A Snow Kissed Winter Wonderland

...Southern Style.

Earlier this season I had the opportunity to design a Christmas tree for our local Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Every year, local businesses, non-profit organizations, and designers donate their time and creativity for this project, the Festival of Trees.  

While I design and decorate custom trees for many of my clients in their place of business and in their homes, this year I also participated once again in the Festival of Trees and my Christmas story is shown here.

When the snow falls here in the South, it does not last long.  But it is wonderful and I say that we are...

 "snow kissed" when it falls.

My vignette began with two potted topiary trees and an ornate antique wrought iron gate, circa 1870...

...which I adorned with crystal snowflakes, plaid bows, big red jingle bells, and white fuzzy boots tied with mint coloured organza bows.

Peach blossom twinkle lights were entwined within the gate and glowed.  When you walk through the gate you find...

...two stovepipe hats, the colour of coal, crowing each tree {my son's clever idea}...a powdery snow covered path lined with snow filled jars and candy canes, glittery snowballs, and twinkle lights guiding your way.

Frosted pine cones {winter snow cones} hang on the topiary trees with red satin bows...

...while crimson pomegranates poke through the evergreens.

Peppermint candy canes tied with ribbons, snowy greenery, and juniper berries and...

...melted snowman ornaments were also some of the hand crafted decorations I made.

The urns were filled with ruby red hydrangeas at the base of each tree and the retro inspired palette of red and aquamarine created a timeless Christmas story.

Even my chubby little snow guy twinkled with Christmas delight.

Hoping all of you have had a wonderful Christmas season, whether you are in a snow kissed winter wonderland or someplace else.


Buon Natale Amici,

December Frost

A season of snow cones...

...and frosty pine cones.

I made these snow covered pine cones for a special winter wonderland vignette and will share with you in my next post.

My secret to making "snow cones" is using thick white glue and sparkly Epsom salts.  Hanging them on my clothes line was just the right spot for them air dry in the winter sunshine.  {Don't you love the bokeh background?  These photographs came out of my camera just like this ~ no editing.  I love it when that happens.}

As always, thank you for your visit.  See you soon.

Ciao amici,

Thanksgiving Wishes

"Let it go!"

The turkey that is...and let someone else do the cooking!

Happy Thanksgiving Friends,

Sunny Side Up


French blue eggs,

...and pale brown eggs.

Gorgeous orbs.

It's what's for breakfast.

Happy Friday Friends.

As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,

On Hallow's Eve...

...we were out in the darkness of our neighborhood playing tricks for treats,

but this happy Jack and some friends of his decided to hang out at home...

reading ghost stories,

startled by howling Guss, but content among each other in their private pumpkin patch filled with

paper roses, pine cones, ghoulishly white pumpkins, and 

 giant greenish gourds adorned with golden yellow vintage millinery blooms. 

Not so scary after all.

Their stories were finished by the time we arrived home 

and in the darkness we could see their grins.  They were happy we were back home.

Hoping all of you had a ghoulishly good time too on your Hallow's Eve.

What tricks were you up to?

As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,

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Playing some tricks with some of these friends this week.

Glamorous Goblins and Autumn Charm

...vintage style.

Ethereal and glamorous goblins adorned with vintage millinery, rhinestones, and glittery crowns have floated into my home this month...

...landed in the midst of willowy branches in crystal vases, and joined the Mr. and Mrs. of sugar skulls who are standing guard in this haunted house.

Inspired by some similar and more minimalistic goblins I recently saw at a Vintage Marketplace, I made these sweet spooks by first sewing some linen pieces together in free form ghost-like shapes and filling each with downy soft fiber fill. 

I drew their puzzled, happy, and frightened expressions freehand using black ink.  But they could not hang around here without any costumes, so I dressed these naked goblins so they would be ready for their big night of the year.

I draped layers of cheesecloth over each form to create their transparent, phantom-esque appearance, and secured the filmy fabric with some sparkly pins.

Using my stash of vintage rhinestone jewelry and creamy white millinery, and a little handiwork, I dressed them up.  This little guy above has a crown which I made using champagne cork wires, while his Momma {who you saw earlier} has a crown I made using lace and silvery glitter.

With sashes of ribbons, adornments of white sparkle, and bouquets of ancient flowers, 

these glamorous goblins were finally ready to celebrate and have a ghoulish time!

Now on another not-so-scary note, I have a bit of gratitude to express to my friend Sonia Crouse.

I am so pleased to have my autumn styling and photography featured in the September 2014 edition of this beautiful journal, Creating Vintage Charm - Inspiration for Creative and Pretty Living.

It is full of interior design inspiration, photography, includes a handcrafted marketplace featuring the editor's favorites, tutorials for projects featured that you can re-create, and so much more.

Thank you Sonia {Editor-in-Chief} for the opportunity to be one of your contributors in this issue.

To get your own print or digital copy of Creating Vintage Charm, click

Have any of you created your own vintage charm for autumn or Halloween this month?

Ciao amici,

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Joining some of these spooks this week.

Country Fair ~ A Nostalgic Nod

Americana and southern traditions run deep here in the South every autumn.  This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Georgia National Fair, so we honored that milestone and joined the thousands of others from all over the state who did the same.  

It was a spectacular summer day in the fall...90 degrees - blue sky, sunshine, and vanilla cream cotton candy clouds.

This "picture perfect" day gave me the perfect opportunity to experiment with an idea I have had for quite a while...

...since the last time we were at the fair about three or four years ago {which is as often as I need this type of intense indulgence of everything}.

So, in between riding on some really scary rides that I was persuaded to try {just this one time} and prayed would not collapse while we were on them, I made some photographs.

While I was in the midst of posting these current photographs, I found some from one of our previous visits to the fair and played around with them as I did these new images.

A little cross process, tweaking fill light and saturation, and adding a "1960's" filter gave these photos just the look I was hoping for - a nostalgic nod to an ever present bygone era.

Vibrant colour, sparkly prizes, carnival lights, ornate details,

...and my little guy on the carousel when he was just four years old.

The details on some of the amusements are exquisitely crafted, even though ghoulish at times with their carved facial expressions popping out here and there, surprising us around each and every corner of the carnival.

Sensory overload in every way.

Even these yellow duckies had to put their shades on and chill out in the cool pool.

And after dizzying day of decadence in every way, so did we.

I hope you enjoyed my view of the Georgia National Fair.  Would love to hear your comments about this new collection of photographs.  

I will be offering some of these images in my Etsy Boutique, Zazzle Gallery, Society6, and My Front Porch - each available in different formats in each store.

As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,

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Joining a few of these friends on the Ferris Wheel this week.