In preparing décor for any holiday or special occasion, I'm a firm believer that your first resource is what you already have. I find my best designs come from this. Now, I will say that I have stockpiled a number of really cool Christmas décor this year that I've been dying to use. I bought some sparkling iced eucalyptus that I was excited to pull out this year. I wasn't sure if I would use it on my tree on in an arrangement. In the end, I used it in an arrangement on my dining room table.
I had picked up these 2 rusty urns earlier in the year as well so I pulled them out. I thought they'd make a great statement together on my farmhouse table.
I decided that I would use all décor that had that frosty winter look so I pulled out some pinecones and sprayed snow on them. Then I had some red berries that I threw in for just a slight punch of color. To give it that "snowy-look" I tore open an old pillow and stole the polyester filling out of it! If I can repurpose, I will and it stretches my dollar for those items that really help make my table. I also ran out to my birch tree in the front yard and grabbed a few twiggy limbs off it to give my arrangment a little more height.
Next, I had bought some miniature mercury glass ornaments at the end of the year last year that I wasn't sure what I would use them for. I found the perfect use for them to scatter across my burlap runner.
I also had these 2 Christmas Santa's. I had never found the right place for them at Christmas, but this year, I decided to put them back to back in the middle of my urns. The one item I did buy was a white brush tree. I began looking at my Santa's as setting the scene of them being in a magical winter wonderland.
I really think that my Santa's pulled the whole look together! Okay, so........what is that powdery stuff all over my runner? Snow, you say? How could it be? Well, let me tell you about a little product that I found! You will love it as much as my guest have!!!!!
It is called, "Snow to Go." You follow the directions on the package by adding water to it. Then you can sprinkle it on your surface. Be careful where you use it because it is wet so it could damage finer surfaces. So where can it be found? Let me tell you about one of the best kept secrets and I hope you will visit them!
You can find Snow to Go at The Cuckoo's Nest, at the corner of Old Highway 280 and Highway 55 in Westover, Alabama. This was the former home of my grandparents, Luther and Wilma Hatcher. I love going there because I love all the fun things in the store but it also is one of the ways I let my grandparents' memory live on. This year, the snow at my table will be my reminder of them and my daddy.
The end result is beautiful! I'm loving my table and I wish that every decorating project I did brought me as much joy. What I want you to gain from this project is to take a look around at what you already have. Take a look in your attic, think about what maybe a relative has that they aren't using, go to the Thrift store, look outside and find a few unique things that you may already have or have seen out shopping. Start pulling the look together and let it evolve! You'll be amazed at what you can come up with yourself!
I hope each and every one of you have a blessed holiday season! I hope to share a few more Christmas project with you. As always, remember.......
Great Design Takes Time!