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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Golden Season

 
Autumn is such a beautiful season here. It's nature's golden show before the bleakness of winter sets in. In Albuquerque, we get one or two snowstorms a year. Often on the first week of January, and then, at times, another spring storm near Easter. The snow melts off within one or two days. Otherwise it's stark and brown throughout the rest of winter.
 
 
 
 
 
In the past I have complained about the rush to Christmas--the commercial push to turn a cherished holiday into just another commodity. But ignore it or not, Christmas starts blooming around us at the end of October.
 
 
 
 
 
This year I'm not going to fight it. In recent years the season has passed so quickly anyway, I don't mind giving it more room. I'm going to save my favorite music and the special traditions for later. But I'm going to let the seasonal beauty come right in and fill nature's void.
 
  
 
 
 
But this post isn't about Christmas! I just wanted to show you a tablecloth I found yesterday while out scouting for vintage ornaments. I found none to suit me, but came across this leafy cross-stitched beauty perfect for a crossover season.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 







 
I love the leaf and vine motif, love the neutrals, love the handwork, and love the price. I know sometimes the price seems unbelievable, so I saved it to show you. That's one dollar and forty-nine cents! I get teased about all the linens I already own. But honestly, would you pass it up at that price???







 
 
 
 


 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
The delicious pumpkin candle with the keepsake jar is from Anthropologie. My Song Thrush model is an Edith Holden drawing from A Country Diary, my every season companion.
















 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm loving the golden holiday season.
 I hope you are too!
 
Jacqueline
 
 
 
 
 
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35 comments:

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

wow! that is a wonderful tablecloth for such a great price!

Salmagundi said...

$l.49 -- just think how many hours were spent embroidering it. It ended up where it should be - you'll cherish it! Sally

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Love your new tablecloth. I've always been a fan of cross stitch! I came to the same conclusion as you this year about Christmas - going to give it a little more room because it comes and goes so quickly!

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, this is lovely as always. Makes me want to get a copy of the Country Diary for myself. I'm off to Amazon to order a copy........Sarah

Vintage Gal said...

Jacqueline ~ I am obsessed with linens. I would have snapped that up in a minute. As far as I am concerned ~ you can NEVER have enough linens. Just lovely.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is beautiful! Love the white, so calm, so serene. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

jeanetteann said...

How lovely,Love these beautiful brown and cream tones. They are so easy on the eye. x

Olive said...

There is no such thing as too many linens. What blasphemy. The tablecloth is as pretty as the price.

Carolyn said...

That tablecloth is perfect for you-well me too for that matter!
I love the Christmas season and I look forward to getting my decorating done early so I can enjoy it longer.

Carolyn

Danielle said...

What a beautiful tablecloth! I love the stitching and how could you pass it up for that unbelievable price?! Lucky you! I love the golden tones in this post. Just lovely! Also, love your Anthropologie candle. It's the perfect touch : )

Danielle

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
I would NOT have passed up that tablecloth @ $1.49 either, dear friend!!! Gorgeous! I have a linen one identical, but without the cross stitching!!! Our Autumn, on the Prairie, is usually vibrant reds and oranges...but this year, it's Golden. I enjoyed your post about "embracing" the acutal days leading to Christmas! I decorate early, so as to enJOY all of the festivities and celebrations of Christ Birth!
Fondly,
Pat

Bella said...

Hi J,
Lovin the golden season, and wowy what a great deal!! I have been seeing Christmas in the shop windows and am drooling, I can't wait to go look around....
Hugs,
Bella

Karen said...

Love the colour scheme and the tablecloth is pretty special. Best Wishes Karen.

Zuzu said...

Wow! $1.49? That's such a wonderful, AMAZING find. And a beauty for sure.
I have done enough cross-stitch to know how much work went into it.
Beautiful photos as always, Jacqueline. Your home always looks so warm and inviting!
Hugs,
Zuzu

Willow said...

As always I love coming to your blog and reading your wonderful posts and seeing your beautiul pictures. I agree with Christmas, just too early everywhere. I still have my fall things up and enjoying them til Thanksgiving. Not rushing at all.

Pamela Gordon said...

So pretty! I love that candle jar and the tablecloth is a great buy. We might get a bit of snow tonight - early for us and it won't stay. Enjoy the day.

chateau chic said...

Jacqueline, Your whites looks so beautiful with the natural tones! Your vignettes and photos, though seemingly simple, are so soothing and magazine worthy!
Mary Alice

Marlis said...

No way I could pass that up either. Beautiful crossstitch piece. So pretty with the lovely china, too. I am letting Christmas come over me in waves..jumping for joy and letting it be. Already planning decorations. Egads, this makes me as bad as the retailers!!! Better reign in the horses, pdq! xo marlis

20 North Ora said...

That is a beautiful vintage tablecloth. And what a deal!! I just can't pass up vintage linens - especially at good prices.

Thanks for sharing.

Judy

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is so pretty, Jacqueline...I love the simplicity of the tablecloth, it's really charming! And $1.49? What's not to love!?

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

I so LOVE the creamy whites and your 'new' cloth is just lovely. What a deal that was!! The pumpkin souffle cup and bird book and litle white pumpkins just add soo much to it all. You are such a great designer and as I have said before you truly do inspire me. I've already learned so much from you Jacqueline but still need to learn so much more. Nann

PS Thanks SO much for your kind comments on my blog. It means alot coming from you.

Celestina Marie said...

Just gorgeous. What a treasured find your tablecloth is.
Beautiful setting for a golden season. Yes, I love the few weeks before Thanksgiving and a transitional look before decorating for Christmas ~ which seems to arrive earlier each year.

Love your whites!!

Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment and new following. Have a glorious day!
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

Jacqueline,
What a sweet find! I love the texture of the tablecloth. It is lovely.
I love to bring out the Christmas season early too....so I can savor it.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Oh what lovely linen.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

$1.49? Great find!

Faythe Fukumoto said...

whata great deal I wouldn't be able to pass it up either I just became a follower.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

The tablecloth was a wonderful find and I love the candle.

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Glorious! The tablecloth--nobody much does cross-stitch of linens anymore. My mom and grandmothers all did. I know how, but it seems like I never have time to sit and do something like that--perhaps I should make time!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

That beautiful table cloth must be so happy to be in your home!

The Dragonfly On Iron Gate said...

Some of your pictures are so simple, and elegant. They make you take the time to just enjoy the work into each piece. I love your tablecloth and the milk glass. Thanks for sharing, Happy Fall Jules ~

Rowan said...

Such a pretty tablecoth and a real bargain - wonder you couldn't pass it up:) The Country Diary is one of my favourite books too, have you seen her Nature Notes? It's just as beautiful.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Hi Jacqueline-
I agree the Christmas Rush...rushes to fast!
I think you found a pretty table cloth...I like the whites and the browns and golds mixed in together. So pretty.

I also have and love The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady...beautiful drawings. I wonder if I still have my copy?

I was also wondering, if you don't mind my asking...why you don't sign off with CIAO anymore?

When I first began to read your blog ...you did that. I liked it.

~ Pat

Debra @ Common Ground said...

This is such a wonderful post. the tablecloth is perfect for this time of year, and I can almost smell that pumpkin souffle candle, yum. and the birdies...always love your books, J!

Sherry said...

Such a beautiful tablecloth. I so would love to get that book and read it, must go get from the library. Beautiful post, as always! Thank you for joining HSH!
Sherry

Haworth said...

I love stopping by to enjoy the serenity and beauty of your posts, Jacqueline. The colors, imagery, and text are always so evocative and inspiring. That beautiful cross-stitched vintage tablecloth is wonderful! What a find! And you know how much I love our Miss Holden... she's my girl, year round, too. Her writings inspire me to try to take more care noticing nature throughout the seasons. Wishing you a lovely and inspiring weekend!

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