eCo Creates a Sweet Holiday Tablescape!

Erma's red, white, and black holiday tablescape.

Erma’s talent in putting together a holiday tablescape is evident in this black, white, and red tableau.

It’s the holiday season and Erma Sampson of eCompany (eCo) can help get your holiday tablescape ready for the festivities!

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Erma Sampson is the proprietor of one of Funky Monkey’s very popular booths.

Erma owns eCo, a booth at Funky Monkey Vintage Market in Madison, Alabama.

She has enjoyed a sweet life with Funky Monkey since September 2014—practically since it opened its doors to customers who love to shop creative resale stores.

 Greenery for festive holiday tablescape

 

eCo Friendly

The E in eCo mainly stands for the first letter in Erma’s name. It also stands for her value of caring for the environment.

“Watching what we put in our land fields is a passion of mine…” said Erma, who has a booth full of upcycled and new items.

Natural elements and fine China

Incorporate natural elements with something formal like your fine China.

Beautiful Home Décor

Walk into Erma’s booth, and you can see right away that she has a knack for putting together a beautiful holiday tablescape.

“I am really passionate about things looking their best,” said Erma, “and I’m also passionate about home décor. I love dining tables and chairs and basically anything that catches my eyes. I pretty much invest in [an item] to reclaim it, upcycle it, and put it back into circulation.”

Beautiful white pitchers

I’ll bet these pretty pitchers will go fast…I love them!

Customer Service

Erma is an incredibly sweet person and a very helpful vendor.

While I was visiting eCo, a customer came in to shop and to introduce herself and her 21-year-old daughter to Erma.  “Thank you for being a part of our home!” the customer said as she showed  her daughter where she’d purchased several eCo items for their home.

“I pour a lot of love into what I do, and I hope that people appreciate it—and they do. That’s evident by the purchases that are made,” said Erma.

Plants and pops of color

Try incorporating fun succulents and punches of color like this pretty floral napkin to your holiday tablescape.

Erma’s Tips for Upcycling:

“Always invest in something that you really love. If you have a piece that’s sentimental to you or you’re tired of a piece, you can always upcycle that piece—maybe its color. Sometimes people get rid of things that just need a little TLC. It may need a little putty, a little sanding, or a good cleaning, and it can be new again with a new color,” said Erma.

Your local landfill will thank you!

Happy Holidays!

Erma said, “Being Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank all of those who have supported my business, whether it was a sweet compliment or they actually used their resources to invest in a piece from eCo. I am certainly grateful for that, and I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope this whole holiday season is filled with family, friends, food, and festivities that truly warm hearts!”

The completed holiday tablescape

Note from Stephanie: I didn’t receive any compensation for writing this piece. I was just glad to get some more photography practice and help support this super-nice lady as well as our local economy!

Photo credit for first holiday tablescape picture:  Erma Sampson.  I took the others with my sweet little Nikon!

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Fall Leaves on Rainbow Mountain

This morning my friend Kibbs and I took a hike to see the fall leaves on Rainbow Mountain. Kibbs is a Christian wife and mom, a writer, and a very close friend.  Not only do I enjoy hiking for exercise, I love to see the beautiful fall leaves all over the ground.

Fall Leaves on Rainbow Mountain

What the Fall Leaves Teach us about People

After about an hour of hiking, Kibbs and I started thinking about all those different leaves all over the ground.You know, those leaves on the ground are kind of like people.  You see all sorts of shapes, colors, and textures–and they’re all beautiful in their own way!It’s hard to find a perfect leaf. For example, one leaf may have a bunch of different colors. Some have holes in them. Some have broken points. We’ve all got flaws, and it’s not like we the peeps we see on tv with perfect hair and flawless skin.

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 What the Fall Leaves Teach us about Life

It’s kinda like us, isn’t it?Our lives aren’t perfect, our families aren’t perfect…but everything seems to come together on this one beautiful rock called Earth.

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What I’ve been Taught about Fall Leaves

Here’s one more thing about leaves…If you mow them into tiny bits rather than rake them, you’ve nourished your soil with a great source of nitrogen!  I’m one of the few in my neighborhood that doesn’t rake up all the fall leaves.  First of all, they are fun to toss at other family members, the pups like playing in them, I like the music they make under my boots, and I just think they’re really pretty.  So there’s your excuse for not raking this season.  Mow them instead for the sake of your soil.Happy Fall, Y’all!

Historical Building in Downtown Madison; now an Antique Store!

Historical Building in Downtown Madison

The other day, I visited Madison Station Antiques, a little antique store which is currently housed in the oldest commercial building in Madison, Alabama.

Exterior: Historical Building in Downtown Madison; now an Antique Store!

Madison Station Antiques is housed in the Robert P. Cain building in Downtown Madison.

According to an Al.com article, Robert Parham Cain was the owner of the mercantile back in the 1900s. The building was used for several different businesses until the current owners, Ronnie and Pat Williams, bought the place to sell antiques. Incidentally, they are Mr. Cain’s descendants! They said the place was in a real mess before restoration, but now has a new life as an antiques and collectibles store.

The building is a member of Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage by the Alabama Historical Commission.

Antique Store!

Madison Station Antiques has two stories of antique furniture, linens and quilts, glassware, crockery, buttons, clocks, toys…and anything else you can think of.

They are really nice people, so go visit!

P.s. I wasn’t offered anything to publish this post. I just love antiques, old buildings, and promoting small businesses like my dad and grandpa owned! 🙂

Christmas Shopping

Ready to do some Christmas Shopping? I think most of my viewers love this handmade quilt for $60! The perfect Christmas gift! Please let me know how you like the photography. I’m still learning to use my little Nikon camera.

quilts and hobby horse
 

spinning wheel

linens in chifferobe

old photos

glass chandelier

post cards and spinning wheel

Shelby’s Thanksgiving Intervention — A Short Story

Today I wrote a short story from a Thanksgiving writer’s prompt at Writer’s Digest:  Shelby’s Thanksgiving Intervention — Short Story.  I found the turkey craft here at “11 Best Turkey Crafts for Kids.”

Hope you enjoy!

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Shelby’s Thanksgiving Intervention
(Or, Now Who’s the Turkey??)

By: Stephanie L. Robertson

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year with its beautiful fall leaves and sumptuous feasting.  I was looking forward to another Thanksgiving feast à la Mom.

“We’ll just go ahead,” said my husband, Ben, as he stepped from the car and grabbed the hands of my two younger kids.

“Ouch, Dad, that hurts,” cried my seven-year-old, Wendy.

“Sh!” said Ben as he let go Wendy’s hand and pushed her and Pete inside Mom and Dad’s house without the usual courtesy of knocking.

“Now that was just weird,” I said to my older son, Jesse.  “Do you want to help me carry in one of the casseroles? Looks like Dad isn’t going to help.”

Jesse looked at me from the corner of his eyes.  His voice shook a little.  “Uh, Mom, I’ve got to go!”

Then he sprinted toward large brick house without a second glance.

I shrugged and juggled all three casserole dishes, shutting the hatch of our SUV with my left foot.

With the assortment of cars and trucks parked in the driveway, it looked as though all the family was there.

I teetered up the steps of the house and yelled through my parents’ heavy mahogany door, “Hey!  Can someone lend a hand?”

The door swung open.

The entire family was sitting in the living room, all eyes were on me.

But instead of a Thanksgiving turkey, there was a giant “Intervention” sign hanging across the mantle.

“Shelby,” said my mother quietly, “We’ve got to talk.”

I felt all three casserole dishes fall to the hardwood floor as I stared back in shock.

“Shelby, you have spent entirely too much time writing for that NANOWRIMO, to the detriment of your family,” said Ben.

“Instead of having Thanksgiving this year, we’re asking that you admit yourself to Writer’s Recovery in Tucson, Arizona,” said Dad.

“Shelby, we want you to come back to us—the way you used to be!” sobbed my sister, Jane.

“You’ll take a flight to Tucson and spend two weeks at the Three Points Resort and Spa for the duration of your recovery,” said my cousin Fred.  “The brochure says the resort features pool-side light therapy, Jungian horseback-riding counseling, and massage transaction analysis.”

Please, Shelby, we want you to come home completely intervened.  No work for two weeks, dear. We’re begging you.”

Shelby didn’t think twice.  “Okay.  I’m in!”

Thanksgiving text with fall letters: Now Who's the Turkey??

Writing prompt source:  http://www.writersdigest.com/prompts/thanksgiving-intervention