We didn't realize how much time our puppy takes until this morning when she was not at home.
Lulu spent all day at the vet and with no interruptions I was able to water the garden, do 3 loads of laundry, vacuum the entire house and completely scour the kitchen from top to bottom - all by 11:00.
With all the work done early, I set out to create our "Christmas" table for the day.
I was disappointed when H & M contacted me to say that the Christmas tablecloth I had ordered was sold out so I decided to make my own tablecloth from a drop cloth.
BUT, after spending a full day pulling threads to create the fringe and then 2 more days to tie the fringe, I was not going to create something only to be used at Christmas.
I brought down red plates from the top of the cupboard and asked myself why I had hidden them away.
I bought the square and the round sets over the course of a year at many TJ Maxx stores throughout southern California until I had full place settings.
Mondays are always soup and/or salad so I went with the large square plates to hold the salad
and the round bowls for soup - as much as I love the square bowls, they aren't great for soup.
A Christmas table is easy for me with my primary color palette - there are always red napkins on hand.
A sprig of greenery from the garden tied with ribbon breaks up the predominance of red on the table.
I love the alphabet and buy letter sets on sale whenever I see them - I didn't have two S's for Christmas so I went with J O Y.
The bowl (an after Christmas purchase many years ago) is a favorite because it brings in a little yellow.
Red wine glasses and red candles finish off the table.
From any direction, the dining room looks festive with its Christmas trimmings.
But, the Advent Calendar on the mantel is looking less festive as treats are removed daily.
I worked too hard on the calendar to just put the pieces away so I am attaching them to a little basket guarded by my vintage Santa Claus.
Christmas is coming fast and I am almost ready.
How about you?
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