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There Is More Than 1 Way to Skin a Cat!!

Woodland Christmas

As most of our friends and customers know, we have a store kitten, Lenox. If you’ve visited recently, you have noticed a half decorated Christmas tree upstairs. You may wonder why. The answer is, well, we have a tree cat. Yes, Lenox thinks the trees have been brought in for her amusement. She likes to surprise customers as they reach for an ornament, by taking the ornament back! She likes to leap from high branches to the shoulder of unsuspecting friends…mostly me. She thinks the ornaments are to be brought to my desk, downstairs, at the back of the building. Guess how many have made it that distance intact?

Therefore, we have taken a new approach to decorating this season. All trees will be festooned with lovely bows and ribbons available for purchase. All ornaments will be placed in baskets around and near the tree for all of our friends to use their own imagination and decide how to use their ornaments. For some reason, Lenox has no desire to take things off tables, counters or other displays. It is the tree that is the object of her desire. She has not read the retailer handbook of decorating for the holidays…she likes to un-decorate.

So, come by The Silver Barn and enjoy the baskets of ornaments…in fact, now that I look at it, I kind of like this novel way of decorating for the season!

I'm sorry, I can't help myself


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Decorating More Than The Table

The Thanksgiving menu plan – check. The guest list – check. The centerpiece – got it. Another way to festively add to the occasion – what? You’ve done it all, you’ve figured out everything that goes on the dinner table, but what about other areas of the house that could use a little touch of glamour? If you have a vase hidden away in the cupboard, pull it out. Add foliage you have, or come and visit us for a fall assortment. Don’t worry about putting them in the vase “correctly”; you’ll be surprised how easy it is to see where you need to add, move, adjust. Find things like these antlers to add a natural touch. And, when your guests arrive they will be impressed before they even get to the table!

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Let’s Bring Thanksgiving Back!

Feed On The Word

And, here we go….The seasonal quick change is underway for retailers everywhere. We quickly move from witches and ghosts to snowmen and Santa. WHOA! Wait just one cotton-pickin’ minute! Wasn’t there a season in between that had something to do with turkeys, pilgrims and a little thanks? I walked into an unnamed store the other day in Houston to pick up some tealights and noticed a winter wonderland. I had to stop and check the calendar on my phone. I was right, it was still November. Which means Thanksgiving DOES still have the floor ladies and gentlemen! Yes, it is tempting to put out all those holiday goodies and relish in the world of reindeer and twinkling lights. But, I must say, I think the poor turkey – the Rodney Dangerfield of seasonal doings – deserves a minute on the stage of attention. I also think we need to stop and say thanks for being able to do a job we love…even when it is 3 a.m. and we are still hanging twinkling lights from the ceiling. It is an honor to do as we please. Decorate as we see fit. Tell the corporate office to hush up – especially since we ARE the corporate office. So, to all my friends in retail land who are also giving the turkey season a little table space – this leg’s for you! Thanks for remembering, giving thanks and enjoying one little respite before the Santa invasion.

See you next week with garland galore!!


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I’m Rooting for the Indians

Vietri and Westernware

As I decorate the store for Thanksgiving I started thinking about what could I do that was different? How many Pilgrims and horns-of-plenty can one table have? So, I decided to make a Texas sort of Thanksgiving and give some credit to the Indians. After all, they had us over for dinner first!

I love both Vietri and Westernware, two great products I thought would look good together. And, throw in glasses, steak knives and napkin rings from West Creations and you have a Texas Thanksgiving table. I love unique dinnerware and these three fill the bill, and then some. So, this Thanksgiving leave the Pilgrims in the closet and root for the Indians.

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Season Changes…Coming Up Next

Well, another Halloween is about to be, “one for the history books” and we retailers march on to the next season. Yes, I know I’m one of those rare ducks who refuse to put Thanksgiving ahead of Halloween, Christmas ahead of Labor Day, and Valentine’s before the last drop of New Year’s champagne. So, my turkey has booted the black cat to the sidelines and the velvet pumpkins have gone from their witchy glow to one of warmth and family gatherings. In 24 hours Boo will be packed away for another spooktacular season and the store will be filled with pumpkin spice…umm, so nice!

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One Word – Pumpkins!

Plush Pumpkins - $13.95 - $57.95

All Shapes, All Colors

Velvet masterpieces with real pumpkin stems. I can’t say anything but, wow!


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy the day!

Need I say more! For all the retailer friends – see you on the “flip side” as we head into the fabulous storm known as holiday. For all my shopper friends – see you Friday with a glass of Wine Glace!

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