Is that favorite berry garland just too beautiful to take down after the holidays? Does it encircle the candles so perfectly that you know it would be missed and the site would be left unadorned? A simple and elegant solution is to leave the garland and remove all other holiday fare from the area and replace it with a bouquet of seasonal flowers. The transition will be delicate and the site will illuminate its pleasure without missing a beat.
Tip 1. Deck The Halls
You have heard "you only have one chance to make a good impression"? The same is true with your holiday decorating. When someone either drives by your home or walks up the steps to your porch, the feeling they get in the first moments are their lasting impressions and most likely the ones they will talk about the next day.
Exude warmth and welcome by lighting and guiding their path to your door. Garland should be wrapped so it does not blow with the winter winds. And if you are lighting your garland or adorning them with twigs or berries just be sure they are anchored. A small amount of green floral wire can help with securing your garland and there are wonderful accessories on the market to help with this. Also if you are doing garland or any other decorating on one of your banisters be sure to do the other as well. The balance adorns the welcome and creates a beautiful statement that will keep them talking for days about their visit.
Tip 2. The Christmas Tree
The lights should never be placed on the outside of the tree. They should be wound around every branch beginning on the inside and working your way to the outside of the branch where possible. This creates more dimension and makes the twinkling lights serve even more their use, not to mention it anchors the lights securely for a beautifully tailored tree. The most beautiful trees you have ever seen use this technique as do professional holiday decorators. The same applies to the bulbs and adornments you decorate with. They should be placed in a 3-D manner to create and enhance the beauty of the tree.
Tip 3. Jesus Is The Reason
The majesty of where to put the nativity can be surrounded by candlelight and placed in the room as a focal point. Notice it when ever you enter the room, realize the presence to be reminded throughout the season as to why we celebrate. It is a great way to help the little ones understand why the season came to pass.
Tip 4. Aromatic Blends Of Seasonal Delights
The obvious and ideal would be to bake something delectible to fill the home with wonderful smells of the season, however, when time just does not allow boil some water or cider on the stovetop and throw in cinnamom sticks and peppermint oil and alittle orange zest and remove right before guests arrive. They will look forward to a warmed heart and a treasure sure to remind them of their visit.
Tip 5. Fresh Tree
A live tree adds so much to the holiday and it is always a concern that it will last. A great tip I have used for all of mine without fail is to cut a fresh slice off the bottom of the truck and then drive some nail holes upward into the trunk. A few light taps with a nail on the sides of the trunk toward the botoom and your tree will drink all season long. A key in this technique is to make the holes and promptly give it water and never let the water run dry or the process has to be repeated. (Remember to tap the holes gently with the nails so you don't split the trunk.)
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A few drops of Olive Oil in your Bath creates a silky relief to dry skin problems and afterward rub a few drops on dry heels and elbows as a moisture rub.
A solid wood desk with a sliding roll top, or tambour, that encloses the working surface of the upper part and can be locked. The portion of the desk that gives the form its name is constructed of narrow slats of wood glued to some flexible material, the slats running along slides or grooves fitted into the upper edges of the desk. The rolltop was first introduced into England from France in the late 18th century, the rolltop desk had become a standard piece of office equipment by the end of the 19th century and was produces in massive quantities. Its popularity diminished, however, with the development of modern style furniture , only to reappear in the 1960s and again in the 1980s as a “country antique.”
Cane bottom chairs originated in China. American and European craftsmen incorporated woven cane into their furniture as early as 17th century Jacobean furniture. During the 18th century furniture was still hand built by individual craftsmen and very few chairs had cane seats. The more affluent customers ordered the William and Mary, Chippendale, and Sheridan period chairs with tapestry or leather seats. The "common" people used chairs with solid wood bottoms. Cane bottom chairs started to became popular in America around 1820, with the advent and industrialization and factory built furniture. The 1820s marked the beginning of real American expansion. With the war of 1812, we won our economic independence from Great Britton, our population was growing rapidly, and we had the Louisiana territories for expansion. New technologies and industrialization was creating wealth and a more widespread middle class. American needed a lot of furniture, and factories grew rapidly to supply the demand. Factories could produce spindle and dowel construction easily, and cane bottom seats didn't require much wood. The factories mass produced the seats by creating a seat weaving cottage industry. They built the seat frames in the factory, then distributed the frames for weavers to cane the seat at home. They collected the completed seats then could quickly assemble the chairs in the factory. As the American population grew and factories grew to meet the demand, manufactures built thousands of cane bottom chair. Cane bottom chairs reached the peak of their popularity between 1860 and 1890. Most of the chairs we find in antique shops today date form this period.
Weaving the seats accounted for the greatest expense for these chairs. After 1890, the labor costs of weaving the seats became too high, and manufactures developed alternatives for the traditional hand woven cane seats. They invented machines to weave the cane in sheets, much like weaving cloth, then glued the cane into a groove around the edge of the seat. This was a much faster and cheaper process, so between 1890 and 1900, factories transitioned to the cheaper machine woven cane. By around 1900, all American furniture manufacturers were using machine woven cane for chair bottoms.
Americans tend to idealize the life of early colonists but in truth it was a hard and unforgiving life. Quilting for these colonial women was a rare pastime.
Life for Women in the New World Their homes were no more than roughly built structures that gave just a little protection from the elements. Food was scarce and their diets were poor. Sickness was always at their doors and often entered uninvited.
During America's beginnings the Puritan religion had a major influence. This religion was extremely restrictive to everyone and especially for colonial women. Ministers often reminded their flock that women were inferior to men and more inclined to sin and error.
Although some women were taught to read it was only so that they could read the bible. Few learned to write as writing was thought to be the perogative of men. A woman was expected to be subservient to her father until she married and then to her husband.
Typical Tasks of Women in Colonial America After colonial settlers became established in America an ordinary woman's daily life was still difficult. Typically she would be expected to do the spinning, sewing, food preservation, cooking and cleaning while caring for her often-large family. The woman to the right is carding wool in preparation for spinning. Obviously the image of colonial women sitting in their cabins quilting before the fire is far from the truth. There were, of course, exceptions. Some quilting was done by those who could afford household help thus leaving the woman of the house with time for decorative needlework. These women used quilting methods from their mother countries, styles of quilting far different than what we think of today as patchwork.
It is difficult for us to imagine the value that our ancestors placed on handmade lace. Always prized for its extraordinary beauty and intricate patterns, lace was considered quite a commodity until lace-making machines largely destroyed the market for handmade lace. Ancient Egyptian art depicts lace hairnets at about 2,000 B.C . Lacy fabrics were used nearly 2,000 years ago. By the Middle Ages, ecclesiastical clothing and textiles included lace, as well as exquisite and expensive clothing from the fifteenth century until the early nineteenth century. Particularly complicated and expensive, clothing laces were made by hand in the 1600s and 1700s. Laces made from fine Flemish linen were most highly prized and fortunes were spent on the acquisition of exquisite clothing laces. Sumptuary Laws, which restricted the wearing of gold, silver, jewels, an silk, boosted the popularity of lace, which was often made of plain white linen thread.
By the early nineteenth century, the British were successfully producing machine-made laces with the production of a knitted net. As the machine-made laces became more common, the hand lace-maker could not compete with the low prices of the new laces and the craft waned in popularity. Astonishingly, some old machine made lace imitated the handmade laces to a remarkable degree and sometimes can only be distinguished from the handmade lace by its relentless regularity of pattern (handmade laces incorporate human flaws).
This machine net could then be embroidered or appliqued by hand. By 1870, several other machine-made lace machines were in production, supplying Americans as well as Europeans with relatively inexpensive lace, including lace curtains. Nottingham lace curtains, with their characteristic square mesh ground, were imported into the United States by at least 1870. By the 1880s, it was affordable and considered a mark of good taste to purchase curtains for the Victorian parlor. By the early 1900s, lace curtains had peaked in popularity and fell from favor—they were a commodity that many had tired of and were associated with those of lesser means who wanted to appear ostentatious.
Today, lace curtains are popular once again. Still prized for their airy beauty, lace curtains permit light to filter through the window, while still providing privacy. Some lace curtain companies offer patterns that have been in machine production for 140 years.
Did you know that claw-foot bath tubs were first manufactured in the United States? We think of them as European since they have a romantic flair about them. The late 19th century introduced them to the American culture. They are wildly romantic and not only enhance the beauty of the room but help create the luxurious relaxation of your body into a deep, warm, sensuous bath.
We all dream of crisp linens, Grandmothers handmade quilts and the windows open with warm breezes invigorating the aroma of fresh air with Gardens of wildflowers. White sofas without blemish, wicker sunrooms and a brook babbling natures song. A path of cobblestone leading friends to the door being drawn by fresh baked goods cooling on the window sill.
Being a “Girly Girl” wakes the Romance in your heart and designs your furnishings with eloquent display.
Dream, Hope and live life.
Welcome home for the holidays invites more than your Guests in. It celebrates your holiday spirit and your holiday heart. It brings your heart to the one(s) who have helped raise your soul to heights gathered all year long. We celebrate with gifts, shared tradition and warmth. We are given the opportunity to revisit the season through a childs eyes. Being generous to the point of what is given rather than what you get makes Gods spirit live inside each and everyone one of us.
A generous gift is one that you have chosen and you feel blessed to give to someone. It isn't about what you receive. My most cherished gifts were wonderful things that I never expected. And the look of how happy it made that person who so carefully chose it. How precious that it was given because it was simply something they wanted me to have.