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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Lights, Snow and Faux

Many of you have commented on my header ~~ this sweet vintage bicycle all dressed up for the holidays, snow and lights included. Oh yes, I love the evergreens and pinecones with fresh snow settling around in the basket. I wish I could say this sat in my front yard. There is a charming little town near Chicago called Geneva where this bicycle is parked in front of a store front. I have hopes of duplicating this in some form one of these days. My daughter lives in Chicago and a few years back she invited me to come and take the train to do a little Christmas shopping in Geneva. This town consists of several blocks of old homes that have been turned into shops. It's almost like a storybook setting. It was bitter cold...single digits in early December. We had on cuddle duds and layers of tops, sweaters, scarves and gloves. It didn't seem to matter how cold it was. It just felt right to be shopping, from one old house ~~ turned shop into another. It seemed to part of Christmas with all the lights, the snow, the frost bitten noses and laughing all the way as mothers and daughters do. Evidentually we searched for a coffee shop and then later a bowl of hot yummy soup.
This picture shows me a few hair colors back. :)
I don't know about you, but I could sure use a few more days to prepare for Christmas. My list is long and we are in for freezing rain with snow on top later today.
These are pictures of arrangements I have sold. Faux isn't so bad now is it?? No shedding and you can use the pieces again next year.
This was taken at my friend's house. Another lady wanted this same arrangement so I snapped a picture so I could duplicate. This wallpaper has since been removed, by the way! :)
I love this one with it's masculine feel, feathers, feather ball and moss with a reindeer handled container.
I must keep crossing things off my list now. How are you doing, by the way?


southerninspiration said...

Man, I love your work! YOu are so gifted....i'm laughing at several of your nut. I wanna go to Geneva someday!
YES, I have lists a mile I go!

Unknown said...

Well, whereever the bike's cool! I've never heard of Geneva but now it's on my list of cool, fun places to go.

Your arrangements are stunning....and you're right...faux is now o.k. and really the way to go to make things look pretty longer.

I, too, need more time. I've downsized quite a bit this year on present giving but I just love the season of Christmas and hate to see if winding down. Hope you don't get SNOW BOUND today!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Don't care where the bike is girl and if its not yours ..I love your blog and anyone who like fake flowers can't be all that arrangemnet you made..hope you get your list done..I am working on my like crazy also..hugs and smiles Gloria

Cathy said...

Beautiful arrangements! Geneva looks like a charming place to visit.

Yes, I still have some things to mark off my list. :(


Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love the picture of the bike. I have been to Geneva. But, it was long ago. My parents always took us on weekend trips. I grew up in IL. I love your faux arrangements.
Hugs, Terrie

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

The picture of the bike is just darling..looks like the both of you had a great time shopping. Your arrangements are beautiful.
hugs ~lynne~

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Your arrangement is gorgeous! And I want snow!!!! I have had to turn my AC on is sooo warm and muggy here in Georgia! ...Debbie

Bo said...

Awww, I wished this was your bike!
LOL...but, thanks for showing us your wonderful talent in floral arrangements! ;-) Bo

Meadowsweet Days said...

Geneva sounds lovely! My kind of shopping in quaint little stores. Your arrangements are lovely. Too bad we don't live closer we could have so much fun just getting the word out to buy faux! Do you ever go to the New York shows? Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!


Melissa Miller said...

Hello Donna!

You look gorgeous and your home looks just like a picture postcard. LOVE IT!

Have a wonderful day, ~Melissa :)

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Tardevil said...

Sounds like a wonderful place to go for a "field trip!" I've still got a lot to do also! Love the flower arrangements! Be careful in all that snow & have a Merry Christmas!

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Love everything you do!!I do love your header as well, bet the store is nice...take care!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Your arrangements are so pretty! I still have a lot to cross off my list! I'd better get to it. laurie

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Merry Christmas to you my friend!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

OH, to be able to creat center pieces like you do! Those are gorgeous! Wish I lived near you. reindeer handled container? Think I will write a note to Santa. Think it would help? I am delighted to have found you. I was SO encouraged by your comments.
Thank you again and Merry Christmas!

Miss Janice said...

I would love to shop in Geneva! I have also been thinking that was such a cute bike:-) Love your faux florals and I am certainly using them in my home! Stop by my blog--I have tagged you with a Christmas Meme. You don't have to participate if you don't want to--believe me, I will understand:)

Lady Katherine said...

That bike is so cool! Love your Christmas decor. Your arrangements are lovely, thanks for coming by my blog! Merry Christmas.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Dear Donna...thanks for coming by and for your prayers..Our you all done with your HoHoHo stuff yet?? sure is a busy time of year for every body..I just had my family Christmas this weekend so Christmas day will be quite..and I really need that right now..after everyone left last night I wanted to crawl under the tree and take a nap..haha!! hope you have a safe and blessed Christmas..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Kristens Creations said...

That bike is really neat and your arrangements are just beautiful! Go Faux!! That's right, you can use them year after year. Have a Merry Christmas! Kristen

Magnolia Memories08 said...

Your blog is an eye catcher
I love what you have done with the bike. It certainly gets your attention. The arrangements are just beautiful. Great ideas from your blog.
Happy New Year

The Bliss Journey said...

Love, Love, Love the bike. I could see this in Florida filled with flowers and ivy (faux) and white lights.

Have a blessed New Year


Kathleen Ellis said...

Your faux (permanent) creations are beautiful! Realistic elements are the key! Great design is also've got both!

No.35style said...

I LOVE that bicycle. That is just so cute!