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


Christmas Poinsettias and Palms centerpiece

Merry Christmas!!  I’d like to thank you for visiting and sharing your time visiting with me this year!  It’s been awesome. I’m so glad I’ve discovered blogging, I’m still new and learning.   I’m pretty sure this will be my last post for the year.  All the gifts have been wrapped and sent. All the decorations are in place and I’m not hanging, buying or putting out another thing!  The rest of the year we’ll enjoy the season while giving thanks.   Which leaves me to share this years Christmas centerpiece.

Poinsettias and palm trees was my theme for this year’s Christmas table centerpiece.   In Florida with lovely palm trees and warmer weather I wanted to try to incorporate this into my Christmas centerpiece.  Straying from the traditional red, green and gold I choose white silver and green with a touch of red.   Christmas wouldn’t Christmas without red (my favorite color).  IMG_3322PP I used my Godinger silver art palm tree collection. Added palm leaves to a white poinsettia wreath and placed it under the centerpiece bowl. The bowl is actually a Godinger salad bowl.  More Christmas greenery and just a few silver ornaments were placed in the bowl. And of course the crystal and glass snowflakes hanging from the chandelier. By adding the red poinsettias and red berries, my existing art and draperies blended into the theme. My preference would have been to replace them, but this time $$$ chose not to.

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Keeping the buffet simple. I added three elements. A wreath, a poinsettia and palm floral arrangement and palm candle sticks. The urns and large round center plate behind the wreath I did not remove.

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The chandelier.  As much as I want to replace with a new…I had to make do.  To dress it up I added red poinsettias. It kind of resembles bells now.   I strung crystal and glass snowflakes. Some made (see here) and some purchased from Pier1 Imports.  Also strung round/circle craft mirrors (a package from Michaels crafts) by gluing monofilament wire between two mirrors back to back. It adds just a little more sparkle.

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I love these snowflake lanterns. I purchased on eBay and the sale proceeds went to the Wounded Warriors Project, which makes it more special. I just started collecting them and will continue. They are quite large and absolutely beautiful on their own.  When you insert a LED tea light, they are stunning. The linen snowflake table runner was purchased from TJMaxx. The bottom white and silver runner I made with fabric purchased from JoAnn’s to give a wider width since I was not doing any place settings.

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I hope you and your family have a beautiful, happy and safe Holiday Season and a wonderful New Year!

Until next year….sew, create and enjoy loving your home! Cheers!CollagePP2014