Friday, December 19, 2014

Nativity and Santos Cage Doll

A few of you noticed the wings on my Santo's Cage doll in my Christmas Tree post earlier this week.
Did you know that originally, Santos were created for use as in-home altars.  They were needed in small villages that did not have a priest, as well as for when it was not possible to travel to church, such as during times of war.  Their development flourished in Europe  in the 1700's and 1800's, primarily due to these wars.  (source)

I found a cross to add to my doll this year. 

 I used two candle rings to decorate the bottom and a flameless candle.

The little wings came from the same on-line source called Mothology as the cross.   The table topper came from my Mother's.  She's always had a good eye for picking out nice things.


Away In a Manger

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Mantel 2014

The doves were gifted to me from Betty at BettyMarie's  several years ago and they've become an integral part of my mantels.
Please click the link to Betty's blog and pay her a visit.  She's the primary caretaker of her spouse and finds herself unable to get out and do much anymore.  She can use some cheering up and I know we bloggers are good for that!    

I spotted this large urn at a store and I liked the red sticks popping out of the evergreen branches and this was the inspiration for how I decorated the two mercury glass vases this year.  I used the same vases as seen "here in 2013"

 These red sticks were about 5 ft. tall.  I figured out how tall I wanted them and cut them shorter then placed the evergreen branches around them.  My version has a tighter straighter look because of the narrowness of my vases compared to my inspiration piece.  Pat over at Crooked Creektt did a version of the vase too as seen "here"  She was inspired by  the picture that I had posted on Facebook.

A variety of glass and real pine cones were scattered throughout.  I wanted an elegant look this year but I also wanted the grounding of some organic touches.

 I came across the beaded garland at a little boutique store and added the glittery gold tassel to give it a finished look. 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oh Christmas Trees

I have two Christmas trees- one themed and the other traditional. 

 This is my "woodland" tree that I started several years ago.  It began with the owl invasion that hit the stores and grew from there.

I start at the top and work my way down!

I nestled three birds cascading down from the top

 This one makes me sentimental about our Riley that we lost earlier this year.
It's not really woodland but it's an animal so I include it.

 A new tree skirt from T.J. Maxx hit the spot.  The little dear is from Pier 1 a while back.  They keep bringing more out each year so they are still available.

Always love the night time glow!

The living room tree.  I snapped some shots when the sun was out (which we haven't seen in a while) but it wasn't quite done with the tree yet. 

 A close up of the top of the tree.  I put a ring of the woven stars and balls around the base of the gold accented fern leaves that top the tree.

Dan got me this sleigh about 6 years ago from Boscov's.  I've used it in many ways including loading it with gifts for Christmas. 
This year I added a lantern with pine boughs and pine cones.  The faux fur piece adds a touch of warmth and cozies it up.

I love that glitter strapping material that came out last year.  This year I cut them into shorter pieces and attached them throughout.

I took this in the early morning.  We've been having foggy warm days lately.  
Snow is once again falling so maybe we'll have a white Christmas!

My technical assistant followed me everywhere once again! 

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