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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Monday, December 15, 2014

My Christmas Entryway & Transferware Pitcher Wreath

This is the first year ever that I had most of my Christmas decor up before Thanksgiving and guess what?  I'm still not ready for Christmas.  Are you?   I do have some shopping finished, but I haven't yet wrapped a single gift.  Lots to do, lots to do!
I am going to try to get a few Christmas posts in as I have snapped a lot of photos here and there around the house.  I thought I'd start at the front of the house.  This is our entryway.  Come on in!



As you likely can surmise, I decorate with transferware at Christmas time too!  Each year I put together a little wreath with some of my small, individual sized creamers.  


This wreath is so easy to assemble.  I put it together after I hung it up and it's all removable…nothing is permanently attached.  You could make something similar with tea cups or creamers if you wanted.   


The creamers are all attached by pulling a single stem through the handle and securely twisting it around itself.  If you look at the handles in the pictures you can see how easy it is.





  The birds all have clips and the bows and ribbon are garlanded throughout and also attached in areas by using the individual branches to twist them into place.  The berry sprigs I tied ribbon around and just randomly stuck them into place.  I like to do the wreath a little different each year.






My favorite chair…well let me clarify…my favorite chair to look at sits in the entryway.  It doesn't even have a real seat right now as I ripped out the springs (that poked your bum if you sat in it) about a year ago thinking it would motivate me to finally repair it.  That hasn't happened.  It just motivated me to put a temporary fix; a board in its place, in case someone actually sits in it!  But for now, here it is with a few pillows propped upon it.  One is a sweet needlepoint with a manger scene on the front.




  I have quite a bit of Christmas decorations which I never seem to use all of each year so I have fun mixing, matching and pulling things out that I haven't seen in a while.  I do use this little tree each year either in my entryway or next to the fireplace.  This year I decorated it with beaded garland, velvet burn out bows and old fashioned glass snowmen ornaments.  

And, each year the tree is accompanied by this Victorian Santa and  two little dolls that Grandma gave the girls when they were younger.



These golden reindeer usually greet our guests as well.


On the entry table I have a little collection of hand shaped objects that I have out all year and each is accented with some sprig of Winter Evergreen, ribbons and gold ornaments to make it feel like Christmas.


I bet most of you all are way ahead of me.  Do you have your Christmas shopping done and gifts all wrapped neatly under your tree?









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