There’s a site I joined called Colour Lovers.

f5e803f5f7c14983558d2d47a06bf939 And they send out an e-mail on Tuesdays. But they call it Huesday. 

In honor of this Huesday, I bring you Pantone’s Color of the Year.


Divulged days ago, the color is called Radiant Orchid.


This is an almost nauseatingly purple/pink color.


Ironically, it is the color of my robe which I am wearing now. Fuzzy and soft, happy and warm.


And in celebration of this energetic color, I composed a Pinterest page devoted just to Radiant Orchid. Have a look


It’s a Small World On A Large Tree


This was my fourth year designing and decorating a 15 foot tree at our Fellowship in Easton. Besides all the trees I’ve fussed over for myself, the ones at my shop, I’ve had previous experience decorating trees professionally with my friend Pama from Moonvine. Both at her shop,


This slideshow requires JavaScript.






and at Annie’s restaurant on Kent Narrows. This slide show is composed of those Annie’s trees.


If this tree from the Festival of Trees in Easton looks familiar, that is because it was designed by the very same uber-talented Pama.

And she probably sneezed it up in her sleep.

It's a small world tree by Shalagh Hogan on


This big tree is my self-appointed challenge and this year, I went with the paper doll inspiration. Foreign flavored paper children holding hands.

My thoughts then went to stars and mini globes. Figured I might as well do a “think globally, act locally’ meets”It’s a small world” kinda theme.

And that’s what I did.

Understand that this large of a tree requires the right scale of ornaments to be seen.

They need to be Large. And you need different textures.


So the last-minute found me grabbing branches from the basement (you mean you don’t have spare branches lying around?),

and shredding more map pages from our old road atlas to make nests.

Plus making the requisite red bows.


 We filled in with left over brown paper flowers and hydrangea from years past and voilà,


the result was just the right amount of red and texture and movement.

I’m one happy Designer. I pleased myself and everyone else as well.

This was the perfect theme and the cost? Free.

I’m One Happy Christmas Crafter

It is my considered opinion that Christmas is about creativity as well as reverence.

An opportunity to offer one’s gratitude from the depths of your creative soul. To play like a child and feel proud of what you’ve done.

 Designing this 15 foot Christmas tree, I needed other elements to complete my vision.

coffee filter stars

After trolling the internet for ideas, I found inspiration on Pinterest in these brown Paper stars.


And these are what I came up with. The opportunity to photograph was short. 11Pm last night before the tree went up today.

And I am terribly happy with what came of it. More to come Monday.

Create a happy weekend.

Page 67 of 182« First...102030...6566676869...8090100...Last »