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It is perpetual, living life and keeping it simple. Peace of mind comes from having a place for things. As I watched "Horton Hears a Who", with my grandchildren I thought about no matter how "tiny" the thing, it deserves a home. So I live by the old adage, a place for everything and everything in its respective place...
I had a fall arrangement on top of these shutters. So I left the jars, added some old pink ornaments added these sparkly little presents, a little greenery and voila! I found these lovely mercury ornaments that I have hung from the chandelier, along with some three dimensional snowflakes and the beading I usually place around candles.
Bear with me puuullease. I am new to watermarks. I've covered up part of what I wanted you to see. sigh...
The dining room underwent big changes in the fall. Walls were painted, window treatment changed. I finally found a wonderful corner hutch when we visited Canton, Texas flea market. It happened to be done in Annie Sloan French Linen with pink inside. I totally went with it as I have a favorite set of dishes by Michal Sparks, "Estate of Mind", ad they have a lot of color in them, and pink is major. So my point in telling you this is that is how Christmas in the dining room became pink this year. I'm just having fun with it.
I love forcing bulbs. My Paperwhites are lagging, but it's okay, I will love whenever they decide to bloom, my Amaryllis has bloomed and bloomed this year. The Christmas Cactus in the background is almost ready to pop her vibrant pink blossoms. :) So if you came to have breakfast with me, we'd sit here and chat. My grandmother embroidered that lovely Batten-burg table cover. :) she was a master at it. She taught me all kinds of fancy stitches, and she used to say....the back should look as beautiful as the top, and hers does. May be why I don't embroider much.
My kids have always made fun of my angel. The first year we were married, we had NO spare change. I went to the craft store and found this doll head, I attached a piece of wire hanger, gave her a gold pipe cleaner halo, and put white netting on her for a gown. She even has a tacky plastic holly and red flower on her dress. She was supposed to do for the first year.
After 30+ displays her gown began to come apart and disintegrate! That year I cut up my wedding veil and made all 5 of my children their own treetop angel with a little poem I wrote. She has been with us for 42 years now. She is too sentimental to part with, even with her crazy hair and overdone eyes. :) I have a grandson who is frightened by her..... lol When our 5 kids were small, after all the decorating was done we stood holding hands around the tree as daddy placed her on top and sang Silent Night. sniff... Each Christmas our children got to choose a special ornament. I would write the year and their name on each one. They each had a nice collection to take with them when they left home.
This is the banister decor, nothing special really. I made these swags a few years ago. I added in the teal this year to go with the rest of the den decor.
Here is the tree. I will try to post some close-ups of the themed ornaments. Most of them are birds, and dragonflies, butterflies, flowers and lovely French inspired burlap ribbon. I through in some teal high heels for girlie measure.
The following photos are close ups of tree ornaments.
love the French inspired ribbon
lovely aqua Hummingbirds
Drangonflies and cool mercury glass ornaments trimmed in metal with chain hanging from the bottom. Beautiful detail.
Every tree needs an elf and this one is 43 years old.
Every tree needs and elf, and this one is 43 years old....
I have had this little Charlie Brown tree for a number of years. Wrapped in burlap and only has bells for decor.
I think this is my favorite piece in the house. Love looking at it. And it is filled with things dear to my heart.
lovely blingy candles nestled among the grand babies...
I fell in love with these simple clip-on flowers. Rustic pine cones, completely natural. This swag adorns the halltree in the foyer. I love this ribbon offered through Decor Steals,
First I must apologize if you waited for daily steps to decorating. I had to leave town for an emergency for a dear family member. I'm sure you got the idea though.
My decorations this year are more simply done than in years past. My sweetheart is facing surgery tomorrow and I know the taking down will be left to me.
Today I'd like to share my mantle with you. There is no greenery used and just a smidgen of aqua to tie in in with my tree.
I used the three gold reindeer I picked up at Marshall's a couple of years ago. The pinecones I gathered near my home and the gold balls came from a floral arrangement a friend had sent a few years ago. I had the gold magnolia sprays in my Christmas stash.
My favorite part of this years display is what you probably think is ribbon! Well, it is metal that I snagged from a cool shop in Utah called Kneaders. They had a beautiful rustic tree decorated in wonderful burlap, metal, and natural pieces. I bought it right off the tree! $15 for nine pieces.
I wanted some letters to spell out a Christmas message this year, really difficult to find what I wanted. I settled for these Walmart letters for a couple of bucks each. There is a brown shiny branch thing under it all.
The finishing touch was wanting something drippy off the front. so I chose the beading you can buy for candles to add a tiny touch of aqua and hung the gold snowflakes with it. I burn a fire in my fireplace so I have to be careful about what drapes around the sides and the front.
I should have lit a fire huh? It's been hot in Houston so it didn't even occur to me. Would have spiced up the photo right?
Stay tuned for glimpses of my pink and gray Christmas decor in the dining and other simple touches.