An inspiration for using vintage silver platters!

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Romantic Christmas Tables

December 17, 2014

These romantic Christmas tables are inspiration for an elegant table!

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Astonishing Christmas Crochet

December 12, 2014

Check out these amazing Croche’t projects below.  Maybe they can add some holiday cheer to your house!

 

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Amazing Ornament Wreaths

December 11, 2014

This link has great tips on how to make your own wonderful ornament wreaths.  Good luck and happy holidays!

http://www.thehappierhomemaker.com/2013/11/how-to-make-an-easy-diy-ornament-wreath.html

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Pink Ornament Wreath

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Crafty Christmas Ideas

December 10, 2014

Paperwhites – Because paperwhites don’t require chilling in order to bloom and can grow without soil…Just fill the jar 3/4 full with stones, add the bulb, and secure with the jar-top

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diy paperwhites - Because paperwhites don’t require chilling in order to bloom and can grow without soil...Just fill the jar 3/4 full with stones, add the bulb, and secure with the jar-top

Old Grater…filled with pine, cinnamon sticks & a star.

Old Grater...filled with pine, cinnamon sticks & a star.

This snowflake is totally nature inspired. You can create a rustic look with a snowflake that will never melt.

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This snowflake is totally nature inspired. You can create a rustic look with a snowflake that will never melt.

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Cute Chicadees!

December 7, 2014

The chickadees are a group of North American birds in the tit family included in the genus Poecile. Species found in North America are referred as chickadees, while other species in the genus are called tits. They also have quick movements and are notably shy.

They are small-sized birds overall, usually having the crown of the head and throat patch distinctly darker than the body.

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Stunning Amaryllis

December 5, 2014

Amaryllis flowers are great to have around the house during the holidays!   Visit this link for the ultimate guide to growing them.

http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/growing-amaryllis-bulbs.html

 

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Holiday Poinsettias

December 3, 2014

Caring for Poinsettias might seem like a daunting task but you only really need 3 things: light, heat and water.

Check out this great article for caring for Poinsettias.  Article Source:  http://gardening.about.com/od/winterinthegarden/a/Poinsettia.htm

  • Light – Place it near a sunny window. South, east or west facing windows are preferable to a north facing window. Poinsettias are tropicals and will appreciate as much direct sunlight as you can provide.
  • Heat – To keep the poinsettia in bloom as long as possible, maintain a temperature of 65 – 75 degrees F. during the day. Dropping the temperature to about 60 degrees F. at night will not hurt the plant. However, cold drafts or allowing the leaves to touch a cold window ca injure the leaves and cause premature leaf drop. If you’ve ever see a gangly poinsettia in bloom, with only a couple of sad looking leaves hanging on, it was probably exposed to temperatures that were too cool or extreme shifts in temperature.
  • Water – Water the plant whenever the surface feels dry to the touch. Water until it drains out the bottom, but don’t let the plant sit in water. Wilting is another common cause of leaf drop. A wilted plant can be revived and salvaged, but it will take another season to improve its appearance.

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Schlumbergera

Although this picture below might come to mind when someone says “Christmas Cactus”, this is not what we are talking about ;-).

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The botanical name for Christmas cactus is Schlumbergera.

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Schlumbergera is a small genus of cacti with six species found in the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil. Plants grow on trees or rocks in habitats which are generally shady with high humidity and can be quite different in appearance from their desert-dwelling cousins. Most species of Schlumbergera have stems which resemble leaf-like pads joined one to the other and flowers which appear from areolesat the joints and tips of the stems. Two species have cylindrical stems more similar to other cacti. In Brazil, the genus is referred to as Flor de Maio (May flower), reflecting the period in which they flower in the Southern Hemisphere.

This genus contains the popular house plants known by a variety of names including Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus, Crab Cactus and Holiday Cactus, which are Schlumbergera cultivars, and flower in white, pink, yellow, orange, red or purple. (The Easter Cactus or Whitsun Cactus, which may also be called a Holiday Cactus and has vivid scarlet flowers in the most commonly grown form, is now placed in the genus Hatiora.) The cultivars of Schlumbergera fall into two main groups:

  • The Truncata Group contains all cultivars with features derived mainly from the species S. truncata: stem segments with pointed teeth; flowers held more or less horizontally, usually above the horizontal, whose upper side is differently shaped from the lower side (zygomorphic); and pollen which is yellow. They generally flower earlier than members of the Buckleyi Group and although common names are not applied consistently may be distinguished as Thanksgiving Cactus, Crab Cactus or Claw Cactus.
  • The Buckleyi Group contains all cultivars with at least some features clearly showing inheritance from S. russelliana: stem segments with rounded, more symmetrical teeth; more or less symmetrical (regular) flowers which hang down, below the horizontal; and pollen which is pink. They generally flower later than members of the Truncata Group and are more likely to be called Christmas Cactus.

In the wild, the species of Schlumbergera grow either on trees (epiphytic) or on rocks (epilithic) and can form sizeable shrubs with woody bases; a height of up to 1.2 m (4 ft) has been reported for one species (S. opuntioides).[1] They are leafless, the green stems acting as photosynthetic organs. The stems are composed of segments, which take one of two forms. In most species the segments are strongly flattened (cladodes), being made up of a central core with two (or more rarely three) “wings”. Special structures characteristic of cacti, called “areoles“, then occur at the ends of the segments of the stem. In two species the stems are less flattened, more cylinder-shaped, and the areoles are arranged in a more or less spiral pattern all over the segments. In both cases, the areoles, which may have wool and bristles, are where the flower buds appear.[2]

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Vintage Handkerchief Stockings

November 30, 2014

Having vintage handkerchief stockings can make Christmas more nostalgic and fun with a twist on the mantle.  Your grandparents might have had stockings that looked like this!  Click the link below to see how to make some beautiful stockings!

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what a cute idea for those old hankies

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