Friday, November 26, 2010

Neiman Marcus Look-a-Like For Holiday Bazaar

 I cannot wait for December 6th. I have made over 30 Christmas items for our local bazaar. Fun day with a parade and a bevy of crafters attend the local fund raiser for our local rescue squad.
     Here are two of the 15 wreaths I have made. The first is a copy of one I saw at Neiman Marcus. I love deer antlers and use a lot of them for my own personal decorating all year long. At Christmas I add them to my own wreaths and center pieces when I do a rustic woodland lodge theme that I think I will do this year. Antlers also look great just perched on the branches of trees.
     One year I did a white Christmas tree with blue and silver ornaments. It did not go over to well with my Grandson. When he came to see it, I asked him what he thought of it and he said "Meemaw, don't you know Christmas trees are suppose to be green." So much for an all white tree.
                                                                                    The next wreath is a hunt country theme. Since I live in horse country many of my clientele  have horse farms so many of my designs are geared towards them. Hope you enjoy and I hope to add some more of what I have been working on this week.                                                                

Thursday, November 18, 2010


  I am getting in the Christmas mode getting ready for our local Christmas Bazaar. It is really easy to find vintage brass in our area. No one seems to use it much anymore. It makes for a haven for me. Much of what you find does need a lot of polishing and in this fast paced era no one wants that extra work it takes to bring it back to it former beauty. 
  I found the candleholders and the compote at yardsales for $1.00 each.  The silks I was fortunate to find at a yardsale of a former Florist that was selling all of her unused silks and Christmas greens. The silks were all  25 cents each and all the new garlands and wreaths were 50 cents each. I was in florist heaven!!! I purchased the battery candlesticks at the dollar store, so you can see that this project was a steal to make. I love bargains like that so I can keep my prices down for the bazaar.
  The brass candlesticks I attached an o'daptor, which is a plastic attachment for candleholders to put fresh on silk flowers in. You can also just use a piece of sahara (the foam for silk flowers) to the top of the candleholder with hot glue. I first placed my candle in and worked the greens and silks around it. I also placed a piece of sahara in the compote with hot glue and just worked the greens and silks in it also to coordinate with the candleholders. Quick and easy.
   Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all of the other items at Beyond the Picket Fence.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


I am linking this post to Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.  I admit it, I LOVE SNOW,  I know I am in the minority here, but there is something about snow this time of year that just seems to refreshen everything. So until I have the real thing, I have started hanging my winter snow paintings. This one is I purchased on ebay many years ago before paintings started going crazy price wise in the art department. I fell in love at first site. It came from Canada and is my favorite of my snow paintings. The thick texture of the paint gives it dimention and depth. It is hard to tell by the photo's. The way the artist did the shadows from the trees is incredible. I cannot draw stick people, so this painting really impressed me. It is a very large painting and is over my sofa in my living room from fall til spring. I think when you have art that makes a statement in a room you and anyone else who enters does not see the flaws (or dust and clutter) as much when you have a bold painting as the first thing they see.  I have 3 more snow paintings and 2 of the three have horses. There is just something about horses and snow!!!  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit Cindy for the other wonderful Show and Tell post this week.


 I am linking this post  to Colorado lady Vintage Thingie Thursday.  I am also listing this to Cindy's My Romantic Homes Show and Tell Friday. My Thanksgiving decor always incorporates American Indian items. I am showing you some of what I incorporate into my displays. I love the old childrens books showing the early life of the American Indian. They are colorful and give such a warm look at their early life. The Indian stature I got on ebay many years ago and the basket came from a yardsale. The Indian chief is an antique tobacco jar that belonged to my Grandfather. Much of his den was decorated with Indian items. I was blessed to have gotten this jar that was in his den for as long as I can remember.  I will display these items in different settings with wheat and Indian corn. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the other wonderful things at Colorado lady!!!