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Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Vintage Christmas ♥ Comfort & Joy #7 ...

~The gifts of Nature * Inside & Out~
Even though we live in the city,
our hearts have always been
in the country.
It's the way we like to decorate our home, especially at Christmas time.
On daily walks and weekend hikes with Archer, I had my gathering bag with me at all times
and started collecting fallen branches, grapevine, pine cones and acorns for outside Thanksgiving decorations , adding festive touches later for Christmas.
 
{my decorating helper}
Our outside urns are filled with pine and cedar sprigs
pine cones of every shape and size
birch bark branches
twigs from our red dogwood
Ikea lanterns
golden shatterproof bulbs
nests from our garden
strips of found bark make wonderful fillers
grapevine balls so easy to make
by simply twisting grapevine around your hand  a few times in one direction
take off your hand and wrap in the opposite direction
turn ball and continue doing this until you have a sturdy ball shape
clip grapevine and secure with a small piece of thin gauge wire.
garden gifts
we brought a bit of our garden into the kitchen this year
Our Maple tree needed a bit of a trim to help keep it healthy
and one of the branches was just the perfect length to go across the two bookcases that
flank our 3 kitchen windows
wrapped in garland
and twinkle lights
it is the perfect, out of reach, safe spot for my collection
of glass birds ♥
I love the look so much that I may just leave it there year-round
and hang my collection of hand blown witches balls
someone found all this decorating tiring :-}
***
A man
is related
to all Nature
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
***
Happy to have my gingerbread spice muffin photo chosen to be part of the "Everyday Beauty/Everyday Yummies" mosaic at Mortal Muses  today.
Thank you ♥

9 comments:

Julie Marie said...

Hi Deb... and Archer, your little elf!... everything looks so pretty, I love decorating with Nature... I would leave that gorgeous garland with your collection of birdies up year round, it is so beautiful.... and how sweet Archer looks in his hat... all tuckered out from decorating!... sending much love from a VERY cold Centerville!... xoxo Julie Marie and Tessy

Mereknits said...

Poor little Archer having to keep up with all this holiday activity. It makes a boy very tired.
Hugs,
Meredith

Ms. ~K said...

I always enjoy my visits here with you and handsome Archer! My ❤ has always been in the country, no matter where I lived.
Hugs and bellyrubs,
K

Starr White said...

So very lovely! Your decorations are my most favorite kind :))))

Deb said...

hi Julie marie & tessy ~ thank you ♥ I think I probably will keep the fallen branch there :-) Archer has been pretty tired ... he follows me around ALL day so when I stop to do something he rests {ha ha}

Deb said...

hi Meredith ~ one of the reasons Archer was so tired is that he "helped himself" to some Christmas baking :-D Archer's version of "Holiday Activity" ♥

Deb said...

hi kit ~ always nice to see you have stopped by ~ thank you for your kind comments ♥ hugs to you & the lobbies xo

Deb said...

thank you starr ♥

Lynda Naranjo said...

Everything looks beautiful Deb! xo