Friday, December 19, 2014

Re-wind to New Year's Eve 2013 a Celebration in Blue & Gold

I'm re-winding to New Year's Eve 2013.....the celebration was a hit and this post didn't get to make the rounds before New Year's to give you some ideas for your own, maybe this year!

 I was delighted when I was asked to assist in decorating the clubhouse, in River Run Plantation, the community where we have been residing for the past 1 1/2 years, now. 
Reservations for 30 was planned, so what a thrill it was to be able to create some beautiful, decor on a large scale and a wee bit nerve racking...a first time biggie for me!

I designed and ordered this special banner and beautiful new clock to be used for years to come.
  I always edit my photos using Pic Monkey's editing tools. It's a free website @

Since I love to play around with editing I upgraded to their Royale package to take advantage of their fun's worth the monthly $4.99 fee for me!
  Frost is one of my favorites to apply along with some fun bokeh effects, like the stars in the two photos above.

The clubhouse is such a great place for meetings, activities and a wonderful space to entertain! 
Here's another pic of the space with some changes using exposure, sharpening and frost. 

Isn't the clubhouse lovely all decked out in carribean blue with silver and gold?
 The band soon fit perfectly, in the corner, under the stars.

Seating areas were re-arranged for groups and intimate conversations...

and even a space for the guests to dance.

I had a lot of helpers to assist with the execution of the decor. DIY, chair covers were cut and adorned by many. Plastic, dollar store, rectangular  tablecovers were used to transform the plain folding chairs into elegant ones for around 50 cents each.
You can see more of how I used them in my Christmas post here!

The Christmas tree was re-decorated with hats and horns and co-ordinated decor.

And I highlighted the star on top of the tree with a little glare.... a fun touch...don't you agree?

A little lens flare, with more bokeh stars, was added here adding a fun festive touch.

And then more of the same, by adding more highlights, to the centerpieces candle flames.

One of the centerpiece pics with a simple, film grain, touch.

More lens flare was added to the ornament in the centerpiece below.

Film grain, exposure and sparkle bokeh add some punch to this simple vignette.

Hats and horns waiting to be worn sat on the dividing wall.

Some lens flare editing was done here with highlights to the star on the chandelier.

This phenomenal cake was a feast for the eyes and the taste buds, too! Created by River Run's special cake decorator, Sandy Wolfe.

And then entertainment was enjoyed, for the celebration, by all!
 Love, Hugs and Kisses,
and Gucci, too!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Countdown Frame with Cranberries & Burlap

I managed to cram in one more creation for Christmas... it's a tad bit late, I should have had it done at the beginning of the month. Better late than never!

A, newly painted, large, black frame, burlap accents, cranberry strands, chalkboard tags and Christmas mementos pulled it all together.

It's a perfect Christmas countdown calendar board, above the desk, in our kitchen!

I created tags, in "Pic Monkey", printed them out on card stock and hung them from jute string. I painted this Santa almost 30 years ago. 
As of today there are 7 days left until Christmas.

I removed the tags each day as they passed. If I'd had more time I would have added some seasonal stickers to the backs of each and just flipped them year I will!

A favorite, tattered post card adds to the display.

"Mom's" tiny porcelain bell, a mid century heirloom, will ring on Christmas day.

Christmas will soon be here or may have already passed, depending on when you happened upon this post.

I thought you might like a closer look at this little display that hangs on the wall by our desk. 

He's my sweet, little Santa that was in our terrarium for Christmas here

This year's frame was a take off of my cranberry display frame that I made a few years back.
I made a more glamorous one last's back on display in our living room, again, this year.
 I had to add an extra tag for one, extra special, day after Christmas. It's a birthday countdown for    my youngest, Kristi Marie aka Kris, Miss Kris, Kwis D Mawee (as she used to always thought her name was) Happy 27th Birthday.....I am so proud of you, my single mom of three.....I love you and miss you so very much! xoxoxo

Hoping to get a few more posts in before Christmas passes this year! 
Love, Hugs and Kisses,
and Gucci, too!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Our Glamorous Christmas Mantel & Tree for 2014

 Welcome to our Christmas home this year. My decorating is complete and I've got about six new posts, yet, to go.

But, here is this year's Christmas fireplace, mantel and tree.

Red, white and gold and little bits of green.

This is the wreath that I can see it here.

Mom's german glass ornaments are two of the few that I have left of her collection...she didn't keep much :(

  White and gold and a little bit o' red to catch your eye.

Sentimental cards from prior years are favorites that I like to display.

 This one's from me...

and this one's from him.

The gold candle votive was a gift from my Kristi and was in this sleigh centerpiece on our tablescape from last was wearing my grandmother's old necklace.

Gold, glittered branches glam out each mantel end with a scrap of red striped fabric from the stocking tops that I made.

Three mini, dollar store, stockings got a really fast upscale with new fabric tops and stenciled letters one all for me

one for honey

and one for Gucci.

The gold painted bottles with a few, red Christmas berries fit just perfectly in this spot.

The bushel basket got a new bow and "Christmassy" additions.

This is my sweet, Christmas angel.

...I shared her in a separate post here.

Our tall skinny tree is my by the side of the road "free" find! It's perfect for our spot between the fireplace and window.
Wow...I miss that house! :(

A gold glass heart topper tips the top of the tree.

Our vintage washtub got a spray of gold and is this year's perfect stand filled with a blanket of fleecy snow.

Grandma's, shabby kitten, doorstop getting mischievous with an ornament and some beads.

Looking pretty in the dark and is my honey's favorite that I've done!

An impromptu pic from last night when I opened the door to let Gucci back in :)

Now, on to posting more looks around the house without hitting the "publish" button too soon!

 Love, Hugs and Kisses,
and Gucci, too!

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