Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tablescape Thursday~Festive New Year's Tablescape

Welcome to Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan at her blog, "Between Naps on the Porch." This week, I decided to break out my box a little bit and create a less formal and more fun tablescape. I found these hand painted plates at Home Goods and loved the bright red poppies with the gold background. I wanted something that would still look nice with all of my Christmas decorations, which are cranberry and gold and yet something a little different. These plates are pretty amazing. If you look closely, you will notice the wave of the plates. In person, the waviness, which looks more like the rings that are created when you toss a rock in a pond, catches the light and looks quite glamorous. The plates are high gloss which is a little hard to tell in these photos. The sheen adds richness to the tablescape.
To keep it more casual, I decided to forgo the tablecloth and just use placemats. I started with red plates, added the gold chargers and used my red heart shaped placemats that I purchased last year for Valentine's Day. Next, I added a gold tablerunner to break up the table a bit. I added a tall, red, glass vase and filled it with gold Christmas ornaments, then some red poinsettas around the base, keeping with the holiday theme. I love how the gold ornaments look red when viewed through the vase. I repeated the gold in the rim of the water goblets. The crystal water goblets add a touch of shimmer to the tablescape. Next, I added two plates at opposite ends of the runner.
Then, in keeping with the red heart theme, I added these shiny, red, votive candleholders. When the candle is lit, the light shows through the candle. It mimics the heart shape of the red placemats. While this could look like a Valentine's Day tablescape, I am pretty sure that no one will mistake it for that since there are four place settings. I wanted to use the votive holders because the red shimmer added to the tablescape.

I love the little red poppies on the inside of the mug. So pretty. I think it adds interest to a tablescape when you have little details that people can see when they sit down at your table.

Another view of the tablescape and the heart shaped placemats and votive candleholders. I love all of the red in this tablescape. It makes it look happy and festive.

Another view of the tablescape.

One last view of the room.

I hope you enjoyed my festive, New Year's tablescape. I think this would be the perfect place to have some dinner along with some good laughs. You can view more tablescapes here.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Dear Son has continued to cry the majority of the time. Last Sunday, he cried for nearly twelve hours straight. As the week went on, his irritability increased and the crying episodes were nearly non-stop. He cried through Christmas Eve as well as during the night. The most sleep I got that night was a 30 minute segment and the rest of the time I was up with him. He cried all day Christmas Day as well. What is most problematic with the crying is that nothing seems to help. I re-position him, use his VNS when it seems like he's having a seizure, rub his back, hug him, sing to him and yet nothing works. Finally, I paged Ped Neuro Doc yesterday. He thinks the crying is due to the disease progression and prescribed some Resperidone to help with the irritability. He said to give it at bedtime since that's when it seems like it's the worse. I had also asked about the possibility of getting the MRI done simply to rule it out but mostly because this crying is so excessive and I am getting very tired.

Well, Dear Son was crying all the time so after I picked up the prescription, I gave it to him around 2:30 or so yesterday. Soon, the crying stopped and Dear Son was able to get some sleep. I gave it again around 1:30 a.m. when he started crying again and it decreased the crying episodes about 70% during the night. When I finally got him up for the day, he looked a bit better. I was able to try on his new pants and take a picture. You can see he even looks a little better here!The only problem however is that within hours of starting the prescription, his secretions increased a lot. I kept his hospital bed raised up and watched him carefully last night. Dear Son wears a Scopolamine patch since he can't swallow and the increased secretions are making it challenging. The secretions seemed a bit worse today so I checked on-line and one of the side effects is increased drooling and a risk of aspiration. Since Dear Son has a problem clearing his airways, I have to be careful that he doesn't get sick or have these secretions.
Since it's Sunday and I didn't want to call the doc, I decided to call the pharmacist. I explained the situation to see if I needed to follow up with the doc today or if it could wait until tomorrow. I really know the answer to that question however I hate bugging people on the weekends. He suggested I speak with the doctor. I paged the Ped Neuro on call and explained the situation. First he said it was o.k. then I think he checked the side effects and told me that it wasn't o.k. He suggested that I stop the Risperadone and check with Ped Neuro Doc in the morning. I think that was a good call.
In the interim, I changed the Scopolamine patch today to help him out. The patch wasn't scheduled to be changed until tomorrow however I am concerned about these secretions. In addition, the pharmacy shorted me five days of the Methadone (as you may recall, Dear Son had some Methadone withdrawal from the ICU glitch) so he won't get any of that today and I'll ask Ped Neuro Doc if that is an issue tomorrow.
In the meantime, he's still fussing and crying on and off. Hopefully, we can get through today and tonight without any aspirations or emergencies. I have to work tomorrow so I hope to get this resolved in the morning.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tablescape Thursday~Gilded Christmas Tablescape

Welcome to Tablescape Thursday hosted by our lovely hostess Susan, at her blog, "Between Naps on the Porch." This week, I created a "Gilded Christmas Tablescape".

This week, I chose my favorite china, Mikasa French Embassy Red to be the star of my table. As you may recall, I chose this fine bone china some twenty three years ago when I first got married. While other brides were choosing white with silver or platinum edging, I knew when I saw this pattern that this was it. I knew that I would never get tired of red and gold for Christmas. Let's take a look around.
I paired my china with a white tablecloth as a base and then added a sheer embroidered gold topper. I made the matching napkins myself.
I chose the stemware for it's simple elegance. I love the swirl on the stem and love the gold edging at the top. The pattern is Lenox Monroe.
I embellished the napkins with these little gold cherubs. My Christmas tree consists of a musical theme with rich cranberry ribbons with gold music printed on them. The ornaments are some variation of crystal and gold. I have gold cherubs playing musical instruments, gilded mirrors on the tree, some blown glass ornaments as well as various crystal ornaments and some more music themed ornaments. I think the pattern looks very regal here.

I think this tablescape could almost pass for a state dinner. If it did, I am sure they would be serving something like this:
  • Mary Randolph's Golden Onion Soup
  • Sage-Roasted Goose with Bourbon Gravy
  • Braised Red Cabbage
  • Apple-Cranberry Compote
  • Caraway Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Twelfth Night Cake

This menu was created by Colonial Homes Magazine (now defunct) many years ago. It was based on recipes that were inspired by the 1824 cookbook, "The Virginia Housewife" by Mrs. Mary Randolph. She was related to both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Her Golden Onion Soup looks amazing. During the holidays, I absolutely love making recipes that have been in the family for generations. I think it's important to document those recipes so they live on. For many years, I took holiday meals for granted. It wasn't until a few years back when Dear Son was hospitalized over Christmas that I realized what a gift it is to spend time with our families sharing a meal. I love this photo of the table.

One of my favorite Christmas photos of Dear Son. What a cute little boy he was! He was trying to pull the lights off of the Christmas tree. He never had much use of his hands so it was always a good thing when something interested him enough to try to use them. I can't tell you how many years I had trees with the bottom lights pulled off.

I got the centerpiece years ago. I love the flame at night through the crackled glass. It's very romantic and I am all about romance. I also love very elegant, over the top rooms.

A view of the Christmas tree before dinner. This year I embellished the tree with white roses as well. The room is really quite glamorous when you are sitting looking at the tree.
A little crystal Christmas tree dish.

Lots of votive candles and tealights in cut crystal tealight holders. They really sparkle with all of the candlelight. I love how the red and gold pop in these photos.
The crystal sconces, the gilded mirror and the cranberry embellished wreath.

The gilded mirror, my absolute favorite possession. Over dinner, I will tell you the story behind the mirror. Some day, I will have a proper place for it. It will be over the fireplace, in a really tall room, filled with crown molding, a large gilded, crystal chandelier and other Louis XV antique furniture, which I absolutely adore.
Another view of the tablescape.

One last shot of my gilded, antique, Louis XV mirror.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas tablescape. You can view more tablescapes here. It's been a pleasure being part of such a lovely group.
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009


It's 4:20 a.m. and I've been up with Dear Son on and off since 12:30 a.m. It's been a long night. He's been crying out and fussing all night long, sometimes while asleep and sometimes awake. I've tried just about everything I can think of. At 3:30 a.m. I got him out of bed and into the recliner. Not sure if it helped at all, but you'll try anything at this time of the night. It's a little frustrating nonetheless. I don't think the medicine changes are working very well. This has been going on for several weeks. I hope it improves soon. Hopefully, he'll fall asleep before morning. I for one am exhausted.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dear Son Medical Update~Back Home

It's been a long week. Dear Son was released from the hospital last night.

We went into Big Academic Medical Center on Tuesday for extended EEG testing to see if seizures might be the source of his crying/pain. When we arrived, they were quite surprised at the extent of swelling of his left calf, ankle and foot. The Attending Neuro had concerns that the swelling might be related to his heart so he ordered several tests below along with a chest x-ray.

Our Ped Neuro Doc came by later in the day and found the swelling to be quite impressive and wanted to make sure it wasn't deep vein thrombosis. He also had concerns as to whether or not the yelling/crying Dear Son was doing was really pain per se and thought the EEG looked pretty good at that time (he had been hooked up for around 2-3 hours at that point.)

Over the next day or so, they did an Echo Thoracic exam, a Venus Doppler, an Arterial Doppler along with an EKG. He was also examined by a pediatric cardiologist. All of the tests came back negative. The cardiologist determined that the blood was pooling in his foot/leg due to the lack of muscle tone and movement of his left leg. He recommended elastic bandanges and massage along with leg boots to help get the blood flow back to his heart. Dear Son had been examined by Ped Ortho Doc early Tuesday morning and had determined that there wasn't any sprained ankle or broken bones, etc. He felt the leg swelling was positional. I was concerned that perhaps Dear Son had twisted his ankle when Dad lifts him into the SUV since Dear Son can't weight bear or move his legs/feet. As a result, when he turns him to get him into the vehicle, Dear Son's feet remain planted in the same position and don't turn when he lifts him. I was less concerned about any broken bones however the information was good to have.

On Wednesday, I made certain to press the EEG monitoring button every time Dear Son cried/yelled out with the exception of the time we went for tests or the time they were changing the IV, etc. He had cried out over 55 times that day and it was exhausting both for him and for me. At home, he had been crying out a lot more than that so I was curious to see if these were correlated in any way to seizure activity, and they were as well.

The Attending Neuro Doc, who reads all of the inpatient EEGs, determined that 75-80% of the time, Dear Son's cries occurred after an electrical discharge or burst of electrical activity. While these "bursts" aren't seizures per se, they were all coming from the exact same part of the brain, the left temporal lobe of the brain. (I should also mention that Dear Son's EEGs are all abnormal and have been for many years so these electrical discharges are in addition to his regular electrical activity.) He recommend an MRI to determine if there was a lesion in that area and then if so, brain surgery to remove it. He stated that he prefers to treat things rather aggressively and that since the crying was so hard to deal with due to the frequency of the crying that this would be an option.

I have been going to Big Academic Medical Center for eighteen years so I actually know this particular doctor fairly well and he's treated Dear Son on many occasions. He is extremely bright and is usually right on the money in terms of diagnosis. At this time, he also recommended pulling back slightly on two of Dear Son meds and increasing one of the nighttime meds to help Dear Son get through the night.

Our Ped Neuro Doc is more conservative however and did not agree with the treatment plan. He didn't feel the crying/pain was related and preferred to see if the medicine changes would have an effect first and then if needed, we could do an MRI as an outpatient. I had hoped we could get the MRI while we were there, since it is so difficult to get Dear Son to an appointment but also because he was more stable and that would have been pretty close to the best scenario in terms of having him prepared for the test since he was out of it and no sedation would be needed and also because we could stop his food and have less risk of aspiration for the actual test. Dear Son can't lie on his back since he can't breathe very well and due to aspiration and he would have been about as stable as we could get for this exam. I did express my preference for having it done now however he felt that we could do it later if needed.

I also wanted to get the MRI out of the way. Whether or not we would do a surgery for Dear Son would require a lot more thought and discussion but at least I wanted the information since it would help relieve some of the worry that something more was going on. There would also be more discussion whether you perform brain surgery on a child with a progressive disease and more discussion as to the surgery risks for him and whether or not he'd survive another surgery of any kind. A lot to think about for sure. In addition, it will be interesting to see if anything else changes once he has completed the methadone weaning. We just completed week 1 of a three week weaning. They do not think the methadone weaning is related in any way to this nor do they think his extensive perspiration is a result of the weaing however it is quite unusual that Dear Son is sweating so much considering he has the Scopolamine patch. In the summer, he never sweats, he overheats and cries out in pain instead.

In the end, we'll follow our Ped Neuro Doc's recommendation. He's the man who has taken great care of Dear Son for almost twenty years. He's also very bright. I have great respect for him and he knows Dear Son the best. He's the one I call every time Dear Son is in trouble and he's the one who manages everything for Dear Son. He makes the time to see us every time we are in the hospital, regardless of whether or not, he is the attending doc. I couldn't ask for anything more. I am fortunate to have such good physicians looking after Dear Son.

As for Dear Son, the medicine changes that were made on Wednesday evening initially resulted in more crying episodes however he did seem to be more alert although was still not himself by any stretch of the imagination. On Friday morning however, he was definitely more alert. He looked great-his skin looked great, his eyes were open in the morning and overall I don't think he physically could have looked better. When I talked to him, he actually smiled and when I asked him for a kiss, he gave me a kiss. He had not done that in over seven weeks. So that was better. Later in the day, he seemed to be coming around a bit. When one of the younger housekeepers came in to say hello, he practically strained his neck trying to check her out so I asked her to come over to the other side of the bed so he could see her. She did. Then later in the day, when another worker came by, he heard us talking and started saying "hi" to her. He said "hi" seven times to her. So that was definitely better and more like the old Dear Son. I was so happy the entire day that I could not stop hugging and kissing him the whole day. I was worried as to whether or not I would ever see the old Dear Son.

Dear Son contined to having crying spells on Friday and had some 17 episodes between 9-10 a.m. I didn't track the ones from 6-9 a.m. He had fewer in the afternoon and then more when he got home some during the night as well as this morning. I can't say that they are decreasing per se but they tend to come in droves and then stop for a while.

They expect it will take two weeks or so for the medicine changes to take full effect. We'll get labs then and take it from there. Overall, I think it was a good hospitalization in many ways. I got definitive answers on his left leg and we have more information with regards to the crying episodes.

Dear Son also had a very special visitor when we were there. He brought his whole entourage with him along with some gifts. I'll tell you more about our "secret" visitor once I download the picture.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dear Son Medical Update-Back to the Hospital

Dear Son goes back to the hospital tomorrow for some long term EEG monitoring. We'll be there for two or three days.
Hopefully, they'll figure out what is causing Dear Son's pain. He continues to cry out and has a particularly hard time leaning back. Dad gave him a bath today and leaned him back in the tub (Dear Son has a hydraulic bath lift that leans you back slightly.) and Dear Son yelled out in extreme pain. It's very frustrating when your child can't speak and tell you what is wrong. It's been really hard on me hearing him fuss and not being able to help him.
On a better note, I asked Dad to take him last night and I got a full night's sleep. First one since Thanksgiving Day when I brought him home. I even had to set the alarm clock. Imagine that. Dad on the other hand, was exhausted. He said he was up all night and then moving him around all day when he cried out. I think he was pretty glad to drop Dear Son at home tonight.
We'll see Ped Ortho Doc in the morning and then go to the hospital after that.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dear Son Medical Update~Status Quo

Things continue to be fairly tough. On Friday night, after one day of the methadone, Dear Son continued to cry out all night and it didn't seem like things were getting better at all. The day was better but nights are worse. He starts fussing and crying out in pain and finally I have to get him up and put him in the recliner. That helps somewhat but doesn't take away any of the pain.

Last night, it seemed like he might be making some progress in terms of the methadone withdrawal. He cried out less however I still had to sit him up in the recliner from 1 a.m. on. Because of his breathing issues, he's not able to recline at all so he sits up in the chair upright all night.

I guess one of the biggest concerns I have at this point, is his respiratory issues. He really can't clear his airways at all and when he lies down in his bed, you can hear the noise from the fluid. It doesn't seem to help enough when I do the chest pt, yes, it makes it better, but not enough to where he can really sleep in bed or lie down very long. When I put him in the chair at night, he deosn't have enough strength to cough. He couldn't cough at night prior to the hospitalization so this isn't anything new. Sitting upright at least keeps the fluid from pooling in his lungs but other than that, he really struggles.

Still another concern is that of the swelling of his foot/ankle. Prior to his hospitalization, his left foot would swell. Now the swelling has expanded to his ankle and leg sometimes getting to twice it's size. His left leg was so big that I couldn't pull his sock up over his calf. I am not comfortable with that at all however several docs have assured me that this is not a big concern and happens in people who can't move around. I can understand that however if that's the case, I would expect both his left and right feet to swell equally and that is not happening. In addition, I can't keep it elevated because he can't breathe when I lean the recliner back. When he lies down in his bed, the swelling never really goes away. He gets up and it's still swollen. This is a picture after he just got up so the swelling should be down; you can still see the swelling in his left leg, foot and ankle. We see Ortho Doc and Ped Doc on Tuesday so I can have Ortho Doc check his ankle to be sure he hasn't twisted it somehow when Dad lifted him into the car. The clinic appointment was made some time ago so I just left it.

He certainly is not himself and hasn't been since this whole thing started. He's normally a very happy boy and there is nothing at this point that makes him happy. I don't feel at this point that a full recovery is anywhere in sight. It is taking a lot of work just to keep him breathing comfortably. I speak with the doctor tomorrow and it's hard to say if things are really better.
I am also going to see if Dad can take Dear Son for a night this week so I can get some sleep. He hasn't taken him at all since we got home on Thanksgiving Day. Typically, he gets a little nervous when Dear Son isn't doing well and doesn't like to take him. I am o.k. with that however I don't see any end in sight here and I have to work tomorrow. It's brutal going to work without any sleep. I have reduced my work schedule to one day a week indefinitely but I still need to get out of the house on occasion. Dear Son's Dad watches him so I can work and he's not too thrilled that he'll have to babysit indefinitely. He helps me with doctor appointments and other things but sometimes I just need a break.
FYI-You may also note that I often include a note at the bottom of my posts regarding Dear Son's diagnosis or medical condition. Since this blog is frequently picked up by different publishers, it gives new readers background information on Dear Son.
Note: Dear Son is eighteen and suffers from intractable seizures, dystonia and severe mental retardation as a result of a random mutation of the ARX gene; he also has a progressive neurological disorder. In November, he got the swine flu and a viral pneumonia. As a result, he was intubated and spent over three weeks in the ICU. He came home after a month in the hospital. Because of an abrupt weaning of Methadone in the ICU, he now is suffering withdrawal and they have re-started it again so they can wean him gradually.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Dear Son Medical Update~Methadone Withdrawal

Dear Son has been extremely fussy since he's been home. I had been concerned that he was in a lot of pain since he had been crying out at times, all of which had been getting worse. Dear Son rarely cries and the crying had become so intense at times, that I thought he might need to go to the ER immediately.
During the first week home, I asked what the pain was from and the doc told me that he shouldn't be having any pain. I had assumed it was his lungs and had continued the breathing treatments and chest pt as well as changing positions from his bed to the recliner in the living room. Most of the time, he'd sit upright in the recliner and could not tolerate leaning back at all. This was problematic because he'd been having problems with his left foot swelling quite a bit. Both arches swell however the left one was cold and it was swollen on the foot and the ankle, sometimes to twice it's size. I had thought perhaps that his foot got twisted getting him into Dad's SUV, since when he lifts Dear Son into the vehicle, he has to drag his feet since Dear Son can't weight bear at all. It's like lifting a living doll; he just can't help you.
Further conversations with the doc about the foot indicated that I should just elevate the leg/foot and keep it warm. I was keeping it warm but it had been problematic elevating it since he couldn't breathe as well, and that had to take priority. I did know to keep it elevated but it was harder to implement with the respiratory issues.
Over the weekend, things got progressively worse. He was crying out a lot more and screaming out at times. He was not sleeping. I was up Sunday night and he cried for some six hours. He never, ever cries like that. At one point, he was just bawling. I can't remember him doing that. I tried everything I could think of to console him. I tried sitting him up, giving him his meds, changing positions, singing to him, holding him and nothing worked.
I paged the doc a few times and asked if I should take him to the ER and he said that he'd check him out. We saw the pulmonary doc on Tuesday and she said she didn't think the pain would be from his lungs. He was moaning during her appointment and then was just crying unconsolably in the car and cried at home some more. I was up most of the night with him again.
I paged Ped Neuro Doc when I got home and said that he was having some severe pain. I told him I thought the pain could be coming from several different areas but I wasn't sure. I thought it could be seizures, too small g-tube *, the left foot, the lungs, hunger or possibly Methadone. It was a long shot however when Dear Son was in the ICU, they gave him some Methadone after they extubated him and he was only on it 1.5 weeks. I know that typically when Ped Neuro Doc makes changes to a controlled substance, he weans Dear Son for a period of weeks and asked if that might be a factor. I remembered the ICU nurses were in a hurry to get him off of the Methadone since he was on a small dose of 1/2 mg every twelve hours and I wondered if that was too soon. He agreed to see Dear Son and we arranged for that on Wednesday however there was a big snowstorm here so we had to see him yesterday.
Yesterday, we saw Ped Neuro Doc. He had some conversations with ICU and how they wean the Methadone. He thought it was Methadone withdrawal and gave him a prescription for Methadone weaning him off over a few weeks time. By that time, I thought perhaps the pain might be seizure related since the night before Dear Son had some hand movements that I thought might be seizures and the pain/crying stopped with the VNS and also coincided with the seizures on our last EEG. He had them for six seconds of every minute and that seemed to be similar to what I was seeing with the hand movement however it was not 100% consistent so I just didn't know. Ped Neuro Doc felt pretty comfortable that it was Methadone withdrawal so we are trying that for a few days. He's a pretty smart man. If that doesn't help, then he'll admit him for a one or two day EEG.
We left the hospital around five or so and Dear Son's seizure meds were due. I thought we'd be home around six so it wouldn't be a big issue however we had trouble getting the Methadone prescription filled. The first Walgreen's pharmacy said they didn't carry it and to try a 24 hour Walgreen's. The second Walgreen's pharmacy took a while. The pharmacist said he checked 40 stores for us and none of them had the Methadone. He finally found one but it was a half hour south from where we were located. The third Walgreen's had the Methadone however he wanted to know what the reason for the Methadone was-I explained Dear Son's situation. Had I known it was that difficult to get, I would have had it filled at the hospital pharmacy.
We got home around 8:20 p.m. or so. I gave Dear Son the Methadone and seizure meds and put him to bed a while later. He slept until 2:30 a.m. and then began crying some more. I finally got him out of bed and into the recliner where he stayed until 7 a.m. He cried on and off the rest of the time. I put him back in bed this morning and he's cried on and off on an hourly basis. I am hoping things improve soon.
I went on the internet last night to view some of the symptoms. Some of the Methadone withdrawal symptoms that Dear Son experienced were: dilated pupils (I forgot to tell the doc that~at times it looked liked Dear Son had bug eyes and his eyes were going to pop out of his head.), excessive perspiration (forgot to tell him that too), tremors (this might have been those hand movements I saw), elevated blood pressure (his blood pressure was high at the pulmonary doc visit and they re-took it and it was slightly lower but still high for Dear Son), diarrhea and the mental symptoms that I thought Dear Son had were prolonged insomnia and agitation. I also learned that Methadone is a cheaper drug (around $120) and some hospitals give that instead of the more expensive drugs like Vicodan and Fentanyl and a few others some of which are over $500. It is also one of the most addictive drugs. Yikes!
At this point, I just feel bad for Dear Son. I hope things get better soon. He had two doses already, one last night and one this morning. Dad changed the g-tube today; I had been having problems getting the right size delivered from the home care company. I am hoping we can return to a full night's sleep soon.
Note: Dear Son is eighteen years old and suffers from intractable seizures, dystonia and severe mental retardation as a result of a random mutation of the ARX gene. He has a progressive neurological disease. In November, he was intubated after respiratory failure from the swine flu and a viral pneumonia. He continues to recover.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Tablescape Thursday~White Christmas Tablescape

The inspiration for this week's tablescape came from these sugared fruit ornaments that I purchased many years ago. Years ago, when I had my home, I used to put up Christmas trees in every room. Each room had a theme and a color. Of course, the lime green color is one of my favorite colors. I love how it pops with all the white, hence this week's title: White Christmas Tablescape.
The metal tree in the center of the table, I purchased at a second hand store. I took it apart and painted it with a metallic flat paint, knowing that I would use it for a tablescape. I think it turned out beautiful.

The ornaments are lime green and gold and repeat the gold of the rim on the Lenox crystal water goblets. Bone china is Spode Mansard. The tea light holders are crystal.

A view of the place setting.

A closer look at the Christmas tree.

A pretty view in the mirror of the Christmas tree. I love the Louis XV gilded mirror with the gold/green ornaments.

For the chairs, I draped white netting around them and tied them in the back.

I clipped an ornament on the back and tied it with a lime green and white plaid chiffon ribbon.

A view of the entire tablescape.

Another pretty shot.

A close up of the ornaments.

A lovely view of the Christmas tree.

I hope you enjoyed this week's tablescape. Please visit Susan's blog at, "Between Naps on the Porch" for more tablescapes.

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