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.