Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Vintage Thanksgiving Greetings!

It's been a glorious day here at Still Woods Farmhouse.  The last of the pumpkin pies are in the oven and smell wonderful. A pot of beef stew is bubbling away on the stove for dinner.  A large pan of cornbread for cornbread dressing is heading in the oven next.  I can't wait to cut a square hot from the oven, slather it with butter and drizzle on a little molasses. What a treat!

I wanted to share with you a few vintage Thanksgiving greetings and magazine covers.  Maybe while you are waiting for your pies to come out of the oven, you can relax with a cup of tea or coffee and  enjoy these images from yesteryear.

I know this mamma is happy to have her sailor home for Thanksgiving!
Please say it isn't so!  I confess...I did love these Banquet dinners when I was little.  Whenever we had them, they seemed like such a treat.  
A simmering-talking pot!
This adorable girl is eyeing the turkey! I am curious about the article by Demaree Bees listed at the bottom of the cover!
Vintage cards are always wonderful expressions of art.  This one is no exception.
Wonder what this little Pilgrim is telling the chicken?
Another nostalgic Saturday Evening Post. What a difference in the football uniforms of today and those of 1928?
Hmmm...maybe they should have plucked and roasted the turkey first!
I have never had a pumpkin pecan pie.  How about any of you?
I guess home makers have been making pies for ages!
Anticipation...I am not so sure about that turkey!  Looks a little diseased.
Over the river and through the woods...
This is a 1914 edition of The Saturday Evening Post.
Lastly, I leave you with this beautiful card.
Many blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving from
Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse!  
"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever"  Psalm 136:1

Monday, November 16, 2015

Christmas Door Decor Inspiration!

Many of you are already decorating for Christmas or at least making plans for your Christmas decor. Having trouble deciding how you will adorn your front door for Christmas this year?  Take a peek at these adorable ideas. Hopefully you can draw inspiration for your own creation!

I am starting our Christmas wreath tour with this beautiful wreath.  I am crazy about vintage ornaments.  I am always searching antique stores for the beautiful ornaments of yesteryear.  This wreath is perfect for any vintage lover like me!
How about a cute, whimsical idea for your door?  I like the incorporation of the green hydrangea and red berries.
This is a more sophisticated idea compliments of Colonial Williamsburg.
If you decorate with a gingerbread theme, you will love this wreath!
Santa looks comfy perched in this red, cream, and green wreath.  
If you are a knitter, you must make one of these for your home!
Speaking of Santa...love this one!
My mother loves cardinals.   I think this would look terrific on her front door.
Beautiful color combination in this wreath.
I think fresh eucalyptus is a great item to use in Christmas decorating.  This wreath combines fresh eucalyptus and berries.  Simply beautiful.
A Colourful Life blog posted this lovely pine cone wreath.  The cardinals and ornaments add a delightful pop of red.
Tartan plaid is my go to ribbon design for Christmas.  I use tartan plaid for my bows adorning the swags of garland on our stairs and the upper landing.  You can't go wrong with tartan plaid at Christmas! It seems so very Scottish!  This wreath would fit in quite nicely.
I hope I have given you have a few new ideas for your Christmas door decor.  Go ahead...get creative! 

Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Thanksgiving Dinnerware to Grace Any Table

Southern Living recently published an article entitled "Turkey Plate Special" chronicling the origins of certain patterns.  Who knew that when Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, we would end up with beautiful transferware patterns honoring the official bird of Thanksgiving?  I was excited to see my pattern, "His Majesty" by Johnson Brothers in the article.  We lovingly call these our Traveling Turkey Dishes.  Click here to find out why!

I set our Reading Room table with His Majesty for a quick peek at this beautiful pattern.  I love my "Traveling Turkey Dishes".  It is a joy to get them out and use them throughout November.  I also love this old table.  It has the scars of a well lived life and reminds me so much of my sweet grandmother who loved it as much as I do.
A close up of His Majesty shows the lovely colors of the season.  I don't own the turkey platter, but it is on my wish list!
Another Johnson Brothers pattern is called Woodland Turkey.
If you love blue, you will adore this gorgeous plate by Royal Dalton known as Watteau.
Rowland and Marsellus (1893-1938) was a New York based company; however, their china was produced in Staffordshire, England.  This pattern features quite an array of colors.
Royal Stafford created this neutral pattern.
If you like a little more color, they created another version!
Here is a simple pattern called Woodlands from Spode.
Another blue pattern is Turkey (Flow Blue) by Ridgeway.  I must tell you that these will cost you a pretty penny.  One plate listed for $349.95.  Imagine coming across a set of these at a yard sale! What a find that would be!
I need to add a few of these beautiful plates produced by Wedgwood to my red transferware set called Memory Lane. I love transferware patterns.  I think the two patterns would mingle nicely on a Thanksgiving table.  I am afraid Mr Still Woods Farmhouse would put his foot down to any additions to my patterns!
I thought I'd end with an unusual pattern. The label is "Turkey by Winkle, F".  A plate sells for $159.99.  The company began making pottery in 1885 and was owned by an individual named F. Winkle.
Do you have a special china pattern for Thanksgiving?  Please leave a comment and tell me about your pattern or maybe one you would like to begin collecting.
Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Classic Plush Pumpkins

I was introduced to Plush Pumpkins years ago.  A co-worker had an enormous collection of these classy pumpkins.  They come in a variety of colors and sizes. Let's take a look at my collection and a few others.

I have my collection as a focal point on a round table in our living room.  I love the little pumpkins.  They are so cute! One of my favorite features of Plush Pumpkins are the real stems.  They can be intricate with twists and turns.  The stems are what makes these pumpkins so special.  I placed a dark green velvet pumpkin on top of a small vase of fall foliage and scattered my remaining pumpkins around.
I adore this Plush Pumpkin collection.  Notice the little acorn!
(Plush Pumpkins)
 Aren't the colors gorgeous in this display? I am totally in love with this purple grouping.
(Plush Pumpkins)
These acorns are adorable and would add a nice touch.  I need to order a few!
(Plush Pumpkins)
My sweet friend Lisa at Buttercup Bliss has a terrific collection.
(Buttercup Bliss)
Lisa displayed this collection on her Thanksgiving table.  Pretty fall colors.
(Buttercup Bliss)
Do you own any Plush Pumpkins or have you tried making your own?  If not, stop by the Plush Pumpkin website and find a store near you.  These add a lovely, decorator touch to your fall decor.

Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Autumn Splendor for the Hearth

I dearly love this time of year.  Autumn...the word excites the senses with vivid colors and wonderful smells. I think of candy apples, warm cider, hay rides, apple pies, and the unforgettable smell of brisk, autumn air. I am so thankful to the Lord for the beauty of this season.

"To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven" Ecclesiastes 3:1.  

As the days grow shorter and the nights cooler, the hearth becomes an important focal point in our homes. It's a place where the family gathers and where memories are made. Why not make your hearth a signature statement by creating a lovely autumn display?  I enjoy changing my display often.  This is my September-October mantel. I was incredibly bummed when my 11 inch mercury glass pumpkin skittered off the mantel and crashed to the floor.  I searched the internet and local stores for a replacement.  Luckily, I found one that blends in and will do for now.  My display features mercury glass pumpkins, a lantern lighted by a candle, a few books, a clock, and a little owl. A garland with fairy lights add a slight twinkle to the display.   It's still too warm to light a fire, so I put a few battery operated candles in the fireplace to create a warm glow.
Life and Linda created a mantel with frames.  Love this idea.
I would adore an outdoor fireplace. This inviting setting is from Better Homes and Garden.
Doesn't the fireplace in Neil Hill's blog look cozy?  What a fantastic place to curl up with a mug of spiced cider. The deer looks like he rules the roost! Notice the equestrian pillows.
Another terrific idea. The lanterns are especially nice.
Here is another outdoor fireplace.  This one compliments of Southern Living.
Sondra Lynn at Home has a beautiful fall mantel.  So many items in natural tones.
The Seasonal Home decorates with the vivid colors of fall.
Finding Home selected a very unexpected color palette for the autumn mantel.  The creams, blues, greens, and peacock feathers work well together
Serendipity Refined blends silver, copper, creams, and browns fabulously.  All the colors are enhanced by the gorgeous wall color.
I love the many levels in this sweet mantel from Denise in Bloom.  The use of the various heights add movement to the display.
The Frugal Homemaker decorates from the mantel down to the hearth.  This allows the eye to wander and enhances the display.
How are you decorating your mantel for this beautiful season?  Please jot me a note and tell me about your display.

Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse
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