Dreaming of a White Christmas Tree (or Two)

December 9th, 2010

When I was little, I remember my grandparents always had a flocked Christmas tree.  As a girl, I always loved sitting under my Memah and Papa’s white tree, it was so enchanting, like something out of a storybook.  The tree had a crispy texture and funny smell, but I still loved it.  Every single time I see a flocked tree in reminds me of my grandparents.  (And that mothball scene when Lucy hides in the wardrobe before she discovers Narnia, strange but true.)   

Growing up, my parents always kept it green and natural, so after I got married, I followed their lead.  Never ever have I even considered a white Christmas tree in my house.   At the lot the other day, while walking passed the flocked trees, I told my hub about my affection for my grandparent’s tree.  Funny, we’ve spent fifteen Christmases together and he never knew! 

 cg white tree left side

 

So this year, we decided we wanted a flocked tree too, as a throwback to their generation.  The decorations are a fun but unexpected mix of gold berries, mini disco balls, teal plastic garland, crystals, brown ribbons and mercury glass, and of course, new and old treasures. 

 cg flocked tree fur skirt gold cross

 

  

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12 Favorite Hostess Gifts under $25

December 8th, 2010

I love being invited to parties, especially this time of year, don’t you?   Laura from Texas recently wrote to me asking about inexpensive but elegant hostess gifts.  Nothing beats a homemade gift, but time and money are precious and short this season.  If you’re looking for something unique and special and don’t want to spend a lot of moola, here are twelve charming ideas that make great hostess gifts!  All under $25!  

Extra Ingredients Measuring Spoons ($18) and the Castle Key Bottle Opener ($12), both from Anthropologie.

 

anthro gifts

 

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Winter Berries on Canvas

December 8th, 2010

I took a painting class years ago and it taught me one truth: I have very limited skills when it comes to recreating an image with paint on a canvas.   Grrrr, how I struggled with my first (and only) still life.  (Never never never again will I torture myself with a still life!!!)  Ugh.  One thing the art class did do for this left brain lawyer was kick the right side of my brain in gear and it forced me to get creative on canvas!   As a result, now and then I find it therapeutic to create little pieces of art for my home.  

Last year, I made this little winter berries canvas, and never posted any sort of ‘how to’, mostly because I didn’t think it was so great.  After bringing it out again this year, I realized I really do love it!  I was a fun and simple painting, and the little berries popping off the canvas are a fun backdrop to a holiday vignette. 

 cg berries on canvas

 

After some gentle prodding by several readers (and actually finding those darn pictures from last year) I’m offering up the quick play by play.   As with any non paint-by-numbers art project, you need to go with how you feel, what looks right to you because the beauty of art is its subjective nature.  That said, this is the technique that worked for me! 

 

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