I made the magnolia wreath the previous weekend. It still looks OK, but the magnolia cuttings over the fireplace were looking dry and rather sad. I'll show you what I replaced them with in a moment.
To assemble the wreath, I took a basic old "evergreen" wreath and used craft glue to attach fresh magnolia leaves. The wreath was shedding and ready for the trash collector, so I figured I had nothing to lose. I already had the glue and the wired gold ribbon, so it cost nothing to make.
With the red and green glass above the front door, the house seems to have a touch of the Christmas spirit all year 'round. The greenery remnants I used in the urns flanking the sidewalk were free at a nearby Lowe's store. It was in a bin near the entrance to the garden center. The workers were very nice, telling me to take all I wanted.
I used inexpensive outdoor ribbon to make the red bows. I decided to leave the dried-up ferns in the urns to provide support for the greenery.
I used artificial garland to decorate the staircase. As I'm sure everyone in Blogland knows, it's easy to create the illusion of real greenery by adding evergreen cuttings, strategically placed. The pinecones were already attached to the garland. I simply added clear lights and bows (I made them a few years ago to decorate the mailbox stand -- they just needed fluffing).
I think the vintage Heinrich and Company "Golden Harvest" dishes will be the ones I use this year. I spotted them at the local Goodwill store. Eight full place settings with lots of serving pieces. I'm probably tempting fate by telling you this, but there's not a chip or scratch on a single piece -- no sign of ever having been used at all. I suspect that they were someone's prized possession, displayed in a china cabinet since the 1940s or 50s. "Too nice to use" or "maybe someday ..."
I didn't have time to set a table for you with them yet, but I'll try to do that this weekend. See you next week?
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I'm linking to Susan's Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. I hope she won't mind since I only shared a picture from a previous tablescape (plus a "teaser" for next week). I hope you'll visit Susan and all her talented participants! I'm also linking to the Holiday House Tours Party, hosted by Julia of Hooked on Houses. Check it out HERE.
Wishing you the happiest of holidays!