13 Days of Christmas! My friend from high school posted on Facebook that working to prepare for Christmas isn’t really work, it’s love, and the concept resonated with me. I LOVE to get ready for Christmas!
Do you have the ubiquitous giant mirror over your sideboard? I see large mirrors used over and over again in home decor, and they are usually over the sideboard, over the couch, or over the fireplace. We have one over the sideboard and one over the piano, and at Christmas time they need to be decorated.
I have not been happy with the lighting situation on my grapevine wreath that hangs in front of the mirror over my sideboard, and I haven’t been too thrilled with the decor I’ve slapped on over the years. I decided this year to be more intentional about creating a vignette with the mirror and wreath.
Where does one go to get inspiration? Why Google images, of course, and then on to Pinterest. At first I thought I’d do something traditional with the party at the bottom, like this.
And then I saw that people were putting stuff in the middle of the wreaths, like this.
“That’s a good idea,” I said, and grabbed the piece of stained glass hanging in my office window. Then I needed to put the party at the top to cover up the red plastic hook, so I wanted to make a new bow to go with my elegant cream and gold color scheme.
I knew right where to go — my friend Kim at Curtain Queen Creates had just posted a tutorial on how to make a bow. I already had the three types of ribbon in my stash, so it was just a matter of wiring them together with a pipe cleaner.
The angel lives year round over the mirror guarding our dining room, and she’s the perfect topper for my newly invigorated wreath.
As the sun begins to set in the late afternoon winter day, the wreath begins to shine and reflect its soft light into the room. And how did I get that nice soft light? I wound icicle lights into the back of the wreath and they are just perfect!
Thanks for visiting with us today in the Empty Nest. We’re thrilled about Christmas; how are you doing?
Got my bags, got my reservations,
Spent each dime I could afford.
Like a child in wild anticipation,
I long to hear that, “All aboard!”
Music and lyrics by Bud Green, Les Brown and Ben Homer (1944)