Thursday, December 7, 2017

Gingerbread Kisses Tablescape

Gingerbread kiss and Christmas wishes,
that is what this table is made of.

I am in love with little gingerbread houses
and gingerbread accessories, which bring
such magic to the home.

This big gingerbread house was one I found
years ago, and because it isn't edible,
it lasts year after year.

We made gingerbread houses with the grandkids
Thankgiving Evening.  I have always loved
the magic of making gingerbread, and I
actually tried storing some of my creations
over the years, but they didn't hold up well.

I am in love with Department 56 North Pole
Series gingerbread homes, as they light
up my home.

They are so fun and the grandkids love to look
at them.  They are so good about not touching.

This little elf is bringing another gingerbread
man to make the fence around this house.

Of course nutcrackers are another of my
loves, and this gingerbread maker is really

Hobby Lobby had a collection of gingerbread
accessories this year - this lamp post,
a fence,

this darling mailbox and a bench, a tree
and gingerbread figures.  But if you didn't snag it 
early, it is probably gone.  I went in last week and
four rows of Christmas had been cleared out and
they were filling them with non-holiday wall
pictures.  Ahhhh!  I guess they start early and
clean out early!!  Glad I grabbed them when I

The table is set in pink and white with
candy cane napkins.

I made these years ago with my serger - 
cutting out a 17 inch square and serging the
edges of the fabric.  They are some of my favorite
Christmas napkins.

We even have a cupcake snowglobe with
a gingerbread house inside.

I chose my Buttercup sterling flatware,
as it is so intricate and ornate.  My friend Joanne
had this and I fell in love and was able to find
a whole set on eBay.

Of course gingerbread goes with
chocolates - displayed on darling 

My pink Fostoria was my mother's.  My 
darling niece inherited them and then
gave them to me 25 years later.  Mom 
has been gone a long, long time, but I
always think of her and wish she were here.

She was the first into computers and photography
in our family and would have loved digital
cameras, cell phones, and definitely blogging!
She would also have loved Home Goods - as
there weren't a lot of inexpensive kitchen and
dish stores then.  My dad always gave her a 
beautiful glass bowl for Christmas and they
collected cut glass bowls.  He had a fine
appreciation for beautiful things - but they
were only available in expensive department

What would she think of all of the lovely
things that are available now!?

Everything is placed on my snowy white fur
runner with a crystal garland.  Oh how I love magical
Christmas things!

My goal is always to create a little
magic at Purple Chocolat Home.
And do the grandkids appreciate it!

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

MacKenzie Child Traveling Tote in Whoville

There is a fun loving and gorgeous
group of bloggers who love MacKenzie Childs and they
have invited me to participate in their
Tales of the Traveling Tote.

I have been watching them on blogs
and Instagram, and thought it would be
so fun to be a part of this group.

A few times a year the group does a
post on the places their totes have been
and offer a giveaway of a MacKenzie Child's gift.

Linda at Life and Linda
at Hyacinths for the Soul
both encouraged me to join and then 
searched out the large
MacKenzie Child's tote
for me, and voila - 
Miss Madi K and I are traveling.

Before long, the mail man rang
the doorbell and I received a surprise
from Linda - these adorable MacKenzie Child's
kitchen towels.  What a treat.  

What a sweetheart!

Well, off we went to try Miss Madi K out!
First we headed off to beautiful and sunny
St. George, Utah, about four hours
south of us.  While we are surrounded
with snow-capped mountains, St. George
has palm trees.  We have a place down here
and don't get there often enough.

I was surprised at how huge this tote is.  I can fill
it so full on a vacation, that I can't even lift it -
good thing hubby is willing to help!

We went to St. George for hubby's birthday,
and had a wonderful time, and he was so cute
in letting me stop and photograph Miss Madi K.

Those who follow me on Instagram heard me tell
of the St. George Temple.  It is a stunning building
and at the very top, back in the late 1800's, my
fourth great grandfather crafted the tin ball at
the top, and then promptly stood on his head
before the spire was placed on top.  He was a tinsmith
and the ball has since been replaced with a fiberglass
one, but we love that story.

We returned to St. George with Miss Madi K
filled to the brim for Thanksgiving with the
family and had a wonderful five days down there.
The weather was in the high 70's!  

But today's story is going to focus on our
shopping and preparing for our annual
Cheermeister Party that we hold for the
family - where we kick off Christmas and
give them money for their presents.  They
then have a few weeks to purchase their
presents and they bring them back to us
to wrap them.  By Christmas they have
often forgotten some of their gifts and we
add in a few surprises, but this has worked
great for us since they are all married now,
and as good as we are, we really wouldn't know
what to buy them.

Here is Miss Madi K filled with gifts, but before
that, she and I headed off to Hobby Lobby to
find some Grinch inspired goodies.  She is a
great shopping tote.

While we
were at the check out with our bright green and red
deco mesh to create table runners with, the sweet
lady who was ringing us up said that they had fun
Grinch signs and artwork.  So we headed right
back to the aisles and grabbed some great
Grinch artwork.

We had been calling ourselves the
for a few years for this event,
but we had planned a Young Single Adult
Dinner at our home for early December.
My husband is the Bishop of this group
of Young Single Adults, and I told him
I wanted to plan a party -
How The Grinch Found Christmas.

So the ball just got rolling, and that
sweet checker at Hobby Lobby helped!

Here is another of their cute signs that adorns
the kitchen counter.  A lot of deco mesh, some
curly picks, and some feather boas and we
had a very Grinchy Kitchen going.

One of my favorites were the striped candles
with a little bit of boa at the bottom - instant

Miss Madi K and I were able to snatch two of
these darling canvases that we created deco mesh
wreaths for the door.  I glued on some bright green
boas to Grinchify them.

Plans just got bigger and better and I ordered
some yard art off Etsy.

Originally I had told hubby that I wanted the
Young Single Adult Party to be early in 
December so I could put up my regular

But we fell in love with the Grinchy theme
and took it throughout the house, except the
living room.

My sister in law is talented with woodworking,
so I told her I wanted a craft day where I 
could cut, paint and craft this fun sign. 

Tables were set,

for all the Whos down in Whoville,

even the small!

And a menu prepared,

and even the Grinch was found to be there.

Don't you agree that Miss Madi K
fits right in with Grinchy colors this year?
I love her touches of Grinchy green.

Even the rolls had a touch of the Grinch!

Some Who Girls waited patiently

while the Grinch carved the
Roast Beasts.

Even Grinchy Peppermint Ice Cream Macarons
with a wee Grinch heart.

The little Whos gathered round as we read
the story outloud, then danced to 
"You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch."

And at the end, Miss Madi K waltzed
in with Miss Martha May Whovier
who distributed the gifts to all the
Who's here in Whoville.

But all this fun is nothing compared to
the NYC trip the Traveling Totes had.

I can see many more travels and adventures
for Miss Madi K and I!  Definitely a trip to a
MacKenzie Childs store.

Now for the giveaway - leave a comment at
Pandora's Box to have a chance to win this
MacKenzie Childs Holly and Berry Glass Globe
Vase.  Winner will be announced Dec. 8th.

We would love you to visit each
of the members of our group to see
where they have gone with their totes.

Come along and travel with:
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Linda with Miss Rosie @ More Fun Less Laundry
Linda with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Visit us on Instagram #talesofthetravelingtote

Come back March 1, 2018 for another giveaway and
see where our traveling totes take us.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gold and Glittery Thanksgiving

Welcome to our craft group's Thanksgiving
dinner hosted at Karen's.  My last post
showed the Vintage Christmas Ornament Tree
we made after dinner.

Karen set the table with a neutral
cloth and topped it with a wrapping
paper runner in gold polka dot.

Wrapping paper makes for a great
table runner.  It comes in such fun
colors and designs.

The table was filled with beautiful gold
toned Thanksgiving decor.

I love how she elevated some of the items on

Everything was softly lit with candlelight.

A turkey under glass was a clever

There were glittered pumpkins
and leaves all over the table.

This one she had painted to match the table.

Each of us had this darling ornament
to take home with us.  I used mine
on my ornament tree as a reminder 
of the night.

Karen had recently redesigned this room to make
it a huge dining room to seat all of her children
and grandchildren, so she sat us at one end and
continued the runner the rest of the way down
in preparation for her family Thanksgiving dinner.

As always, we felt spoiled.
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