Monday, February 23, 2009

Fall to Fall

Hosted by "Between Naps on the Porch"

It's amazing to realize just how much change happens in one year. This entry is to remind me of just how very grateful I am for the blessings my family and I have received each passing year...

This is for my very first Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks, Susan!

November 2007; all we could afford was a vinyl tablecloth and some meager items for Thanksgiving. We had just moved that summer and most were confined in the storage plus things were much tighter than we anticipated. The purple linen was used as a shipping buffer, so we grabbed that real quick from another box headed for storage.
As you can see, I just set the table... We were truly just "Simply Grateful" for being together and blessed with enough for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

November 2008; Things turned around and we reflected that gratitude on our tables. Of couse, all items were either at 50% off or more, so we didn't break the bank. Thank goodness for that! Though everything else is different and new, I used the same plates to help remind us how it was like the year before...

I made my own centerpiece- spent $10 on three bouquets. The pot was a 99-cent find.

The placesetting was inspired by Texas sunsets in Autumn. Plus we gathered our own leaves to use for the place cards my children made and colored.

I made most of the desserts myself and played around with how to best showcase them all.

I hope you enjoyed my very first Met Monday. Make sure to check out Susan's blog (link under logo) and enjoy how others' participated.

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  1. Beautiful post!

    Happy Met Monday!

  2. What a wonderful post. It's amazing how things can change in just a year. Love your autumn colors. Kathy

  3. Isn't it fun to see things evolve? From simple to simply beautiful!
    Great post, Candy

  4. Pat: Thank you so much!

    Kathy: Thanks, I love them, too!

    Candy: You are so awesome for saying that! Thank you!

  5. Love your autumn romance table, Chandy!...Christine

  6. One more thing, is that pink ruffly thing on your side bar a charger plate? It's so pretty. Where did you find it?...Christine

  7. Oh, Chandy, what a wonderful post! We must all remember to be grateful for what we have and this is a gentle reminder to us how we're blessed. Thanks for sharing this!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  8. Christine: Thank you! I love it, too. I was so excited when I found that tablecloth for the right size because it was one of the last ones I bought.

    Shelia: You're such a sweetheart. I so agree!

  9. What a beautiful post! That's what Thanksgiving is all about, isn't it? I have also had some lean times. They really serve to help you appreciate the good times! Have a great week...Debbie

  10. Debbie, hello! I agree, good times should serve as reminders for the lean times that helped us grow stronger and wiser...

  11. Hi Chandy! Thanks for coming to visit me. I just peeked at all of your pictures. Your Thanksgiving progression was very pretty. I love your dessert table. :)

  12. Linda: Thank you!

    Stacey: Thanks very much; I love that table, too!

  13. How elegant! Everything looks delicious too. I love your dessert stand. I need to keep an eye out for one...

  14. Kelly: Thank you! My dh got it for me. I don't even remember where he got it... Come visit again soon!

  15. I love a fall themed table! Can't wait to see your spring theme :)

  16. Isn't if fun to look back and see how things have changed. I don't think we do that often enough.

  17. From Stephanie Bean:
    Carolyn, Ok. I tried to comment on your new blog, but it wasn't working, so I thought I'd just email.
    I saw some really cute and inexpensive stuff at World Market. Also, there is a Tuesday Morning now at NW corner of Old Denton and Hebron now. They usually have good deals too.
    Keep up the good work! (0: Stephanie

  18. Tamara: Thanks! I'm working on the Easter one!

    KBeau: I agree, that's why I love this blog. It gives me that opportunity.

  19. Stephanie: I'm so on that tip! Thanks!

  20. Your table was beautiful - both times! Even though the more recent table represented easier times, both tables represented a family together, sharing their blessings. I'm so glad for you that things turned around, but it's clearly expressed in your blog that you and your family feel blessed all the time. That's wealth!

    Have a perfect week...Kathy

  21. Kathy: Thank you so much for noticing! We feel blessed all the time. It's an unbelievable feeling!

  22. I love the sentiment you express in this post and how you beautifully tied it all up with your table settings---which are just gorgeous. Hey next time you are visiting family in Calee-fornya, let me know. I want a personal table setting lesson from you :-)

  23. Marivic! I just love ya! I'll be there in December. Thank you so much for noticing!


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