Thursday, December 04, 2008

Even More Christmas Decorating

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I made a wreath for my living room mirror by pulling a wire coat hanger into a circle and wiring on branches that I cut off the bottom of my Christmas tree. A free wreath...you can't beat that! The ribbon I used to hang it from was a garage sale find last summer. Once the wreath gets too dried out I'll replace it with an artificial one.

My paperwhites are growing like crazy. I took the photo below last weekend and they are a lot bigger than this now. I can hardly wait until they start blooming! I'm going to plant some more soon because I love to have them blooming after Christmas when all the Christmas decorations have been packed up and put away. That's the time of year I start dreaming about Spring!

62 comments:

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

LOVE the wreath!! It looks perfect over the mirror :)! Very clever with the free design, too!!

Deb said...

So pretty Cindy! I love your assortment of plates around the mirror.
Deb
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Seasons for All at Home said...

Hi Cindy. Love your wreath and its beautiful ribbon! I plant paperwhites every year and love them. You're right ~ they grow so quickly! I can't wait to see more photos of your stunning Christmas decor! ~Arleen

Anonymous said...

You are one extremely talented woman! Your home is so beautiful and your fine picture taking shows it off so well. Take for example this picture of your wreath on the mirror. You can see your beautiful decorated Christmas tree reflected in the mirror which enhances the photo even more. My hubby took out our tripod and set it up for me so I can start to TRY to take pictures of our Christmas decorations. My draft blog is still a DRAFT but maybe one of these days I can get it ready to publish. Now if I could just take some decent photos to post....

Teacup Lady (Sandy)

Liz said...

Love it! It looks sooo pretty!
~Liz

Tina said...

Cindy, This a beautiful christmas photo with your tree in the background. You should update your RMS photos with this one. You got a 5 rating from me. Terrific job. Tina

just a little bit shabby said...

Cindy,
Love the reflection of the tree in the mirror. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your house!!
Sandyt

Esther Sunday said...

In tough times that this, your decorating for "next to nothing" is so inspiring! Thank you!

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Cindy! Such a pretty picture especially with the reflection in the mirror! Great idea with the coat hanger and freebie greens! Have a great day! Jeannette

CraftyT said...

Great idea on the wreath. Looks very pretty with that beautiful ribbon.
Natasha

Cottage Lifestyle said...

So cool that it reflects your tree. Renee

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

That looks so pretty and I love the reflection in the mirror! You brought back memories of when my son was little and I went to the tree farm and asked them if I could have all the branches they had cut off and I wired all of them together to make garland , my son sat next to me on my front porch just watching me,ahhhh memories, then I draped them over all my windows, the house smelled so good!! Love the paperwhites also, so pretty!
Hugs~Kelly

Pug1 said...

Your decor is so beautiful. Ane your photography skills are great! Luv seeing the tree in the mirror. The wreath is lovely. You get a two for one...seeing the tree and the wreath togther!!! CHEERS! MIchele

Lady of the Mote said...

Just beautiful!!

Donna said...

Everything looks so beautiful in your home, Cindy! Love the free wreath!! I'm with you... I start dreaming of spring in January!... Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

Happy To Be said...

Love it all Cindy and your right can't beat the price..Loved your dish tree also...thanks again for sharing all you do..hugs and smiles Gloria

Cali Girl said...

i love your cozy, romantic home so much. i just cant get enough of it. please go around and take a picture of every sq. inch so i can see.. pretty please. :o)

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

Can I come celebrate with you? Just gorgeous!!!! Where did you get the cupcake ornament?

moreofhim said...

What a fabulous idea! It looks so pretty, too. Everything is so elegant and inviting. You do such a great job! Thanks for sharing your pics.

God bless you ~ Julie

desiree@lookiloos.com said...

I love wreaths over mirrors. I think it adds so much dimension.

maryanne420 said...

cindy,

you are so creative. i love the wreath and i can't wait to see the paper whites grow into full bloom!

Mary said...

Absolutely perfect!

Oh, and I have that same urn. Now I'll have to go get some paperwhite bulbs!
xoxo,
Mary

Kari said...

Hi Cindy,
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the dining room tree. It is the cutest, most clever thing I have ever seen. I do not celebrate Xmas, but if I did..... I cannot believe how awesome your tree is. It should be in a magazine. It is just really the cutest thing I've ever seen. And the base! The base! Oh my goodness! It's just too much! I love the plates and cups and silverware enough that I have to figure out how to hang more things like that in and around my house permanently.

Anonymous said...

I love that you put some of your new turkey plates on the wall!

Karin

i cant sew said...

ooooohh i am curious now to see what a paperwhite looks like...

ann said...

THAT WREATH IS AWESOME.I'M GOING TO TRY AND COPY YOU,YEAH,RIGHT.GOOD LUCK ANN.HAHA...ANN

Lee Laurie said...

Cindy, Your pictures need to be on the cover of a magazine! So beautiful!
Hus,Lee Laurie

Bo said...

Hiya Cindy...more loveliness at your cottage...I'm still running over to RMS hoping to get the numbers up so you'll be front & center where you belong! ;-) Bo

Pearl Maple said...

Beautiful natural decorations for the holiday season. All the better when you can claim you are doing your bit for recycling.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Cindy~ ~
Your house in lovely! I'm having trouble getting into the spirit of decorating this year. We are in a new house and I can't seem to decide where to start. I just today pulled out all my boxes and it is a bit overwhelming.
Any ideas?

ann said...

CINDY,I TOLD NIKKI ALSO THAT YOU TWO WERE THE QUEENS OF BLOGVILLE.SHE SAID,WELL," WHERE'S MY TIARA."SO,I HAVE ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR HER.IF YOU'LL COME GET IT PLEASE.YOURS IS BIGGER,BUT I WAS JUST TRYING TO MAKE THEM LOOK DIFFERENT.

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Very pretty!!

JohannaB said...

Cindy, where did you get the mirror that you hung your wreath on. I absolutely love it. It would look perfect in my entrywat. I enjoy your blog a great deal. Keep it up.

Joy said...

I love the little urn your paperwhites are in. I just started a narcissus a few days ago for the first time. Looking forward to something green and blooming during the winter!

Lori said...

I love the look of the wreath over the mirror. Looks so French.

Lori

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Don't you just love this time of year! It's looking so pretty at your house. I may have to try the wreath thing, I have a bunch of branches I got at the tree place for free & I'm not using all of it. Yours is adorable!

Penny said...

Your homemade wreath is lovely~
Perfect on the mirror!

Lynne said...

WOW!!! Cindy.. magazine worthy..
hugs ~lynne~

JEWEL said...

Just beautiful!

Tea Time With Melody said...

Marvelous idea. Your tree looks beautiful. I agree with the decorating. Parts of my house just DO NOT GO with christmas colors and it's hard to work around it.

Esther said...

Your home is beautiful! Looking at your lovely Christmas decoration inspires me to decorate my home. Thank you so much for sharing!! Esther

Jojo said...

That is a terrific wreath and I love the photograph as it captured your lovely tree.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Great wreath Cindy! It looks wonderful hanging on that mirror too!

Simply Dandy said...

Now that's thrifty....it looks beautiful.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Shelia said...

What an idea for a wreath! See, I told you, you should write a book! You just come up with the most creative and doable things!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Monkey's Momma said...

Cindy, that wreath looks beautiful on your mirror!

Pink Slippers said...

The reflection picture is dreamy. You did a nicjob making the wreath.
And those bulbs look cute and makes me want to grow some too.
Wendy

Anonymous said...

GREAT idea!

I'll have to give it a try.

That's funny about living in CA. After Christmas, the cold parts of the country get ready for winter and we start looking forward to spring.

~elaine~

Penny For Your Thoughts said...

Dear Miss Cindy,

I so enjoy your one of a kind ornaments. I have been given ornaments for years before I was even 20 years old from several family members. I never have to use store bought ornaments... because I have so many original ornaments. I also have many "antique" Christmas ornaments. I will take a picutre of it once I get it out for our decorating, but I have an ornament that was on my maternal Grandfather and Grandmother's first Christmas tree from 1918. It's some kind of pear ornament. It's the coolest piece of my history ever. I think it's great.

You have done a great job on your decorating. I can understand the idea of not wanting red in your decorating. I tend to use many tones of greens and burgundy colors. I'm not a big fan of bright Christmas Red. The only natural red that gets in the house is lights, or berries on my holly twigs.

Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with all of us. I so much appreciate it. It's wonderful.

Hugs,
PS

Becky said...

Everything looks so pretty Cindy.
Your ornaments pictures are beautiful.
Happy Holidays from my OneShabbyOldHouse to your Romantic Home.
Becky

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

So many special touches throughout your home. Your eye can never grow tired of admiring your lovely home and all it's personal touches. The wreath is just wonderful.

The White Bench said...

Gorgeous, Cindy!
I'm off to decorate, too ;))!

Monica.

mary said...

Oh my goodness! Everything looks SO beautiful. Merry Christmas!

mary

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

sooo gorgeous!! love it all!! I hope you have a super wonderful day!! hugs!! Britt :-)

Essemia said...

What a super idea! That wreath is just lovely. And the flowers! Wish I could have them too.
Hope you have a nice weekend.
Love Elzie

Rue said...

Hi Cindy :)

I had the best time catching up with you! Your ornaments are beautiful and both trees are stunning. I love this time of year and I can tell you do too :)

I really enjoyed the article over at lookiloos. It was very well done. Oh and the picture of your two kids is absolutely perfect and what a great idea to capture them in the playground.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

hugs,
rue

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Looks great Cindy. And I can't get over how fast those paperwhites are growing, wow !

Michelle said...

I was wondering if you could take a picture of your couch that is under your mirror and plates.

Anonymous said...

Cindy, did you know that if you add a tad of gin or vodka to your paperwhites, they won't get so tall and leggy.?

Lilly

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Anon: Thanks! Yes, I heard that about paperwhites but I think that's if you are growing them in water and pebbles. I planted mine in soil this year.

Jen r. said...

great wreath and I love free!!!

sarah abeachcottage said...

ooooh cindy I love the wreath and the mirror and the reflection, so Christmassy and simple, mmmmm I am inspired!

Sarah