an early start:

There was always a reason why craft stores started holiday stocking early: making takes time. (This in no way excuses the trend picked up by retail stores.) For me, most of the high-volume handwork stuff doesn’t typically involve holiday materials seeing as most of my trees of thematic. Take the Unicorn Tree as an example: […]

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life should be art

At least, that’s the goal. This was a typical silver/grey patio table from Costco. I missed a few steps in the process, but that is my creating M.O. I’ve done the technique more subtly before, but I’m sticking with the palette established by the solar chandelier last year. The tie-dyed effect is created through lace […]

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spotlight on lighting

Thanks to my sister’s nudge, I realize that five years ago, my husband and I were into the push to clean up and out of new home and get moved into it. On this day back then, I was working on the light fixtures, many of them original to the 1927 bungalow that is now […]

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reflecting the present

I reworked the peacock tree last night to add those gorgeous poinsettia reflectors that I found. I also found some lotus flower lights with removable silicone covers. These lights were multi-colored and wouldn’t do on the peacock tree so I found a strand of micro LED garland lights and moved the covers to that. The […]

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it’s not heavy, it’s our tree skirt

Catching up on the holiday decor, I present to you the completed tree skirt: Seventy-three silk neckties, a couple hundred Swarovski crystal rhinestones, various glass beads, and tassels. It speaks in whispers of so many ancient things: lace collars, Renaissance finery, luscious hand-sewn heirloom… Rich golds frame muted holiday hues and anchor the massive heap […]

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reflecting the past

I used to thrift to find things that fit my style. On occasion, I fit my style to things I find thrifting. Yesterday was such a moment: I have a small variety of light covers and reflectors, but I don’t recall having seen any so large or so specifically not holiday themed as these. I […]

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strutting like a peacock

The final tree is up. Number four in this year’s set: the peacock tree. The teal tree started its life with us two years ago as the first incarnation of what has become the unicorn tree. It sat out last year, the pandemic preempting any plans for a holiday open house, but knowing it would […]

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so it begins

You may not think so, but it is time… This year brought a brand new tree for the front room, replacing the retired best-thrift-deal-ever tree. It is my first pre-holiday, full-price tree. Ever. And it is rather stunning, at least the bits of it that can been seen. I succeeded in full saturation of content. […]

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