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setting the holiday table

Yesterday I stopped at Micheal's and purchased inexpensive Chargers (on sale for $1) and came home and painted them with chalk board paint.  Today I wrote our names and Merry Christmas in different languages on each.  I used a vintage bed spread to cover  the table, votives in jars wrapped with a little bakers twine, a crystal tree given to us by my mom and glassware purchased a long time ago at American Rag Cie in Los Angleles.
The Advent Calendar was looking a little empty...so as the cards began filling the mailbox, I started to hang them in the spaces that once held the bags filled with little gifts.  One more to go...
This arrived a few days ago...from Amber.  You may know her as The Girl is Craftee.  I have to tell you it made my day!  Thank you Amber and to everyone who leaves a comment or takes the time to send an email...it means the world to me.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas! 



  1. Annie, Taking a few moments of quiet for myself and got completely drawn into your world again. Love the painted chargers. The Christmas cards look so cute pinned up on the rope. I am trying that next year for sure. Not only are all your ideas unique, but your photos are so pretty.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Oh you're so creative Annie, I love your table setting.
    Have a lovely day!

  3. I will proudly say 'I knew you when' after you become a world famous decorator...Merry Christmas to you and your family, Annie!

  4. Merry Christmas to you and your family!! Your table setting is beautiful! Love the Advent Calendar.

  5. A beautiful Christmas table, already for your beautiful family to enjoy dinner together! Thank you for sharing so many Lovely Things all year!


  6. Love all of this. Hope you're having a love filled day.

    xo jane

  7. what a brilliant idea with the chargers annie! they could be used in so many different settings. merry christmas! xo janet

  8. I love your advent calender idea and also how you filled out the space with cards later! Adore your idea of painting the charger with chalk paint, too. You are so creative!

    Wishing you and your family a warm and joyous Christmas!


  9. Hi Annie! I am just catching up on my favorite blogs this morning as I am finally relaxed. My best friend had the most beautiful table setting on Christmas eve and now I know where she got her inspiration, your blog. She wrapped the silverware in white linens and twine just like you did.

    She has never followed blogs till I started blogging and now she follows a few blogs, and yours is one of her favorites. I thought I would tell you that. She is not one to leave comments so I will leave them for her.

    Jackie :)

  10. I'm glad I was able to make your day a little brighter! And, I must say, like Jacquelyn, I have many friends that I think you inspire :)