Thursday, December 20, 2012

Snow Crystals ~ Pink Transferware Christmas Tablescape

Throughout the afternoon I watched them there, 

Snow-fairies falling, falling from the sky, 

Whirling fantastic in the misty air, 

Contending fierce for space supremacy. 

And they flew down a mightier force at night, 

As though in heaven there was revolt and riot, 

And they, frail things had taken panic flight 

Down to the calm earth seeking peace and quiet. 

I went to bed and rose at early dawn 

To see them huddled together in a heap, 

Each merged into the other upon the lawn, 

Worn out by the sharp struggle, fast asleep. 

The sun shone brightly on them half the day, 

By night they stealthily had stol'n away

~by Claude McKay~

Merry Christmas

Transferware - my shop, English Transferware - Johnson Brothers Snow Crystals
Flatware- Oneida Winter Frost
Snowflake Tea Towels/ used in lieu of Napkins - Big Lots
Snowflake Tumblers- Federal Glass, circa 1950-60
Teacups are sitting on snowflake candle rings...just fyi.
Silver Snowflake Ball Candles - Zest Candles
Giant Snowflakes used as chargers - Dollar Tree
Red Mesh Fabric used as Table Runner- I think it came from Sams, thank you to my Mother in law!
Ice Branches Garland Centerpiece - Hobby Lobby

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Red Transferware and Snowflakes Christmas Hutch, a Winner and Decorating Motivation...or Not

I know you've seen my kitchen hutch a bazillion times but for what it's worth, here it is decorated for Christmas 2012. 

Snowflakes are a recurring theme in my Christmas decor this year, especially here on my breakfast room hutch which is chock full of red transferware.
This antique lace piece that hangs over the top of our hutch has always reminded me of snowflakes.  Now especially.

I like to tuck little bits of Christmas amongst the hutch, in the pitchers, ladles and teacups, like this
bottle brush tree set amidst pinecones and faux snow...

...and this glass bird ornament with a pheasant feather tail nesting in the recess of a soup ladle... pinecones nestled into and amongst the red transferware creamers...

...or just a lone little snowflake resting atop a small pitcher.

I like seeing Santa in a suit of snow white.  

With Etsy being here to film during October,  I never really got to decorate for Fall like I'd normally do.  I did pull out these little squirrel figurines and since I had not yet tired of seeing them I kept them on my hutch as part of my Christmas display, mixed with some natural elements like pine tree sprigs, pine cones and my favorite bark pillar candles.  

I even put a few snowflakes on the wall and hung them from the cabinet handles across the front of the hutch to carry the theme.  Have I ever told you all that this hutch was from Shawn's bedroom when he was a little boy?

I work a lot and it seems that most of the time my work day begins as soon as I get up and ends when I call it quits which typically is just before midnight.  I am having some medical issues and have taken a few trips to the Dr. and lab both last week and continuing into this week.  The combination of these things has made seasonal decorating seem like somewhat of a task this year.  I feel a little guilty for thinking that, and more guilty for admitting it.   Our main Christmas tree still stands stark naked.  
Shawn works hard to, though he has been in more of an Archie Bunker mood than a Clark Griswold one lately so his attribution to the Christmas decorating has been this:

It has been a little difficult for me to find motivation for much of anything lately, except maybe to wear one of Shawn's big t-shirts and a pair of his baggy house pants.  At least wearing loose clothes makes you feel skinnier.  Now, that's motivating, right?
I'm glad I can wear his clothes if I want to.  I am more glad that he cannot wear mine...that would be worrisome.

 What will the future of our Christmas tree be? Will I find some motivation to do anything to it, other than what I've already done which was decide I did not like where it stood, and so crawled underneath it and carefully (barely) slid it to a new location thus covering myself and the living room floor with an inch thick layer of flocking.   Tune in later to find out...will it go back in the box, stand as is, or be strung up...with lights that is?

p/s The winner of the $40 Novica gift certificate giveaway from last week is Comment #2 Constance Person. Please contact me asap so that I can provide you with the gift certificate.  


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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Wreath Topiary Trees w/ Red Transferware

Yesterday I hinted at a recent Christmas decor project I'd just finished up and I'm now ready to show it to you all. 

Do you ever have an idea floating around in your head of something you want to create?  I do.  A lot.  More often than not I don't see these ideas in my mind come to fruition, but this is one that I did, and as luck would have it, it wound up that most of the work that I knew it would entail was already done!

  About two years ago I made a cute little wreath with a plate anchored in the center of it.  I'm not sure why, but I never made any others, though in the back of my mind I'd been thinking about a similar Christmas decor project consisting of a trio of wreaths in graduating sizes, one atop the other, planted in a flower pot and forming a topiary.

Well...last year I was at Sams (similar to Costco) and saw these 6' tall wreath topiaries.  They were almost exactly what I'd envisioned (less red transferware) in my mind, assembled as one over the other, each part of the same frame which was great for stability as I'd been thinking about how to 'stack' the wreaths in this way where they would be sturdy.  These even had hooks for hanging something within the wreath!  PERFECT! Some company had the same idea as I did and manufactured these even more sturdy than I'd imagined.  (I'll be suing them shortly for totally ripping off my idea, but for now it proved most convenient! hehe, just kidding.)  I was thrilled to snag two of these after Christmas for 75% off and I've been patiently waiting since last year to put this together.

I selected three graduating sizes of plates to go in the center of each wreath and adhered the appropriate sized disc hangers that I carry to the back of each plate.  

These already had hooks fixed into the frames and I simply had to hang my plates in place of the oversized christmas ornaments that were formerly there.

Did I mention they were pre-lit... and flocked...and came with the removable bows...and already decorated with ornaments and berries?  This turned out to be one of the easiest things ever, thanks in large part to some company having a similar idea and manufacturing these to better specs than I'd imagined!  Woo hoo!

I assembled two of these topiaries and they are flanking a ginormous Belgian styled armoire.

I'll share some more of my Christmas decor in the next couple of weeks. 

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Sneak Peek at My Latest Christmas Project & Novica Giveaway

Hello all!  I have not had a spare minute to finish a blog post since before Thanksgiving.  The Huffington Post picked up my story (though they didn't get it quite right), as well as about 60 other blogs or publications around the world and I've been inundated with emails and orders.  I sat down to a nearly 2 hour interview with a  reporter from The Tulsa World last week and she's sending a photographer over on Wednesday. I am not complaining just sayin' that I've been a busy, busy camper!  

I have also been busy decorating for Christmas and decided to  take a little time to complete a project that I've had in mind for a couple of years.
Can you guess from this pic what I've made?
I am really happy with how this project turned out.  I will reveal what it is in a post tomorrow once I've finished cropping all my pictures.   Excited to show you!

But for now.....
Novica has asked me to announce their new Gift Finder section on their website as they've updated and revamped the site making it more user friendly and easier to browse for specific items.  They have provided me a $40 gift certificate for one of my readers.  I've posted about Novica a few times before, but in case you've not seen those posts and are unfamiliar with what Novica is, they are associated with National Geographic and provide artisans around the world a global platform to showcase their talents and spur on their creativity.  
You will find thousands of unique, hand made items on their site.

I have a few items that I've purchased including some clothing, games and jewelry from Novica.  I have long admired their collection of drinkware and right now I've got my eye on these two sets of goblets.  

I love that these amethyst goblets have clear stems...

and I love anything amber colored, especially paired with aforementioned color!

Recently I bought this necklace. It is unusually beautiful and I have gotten compliments each time I've worn it. 

To enter, visit Novicas Gift Finder, located on the Unique Gifts page or at this link :   and let me know in a comment on this post what you'd spend $40 on.  
Would you buy something for you, or for someone else?
If you follow my blog you can leave an extra comment for an additional entry.

I'll choose the winner via in a week.

See you all tomorrow to share my most recent Christmas decor creation.

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be
~ Socrates ~

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Table Centerpieces

 I thought I'd share a few of my past Thanksgiving/ Fall centerpieces because I usually create them by shopping my house first.  I hope these will spark some ideas for you to create and set the prettiest Thanksgiving table yet.

  You can click the photos to be taken to the full post where I usually show or tell how I put them together.

Aubergine with amber and this color combination.  A ceramic pumpkin is perched upon a grapevine wreath and surrounded with silk mums and pheasant feathers.  

A rustic, autumn centerpiece is created with a wreath, facorns (fake all know by now how much I like these) a cake stand and bark candle.

Here, I took an antique wicker tray and filled it with a small collection of vintage leather encased decanters.  This could be a cetnerpiece on its own (click the pic to see) and is flanked by silk greenery, shed antlers, pinecone candles, tealight candles and grapevine balls.  

This figurine was perfect to create the effect of a little boy walking his dogs through a field of pumpkins.  He looked so cute with my Spode Byron dishes.  I like creating tables that have a bit of a theme to them.

Grapevine balls sit atop a scrunched up tablecloth with apples scattered could so easily replace this concept with gourds or mini pumpkins!

From a recent post, this centerpiece was created with a retired blanket from one of my boys' rooms, some Fall picks/sprays and a bunch of gathered wheat.

This one was made by starting with a top of an old chest that we use as a side table.  I simply topped it with some pinecones, fall springs and nuts, silk mums, candles and cute chipmunks.

How about an old flower seed box filled with candles?  You could add fallen leaves, acorns, pumpkin or squash seeds, etc.

Whatever you do, I hope that each of you has a most blessed, safe and Happy Thanksgiving.  I am thankful for so many things and so many people.  My readers and my customers are among those that I am most thankful for.  Thank you.  Enjoy tomorrow with your friends, family and loved ones.

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