Dec 1, 2014
This is a leftover post from the 2013 Christmas season . With Christmas here again soon, I thought I’d finally publish it a year later. These lights are still out there and waiting for you to mistakenly buy them like I apparently did.
I give you Christmas past a la 2013 complete with a 9 month old Fiona. So cute.
Since today was decorate the tree day, yesterday was the lighting of the tree day. The babysitter Aine was coming today and my window of opportunity would slam down on my grasping fingers if I didn’t do that thing then.
I grabbed the new lights from the attic, and with the baby installed in a highchair, I began to yank them out and plug them in for light application a la Shalagh. It’s a pretty intense process whereby I wrap the lights back and forth, in and out on the branches of the tree. You don’t see the wires running horizontally and it gives it depth and more lights.
I had just plugged the strand in and saw a light blink. I thought, how ridiculous. I just bought them and their already shorting out? And then another blink caught my eye. There was more going on here. I squinted at the box. “Twinkling” it said. Aha.
Only about 7 lights seem to blink at odd intervals. It gives the feeling of the tree blowing in the wind or something.
(View the online demo here to see their effect. Press the “play video” button and then actually play the video when it pops up ).
I decided to run one strand up the middle and off to the side and continue on with regular lights. Giving the twitchy lights a chance to impress me.
Tree’s decorated now and waiting for it’s close-up. I’ll let you know how I feel about the twitchy lights after the season.
Postlude: They actually didn’t suck. It was slightly noticeable since I mixed them with lots of plain twinkle lights. The wreath? A little more twitchy because one strand. The lights weren’t quiet. They were more like a light jazz CD on repeat.
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Nov 29, 2014
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Nov 28, 2014
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.
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.
Pama’s first love is Mermaids and they are everywhere.
She loves fairies too and you’ll find them tucked in every niche and adorning some lovely cards too.
Her mother Karen is a very talented artist and crafter and her work is everywhere you look.
The mosaic pieces done with vintage bits are fascinating and would be stars in a minimalistic house.
And the antiques strewn about the shop are also wonderful and many would make a styled shelf memorable.
Pama is an amazing floral designer and there are beautiful florals everywhere.
She also loves quality homemade soaps and there are more than a few lovely ones to choose from.
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.
Christmas ornaments are also a one gift hit and she’s got some lovely ones. Charming Little sea creatures and mermaids dangle everywhere.
You can even take a little Eastern Shore of Maryland with you with these amazingly real crabs and cute handmade oyster shell ornaments.
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.
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.