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Showing posts with label Seasonal Decorations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Seasonal Decorations. Show all posts

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Grand Old Flag

Time for my summer mantle and I go patriotic for the season... Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The large framed flag from my Dad anchors the arrangement.

The "I Like Ike" scarf and the 48 star flag behind came from my great grandmother.  I just 'refound' them and have plans for a better display for next year.

What's the 4th of July without bottle rockets?  These are old ones...back from 2000 when we sold fireworks to pay for a mission trip to Tanzania.  The Coke bottle is marked from Minot, ND - the closest city to where Himself grew up.

I picked up this 9/11 girder cross on my trip to NYC in 2003.

... because of the brave!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Welcoming Porch

Welcome to my front porch!

May has been 'curb appeal' month and of course that meant the porch needed a serious overhaul.  I pulled everything except the arbor.  A good scrubbing was very much needed.

Then I started working with the plants I had bought at the Amish auction.  It won't be long before this moss rose is lush.  The front gets pretty hot even tho it faces east.  The moss rose doesn't have an issue with that.

The metal containers stay pretty moist so it isn't a problem planting in them.  I pulled some of my lanterns to set about.  I think they give such a welcoming look.

More on the left side.  (Yep, the front one is really a bird feeder... but I love its lantern-like shape.)

So... come in and visit for a wee bit?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Bringing Spring Inside

Spring arrived four days ago, so in my opinion, it is time for winter to be OVER!  Don’t get me wrong.  I love winter.  But I am ready for flowers and planting and sitting out on the deck.

However, I’m going to have to wait a bit on getting outside.  Temps are going to be down in the 20s this week!  -sigh-

So I decided to bring a bit of spring inside.

And our sofa table was the perfect place to start. 

Our daffodils are blooming like crazy.  I have about 5 or 6 different varieties and will be planting more this fall.  I’m a real fan of Ikebana arrangements.  I’m going to work on learning how to do them this summer. 

Nothing says spring more around here than a bird next.  (This one fell from a tree after a storm.)  The ‘egg’ is made from frosted glass.

Tiny ‘tete-a-tete’ daffodils I found at Wal-Mart for less than a dollar a pot are sitting in an Easter basket I made a few years ago.  A little Spanish moss from Dollar Tree (THE cheapest place to get moss!) covers the pots.  When the blooms are done, I’ll plant these wee treasures out with my other daffodils.  I found the cute lamb at a consignment shop in St. Louis near the Botanical Garden.

The black sheep lamb is from Hobby Lobby a few years ago.  I stalked him for weeks until he was finally 65% off. 

I had so much fun putting this together I’m looking for other places to add a bit of spring!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Springtime Mantel and Hearth

Himself and I have been doing 'spring cleaning' this month.  I've taken advantage of it to do a bit of rearranging of shelves while everything is pulled down for cleaning.

The mantel and hearth had to be redone since the last thing on it was the Christmas nativity village.  I hadn't done anything with it since that!  Sad... I know.

I didn't start with a plan.  I just pulled this and that from other areas or things that had been stored.

I love dragonflies.  So my vase I bought in Hungary was the first thing I put up there.  The tray was made by Lee Marshall, a Tennessee potter who is becoming rather well known.  The red float was for a pop of color between those two dark pieces.

Los tres gatos.  The colorful cat is from Mexico...she makes me smile.  The little cat to the left (Grumpy Cat's cousin!) is soap stone from Kenya.  I traded a baseball cap for him.  And the little reclining cat was made by me.

For height I hung a water color by Bosnian artist Chamil.  We visited his studio, it was incredible.  The smaller painting was done by Himself's cousin.  The fun piece of driftwood Himself picked up in Alaska.  

Another piece of driftwood brought home by Himself.  The metal praying mantis we brought home just a few weeks ago from the Nashville Lawn & Garden show.  Mantis are just soooo cool!

Here's a close up of her.

In redoing my shelves I had pulled a bunch of over-sized books.  Looking at the stacked next to the fireplace I thought it might be interesting to use them on the hearth.  I really like the way they turned out with the lanterns sitting on top of them.  Looks great in the evening too with the candles lite.

Here's what it looks like together.  I'll be happy with that til it is time to change out for summer.   

Friday, October 4, 2013

Autumn Fireplace

As I mentioned earlier, after I finished decorating my hearth I moved on up to the mantel. 
It was decorated mostly with items from our travels.  And while I liked it, I did want to go with seasonal themes that I could change out. 
So everything came off and I started over again!
This is what I came up with. 
The step ladder is the one I found alongside the road a while back.  The ‘wreath’ is a frame wrapped in burlap.  Ribbon and a leaf garland added some color to it.  I filled the candle holder and lantern with acorns from my parents oak trees.  The boot planter is a recent project.  The large pumpkin is new from Kirkland’s. 
Here is how the fireplace looks now.  So cozy. 
Now if the weather would just get a little more autumn-like!

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Little More Autumn Inside

  Autumn is my favorite season…probably because it is the end of summer.  I’m a sweater wearing, toasting marshmallows, and crunching leaves underfoot kind of girl.  So I am happily decking the house and yard out for fall.
I started with my fireplace hearth then moved on to the mantel (which I’ll show soon).  But that wasn’t enough.
So I turned my attention to my sofa table.  I didn’t have many fall decorations left… except those for Thanksgiving. 
A bit of folded burlap made a nice ‘base’ to start with.  There were a few silk sprays I put out for color and I covered the stems with a ‘leaf’ plate.  The nuts are from our stash we have for munching. 
I pulled the lantern off the entertainment center (which will be redone soon).  It has a battery operated candle so it gives a nice glow with no worries about forgetting it.  The antelope are wood carvings from our trip to Tanzania. 
Now… what can I decorate next…?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

An Autumn Hearth

For several years I have wanted to do a wee bit of decorating for the seasons.  The problem was that I like the way I have things and couldn’t figure out what I wanted to redo so I could change it up regularly. 
It finally occurred to me that my fireplace hearth was looking tired.  I’d taken the plants usually sitting on it outside for the summer and all there was to look at was two empty containers and two candelabras. 
Talk about boring.
At the same time I was being totally discontented with my fireplace, many of my art challenges are featuring autumn themes...and still life vignettes are a form of art.  And with that, the decision was made to have my fireplace be my seasonally decorated area.  I started with the hearth since it needed the most help.
While September can and is still miserably hot, it heralds the beginning of autumn.  And autumn – for me – runs through Thanksgiving.  I headed out to the shed and brought in my tub of fall  decorations. 
First thing I did was to wrap some white Christmas lights around the driftwood I have sitting in the fireplace.  A mirror placed behind the logs ……..
The blue runner was replaced with a linen runner.  The metallic thread details in the leaves pick up the colors in the metal containers. 
Some silk mums perked up the containers.  I added some moss to fill in around the stems. 
I pulled a drift board from my stash to set candles on.  The candles came from my stash also. 
I’ll be working on the mantel in a bit.  There are a couple of projects I have to finish for it.  You will see more about those later this month.
(The above is the inspiration photo for this week.)
(Any creative/art project using orange)
(The word is "autumn")
(The challenge is to use something that flickers - in this case, candles and light strings)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Our Christmas... only a month late!

It’s been so busy around here I forgot I hadn’t written about Christmas!  Of course we headed up to Missouri… what’s Christmas without family?  Especially when there are babies to share it with!  We ended up having TWO Christmas present openings. 
For the first, Himself and I went with my parents up to Sis’s house to watch the babies open their presents.
There were stockings to be opened with all sorts of fun little gifts.  You know… I wouldn’t mind having some jammies like Little Bird is wearing! 
Little Hoss was so focused on watching his Sissy that he forgot all about his own stocking.
This was a sweet moment.  In her pre-school class, Little Bird had made a present for her Mommy and Daddy.  Everything stopped as they opened her card and gift.  She was so proud!
Such a BOY!  A good present either has wheels or makes noise.  A GREAT present has both!  Flashing lights are pure bonus.
He’s not quite sure if he likes Sissy playing with his brand new police car.
So he decided to play with her new doll bed.  He loaded every single book off their bookshelf into it. 
Now here is the big surprise.  Sis, Big J, Himself and I spent the Saturday before transforming the storage room into a play room.  Dad came along and watched the babies upstairs while we worked.  There’s still some shelves for bins to be installed but it is “just perfect” for the moment.
They were amazed!  So worth every minute we worked on it!!
Nephew… we need to work on your hammering skills…
After a delicious breakfast fixed by Big J (a French toast casserole) we four headed back to my parents’ home while Sis and family headed over to Big J’s family for a visit.
By late afternoon, they had made their way over to Mom & Dad’s for Round Two of present opening. 
This suited the babies just fine!
We gave Little Hoss this cool cement truck (remember the wheels and noise rule?). 
And Little Bird got “Charlie”.  She is crazy over the basset hound owned by “Pioneer Woman”. 
It was a hit!  She was heading into the kitchen to set it by Wrigley’s food and water bowls.  (Wrigley is their real dog).
Grandma made stockings too.  Sis takes a moment to read one of the books from Little Bird’s stocking. 
This year we decided to have some fun with Big J.  Instead of a larger single present we bought several little things he really likes.  We put them in separate gift bags and hid them.  Here he is opening the first bag… which contained a shopping bag and a rhyme clue to lead him to the next present… and each present had another clue…
We ran him outside…
…and upstairs…
…and downstairs… and all over again!
Heading back to the couch with his loot!
Once Big J was done with his adventure it was time for the babies to get their big gift…
Wheels from Grandpa and Grandma!  Little Bird got her first bicycle and Little Hoss got his first Big Wheel (put together by yours truly).    We’ll be doing cul-de-sac guard duty come this spring!