All That Glitters our home this Christmas season

...are golden mosaic baubles, glass beaded votives,

and glistening silver balls.

While fancy gilded birds float among antique gold and silver petite pinecones and

sterling nests of spun frosted wire.

Sparkly snowflakes and glass ornaments in ivory and hot pink sit on the marble mantle with cobalt glass reflecting colours like a prism.

Soft velvet and sequin paisley ornaments,

...ethereal feathered angel wings,

and snow kissed pomegranates.

My favorite lighted blooms cascade from a rustic French basket hanging from a wrought iron scroll.

Tiny ivory and silver berries hang from the branches and...

glow against our royal blue ceiling which looks like the midnight sky.

But every year my favorite treasure is this precious nativity that my little boy gave me when he was two years old.

Each year I try to find a different and special place for it in our home.

This is what glitters in our home this Christmas.

I hope your Christmas sparkled and brought you JOY.

Buon Natale Amici,

The Night Before Christmas

Stockings have been hung, pretty decorations sparkle on the mantles, the glow of candlelight fills our rooms, Santa is on his way to visit the little boy in this house...

...and this ol' elf is ready to go back to the North Pole and hibernate for eleven more months!

Merry Christmas to All...
and to all, a very good night.

Buon Natale,

The Littlest Angels

A few more angels are watching over us now.

Wishing You a Holiday Season...

...that is JUST PEACHY!

It feels as though I have been away from here long enough to drive to the North Pole and back again.

I hope you all are doing great.

During the holiday season, the local museum hosts a Festival of Trees event where designers throughout the town each create their own signature Christmas tree.  I participated this year and of course, my tree was Just Peachy.  It was a beautiful melody of glass beads, paper roses, and fuzzy peaches.

My "Just Peachy" mood board on Pinterest fueled my inspiration for the design of the tree and from there my ideas grew like a Georgia peach orchard...

I started with these delicate paper roses in shades of cream, peachy pink, and golden orange...

...and attached them to petite natural grapevine balls and added shimmery organdy bows.

I found these fuzzy navels on eBay {I bought a bushel}...

...and added seam binding ribbons which I hand dyed in soft mossy greens to some.

 Others were wrapped up in natural parchment paper and tied with more of my hand dyed and scrunched blush pink seam binding ribbons.

Glass beads dripping like raindrops...

Golden and glittery branches with crystal dew drops...

I created my tree topper from a large grapevine ball and then intertwined glass beads in and out of it, added some paper roses, and then silky ribbon streamers in shades of cream, blush, peach, and moss green that cascade from the ball.

Below the evergreen branches, willowy layers of embossed antique gold organdy, peach blossom lighted branches, a vintage wrought iron gift basket of peaches...

...and a sweet smelling nosegay of creamy vintage millinery blooms were the gifts I left under my tree.

May your gifts be of the heart this year...and always.

Buon Natale,