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Mar 10, 2014
This past weekend was the Big Bash for the One Year-Old Fiona Marie.
As usual, a party is always a good excuse for playtime. I perused the place of pins and knew I needed a paper feathers garland .
I used a copper sharpie and some other metallic paint pens coupled with old music, handmade purple paper with gold thread, and construction paper from my childhood. The colors of the old paper are worn and more muted. And familiar.
This job was a bit tedious but I did find a rhythm and worked in shifts. When my feathers were done, I strung them on bakers twine using an embroidery needle I could almost thread without my glasses.
My color choices was based on the “B” painting, painted by a family friend, that hangs in the dining room now. Red, purple, green, pink, and black and white were the primary colors. And when the balloons and presents came in, it was festive and sweet.
Sometimes it’s not the perfection of the craft but the spontaneity and whimsy of the gesture that makes something work. These feathers were rough. Some of the paper was brittle and yet the overall effect was charming. And because they are small, they were very hard to take a good picture of too.
As with Fiona’s Coming Out Party last May, everyone enjoyed themselves, the place looked lovely, and I got to play with flowers. Those pictures are coming plus another project that Eamon helped with.
“And she’ll have fun fun fun til her Daddy takes the T-bird away.”
Jan 3, 2014
Two problems with creatives. We’re control freaks and we’re often a little later getting to stuff. Or is that just me?
I know I have already told you too much about my few Christmas disturbances. That my expectations about having time to play and then take pictures and put those up on the blog before the holiday hit the fan, were dashed to the floor. Um, expectations is the key word here that messes with me every holiday. And I’m better than I used to be.
Happily, I did have my decorations up. Not like previous years where I had to usher ornament boxes into the closet last-minute aka Christmas Eve.
And I was flying without a plan. Especially since I felt really terrific about the tree at the UU Fellowship in Easton.
So I just started. The idea that less is better. And whatever happens is meant to be.
I have some really fun props. I love my glowing Santa.
The bar corner happened with his kitschy self and then my Dixie Cup Cocktail Time party drink set.
Love my feather wreath. And my brown paper flowers. And my envelope butterflies.
So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my dear readers. I am really loving the new picture side to the blog. It was long overdue and both the month of 31 Picture posts and the Decor8 Blogging e-course helped me to get over my hump of only wanting to talk at you. Now I’ll be busy figuring out how to balance and entertain both sides of my brain.
Interested in seeing 2012′s Final Christmas Decorations, they’re here. As promised the video tour is coming. Getting through the gauntlet of childcare known as the “Winter Break” before I want to attempt this maneuver. Have a lovely weekend and I ‘ll see you on the flip side Clyde.
Jan 1, 2014
The fun of decorating for Christmas is in the bringing inside of live plants. The live tree is still a must for me. We had a fresh wreath on the door and the heady sweet musky scent of pine gets trapped inside the storm door and hits you on your way through the door. However, the most fun I get to have is in arranging the flowers.
Used to be that the swanky grocery store would sell three bunches of flowers for a reasonable amount. Maybe $12. And my tradition has always been to go and pick them out and arrange the centerpiece myself. This year, I returned to the swanky store for my meat and flowers.
Except those poor floral women had their floral habitat moved to the front of the store, slam up against the coffee place and the front door. I felt bad for them. I told them so. Flowers are a task that needs lots of space.
Then I felt bad for me when they said that the special I was looking for had been long since discontinued. Oh well. So I went ahead and bought three bouquets of flowers at $5.99 each. A total of $18 for my flowers but I felt they were worth it.
The inspiration colors come from a vintage floral fabric I have stretched in poster frames on the dining room wall every Christmas. There’s an orangey red and a deeper blue red combination in the flowers.
I tried to duplicate that color combo with the orangey spray roses and the red mums with yellow centers. And then added Hypericum berries for a texture.
Wanting to keep the arrangements low, I chose to put them in old cream-colored bowls. Then I made a grid of scotch tape across the tops of the bowls to hold the flowers. My greenery was a couple of handfuls of boxwood from the bushes out front. The little tiny leaves are another nice texture and they stay green a long time.
And then I just started cutting and poking and layering. Once I placed them on the table, I placed the green apples beside as well as votive candles all around and a little green ribbon woven through . I thought to anchor the visual by placing it on top of brown paper which also separates it from the red tablecloth.
I was very pleased with the way they turned out. My centerpiece was charming. I managed a little Christmas creativity for myself after all. The last of the Christmas decorating posts to come on Friday and then wait for the date for the live house walk through. Looks great now so why not?
Dec 30, 2013
My dining room wall is my decorative play-zone. My feature spot to do whatever I want to create the mood I’m looking for. I’ve done collage pictured arrangements, fishing nets, trellises with paper flowers, and Christmas is no different.
Several years ago, I latched onto this vintage floral fabric which I love. And this is what the dining room looked like that year.
That was also the year of the red twig branch and pine cone chandelier make over.
I placed the fab fabric into black poster picture frames. Having wrapped it around the cardboard backing, no glass is necessary and they are lightweight and versatile pieces for decorating. The same sort of idea I saw in a diner we were in recently when they gift wrapped their pictures and hung them back up. It’s the color and texture in a block on the wall.
The first picture was 2009. And the above one is now, the Christmas of 2013. I had the curtains and swags up. So I added the pictures and hung them long way on the wall. Stunt wreath, twinkle lights, my old standby brown paper flowers and cheap red ribbon and Ta Da.
I created two-sided rectangular panels with iron on seam tape for the three bay windows and I tack them onto the window frames every year to continue the fabric in the room. The room is in dire need of an overhaul but at Christmas, I am happy in here.
Any quick go to decorating tips you want to share? I’m all ears.
Next decorating post will be on the floral arrangements. See you Wednesday.
Nov 22, 2013
Mother Nature is redecorating. She seems to be taking her time this year.
I have been taking my time to redecorate as well.
For me, styling and inspiration can’t come unless I give them time, toys, and/or purpose. I’ve always loved to “play” in my house.
Year round, temporary installations go up and come down on the dining room wall .
This year I redecorated for Fiona’s coming out party. And I’ve been juggling a baby ever since.
Nothing like having a baby to
a) appreciate all the time you used to have and
b) have no “spare” time to do the things you used to love to do.
Like breath, eat, shower in private, and restyle your home.
I hate that this always seems to be an issue for me. I’ll even corral all the elements into the room and then stare at them for weeks.
New leaf here. I’m going to “use” the blog as inspiration for a “better well lived life“.
This is a little inspiration I got from my Decor8 ecourse this morning from our teachers Lisa Nieschlag and Holly Becker.
So my challenge is to empower myself and make a difference in my life, enjoy it, and blog about it. I can’t tell you how much I actually enjoy creating this blog.
Although I’m not as technically proficient as some, I am declaring my imperfections human. So forgive me if the edges are dirty but my heart’s in the right place.
And a new goal? You will get to see the imperfect inside of my house on video soon. That’s right. I made an offhand promise not too long ago.
And maybe y’all can give me some suggestions.
(Which I can then promptly blow off and continue to do nothing but complain still about how frustrated I am about my decorating quandaries. Just kidding.)
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