It’s no secret that I am a fan of the unique, eclectic nature of vintage and flea market shopping. These venues are the perfect place to let your decorating imagination run wild! It was in such a situation that my creative juices where first challenged by a sweet vintage lighting globe. And where did that flight of fancy lead? Why to a Christmas centerpiece, of course!
I love pom pom decorative items for this time of year! While they add fluffy fun to your Christmas decor, they can be left in place after Christmas to brighten your home all the way through the winter season. And if items made from smaller pom poms are so good, then why wouldn’t giant pom poms be GREAT!
Oh, my! Yes they are!!!
You see them in magazines a drool over the drippy beauty of real Christmas greens adorning doorways and windows. But does trying to achieve that same look leave you frustrated and Grinchy? I hear you!!!!
When I finally gave in and bought a faux Christmas tree (not an easy leap for a girl raised on a Christmas tree farm), I decided that I would switch out my faux greenery for the real thing in order to enjoy the natural aroma in the house for the holidays. The problem is that real Christmas greens are a bit more challenging to work with because they do not have the stiff structure of their fake counterparts.
I am not sure why it took so long to make a connection between my retail display training and adjusting those same techniques for use on a smaller scale in my home. I actually call on those skills quite often when I am putting together vignettes or hanging non traditional items for decorative purposes, but I had never applied this skill set to hanging Christmas greenery.
The secret that display artists know is that if they build physical structure into their displays, it makes hanging decorative items a breeze. So in the spirit of the season, I am going to share a scaled down method of adding structure to the job of hanging your greenery! So break out the Christmas music and grab a cup of hot chocolate! This is going to be fun!
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Let’s talk toppers! A new Christmas tree topper that is!
This has been a crazy week here at the cottage by the creek! I have been knee deep in finalizing plans for Christmas projects for the blog and trying to execute the first few items on the list. My niece is getting married at the beginning of December so I traded holidays with my sister and will hosting Thanksgiving dinner. And, finally, in the midst of all of the above planning I have been trying to work in the necessary preparations for moving my parents on the day after Thanksgiving.
Because of the numerous out of the ordinary happenings we have going on that could threaten to overshadow the real reason for the Christmas holiday, I made a conscious decision a couple of weeks ago to let go of some of the more time consuming projects that I was originally planning in an effort to keep things simple this year!