A table is a blank canvas waiting for the wonder of creation.   Preparing for the Thanksgiving feast is an opportune time for creativity coupled with tradition.

First onto the table are my always favorite pumpkins made from dryer hose and purchased from The Women’s Home many years ago.  I don’t remember how much they cost, but I have more than gotten my money’s worth.

This year they sit on an April Cornell tablecloth folded as a table runner, and they nestle among turkeys of straw and glass.

No Thanksgiving would be complete without the Della Robbia dishes.  The challenge is presenting them differently each year.  This time around they will rest on dark green chargers from Michael’s.

Added to the setting are salad plates from another set of dishes purchased at Target

and finished with green glass bowls from World Market.

Utensils are wrapped in napkins and tied with ribbon that has all the colors of the table.  Could someone tell me why I have 50 yards of it?

Now the table is set, the dressing is made, the turkey is roasting.

 All we need are family and friends to arrive to share another Thanksgiving and express gratitude for all that has come our way.

I am grateful to all of you who spend time with me, and here’s wishing you a bounteous Thanksgiving.

Joining you at Tablescape Thursday

17 thoughts on “A Blank Canvas

  1. Wishing you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings. It’s proper we should have a day in which we count our blessings, for we can surely find an entire day’s worth, both large and small.

    Any may your team win. Dixie

  2. Hi Linda~ Stopping by to wish you Happy Thanksgiving before I start the last minute preparations, prepare to feast & fall promptly into a food coma 🙂 I adore your dryer hose pumpkins and I love your Della Robbia plates! Enjoy your Holiday weekend!

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever seen your dining room just “as is.” When I first saw the picture, I thought you had posted a photo from a magazine. What a cool dining room! The table is really slick, and those glass blocks in the background are cool!!! Are those a window or do they divide a space? They’re really sharp! Very nice table setting, too!!! The dryer hose pumpkins are just too clever!!!!

    1. The glass blocks are actually an exterior wall with the blocks “woven” in a twill pattern. You’ll. E seeing a lot more of this table now that we’re back in Houston.

  4. Absolutely lovely, as usual. Those dryer hose pumpkins are adorable. And I have that same ribbon. I used it to tie bows on pumpkin-colored throw pillows and to wrap around the base of pumpkin-colored candles. I’m a big fan of earth tones. And on that note, the Della Robbia dishes are gorgeous.

  5. Hello! A few weeks ago I asked for Halloween craft ideas on my blog, and you shared this page with me. I’d like to feature the dryer hose pumpkins on my site in a post. May I use one or two of your lovely photos? I will credit you (of course) and link back here. Let me know – thanks!

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