Monday, January 16, 2017

Ski-Themed Winter Mantel

This year, my winter mantel is dedicated to my husband's love of downhill skiing.  While we both enjoy the sport, he has a real passion for it and makes every effort to get to our local ski resort as often as he can.





As a Christmas gift this year, our daughter had this very special sign made for him.

He was thrilled with it as the words sum up exactly how he feels.

And I loved it because of its rustic design and of course, I wanted to incorporate it into my winter mantel.

First thing I brought out was this ski decoration and it was placed beside the sign.

I put together some frosty arrangements for each side of the mantel.





I hung snowflakes from the metal wall-art that replaced the mirror that usually hangs over the mantel.

Below the mantel, more snowflakes hang from the curtain rod.







On the hearth, I placed a wooden crate filled with birch...

...and a black lantern with a few snowflakes inside.

The snowflake lanterns have battery-operated lights inside.

When lit, they create a cozy glow at night.

A similar effect is created by the twig lights I placed on the birch.



For any locals who ski ...

...you might recognize the name of the black diamond run on the sign that was buried under the snow in the previous pictures ;)

Now, it's time to hit the slopes!

Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Share it One More Time at Everyday Home
A Bouquet of Talent Saturday at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sundays at Home at Love of Home
Silver Pennies Sunday at Silver Pennies
Dishing It & Digging It at Rustic & Refined
Celebrate Your Story at Celebrate & Decorate
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Winter Blues at DIY by Design
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Share Your Style at Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Home Matters Friday at Life with Lorelai
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Snow Dreams Display




With a new year just begun and only a few weeks into the current season, it is a great time to fully appreciate the wonderfulness of winter. Although it has been a bit chilly around here lately, we've also had snow which makes everything look white, fresh and dreamy. 



Whether you are outside enjoying it or inside looking out, freshly fallen snow definitely has an ethereal quality to it.

Trying to capture that feeling with my winter decor, I created a Snow Dreams display.


A combination of winter themed items were arranged at different heights inside a woven tray.

A snowman all bundled up

A snowflake lantern with LED lights inside

Snowflake decorations

Glass mugs with snowflake designs

White napkins and silver spoons 

A tree shaped wax candle

A ski decoration beside an apothecary jar

Frosted pine cones used as filler

A snowflake embellishment

Flocked greenery complete with sleigh bells inside a white pitcher made the perfect backdrop.




When the battery operated LED lights inside the lantern are turned on, a lovely glow covers the scene.



And at night, the effect is even better.





Do you have snow where you live or are you having your own snow dreams?

Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Share it One More Time at Everyday Home
A Bouquet of Talent Saturday at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sundays at Home at Love of Home
Silver Pennies Sunday at Silver Pennies
Dishing It & Digging It at Rustic & Refined
Celebrate Your Story at Celebrate & Decorate
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Winter Blues at DIY by Design
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Share Your Style at Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Home Matters Friday at Life with Lorelai
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January 3rd is the 10th Day of Christmas


Are you sad that you've packed away your Christmas decor for another year?  Or are you feeling lazy and thinking you better get at the tear-down? If it is the latter, the good news is, you don't need to feel bad as it is still Christmas.  Yes, there really are 12 days of Christmas and today, January 3rd is Day 10.  


With that in mind, I'm going to show you this tablecape I created yesterday for us to enjoy during the last days of Christmas. 

I know not many people are still decorating for Christmas once Dec 25th is over but here at Dining Delight, the fun continues!

And not with a 
Ten Lords a Leaping tablescape
 but with an elegant red & gold Christmas tablescape. 

Inspiration began with these centerpieces I created using these Dollar Store containers. I originally designed these for a client for a Christmas Eve dinner party she was having.

I put floral foam inside the neutral containers and poked frost-tipped greenery pieces into the foam.

Then I attached red and gold ornaments to floral wire and also poked them into the foam.

I am a big fan of repetitive centerpieces so I placed three of them down the center of the table.

These glass ornament-filled candleholders were placed in between the centerpieces.



The place settings were layered in red & gold as well...

...with a red charger, a gold rimmed dinner plate and a Christmas designed red salad plate.

A gold coloured placemat and flatware coordinate with the place settings.

The topper on the dish stack was the placecard holder I created.

I have a number of these gold pillar candleholders (Partylite years ago).  I used them as pedestals for the glass dishes...

...that I filled with red beads, an ornament placecard holder, some greenery and colour-coordinated chocolates.



A red and gold napkin were combined in a gold napkin ring.

Naturally, I decorated the sideboard behind the table too.

A red and gold colour scheme was added here as well...

...with two more of the centerpiece containers.

I am a big fan of these Real-Lite faux candles! So real-looking with a flickering faux flame.




It is hard to capture in photos, but the frost-tipped greenery and gold ornaments add a lovely sparkle to the table.



The 12 days of Christmas begin on Dec 25th and end on Jan 5th with the start of Epiphany on Jan 6th.

If you are like me, I hope I've made you feel better about still having your Christmas decorations up.
Relax and enjoy them for a few more days!

Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Share it One More Time at Everyday Home
A Bouquet of Talent Saturday at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sundays at Home at Love of Home
Silver Pennies Sunday at Silver Pennies
Dishing It & Digging It at Rustic & Refined
Celebrate Your Story at Celebrate & Decorate
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Winter Blues at DIY by Design
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Share Your Style at Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Home Matters Friday at Life with Lorelai
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage