Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Goodnight.
---Elizabeth T. Dillingham "A Faery Song"

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fake Snow, Gingerbread, and other Christmas Chaos!

Well Christmas decorating was at a standstill until Saturday.  I was having the girls over for our yearly party-- which started out as a cookie swap 4 years ago.  I had a few more ideas that I needed to bring to life so I spent the day creating Christmas magic --my style.

I found this milk glass urn planter at a local thrift store.  I took this idea from a magazine.  Proof that not every tree in the house has to be decorated to say "Christmas."

Do I have Prince Albert in a can??  Nope, I was thinking more like a snowman in a jar.  I think he has enough air to last till Christmas is over.  I endured much harassment by Barbara and Donna to put something in my large glass jar...are y'all happy now??

I have become quite fond of vintage looking Christmas decor.  I found this little planter at this year's yard sales.  Add a little natural greenery from the yard = priceless.

This is the "windowscape" in my kitchen greenhouse window.  More vintage finds from yard sales.  I love these kitschy trees..this one even had all the lights.  Check out the poodle pulling the wagon full of Christmas balls.  I love old poodle figurines too.

Now it's time to party!  Here's the gang beginning in the back row L to R:
Melissa (Ash's buddy), sis (Barbara), Me, sis in law (Donna)
Front row:  niece (Ashley), Olivia, best bud Melissa (Olivia's granny) oh and Ashley is holding Pixie who is tired of posing for this pic!  Pic was taken in my sunroom.

Each year we have tortured Ashley with various craft projects...one year was wreaths with real greenery, then ornament painting, last year was scrapbooking.  To end her pain we let her pick this year's project..gingerbread houses.  She is our little Korean Paula Deen so naturally it was her year to shine! Here is a pic of our ginger-village!

I struggled along with mine.  All I can say is that powdered sugar and icing hide a multitude of sins!  Somehow it came out looking like a gingerbread version of the Amityville house...LOL!

They say art imitates life..'tis true here.  I was more interested in landscaping my ginger-yard!  Check out my rustic fence, shrubs, marshmallow tree, stepping stones leading to my m&m koi pond (the orange m&m's are the koi!!)  oh and my pretzel park bench adds the final touch don't you think?

Glen wandered about in girl land not quite sure what to do but enjoying the snacks all the same!  I caught him in mid chew here!  Hope you have a merry (and tasty) Christmas!


  1. THAT is hilarious!! I love the idea of a gingerbread party. .though I'm not a great decorator of that kind of stuff :-) I LOVE your sense of vintage decorating. .And am enjoying your ideas!! My husband's grandma has been in the process of downsizing and moving. .and gave me a couple of old vessels (that she surely used for flower arrangements). They have become my favorite decorations!! (there will be some pictures of them both over the next week on my blog too!) I enjoy reading and looking at your ideas!

  2. Hummmm...I'd be jealous of all the fun if I had not been there myself! Great party, great company, great food...not so great Gingerbread houses, but houses nontheless! :)

  3. I haven't been to your blog for a while, but I see you're still having fun down there in TN. One line in particular struck me.....add a little greenery from the yard. That's something I won't find in my yard in December...a little greenery. lol