Merry Christmas 2017

 Wishing you a safe, happy, full of laughter, hugs and kisses

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Greetings at the door

A table runner recycled

Welcome to the table

Sleigh full of goodiesReindeer wishes

Tiny tree blessings 

Breakfast at the island bar

Back door farewells

Blessings for a festive meal to enjoy with family and friends

Hugs and Kisses until we meet again……

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Thanks for stopping by  Happy Holidays


Champagne Holiday Cart

What’s a celebration without champagne!  A few weeks back I started refreshing my bar cart from the Moon and Stars shown here to something more festive.  After all it is Holiday Season so why not start out by celebrating.

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Thanks for stopping by!!!!!!!  Enjoy!

DIY Poinsettias and Tea for Two

My holiday decorating started earlier than planned. Could not resist after seeing so many beautiful holiday decorating ideas.

I decided to start out by accenting a holiday pillow (of course) with ribbons.  Last year I did bows on pillows shown here.  The idea of ribbon Poinsettias is from a YouTube channel “Dezine Fun”.    Wire ribbon is recommended.  I used ribbon that is 2-1/2″ wide, cutting 5 strips at 8″ long. 

I tacked them on a holiday pillow.  But consider other possibilities to use in holiday decorating and gift wrapping.  Simple, cute, easy, fun. It was time for Tea.  The weather was so nice we decided to have tea outdoors on the patio.

‘Tis the Season….Tea for Two

The tea-pot warmer kept the tea steeping hot for hours. My favorite brand is Pure Leaf.  The white smaller tea-pot for hot water only in case we wanted to have another flavored tea.  Honey spoons, lemon and orange slices, finger snacks and peppermint sticks was all we needed for this little impromptu tea setting.

Love using hand towels when dining outdoors. The potpourri baby deer gave a scent of pine cones.



Cute pillow… right?

What I love most about our little Tea for Two on the patio… you would think the peace and quiet, good weather…etc, etc. but no, it’s the Lemon Honey Spoons  🙂  (too funny)  The package indicates for hot tea but I also use them in a cold refreshing glass of water,  juice, ice tea and cocktails when I want the taste of lemon and the sweetness of honey.


 View their site for the large variety offered. And check out the holiday gifts:

I was lucky to find lemon honey and clover honey spoons at TJ Maxx for $3.99 per bag of 5.

Combined with other spoons and stirrers they make cute and fun budget friendly gifts for those who like to flavor their hot beverages.


……….’Tis the Season for goods things…..

Hope yours starts off with a fun DIY.  Thanks for stopping by

Silver and Gold for Christmas

I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas Holiday Season. We love this time of year for so many reasons.

Deciding on a centerpiece for the season was challenging because there are so many beautiful festive colors and themes.  Keeping it simple to last thru-out the winter months with very little editing was my goal.


A small wreath to greet you at the kitchen door



Reindeer greetings as you enter


Via Pinterest Only If I had a tree it would be....

Via Pinterest
Only If I had a tree… This it would be….


Gold and Silver Reindeer

Golden Reindeer spreading Joy



Snowflakes of Pearls and Crystals



A flocked swag with twinkling lights and silver wire trees accents the buffet with a reindeer sitting cozy and nestled away


Crystal candle holders and pillars wrapped in sparkling ribbons

Crystal candle holders and pillars wrapped in sparkling ribbons


A grouping of candle holders in mirror and gold, silver mercury glass and mother of pearl

A grouping of candle holders in mirror and gold, silver mercury glass and mother of pearl

It all makes Silver and Gold for Christmas

Flocked Floral Centerpiece accented with ornaments

Flocked Floral Centerpiece with candle accented with ornaments, crystals and pinecones.

Other small holiday touches to make the season bright:

Apothecary Jar filled with glitter spheres and snowflakes

Apothecary Jar filled with glitter spheres and snowflakes

Coffee table glitters with spheres and twinkling lights

Coffee table glitters with spheres and twinkling lights

Patio filled with twinkling snowflake lanterns

Patio filled with twinkling snowflake lanterns

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holiday Season !!!


................Merry Christmas from our home to yours..............

Merry Christmas from our home to yours


Thank you so much for following my blog these last few years.

You taking the time to visit is more appreciated than you will ever know.

  I read a quote awhile back on Pinterest and it has stuck with me.  I would like to share this quote with you.  It’s just a simple small thought to remember but it has a strong impact on our everyday lives, especially during this holiday season.

“If you only say one prayer in a day, make it Thank You”

Thankful for being able and capable to give, to share, to understand, to love.

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Christmas Ribbons


After the gifts are wrapped, ribbons tied and presents hidden away, what do you do with all the left over gift wrappings?  For me, I don’t store wrapping paper, gift bags and all the trimmings. I usually give it away to Salvation Army, Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity. But this year I kept a little extra to do a fun, cute accent for the patio.

img_0955ribbon Tie a pretty bow around plain accent pillows  🙂  Too funny.  But how cute.img_0960wrappillowsThe pillows were made with the left over linen fabric posted in Pillows worthy of golden words.  With all the $$ spent for gifts, Holiday pillows for the patio was not going to happen.  The snowflake pillows had a previous life as a table runner. The ribbons with all the sparkle and glitter tied in bows around plain pillows certainly did the job accenting our bistro chairs for the Holidays.   img_0976patiopillowsAfternoon cocktails and candy kisses. img_0987ribbonwrapcandleA Joy painted beaded pillow topped with a poinsettia and bow…(I’m still trying my hand at painting, one day I’ll get it right) 🙂img_0991beadedjoypillowJust a few soft pillows, bows and ribbon.    img_0980ribbonpillowsA cute little idea to spruce-up plain pillows for the Christmas Holidays.

Happy Holiday Decorating!  Thanks for stopping by and “En- Joy” your week-end.




When I think of Candelabras ….Liberace comes to mind!



He was the epitome of all things flamboyant and garish.   Elegance, yes!  Drama, most definitely!  Tasteful…well some may say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  (I love it, shhh.)


  I also associate candelabras with weddings, lavish special events and some holidays.  But not any more.

Recently I  attended a private estate show.  Beautiful to say the least, but I was amazed at seeing the number of candelabras featured throughout the estate.  In practically every room. Some very ornate, some over the top, some very casually displayed but giving that finishing touch of understated elegance.  This inspired me to take out my little candelabra and start using it year round instead of just during the Christmas Holidays as shown here on our breakfast and bistro tables.   To see full post you can visit Merry Little Silver and Red Christmas 

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I went to HomeGoods for the first time and purchased this candelabra at a huge discount since it was very badly damaged in the center.    I painted over the center section in a shimmering silver and used a large rhinestone brooch from to cover the damaged section.

Damaged candelabra

Damaged candelabra

Here are two arrangements I created for the holidays using the center as a faux floral arrangement.

The Poinsettia Christmas Candelabra:


Supplies: 4 taper candles, 2 Wisteria stems, 2 Poinsettias flowers, leaf stems and small ball ornaments.

Orchids for Christmas Candelabra:


Supplies: Crystal beads, wire ribbon, wheat stems, orchids, seed balls, rhinestone pins from, 1 taper candle, 4 tea-lights.


The next design I cut the stem off a chipped champagne flute and secured it to the center taper cup with wax adhesive.  Ice crystals were hot glued completely around the center ball.  This covered all the imperfections of the center ball.

Ice Crystals Christmas Candelabra:


Supplies: Ice crystal fillers, Champagne flute, Crystal glass beads, Rhinestone brooch from, 4 taper candles.

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Do you love candelabras?  This has really inspired me to start using them year round.  They come in so many designs, styles and sizes.  Give one a try this season.  Consider one or more for year round decorating.  They definitely can make a  table, shelf or counter come alive.  For more ideas on decorating with candelabras check out Pinterest.  Here are a few of my favorites for everyday décor. Via Pinterest.

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And a few candelabra ideas for Christmas Holiday decorating. 

Thanks for stopping by….Until next time….Take care and enjoy your week-end.


A Merry Little Silver and Red Christmas 2015



This year we are celebrating Christmas in a palette of red and silver. I decided on a centerpiece and touches of holiday cheer and forgo our small Christmas tree of previous years.  Hope you enjoy the music video (at the end) by someone I considered having the voice of an angel.  May she rest in peace.  Cheers to you and yours.

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A buffet of snowflake lanterns and reindeer  7647RISbBuffet

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A berry wreath centered around a crystal beaded snowflake  7679berrywreathRIS

Crystal tassel ball ornaments hang from the palm tree  7823ballornament

A silver bowl filled with berry kissing balls on the breakfast table and berry napkin rings accenting the candelabra

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With future spirits bright…….7599RISCheers

 From our hearts to yours Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  May you have a safe, wonderful and fun holiday season.

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