I have a special message for Mother Nature... No more snow!  Holy Cow!  It isn't even Thanksgiving yet!! Since she no doubt is covering her ears... I'm covering my eyes... and pretending there is still green grass and falling leaves... and all things wonderfully fall.  Who's with me?   Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Here are some Thanksgiving tablescapes from the archives that would be extraordinary for your holiday dinners.  I hope you find a tip or two that you can use this year.     Cozy & Warm Homespun Table Setting Mixing Gold & Silver for Thanksgiving Table … [Read more...]

This was what I saw when I looked out the window yesterday, before we got several more inches of white lake-effect fluff. I am so not ready for snow. Leaves are still coming down. What is Mother Nature thinking? Does she not know... Winter does not officially arrive for another 36 days!! On the other hand... it is beautiful. Regardless... I still have fall and Thanksgiving on the brain. If you do too, you'll want to check out my tutorial for making beautiful natural leaf chargers for your Thanksgiving table.  Be watching for my Thanksgiving tablescape on Tuesday, followed up by another fun tutorial for … [Read more...]

Raise your hand if you've ever been late to a party. It's sort of embarrassing isn't it?  Everyone is already chatting and you're trying to fit in. That's sort of how I feel now that I've finally joined the Twitter "party." If you're on Twitter... would you help me "fit it" by following me and asking your network to follow me too? You can use the box on the sidebar at the right... or here's my handle: https://twitter.com/DianeMillerAED   Wow!  I sure can tell that the page on the calendar got turned for this week's link party! There is no doubt that many of you have already been thinking … [Read more...]

  On this day officially proclaimed as the day to gather together to give thanks to our Great and Holy God... Let us do just that. Let us join with the Psalmist here... Thank God! He deserves your thanks. His love never quits. Thank the God of all gods, His love never quits. Thank the Lord of all lords. His love never quits. Thank the miracle-working God, His love never quits. The God whose skill formed the cosmos, His love never quits. The God who laid out earth on ocean foundations, His love never quits. The God who filled the skies with light, His love never quits. The sun to … [Read more...]

  Are you getting excited for Thanksgiving? Usually, we gather with friends and family we rarely see and enjoy those foods we only eat at Thanksgiving. If I'm hosting the meal, I put almost as much effort into creating a beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape as I do the meal.     I have to admit, for me, it isn't all about the food.  Though I have shared a few recipes that would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving menu.  My Far East Celery is crunchy and light and makes a perfect accompaniment to turkey and stuffing.  Or a true fall dish that you can enjoy as a salad or … [Read more...]

Here we are....less than a week from Thanksgiving. Are you ready? Last year I was blessed to have one of my dearest friends drive 8 hours to come for Thanksgiving.  That was an extra special gift to me.     I wanted to make everything special and so I brought out my grandmother's flow blue china and created a very dressy Thanksgiving table setting.   And yes, I even blogged about it.  But, since the post came out just two days before Thanksgiving, you might have been too busy to even notice.  So...I thought I'd link to it again.  You just might get an idea or two or three.  When you pop … [Read more...]

  Gratitude changes everything... Especially our hearts.     “When it comes to life the critical thing is, whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” Gilbert Chesterton   When I first came across this quote it stopped me in my tracks. I know I am guilty of taking way too much for granted. You too? Let's make a pact together to take things with Gratitude. Are you in?   ~ PRINTABLE ~ If you like this #GratitudeQuote, download it here to print on your printer or take it to your favorite print or photo … [Read more...]

  Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Many of us are thinking about how to set a beautiful and bountiful table.   As I was dreaming about table decor, I remembered that this past New Year's table would be perfect for Thanksgiving. Actually...it's probably even more appropriate when you look at the elements of the table. Plus, mixing gold and silver in home decor is gaining in popularity right now. So...why not think about mixing gold and silver for Thanksgiving to create a truly elegant table setting?     The key elements were leaves and nuts and pine … [Read more...]

Welcome to Day 10 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be...  Or...simply: Be... Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you'd like to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.     We woke up to our first frost this morning.  Clear, cool, and crisp. When autumn comes, we're ready for cuddly sweaters and evenings at home. And hearty meals at the table.     There's nothing like creating... a cozy and warm homespun table setting in the fall. My menu is generally … [Read more...]

Day 7     May you be extraordinarily filled with gratitude this Thanksgiving!      Thankful for YOU! Diane To receive bits of inspiration like this in your inbox or reader, subscribe now. Sharing at Dear Little Red House *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *  *  *  *  *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *  Thanks so much for reading! Please stop by Longaberger Lifestyle  for lovely gifts to be given in gratitude!!   … [Read more...]

 Day 6   As we prepare a feast, or prepare to attend one, here are some words to ponder....     "For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread.  The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet.... Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long?" ~Rebecca Harding Davis   If you'd like to share your thoughts....please do below....I read every one. Gratefully, Diane To receive bits of … [Read more...]

Day 5       About now, many of use are ready to push the button and go into hyper drive.  Yes? About now, you see that I have a video link below and if you are like me, you'll click away, telling yourself you don't have time to watch a 4 minute video.  Might you reconsider? About now, you're wondering what I have planned for you.   My prayer is that the next four minutes will touch you deep inside and set all this busyness into perspective.   How Often Do You Sit In The Thanksgiving Chair?     If you like to share your thoughts....please do … [Read more...]

  I've had my ear to the ground and it seems that people are saying Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday.   There are no gifts involved, no fireworks - though I'm sure it's pretty deserving.  It's a holiday reserved for gathering and gratitude.  Really...that makes it pretty special.  Unless you're spending it alone. Most years I'm too busy to do more than think about what my Thanksgiving table will look like, let alone plan what will be eaten from the plates on the table.  But, not this year.  I have had time to do a little tablescaping....and exercise that thankful heart muscle while doing … [Read more...]

  Day 3   You know people with thankful hearts. We might not actually think when an individual interacts with us, "Oh, Janie surely has a thankful heart!"   But it is that very thing that gives a pleasant countenance and so many other pleasing traits to our friends.  These, usually, are the people with whom we enjoy, whatever we're doing. I want a thankful heart. If I want the heart inside my chest to get strong, I need to exercise it.  The same is true for a thankful heart.  We absolutely must exercise our gratitude muscle, in order to have a thankful … [Read more...]

  Day 2   Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.                           Psalm … [Read more...]

  Day 1   I decided.   I'm living in the moment. I'm not thinking about Christmas and all the goodness of the Christmas season.  Nope.  I'm camped out in Thanksgiving. With that in mind, I decided to narrow my focus as we approach Thanksgiving.  Each of these {7 Days of Thanksgiving} posts will have something for your inspiration with that focus.  I hope it's just what you need, too. Today I'm loving these words of President Theodore Roosevelt.....     A good question to ask ourselves.... What are we doing as an expression of gratefulness for all our … [Read more...]

  What do we celebrate on Thanksgiving?     When I was a little girl, the front of the church would have a beautiful assembly of pumpkins and squash and corn stalks. Even then, it warmed my heart.  We would sing a song about the harvest being gathered in, and it seemed so big, like a great accomplishment.   And I would think of the glass canning jars filled with peaches and tomatoes that lined the shelves of the "turntable" in my mother's cupboard....so heavily laden I could hardly make it spin an inch.  Harvest....that was what Thanksgiving was about.  Everyone gathered together in … [Read more...]