A Tomato Cage Angel Centerpiece

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I have been making a tomato cage angel for many years, but this is the first year I used it as a centerpiece. Although I have made these angels from every size tomato cage available, I personally like the giant ones. This is a no sew project. You will need muslin fabric, a burlap bad, white lights, fabric tulle for wings, 2 toilet paper rolls., florist wire or pipe cleaners, a Styrofoam ball for head and some holiday greens or other decor for arm held design.

Angel made from a tomato cage

Angel made from a tomato cage

First I wrapped the lights up vertically up and down the tomato cage. Then I cut enough fabric to smooth out over her face and head

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Holiday Extravaganza Series-Festival Of Tables

Holiday tablescape with vintage dishes

Welcome to The Holiday Extravaganza Series-Festival Of Tables Part 1. This weekend I participated in the 40th annual Holiday Tour in our community which is an fundraiser for the Historical Society. There were 22 tables festively decorated
in a variety of Holiday themes. Whether you are an avid collector or an admirer of beautiful dishes, these table settings will not disappoint you. The art of Entertaining and setting an Elegant table is truly an art form. Much planning and creativity is involved.

Festival of Tables-fresh arrangement

Festival of Tables-Fresh arrangement of Holly and Evergreens

The use of beautiful linens and holiday dishes in a traditional theme paired with the centerpiece of holly and fresh evergreens bring

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Christmas In Our Kitchen

Our Home Christmas Collage

Welcome to our Home this Holiday season.  We are “impatiently” waiting for the Holidays as we anticipate our kids homecoming visit. Luckily everyone will be home this Christmas.  Last year one of my son-in-laws was deployed, and in the years past one of our daughters and her husband were in Germany.  So this year we are so blessed to have everyone coming home. Welcome Christmas Christmas in our kitchen is officially underway, which is more than I can say for the rest of the house.  I am slowly but surely getting the seasonal decorating items out of the closet and have reached a resolution.   I think part of the problem is that I am pretty tired of

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A Christmas Tour Of Opryland

Opryland Hotel Decorated For Christmas

We went to Tennessee for our grandson’s 1st birthday.  Our visits are never long enough, it seems with a little one we miss so many milestones.  His life is changing full speed ahead as he learns to crawl, walk, and experience all the things he is learning to love.  My husband and youngest daughter had to head back to Michigan after our short visit but I had an opportunity to stay an extra few days.  During my visit we did “grandma stuff”, we took a few walks in their neighborhood, we visited the Army base where my son-in-law is stationed,  and we went to Nashville for a Christmas tour of Opryland.

Tour Of Opryland

A Christmas Tour Of Opryland

My husband and I visited the Opryland Hotel many years ago. We have always loved Garden Tours. The Gaylord Opryland Hotel has grown into a first class Garden tour. The atrium area is so

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Make a Perfect Bow

Make a perfect bow printable

To make a perfect bow requires a little practice but is really quite simple. Here it is in 6 easy steps. You can use this method for any type of fabric, ribbon, including tulle for pew bows and strips of lace or burlap. Let’s start with cutting the ribbon tail…..

Make a bow step 1

Make a bow step 1

then take the ribbon and make a loop, twist ribbon holding firmly in one hand and straighten ribbon bringing toward you in other hand

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A Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Thanksgiving is my comfort Holiday, much like some foods are comfort foods.  It is such a wonderful time to reflect on how truly blessed we are.  What better than A Thanksgiving Cornucopia  to set the mood of our table.  Thanksgiving  Cornucopia
The Cornucopia, sometimes called a Horn of Plenty is a sign of prosperity. It traditionally was filled with fruits, flowers and nuts and

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Winterizing Our Michigan Tropicals

Snow on Cyress Tree
Snow on Cypress Tree

Snow on Cypress Tree

Today is finally the day that I winterize our Michigan Tropicals by constructing “survival houses” for my windmill palm tree and my crepe myrtle. It is starting to get where temperatures at night are near twenty degrees. As most people are aware, palm trees would normally be hard pressed to be grown in the ground in Michigan. We have fairly cold winters where palm trees would not normally survive on their own. The Windmill Palm, or as it is known by its Latin name, Trachycarpus fortunei, hails from China in a region that is subject to fairly cold winters, not as cold as in Michigan is in the winter, but the plant is hardy enough to make it through our cold Michigan winters with a little added help.
Here in the area of Michigan where we live it is not uncommon to get below zero during the winter. This palm tree has been known to

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Revamping Our Guest Room

Monogram Pillow Collage

Revamping our guest room has been on my list all summer. I finally became inspired with a very simple project and some bargain shopping. All of our girls are planning to be home for Christmas. Both of our son-in-laws are in the Army. Our oldest daughter and her husband live in Georgia, our middle daughter and her husband live in Tennessee, and our youngest daughter is away at College. We are very excited and fortunate to be expecting everyone home this Christmas. Our grandson was born last November and just celebrated his first birthday. His Daddy was deployed and not home at Christmas last year, we are so excited for them (and us) to share what will be a fun season. We fully expect to have all 5 bedrooms full of family. Now with this bedroom done, I can move on to the next project.

Stenciled pillow project

Stenciled pillow project

It all started with these 2 pillow cases I picked up at a thrift store. They still had the tags on them and were a bargain at $1.99 a piece. And this is how I did it…….

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Phase 2 Wedding Planning: Hire a Photographer

Kortney Gillies Photography

Wedding Planning: Phase 2 begins once the Ceremony and Reception locations have been confirmed.  You should also have a preliminary guest list and budget.  Now the real fun begins.  How to brand your wedding.  How will you document your wedding day? The combination of decisions are endless, depending on the specifics of your wedding so today let’s narrow it down into Phase 2 which includes decisions about Photography. Catering and finding a Florist are also what I call Phase 2 wedding planning but in this post we will talk about hiring a Photographer.  Most Photographers these days (if not all) have a website, or blog site. I recommend accessing these online portfolio’sKortney Gillies Photography and simply choose a couple Photographers based on what you see. Check to see if they are available for your wedding date, make

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Hydrangea Are A Great Choice For Bouquets

Bouquet of white hydrangea, white roses, calla lilies and seeded eucalyptis

In my experience hydrangea are a great choice for bouquets.  They are readily available and give you a lot of bang for your buck.  I often use hydrangea in bridal bouquets in hand tied designs, but they can be designed in cascading and other formal designs as well.  White Hydrangea is a great choice in traditional white bridal bouquets such as this…….

traditional bouquet with white hydrangea and roses

traditional bouquet with white hydrangea and roses

and is beautiful when mixed with contemporary greens such as seeded eucalyptus.  The design trend recently has been bouquets

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