Sunday, December 1, 2013

Plaid Tidings ~ Vignettes from Christmases Past

Welcome To

~ Plaid Tidings ~

Can you believe it's already December and Time For 

~ Favorites on the First ~
The Polohouse


The Tablescaper's Christmases Past.

Each year our Christmas tree is

decorated with lots of

Courtly Check and Tartan.

Let the piping begin!

~ Plaid Tidings ~ 

Vignettes from Christmases Past

It's December 1st

and time to start thinking about 

Christmas 2013.

Sadie and I hope you enjoyed our look back

and perhaps inspired you to add a touch of

tartan to your own holiday vignettes?

This season as we deck the halls here @ HFTS 

my heart will be filled with mixed emotions.

My sweet mother passed away Thanksgiving Morning.

Hearts ache with the loss but are also filled with gratitude 

and pride for the legacy Mother leaves behind. 

She was 99 years old, lived a joyful life,

and was dearly loved by those who knew her.

No question I will feel her spirit beside me

as I decorate the tree and add little touches

of tartan among this year's holiday vignettes.


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Christmases Past @ The Tablescaper

The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Oh Sarah, I am so very sorry for your loss! I knew your Mom was very elderly & not in great health. No matter what age we lose our parents, it leaves a deep loss within us.
    I pray you will find His Peace in knowing she is with Him now.

    Loved seeing all your "Plaid Tidings"...cute play on words!

    Gentle Hugs,

  2. Oh dearest Sarah, I too have had the quirkiest blog roll for MONTHS now! For the longest time, I have not received new posts and then older posts pop up at the top! I wish I knew how to fix it!

    Now for this lush post....I LOVE PLAID! And every item here is reminiscent of a time when I lived in Boston and I would see such decorations on Newbury St....oh, those were the days!

    Thank you so much for coming to leave me a message today, the FIRST OF DECEMBER! I cannot believe that another year has gone by this quickly. Enjoy all of your festivities my dear friend! Anita

  3. Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom sounded like a wonderful person. I'm so happy to hear that you are decorating her tree with her spirit beside you.

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  4. Dear Sarah,
    I’m so sorry for your loss and will have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Lovely decorations, I love your MacKenzie-Childs, Courtly Check for decking the halls. I can’t wait to see what you do this year. Miss Sadie Mercedes looks all snug on her plaid blanket waiting for Santa!
    Take care.........


  5. How wonderful that you had your Mother for almost a century! My Mom is 93 this year. I know you miss her.
    I absolutely love all your plaid, but those napkins rings need to come visit me in TN! Dianne

  6. Sarah, I'm visiting from Cindy's Amaze me Monday party. Your pocket watch got my attention. My post is right before yours with a clock, how funny, two clocks in a row.
    So sorry for your loss. You have quite a collection of Santa's, I really like all your plaids!
    Happy December!

  7. oh Sarah, I'm so sorry about your Mother. There is never a good time to lose a loved one, but holiday time has to be the worst. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    I remember most of these photos of your wonderful past Christmas décor. Enjoyed seeing them again. Sending you a warm hug. laurie

  8. My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother, Sarah. No matter what age they are it is always hard to lose a parent.

    I love all your vintage Santa figurines and Santa chocolate molds. Your festive tartan plaid looks so pretty. I am looking forward to seeing how you decorate this year!

  9. I am so sorry for the loss of your mom, Sarah. At 99, I am sure she lived a good life and is now home with the Lord and living even a better life, but I know how hard it is to cope with a loss. Will offer prayers for both of you. I love your plaid décor, so classic. Beautiful!...Christine

  10. I am sorry to read about your loss, Sarah. You must find comfort in the memories of all the good times you spent with your mother, especially in the last years - storing up memories.
    Your Christmas images are lovely
    I will have to go to the top of your blog and subscribe to your posts by email, as I am not getting any of them.

  11. Sarah, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. Thinking about you and your loss at the holidays. ♥

    I adore all your Plaid Tidings, and I have napkin ring envy :) Wishing you peace as you deck the halls this Christmas season.

  12. Sarah,
    Prayers for comfort and peace are coming your way,dear friend!
    I, too, lost my MoMa at Thanksgiving 19 years ago. While it was a terribly sorrowful time, God's timing was perfection. Being adopted as a child, I have always been grateful that I was selected as her daughter. Each Thanksgiving, I again, give thanks to God for the gift of my MoMa. . .but best friend!
    I adore your tartan plaid...and those Santa molds are charming!
    I've been missing you. . .glad I came loking for you, today!!!

  13. Sarah, I know your dear Mother's spirit is with you always. I'm sure sweet memories will keep surfacing daily of her love for you. My prayers are with you and yours.
    I did enjoy seeing all lovely decor from Christmas past. Sweet Sadie is such a dear companion for you. Hugs and blessings sent to you, my friend.

  14. First, Sarah, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. It's so hard to let them go, even if they have lived a full life.

    I love your plaid post! And I covet your Mackenzie Childs pocket watch! Where did you get it? Any information about it is appreciated!


  15. Oh Sarah I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know you are so grateful for you many years with you Mom. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    Love your plaids and how gorgeous your decorations always are. I follow you by email since it's the only way to be sure I don't miss a post!

    Again, big hugs to you and wishing you sweet memories of you Mom during this season of love.


  16. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I am glad she had a long and full life. We lost my mother last year and the holidays are different without her. Time for new traditions around here. (We always went to her house.)

    Beautiful plaids and such a variety!
    They do brighten up a room and a holiday.

  17. Sarah, I was enjoying your lovely post, then I got to the news about your sweet mother's passing. I am so sorry! It's wonderful that she lived such a long life and was loved by so many, but it's still hard to lose a mother. My thoughts and prayers will be with you in the coming days.

  18. Oh, Sarah, what a blessing to have lived 99 years. I am sad you have lost your mother because I know she was very special to you. I know you were the best daughter! I send you prayers of peace and comfort. Mothers are so dear.

    I loved your post. So many endearing vignettes.

  19. Dear Sweet Sarah,

    I wish I could crawl through the computer and give you a huge hug.

    Words cannot express my sincere sympathy. I know you have been caring for her and driving back and forth to check on her. What a wonderful daughter you are, Sarah.

    May God be with you and your family. May peace find you in the days ahead knowing that she is with Him and at rest in His loving presence.

    Thinking of you....
    love to you today and always,


  20. Sarah, I know how much you will miss your dear Mother. When I emailed you this morning, I didn't know she had passed away. My prayers are with you and your family.

    You know how much I love your MKC and plaid, and your Sadie is such a blessing. Hugs my friend. xo

  21. I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Your plaid pieces are beautiful!
    Take care, Shelley

  22. I would dearly love to come over and see the house. It all looks gorgeous! Especially Miss Sadie.

  23. Sarah, I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. What a blessing to live a beautiful life for 99 years.
    Love your tartan and courtly checks and especially the tartan napkin rings in the silver bowl. Take care and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    xo Babs

  24. I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I know you have been caring for her for awhile now. What a wonderful life she must have had with you as her sweet daughter.

  25. Oh dear Sarah! I'm so sorry to hear about your little mother. I certainly understand how you feel as mine passed away a month and a half ago. We both had wonderful mothers and we'll cherish all the sweet memories we hold in our hearts.
    Bless you, sweet friend,
    Shelia ;)

  26. Dear Sarah,
    May wonderful memories of your mom crowd out any sadness during this holiday season.


  27. Prayers your way, Sarah! Cherish all the fond memories you have with your mom.
    On another note, I am still not getting your updated posts. Ugh!!! I LOVE all the plaid. I especially LOVE the frame:) xo

  28. It is so hard to live without our Mothers I deal with it daily.
    I hope you find peace dealing with it
    Your tartan plaid is so pretty I only have a couple plaid items and seeing your makes me want to get mine together for a display

  29. Sarah,
    I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. but so thankful for the legacy she has in you....I will say a prayer for you. I know you will miss her...
    Loved all of your plaid...
    Love, Mona

  30. Sarah, I am sending many hugs your way. So sorry about the loss of your mother! Your post is beautiful and really spoke to me. My real Christmas table this year has a Scottish theme to honor my Scottish ancestry. Love all of your beautiful plaids!!!

  31. I am so sorry to hear about your mother - treasure the memories!

    I love love love the MC stopwatch - I have never seen that ornament - quite a beauty!

    I just put up my checked Kitchen tree - most of the ornaments I painted as I could never fill it up with the real ones (and I break too many as it is!)

    Enjoy your decorating!

  32. Oh Sarah, I love your plaids, so festive for your tree and decor. Sorry to hear you lost your Mom. You are very fortunate to have had her for 99 years. What a full life she must have had.

  33. Love it all, Sarah. Tartan never goes out of style, so classic and I see it as possessing royalty too....Christine

  34. Sarah, You have my deepest sympathy at the loss of your Mother. I still miss my Mom even after 18 years. I hope you find comfort and peace in remembering your Mom and her love for you.

    I do love all of your plaid. I have been hooked on plaid for a while now. You really have some beautiful pieces in your collection.


  35. Dearest Sarah,
    So sad to read this news... Even though she lived till the blessed age of 99!
    I had sent you an email in regard to your blog not updating on the sidebar. Now I read this sad post.
    Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and rest enough during such emotional times.

  36. Sarah, I am so sorry for the loss of your thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Love all your tartans.

  37. First, Sarah, I hate hearing about your mom. Mine passed away Christmas Eve 2 years ago, and it's hard to keep a happy face on a day like Thanksgiving or Christmas when inside you are crying.
    You are certainly right in style with all your plaid. That seems to be the design of the season.
    Take good care and cherish your memories.

  38. I am so sorry for your loss Sarah, I know the holidays will feel empty to you. I loved seeing the photos from Christmas past and all your Courtly Check and plaid things~

  39. I love, love, love all the plaid, it is fabulous.

    I am so truly sorry for your loss. God Bless.

    Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  40. Oh I am so sorry about your sweet mother.

    I did enjoy all of your lovely plaid decor and vintage decorations..just lovely.

    I hope that this Christmas won't be too too hard :(

  41. Plaid, plaid, and more plaid. Love it! My deepest sympathies are with you; my mom's been gone for two years and while it's getting easier, it's still difficult at the holidays.

  42. Hi Sarah - So sorry to hear about your mother, but 99 and what a great long life and so many memories. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. And to a much more fun topic - I am obsessed with all of your plaid! Love it! Hugs, Holly

  43. Sarah - I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. That's a hard thing to go through, especially around the holidays. Will say some prayers...

    On a lighter note, this post is BEAUTIFUL! I knew that you had some fabulous tartan, but didn't know that you had so much. I love your MacKenzie-Childs ornaments, your dog (Sadie?) in the different plaid frames, your Santa Claus chocolate molds, your tartan ware glasses case and your napkin rings in the pretty silver basket. All wonderful! I have the Mary Engelbreit Christmas book and always bring it out during the holidays. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  44. Hi lovely lady.
    I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet Mom. I also loss my Mon but how wonderful that we both had them for almost a century! My Mom was 93 she is with my Dad now. I know you miss her as I miss my Mom. God Bless them both.
    I love all your plaid sweetie.

  45. I love the plaid, Sarah! It is all wonderful.

    My condolences. I know your mother's spirit is with you and will be.

  46. Sarah, I am saddened to read about the loss of your mother, but I know you will cherish many sweet memories.

    I do love plaids, and lend themselves perfectly to the holiday season. I hope you will be sharing your holiday posts with us for Pink Saturday.♥

  47. Sarah, again, I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending you hugs across the miles.

    I missed this AGAIN and I even checked. It just isn't feeding in for some reason.

    This is a fabulous post, and I would have hated to miss it!



  48. Sarah, so sorry to hear about your mother. What an incredible life she led! You will surely miss her, but yes; you have those wonderful memories to cherish. I love all of your plaids! The stack of assorted plates was just beautiful! I also love your vintage chocolate Santa molds! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  49. Lovely...that mix of plaids is so pretty.

  50. I love all of your plaid with your Christmas decor. I think it is so classic and looks so good with Christmas greenery. So sorry to hear about your mothers passing. I hope you will be able to find some happiness during this Christmas season. I know it will be hard missing her.

  51. I love the plaid, or anything Scottish. Yes its unusual but gorgeous too. Sadie seems to love it...LOL. I like people who decorate with a flair. You rock.
    Please drop by. We have a special Christmas post. I know you will enjoy.
    Merry Christmas,
    Marie Antoinette

  52. Bless your heart, dear friend. We all share in the loss of a mother.
    Mine has been gone almost 30 years and I miss her so much at times, I just cry. It's not a bad thing, tho. It just shows how much she was you cry any time you want to, Sarah. We never get too old to miss our moms.
    And, don't we all love plaids....just beautiful
    xo bj

  53. Sweet Sarah! HAPPY DECEMBER! So, is everything almost done at your house? I just want to get a suet treat for the birds and watch them AND the squirrels go to town! The inside of my home is decorated with lights and the outside is decorated in snow. What a chiller we've had all weekend, and I hear that parts of Texas are frigid! Be well and safe dear friend and thank you for visiting! Anita

  54. WOW! What a great plaid collection. Your tartan napkin ring collection is impressive and I love the chocolate mold vignette! Everything is soooo pretty!

  55. I accidentally hit published before I finished. You were so fortunate to have your dear mother for 99 years. I just recently lost my paternal grandmother who was 95. Such joy we were able to share with them for so long. Prayers to you.

  56. BEAUTIFUL! LOVE that plaid! So sorry to hear about your mother, but what a blessing to live for 99 years! Merry Christmas! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  57. I love all your Christmas plaid but I covet most that rabbit napkin ring!

  58. I started my holiday home tour today. I hope you will come by for a visit.

  59. Oh your Christmas decor is so beautiful. Thank you for linking up to the Creating Christmas Party. Loved seeing all your beautiful vintage pieces.

  60. Hi Sarah, so funny I came here today to see all your beautiful and festive plaid, as I was just looking at a Christmas Day photo of me from when I was about 34 and I was wearing a bright green and red tartan plaid silk blouse. :) I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. What a gift that she lived such a long life. I know you must miss her so. Take care and xo Lynn

  61. Just checking in to see if you had posted again and wanted to say, "Hi!"

    Looking back through the post which I love, did I tell you that I adore that tartanware eyeglass case? Swoon worthy!



  62. We both adore plaid tidings Sarah! Merry Merry!

  63. Just beautiful Sarah! Hear you have had some cold weather for Austin! Keep warm ...I'm off to visit my Mom in Florida for the holidays! You have a Merry Christmas my friend!
    Miss Bloomers

  64. So sorry for your loss Sarah. May peace be upon you this season.
    Hugs, Sherry

  65. I am so very sorry Sarah to hear about your mother. Mine passed away 12 years ago and I think of her all the time. This is a beautiful, precious post - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  66. This is such a lovely post, Sarah. I know this will be a bittersweet Cmas for sure. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  67. Sarah, I was enjoying all your plaid vignettes and thinking of how talented you are when I found the sad news of your mother's passing. I send my most heartfelt condolences to you. I hope you will be able to focus on the happy moments and the joys you experienced with her during this holiday season. Linda

  68. So glad your Pin lead me to this post! Love your chocolate Santa molds.


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