Hello my friends, welcome back! Are you ready for some more Christmas on the old blog? Yes? Me too!
For day 4 let’s move this shindig outside shall we.
But before I begin. Have you seen the projects of my fellow 12 Day-ers? Wow, just totally wow, don’t you agree. I think everybody is outdoing themselves this year, again.
Hope I can measure up…..
Anyway, on to today’s subject. My outside Christmas table decorations, otherwise known as bejeweling my terrace.
I had totally different plans for my Christmas terrace this year. They were elaborate, and crafty and possibly brilliant…..
And then I thought who am I kidding here, if I try to pull that off, I’d be lucky if I have it finished for Christmas in July.
So when I was walking through the garden center this year, to check out their Christmas displays (over here it is the garden centers that have the most elaborate and beautiful Christmas exhibitions), I totally fell in love with all the wintery terrace plants out there.
And I changed plans there and then on the spot and starting filling up my cart with real live goodness from mother nature herself.
Brought me back to my childhood, when my mother and I would make a Christmas centerpiece for every flat surface in the house. Every one of them with materials found in the garden and in the nearby public green space.
I definitely got my love for prettifying, and foofing, and decorating, and styling and bejeweling from my mom.
She was self-trained through and through with an amazing eye for color, and proportion. She could make everything look good, even a dish towel…..
So in memory of my mother I kept it simple and laid back in my garden this year. I made some pretty winter arrangements that will last me a long time and then Christmasified them a bit.
In case you are wondering about my tool tote that is center stage here: I made that one this Fall. Another little makeover project that took something very old and worn down, up to new and improved and much loved within a couple of hours.
stick a star in here or there.
Or a disco ball….
There is always room for a disco ball.
I also brought out my old and thrusted pine cone wreath. This one is from several years ago. I made it as a Fall wreath (tutorial in that post).
The next year I white washed her and she became a centerpiece on the garden table.
She probably hung out somewhere last year too.
And this year, she gets to have a place in the spotlight again.
I only needed to hot glue some of the pine cones that fell off and she was ready for hanging. The little deer was a last minute addition. He is simple perched on top. I didn’t even have to attach him or anything. I love how they look together.
I also love that I am recycling my own projects (because not only that wreath has made appearances here before, that little deer is from long ago too when he first got a makeover and than a come back last year).
Well I guess this is my version of it: make a decoration once and the re-use and repurpose it many times over.
I know I am a lazy decorator. And proud of it.
Hopefully my garden decor will last me a long time. Right up to Spring. It should if the winter doesn’t get too brutal. They are all more or less cold resistant and they are sheltered under the roof.
Last year our winter was so mild that even my Mediterranean Pelargoniums survived. But this year we already had more cold days than in the whole of last winter, so we’ll see.
For now I am truly enjoying my garden table. I see it most every time when I come home (we usually enter the house from the back door, so our back terrace is basically the main entrance to our home).
Okay then. Time for you to go click and visit my friends. And remember there is a daily giveaway among us, so go hunt for it!
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Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.