10:15, Thanksgiving morning, and things are looking good: All your vegetables are washed, peeled and sliced. The potatoes are boiling nicely and the turkey’s about to go in the oven when suddenly the door bell rings. Now who could that be, you wonder. The family’s not coming until five. A quick wash of the hands, towel to dry and you’re at the door. Surprise! These are for you!
Today is all about giving thanks for everything good in our lives, and especially for the people closest to our hearts. Now I know that you and I may have never met in person, but it’s through these pages, through every comment you’ve made, every email you’ve sent, that I feel, in some way, that I know you. And for that, I’m truly thankful! Your kinds words inspire both Jaithan and me so much, day after day, that we wanted to send a little something on this day to thank you not only for reading but for sharing your stories as well. Together, we’re making our homes, and our lives, better and more beautiful for the people who share them. And best of all, we’re doing it affordably! The French porcelain basket that now holds your arrangement I picked up at the flea market last week for $15. The flowers themselves are inexpensive too—a monochromatic mix of burnt orange roses, deco mums and astromerium from the corner deli—together with sickle pears from the super market and fall leaves from the sidewalk right outside our apartment. With the right color palette (seasonal and very subtle), a good mix of textures and an elegant vessel, even the most inexpensive arrangement can look like a million bucks!
For our holiday, Jaithan and I are spending some time with his family out in San Diego, so we’re going to be taking a short vacation from the blog until Wednesday, December 3rd. Enjoy your flowers, everyone, and a very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
Eddie, Have a Very Happy Thanksgiving. Wonderful day to you and to your loved ones.( and to everybody)
May your trip to San Diego be fun and stress free! I hope Jaitan, you and his family share a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I want to thank you to the style, inspiration that I feel blessed to have been able to encounter. I am thankful that every day I come to your blog and start my day with a smile and some style! Happy Thanksgiving Day! Loren
A beautiful arrangement! Hope you have a safe and happy trip.
Your blog has brought me so much pleasure and inspriation. Thank you so much. I wish you and Jaithan a very happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your time off.
How beautiful! You should teach a class on floral arranging. A very happy Thanksgiving to you both! Enjoy the sunshine and great restaurants out there.
Dear Eddie and Jaithan,
Thanks for your gorgeous wishes and stunning flowers! Happy Thanksgiving, safe travels, and enjoy your time away in beautiful San Diego!
What a gorgeous arrangement and so thoughtful to post a picture and write such a beautiful thank you. It brought tears to my eyes. I’m not quite sure why but it was so very touching to read your kind words.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your time away!
A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.
The flowers are beautiful!!
From our home to yours
Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your time away.. hugs ~lynne~
Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving and a restful holiday. Thank you for being such an inspiration, Eddie! The flowers are gorgeous.
The flowers, the French porcelain basket and the colours – beautiful!!
You and Jaithan are so kind and thoughtful to thank your readers.
Thank you for bringing beauty, inspiration and great tips everyday!!
Happy Thanksgiving, Eddie and Jaithan!
I HOPE HOPE HOPE that you have time to flea in SD…I live here and have been a little depressed at the slim pickins..let alone the “swap meet”. I recently moved down to San Diego from Orange County where the Long Beach, Santa Monica and Irvine fleas were amazing… do tell if you find any spots while you’re here!
How lovely the flowers are…but our delis surely don’t have this kind of choice!
You really should do some posts on how to make something beautiful out of what’s at hand. Your other arrangements are beautiful, too.
Just like flea-marketing, you have to have the eye.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday in San Diego. xo, MB
Ohhh, so beautiful! I give thanks to you for all the fun and beauty you’ve brought to us!! It’s been such a delight getting to know you and Jaithan these past few months.
Ps… darn, you’re in san diego and I’m up in OC. So close but yet so far. Hope you enjoy your time!
I check in with you guys every day… It is always SO inspiring!
I am not cooking today, but You planted a seed, and I ran and got some roses… Made a small bouquet, and will just bring it along to thank my hosts for today.
I made it in an old sugar Bowl dish that I picked up for 75cents! its small enough to just tuck next to the bed or in a guest bath.
So thanks so much for all your sentiments,
and creative sprurings!
Have a great little vacation, and hope you find some treasures on your trip!!
Vanessa the Sparkle Gardener…
I wish you and Jaithan a safe and wonderful holiday weekend! Happy Thanksgiving!
By the way, I love your blog.
PS I landed here via Rhoda’s Southern Hospitality’s blog.
I LOVE your blog, you have fantastic taste!! I wish I could just lift those flowers right out of the picture and add them to my dining room table. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Stop by my blog and see what my family did for Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving Eddie, to you and Jaithan! What a sweet post. xoxo
Eddie, you are an inspiration. Thank you for the beautiful flower arrangement. You are thoughtful and grateful. For being a youngster, you truly are wise beyond your years. You know what your purpose is in life and you give back each and every day throughyour communications on the web. I’m so happy that I’ve had the privilege of following your blog almost from the beginning. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, but I feel I know you too, and I believe you are thankful everyday for all that you have.
God bless you and Jaithan!
Happy Thanksgiving, Eddie & Jaithan, from the Texas Hill Country — from our family to yours. Hope y’all have a great weekend.
Thank goodness for you and all that you inspire.
Safe journey and bring back something good to show and tell us all about!
Eddie, Thank you so much for your kind words and the thoughtful sentiment. It touched my heart that you went to the trouble to share with us today. What a joy it has been to find you and your blog. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Jaithan.
Happy Thanksgiving Eddie. Im thankful I found your blog. Take care~
Mr Ross, what a lovely surprise to have such beautiful flowers waiting for us today!! Hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday and thank you for sharing your creativity with us all! Safe travels and I look forward to making it to one of your ny flea market jaunts in the future. Carolina
Thanks for the flowers! What a sweet thought. Have fun in Cali, what a world away from your regular digs.
Simple, yet stunning flower arrangement! What a sweet post, and I thank you for your inspiration and for being a genuine great guy! Enjoy your Thanksgiving Vacation! ~Rhonda
Happy holidays and safe travels to you and Jaithan. I’m so glad I got to “meet” you this year (albeit online!)…so thank YOU for brightening my days. 🙂
p.s. what you have done with bodega flowers….AMAZING!
I’m thankful I can live vicariously through you buying all those fantastic one offs etc, that I just can’t find room in my house (or china cabinet) for! Maybe when you return you can give a little tutorial on how to anchor fruit or vegetable pieces into a flower arrangement, as a partner piece to your fantastic video tutorial on flower arranging…
Thank you for the beautiful flowers, your words say it all, I
feel exactly the same. We do know each other right?
I am so thankful that I came across your wonderful and inspiring blog. For Thankgiving I made your pumpkin floral
arrangement and it was an instant hit. Thank you, thank you for such a great idea. Wishing you and Jaitan the best for Thanksgiving
For ME???!!! They are stunning.
To you and yours! Have a wonderful holiday, and THanK YOU for all your beauty and inspiration you give us each week!
A belated Happy Thanksgiving Eddie & Jaithan! The flowers are fantastic. The french porcelain vase is a terrific find. I hope you’re Turkey celebration in Sunny San Diego was great one.
Eddie you are the best. I feel like I do know you. I look forward to your new posts. They always make me smile and/or laugh. I hope you both enjoy your Thanksgiving vacation. Hugs from Colorado and I’ll see you Wednesday!!
What a lovely way to share Thanksgiving with all! Thank you! Have a wonderful and restful time, on your vacation.
I recently discovered your blog via Rhoda at Southern Hospitality. I’m so glad I did! I just love the flower arrangement via your local bodega and sidewalk. And I’m having so much fun perusing all your old posts.
I hope you have a wondeful vacation in Sunny Ca! What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving. Mary
Thank you Eddie and Jaithan, I loved the arrangement! I hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving, and a wonderful time in San Diego.
Wow, what a wonderful post! Thank you! Hope you and yours are having a wonderful Thanksgiving together.
Love the arrangement! Thank you! You two are out west! stop by Gilbert Arizona, we’d love to see you both!
Love the flowers. You are so good with decorating! Thanks for sharing your ideas, I always look forward to reading your posts and going thifting with you (even if it is just blog land):)
Eddie and Jaithan I hope you two had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are having a blast in Cali!! You’re practically in my backyard!….Well only one state away! *winks* I’m reaching greedily (I admit… sheepishly) for those flowers! They are BE-U-T-FULL!!!! I am feeling inspired again by your wonderful blog! Y’all come back with some stories for us y’hear! *grins* Vanna
Hi Eddie and Jaithan! I hope you two had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And are having a blast in Cali!! You’re practically in my backyard!….Well only one state away! *winks* I am reaching greedily (I must admit…sheepishly) for those flowers! They are BE-U-T-FULL!! I’m feeling inspired once again after visiting your wonderful blog! I hope y’all come back with lots of stories from your trip! I can’t wait to hear them! *grins* Vanna
Eddie and Jaithan,
Thank you for the beautiful flowers. I hope you had a wonderful trip to San Diego. I went to the beach condo in MD, and also to the tree lighting ceremony in Rehoboth Beach DE on Friday.
awwwww, it’s beautiful, thanks Eddie! I hope that you and Jaithan are enjoying this beautiful southern california weather and that you had a lovely thanksgiving!!
Gorgeous! Hope you had a wonderful holiday! 🙂
Thanks so much for the beautiful flowers; they are my favorite colors. Enjoy San Diego; I envy you because it is one of my favorite places..oooh Coronado and the housepeeping.
Janet @ Housepeepers
Eddie, thank you for the artfully-arranged floral bouquet! Love those seckel pears tucked into the arrangement.
I hope you’ll enjoy your vacation in San Diego. And I’m just a little jealous because it’s 27° F here. Oh, to be in warm and sunny California with you guys.
WOW. I recognize that basket– so gorgeous! Hope your Thanksgiving was awesome!
I just found your blog several weeks ago, but just wanted you to know that I love your style and ability to take the old or unused and give it new life again…and in such a classy/hip way!
I look forward to following your journey.
Long time reader, first time commenter…Eddie, I am so thankful for YOU. You are a joy and have become such a regular part of my morning routine. Thank you for providing beauty and civility to a whole community of hungry people. You may not know this but you make MANY people’s days just with the clicks of your camera and keyboard. Keep on doing the amazingly talented things you do. Cheers!
Hey, just your mom here to tell you a late Happy Thanks giving,I know, bad Mom! Hey,… at least I am on time to wish you a Happy Christmas Holiday season! lol
Thank you! Thank you! I love to receive flowers, particularly when they are arranged so beautifully. Enjoy the holiday & travel safe.