I think I have mentioned in my last couple of posts that I am way behind on putting away Christmas and doing a general cleaning and reorganizing in my home. Today is the first full day that I have been at home since last week, so I have tried to utilize every moment of it. It has taken me all day to clean and organize the extra bedroom where I store flea market and tablescaping items. It had really exploded into a huge mess when I added Christmas items to the disarray.
Cleaning and straightening the extra bedroom always creates a domino effect into the dining room and the storage spaces in both rooms. It has taken me a long time to get it done, but I think I finally am.
So here is my first table of the New Year. Sorry all the pics are dark. It was a cloudy day outside and the rain started about the time I was finishing up. With the plethora of Christmas dishes finally put away, I was ready to do something completely different…purple seemed the answer. I started with this floral runner with its purple, blue, and red flowers.
My mother-in-law recently gave me these placemats. I thought the purple grapes would be great on this table.
The dishes I like to use the most when I have a purple color scheme are the Thomas Kinkade Spode set. I love these gorgeous plates, an old eBay purchase.
Of course, I had to bring out my purple napkins. Beaded napkin rings, an early tablescaping purchase, are perfect to dress up these pretty napkins.
Lovely purple goblets are my stemware of choice whenever I use the Thomas Kinkade.
I went through my wine charms and chose some cute ones for the goblets.
Black San Remo flatware finished off the place setting and I was really pleased with how it came out.
I wanted to keep the centerpiece simple. Looking through my accessories, I discovered that it would not be too hard to do that since I don’t have a lot of purple tablescaping items.
I love this antique frosted glass vase with applied decoration. It belonged to my grandmother.
It was easy to find my purple variegated candle since I had just completed reorganizing the candle storage spaces. My black candle holder was also a quick find since I had organized all the candleholders into one space; previously they had been spread out all over the dining room.
I love this delicate pierced serving dish with its delicate violets. I like putting it on a stand for display purposes. Obviously, I would take it down to use it for serving.
Love my simple purple table! It’s perfect for a new year and new look.
I also had to redo the vignettes on the Hoosier and the buffet while I was cleaning. I did a variation of what I had up before with the magnolia and burgundy dishes.
I decided to add Gail Pittman pieces to the buffet. The color is perfect with the burgundy and green in the magnolia pattern. It’s hard to see my dark green piece because of the darkness in the room and the dark color of the buffet. Trust me, it blends in great with these pieces.
I put dark green tapers in the candlesticks.
The dark green makes a nice accent color and ties all of pieces together.
I decided to use some of my new Pioneer Woman pieces on the Hoosier.
This pitcher is really one of my favorite pieces in the collection.
This small pitcher is actually measuring cup. Look closely at it. The pictures of this pitcher online show that it has measuring marks on it. There are none. How can I measure anything using this cup? I really can’t decide what to do with this piece. I like it, but it is useless as a measuring cup. I can just use it for décor and purchase one with marks on it at a later date, which is what I’m leaning toward doing right now.
I’ll close with a great CVS bargain trip. Since about mid-November, I have been purchasing a little more than usual from CVS. Because we were helping out our friend, I had purchased things like toilet paper and laundry detergent whenever CVS ran a special with extra bucks.
Also since I knew I had a makeup no-buy starting on Jan. 1, I had taken advantage of the extra bucks on several makeup items before the end of the year.
So I had a good many extra bucks saved up, and here is the final result! I actually did not need too much that day. I like to get Osteo Bi-Flex when the buy 1, get 1 free special is on. I needed conditioner and decided to also get some shampoo since a buy 2 and get $5 extra bucks special was on. I like to have a couple of shampoos and conditioners bought ahead, and it was a good time to get them. I also took advantage of the Campbell’s soup special since we were running low and bought some chips for our lunch that day.
I had a 30% off and $10 extra bucks sent to my card. The rest of the coupons that you see are all of the extra bucks that I have been holding on to for the perfect moment. Do you see the total? It came to 26 cents plus tax, a total of $3.08. I call that the perfect moment!
How much did I save? 100%! Score! I got $103.03 worth of merchandise for 26 cents, probably the best that I have ever done. Of course, that’s the last of the great CVS shopping trips you will see for a while. I have used up all of my extra bucks (except the $5 I received for the shampoo), plus I have a stockpile now of the things that I usually buy when they are on special, like Tide, Charmin, and Bounty. I also have plenty of makeup, as we all know!
Have a great week of tablescaping and bargain hunting!