spring Market – Yes I’m overdue for an update on this one!

I may be trying to live a more mindful, intentional life, but I still love shopping for antiques and old stuff. I went to the Luckett’s Spring Market last May, tredging through the mud with two of my beloved friends that came into town just for our shopping day. The Market no longer takes place on the grounds of Luckett’s and sadly, it lost some of it’s charm for me. It felt more spread out with more vendors and some of the vendors did not have those rare gems that I look for at these markets. Luckett’s puts on a great day rain or shine, but I felt nostalgic for the shop and the vendors from the past.

Here are some of the tents and items that were really fun & inspiring.

And here are me a my dear friends, Kris and Sarah, soaked and happy.

….toasting our friendship and shopping day with cider beer.

So, my favorite vendor for the past few years has been Olde Thyme Market. I love their look so very much. I bought 4 shabby stools from them to go w/ a shabby table I also found.

I saw so many girlfriends meeting at the entrance and excitedly shopping together. Even though it’s not as it was, it is still a great day!

Art Therapy

I wanted to share with you a list of exercises that are useful when you start to worry or ruminate, have anxiety about a specific memory/event or even generalized anxiety during your day. I have found it really helpful to have a list of activities that will help me. These are things that will let your right brain take over for a bit and let your left brain take a break from fretting.

I actually have little stations around my house that support these creative exercises so they are easily accessible. I have been told that binging a Netflix show does not count, sadly.

My go-tos are painting, reading, meditating, embroidery, puzzling, lots of tea and lots of cats…or a very, very fluffy dog.

I am working on making my own embroidery design, but it’s a bit harder than I imagined.

If nothing is working for you to calm down your anxious mind, try one of these things. You don’t even have to leave your house!