Friday, November 13, 2009

Changes ...

There are so many wonderful things happening at Casa de la Vanderdogan, both in the interiors and in general. I received notice from the post office yesterday that the 700 feathers were waiting for my pick up, and once I get them on Saturday I'll start peeling back the layers of ideas in my head to create what should be a really magical Christmas display.

As I pull out more and more bins of Christmas ornaments and goodies, I am getting even more inspired. As soon as I finish up (hopefully in the next few days) I'll put away the bins and bags, give the house a good cleaning, and we'll start Christmas at Casa de la Vanderdogan, Friday November 27 with a giveaway, and a month of crafts, tablescapes, tree design, and more!

Of course, Scott told me that we'll be having Thanksgiving at the house this year - so I'll be posting that tablescape and the menu Thursday, November 19. The juxtaposition of the menu this year sounds incredible ... deep fried turkey (the first time we're trying it - so if you have tips PLEASE share!) and finishing up with pumpkin souffle with cinnamon anglaise!

More Updates soon ...


  1. Oh wow, 700 feathers!!!! I can't wait to see what all you do with them. I really look forward to all of your decorations and the Thanksgiving also. Hugs, Marty

  2. Hi Artie~ ~ You drew me right in with your trees. I love a tree laden with lots of lights, shiny and glittering things and ribbons and both of your trees are perfect. Feathers, hummmm? Excited to see. So glad you are feeling better.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  3. Oh Artie..
    I can hardly wait to see what you are doing with those 700 feathers.

    I got my little black tree up, and I am still layering. When I am finished I will post so that you can see it. I had to go back yesterday and get more picks and ribbon and balls.... You know how that goes, it takes awhile. I hope I am a good student, as you are a great teacher for me.

    Have a beutiful day my friend. Scott sounds like such a wonderful person. You are both so giving of yourselves. Thank you for sharing with me. Tell Scott hello.

    Happy Friday the 13th. I have posted a story you might enjoy.

    Country hugs my friend, Sherry

  4. I can't wait to see your home in all of its Christmas glory, plus crafts, etc. etc.! 700 feathers???? Sally

  5. 700 feathers?...can't wait to see how they are incorporated; whatever it is, I am sure it will be spectacular. Your trees are beautiful.

  6. I cannot WAIT to see what you are up to with all of those feathers!!!

    I know that it will blow the mind!!

    Lou Cinda :)

  7. I can't wait to see what is gonna happen to all those feathers... Make sure you stay away from any tar! LOL


  8. I've never tried the deep fried turkey thing, but I know that people love it. Dessert sounds like heaven!

    I can't imagine what you will do with the feathers, can't wait to find out. Thanks for your visits to my blogs this week.


  9. It all sounds very lovely and delicious! xoTrina

  10. Can't wait to see all your decorations...
    Sure glad you are feeling better. I mentioned you in a post yesterday...*smile

  11. Feathers? This sounds intriguing! I cannot wait to see what you are doing with these. You always inspire me!

    Jane (artfully graced)

  12. Deep fried turkey is the best!!!
    Once you have it you'll never try it any other way.And it makes the best Turkey Gumbo,ever!
    I absolutely cannot wait to see what you do with the feathers!
    But I guess I'll have to wait.....

  13. You're still leaving us hanging about the feathers, eh? Couldn't even give us one little hint, eh? Hmph.

    Justine :o )

  14. You are leaving us hanging -- you're a tease! I can't wait to see the after pictures!

  15. Can't wait!! I have had the fried turkey several times...Can't give you tips because the cooking was done by others. BUT the best one I ever had was way out in the country in SC. They had a huge party with lots of turkeys--it was an outdoor affair. The guy stuck some kind of oil and seasonings under the skin if I remember correctly---he had them marinate in it before the deep frying---I have never tasted any turkey that was better---so very moist and flavorfilled!

  16. Just found your blog and such beauty! I cannot wait to see what you create with 700

  17. The table looks great! I love the white lilies. I can't wait to see more!

  18. PLEASE don't overcook it. The first time I ever had a fried turkey it was overcooked, dry and tasteless. Won't ever try one again, because of it. Jackie "a huge fan"