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Natural Thanksgiving Decor

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1)



Thanksgiving is just a few days away and if you haven't succumbed to buying faux decorations at the dollar store, fear not. I have a few ideas that make use of nature's freebies. For example, the basket above makes for a great centrepiece or hall table decoration. It's easily made by simply winding together vines. I have a neighbour who cuts down his vines at this time of year and I always get some for decorating purposes. This year a friend of mine put the basket together. He used a wire coat hanger to create frame for the bottom 'wreath' and then built up the handles freestyle. Cost? Just a couple of hours creating.



I don't recall the name of this plant - the fruit look lik little pumpkins. I simply plunked a bunch of these twigs into one of my vintage sap buckets et voila. Something to dress up the back yard.




Light up your hallway with this garland clad mirror. I showed a previous post using Chinese lanterns stacked on a cake stand as a table centrepiece but these Chinese lanterns work just as well as garlands instead of traditional autumn leaves. Simple insert a light bulb of stringlighting into each lantern and you're done. They last a long time and could just as easily work for your Halloween decor.


Your welcome. 

New Workshops Announcements

Posted on September 24, 2017 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I have posted two new workshops that I will be holding in November. These have been very popular workshops in the past and I am looking forward to both.


Basic Book Folding Workshop



Basic Topiary Workshop



To details and to register for either workshop (or both), click on Shop on menu bar above.

Halloween Rosette Workshop

Posted on September 21, 2017 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)



Our 2-hour Halloween Workshop is being held at the lovely upscale kitchen and food speciality shop, Pot & Pantry on Elgin Street on Wednesday, October 18th.


Not ghastly, not ghoulish, not gruesome, and certainly not grisly. Instead the workshop is just devilishly stylish. Prepare to be amazed, astounded, and delighted but, more important, if you are in the Ottawa area, be there! Spend an afternoon learning how to create a stunning paper rosette from an old book to decorate your Halloween home, while chatting, making new friends, and enjoying seasonal refreshments.


To register, click here.


Come if you dare.


Treasures from Nature

Posted on September 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)



If you think that you need buckets of money to decorate your home, think again. Just head out to your back yard, local park or woods and you will find more than you can imagine to create natural and charming decorations for no money and very little time. Why not create a wonderful centrepiece using Chinese Lanterns? Use a string of fairy lights and you're all set.



Gather up colourful leaves and make a bright and cheery maple leaf wreath. All it takes is a wire coat hanger stretched into a circle form and glue. Before making the wreath use a warm iron to flatten the leaves between sheets of wax paper.



Have a little fun and create a few large 'butterflies' to decorate your seasonal pumpkins or your walls. Fold leaves to form wings and glue to a gnarly twig. Again, press the leaves flat before making these 'insects'.


None of these ideas take a lot of time and certainly no money. What would you do?



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