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Goodbye Sweet Summer, Hello Fall

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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It is so hard to believe it is the end of August already! Although I will continue to enjoy Summer throughout September, the beginning of the new school year seems to announce the change of Season:

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Autumn is the most beautiful time of year, Mother Nature at her very best:

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Decorating for Fall is the easiest Season to decorate for, don’t you agree?

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Here are some inspirational Fall decorating photos to help give you some ideas to plan as our sweet, short Summer comes to an end.

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Happy Fall decorating everyone!

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Art In Bloom

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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This past weekend I enjoyed a walking tour of Jackson, NH to see how individual gardeners put together their floral interpretations of art:

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It is held by the Mountain Garden Club and this year marked their 10th anniversary of the walking tour,which is their annual gift to the valley. Art In Bloom is a walking tour of eight sites in Jackson where pieces of art are interpreted through member crafted floral arrangements:

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They are all so unique. I loved this simple display:

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This above was named ‘Garden Party’. She even painted the picture!

Many different and unique ideas were used as art:

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This display had a nice story how this picture was her first art work purchased at nine years old:

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A sign I saw on my walk I thought was cute:

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This is beautiful:

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If you are wondering like I was, why the artist did not use poppies like in the artwork, here was the answer:

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Funny!

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I was telling everyone that I was glad we did not have to vote for a favorite! Too many that I really liked:

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I really loved the simple displays.

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This piece was really great:

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Don’t you think they did a wonderful job?

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A fairy garden!:

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Loved this one! I met the artist and she said that everything here was made from items she found in her yard and garden.

I want one of these birdhouses:

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They sell these handmade birdhouses locally. Look at the details:

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Amazing! So talented.

This was really cute:

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I know I said that I did not have a favorite BUT… (maybe):

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Totally awesome. The photographer was there and told me he walked by an alleyway in Venice and saw these three women sitting there. He asked permission to take the photo. I love it, it is so interesting to me.

If you want to see more exhibits, or visit last year’s Art In Bloom, please visit mountaingardenclub.org.

I hope you enjoyed! Do you have a favorite?

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Kitchen Decorating Idea

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

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I have always thought that finding the right accessory for the kitchen island was challenging. Everything looks either too small or too large. I love fresh flowers, but that can get expensive. So I usually group a few items together to get the right proportion of accessories for the size of island.

The other day, just messing around, I thought about trying a tray to keep everything together. So I took my tray from the living room:

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And changed out a couple items to look more kitchen-y:

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Don’t you think it is a pretty good idea to use a tray for the island? I have seen a lot of kitchen photography over the years, and I have never noticed a tray being used. Easy to lift and move everything out of the way at once. And I think I will use the tray a lot more being in the kitchen to carry and hold stuff.

I really like this tray I had bought for the ottoman. I had looked a long time for one before I found one I really liked:

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And since I already looked forever for this perfect tray, I am getting the same exact one because I like it so much! Target.

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The size works well for my island and I like that the wood tray ties in with my cabinets.

Genius! haha Give it a try in your kitchen, I think you will really like the idea!

Have a great weekend everyone!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Christmas Table Centerpiece

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Since I am busy moving this week, I thought I would revise a Christmas centerpiece I made and posted a couple years ago. It was easy and fun to make. The best was that it lasted for such a long time, well into January. I hope you enjoy and want to make one for yourself:

I was so inspired and excited to make my own centerpiece after I saw one made at my IRN Boston Conference. I am not a real crafty person but I love the look so much I thought I would try one on my own to share with you.  Here goes:

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Supplies: An Oasis Wreath with a ring underneath to hold water. You can buy wreath on line here or I bought mine at a local flower shop for $12.00. Nurseries are another place to check.  I tried Michael’s and other craft stores but they do not carry them.  Hmm… I was surprised about that.

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Greenery Branches:  You can find branches outdoors (remember you are only going to use tips of branches, you do not need long stems) or you can purchase them from your local florist or nursery. Try to find two to three different kinds to mix for interest.  I bought mine at local florist- $15.00 for a box of greens, boxwood (my favorite!), evergreen and pine.  He even threw in some red berry branches for me!  PS. Make friends with your local florist if you think you would like to start making your own stuff.  A great resource!

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Miscellaneous Items: Picks with wire, wire, Christmas balls and ribbon, red berries stems (backyard or florist), candles (optional), sharp knife, hammer and vase of water.

First step- soak your oasis wreath for an hour in warm water.

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Meanwhile, lay all your supplies out together on a large surface.  Yes, it is going to make a big mess!

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The first items I got ready for wreath were the branches.  I cut a top of pine branch off with knife (never scissors because scissors squeeze the end closed and the flowers can not drink):

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Then layer with another type of greenery:

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And then another type of branch.  Here I used the boxwood in front.

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After you arrange a pleasing little group of greens, hold tight on the bottom and wrap wire around to hold them together.  I then cut the ends short and because they are hardwood, I smashed the ends with a hammer (which helps branches drink easier) and stuck in a vase of water until I was ready to begin the construction of my wreath.

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After I put four green clusters together, I started sticking in wreath sideways.

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Then I stuck the other three bundles in wreath form opposite each other.  If you think the branches are sticking to far out from side, cut off more of the stem to desired length.

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I could have put more branch bundles in, but I decided to try and fill in with individual branches to see how it would come out.

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See how it is filling up on the side?  It was easy to take different pieces of the different branches and stick in to make appear fuller.  After I filled the whole wreath this way, I wanted to decorate it up a little with color.  The fun part!

So I took some picks,

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And wrapped and twisted the wire around Christmas balls and pieces of ribbon:

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And inserted the stick ends into the wreath.

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Ta Da!!!

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I am sooooooo proud of myself!!!  It looks pretty good, don’t you think?  Now if I can do it, I know you can too.  I had such a good time making it.  Do you know how expensive these pieces are to buy??  Very! This wreath only cost me about $30.00 to make.  If I wasn’t so lazy and got outside to cut branches from the yard, it could have been much less.

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I am so happy how it came out!  What else can I make??

Comments?  Would you like to see more projects?

If you need help making your home festive and bright, contact me today!

 

 

 

 

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