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Bon Weekend.

Our first wedding anniversary is tomorrow, on Beltane. Our celebration was on Friday, so today is indeed the start to a good weekend!

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{Photo credit: Stacy Bode}

Heirloom Romance

I see things around the house and imagine how it would look as either wedding or event decor. So, in the spirit of reuse I decided to challenge myself to create little vignettes using only items found around the house or in the yard. That means china, glasses, vases, trinkets and even scraps of fabric from my studio as well as using the abundance of nature. It also makes for something beautiful to pull cherished familial elements into one’s celebration.

I started this project last fall and these were taken in early October. We hope to get another photo shoot finished before we move that will actually feature us.

This is a guest book table scene. We used our guest book which was an old photo album we found in the attic that appears to have never been used. I made a new sign from our invitation layout. We still had leftover sandwich boards. The table cloth is the from the same linen yardage we used for Michael’s coat. The black box is the old Babbitt box my grandfather kept at their house. My grandmother painted the birds. The lotus bowl came from my mother, the silver flower pin came from Colombia, the tea cup was a gift to my grandmother, the carriage clock was purchased in Paris by my great grandfather as a gift to my great grandmother on their honeymoon, in the late 1800’s. The fleur-de-lis cloche is a modern piece.

The Carew Rice scene is an original and one of our beloved tumblers also makes an appearance. My parents received a set of them as a wedding gift, 54 years ago.

Guestbook table

Guestbook table

Guestbook table

Guestbook table

Guestbook table

Guestbook table

Guestbook table

2010

Happy New Year everyone! We would like to wish you a safe, happy and healthy year.

We’ve had our Hoppin’ John and collards already.

Cheers!
Evita & Michael

Ho-Ho the Mistletoe!

We haven’t gotten much done in terms of holiday decorating this year. I posted our Yule photos from last year, and today, I’d like to share our very fun Rudolph inspired table from 2 years ago. I originally wanted to go with a meadow scene. I needed something to use as a reference for measure when we looked for some deer. Enter my vinyl Yukon Cornelius toy and you could see the light bulb go off in our heads. We needed the whole set and he was part of the collectors series. We knew getting the entire collection would be fairly expensive but started looking on eBay. To our delight, we found an entire set of miniature figurines that turned out to work better than we planned for the larger models. We purchased the trees at Lowe’s and the taffeta was in my scrap bin. The ice blocks are leftover plexiglass pieces from one of Michael’s Tesla Coils. We set up the table as scenes from the movie.

Hope you enjoy!

What’s the matter? Haven’t you ever seen a talking snowman before?

If I live to be 100, I’ll never forget that big snow storm a couple of years ago. The weather closed in and, well you might not believe it, but the world almost missed Christmas.

Of course the main citizens up here are Santa and the Missus. That’s their home over there. First castle on the left. As a matter of fact, it’s the only castle on the left.

Now don’t any of you worry your heads about Santa, Mrs. Claus will have him plenty fattened up before Christmas eve. It’s always the same story.

Could it be that some of you are not acquainted with the story of Rudolph? Well pull up an ice block and lend an ear.

Meanwhile, the elves are bustling with activity. Christmas is over, but they still keep busy with lessons in elf improvement.

How can I eat? That silly elf song is driving me crazy.

His beak blinks like a blinking beacon.

From now on, gang, we won’t let Rudolph join in any reindeer games.

We’ll have to outwit the fiend with our superior intelligence.

Old Donner felt pretty bad about the way he had treated Rudolph, and he decided the only thing to do was to go out and look for his little buck.

And no sooner did the man of the house leave when Mrs. Donner and Clarice decided to set out on their own. Now they were really taking their chances.

My name is all wrong. No child wants to play with a Charlie-In-The-Box so I had to come here.

“Where’s here?” asked Hermey. The Island of Misfit Toys!

A toy is never truly happy until it is loved by a child.


Didn’t I ever tell you about Bumbles? Bumbles bounce.

Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?

It would be an honor sir.

Winter Wheat Decor

So much wheat, so much love. I almost cannot contain myself!

A Scandinavian-style wreath of boxwood and dried wheat.
A garland of pine and wheat drapes across the banister, just above a 200-year-old dowry chest from Lapland.
{Source: Country Living}

Yule

We’re hoping to get our Yule decorations up this weekend. In the meantime, I’d like to share with you our decor from last year. All of the greenery was taken from the yard at our old house. We also used the green acorns that we purchased for the wedding, and everything but the stag was in our possession.

stag
Ok, it’s really an antelope but we thought we could use it to represent a stag. 🙂
Holly & mistletoe.
goddess altar

The goddess was purchased by mother about 38 years ago.

mantle table

I loved making the cedar garland. The trees on the right were part of our table scape the year before. This was more of the direction I wanted to go in, but I missed that turn in Albuquerque and ended up in an entirely different place. I’ll post that soon.

stag hare
altar table

We’re big on using Magnolia branches as decor elements. Never a wrong time of year to use them!

We were featured on Apartment Therapy last year.

Oh yeah, I’m a day late.

{Photo credit: Evita Smith}

I hope everyone had a joyous Thanksgiving yesterday. I love our new glass acorns and I’m very excited to work them into our Yule display this year.

I am working on a couple of projects. It may take a couple of weeks to bring them to fruition so please stay tuned!

Psssst…the acorns are on sale at Pottery Barn. I would like to pick up a few more next week.

Samhain

I will remember today the gift(s) that I have received from my ancestors and give thanks.

Our table decorations from last year.


A photo of one of my great aunts in Colombia, South America. Early 1900’s.

Autumn

We set up our autumn table today. We’re actually using the coffee table in our bedroom. My mother has the domain of the downstairs, and I think she needs the distraction at this time. Sometimes it can be hard to get into the ‘season’ of things here as the foliage doesn’t change. Leaves generally just die. We do get the most amazing sunsets this time of year.

Everything we used we already had in our possession, including a few things that were purchased for the wedding. The greenery came from the yard and I’m not sure what we’ll swap out for Samhain. We may keep most of this and add our raven and maybe some webbing.


The Goddess pitcher is an antique Michael collected several years ago. The ‘votives’ are actually Carew Rice tumblers that were given to my parents as a gift for their wedding.


That’s an antique horn that has been in my family for generations. More of my mother’s wedding china…


The tea cup was a gift to my grandmother and I cannot for the life of me remember who it was. I will get that from mom.



Oh wait, I lied. The glass terrarium in the background was scored at the thrift store for $0.99. The vintage perfume bottle was purchased on eBay a couple years ago.


You can see Michael’s sickle that we used in the ‘day after’ photos, in the front.

I love my hobnail vase. I’ve had a lot of bad luck with broken pieces in the past and hope to build up a collection one day.
{Photo credit: Evita Smith & Michael Judd}

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