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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 Sources: 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

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&

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

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 th

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 pe