Luxurious for Less

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
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Susie said...

Beautiful project. You did very well. Smiles, Susie

Anne said...

Lynn you are lucky to be able to shop your own property for greens! Pretty wreath on your door and great tip! I will remember that for next year! I did simple this year too and I love it!

Stacey said...

I'm going for simpler too. My home actually has reds, which I love, so I'll just be tweaking that some. Is your wreath built with real wreaths or artificial? Either way its very pretty.

Sarah said...

Beautiful! I like to keep it simple too. Just too much to pull it all out and pack it up again. ;-)

Blondie's Journal said...

What a deal on the trees...I have to see if ours have them. I love your wreath...everything is so pretty! Wish we still had evergreen trees...we removed them years ago because they outgrew our lot!


NanaDiana said...

I thought I was going to simplify this year and I gave a ton of stuff away. I still had a ton of stuff and ended up dragging most of it out today. Maybe I will do simple NEXT Year- lol
My son and I went pine/green hunting yesterday and got a ton of fresh greens cut- xo Diana

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Lynn,

I totally agree with you. In fact, I am planning to decorate our place with green and live things...nature.

Greens not only look lovely but they smell wonderful.


Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Ah Lynn, I know how beautiful it will be when you are done. (())

Olive said...

I got three of those .99 cents poinsettias too. Also one big white one for my fireplace. Lowes was the only place we went on Friday. I am on a mission to just stay at home. I love the way you dressed your flowers. I tucked mine in rustic vases. Happy Christmas, Olive

Jen said...

I just love poinsettias! You have made them even more beautiful with your burlap, corsages and tags. =) You did good with your fresh wreath... they are so expensive and sometimes it's quite difficult to find pretty ones after they have all been smashed together. SImple decor is so pretty. I keep thinking I would like to go simple but between the hubby & kids, they won't have it!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Mary said...

Love your stacked wreaths! I'm hoping to take a stroll and clip some cedar and pine to deck the hall later this week :)

Debra at HOMESPUN: http://www.thehomespun.com said...

What a wonderful post altogether / you had me smelling the pines and woods there for awhile : )

Eggs In My Pocket said...

I think simple is always beautiful. You did such a pretty job!

Courtenay@Creek Line House said...

Great minds think alike! We've been doing the greenery round-up around our property too. I've just been carrying it in bit by bit by hand though. I didn't think to get the tractor and the cart involved too! I love your little candy canes in the silver. I'm going to go copy that one right now! :)

Connie@shabbyforsure said...

Hi, I especially like what you did with the burlap and poinsettias but I love it all...Connie

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Wow Lynn,
You lucked out on the poinsettas,
Knowing you ...your home will be just to gorgeous.
I'm glad you liked the card.I knew you would like it.We both like our yard birds.I wish I could tell you the site that met my eyes this summer,but it might offend thoese who don't or never seen what chickens do...LOL.I still can't believe what I saw.CURIOUS.I'll have to email you...LOL
Bye Bye love,
Marie Antionette

LV said...

You are headed in the right direction for a very pretty home. I will never get out on Black Friday.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Very pretty! Burlap seems to be the "thing" this holiday season. Love your touches.

Linda said...

Love the fresh greenery. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend!

Karena said...

Lynne, You are so fortunate to go out and gather berries, greens, and pinecones! I love it all!

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The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Lynn... good to see you! And I love your wreath. I should have done that, but I cheaped out. ;-) I like a very full wreath.

My computer went south some time ago, and I'm waiting on Santa to bring me a new computer and camera. Both are on the blink. And I'm having fits with the new blogger. So I'm just visiting around when I can. I borrow Mr. Magpie's ipad to go online these days. I can't download pics and stuff, but it works okay to visit.

Hope you have fabulous holidays1

Thanks SO much for your visit. I loved seeing your name on the post.



Connie in Hartwood said...

You've been busy, and everything looks lovely!! So far, the only thing I've done here are the Christmas tree and lights on our front porch. No decorating at all inside yet. I'm with you on simplifying things. It's prettier and a whole lot less stressful that way.

mypinkprettiesaboutme said...

Great ideas and projects. Simple and on a budget. Thx for sharing



Unknown said...

Simple is the best and free is even better. I love that big green wreath on your front door.

Jeanne said...

Hi Lynn, I am loving the popular use of lots of greens this year. Living in the mountains it is the perfect accent for country living. Your fresh wreath is stunning. I too like the red poinsettias. Your ideas are charming and a lovely gift.

Antiquing is my favorite shopping outing as well. Vintage items are so charming compared to the 'made in China' items that are so prevalent today.

Happy Pink Saturday,
hugs, Jeanne

Melanie said...

Love the trick of stacking small, thin wreaths to make a luxurious one. Great tip! I also like how you wrapped the Pointsettia plant in burlap.

bohemiannie! art said...

I love your ideas! So beautiful. We lived in the country in Virginia for years and would go out for the hunt for Christmas greenery every year. What awesome memories you've evoked.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, I can't wait to see your house and porch dressed for Christmas. I know it will be fabulous! No fresh clippings available here unless you count palm fonds. Thanks for joining my party.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

How fabulous to be able to pop down the back yard to source your greens Lyn. It all looks lovely and I'm with you on the keeping it simple this year. Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

The Charm of Home said...

Wonderful! Thank you for joining HSH!

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