Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Juggling work and Thanksgiving

Hi Friends!  Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  I am, well, sorta!  Since I am not hosting our Thanksgiving dinner at my house this year it's a bit easier.  Quite a bit actually! 

 Not hosting means I'll only be responsible for bringing a few dishes, which I have yet to officially decide upon what I plan to bring.  I'm not sweating it though because I have several that I know will be well appreciated.  One thing about my side of the family is that we always want the same old tried and true dishes on Thanksgiving day.  My mother has tried to introduce a few new things, but they rarely ever make the return list.  I guess we are all very traditional when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner in my family.  Now Christmas dinner, that's a different story!

Since I'm not hosting Turkey day I decided to create a Thanksgiving vignette on my dining table this year that can sit here untouched for a few weeks.

One of the advantages of working at Stein Mart in the gifts department is that I get to do lots of vignettes. 

 The large tables in the middle of each gift section is a conglomeration of several items from the shelves for display.  I've been enjoying creating vignettes on these and have to tweak them daily as products sell.  I have been learning to focus on bringing more height into vignettes.
I also get to do this on the shelves because we try to create attractive displays of products on the top shelves as well as arranging the products below.

  We receive shipments weekly so I am constantly resetting to allow for new merchandise.  I have to say so far, it's a fluffer's dream!  I really wish I could photograph my work for you but company policy will not allow it.  So you'll just have to see some of my things at home which are not nearly as interesting because I just don't have the stuff to work with here.  Oh well!  

The focus of this vignette is my newest piece.  I purchased this turkey dish several months ago from a local consignment/antique store.  It was quite a deal too!

Then I added my candlesticks and cloche for more height.  They also added quite a bit of weight or thickness if you will, to this vignette.

I then added a few floral's and pumpkins for just a touch of color and to fill in space around the bottom.  My goal was to keep this somewhat neutral looking with the whites. 
So what do you think?

Now on to my fireplace mantle, which leaves a bit more to be desired!

  Most of you may already know I do not like to add much to this mantle because of the location of it in my room.  When I decorate this mantle heavily is just overwhelms the room to me.  I have also been thinking that perhaps my sconces are not placed well on the wall.  I am considering lowering them and bringing them in closer to the mirror. This would allow for more space to put larger floral arrangements on the ends of the mantle, if I choose too.  So maybe that's what is throwing off the whole thing.  IDK!  Anyway, this is how I started out with my fall mantle.

I pulled out my Turkey platter that I inherited from my in laws to use as the centerpiece. Then I added the willow candle holders and the fall leaves.  I thought I was done, until....

..I unpacked my old crows.  I just adore these tacky little candle holders! 

 They really are very cutesy looking and just do not go with this setting at all to me.  I have to put them out though!  I just cannot find another spot I'd rather have them.  Heaven help me!

So here they rest for this year!

  I have so little to time fret for long over these things here at home now, which is a good thing. Working has had it's advantages for me for sure.  I really am getting much better with managing things during my time off now too.  Because I am on the go none stop at work, I am starting to be more "on the go" when I am off as well.

  For example, today I have to go in from 1:00pm to 9:30pm because I have to help with closing.  So this morning I am blogging and crafting.   Most of the time I work mornings and afternoons but it's always changing, that's retail.  My lunch hours are spent eating and shopping for crafts, groceries and now Christmas.  Days off are for family, cleaning and if time allows whatever else I want to do.  It's a juggling act for sure, but I have been so busy I am starting to drop some weight even though I am eating terribly.  My energy is returning too.  It's funny how when you don't have much time to do things you seem to be more inspired to do them.  Weird!

You will have to stop back by again soon to see something I am working on.   Here's a hint!  It's very easy to do and you've seen them a thousand times already I'm sure!  It's warm and cozy but the combination that I am using is probably new to some of you.  Can you guess what it is?  I think it's going to be one many of you will love!  I'll try to finish it up this week!

Anyway, that's what's up with me along with a few vignettes I thought I'd share with you!  I may add these to a few linky partys later on when I think of them.  LOL!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!   


  1. Mary your table display is wonderful. I do like the whites and neutrals. I love that platter on your mantel and hey who can resist cute crows! Your job sounds like so much fun! hugs, Linda

  2. I love your tablescape and your blog! Great decorating ideas!! I look forward to seeing your Christmas decorations!

    Stop by and enter my Wacky Wednesday drawing! Have a great day:)

  3. Your tablescape is beautiful, & your turkey dish is just stunning. I really like the large mirror over your fireplace. Have you ever tried a large floral right in the center in front of the mirror? I'm talking about something rather tall & wide enough to be framed by the mirror. Just wondering.

  4. Hi Mary, I love what you have created all looks so nice1 Love that turkey and the platter, my mom gave me one very much like it! We are having everyone here this year..I better get planning huh?! ;D

  5. Hi Mary! I didn't know you got a job at SteinMart, the nearest store is about an hour away from us so I've never been there but hope to someday! I worked full time retail so I know how your days go:0
    Love your vignettes and you just reminded me about my white turkey I found at GW, I'll have to get him out!

  6. Your tablescape is so pretty!! I can't believe they won't let you take pictures! What would be the difference in a customer coming in and taking a picture or you doing it. Heck, you would help sales when everyone saw how cute it all was! Oh well... rules.. jeesh!!! :-)

    I love your white turkey and your neutrals are so pretty. I am very much into the neutrals this year myself, but all my Christmas stuff is anything but neutral!! You have pulled it off so well in here. It looks so classy and elegant!

    This is just my opinion, but i am wondering if the scones are the wrong scale with the mirror. They seem small to me compared to the mirror and the bigger wall space. I think you should do something with some height on each side to fill up that space. I am no decorator for sure so you can ignore me too!!! Ha!!!

    Have a great day and can't wait to see what you are working on. I have no idea and I am totally intrigued!!!

  7. I'm on a huge white kick these days with decorating so I really loved that vignette. I have been looking for some candlesticks like that, in fact.

    Loved the mantel too, especially against that mirror.

    I remember how hard it was to juggle teaching and blogging last year. I would take the struggle just to have the job, but alas... the system is out of money.

    Now, I'm waiting for your next post. Hmmm... WHAT can it be?

  8. Your Thanksgiving decor looks wonderful with your neutrals and fall colors. Sounds like you're a busy girl!


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