Decorations courtesy of nature. Our Christmas tree is trimmed with dried hydrangea. You may recall my bounty crop from this past summer. Then I tied grosgrain ribbon to the pine cones from the white pines in our yard and tied them on the tree here and there.
Pondering thoughts came as I wondered where, what, I was going to do with the bouquets of hydrangea that filled the old wooden bin that sits in our living room. As I began pulling the stems of the dried flowers from their home a fresh idea came.
The sea foam colored hydrangea offer the perfect adornment to our Christmas tree. I really LOVE the dark chocolate brown from the pine cones, (my favorite color) mixed with the evergreen and sea hue. I'm fond of the striking color contrast. A simple burlap garland from my stash adds more texture and natural color.
Don't you just love it when a Christmas decorating project cost nothing? I do!
I placed a small tree outside the kitchen. When you glance outside the kitchen door you see the little tree. If I had more time to decorate I'd place a Christmas tree in every room! I love Christmas.
Packing and shipping holiday orders today and tomorrow. The post office is beginning to show signs of Christmas too. It's busy. What a grand feeling walking in and popping my boxes in the shipping bin without waiting in the long lines. Isn't the Internet a handy thing to have?
Bittersweets open house is just a few short weeks away. I have the 2012 cookie menu planned. I'll try to remember to share some of the recipes. Careful thought and planning goes into that menu. I found the perfect cake to make for Christmas Eve dinner. All white with cranberry layers. YUMMY! Quite grand in appearance with four layers.
Invites need to be addressed and mailed this week. On my list holiday list of to-do mixed in along with making fresh Peppermint laundry soap, Lavender dryer sachets and wrapping all the Holiday soap! What we need is lots of soap!
Do you remember my post talking about the book I used to read to Patrick when he was a little boy? We also enjoyed reading Tasha Tudor's Corgi book. Isn't it cool how some story books remain forever? Aesop's Fables is one of my favorite child hood stories. My Uncle Richard introduced the book to me when I was a little girl. I can remember the exact moment in time when I opened the book and began reading the interesting fables. I also recall my Uncle and Aunt teaching me to spell FLABBERGASTED at a very young age. I must have been 5 or 6 when they taught me how to spell the long word. We were driving home from a trip to the Plaza. Isn't it funny how those memories stand out? I must have started to get on their nerves and they needed to preoccupy me. It worked! I never forgot how to spell FLABBERGASTED. I remember years later how the word came up in a spelling bee. Needless to say, I aced it.
Back to the children's book discussion. My friend Julie and I began talking about our favorite books when we were little a few years ago and the next Christmas she gave me an original copy of Aesop's fables she found at an antique shop. I had tear in my eyes and it instantly brought back happy memories of when my Uncle Richard gave the book.
The best love of all.
Enjoy caring and sharing holidays.