Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Morning

New Year's Morning


Only a night, from old to new!
Only a night, and so much wrought!
 The Old Year’s heart all weary grew,
But said: “The New Year rest has brought.”




The Old Year’s hopes its heart laid down,
As in a grave; but trusting, said:
 “The blossoms of the New Year’s crown
Bloom from the ashes of the dead.”


The Old Year’s heart was full of greed;
With selfishness it longed and ached,
 And cried: “I have not half I need.
My thirst is bitter and unslaked.


But to the New Year’s generous hand
All gifts in plenty shall return;
 True love it shall understand;
By all my failures it shall learn.



I have been reckless; it shall be
Quiet and calm and pure of life.
 I was a slave; it shall go free,
And find sweet peace where I leave strife.”



Only a night from old to new!
Never a night such changes brought.
 The Old Year had its work to do;
No New Year miracles are wrought.




Always a night from old to new!
Night and the healing balm of sleep!
 Each morn is New Year’s morn come true,
 Morn of a festival to keep.


All nights are sacred nights to make
Confession and resolve and prayer;
 All days are sacred days to wake
New gladness in the sunny air.




Only a night from old to new;
Only a sleep from night to morn.
 The new is but the old come true;
Each sunrise sees a new year born.




~Helen Hunt Jackson~

Wishing you, yours and mine all a most healthy, happy and prosperous 2015!  
To beginning again~




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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Home Tour 2014

I think I am really good at running out of time to get things done that I want to do.  In fact, I might even say I'm an expert in the field.  How about you?  Surely I can't be the only one good at this!
By the time I finish up with this post it will be tomorrow.
Probably like you, I have been trying to finish up wrapping gifts, baking, cooking, cleaning and then starting it all over again.
I'm looking forward to taking a little break and seeing our family over the next few days.  We've got plans for the next three days including going on a hay ride through Honor Heights Park in my hometown, Muskogee, tomorrow evening with my Dad and Step-Mom.  If you are near Muskogee it is well worth the trip to tour the park during the holidays and see the gorgeous and unique display of lights.

I have taken photos here and there of the house and wanted to show them to you before Christmas comes and goes!
I'll cut this short, as far as words go, because I have a lot to show.  I hope you enjoy the mini tour~

Dining Room

Chandelier

I have accented several lamps in the house with glitter covered snowflake ornaments.  They stick right to the shade and look so pretty when the lights are on.

Tablescape (see my last post to see more photos and details about purchasing the magazine this was featured in)

Transferware Topiary 
I purchased these wreath topiaries a few years back at an after Christmas clearance sale.  I knew exactly how I would decorate these.  I hung graduating sizes of transferware plates in the center of each wreath.  Everyone loves these!
  

An everyday centerpiece for the dining room table is
a huge antique red transferware wash basin filled with a mix of red ornaments.


Kitchen
In this little vignette I've filled a gallon sized antique Marmalade advertising crock with Chistmas baubles, a Masons Vista pitcher that is fitted with a miniature Christmas tree and a special seasonal piece; a brown transferware plate by Spode with a Nativity scene.  I found the antique painted tole tray at an estate sale recently for $3!  


The Entry Way

  I made a wreath with some miniature transferware creamers and hung it on one of the French doors.

Living Room
Looking into the living room from the entryway….wish I'd lit the fire for this photo. ;(

This is my favorite corner in the house; the spot where I love to have a cup of coffee almost every morning….and where I do have the fire going in this photo! =)




 A needlepoint pillow depicting a Victorian Santa brings just a touch of Christmas to the sofa


Looking towards the entryway and dining room




Family Room
 For the past 6 or so years, I've decorated our main tree with vintage red transferware teacups. The original post about my tree  can be seen HERE along with photos of my previous dining room (my favorite).



This vignette is on a small wall in the family room.  Here I've used the snowflake ornaments again and just pressed them onto the lamp shades.  They're a little rough so the texture holds to the fabric of the shades without attaching them permanently.  I've had so many compliments on this!





The  French armoire and bookcase in the TV room is where I display a lot of brown transferware. On either side of the armoire I've got two demilune tables and each has a huge pitcher that would have been part of an antique wash basin set.

 I have creamy white hydranges in these and put small Christmas trees in them decorated with pheasant feathers iridescent bows and glittered curly-q picks. 


I've probably said this on my blog before, but something about this house that I adore is all the little nooks and crannies it has.  These little niches are perfect for vignettes, which I love to create.  This little niche perfectly holds a unique bar I bought Shawn years ago.  It looks like a fancy dollhouse which makes it very fun to decorate for the holidays.  I made two moss topiaries and put them in vintage transferware toothpick holders that look like planters.  Along with white nutcrackers, they flank the doors to the house.  Several wreaths hang from the gables and windows, and atop the roof…Santa's sleigh of course.



The chair in front of the bar is the perfect spot for a needlepoint pillow with our last name embroidered on it and a leopard trimmed Santa hat that was one of the girls when they were itty bitty.

This little nook is just outside of the guest bathroom, off of the tv room. 

Grandma Judy gave the angel figurine to Kalyn which sets next to another tree in an antique brown transferware pitcher.  I tied a sheer ribbon with a holly leaf design on it around the top of the lampshade.


I think that wraps up the little tour.  I am so sleepy.  As I predicted at the beginning of the post, it is now tomorrow, two days till Christmas.  May you all have a very Merry one.


Last minute gifting idea!



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Saturday, December 20, 2014

My Country Christmas Tablescape in a 6 page Magazine Layout!

I gotta admit, it's a pretty cool feeling to open a magazine and see my tablescape, my pictures and my article featured in a 6 page layout….  
…and see my name listed as a contributor inside the cover.
Yep, Pretty cool indeed!

Not long ago the editor of Creating Vintage Charm, Sonia Crouse, spotted a Fall tablescape I had posted to my Instagram feed and contacted me asking if I'd be interested in submitting it for their December/Christmas issue.   You all may remember the table as it's been a popular one on my blog. 
 You can find the original table setting HERE


I told Sonia that I could recreate the table for Christmas with a few minor adjustments.  
Do you notice any of them? 





In the original table setting I had only the bubble glass tumblers.  In the Christmas version I added vintage Snowflake iced tea glasses and used them right alongside the new bubble glasses.
I have a few sets of the bubble tumblers for sale in my online shop.


Other small changes to each place setting included swapping out flatware.  In the Christmas version, I opted for antler handled steak knives.

Each napkin has a personalized keepsake stocking ornament which serve double duty as place card holders.


You may recall from the original table version or may notice now that in both settings I used two different sets of transferware plates,  one by Royal Doulton and one by Myott.  Each has a fruit and floral motif' which makes them suitable year round.  

This photo below is a full page in the magazine.  You've probably seen these bark pillar candles before on my blog as they are some of my favorites that I use year round, but especially in the Fall and Winter. To elevate the candles amongst the winter greens and berries I put them on antique glass dessert dishes I inherited from my Great Aunt and Uncle and filled them with pecans that I gathered from our yard.  The property our house we are now living in sits on was at one time, I believe, part of a pecan orchard.  There is a park less than two houses away and it has rows of pecan trees.  People pick the pecans from the ground all the time!  I like to decorate with them so I scooped up an entire bag for myself.



In addition to Sonia asking me to write a little about how I put the table together and a brief introduction to transferware she's published some bonus photos of the transfer process which many of you I know would love to have!


If you'd like a copy of the magazine to see additional photos, read the article and see other beautiful Christmas decor you can purchase your own copy HERE  Please tell Sonia that I sent you!





Back to my cup of tea and a little giddy excitement as I thumb through the pages of the December 2014 issue of Creating Vintage Charm!  Thank you so much Sonia for this wonderful feature! 




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