Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Windows—such as they are . . .

Okay, I’ll be the first one to admit it . . . these windows did not receive my best efforts, but they still make me smile.
The hops garland is my favorite element—no matter when or where I use it!  The plate rack was constructed by my friend—the design was copied from a German antique I brought home 9 years ago.  The rest of the design came together based on those two elements.
The far end of the window shows an outdoor scene.  the swing is constant and I love it as my focal point.
One of my favorite new decorative accents is this book page garland.  (I think we are offering a workshop to learn how to make on in January.  Check the Artful origins facebook page for new workshops.)
I was inspired to offer the Johnson Brothers “friendly village” by the plate rack—the colors of the annie sloan Chalk Paint™ I used—country grey, old violet and old white—almost asked to display Friendly Village.
A Christmas tree offering a nice mix of ornaments and a cowboy hat topper.
One of best sellers . . . this iron double lantern will see you from Christmas, through New Years and so on.  Decorate it for the season and make a quick and easy impact.
Several items to love here . . . the french wire basket, the wine glasses and a flower pot turned wine cooler.
A holiday cowgirl.

“Merry Christmas”—vintage style!  (Only $185 for the set!)
A new pattern of our quilt, Rustica.
love the pattern on this tablecloth—it’s actually about 72” long.  I decided to feature our brie baker, and our hot chocolate packets.038039046
Note the tobacco basket—still love ‘em!
Thanks for your indulgence!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Traditional Tree

You can’t go wrong with a red and green tree!  Especially when you decorate it with some of the beautiful ornaments we’ve found for ours.

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The classic paper cone, formed into a disc with glitter accents.

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A belsnickel santa—available in three colors.

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This vintage-look ornament appears as though is were found at an estate sale.

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Our best seller last year, this car ornament appears to be toting home the family Christmas tree.

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this beautiful ornament makes its second appearance on our parade of trees.

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an elaborate frame is the perfect ornament for a proud mama or grandmother.

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a bird image on an icy disc ornament,

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ice crystals appear to have formed on this ornament—the berry twigs are the perfect contrast on this one.

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a Christmas cardinal is a must.

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a glass snowman in a cheery scarf.

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another paper cone ornament.

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Santa with a silver glitter tree.

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a vintage inspired witches eye ornament.

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this snowman brings his own tree.

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a partridge on a pear—put it in your tree.

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some accents for a traditional d├ęcor--this snowman arrives with a wreath.

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reminiscent of Frosty’s fateful trip into the green house—only this one will survive!

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I love these miniature green houses—they are perfect for displaying a variety of items for Christmas and later!

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Let me know if you see anything here that you like . . .

Thanks for your indulgence.


Monday, December 10, 2012

The Woodland Tree

It took a while for this theme to catch-on, but last year it was the first one to look bare.  This year, we added even more to it and I adore it—I love this tree!  Winking smile

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a tight shot of some of the ornaments, starting with this darling bird on a frosted pinecone . . .

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the clip-on birds have been a long time favorite of mine . . .

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an ivory frosted ornament with glitter trees . . .

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the red berries are a lovely contrast to the ivory frost on this ornament . . .

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a twist on the classic silhouette  ornament, this glitter moose scene is a great addition to any tree . . .

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okay—this one is a little out of focus, but I wanted to be sure to include it—you know I love my for cloches.  This “good luck” display of mushrooms is adorable . . .

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also out of focus, but beautiful none the less, this sparkle encrusted acorn is a beautiful adornment . . .christmas 2012 059

a beautiful glass ornament with a (surprise) bird image . . .

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owls are still very popular—who wouldn’t love this guy  . . .

(note the shredded paper garland—it’s fabulous!)

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another staple for our holiday decorating—the vintage inspired house ornament . . .

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robin’s eggs with gold leaf add a bit of sparkle for the holidays . . .

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these green mercury glass ornaments are my favorite addition this year . . . okay, ONE of my favorite . . .

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stay tuned for three more!

thanks for your indulgence!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Hodgepodge “Trees of Christmas”

It’s been pointed out that I haven’t posted pictures of any of our trees this year.  Well truth be told, we have the same trees each year or, at least, the same theme for our trees; this way we can help you build on your own themes each year.  
We call this the Wendy Addison (aka:  the glitter) tree because she designed a majority of the ornaments.  I love this tree (get use to hearing that . . .)
Starting with the garland . . .
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add a clip-on glitter top mushroom . . .
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a glitter nest with aqua glass eggs . . .
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a quail  . . .
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a glass ensconced image ornament . . .
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then, of course, a glitter snowflake . . .
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our best selling glitter bird . . .
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words . . .
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a wire wrapped mushroom . . .
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another disc ornament . . .
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a new ephemera bird this year . . .
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a cone with a bird image . . .
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another glitter bird in her nest . . .
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then the set of three glitter birds . . .
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the you need to choose your topper . . .
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use this beautiful tree topper as intended or as a decorative centerpiece. . .
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and finally, a pair of artichoke finials and—you guessed it—glitter bird eggs make a lovely vignette!
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Did you get enough glitter?  well, just wait, that’s not all!  we have at least four more trees to go!!!
Thanks for your indulgence!
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