Monday

January's new decor


Happy New Year!
I had planned to post myChristmas decorations, but never did as we had a sad occurence before Christmas, halting a lot of prior plans. My best friend for the past 53 years went to be with the Lord on Christmas Eve. We will miss her very much, but take comfort in knowing we will meet again in Heaven as we are all believers. 
To help cheer myself up after Christmas I decided to add some new colors to my color scheme in our family room and breakfast nook.

I found the new colors inspiration in this cute pillow that I found before Christmas at Tuesday Morning for only about $6.88!
An unusual color combo of red, orange and green!

One of my Christmas gifts was this red, orange and green throw (by Ralph Lauren)

This past year we had two of these cane back chair cushions covered
 in this pretty fabric, so it fit right in!

I also already had this garden stool that has some orange:

I went to Hobby Lobby and Michael's and bought some bright, pretty faux flowers in orange, reds and yellow. Keep in mind we live in sunny Florida and these colors work well during the winter!

When looking through my Valentine decorations I found these red candlesticks.

 Also found this cute little orange bird!
I have to buy more candles.
See our "Alexa" Dot Echo some of our family members gave us.
It is so much fun!

Here's the coffee table centerpiece I made:

I promised it another one of those big orange/yellow peonies,
they are half-price again this week!

Here's the centerpiece I made for the glass top table in the breakfast nook:


I also used the magnolias from before:

While in the breakfast nook I'll show you the other floral arrangement on the gateleg table:


 I love faux flowers!
 If you are a "fresh flower snob" dont' come to our house! LOL!
I found that pretty bird vase many years ago at the Lake Eola Craft Show in Orlando, FL

The bowl of beaded fruit also ties in the colors.
This is on an end table (console) beside the recliner.











 We are enjoying the cheerful colors, they have made a difference. I hope you have enjoyed them as well, especially if you have snow in your state now! Here in FL we are having a very pleasant winter with breakfast on the lanai and only long sleeves, maybe a sweater! No complaints, we love it!

I'm joining Susan's Met. Monday, click on her name for lots more fun.

God Bless!
Katherine

Thursday

The First Nativity in my Collection

Nativity in Niche - 2018

This Nativity was my first one, the one that started my 
Nativity collection:
I've had it since the late 60s.
It was given to me by my Aunt Catherine,
a favorite aunt.
The figurines are ceramic, I don't know
who actually made them.
Joseph is 10 inches tall
Mary is 9 inches tall
Baby Jesus' manger is 6 inches long

Every year I display the Nativity set in this niche 
between the dining room and family room
The decor of it is different each year.

Below is this year's display:
 I used an old piece of lace to go with
the cream colored theme this year.


I bought the capiz shell "flowers" at Pier 1 last spring.


I had planned to show all of the different ways I have decorated it each year, but ran into difficulty because I couldn't find a picture of each year. I know I took pictures, but lost or misplaced a lot of pictures when we switched over to a new computer. I will show the pictures I found, but have forgotten which year goes with each picture.

I have decorated it differently for 18 years now.

Below is last year's display, using white poinsettias:

2017
2017
2017

Nativity display - 2016
I used  maroon velvet fabric with red poinsettias.
A few of Joe's childhood animals from his Nativity
are also used with this one.

2018 has the old lace

I really like this one using faux roses:
The old family bible is over 100 years old.



Another display with roses used differently:

 This one has holly:


 The niche has an overhead light:

 This one has a green velvet cloth:
With white and gold poinsettias

Another year with green and gold:

A different green cloth:



 This one I used a crocheted tablecloth:
 The long shot view:

The angel that hangs above:


 This was one of my first displays:
The wall (above) looks pink, but it's a berry color 


Which is your favorite?

Merry Christmas!


If you would like to see all of my Nativity Collection click here:
I posted this collection December 2012 I have a few new ones since then,
I will post those soon.

They are displayed differently each year as well.

Click on her name for lots of inspiration.
Katherine