Sunday, January 25, 2015

Snow Day Tablescape

Snow Day: a day on which a school or other institution is closed due to heavy snowfall or other extreme winter weather.


Earlier this month, our area of the province received some massive snowfall accumulations.  Most of the neighbouring cities declared a Snow Day...except ours of course. You see, in our neck of the woods, we are quite used to getting heavy snowfalls and the city and its citizens are well equipped to deal with it.


However, as I looked out the window, gazing upon the winter wonderland, I couldn't help but dream of a real Snow Day where we get to stay home.
 
With that in mind, I set out to create a fun-filled Snow Day tablescape.
 
My inspiration came from these fabulous plates my sister-in-law gave me at Christmas.
(Thanks NR!)
 
The cool looking snowman on them reminded me of my own Mr. Frosty and he came out to play...
 
...along with the Mrs. of course!
 
And what's a Snow Day without a snowball fight?
 
These snowballs are on ice waiting to be called into action.
 
Each guest is welcomed with their own snowball.
 
 They made great placecard holders.
 
A Snow Day starts with ...
 
 
... a single snowflake...
 
...which can quickly turn into many...
 
...falling one after another 
  
 
Wintertime play calls for some yummy treats which I foresee being placed on this coordinating tiered tray.
 
 With this being the "norm" around here in the winter...
 
 ...it will probably take a LOT of snow for us to ever have a Snow Day declared.
 
 Do you ever get a Snow Day where you live?
 
 If so, I hope this tablescape has inspired you to enjoy its beauty and the possibilities for play to the fullest!
 Thanks for visiting!
If you'd like to see another snowy tablescape, click here to see Dining in a Valentine Snow Cave. 
 
I'll be linking this post to these terrific blog parties:
Sunday Showcase at Under the Table & Dreaming
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Tuesdays at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stoll Thru Life
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Talented Tuesdays at Home Remedies
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Winter Blues Wednesday at DIY by Design
What's It Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Tablescape Thursdays at Between Naps on the Porch
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Foodie Friday & Everything at Rattlebridge Farm
Show & Tell Fridays at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Fridays at French Country Cottage
Weekend Retreat at AKA Design + Life
Best of the Nest at Shine Your Light
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes

Monday, January 19, 2015

Snowy Winter Mantel

I had a lot of fun creating this year's winter mantel.
A couple of feather boas from the Dollar Store set the
scene for my snowy winter mantel.

 
Let me point out the other snowy effects on the mantel.


 
A white pitcher holds some faux evergreen branches with a few snowflakes tucked in.
 
 
 
I got these snowballs at our local Pharmasave store in the post Christmas sales.
 
 
On the other side of the mantel sits a snowman, more faux greenery, a large snowflake and a faux pillar candle.
 
 
This guy is all bundled up for winter.
 
 
I wanted to bring in some black to tie in with the mirror above so brought out this metal candle holder. Then I attached the Winter Welcome sign I got last year.
 
 
The votive holders have a frosty looking tree on them.
 
 
Some icy snowflakes were hung from above the mirror with fishing line.
 
 
The full view
 
On one side of the hearth, I placed a bucket of birch and a lantern.
 
I had wanted to find one of those little chalkboard tags to hang on the front of the bucket but didn't so I photoshopped one on instead!
 
 
A snowy pine cone adds to the wintry vibe.
  
On the other side, a large black lantern and a basket with pillow, blanket and book complete the décor on the hearth.
 
Inside the lantern, I placed some faux ice chips and snowflakes.
 
 
 
 
The curtain rod under the mantel came in handy once again!
 
 
 White mini-lights were placed behind the mirror and along the back of the mantel.  Having some lights up after Christmas helps brighten the darker days of winter.
 
 
 
In our house, we give winter a warm welcome and enjoy it while its here!
 
 Thanks for visiting!
 
Click here to see last year's winter mantel.
 
I will be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
What We Accomplished Wednesdays at Green Willow Pond
Wow us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
What's It Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Weekend Retreat at AKA Design + Life
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Show & Tell Fridays at My Romantic Home
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Sunday Showcase at Under the Table & Dreaming
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
Tuesdays at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Talented Tuesdays at Home Remedies
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Winter Decor with a Hint of Valentine

Because I like to leave our Christmas decorations up well into January, when I start putting out winter décor, it seems it's not long before the Valentine's décor also needs to make an appearance.

Here's a look at how I combined the two decors on the sideboard.

 
I was able to create this unique bouquet with these great snowflake branches found at HomeSense last year. I placed them in a white pitcher and added a couple red heart picks.
 
On the mirror above, an icy wreath was adorned with some metallic hearts.
 
This Love sign becomes the centerpiece on the sideboard.

Of course, Mr. & Mrs. Snowman were willing to pose for a romantic picture.

 
They must be in love...look at the happy glow on their cheeks!


These items were placed on a white table runner with some snowflakes and frosty branches along the back of the sideboard.


 In the corner to the right of the sideboard, some candlelight and a faux bouquet with glittered roses add to the ambiance.
 
 On the other side, a trio of cylinder vases are filled with Epsom salt "snow" and Valentine hearts.
 
 
 Red hearts and icy snow actually look great together so combining winter with Valentine's décor is only natural.
 Thanks for visiting!
 
I'll be linking this post to these terrific blogs:
Winter Blues Wednesdays at DIY by Design
What's It Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Grace at Home at  Imparting Grace
Weekend Retreat at AKA Design + Life
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebride Farm
Home Matters at Life with Lorelai
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
Tuesdays at Our Home at  Our Home Away From Home
Talented Tuesdays at Home Remedies
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style