Polishing the Silver

I spent the better part of a morning polishing some neglected silver.  Unfortunately I don’t have before pictures but trust me when I tell you these pieces were very very badly tarnished.

Along the lines of this. . .

via Creekline House
via Creekline House

The worst of the bunch was a salt shaker that was tucked away in a drawer for years as no matter how much I polished, there were still rather large black spots that would not budge.

I tried Weimans Silver Polish and Cape Cod Silver Polish to no avail and wondered whether a soak might work.  I lined a non-metal baking pan with tin foil, poured in some very hot water, about a cup of baking soda, two tablespoons of salt and left the silver in the water to soak for about five minutes.

The results were incredible and far easier than polishing.  After the silver came out of the water, I did use a soft cloth to buff it to a high shine.  There was still a tiny bit of tarnish left but that easily rubbed off.  I was able to polish candlesticks, two trays and the cup and salt shaker shown above in less than an hour.    img_1064-1

The Thanksgivingmas table continues to be tweaked.  I added some white pumpkins, votives, velvet ribbon and some pretty cute farmyard animal placecard holders.img_1072img_1071img_1070img_1079img_1078img_1077

And, the dessert table!  I am just starting to piece it together but here is a preview.

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The Thanksgiving Table

I like to set the table for special occasions well in advance.  First, it gives me time to add or subtract.  Secondly, I get to enjoy a beautiful table for the days before, an excuse to wander into the dining room every now and again.

This first picture looks like a still life painting.  All pretties found at the grocery store – my favorite part.

HGTV
HGTV

The rattan chargers really bring this table together.  Pretty, fresh and simple.

 

I love the pumpkins piled onto a tray with some natural elements.

More traditional fall colors pictured here.  I really like this picture for the adorable place card decorations.

Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn

The eucalyptus, white roses and bittersweet are a beautiful combination.  And, if you don’t feel like shining the silver candlesticks – apples!

The lantern filled with flowers is a great idea as are the raised pumpkins and sprayed pumpkins in cute little beds of moss. 

Happy table setting!

For the Halloween Uninspired

I struggle with buying anything for Halloween as I know it will sit in my basement or attic for an entire year to be dusted off for a week at best.  At least with Christmas, you can stretch the season for a good month.  Alas, it is inarguably a very fun holiday and I fully appreciate those ambitious humans who come up with themes and string lights and rig up sound and smoke machines.  I do not do any of that and mostly worry about whether the pumpkins will be carved in time.  Maybe some day I will change my tune but in the meantime here are some of the more accessible ideas for those of us who just don’t want another box of stuff!

And, just an aside.  My children have rightly accused me of lumping fall and Halloween decorations together.  They strongly disagree with this approach and would take issue with my first example.  Still, I can easily see this with a couple of skeletons thrown about or ghosts hanging in the tree to carry on the white theme.

Country Living
Country Living
Country Living

Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart

I am off to the drug store to pick up whatever is leftover in the Halloween section and hope for the best and maybe I’ll get to some of the above next year . . . or not.