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Tea time at my house

Burr it is cold and wet and windy outside today, but toasty and warm inside.

My guests, for Christmas, left yesterday and today I am left with what to do next.  So I decided to have some tea and...

Tea table 01.12.29...start reading the manual for MY NEW CAMERA!

Yep, that's right I bought myself a new camera a couple of days ago.

Why you ask?

Well, let's first pour you a cup of tea.  Now... all started the week before Christmas when a very unfortunate case of timing started to ocurr.  First my computer then the device I used to transfer the pictures from my camera to my computer stopped dead, dead, I mean all dead.

So sad, but there is a happy ending you see.

With all those bad vibes going on I managed to get my computer issues resolved, but there still remained the issue of transferring my pictures.  What's a gal to do?

Well this one decided it was finally time to buy the camera she had been drooling over for more than a year.Tea table 02.12.29So I 'bout some warm tea to hunker down with camera and manual today.

I decided if I was going to have tea, I'd also play with the dishes and test the camera.  I want to try and come up with an idea for my New Year's Eve tablescape today, and also do some experimenting with taking a few photos.

I have an idea of how I want to decorate the table for our New Year's Eve dinner this year, but you'll have to to come back to actually see the photos.  I think we will have crab cakes and roasted asparagus for dinner.  I haven't yet decided on the soup or dessert, and the wine is my husband's job {as usual}.

What are your plans for New Year's Eve this year?

Jan @ Mavrik Lane



after turkey

I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving.

Well here I am with no turkey leftovers {oh yeah!} and a hungry tummy.
So for lunch today, we are having Meatball and Rice soup...yummy!

When we don't host the Thanksgiving meal, we don't have any leftovers to deal with which can either be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your outlook.

Though I do like to have a little bit of turkey for sandwiches the next day, I can't say that I miss leftover turkey all that much.

Anyway, I thought I would share my lunch table with you today since I didn't have to go to work, I was able to dress up for lunch today {at least the table that is}.

Jan on Mavrik Lane


robin go round and round

I refreshed my flowers on the table again.  A gals gotta do what a gals gotta do, right?

I purchased these little gems at Hobby Lobby awhile ago.  They are a type of silk, but the actual flowers are thicker and much softer...a bit unusual, but so delicate and realistic.

The off-white urn was used for my daughter's wedding, but I can't remember where I bought it.

I bought the mirror when I first got married.
It started out dark brown with tiny black paint splatters all about it.
Definitely a style more popular back several years ago rather than today.

The mirror got lost up against the paneled wall so I painted and distressed it with a glaze.  I like it much better now and the carving of the wood shows up so much better than before.
I found my Robin lamp at Tuesday Morning about a year ago.  This lamp travels all over the house depending upon what I do on the tabletop.  I especially love it out for the Spring, but the color also goes so well with what I have going on in the rooms downstairs that this is where it landed today.

Want to see the beginnings of an awesome front porch for the holidays?
Thought so.  Then don't you dare miss Between Naps On The Porch for
Metamorphosis Mondays.

Be sure to go take a look at The House In The Roses for
Show Off Your Cottage Mondays too!
You won't be sorry you dropped by today.

And then, hop on over and see a beautiful kitchen at
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesdays.

Have a fun week,
Jan @ Mavrik Lane


couple of yards

When you purchase fabric for decorating your home, always buy an extra couple of yards so that you can:

1.  Make pillows
2.  Make contrasting arm covers for your sofa or chairs
3.  Cover a lamp shade
4.  Make a runner for your dining room table
5.  Make contrasting tiebacks for your draperies
6.  Cover and pad a frame
7.  Add trim to ordinary kitchen towels



It is raining...oh how refreshing...
how utterly refreshing!
I especially like the way the rain was casting patterns on the screen.
Just had to grab my camera to see if I could capture it.
And yet another magical view of the rain on the window screen.
Do hope you enjoyed the rain as much as I did today.

Life if full of tiny surprises if we simply look for them.

"Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do
is take a complete rest."
Jan @ Mavrik Lane


dishes that play well together

Oh how I love to bring out these dishes.  They make me smile.
They are cheery, colorful, just so darn pretty, and different from my all my others.
So I'm showing them off at My Romantic Home for Show And Tell Fridays.

The chargers are bronze colored and play so well with the dishes.
You hardly even need a centerpiece when you have such magic going on the table.

Jan @ Mavrik Lane

lemon tarts anyone

Last night we had lemon tarts for dessert and I for one thought they were absolutely wonderful.
I don't have dessert very often...dieting.
These were not only pretty to look at, but especially yummy to eat.

Sometimes after a hard day, it is nice to reward myself with something special like this.

I do hope this gives you an idea for tonight so that you can surprise your hubby like I did.

Jan @ Mavrik Lane


what I do best

It is pouring outside so. . . 

Tabletop 01.11.02I decided to do what I do best.  I grabbed a cup of my pumpkin spice coffee and a decorating magazine.

Tabletop 02.11.02 
And then I plopped myself down on my favorite lounge chair.  I am determined to catch up on my mags.

I also wanted to participate in Marty's Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, so I'm including some photos of, you guessed it, my table top next to my favorite lounge chair.

Tabletop 03.11.02 
This is a peaceful place for me.  I am a firm believer that everyone {especially women} should have such a spot in their homes.  A special place where you feel like you have just stepped into a cacoon...a soothing, comfortable retreat.

I also would like to share that I'm linking to The House in The Roses for Show Off Your Cottage, a delightful experience.  Please visit Cielo there and say hello.

 Tabletop 04.11.02
Tell me, do you have a special retreat set up in your home just for you?

Where's yours located and what do you surround yourself with there?

Have a fabulous day today!

Jan @ Mavrik Lane

Please be sure to take a minute out of your buzy day and visit both The House in The Roses and A Stroll Thru Life today to view all the lovely blogs being shared there. 

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