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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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

A Month of Thanksgiving

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Arrangement from Rabbit’s Nest Florist and Gifts.

There are 30 short days in the month of November, culminating in one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving.

Today I challenge you to write 10 things that you are thankful for in the comment block.

My goal is to write 30 things that I’m thankful for that often go overlooked. So here goes in no particular order!

  1. God’s grace.
  2. Chocolate.
  3. Indoor plumbing.
  4. That I can go to my kitchen, turn a knob, and clean tap water comes from a faucet. Water that I can drink without boiling it first.
  5. Hot water for bathing.
  6. Trees. (Our last house didn’t have mature trees.)
  7. Living in the Bible belt where faith is celebrated.
  8. Our health.
  9. Good medical care.
  10. A house to live in.
  11. Books.
  12. The beautiful blue sky…even though we’re in a drought and under 10″ of our normal rainfall.
  13. The Caribbean with its crystal waters and sugar-white sand.
  14. The farm where I grew up.
  15. Color.
  16. That God made food taste so good.
  17. Writing prompts that help us writers be creative.
  18. Music.
  19. The Internet. They were right, back in the 90’s…It did change our lives.
  20. My dishwasher so that I can sanitize my dishes and not have to hand wash them.
  21. My bed and cool sheets that feel so good when I’m tired at the end of the day.
  22. Babies, because they are so adorable and vulnerable.
  23. Children. They are so carefree and fun.
  24. Teens. Because they are fun, make me laugh, and have great ideas (usually).
  25. Adults. Because I am one, and I love people.
  26. Seniors. Because they are so sweet and have such great stories to tell.
  27. Silence. Because, even though I’m an extrovert, I love to recharge with just my family at home.
  28. Fridays.
  29. Holidays.
  30. Thanksgiving Day, which sometimes falls on my beloved Grandmother’s birthday, and I look forward to seeing her again one day.

 

A Superior Early Thanksgiving Feast

Another arrangement from Rabbit's Nest Florist and Gifts.

Another arrangement from Rabbit’s Nest Florist and Gifts.

A wind blew in last Friday night, bringing in rain and cold temperatures which didn’t deter Trick-or-Treaters one single bit. We all had a blast!

So today, it’s out with the rain and in November’s beautiful blue skies. I’ve also decided to go sugar-free until Thanksgiving. No, I won’t even indulge in any (more) of Princess Buttercup’s Trick-or-Treat candy.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. There is lots of food and friends, and we get to see family members that we don’t usually see but once or twice a year. Good times.

Actually, I got an early taste of Thanksgiving last week. I went to get an interview with Joey Usery of Superior Heating and Air. The interview was for “Heritage Living,” a community magazine that I write for.

Please note that I don’t get any kind of kick-backs for mentioning small businesses in my blog. But sometimes there are definitely perks in being a writer. Like that day!

Mr. Joey and Miss Cindy serve up some yummies.

Mr. Joey and Miss Cindy serve up some yummies.

Miss Cindy, the office manager at Superior, and her office staff cooked a whole Thanksgiving feast for their crew. And then they invited me to join them in the fun.

A couple of the HVAC crew members on lunch break.

A couple of the HVAC crew members on lunch break.

It felt like Christmas at Aunt Bertha’s and Uncle Otis’s house. Everybody had a paper plate of turkey, dressing (that’s what we call ‘stuffing’ in the south, because we eat it as a side), mashed potatoes, green beans, Milo’s Sweet Tea (I think they’re out of Birmingham), mac-n-cheese, and pies.

Apparently, Miss Cindy had a turkey that she had to cook up so that it wouldn’t go to waste.

Anyway, here’s a shout out to Joey, Miss Cindy, and the rest of the crew at Superior Heating and Air for making me part of the family for a day!

Superior food!

Superior food!

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