Monday, December 3, 2012

A little Christmas decor

I've spent the last couple weeks with a cold, but this past weekend I finally felt pretty good and was getting anxious to get some Christmas decorating done. On Saturday I completed a couple of tabletops, and on Sunday I got the tree up and the window garlands hung. That's all in the living room. Next project is the dining room, which is a bit trickier because that's kind of our "catch-all room" and it requires a lot of tidying up (gathering mail, clearing flat surfaces) before much of anything can be decorated. So that's maybe next weekend. 
I did want to share one of my two favorite tabletops this week - I really like how this worked out. First, here's the scene in our living room - you are correct, we have lived in this house more than four years now and still have almost nothing on the walls. (See those perfect pillows on the loveseat? They were a true thrifty bargain at $1.99 each!) 
Here is the table in question... this is the antique table from my grandparents' house that I used in my springtime tablescape some time ago. 

The scarf used as a runner belonged to my mother-in-law Betty. I wanted to pull in a little of the metallic shimmer from the scarf so I framed one of my favorite Christmas cards in a dollar-store frame. Later I changed this to a card with red and gold in it, and I think I may change it yet again to a family photo. I do normally keep decorating magazines on this table, but for this display I rounded up a small stack of holiday issues of Romantic Homes for seasonal browsing.

The glass creation was a gift from my sister-in-law last year. It's kind of a "totem," made from various glass pieces that she thrifted. I stuffed a long string of red shiny beads under the base, and it needs a red or green votive in the top. (The figurine behind the votive holder is a hummingbird.)

The little snowman was a Walgreens acquisition several years ago... and the wooden bud vase containing the silk poinsettias was hand-turned by Mr. Piglet last year, using box elder wood. 

More to share very soon - for now I am linking my little shimmery red tabletop display at Tabletop Tuesday, over at Marty's delightful blog, "A Stroll Thru Life," and also to Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage. Be sure to click through for more pretty displays and great ideas! 
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  1. Hi Janet,
    Your pillows were a steal.........and they are
    gorgeous. Look so nice on your sofa. That is a very interesting and different art work your Sister-in-law gave to you, that was a great idea
    to put the beads in the bottom, and love having me some Christmas decorating magazines around for inspiration as well..............
    Nice to meet you here in blogland.
    Blessings, Nellie

  2. Hi Nellie, thanks for visiting, so nice to have you here! Yes my SIL came by one day with several of these glass "totems" in her car that she had made. She opened the hatch on her mini-van and invited me to pick one - a trunk show! LOL Some of them were made from clear and colored glass, others from bright-colored pottery-type pieces. I liked this one because it was shorter than the others, had a very stable piece for the base, and had the little hummingbird & votive holder on top.

  3. Oh your vignette is fabulous. I love that glass totem too, how fun is that. Thanks tons for joining TTT and welcome to Blogland. Hugs, Marty

  4. Hey sweet Janet, how gorgeous your vignette is! Like Marty says, I also love that glass totem and everything the pillows, which were a bargain and so pretty too. I love your blog and I just became your newest follower..hope you like to visit me and follow. Nice meeting you! Happy holidays.

  5. Marty! Thank you again for featuring my little post over on Tabletop Tuesday - that was such a sweet surprise!

    Fabby - HI!! Thank you for visiting, I'm so glad you're here and I LOVED your Christmas Kitchen Tour! Such pretty Christmas things and oh my that gorgeous holly/berry pitcher on your breakfast table just about made me swoon! So glad you stopped by!


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