Dec 9, 2013
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,
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.
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.
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.)
Oct 31, 2013
Traditionally, we have carved our pumpkins by Halloween night and happily light the tea candles within to enjoy their macabre faces while we eat grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Because of the recent craziness, our time available to carve was today. Before Eamon came along, I made Mark carve pumpkins with me. Poor soul. Create darn it!
But they do it every year without question to entertain me.
The tongue out! I actually caught it on film. Fiona does it too when she’s concentrating.
These are the offerings from 2007.
And other years. I always get a picture. Although they do seem to be looking the same each year.
And I can’t always get around to doing something like this.
Or this. I tried this year but everything just fell short of time to be inspired.
Last year’s pictures will have to do.
The wooden bowl is a love love love from the little shop in town called Joviality.
Last year, we celebrated our anniversary in Easton with a rockin’ dinner at Out Of The Fire and dessert at the Tidewater Inn.
I loved their piled up pumpkin and gourds above the outside fireplace.And this year, on Marks’ birthday, we happened to be in St Michael’s, Maryland, one town beyond.
They do a marvelous job of being festive for the holiday and for the tourists.
Jewelry store ?
I could do without these scarecrows but the witch is creative.
We were amused. Like herding kittens I’d imagine.
My lunch dates in St. Michaels.
And then on the way up 328, the Denton Easton road, we see this guy. Well done. When his coat was flapping in the wind, he was creepier.
Lest we forget the reason for the Halloween season which is to add a little fright to our night.
Thanks to everyone for keeping with me on the 31 Days of Pretty Pictures. And for voting for me in the Circle of Mom Bloggers contest.
I doubt I’ll do either again but it was a really great experience for me. I’ll be talking all about what I got out of it soon enough.
Now to take care of a little special event I have to decorate.
Oct 23, 2012
Many others suffer from the same love/passion/obsessive compulsive disorder of redecorating for seasons/holidays/bouts with boredom (/ wrists) as I do. So here came the fall/Halloween season and I still hadn’t brought the boxes down from the attic. No excuse is ever good enough but here’s mine.
Since I’m four and a half months pregnant in an almost over the hill body, my back aches. The concept of making it hurt anymore by hauling things down and around was unappealing at most. I even warned my husband,”If you see a new box somewhere, you need to ask me if you can do something with it for me. Otherwise, I’ll move it the next day and you’ll fell badly that you didn’t offer to hump it instead.” Deaf ears. I did it anyway.
At this point the top of the attic steps has become a repository for numerous boxes of baby stuff, florals, lamps, and Halloween stuff. That’ll be another day of shuffling things about up there. But the Happy News is, I’ve Redecorated. I humped it down, ow, ow, ow. And then it took two rounds of ‘spend time with my stuff so it will tell me where it goes’. But it’s as good as it’ll get with a week to spare. Pictures start now. The only picture of last years decorations I felt was OK to share is first. The rest show how much better it looks now.
Last year’s mantel-scape.
My living room post makeover.
This year’s mantel-scape. From across the room, my son said he liked the log under the pumpkin. “What’s all that for?”, he asks. “Because I can”, I answer.
The bar/buffet top features my new skull on a silver platter plus my table arrangements from last year. And my black aperitif set.
Meanwhile out on the porch.
I took this arrangement to church for the Fall fest buffet table. Thought I’d snap a picture of it out there. There’s also a Fall fest that happens at a local State Park. My Mom took my son last weekend and they came home with the scarecrow they had made. He was promptly placed on the bench on the front porch. And wouldn’t you know, the next morning, when I opened the shades, I scared myself.
Happy Falloween everyone.
Oct 5, 2012
I’ve been waiting for the right time and I think it’s come. To selectively show my house and complain about all the things I don’t like. But you get pictures to gawk at. Unless it’s a fabulous suggestion, don’t tell me what you think. Just smile and nod and make those pitying noises I like.