Month: November 2013

Wishing You a Warm & Happy Thanksgiving

I honestly can’t believe how quickly this month has seemed to fly by.  It feels like just yesterday that summer was coming to an end and I was preparing my little one for her first day of Kindergarten.  Yet here we are!  The day before Thanksgiving and about to cross into December.

Tidbits&Twine Fall Tablescape 2


As always around my house, today is a frantic rush of last-minute preparations.  The living room has been cleared of all furniture so that I could set up round tables and chairs for tomorrow’s dinner.  My dining room table has been transformed into a buffet station.  And I can finally use my sweet little butter dish that I found at an estate sale!

Tidbits&Twine Silver Butter Dish 2


Our Giving Thanks Tree is the centerpiece of the buffet and a small table has been set up where each person can write down one thing they are thankful for on a leaf to hang on the tree.



While prepping, I came across my kids’ leaves from last year.  My son said he was thankful for “video games” and my daughter said she was thankful for “my brother.”  For me, these are wonderful keepsakes on their personalities throughout the years.


We also play a silly icebreaker game that I learned way back when I was a Brownie!  The game is called Feel My Bag and it’s meant to give everyone and opportunity to meet and introduce themselves.  We have a few guests that are shy, though, so the game is completely optional.

Using some left-over fabric, my mom sewed small bags with velcro enclosures.  Each year, I find various items to put in each of the bags that have to be identified only by feeling the bag.  Every guest takes a bag and an answer sheet and writes down their guesses for what is in everyone’s bag.  After dinner, I give the answers and the person with the most number of correct answers wins a prize.




I’m taking a few days off to spend time with my family, but wanted to take a moment to let you know how grateful I am to all of you and your support of Tidbits&Twine.  Wishing you and yours a warm and happy holiday.

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Decorating with Antlers and Animal Heads {Trend or Tried-and-True?}

I really can’t explain my current obsession with antlers and animal heads, but every time I see them, I’m tempted to buy them.  Maybe it’s the season that has inspired me, although truthfully, they can be worked into any decor during any time of the year.

{via Country Living}


The sculptural shape of antlers adds so much texture and interests but their neutral color doesn’t make them overpower the space.  I did finally give in to my desire for antlers when I came across a pair at a great price and I’ve incorporated them into my fall mantel.

Tidbits&Twine Fall Mantel Antlers


I also like the look of them stacked on books on coffee tables…

Antler on Books
{via House Beautiful}


…or showcased on shelves…

Antler Bookcase Display


…or even worked into a tablescape.

Antler Tablescape
{via Pottery Barn}


Now that I have a pair of antlers, though, my focus has turned to faux animal heads, or trophy heads.  I’m not referring to realistic, taxidermy heads, but decorative, ceramic or metal heads, like these resin ones from ZGallerie.  (While getting this image from their site, I saw a term referring to decorating heads I hadn’t come across before – fauxidermy!  Have you heard that term before??)



My personal favorite are those that have antlers, like moose, deer, gazelle and ram.  I think they look beautiful grouped together in a display.



But even just one can look great!

Single Head


Animal heads can also be mixed with frames to create an eclectic gallery wall.



West Elm has some beautiful papier-mâché animal sculptures that has a matte surface, as opposed to the glossy finish of ceramics.

West Elm


Zinc Door also has a beautiful selection of porcelain trophy heads.

Zinc Door


You can even find this trendy wall decor at Target!

Target Stag Head


I found these silver metal heads at HomeGoods over the weekend.  I was originally thinking that I’d incorporate them into a holiday display, but now I’m thinking I might spray them white and use them as everyday wall decor.





So, will antlers and trophy heads make your wish list this year?
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Guest Bedroom Update

*UPDATE: I finished my guest bedroom makeover!  You can see how it turned out {here}.


The week leading up to Thanksgiving is always a crazy time around my house, but this year, more than ever.  I host about 30 people every year, so there’s always lots of planning and cleaning to do.  In addition, it’s my daughter’s birthday!  Today she is the big 6!  Both sets of grandparents are coming to stay with us but the guest room is completely unavailable because I’m still working on my decorating project.  Yikes!

I’ve actually made quite a bit of progress on the room, although nothing has actually been done yet…  I purchased new bi-fold closet doors so that we can finally be rid of our brass mirrored sliders.  Unfortunately, since my closets are 8′ tall, I had to special order the doors and it will be at least another two weeks before they are available.  Obviously, they won’t make it in time for my self-imposed Thanksgiving deadline, but the rest of the room should be good to go.



As you can see, the art graveyard has been cleared away.  I’ve also put a sample of the paint on each of the walls so that I could see how it looked.  I selected Sherwin-Williams Nomadic Desert for the wall color in an Eggshell finish.  It’s dark….darker than any other paint color in my home and I’m a little worried, but I wanted the room to feel cozy and I thought this color would help achieve the effect I wanted.

Nomadic Desert


I also selected a 5 7/8″ MDF crown for the room, which will definitely be large, but I’m really excited about the profile I chose.  I’m using MDF not only because it is less expensive, but also because given that it is crown (and not base), it is less likely to get dinged or damaged, and since it’s not in a room that will be exposed to moisture, I felt that MDF would be fine.  It will be painted in Kelly Moore Swiss Coffee.


The furniture has also been painted.  Here’s a reminder of how the hutch I found on Craigslist used to look.  It was pale yellow with gold trim.

Guest Room Antique 8 Tidbits&Twine


Now, here’s a sneak peek of what it looks like now:



The crazy high curtain rod will be lowered after the room is painted, but I’m still deciding on window treatments.  I’ve been to the Half Price Drapes showroom a couple of times in the past two weeks looking for neutrals and have narrowed my decision down to these four options:

{Open Weave Natural Linen Sheer}


{Hemp French Linen Curtain}


{Blanc White French Linen Curtain}


{Trinidad Natural Linen Blend Stripe}


Normally, I would choose the curtains before deciding on a paint, but there were a couple of factors that prohibited me from doing so in this case.  At any rate, since I’m going with a neutral curtain and something that is ready-made, I think I’ll be able to find one that works in the room.


The light fixture will be installed Saturday and the painting will begin.  With any luck, all work will be done by Sunday.  I also have a couple of other projects in the works this weekend…..and of course, there’s the 30 people coming for Thanksgiving that I need to prepare for!


Now I’m off to celebrate with my daughter.  Her Kindergarten class is putting on a Thanksgiving performance today.  I also have a special birthday dinner of pot roast, shrimp and instant rice to make.  A very odd combination of food to be sure, but it’s what the birthday girl requested!


Have a wonderful weekend!
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