Monday, November 21, 2016

Woodland Glam Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and I wanted to share this tablescape that I created for the meal I'll be hosting here for Eddie's family!
This season is a wonderful time to reflect on the gifts we've been given.
Sharing a meal together with the people we love
is one of the best ways to celebrate.


For me, creating the tablescape is almost as much fun as eating the turkey and pumpkin pie!
(And that's saying something, because I sure am looking forward to Mom's pie this weekend!)


I used this gorgeous platter that I got from - wait for it - the Embellish sisters!
The candlesticks come from them, too.
Basically all my favorite decor comes from them...and Hobby Lobby! :)


This succulent pumpkin, which I mentioned in my fall home tour,
was the foundation for the whole tablescape!
I love the woodland element it brings, 
along with the acorns I collected and some leaves from a bush in the backyard.
Foraging is therapeutic for me, and I love incorporating what I have outside into my home.



The square plates, napkins and rings were gifted from Pier 1 a few years ago,
and the round plates were thrifted from Goodwill.
I love white on white, especially when they are different shapes.


I baked our favorite sourdough bread recipe in these tiny bowls,
and they turned out to be the perfect size.


Add some leaves, and a simple white name tag made out of cardstock,
and your place setting is complete! 


Hadassah was so excited to help me with this project, and she did a wonderful job
setting out the plates. She helped a little with the styling, too.
It's so fun watching her develop an eye for beauty!


But beyond all the preparations, the turkey, and even the family,
I want to cultivate a spirit of thanks giving:
not just for this week, but every day of the year.


On Sunday, our pastor shared this quote that spoke so powerfully to me:
"God multiplies His kingdom
through gratitude and generosity."



May His kingdom be multiplied through me and my home.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

Woodland Glam Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and I wanted to share this tablescape that I created for the meal I'll be hosting here for Eddie's family!
This season is a wonderful time to reflect on the gifts we've been given.
Sharing a meal together with the people we love
is one of the best ways to celebrate.


For me, creating the tablescape is almost as much fun as eating the turkey and pumpkin pie!
(And that's saying something, because I sure am looking forward to Mom's pie this weekend!)


I used this gorgeous platter that I got from - wait for it - the Embellish sisters!
The candlesticks come from them, too.
Basically all my favorite decor comes from them...and Hobby Lobby! :)


This succulent pumpkin, which I mentioned in my fall home tour,
was the foundation for the whole tablescape!
I love the woodland element it brings, 
along with the acorns I collected and some leaves from a bush in the backyard.
Foraging is therapeutic for me, and I love incorporating what I have outside into my home.



The square plates, napkins and rings were gifted from Pier 1 a few years ago,
and the round plates were thrifted from Goodwill.
I love white on white, especially when they are different shapes.


I baked our favorite sourdough bread recipe in these tiny bowls,
and they turned out to be the perfect size.


Add some leaves, and a simple white name tag made out of cardstock,
and your place setting is complete! 


Hadassah was so excited to help me with this project, and she did a wonderful job
setting out the plates. She helped a little with the styling, too.
It's so fun watching her develop an eye for beauty!


But beyond all the preparations, the turkey, and even the family,
I want to cultivate a spirit of thanks giving:
not just for this week, but every day of the year.


On Sunday, our pastor shared this quote that spoke so powerfully to me:
"God multiplies His kingdom
through gratitude and generosity."



May His kingdom be multiplied through me and my home.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

My Fall Home

Fall is one of my favorite seasons!
I love the brilliant colors, the woodsy scent of leaves, and the crisp evening air.
I get excited about pulling out my sweaters and boots,
and wrapping up in cozy blankets.
It was so much fun bringing some of those elements into my home this year!


I don't think I've ever really decorated my porch for fall, other than setting out a mum.
But after I got these gorgeous pumpkins from Massanutten Produce, it all just came together.
This old hickory rocker was left at the house,
so I added a cozy flannel I found at the last Embellish sale!


I stopped in at the Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Store and found this darling yellow garden stool.
I love the pop of color it adds to the porch!
The galvanized bucket was a few dollars at a flea market.


I created these farmhouse banners for the Barn Sale this year,
and this one ended up in my studio!


I love the simplicity of these mini white pumpkins, and used them throughout my house.


The terrarium is a great place to display seasonal items!
I put a mini pumpkin, leaf and some acorns in mine.


This is one of the many old mantles that came out of the farmhouse that was originally on this property. 
The sign is one that I painted (and is for sale if anyone is interested!)
and the ferns were foraged in the woods behind the house. 


The succulent pumpkin was a gift; isn't it adorable?!


I used my wood round to create an autumn-themed tea bar, complete with pumpkin spice tea
and salted caramel syrup! The coffee drinkers can't have all the fun.
Oh, and let's not forget all the pumpkin desserts!
It wouldn't be fall without them.


And we're on the back porch, where Hadassah is cozied up with my Aztec blanket that I purchased 15 years ago in Mexico! It's also Sprinkle's favorite spot to take a nap.

Thanks for joining me on a tour of our home!
xoxo, Ruby

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Of Extraordinary Beauty in an Ordinary Day

It was a typical September Sunday afternoon.
I was weary after a long week of harvest, and could hardly wait to enjoy a deliciously long nap.
But two certain little children had no interest in sleeping,
and it soon became apparent I may as well forget those dreams!


They begged me to come outside and play,
so I let them drag me along,
still wishing for my bed.


They spotted the trees next to the hammock, and decided they wanted to try to climb them.
And I realized I needed my camera to document the moment!


They quickly discovered that climbing the tree was actually much easier than
 figuring out how to come back down! 
Thankfully, I was close by to answer their loud hollers for help!


Eddie had to spend some time working, but he joined us for game of kickball:
a favorite summer game of ours.
The girls soundly beat the boys, mostly because the youngest player didn't understand
that he was supposed to run the bases and usually managed to get out!
But we all had a great time.


Then came lots of cool tricks on the bikes,


for which he removed his shirt. Can we say CUTE?!


Never mind that we are too big to ride a trike.
It's much more fun that way!



Next, they wanted to E X P L O R E.


And I found this beautiful butterfly!


Climbing the fence is the best part, obviously.




They wandered all over the pasture...



...picked some lovely flowers for me!


and then decided that the cows just might come back into the pasture,
and that would be scary,
so they had better hurry and climb back over the fence!



And somewhere along the way,
my frustration melted away.


It was still an ordinary Sunday,
but in their childish joy, they helped me discover a day full of extraordinary beauty.