it is cold outside today. COLD!!!!!! I could tell from the moment I woke up this morning. I felt a cool draft coming from the crack in my window. I was suddenly swept away to memories of my drafty cold shoe box room growing up in a charming old farmhouse outside of Buffalo, New York. It was always freezing upstairs, the heat did not carry well through that old house. This morning I very much wanted to snuggle up with my old electric blanket that kept my toes warm through countless winters.
Here are some of my favorite white christmas decor items. Perfect for an old cold country home:
I have this book. Its a wonderful popular vintage book, but I am sad to say that I have grown to love it as I have ripped it apart. I found it in a recycling room as I was scrounging around for some boxes and bubble wrap to use for my etsy sales. "Familiar Quotations". I started to use pages from it folded in half and wrapped around packages and I often find inspiriting quotes as I wrap an etsy design up. Some are random, some are funny, some are famous.
I love the red holly berries in full bloom and the beautiful evergreen english ivy that is still slowly infringing upon my window. Ivy is one of very few plants this time of year to flash lime green with new growth. I found this old carol in the anonymous section of the book and it reminded me of the beauty still growing outdoors this cold Christmas time of year:
The holly and the ivy, When they are both full grown, Of all the trees that are in the wood, The holly bears the crown: The rising of the sun And the running of the deer, The playing of the merry organ Sweet singing in the choir. The holly bears a blossom As white as lily flower, And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ To be our sweet saviour----- Carol. The Holly and the Ivy
and so I am wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!
I created a custom design recently for Dionne of City of Dionne. A lovely blog featuring her talent of intricate illustrations. She sent me a copy of a print she has in her room and the color palette she was looking for. Beach Day by cathynicols
one of my favorites so far. I love that she gave me a beautiful painting to go off of for the colors, otherwise my own brain might not have ever chosen this color palette to put together. Look for her blog of my design this weekend!
I love all things green. Succulent leaves, interesting textures, soft moss. I am a professional floral designer who has created a venue to work artistically both with modern dried floral and fresh container plantings and still be home with my little girls. Fresh from the garden state, flores del sol.
Flower aficionado Christina Moreno is part horticulture expert, part floral designer. Her extensive knowledge of the botanical world is evident, from musings on her own botanical finds, to interesting and timely tidbits like the history of the royal wedding bouquet. Drawing on her love of all things vintage, Moreno also creates surprisingly modern arrangements made of dried flowers and moss in her Etsy shop. -elle decor.com