Variety.. the Spice of Life

I like to get a lot of bang for my decorating dollar. Soo, I look for pieces that I can change with the Seasons.. or my moods. Big bowls and our Lighted Twig Garland are two of my favorite items right now. Large bowls or troughs look great with candles and candle rings, potpourri, yarn balls, bells at Christmas time.. and the list can go on. And the garlands.. well, I like them in just about anything that will hold them.

40This is one of our nice, heavy pieces of Treen to which we have added a variegated ivy pick and a lighted twig ball garland. It lights up this corner of the house in a unique way. These twig ball garlands are very versatile.. you can put them in crocks, Treen pieces and large pots.

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On the last post you saw one of the smaller Barn Star wall pockets with a pip berry pick stuck in it. Here is the largest one with some of the muted green and cream ivy and some orange pip berries stuck inside it. These stars give you a nice base to change out over the seasons with different floral elements. This one is transitioning from Summer into Fall colors with the splash of orange. Add a gourd pick to make a real statement in the Fall and change it all out and put in some pine boughs and cones for the holidays. I have one of these with the multicolor variegated ivy in my kitchen.

005-2I know, I know.. it doesn’t seem very versatile. BUT.. these German Twig Trees are the Primitive Ficus. After the holidays, put away all the ornaments and decorate the tree in something seasonal. Grungy, fabric hearts and red bows for Valentines Day, print out pictures of your family and tie them to the tree with some homespun for Mother’s Day, or red, white and blue felt stars for the Fourth of July. Coming into Fall try some orange and purple lights and some grungy cheesecloth ghosts. Best of all, come August, we are going to offer a pre-buy on these trees. If  you place an order and a deposit by the first of September, you will get a discount and untill the end of November to pick it up. I’m still working out the details but I will keep you posted.

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Published in: on May 18, 2009 at 1:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Treen

treen11Finding old, timeworn pieces to decorate your home is not easy. Hand hewn wood bowls and trays look so nice in primitive decor. But finding these Treen pieces in good shape takes time and work.. and then paying for them is another matter. So unless  you want to become a collector.. what can you do?

treen2 Treen includes a wide variety of objects mostly associated with tableware, the kitchen, games, personal adornment, and toilet articles. To get that rustic look of the old wood Treen pieces, try our resin reproductions. Molds are made from original Treen so you get every mark from creating to well worn use. Above is a nice shallow tray. I’ve used pieces like that for candles with potpourri or a bit of berry garland or flip the piece on it’s side and use in the back of a hutch to show off another unique item that is place in front of it.

The second picture is a pantry bowl. It even has the metal bands like the original. Not shown are some square angled bowls that also have this metal banding. I’ve just started to play with these pieces so we are still discovering ways to display them.

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Published in: on April 26, 2009 at 4:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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Buckets and Bunnies

bucket_1Well, we have quite a few new items. I have taken some pictures as I am pricing things so they are not displayed like they will be when I have  a few minutes to put them out in the displays in the shop.

Since I love rusty buckets, I picked up some new shapes. This bucket is squat and the handles add a nice touch. I may add a rustic candle and candle ring or some greenery.. will see when I start putting things out.

pantry-bucketIt’s odd how things can sit at the shop for a while then start flying out the door. We had several nice Treen pieces that I enjoyed putting in displays and suddenly, they all disappeared. So, I picked up several more new pieces. This is a pantry bowl. We also have some other nice bowls, trays and troughs. These pieces are nice for displaying grubby candles, potpourri and fixins.

bunny_1I know we were out of town and missed Easter. But these bunnies are real cute. We will have them out probably till the end of the month then put them away for next year.

Published in: on April 14, 2009 at 2:47 am  Leave a Comment  
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