Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Nutcracker Dining Table

I love to decorate for the holidays.  I know many of you do, too! I'm sharing my formal dining room table today.  My mom, sister-in-law and I host a Christmas Coffee for friends each year during the holidays.  I'm showing you the table--minus all the yummy treats we will make and share with our friends. 

Years ago, when we built our home, we moved in the week before Thanksgiving.  I knew I would need something that I could use to decorate my formal dining room and foyer with each year.  I love fresh flowers, but they aren't always practical.  I was delighted when one of our local stores ran specials 
on these large nutcrackers.

I place three poinsettias down the center of the table.  Our local church has a poinsettia fund-raiser for our youth's mission trips. My purchases look lovely on our table each year.   It's a predictable tablescape, and I must admit, I am ready for a new look.  I thought about doing something else this year, but decided to wait until next year.  

I decided to add some fresh greenery this years, 
so I do feel like the table has a different look this year.

 Later, I will set the table with our Christmas
    wedding china for our Christmas Eve dinner.  

Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Angels

I thought I would share some of my Christmas decorations with you today.      I have been working to get our home ready for the holidays--I'll bet you've been busy, too! My mantel in our family room is one of the first areas I decorate each year.
My sister-in-law started painting several 
years ago and she now paints these beautiful angels.  
As soon as I saw her angels, I knew I would 
want to design my mantel 
decorations around her beautiful art.
I tucked the angels in among the pieces of 
greenery that I had arranged on the mantel. 
I used this carpenter's ruler to make a star.
 I added a string of white lights to the greenery.

I use a few of the red and green ornaments
 that go on our tree to complete the look.

I hope you've enjoyed my decorations!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Photo Display From a Book

    Hello!  I hope you are enjoying the last days of summer.  

If you're enjoying cooler temps and taking pictures of the pretty leaves or if you're escaping the hot and sticky days for air conditioning, I have a fun project for you. YOU only NEED an OLD book to complete the project.

I selected a few books the other day from my sweet SIL.
She was down-sizing her collection, so I selected
 a few to take home for possible future projects.

How easy is this project?  Find the middle of the book and fold the pages down.  I folded pages down to the left on the left side of the book. Then I folded down the pages to the right on the right side of the book.  It was a project that was easy to pick up or put down as I completed other duties in the home.

I decided to cut a sheet of scrapbook paper to
 go on the inside cover pages.  You don't have to do this,
 but I wanted to see how it would look.  I like it this way.

I used a tape runner to apply tape to the back of
 the paper and pressed the paper over the cover.

My daughter plays the mellophone in her college marching
 band.  I thought the book was a fun way to display some
 of the pictures that I recently made at a practice.

I selected a book with a red cover because I thought it
 would go well with the vintage Maine souvenir tray as 
well as our red rug. I think the red book will also look 
nice with Christmas photos or Christmas cards.

I hope you'll give this quick project a try.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Beach Eye Candy

I love going to the beach.  Do you?  
I also love to look in the stores while I'm at the beach.  They have different items for sale there that I don't see at home.  

So this past week, we got to go to the beach and I got to do some shopping.  THE BEST PART????  My FAVORITE  store had moved to a bigger location!

Here are some pictures I took inside THE ART OF SIMPLE in Seaside, Florida. They specialize in candles, soaps, perfumes and other items that everyone loves. BUT--they also have wonderful items that they use for their displays along with a lot of extra fun and original goodies to tempt your vintage soul--all for sale!

Old wooden tennis rackets look right
 at home near the colorful soaps and picture frames.

A vintage drug store sign.

I remember my aunt had a bug sprayer like this.  She kept it behind the porch door.....it was empty, but we played with it sometimes...
pumping away at pretend bugs, bad guys-- you name it.


Letters from old signs.

I have a small cooler similar to this one. 
 I enjoy filling it up with iced-down Cokes on a hot summer day.

I never thought of a stapler collection.....but it looks good to me!

 Check out the vintage seltzer bottles in their wooden crate on top to this old industrial cart.  They were priced at $30.

 Lovely candles and old gas cans.  Who thought you
 would be able to purchase them at the same place?

I hope you've enjoyed this special shopping tour at 
THE ART of SIMPLE--stop by the next time you're in town!