November 14, 2014

Beginning a Christmas Centerpiece

Today I began working on some Christmas centerpieces...the kind with candles or hurricanes in the center. I started with bringing them up from the basement and in from the garage shelves. The next part of the job was to wash all of them in hot soapy water. Drying is even more tedious to make sure that there are no fingerprints or particles on the glass. I am happy to report that I did not break any glass in the making of this post. I have a bad track record on breaking glass! So...the hardest part is behind me.
If you are one of my regular readers you know that I begin many of my displays with a tray of some kind as the base. Today...I began with plates. I do not know why I had not thought of this before! 

The hurricane above is one that I purchased in Lexington several years ago, and I have used it each Christmas as well as other times of the year. (I had a shell centerpiece in this hurricane during the summer.) There is an attached glass cup inside the hurricane that holds the candle. Last year I used lots of lime green glass ornaments to go around the candle. This year I thought I would start with some "retro" ornaments. By retro I am recalling that I have had these since sometime in the 1980s. I was about to donate this box of ornaments a few days ago, until I started playing with them today. I set the hurricane onto a gold charger plate as a way of repeating the color. I like having a plate under this hurricane. Have not done that before. 

I have not located my wide gold ribbon to tie around the glass. But, I have some green to try. I also think that a white satin ribbon would be elegant. 
It is hard to photograph shiny surfaces...but I think you can see that I just put a double row of ornaments...some larger and some around the candle.
This is May Arts ribbon that I bought last year..but I cannot remember where. Last year was the wedding year and I bought ribbon from several online sources. 
I love this ribbon. It is bias cut and it ties and drapes so nicely. I kind of like the green ribbon maybe I will not look for the gold ribbon. Green works in the great room also, as I have a few small touches of green in the room.

I brought the arrangement into the great room and put it on my great grandmother Riggins old table. 
The metal tray is a "Mexican Silver" piece that my parents gave to me at Christmas several years ago. I have used it for everything from julep cups on a buffet table to table vignettes. It is a piece that I will use for many years to come. I always think of my parents when I look at it. (Thanks mom and dad.) 
So...grab a candle, a plate, and a glass hurricane and get to making your own centerpiece. You can do it!

I made some other arrangements today also, but I will show those in another post. I think that my photo laden posts may be affecting the loading time of the blog, I will try to shorten my posts and see if that helps. 

Have a great weekend...

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S H Elliott
S H Elliott

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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