Saturday, November 28, 2015

My little start at decorating

Guineas are just about the nosiest little critters around...



The picture does not do them justice. I was sitting on the ground working on this wreath when the guineas came home. All sixteen of them. They surrounded me checking things out and darn it again, the camera was not close by. Half the birds wandered off when I got up to get the camera. It was the funniest thing! 



Remember all those cedar limbs stored up from the cutting and clearing I did across the road? Well, I made a fourteen foot garland today. Good gosh, was it ever a job. It was heavy too. Had to get Poppy to help me bring it inside and hang it over the mantle. I also started on this big wreath.





For some reason the garland doesn't show up that good in my pictures. Anyhow, it was quite an undertaking and I don't think I will be making and selling these live garlands!! Another one of my big plans gone awry. :)



Poppy brought me a handful of Holly with lots of red berries when he came home from hunting today.

So, this is my little start at decorating for Christmas. Got lots more to do.

Be back soon, hopefully.

Love,
Henny



42 comments:

  1. The garland looks gorgeous, so full and festive hanging above the fireplace.
    The berries and holly add that perfect touch of color, and should last the entire month of merriment.
    You have so much talent my dear friend.
    ~Jo

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    1. Oh I don't know about talent. :) Thank you, Jo.

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  2. Your garland is perfect over your fireplace, with all of it's rustic quality. You really know how to do "cabin".

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    1. Thank you Linda. Living with a hunter it's all about rustic around here. :)

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  3. Lovely holiday decor. Whre are you going to put the gigantic wreath?

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    1. Thank you. I plan to add something to the wreath and leave it where it is. The wreath is made on a huge heavy metal ring with feet and there are three chains hanging from the center. This metal piece came from an old tobacco barn and I have no idea what it was used for. It makes a pretty wreath though.

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  4. Your garland and wreath are amazing!! You put a lot of work into them. Funny that the guineas came to see what you were doing.

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    1. Thank you! Guineas make me laugh. They are nosy and stick their necks out to check things out.

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  5. I made a live wreath last year and now that I have seen your glorious garland I will be making a smaller copy. I like to add quite a bit of Rosemary for the scent and then tuck Holly and Ivy in here and there. I do not have berries on my holly so I add some little red baubles. I do like Guinea fowl, they are nosy and also noisy, we called them the farmyard policemen as they were always on intruder alert and would wake the Geese up if anyone was about.

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    1. Pam, what a good idea about the Rosemary. I have plenty of that growing and it would smell good. If you don't mind my copying, I just may bring some inside. Wish I could give your some of this holly. I've never seen so many berries. Farmyard policemen is the perfect name!

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  6. Your garland looks stunning across that beautiful old fireplace and the wreath is a sheer delight. Loved how nosy those little Guinea were, certainly keeping you company.

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    1. Thank you! I surprised myself by getting such a long garland made. The guineas are a noisy little bunch!

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  7. Everything looks lovely Henny. Love the guineas!

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    1. Thank you Robin. Everybody needs a few guineas! :)

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  8. I could sit beside your fireplace, reading a book, until Spring! Beautiful!

    Grace & Peace

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    1. Thank you so much. You are welcome to come sit by the fireplace. Anytime! :)

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  9. So pretty, your fireplace looks perfect for a winter's day.

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    1. Thank you. I hope to use the fireplace more this winter.

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  10. Oh my goodness, your mantel is beautiful! I think it photographed amazingly wonderfully and your home looks so warm and cozy and homespun and PERFECT!!! What a great job you did on your garland and wreath. If you change your mind, I'm sure you could sell these :)

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    1. Thank you Connie. You know, I bet the garlands would sell. It would be a job though and hard to handle.

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  11. How wonderful to live in a place where you can gather genuine holly with berries!

    Shirley H.

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    1. Hey Shirley! The Hollies are beautiful this year. Wish I could share with you.

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  12. Golly, that's certainly more than a LITTLE start! The garland is beautiful and really dresses up your mantle and fireplace. That is a huge wreath----how big across is it? Where are you going to hang it? Hope you have a big secure something to attach it to .

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    1. I'll have to measure the wreath. It is made on a huge heavy metal ring that stands on two metal feet. Something that came out of an old tobacco barn. I have no idea what it was used for. It sure makes a pretty frame for a live wreath though. There are three short chains that hang from the top of the ring. I was thinking of hanging something in the middle. ?? Thank you Vic.

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  13. oh so beautiful
    bless you for working so hard to bring Christmas inside

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  14. It's beautiful! And I bet it smells wonderful, too! I'm going to start decorating this week with natural things from our hikes. Have a good week, Henny.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia. I love decorating with natural things too. Hope you will post about some of the things you find. You live in such an interesting place.

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  15. It all just looks wonderful, just so relaxing. That is a big wreath your making. I just got news today, I am about to be swamped with work.A whole house full of roman shades, lots of windows, LOL so much for thinking I would be done for the year when I finished these two big ones I am making now... ..... I guess its good :O) but I don't think I will be doing much decorating.

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    1. Oh my goodness. What an awful time to get swamped with work. You really must be good at making those shades. You are one hard working lady! Thank you for the compliment! :)

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  16. Hi Henny Penny!
    A little sprig of holly is a lovely gift!
    Your natural wreath and garlands are wonderful!

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    1. Thank you! It is a lovely gift, isn't it?

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  17. I love the cedar! I put some in a bucket close to the hearth last year but it dried out so fast! I bought a live tree this year the first one in almost 15 years

    Love you

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    1. Hey Vicki! Andee and Todd bought a live tree this year too. We are thinking about cutting a small cedar from the woods. I'll be in a mess if all this cedar I've brought in dries out and falls everywhere. :) I love the natural things from the woods.

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  18. At this time of year I always thing about my grandfather in Oklahoma. He had a holly tree that was as tall as any oak. In December he would always mail us a big box of cuttings to decorate with.

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    1. Oh, that was a nice thing to do. I love the Holly but hate to break the pretty limbs. Poppy says, they will grow back. Thank you Marty.

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  19. You are amazing and persistent, making that huge wreath and garland! Great job!
    Last year I cut some fir and cedar branches and made bundles of them and tried to sell then at the farmers market before Christmas for a couple of dollars. Only sold one, so am not wasting my time on that again. The bags of big pine cones seem to sell okay though.

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  21. I've got to remember not to click the 'back' arrow after I've made a comment and hit publish, because then I seem to end up with the comment coming through twice:(

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  22. I bet that garland smells great.

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