Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rustic-Glam Gold & Brown Christmas Tree

I'm in the midst of putting up this year's Christmas décor so I thought I'd share these pictures of our tree from last year.

I never got them posted then so hope you enjoy seeing them now.


I loved that we had so much snow at Christmas in 2013.  It made for a great backdrop outside the windows.

For years, we enjoyed our Christmas tree with multi-coloured lights...
 
...but last year, we decided to make a change and bought a tree with white lights.
 
 
I like how the lights now coordinate with the other white lights above the windows.
 
I purchased ornaments that created a glammed up woodsy look ...
 
...and represented our love of snow and skiing.
 
 
A gold mesh ribbon was wrapped in and around the tree.
 
 
 
I created a tree topper out of a styrofoam-like snowflake I bought at Bouclair Home.  I poked a small string of lights through the edges and put most of them behind it.
 
 
 
Later on in the season last year, I got the idea to cut up a wide mesh ribbon into pieces and just scrunch them into random sections of the tree.
 
This was in addition to the thinner mesh ribbon that I already had wound around the tree.
 
I like how the extra mesh ribbon pieces filled the spaces and it was easier to work with than adding the wide mesh ribbon as a whole.
(The ends do fray but since they are hidden in the tree, it didn't matter to me)
 
 
I'm planning on decorating our tree in the same way this year.
 
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Christmas Inspiration 2014

It's time to deck the halls around here once again so I'll leave you with a few pictures of some of my past Christmas tablescapes and décor.  

 There will be no narration just a peaceful browse down memory lane.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I'll be back soon to share some of this year's décor.
 
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Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Say G'day Saturday at Natasha in Oz
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming
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Fall into Fall at DIY by Design
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thanksgiving Bounty in a Tray

Although Thanksgiving is over, here in Canada, I thought I'd share this Thanksgiving Bounty in a Tray in hopes it might inspire some of my American readers for their upcoming holiday.

I created this as a centerpiece for my dining room table when it wasn't in use but it could possibly serve as a center décor piece for a Thanksgiving buffet.

I started this look by putting these glittered veggies in a little wooden box.
 
 
 
Mr. Delight surprised me with the Pier 1 veggie pieces. I thought they were better than if he'd brought me a bouquet of flowers!
 
 
Stacking my leaf shaped bowls gave me a chance to display them when not in use.
 
 
A black metal plate stand is decorated with faux berries, another leaf bowl and a glittered pumpkin.
 
 
Some small mason jars-turned-tealight-holders and a lantern with faux candle add a calming glow to the Thanksgiving display.
 
I guess it's time to put the pumpkins away now and get out the Christmas décor...
 
 
...but I might keep this idea for a tray centerpiece in mind if I'm hosting any holiday buffets.
 If you'd like to see my Thanksgiving tablescape from this year, click here.
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Cylinder Vases with Inserts - Get the Look!

 
Over the years, I've had many emails from my readers asking me where I purchased the trio of cylinder vases with inserts that I've shown many times in my various tabletop designs.



I have enjoyed using these type of vase/hurricanes with the inserts for so many occasions. They are super EASY to jazz up with seasonal décor and always look terrific.

At one point, I used to see them in all sorts of stores and then, for some reason, they were not to be found.  Now, you usually only see the cylinder vases without the inserts.




Fortunately, the other day while in Walmart, I happened upon this "Decorative Candle Holder Set" by Hometrends for $12.99 (CA)


It comes with a black mirrored tray and some pebbles but it was the glass candle holders that really caught my eye.

I went in search of a cylinder vase in the store and tried putting one in the top.  I was so happy to see it fit perfectly.
 
Once at home, I tried them in various cylinder vases I had on hand.  Not all cylinder vases are created equal with some being narrower/wider and the glass inserts fit better in some than in others but they still worked.

 
So, if you are wanting to create some dramatic yet easy tabletop décor for the upcoming holiday season and beyond ...RUN, don't walk to your nearest Walmart and grab yourself a set of these fantastic candle holders to use inside your cylinder vases. 



Cylinder vases can be found at thrift stores, dollar stores or Walmart and are usually inexpensive. You might want to take one of the inserts with you to ensure it fits in the cylinder vase you are getting.

Another item that is optional but very beneficial if you want to burn candles inside the inserts are these small votive holders.  They are also widely available at dollar stores.
 
 
 
And just so you don't think the mirrored tray and pebbles in the Hometrends Decorative Candle Set would go to waste, you can still use the items as they intended...


...or you can see I inverted the tray and placed the vases on it. The pebbles were used in the vases and scattered on the tray.

 
Once you have these key pieces (cylinder vase, glass insert and small glass votive holder), the sky is the limit as to the items you can put inside the vase (and/or the insert portion) to decorate them for the seasons.
Here's just a few of the ways I've done them up for different holidays.


 Christmas Display with Snowmen


Spring Display 
 
Summer Coffee Table Centerpiece
 
St. Patrick's Day Centerpiece

Fall Display in the Bathroom

Valentine's Day Centerpiece

Summer Tablescape Centerpiece
I hope you are able to find a set of the Decorative Candle Holders by Hometrends so you can create your own set of cylinder vases with inserts and have as much fun as I do creating seasonal centerpieces. 

Update#1: On searching Walmart.ca, I also saw these
"3 Light Glass Hurricane and Tray" by Elegant Expressions which might also work.
 Click here to see link to those ones.

Update # 2: One of my readers (thanks Craig!) suggested Yankee Candle as a place to get both inserts and cylinder vases.  I found this link here.


I'd love to know if this post helped you and what you put together as a result!

To see another post about cylinder vases with inserts click here.

Thanks for visiting!

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Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
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