1. VELVET RUFFLED TREE SKIRT
I made this tree skirt last year for my client Tara and it’s one of my all time favorites. Probably because of the apple green velvet. There’s no probably about it. You guys know how much I love velvet. Especially this time of year.
The tree skirt features the same shade of velvet we used on Tara’s kitchen cafe curtains on the 2″ ruffle around the edge & ties. The 3/4″ flange is from a red & gold dot while the body of the skirt is made from a fairly heavy weight linen/canvas like fabric and lined with white cotton.
One tree skirt down, 13 more to go…
Over the years, as our family grew, I’ve made several different sets of Christmas stockings. Currently, there are 8 stockings on our mantle in various shades of white, cream and ivory. The time has come for these little gems to find a new home.
I’m selling all 6 stockings, mixed, matched & coordinated in shades of red, green & purple from 5 different fabrics. Each stocking is lined and comes with a loop for hanging.
Our family celebrated Thanksgiving at our house this year and I didn’t take one picture to share with you. Not a single one.
When it comes to hostessing, I am notorious for assuming I can accomplish way more than I technically have time for. I tend to think of it as being optimistic. For the first time in my life, I decided to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. Not just my house but 2 others as well!
In the days leading up to Thanksgiving I was decorating trees, cleaning off the dining room table (which was covered in client projects), cleaning my house and stuffing empty boxes back in the attic.
Thanksgiving morning finds me doing all my baking & cooking, cutting up drop cloths to use as table cloths and scrounging around for centerpieces. (Luckily I wasn’t in charge of the entire meal!)
All this to say that when I go to a dinner where the hostess has planned ahead and created adorable little place cards for each of her guests…I am in awe.
Know what the key ingredient was for updating this Fall centerpiece?
Spray paint! Specifically several different shades of metallic spray paint.
My friend Jan has a large Fall centerpiece that I have admired for several years. This year I went to her home and it was completely different. Gone were the oranges, reds & yellow golds and in their place was this shimmering neutral beauty.
In fact, that wasn’t the only thing that was different.