I’m a life-long gardener who still to this day gets giddy at the thought of a trip to one of the local nurseries. Yes, I actually studied landscape and environmental horticulture and the practical experience I have garnered through the years has served me well. Childhood memories of chicken manure “tea” still float through my olfactory senses to this day. I have always been an organic gardener and always will be. From the Earth … To the Earth. I was born and raised in rural, bucolic Litchfield County, Connecticut and now joyfully live a few blocks from the ocean in beautiful Santa Barbara, California.
I love making these edible arrangements. And there’s no better time than the holidays to adorn your table with a beautiful centerpiece … that you can eat. A big part of the fun is the adventure of shopping at our Santa Barbara Farmers Market to pick out all the bounty. The ingredients that make up this piece are: fruits and vegetables, nuts, succulents, herbs and snippets of pine.
I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with Teresa O’Connor a few weeks ago and was thrilled when she asked me to do a guest post on this very subject on her blog, Seasonal Wisdom. Click HEREto view the guest post which tells you exactly what I used to make this piece, where it came from and of course, to see lots of pictures too. Watch the video below and you’ll see the step by step creation of this piece as well as how fast it actually come together. You’ll also meet my kitty Oscar who loves to be part of any photography or video shoots we do in the house.
May your holiday season be merry, tasty and bright!
The holiday season is upon us once again and I want to share with you some outdoor Christmas decorating ideas and inspirations. I headed up north to the San Francisco Bay Area right after Thanksgiving to do a decorating job I’ve done for many years now. Everything used has been collected over the years and is pulled out to turn the front yard into a holiday wonderland. The porch is made festive with penguins, candles, nutcrackers and garlands – it sparkles with lights and more lights. Santa sits merrily in his sleigh surrounded by trees and packages while his reindeer check out the garden. A beautiful manager scene, with custom painted figures, graces the front corner of the yard and gets accented with palm fronds cut from the back yard. As usual, there’s a video waiting for you at the end.
The sleigh, with pumpkins leftover from the Halloween/Fall display, waiting for Santa to jump on in.
Santa has taken his place of honor surrounded by trees & packages.
Rudolph, adorned with lit bead garland, leads the way.
The festoons are being hung, temporarily attached with wire, & then secured with fishing line.
The festoons are lit & large, shiny red ornaments hanging from the center of each add even more sparkle & shine.
Garland is placed at the base of the front porch displays & is then lit. It brightens the stairs & the way to the front door.
A couple of my favorites – the Christmas penguins. If you look close, you can see everything is secured by fishing line – this valley gets very windy.
The front door display.
These candles, in different sizes & colors, are such a nice touch.
An overview of the front porch.
The nativity scene is dressed with palm fronds collected from the back yard. Hydrangeas, cut from the garden, are used as accents too.
The front gate & arbor, lit on both sides, welcome guests into the yard.
Small trees illuminate the pathways.
Lucy and I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!
As many of you already know, I was a professional Christmas decorator for years. I have some tips to share with you to make your decorating endeavors a bit easier and a bit brighter which you can find in the links below.
This is the time of the year for gathering, being grateful … and eating. So many tables to decorate in so little time. I love decorating my own table with simple homemade elements, and if the ingredients come from nature, even better. I want to share with you, in the video below, two very different Christmas centerpieces. And, you’ll see in the video that the supplies are a little unexpected. Don’t let this discourage you because everything can be replaced with a little twist: pomegranates for red apples… voilà … just as beautiful!
You can choose from a modern or a traditional look depending on your guests, your decor and your menu. These centerpieces will add punch and pizazz to your table and become part of the conversation. And, they are low so your guests can easily see over each other. Plus, they can eat them for dessert!
Have fun creating – stay tuned because this December is full of crafting and decorating ideas.
Christmas Wreaths are a holiday classic. We all like having a new one each December. They’re a way to greet all the people that visit your house during this busy season. I wanted to share with you a tutorial on how to make your own wreath with a natural feeling. You can find it in the short video below. I know we are all busy shopping and decorating so this project won’t take long. And, it will be fun!
- Fishing line
- Wire wreath frame
- Magnolia cones
- Spanish moss
- Hot glue
Watch the video to see the steps and you’ll have a beautiful new wreath hanging on your door in no time.
This natural looking wreath will make your door more inviting … and your neighbors jealous.
Have fun creating and making your Christmas more cheerful!
The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to deck the halls and trim the tree. Why not make some ornaments of you own this year? I wanted to give you two Christmas ornament ideas so you can add some handmade treasures to your tree. Watch the video below and you’ll see just how easy they are to make.
By the way, these ornaments are really fun and easy for kids to make too. Just be sure to keep them away from the hot glue pan – a cool melt glue gun is a much safer idea. Happy creating!