There's nothing like the real thing for Christmas decorating. You get to go for a little adventure in the woods with your trusty snippers, and come away with a red nose and a trunk full of inspiration.
Here's her efforts ...
Now on to my family affair project..
My son sprayed the box for me with Krylon Colormaster in nickel. Then I taped it off and used gold to create two stripes around the box. I figured I may as well get with the mixed metal trend.
I had three LED candles (so safe and they actually flicker- daughter tip from Costco) I wanted to use and went to the dollar store and bought seven square glasses to put oasis in to keep the boughs fresh. The alder twigs looked a little boring so they got the spray treatment too in a mix of nickel and gold.
Then I began the arrangement.
Fresh flowers are a must anytime of year.
A favourite vase, fluted and textured makes a stunning centerpiece on my coffee table. Nothing else is needed.
And my favourite berry wreath that has been in every room in the house over the years surrounds a vase of baby's breath and white carnations. You can tell I like my flowers simple and usually white because they work anywhere with anything, especially with red.
I was very lazy with the dining room additions....
I'm not a theme driven decorator, but nature is always a staple in whatever I do. My new purchase for 2014 was two white carved reindeer. I always buy a green plant; this year it is a Norfolk pine in a faux burlap container. May it live for awhile.
For my dining table centrepiece I simply added some fresh cranberries to my Boblen vase, and used it as a candle holder, added a string of red wooden beads (at least 30 years old) and fake red berries to the well used vase of twigs. In honour of the season I changed my tray to my favourite white one with the silver leaf birds and leaves.
And wise silver bird looks on knowingly because he's seen it all before.