Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sweet November

Well I have to say it, I'm glad to see the backside of October.  October in Michigan is rainy and cold, where I used to drive through a tunnel of brilliant flaming trees, now I drive through mostly bare grey branches.  Not my favorite thing.  Add to that the fact that I am not a huge fan of Halloween and it's buh bye October!  Today was fairly nice and mostly sunny so Earl and I went to a beautiful outdoor mall just to get out and get some sun and air.  Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn was our destination.  Love those stores and I knew they would have some new holiday things to look at.

Like these cute nutcracker mugs filled with hot chocolate and home made marshmallows.  Cute!  Oh I know what you are saying, "Kathy, lets not forget Thanksgiving!"   I never could. I love that holiday, but right now I need to start thinking of Christmas, I NEED to.  It's been a somewhat crummy year and I need a little festiveness and Christmas frou frou.

Like this table setting at Pottery Barn. Oh, do I see my favorite color? Why yes, yes I do!  I love the polka dot napkins, white dishes and mercury glass with the brilliant red touches:>)

And some very Christmasy displays. Tree candles, sparkles, natural birch bark thingys to go around a vase. Kind of a cool idea♥

And some simple white candles in a tray filled with fake snow, wood slices and pinecone potpourri that smells just like Christmas trees.  I could do this, minus the $900 ottoman it's sitting on of course.

Yeah, I'm ready to start what I like to collectively call "The Holidays" which encompasses Thanksgiving and Christmas. I plan to start decorating early this year so I have plenty of time to enjoy the decorations and I don't have to feel rushed at the end of the month.  Time to shake things up.  Are you ready?

37 comments:

  1. Hi Kathy! I am glad to see October gone too, lol! Now I am ready for spring. I am glad you and Earl were able to get our and enjoy yourselves. I was really glad to see the sun today. I love everything you have shown here!! So cute and festive :)
    Hugs,
    Amy

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  2. What delightful displays! I thought summer and fall were WAY TOO SHORT this year...and I know winter will seem WAY TOO LONG!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  3. What beautiful setings & decor for the holiday spirit to be lifted into.

    Please visit our DOUBLE GIVEAWAY! & Happy November! TTFN ~Marydon

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  4. I've never been a fan of November (and it's my birth month) -- October has never been top of my list either but November is even worse!! I'm glad there are only 30 days and yes, I love December -- something about the colours, lights and festive mood. I'm so looking forward to it!! :)

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  5. Did you go to Birch Run?
    My DIL loves the Pottery
    Barn Outlet there.

    Pamela

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  6. Hi Kathleen! I love love that red/silver table and who doesn't love polka-dots???lol I'm glad Halloween is over and am looking forward to the cold finally!lol I'm still trying to figure out my style around here but PB is definitely a favorite but I agree I can do without the $900 price tag! I love how easy it is too to copy (oops "borrow") PB style!! Have a fun week - Sincerely, Jeannette

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  7. I'm right there with you Kathy...GOOD-BYE October...I got up at 3am...(couldn't sleep) took down all the Halloween/Fall decs. and tomorrow I'm painting a wall in the living room and the Christmas Decorations are coming out!!! Yes this Michigan weather...ugh! supposed to rain the rest of the week, seriously...have a great week my friend, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  8. I was at the mall Friday night and went to the same stores. I always think that I would love to work at either one of them....but then I remember the traffic at the mall starting here pretty soon. Wouldn't it be fun though?

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  9. Well I usually love October as the weather is usually just gorgeous, but not this year. So I'm hoping November will be nicer.

    I love the mercury glass and the turkey towel is so cute!

    Manuela

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  10. YAYYY!!!! I can't wait for the holidays this year either!!!! I love you and I miss you and only 24 days until I get to see you!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo
    ~Victoria

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  11. I'm not ready.....yikes! I still have walls to paint and toilets to install...I can't decorate until thats all finished...I feel like I missed the end of summer and all of autumn!
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  12. Loved that tableescape. Polka dot napkins! Love them. In about 2 weeks I'll be ready for Christmas cheer. Mimi

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  13. Oh! This was a fun post. It completely got me in the holiday spirit! Thank you. :)

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  14. Wow I've just found your lovely blog and I'm sure I'll be a frequent visitor.Here in Oz (Australia )we are heading for Summer. That usually means lots of sun, blue skies every day and hot, hot , hot!I'll visit your blog to cool off.

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  15. I'm with you, I love the holidays! I like to put up my tree the weekend before Thanksgiving but people think I'm crazy. I just think Thanksgiving is the beginning of Christmas!!!!

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  16. I love November too. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Just family and friends hanging out with good food. No costumes, no presents to fuss over, just toghetherness for the sake of being together!
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  17. Such lovely ideas for Christmas decorating. I much prefer Christmas decorations too. As soon as the cold weather starts, I'll be bringing up boxes of decorations to put around the house.

    Karen

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  18. Such lovely ideas for Christmas decorating. I much prefer Christmas decorations too. As soon as the cold weather starts, I'll be bringing up boxes of decorations to put around the house.

    Karen

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  19. love the decoration ideas! I especially love the tray with the white candles! so simple yet so beautiful. Thanks for the lovely ideas!

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  20. The Holiday's! My all time favorite time of the year! Your photo's just make me want to go and start decorating, ...but I do believe Dear Hubby would say it's entirely too soon! Maybe if I just start putting one thing out everyday, he won't notice!

    I received my pillow and it's beautiful. It now has a home on my living room couch. I'll be posting a few pic's soon. Thanks Kathy. I'm so glad that I finally got one.

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  21. I hear you !! Would much rather decorate for Christmas, than Thanksgiving :) Hope you have been doing well :) Missed you !! Hugs, Rhea :)

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  22. OOH, Forgot to tell you how much I liked the Snow candles :)

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  23. Yes, I'm ready! Holidays? Ready or not, here I come! I'm making Thanksgiving and Christmas plans so I can enjoy the season without too much stress. And I want to enjoy the p.e.o.p.l.e. who are so important to me! Love the candles in the 'snow'.
    ~Adrienne~

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  24. Hi Miss K.....if you happen to have an IKEA close by or for that matter not close they have wonderful things for the holidays this year...they have these great lanterns in both red and black...looks just like what the Pottery Barn carries and for only $6.99....

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  25. Fall starts out pretty then its gray and gloomy after the leaves all fall!
    Ugh....

    I love all the displays....you gave me some great ideas!
    Ouuuu those red polka dot napkins are wonderful!

    Have a fun week,
    Hugz,
    Dolly

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  26. Kathy,

    You've got me excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas. I'm always looking for new ideas and of course you've got lots. I'm ready to hide away the pumpkins and get out the Christmas decorations.

    Gretchen

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  27. Well that was fun! You sounded like my little boy who says "yes,yes I do" so often!
    You are getting me in the spirit...keep it up...maybe something will happen LOL.

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  28. I am all about Christmas right now... in fact come by and check out my blog and you will see.. also I am having a small give away you can check out.
    Love all the beautiful things you have shown us from pottery barn.
    Thanks for taking us along on your shopping trip.
    Blessings!
    Gwen

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  29. I love PB and Williams Sonoma. They always have such cute things. This year though things around here will be reused, found in nature or flea marketed. Darn economy. Do you have an outlet near you?

    xo,

    annie

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  30. Kathy, i like the photos! Do you ask permission before you take pictures in stores? Just curious if there's some 'unwritten rule.' Pottery Barn is one of my FAV stores too.

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  31. Your table setting is so beautiful. It is so crisp with the white and I just love the red.
    I guess most bloggers are jumping on the Christmas band wagon now that Halloween is behind us.
    I enjoy your blog !

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  32. These pictures are so wonderful- thank you so much for posting them. We don't have these stores in Australia-I so wish we did!
    Best wishes, NM.

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  33. Hi Kathy, you may be right about the leaves blowing to Oregon! And I love that Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake you suggested! Yummy!!!
    Love the pics you took and all the red & white - so Christmasy!
    xoxo
    Marilyn

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  34. The candles in the last photo are gorgeous!

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  35. That's some beautiful inspiration--and I need it! I love the polka dot napkins too. I think I need to go on a fabric hunt. I really like those star plates (dreaming). The candles with pine cones on the ottoman--that's exactly what I want to create on my son's table for Thanksgiving when we visit. He's a bachelor so I'll need some T day atmosphere ;-)

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  36. I am so enjoying all your posts of late...I know I have been a abad blogging friend...but you have been busy! i LOVE all your wonderful ideas and the handmade holidays.
    YOU are an inspiration!!
    Love,
    Sue who is off to read more!

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