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December 9, 2018

Christmas Mantel and more...

 This year's mantel still has the up north woodland affect with more trees than last year and a new stocking holder.

 I first saw this stocking holder at Pier 1 in silver but was able to order it on-line in gold.  

This picture is from their website and I wanted to show it so it was more understandable as to what I used.  With all my garnishments it's hard to see mine in full detail.
 I added the red ornaments for a bit more color and the stockings came from TJMaxx.

 The lanterns were up on the mantel last year.  I got the big pedestal piece at a garden center store this year and decided to perch a lantern on it.  The little doll and red stroller were new last year- found them at a neat old toy store in town.  Santa came from Pier 1 several years ago.

 I used a long needle tree centered in the basket this year with the birch branches and red berries.  (This is the living room last year "here")

 The same pillows as last year.  

 Found the candle holders at a gift shop and then I added a frosted candle ring which I think gave it a lot more presence.

 If you've followed me for a while you've seen this table topper, old world Santa and the poinsettia tray.  The picture is a framed Christmas card that I saved and keep out year round.

 I like nutcrackers and decided to group these together with the old world santa and sleigh.  I added the red flowers and greens for a warmer look.

 The one in the center is new.  I thought it was so cute that he was holding a mini nutcracker!

 I snapped a couple more pictures with my iPhone.

I showed the tree last week but the star was missing.  I didn't think it could be added after I had decorated it but Dan managed to do it for me! 

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December 7, 2018

This and That This Week #17

The amaryllis that I planted a while back are starting to bloom.  This one stayed a bit short and the other one is quite a bit taller but hasn't started to flower just yet.

It's been interesting to watch these grow.  I saw another version for sale at Lowe's and they come in a clear package with faux snow sprinkled on them.  They are a great gift idea especially for an office since you don't have to be concerned with watering them.
 I found the tin at a local gift shop.  I really enjoyed all of the different little buckets/pails, signage and things like this for seasonal decorating that I found this year.

 We got a lot of snow the other day and I captured a few shots with my cell phone.  I found the Candy Cane Lane sign at the same shop that I got the candle tin.  There's another bucket on the deck right next to the planters with the faux trees as you can see here.  The candy canes came from Lowe's (3 in a box).  They come with little stands to poke them in the ground but with our snow I chose to hang them on the deck railing.  We used large tie-wraps to fasten them with.

This is by the back door which we use the most.  I had hubby take these as he was leaving.  I see my mistletoe pail is turned wrong. Probably got moved after some snow shoveling. I've never created a cluster like this before.  I'll have to take some pics at night when it's lit up!  The Christms trees sign came from JoAnn's.  I found the metal wall piece at Michael's and with a coupon got quite a deal on it.  I used the same tree last year which came from Bronner's here in Michigan.

 The plastic jug has pet friendly salt that gets sprinkled often so it stays put there.  The tall plastic candy canes came from a store called Menards. 

 Back inside a little vignette to greet you when you come in.  I got the two wood looking pieces at Zehnders in Frankenmuth years ago. 

 The Merry Christmas piece came from Pottery Barn several years back.   The skate may have come from Kohls a while back too.  

A little nutcracker from last year seemed fitting for this vignette!

I think this is a great gift idea.
A friend turned me on to this ladder.  After he fell off a step ladder last year and was injured he set out to find a better one.  These steps are 9" deep so you aren't teetering on the typical 4" deep deep ones. It weighs a bit more (21.5 lb.) but it's rated for up to a 300 lb. person and extremely stable so I believe the weight is worth it.  It's 5.5" deep when closed.  There are little wheels at the backside so you can move it around easily.
These are a links at Lowe's "here" which has a great price on it and Amazon .  It also comes in a 2 step or 4 step version. (I am not compensated- just sharing) 

Wishing you a great weekend!

December 5, 2018

Holiday Formal Dining

I've set the table for the holidays.
I enjoy seeing the table set so I decided this would be my everyday table during the holidays.

I found these bead encrusted glass pears a long time ago up in Gaylord, MI at a neat store called The Old Spud Warehouse.  I've had the mercury glass bowl for a while and find a way to use it each year.  The two gold tree candles came from a Lenox outlet I visited late this past summer.  I got the two candle rings at a local gift shop.  I love it when I look at things like this and can reminisce about where it came from.

 These dishes come with four images and two have deer, a buck and a doe.  I spotted these on-line at Pottery Barn and knew I'd find a way to use them!

 I chose to not put out flatware or napkins since this is a daily display.  I just wanted to enjoy seeing the table set!

These dishes have my favorite holiday elements like tartan plaid, gold accents, the color red and wildlife!  The red placemats came from Kohl's a couple of years ago.  The Charter Club gold rimmed dishes are from a larger set I collected from Marshall Fields a while back.

The runner came from Pennsylvania on one of our trips to Soergel Orchards Country Store

So that's my dining table for the Holiday!

I will be joining another Tablescape Blog Hop next week and I hope you'll visit!

December 3, 2018

Oh Christmas Trees.....

We invested in a new tree this year.  She's 9 ft. tall by approx. 72" wide!  I came across a 72" tree skirt at TJMaxx that worked out perfectly for it.   I ordered a star for it but it hasn't come in and at this point I think I'll not bother putting it up since it would be very hard after it's already been decorated.

I've used these reindeer many times but this is the first time I set them on the floor by the tree and I'm enjoying them there!

I also purchased some gold glass garlands.  Since I had been using a smaller tree in the past I wasn't putting out a lot of my ornaments so this year I was able to bring all of them out.

This is a MacKenzie Childs ornament that is a copy of the big Santa figure that I got from them a while back.

On one of our Pennsylvania visits this year I stopped at the Wendell August Forge store and this ornament came home with me.  This is our 40th year of marriage and I chose the heart symbolizing love with the red ruby colored Swarovski crystals representing the 40th Anniversary. 

You may have noticed I love red!  I added a bunch of sparkly red ornaments and I love how they catch the light.
I love this fox.  Each year at the end of the season the MacKenzie Childs website puts all of their seasonal items on mark down and I purchased a few here and there.  

Out near the entry and kitchen area I put the tree that used to be in the living room.

In the past I used a skinny pencil tree which is now going in the guest bedroom.
I added some black and white checked ribbon pieces (I found at Michael's) to add a little Mackenzie Childs style charm.  The clip on butterflies were another markdown I got from MC a couple of years ago. 

My little dutch shoe ornament from Holland, Michigan.

On the chest I placed the same metal tree as last year that we found a way to illuminate.  I This post from last year "here" gives you insight as to how we gave it light!

Last year I had the bottom wreath under the tree but  since I had 2 of them I chose to use them for the angels and layered another wreath on top.

Balsm Hill made some money on us this year!  I wanted this tree last year but it sold out super fast.  I was on a list to be notified when it came in which was August so I set it aside until I needed it.  I also ordered their miniature vintage ornament set.  It's a really oddly shaped tree which made it challenging to decorate.  The wood box has been used more than once as seen "here" and "here" in the past and since this tree comes with a square metal stand it looked like a good mate for the tree.  I dressed it out with the red and ivory jingle bells.

I hope you liked my Christmas Trees!
More holiday decorating to come!! 


Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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