Reflections...on Christmas

On the sixth day of Christmas...

...perfectly pink camellias bloomed in our living room, while a petite pink Christmas tree sparkled in the background.

I have always wanted to have a tiny tree to place upon a table, as I would a bouquet of flowers at Christmastime.  Our yard which was blooming with an abundance of pink camellias was a magical pink woodland garden.  

Mother Nature's creation needed to be reinvented inside our home.

I found this little fir and went to work.

First the snow had to fall...and dust this evergreen with a hint of frost.

Then my collection of pink ornaments - vintage and new - hand blown glass orbs, blush pink vintage German glass ornaments, felted roses, sparkly snowflakes, shiny fuchsia glass balls, tiny beaded chandeliers...

...and twinkle lights were perfectly placed on the branches.

A coral pink flouncy soft organza bow and a bouquet of roses crowned the tree.

It was like looking through window panes to the garden outside, seeing the different reflections of the pink sparkle in the mirrors on the marble mantle.

I hope that you all had a blessed Christmas...

...and that you might consider taking the advice above for the New Year, "You only live once, you might as well be amusing"  by Coco herself.

I'll see you in the New Year friends.

Ciao amici,

Dressed for Christmas...the Night Before

Last month I was invited to participate in a designer show case for the Christmas season at the Palace of the South - the Hay House in Macon, Georgia.  Each of the designers was given two lines from the poem, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, as a starting point and inspiration for the design of our rooms.  

One of the rooms I chose was the Nanny's Room, which at one time was also a sewing room and a nursery.  Below is my inspiration, story, and design...

 “He spoke not a word, but when straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk…”

A handmade Christmas for the children is the inspiration behind the design of the Nanny’s room.  It is her gift to the children she cares for and loves to create her very own Christmas for them ~ her room, like Santa’s workshop, becomes a happy place in which they can visit, wrap gifts for their parents, and play before all the festivities with the adults begin.

Paper bunting banners with images of Santa Claus and icons of Christmas hang from wall to wall and create a canopy of wonderment for the children.

With items that she has collected, she sews muslin Christmas stockings for each child.  Using old pillow cases, cheese cloth, sheet music, and discarded champagne cages, she creates a pair ethereal angel dolls which lay upon vintage linens on her sleigh bed.  

Some of the other gifts she will present to her children are stuffed animals, books, and sugared fruit.

Old terracotta flower pots no longer used in the garden filled with roses, pine cones, and candles sit atop the mantle to hold the Christmas stockings.  Rustic wrought iron candelabras illuminate the room in candle light and twinkle lights sparkle around the windows.  

Tiny toys are abundant.

Throughout the month, she will celebrate each day with the children and has tiny gifts hidden in envelopes, which the children may open on each day of the month until Christmas.

Decorations are simple and symbolic of the season representing those used during Victorian times and around the time of the Civil War.  Pomegranates, apples, bundles of cinnamon sticks, vintage doll ornaments, gifts wrapped in natural Kraft paper and delicate paper doilies, tied with baker’s twine, are some of the traditional decorations you will see throughout this room. 

{Photo courtesy of the Telegraph, Macon, GA}

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I also had to opportunity to design a second room, the adjacent Children's Bathroom.  This story is below...

“To the top of the porch!  To the top of the wall! 
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

 The view through the window in the bathroom down to the ball room festivities below revealed that it was time to get Dressed for Christmas.  Using some of the stunning glass ornaments from the Hay House collection as my starting point for the colors of this room, I dressed this bathroom in a palette of turquoise, red, gold, pearls, and mink.

Showers of crystals, painted glass ornaments, and a vintage inspired candle chandelier sparkle as they hang beside a sumptuous crimson velvet curtain tied with a gold rope.  Standing by is a lovely lady dress form adorned in a winter white mink stole, pearls, a ruby rose, and an evergreen skirt embellished with twinkle lights and baubles in turquoise and red.

 High above on top of the cabinets in the corner is the gentleman’s black woolen and velvet top hat, courtesy of the Hay House, tied with an aqua sash and festooned with some sparkle.  The perfect accessory for the evening’s soiree.

Garlands of boxwood, gilded pine cones, ruby roses, and gilt branches frame the windows while a golden grapevine wreath hangs on the top of the wall and the soft glow of candle light illuminates the room.

{Photo courtesy of the Telegraph, Macon, GA}

This was a wonderful experience and was so much fun, working in this historical mansion and being able to use some of their vintage decor and ornaments.  I will share some photos of our "Dressed for Christmas" home next time I pop in, and certainly before the New Year.

My wish for you is that you all may have a blessed Christmas.  Be safe, love the ones you are with and those who are not with you.  Be kind, patient, and remember what Christmas is really all about.

Buon Natale Amici!
Merry Christmas Friends!



Lots to share very soon, but wanted to pop in to say hello!

'See you before you know it.  We've got a little more "fluffing" to do before I share with all of you.

Ciao amici,

Thankful . . .

...for all I have.

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Ciao amici,

White Pumpkins & Blue Pansies Mingle

It's finally feeling like fall and on my front door steps, white pumpkins and blue pansies are happily mingling.

One pretty pumpkin princess dressed up for this garden party and sat herself atop a wreath of Spanish moss and silk blooms...

...and put on a silver metal lace crown.

Hope your first week of November was lovely.

As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,

A Wickedly Wonderful and Delightfully Delicious Mad Rabbit Halloween Tea Party

So glad you are here.  


Come mingle a bit.

The Glamorous Goblins have been anticipating this spellbound soiree for weeks.

The spirits of this old manse have even come alive and come for a visit once again.

The room is aglow.

While the Glamorous Goblins have been floating around making sure all the details are just perfect, our resident wise owl, the Mad Rabbits, and our "butler" Guss, have prepared treats, sweets, potions, and concoctions for our Witchy Tea Party for you to enjoy! 

The Mr. and Mrs. approve.

 White pumpkins, black and white candy and treats {save some to take some home!}. 

Ghostly white blooms from the garden, black embroidered monogrammed linen napkins.

A little bit of silver and gold sparkle.

Dark chocolate sprinkles.

Goblin goo - oooooh!

Tarnished silver cups and candle light.

Our black and white "butler" named Guss was the perfect Southern Gentleman.

Our Mad white rabbits named Cleopatra and Amalfi {Cleo and Fifi, to you and me} were the pretty petite hostesses.  {They arrived just in time for this event.  Only eight weeks old, these sinfully sweet sisters are still a bit shy around our friends, but playful with Guss and each other.}

We have not had a party here in quite some time, so this is bound to be spellbound.

Don't be scared.

Four o'clock.
It's time.

Time for tea.  Or cider.

Or Apothic Dark {wine}.

 And time for some mischief.
Let's dim the lights and get started.

These buns blew out the candle light just to be safe while they doing their tricks and eating their treats.

Guss made sure everyone was happy.

Cleo checked out the treats that the Glamorous Goblins made.

And took a sip of hot apple cider.

Amalfi preferred hers with a cinnamon stick twist.

...and finished with the ghost halos and sniff of the antique flowers on top of the silver dust sparkles.

While everyone was enjoying themselves, Guss had a chance to nosh on a juicy bone.

It was so much fun, but then it was time for the party to come to an end.

Thank you Vanessa from A Fanciful Twist for hosting such a wicked party and thank you to all of you who were here.  

Please be sure to visit Vanessa's Witch's Tea Party and all the other parties at our friends' blogs.  Links of those participating are on A Fanciful Twist, just click the button below or on the top of the right hand side bar to attend.

Have fun and enjoy your own special Halloween!

Ciao amici,