Saturday, December 5, 2015

Before things change. . . . . . . . . .

Before I start adding Christmas decor to the cottage I need to do some dusting
moving of items, reorganization etc. - as you can see I'm not exactly a minimalist.
I did want to share the tall decoupaged 'rose pot' before moving it as I mentioned
 recently to dear blog friend Gina that I used to paint and embellish clay pots.
Most I sold on through a local shop, but have a few I kept, this being my favorite
as I love dragonflies.

I've not started on Christmas decorating yet other than buying poinsettias for 
the staircase a couple of days ago - and whilst there at the garden center I picked
 up this small pot of ivy which I'll probably work into my dining table centerpiece.
I know I'm not purchasing any new factory-made ornaments, I don't need any 
and, when I looked at prices of some beauties at the garden center gift shop,
 I almost fell over from shock!

To make your own really stunning ornaments be sure to visit my fabulous
Utah artist friend Gina at http://ginaceramics.blogspot.com
who's sharing her ideas for painted glass balls - they are so beautiful.


This afternoon I'm attending a Christmas music concert. This evening I will 
complete the Christmas cards ready for mailing on Monday - I promised myself
 no decorating until they were done.
Tomorrow Bob will assist with getting the boxes down from the attic and
I'll wave my wand work hard to bring the magic of Christmas to the cottage. . . . 
. . . . and I just bet most of you are way ahead of me, right?




17 comments:

  1. The sage and cream color theme is beautiful and if you did pots like that for sale I bet you sold a ton.

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  2. I love your tall decoupaged 'rose pot' it is stunning - all of you girls are so talented.

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    1. . . . . . . and I'm sure you are talented in many ways dear Rosemary after seeing your stunning photography! You have such a creative eye.
      Mary -

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  3. Dear Mary,
    No wonder your pots sold. These are stunning. Me thinks you should make more. I will be first in line to purchase.

    Thank you for the mention. How very nice of you. I would be so pleased if your readers would benefit from my simple instructions on how to hand paint Glass Christmas ornaments.

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    1. Gina I would love to do more some day - if only there were more hours in a day! Those were actually German made clay pots and I used to find them in Target of all places. They were beautifully made, so smooth and ready immediately for paint and paper. Then they just all disappeared and I've never been able to find them elsewhere - this was probably 12-15 years ago.

      Mary -

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  4. The cream colour is fantastic I think! You share so much inspiration...love your blog!
    Titti

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  5. Can't wait to see it. I LOVE the cabinet and all the dishes and pottery. Just exquisite.

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  6. I was scanning through the blog updates and instantly put the brake on when I saw your post, Mary. Oh my goodness, it is gorgeous. I love old step-backs and you have decorated it so beautifully. I'm afraid if I dropped in for tea you'd catch me playing in your cupboard. lol

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    1. You are always welcome Deb - I would love it if you stopped in. The kettle would be boiling no time and you could help me rearrange the cupboard! What fun that would be.
      Mary -

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  7. Not way ahead of you, but I did get the tree up and decorated night before last. Thought I'd get more done, but a head cold has me lagging behind. Perhaps I'll get a bit more done tonight. ;-)
    Your pot is lovely! Enjoy the process of decorating. It's nice when all is done and one can sit back and enjoy a cup of tea wit the light twinkling near by.

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  8. Cards mailed, but house a mess! A bare tree sits waiting for twinkles. Lovely pot with the decoupage.

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  9. We are dong the same thing---Christmas cards. I simply love everything about that, an early December 'must/happily' do. Tomorrow A will haul up the bins with a lot of direction from me! And I will have to pack away some of the last bit of fall and even existing decor to make room for Christmas. SO much work but it's so, so uplifting. :)

    I know we will touch base again soon but I want to send love from A and myself to you and Bob...we think of these great friendships so much more during this season of peace, love and giving.

    Jane xxxx

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  10. I too love dragonflies. Love that rose pot.You have beautiful taste and take great photos.

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  11. Looking forward to seeing what you do when you re-arrange & decorate the dresser for Christmas. It looks charming to me as it is. You certainly are not alone in not yet decorating your home for Christmas. I'm still contemplating what style this year. usually I try to keep to a colour theme silver or gold with red, however I've in the English home decorating magazines I've seen lots of all white this year, which looks lovely with lots of tree lights. At the moment I'm looking back on previous years photos,for inspiration, so I might get started this afternoon. I've just found some of the smooth tall flowerpots at a local junk shop, I loved the way you had decoupaged yours. so I think mine will be getting some paint on them soon.

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  12. Mary, how about a tutorial on making our own pots as beautiful as yours?

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  13. This post is full of loveliness, Mary. Your rose pot is gorgeous - I'll bet they sold like hotcakes. I'd be interested in a quick rundown of how you created the pot, too. Where did you find the art to decoupage?
    I keep telling myself that Christmas is not a race to finish but a season in which to enjoy each moment. It's hard when there's so very much to do. I've been crossing things off my list as unimportant. There's been a little decorating done here, but we use a real tree and don't want it up too early or it will be bare twigs by the end of December. Enjoy creating a beautiful season in your home, and I look forward to seeing bits and pieces when it's done.

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