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And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Monday, November 21, 2011

Make do and mend Mondays

I think it will be fun to use some of the Make do and Mend Mondays for holiday themed projects until the end of the year. I am feeling inspired to go through my holiday items and pass on the things I no longer want or use while making the most of what I do want. I also feel a need to go with a more simple and natural theme for my decorating. It started with my autumn decorations this year which I pared down and made some friends happy with items I am not using. To me, part of making do is looking at my home and rooting out what is just cluttering things and what I really love.

I decided it would be fun to create a winter table outside on the terrace. This terrace is seen from our sitting area of the living room and I want to enjoy the outdoors from my windows. First, I cut a piece of black plastic to cover the area of the table I wanted to decorate. This makes for easy clean up later on when I want to take the display apart.

I took cuttings from the holly we have all over our garden at Cranberry Cottage and gathered some pinecones we use for fire starters in our woodstove. Pruning holly normally takes place in January for us. You are able to cut the branches back by one third to encourage more fullness in the holly tree so it is good for the tree as well as giving me decorative greens for the season. I simply did part of my pruning early. Any green you have available will do.

Gather items you have and begin with the tallest item. For me, this was a black lantern. I placed it on two bricks allowing me to open and shut the lantern without moving any holly. Now add your items around the table in a pleasing way thinking of a triangle as you work. Lower items should be placed towards the front and/or edges. If you need height for an item, place it on an inverted clay flower pot as I did with my iron pinecone which you can see in the photo below.

Begin with your longest pieces of holly, going all around the table to create the body of the display. Now tuck in small pieces of the holly where needed to give it fullness.

I gathered moss which is all too plentiful in our garden at the cottage. This is tucked in here and there to give a new texture. Spread out the pinecones around the table. Crabapples are in abundance now from the tree at the back of our garden and these are added to bring in color. I tucked in my gourds here and there.

All the bits and pieces are items I already had which make a pleasing display when put together on a winter table. Be sure to add candles. I added a candle in a lower spot safely but placing it in a bowl shaped pot. There is no danger of fire this way and yet I have more balanced candle light.

When Christmas is closer, I will tuck in an ornament here and there to give my winter table a true holiday theme.

With our long and cold evenings, this winter table cheers even the darkest of evening. Look around for things you have and see what greens you can use from your garden. Or perhaps ask a friend or neighbor if you can clip a little of their greens if you have none. Pretty seasonal decorating does not have to cost the earth. It only needs some time and imagination. I hope I have inspired you to give it a try.

18 comments:

Susan in SC said...

Very pretty Heidi!

Deborah said...

Just beautiful!

Nancy said...

This is so pretty and soon I will be sitting in your living room and seeing it lit in the evening. I especially like the tall lantern in the center.
Love Mom

Terri said...

This is so beautiful!

Linda said...

Very creative idea. My problem is that we get a lot of wind esp. in winter.

Rowan said...

That is so pretty - what a lovely idea. That lantern looks so warm and welcoming with the candle lit.

Willy said...

Wat is je tuintafel prachtig aangekleed, heel sfeervol.
Groetjes

Ginny said...

This is so pretty! Like my daughter, you have an eye for putting things together in a pleasing manner. I envy that! I know you will enjoy this arrangement all winter. Won't it look pretty with a bit of snow dusting it? Wish we didn't get such fierce wind here or I'd consider doing something like this. (I am getting an old milk box from my mother-in-law and can't wait to [probably] spray paint it and use it on my front porch as a seat for my large fabric snowman. He doesn't get smashed if the wind blows him over.)

Anonymous said...

Super gezellig en creatief Heidi, nu nog een vuurkorf erbij, samen met Jos en een glaasje gluhwein en het heerlijke avondje kan beginnen.

Liefs en huygies,Bep.

lillianscupboard said...

A beautiful arrangement. I might think of something a lot smaller and plainer - but then my back yard is a lot smaller and plainer than your lovely garden.

Littlebit said...

What a beautiful arrangement! Its just too cold here to have any blinds or drapes open at night, so i will have to enjoy yours! Lovely.

Vicki said...

The red of those leaves on your home page is so wonderfully vivid and Christmasy.

Never thought to do a winter table. Very nice idea. You are a very good stylist.

Marsha said...

Solo pretty.

Pondside said...

I keep forgetting about this blog, Heidi - I'm just going to have to follow so that I don't miss any more posts.

Terri said...

Heidi it's lovely!

Annie said...

Wonderful, as usual !

Carlie said...

Beautiful!!!

Andylynne said...

What a beautiful table. Your ideas are so well thought out. Your choice for this holiday season is wonderful. I love the lantern, I bought an old green one for christmas at my house.
Iv'e missed stopping by and seeing what you have to offer it's nice to be back. As usual things are naturally very elegant.