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A Moroccan Christmas Tree

This past weekend was another one crammed with creativity and good company.

A birthday party and a dear friend and her family over for dinner was then followed by the decorating of a tree to benefit the Talbot County, Maryland’s Hospice Organization. I was asked to do this tree last minute by my friend Pama, the owner of Moonvine, a little gift and lovelies shop right across Harrison Street from Gold ballroom in the Tidewater Inn in Easton, Maryland where the trees are displayed.

Hospice Festival of Trees in Easton, MD on Shalavee.com

The ornaments are donated by the decorators and then the trees are pre-sold to local businesses and patrons. I knew that I had a few items in the attic that would create a Moroccan themed tree. Ornaments left over from my first “real” tree that I had ordered while attending the Atlanta Gift show 15 years ago back when I worked for Pama. A befitting recycling. Thankfully, the recipient of my tree is Midge, the creator of the Festival of Trees event some 20 years ago. She loved the colors and was really looking forward to having my masterpiece in her hallway. Now I really had to care what it looked like.

let the tree decorating begin on Shalavee.com

close up of the moroccan themed Christmas tree on Shalavee.com

I was one of the first to arrive and got right to shoving the netting in and making the ribbon weave through the tree. And when Pama entered the Gold ballroom, it was a joy to hear her exclaim happy greetings to all these women who she has worked with year after year. All day I heard her at various trees coaching the teams on how to do bows or professional festooning. It was a joy to be in the room with all these happy to be creative do-gooders and my gal Pama, aka Coach.

The festival of trees at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, MD on Shalavee.com

The festival of trees at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, MD on Shalavee.com

The Inn provided coffee and fruit infused water for us to sip as we stepped back to examine the trees and find the holes that needed filling. The room was full of chatter and focus and a breeze from the tented patio. Decorating my Moroccan Christmas tree must have taken me the better part of four hours to fill that tree. I was fried and happy enough at the end of the day. We will be returning next Monday for Eamon’s piano recital here in this very room. And Mark helps with the Festival of Trees fashion show too.

A Moraccan themed Christmas on Shalavee.com

One tree down, two more to go. Hope you are inspired and let me know if I can help you with your decorating projects in any way.

 

Moonvine in Easton, MD : A Unique Little Shop

If it’s Black Friday, shopping locally is on my mind. Happily, my gal Pama’s shop Moonvine will be open for her second Christmas season on Harrison Street in Easton, Maryland across from the Tidewater Inn. And like last year, I plan to do some of my Christmas shopping here.

Moonvine creams at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Yarn ball ornaments at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

While visiting and gathering decorations for the Moroccan themed Christmas tree for Talbot Hospice last week, I took a massive amount of pictures so I could show you the magnitude of beautiful that is Moonvine. You should all be so lucky to have this sort of shop in your town. And if you live here, stop by and tell her I sent you.

Yet another mermaid at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Pama’s first love is Mermaids and they are everywhere.

More mermaids at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Yarn mermaids at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

She loves fairies too and you’ll find them tucked in every niche and adorning some lovely cards too.

Fairies are everywhere at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Greeted by a fairy at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Fairy cards at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Her mother Karen is a very talented artist and crafter and her work is everywhere you look.

Vintage and mosaic work at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

The mosaic pieces done with vintage bits are fascinating and would be stars in a minimalistic house.

Mosaiced frame with vintage bits at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

And the antiques strewn about the shop are also wonderful and many would make a styled shelf memorable.

Colored glassware at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Bust at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Pama is an amazing floral designer and there are beautiful florals everywhere.

Fabulous faux cotton at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Vintage vignette at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Gorgeous garland and homemade soaps at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

She also loves quality homemade soaps and there are more than a few lovely ones to choose from.

Luxurious soaps at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

I absolutely flipped over the library collection candles with literary names like Jane Austin and Mark Twain packaged in copper tins, they are amazing smelling too. I detest Yankee candles and while I love love love Votivo, these are really nice.

The Library candle collection at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

The library collection candles at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Christmas ornaments are also a one gift hit and she’s got some lovely ones. Charming Little sea creatures and mermaids dangle everywhere.

Nodding headed turtle ornament at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Closeup look at the teacher fish ornament at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Hairdresser fish ornaments at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Realistic little crabs at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

You can even take a little Eastern Shore of Maryland with you with these amazingly real crabs and cute handmade oyster shell ornaments.

Oyster shell Eastom, MD ornaments at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Plus … there’s the jewelry. Last year there was some fun pieces and this year, there’s plenty more. An entire case of vintage jewelry takes up one corner of the shop. And Fiona got to play with some dress up quality necklaces like she likes to do while I ran around and took my pictures.

Jewelry box at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

The jewelry case at Moonvine on Shalavee.com

Honestly, I was just in there and I could spend another uninterrupted hour fondling and smelling everything in the shop. A day trip here to Easton for a wander around and a nice lunch sounds like great fun before or after Christmas. Charm oozes from the cracks in the brick sidewalks here in Easton and Pama’s store is a jewel in its crown.

My post on Moonvine from July 2013 is here.

Moonvine is located at 21 A North Harrison Street in Easton, Maryland.

Visit their Facebook page here. And don’t hesitate to give her a call at 410-770-4451 for information or custom wreath requests.

Fallen

The leaves have fallen off their pretty perches.

Maple tree on Shalavee.com

Sometimes one by one and sometimes all at once.

closer look at the maple tree on Shalavee.com

But fall they will.

fallen leaves on Shalavee.com

I find it so natural to celebrate the change and honor the actions of each season.

Sycamore branch on shalavee.com

This one, Autumn, makes me want to wander and admire the tree rainbows and gather its plumage to bring inside with me.

painted leaves on Shalavee.com

I feel a primal urge to relate and recreate the season’s offerings.

painted leaves in a bowl on Shalavee.com

And thus the primitive painting of the leaves.

painted leaf mobile on Shalavee.com

And the creation of a mobile to flutter above the heat vent as a performance art piece.

painted leaf mobile on Shalavee.com

Until Fiona goes over and begins to yank them down.

painted leaf mobile on Shalavee.com

And brings them to me.

painted leaf mobile on Shalavee.com

She’s collecting the leaves too I suppose.

Gifts of Spirit and Five Good Things

Some months, that gratitude basket is empty and some, my basket is overflowing. Maybe some of my thankfulness is relief from getting through my October’s gauntlet of events alive. But the gratefulness keeps rolling in. Grief comes too but it’s easier to handle when your heart’s got spare mirth.

In honor of all my recent gifts of spirit, I’m doing a five things list to start the week off. It wraps up my random events and thoughts like making the most fabulous stew from my life thought leftovers.Jeanne and Me on Shalavee.com

  • On Saturday, I got to meet Jeanne. I began to follow her blog, Bees Knees Bungalow like three years ago after I began my blog. She is a garage sale guru who repaints and style her vintage finds so nicely. And I immediately knew, we were kindred spirits. She happened to be in Baltimore for a cruise with her mother throughout the Chesapeake Bay. Such a wonderful thing to meet up with a friend whom you’ve never met. And how amazing a gift to meet her and solidify the bond of our kindred spirits. Happy Birthday Lovely.

fall tray and bottle on Shalavee.com

  • Mark had a few employees over as an appreciation party on the same day. The fact that he’s been keeping his business going and it’s clientele is increasing is encouraging. He’s very good at what he does. His success is our success. He’s at that 3 year mark for On Your Mark Lighting. That’s the point when you decide whether to keep going or not.

cards for friends from Shalavee.com

  • I finished painting Fiona’s room. No excuses, no prisoners. And now I get to actually decorate it! And since I’ve promised myself to create everyday, all those projects I will share with you soon. I am looking forward to them.

fall foliage in the rain on Shalavee.com

  • My children are alive and so am I. Eamon got through his pneumonia and Fiona didn’t get it. And the husband took himself to a doctor in a timely fashion to get treated when his cold became instant infection. On my return drive from an appointment in Baltimore on Thursday in torrential downpours, I had a few scary hydroplaning moments on a major highway. This was the kind of trip where you are suddenly living in the moment until you make it home alive. I was never so happy to see my home and my un-napped daughter.

art in the kitchen on Shalavee.com

  • My husband stepped up for me on a couple of occasions this week. He watched Fiona and I was able to do what I needed to do. And he discovered that he can take and handle her anywhere, even keep both children relatively happy simultaneously, and he got a chance to earn his own Daddy badge for himself. Competency can only be earned by practice. We both needed to allow for that.

I am busy thinking a lot about what I am doing right and what I’d like to change. And I ‘m so very happy to know that I have your company dear reader. You get the first dish always.

Let the Good times Roll, Let them wash your rock and roll hair. Let the Good times Roll.” -The Cars-

A Nouveau November

As I mentioned, October was kinda rough. And it was as if I came out of it and into November with new glasses on.

And a renewed hope and gratitude for my life.

I love this time of the year. The smell of wood smoke and the colors outside deepening and darkening.

The weather makes my heart-break it’s so perfect. So in honor of the loveliness of the season and the gratitude I feel in my heart now, I made a special Pinterest board entitled Autumnal Inspiration. Here’s a few of the lovely pictures I gathered to put there. 

Painted leaves from Shalavee.com

Fall bench with plaid blanket from Shalavee.com

Gorgeous apples on Shalavee.com

Rich beef stew from Shalavee.com

fall attire on a skinny person on shalavee.com

Writing plume on Shalavee.com

autumnal table on Shalavee.com

And if you set this table, you had better include my name on the guest list because I’m bringing my camera, a bottle of wine, and an appetite.

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And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

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