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.
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The far end of the window shows an outdoor scene.  the swing is constant and I love it as my focal point.
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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.
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A Christmas tree offering a nice mix of ornaments and a cowboy hat topper.
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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.
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Several items to love here . . . the french wire basket, the wine glasses and a flower pot turned wine cooler.
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A holiday cowgirl.
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“Merry Christmas”—vintage style!  (Only $185 for the set!)
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A new pattern of our quilt, Rustica.
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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!
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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.

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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!

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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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