And so it begins.......
the HUNT for the perfect holiday greens on our property.....the dark fragrant green of the cedars, the tiny little pine cones hidden on that one special tree deep in the woods, the search for that patch of running cedar. And this year I notice the wild hollies have lots of berries....normally they don't. You could see glimpses of red as I stared through the thick stands of scrub evergreens. A hard winter coming?.... Ohhhhh I hope not!
Along with the other crazies, I went shopping on Black Friday. But no super-stores or electronic stores or anywhere near a mall. I went antiquing and then hit Lowe's and our local nursery. Antiquing was so much fun and I found some fabulous items for the website. I also found an amazing deal. I ran into Lowe's nursery to see if they had any small living Christmas trees, when a cart came rolling down the aisle full of dark red poinsettias....my favorite color other than white. And guess how much they were? 99¢ .....yep just 99¢ and they weren't tiny either....they were a good size. I was the first one there, so got to pick and choose. I bought several, one for me and some to give to others. Here's what I did with two of them.
I used the last of my old vanilla colored burlap, gathered it up around them, and tied with twine. This one got decorated with a vintage Christmas corsage I had. Isn't it sweet? It's for a friend. :)
And this one was dressed up with some vintage red satin blanket binding I had been saving and a "believe" tag. Simple and charming.
I wanted to show you how to make a simple flat wreath into a very luxurious fat one for less. I found my fresh real wreaths at Wal-mart for $7.00 each the day before Thanksgiving. I bought three of them and stacked them, tied with green twine. Simple and easy. I later saw the very thick wreaths like this one for sale at a nursery for $49.99. Quite a savings. Mine will be simply dressed with a found bird nest.
I am on a quest this holiday season to dress our home more simply and affordably. I am going for clean, more low keyed Christmas finery. Since redoing the family room last winter in a more placid backdrop of whites and creams, I really want to just approach it with thrifty, country farmhouse character, making the textures of the fresh greens the focus ...... a little color here and there.
And so it begins.............. xoxo