I shared some photos of my pottery class in an article on my blog last week. It is so much fun to create those fun little treasures! Since the theme for month’s Saturday’s pottery class was “Holidays,” it really got me in the mood to double down on my planning ideas!
The photo in the graphic above is my tree from two years ago at Christmas. It’s looking much better these days! But somehow, I have neglected to take any more recent photos. More likely, I took them I can’t find them in my mess of a digital photo “system.”
Here’s what I’ve kicked around so far for 2014 Christmas decorating plans.
For the Main Dining Table
This photo is kind of similar to some tablescapes I created last year for my little momma for a large holiday gathering she hosted. I found old tartan plaid scarves and used them for table runners. Then I used lots of natural elements like tiny little evergreen trees, itty bitty little creatures, candles and more. Being a real smarty, I didn’t get any photos. But its the direction I’m heading for this year – our last Christmas in this old house. #BooHoo
For the Entry Welcome
I have these two old chairs in the entry way. I inherited them from an older cousin (one of twins!) of my little momma. She worked as an interior designer in Shreveport, Louisiana for quite some time and had the best eye for interior design I’ve ever come across. I’ve given them a spot of honor in the entry since they became mine. In all honesty, its kept me from being able to give my entry the look I’d like. But I love, love, love seeing them every day.
So when I came across this photo at On Sutton Place, it caught my eye. Maybe a pillow or two and something whimsical to anchor the look near the bottom this Christmas?
Holiday/Winter Window Boxes
Despite my efforts to exercise restraint and not buy anything new that we’ll just have to pack in a few months, I caved when I pulled out my holiday window box goodies. They’ve fought the good fight. It’s time to let them retire…
I smartened up this year on one thing… In past years I’ve had a holiday theme going on in my window boxes that had to be completely taken down after January 1st. Then I would switch to a winter theme. Have I mentioned I live in the Great Lakes area? Well, I do. It gets cold and snowy in January. February. March. And yes, even sometimes in April. Last winter was Brutal. My wimpy blood, thinned by years of living in the south and from auto immune problems, makes me want to hibernate.
So this time around?
My holiday theme will be something that can survive until spring with only a few tweaks. No standing in knee or hip high snow drifts while the winter winds blow chipping frozen Christmas decorations out of the boxes and replacing trying them with snowman related decorations.
I made the rounds to a few fun places and here’s the direction this year’s window boxes are heading…
I have three window boxes on the side of my house and I just love having them! (You can check them out here on my Garden Tour.) This is a corner lot in an area that gets a lot of foot traffic. I have people stop in quite often while I’m out there working and tell me how much they like them. It is so much fun to switch them up every few months.
The middle window box is the largest. That will get the holiday sign above. After the holidays, I will replace it with some fun snowmen I bought a few years ago. Then the smaller window boxes on each side will get a snowman hat. Not sure if you can see it in the photos, but I also have some metal mittens on sticks, snowflakes, and pinecones on stems. I bought a bunch of sparkly branches, too. (Don’t tell them, but I’m planning to rob a few trees in my parent’s woods to add to this bunch!)
Have you started planning for the holidays yet?
I will share my Holiday Tour soon!