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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Winter Wonderland Centerpiece

Our family spent a very quiet December 31st together. I made a little centerpiece for the table and thought you might like to see it. 

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I decided upon a Winter Wonderland theme for our New Year’s table and sideboard.

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It included elements that have regularly been spotted~ Villeroy and Boch plates, silver napkin rings, antique napkins trimmed in handmade lace, and Great Grandma Lenora’s S & H green stamps silver.

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While I love tarnished silver for holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, there is something so sparkling and lovely about using newly polished silver to ring in the New Year.

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Grandma Mary and Papa Jack’s wedding crystal. I shall have to do a bit of research to find the name of the pattern.

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Over on the sideboard I piled on the silver by stacking two trays to create a snow flocked forest.

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In the midst of all the snow the chimney sweep plowed on.

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Every New Year’s Eve we have what my Grandpa Ingalls referred to as “pickin’s” ~ shrimp cocktail, cheese and crackers, and a few favorite cookies such as Trader Joe’s Pfeffernuesse. They look SO pretty and taste even better. 

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Ok, back to the centerpiece. The Fashionista loved my Anthropologie Tree Topper so much and repeatedly kept asking me to make one for her, but in a woodland friends theme.

Last year, um I mean December of 2010, I went to Michaels after Christmas sale and selected several decorative picks and ornaments that fit the bill. I wasn’t really thinking about blogging when I started making the centerpiece/tree topper last week so I apologize that I didn’t take any pictures of the supplies but they look somewhat like this:

A circular 5 X 7 wreath that has a flat base and top.

Assorted picks similar to those shown featuring white sparkly stems and extra large pine/evergreens that I then took apart.

I took the various loose evergreen pieces and wired them onto the styrofoam base with thin green 22 gauge craft wire. TIP: Do this outside because it is messy work. 

You can ever so slightly see the handi work.

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I then cut the corded hanger off of each ornament.

My fine furried friends were made even more foxy by a dab of glue and glitter. They were then hot glued onto the wreath.


Wee little pinecones and spun cotton mushrooms were also glued on to the wreath.

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Soon it will be packed up and ready for my darling girl to use on top of her tree next year, but for now the addition of a clear hurricane vase and white pillar candle make for a lovely centerpiece.

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For those who inquired, yes, Rudi the dachshund is thankfully still with us. He has been a devoted constant companion who offers quiet comfort. 

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Thank you for your understanding in that I have had to turn the comments off temporarily. Blessings to all.



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