Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas...the very word!

"Christmas! The very word brings
joy to our hearts. No matter how we
may dread the rush, the long Christmas 
lists for gifts and cards to be bought and
given - when Christmas Day comes there
is still the same warm feeling we had as
children, the same warmth that enfolds
our hearts and our homes. "
                     ~Joan Winmill Brown

    I love any chance to decorate and decorating for Christmas has always been one of my most favourite things! There is something about the Christmas season that endlessly inspires me.  It is a season for gathering together and joyfully spending time with family and friends. I love to have "tea parties" and transform the dining room into a wonderland (I do this year round but at Christmas there is something extra special about it :). I lay out my best Limoges china and fill vintage cake stands with pretty treats. Whether these parties are small or large they always have an intimate atmosphere. This year I am pretty obsessed with soft colours. Vintage silvers and golds and, of course, pink. I love pearls at Christmas! I hope these pictures inspire you to have a little holiday tea party of your own!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Florentine Gold

"In November, the earth is growing quiet.
It is making its bed, a winter bed for
flowers and small creatures. The bed is
white and silent, and much life can hide
beneath its blankets."
                  ~Cynthia Rylant

    The air is cold and my daily walk to our mail box has become a chilly affair. Time for boots and scarves and coats filled with down. Still, the weather does tend to make one feel like the Christmas season really is approaching!
    This week I came across a magnificent find! I have been wanting one of these for years and never seen even one in my city. I would stare at photos from antique fairs and shows in the US and be green with envy because it seemed like there was such a surplus there! My chance finally came as I was browsing through my local antique mall. I turned a corner and there it was... I stared for a moment and then gasped and then ran towards it with glee. :) A sweet little Florentine night stand. Mine! I sat it in the dining room so that I could take pictures of it and now it has a new home in the family room. I have been busy making these little handmade Christmas trees and wreaths. The glittery Merry Christmas sign is in my Etsy Shop now! 

The winner of the Tree Classics Scenticles giveaway is MARTHA from MARTHA'S FAVORITES!!! Please get in touch with me Martha so that I can arrange to have your gift sent to you! Thankyou so much to everyone who participated! 

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tree Classics Christmas Giveaway

"Freshly cut Christmas trees 
smelling of stars and snow and 
pine resin - inhale deeply and 
fill your soul with wintry night..."
                 ~John Geddes

   Christmas is fast approaching and if you are anything like me you will already be thinking about decking the halls with your festive treasures! To help you get in the spirit I have a Christmas giveaway for you! The wonderful Tree Classics to celebrate their 40th anniversary is partnering with 40 bloggers to give away 40 different Christmas products! I am so flattered to have been selected to participate! 
Tree Classics was founded in 1976 and has a long history of designing the world's finest artificial Christmas trees. They have since expanded their holiday range to include artificial wreaths, garlands, and a multitude of accessories such as stockings, tree skirts, ornaments and more! They are known for their superior quality and classic designs. Browse their incredible selection of holiday decor on their website! I am excited to offer one lucky winner two sets of these wonderful Christmas scents to infuse their home with this holiday season. 
Pine and Snowberry Wreath. Each set includes three bottles. These scented ornaments will infuse your holiday foliage with the lovely essences of snowberries and pine for up to 30 days! The ScentSicles are equipped with hooks for effortless hanging on trees, wreaths, or garlands. 
To enter simply leave a comment on this post or on my Facebook page! The winner will be randomly selected and contacted to get an address so that they can receive their free gift! Open to US residents only. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Handmade Wreaths

"I shall smile when wreaths of 
snow blossom where the rose
should grow..."
           ~Emily Bronte

   Yesterday was only the second day of the month and yet somehow Mother Nature knew it was time for winter to arrive. We were so lucky to have a relatively warm Halloween! When I woke up yesterday morning there were heavy blankets of snow and the air was too crisp to walk in without full winter garb. I have been busy preparing and listing Christmas decorations in the shop! It is getting to be that time. For me Christmas begins in November with the preparations and planning, beautiful shop window displays, accumulating treasures for my shop, and thinking about what each special person in my life should be given this year (yes I start this early!). Since the start of Fall I have been working on Christmas projects. It seemed that every time I brought some new idea to life I had to make some for the store and some for friends and family who wanted them! I have made SO MANY WREATHS! :) I thought I would share a few pictures of the wreaths that are up in the shop right now.  I made a large wreath for the first time. It was much harder than I thought it would be but I was very happy with how it turned out. At the opposite end of the spectrum I have also been making miniature wreaths. They are very sweet and have been the most requested. You can hang them on your tree, on door knobs, with stockings and garlands, or sit them with your Christmas displays! I think they are my favourite. :) I hope everyone is enjoying the first week of November! 

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015


"We understand how dangerous a
mask can be. We all become what
we pretend to be."
           ~Patrick Rothfuss

   One sister dark and one sister light, of pale day and starless night. Two souls that circle endlessly a waltz of question and mystery. Who is the sunless and who the sun, are they two or simply one? Cover your eyes and enter in, perhaps the truth you'll treasured win. The clock hands move and midnight creeps, though night is cold no one sleeps. Come to the dance in shadow and shade, with the sisters of the masquerade! 

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