Friday, November 11, 2011

~ Welcome to My 13th Holiday Open House

Hi Everyone, I'm so glad you stopped by for my 13th Holiday Open House Event. It's hard to believe it's that time of the year.
 Each year it's a challenge to come up with something "different" for the outside of the shop to welcome all of you. Some things change others are standards I use each year. Last year the arbor was all "twigged" up and woodsy. This year I opted for a bit for of a classy look.

For those of you that came last year the portico was decorated in an entirely different manner. If you care to go back and look at those pictures you can go HERE to see them. I would have liked to have used the berries again this year, but the trees didn't produce, so moved on to plan B.  :-))

Looking down you'll see two tables set up fairly close together. I've had to do a bit of shuffling. You see on Friday I'll have 2 gals set up out here selling their fine goods. One will have lots of Primitives and the other one Vintage jewelry. I sure hope I can keep myself inside selling and not outside buying. lol
This table normally sits out a bit and has the umbrella for the summer. Not to leave anything undone, I used a white tablecloth, added a grapevine wreath, a few silver Christmas bulbs, lantern filled with Reindeer Moss and my candles that run off batteries. To soften and dress the edge of the grapevine wreath I wrapped some of my iced twig around the edges, just a bit more layering and texture.

You know I love my dishes. This year as the centerpiece I chose one of the candles on a timer with the hurricane sleeve to wrap it's beauty. Standing tall are 2 of the Vintage looking foil Santas. I'll share more of this tablescape on Thursday.

If you go back HERE you can see how I decorated the birdbath for Fall. To keep the Bling fever going, I added the iced spray with a glass urn and a candle on a timer. I'll try to take an evening shot to show you how it sparkles. It is just too pretty. :-))

To finish dressing the area I filled the cast iron pot full of pine cones. These all have special memories for me. A lot of them Mr. P and I picked up many years ago in Georgia when he was trucking. We brought home sacks of them. A few of the others are from a dear friend and her darling children. I can still see their darling smiles the day they brought them by. Memories are priceless!

And last but not least, Mr. Murphy dog was trailing me the whole time I was shooting pictures. This face seems to say, are we finished yet? Bless his heart for the next 3 days he'll be confined to the garage. He wouldn't hurt a soul, but his barking to alert you someone is here drives a person insane. lol
Well, that's it for this post. I hope to have more to share with you tomorrow evening highlighting some of Friday's events. Thank you all so much for stopping by.


Anonymous said...

Hi Lynne! Oh, how I wish I could come to your shop's open house! Everything looks so pretty and festive! Wishing you lots of luck and make many sales!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Lynne, everything looks so pretty and inviting. Wish I was going to be there for all the festivities. Have fun. Hugs, Marty

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Oh Lynne, I can't wait to see it all!!!!! I ahve been waiting (IM)patiently to see the Open House! Love what you have shown us so far! Love those ICED twigs and wreaths! XO, Pinky

Dolores said...

Oh my...... Lynne.... the entrance to your shoppe is so enticing.... it looks beautiful!!

Sure wish I lived close enough to come and sit down with you for a spell.... and then do some serious shopping!

Lee said...

How exciting! You and mary carol should team up and do them together. Your home looked lovely.
Wonderful work.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Lynne you never fail to amaze me with your gorgeous decorations! I love the icy and white look! hugs, Linda

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Lynne, you are such a busy girl! What is there about twigs that just makes for the cozyest of scenes? The ice on them is so pretty. I have some and love them and want more. Our tree in the front yard gives off the most wonderful pine cones I have ever seen. NOT those HUGE ones..but certainly good size. So solid. I love pine cones all year round. I sprayed mine with a bit of laquer to bring out the wonderful wood tones..gorgeous!
Everything looks so HOLIDAY!!! Love it! Can't wait to see the inside. I remember from last year how the front looked. YOU do good! :)

Gypsy Heart said...

Just beautiful! You are so talented. Can't wait to see the rest.


bee bon said...

Lynne, where do you get all the energy from?
One day i might just turn up at your open w/end!
On the 25th and 26th I'm working at my friends open days, remember Hopewood? I will keep you posted and hope you have a sensational success w/end.
bee x