12.01.2010

Christmas Vignette

Rhoda of Southern Hospitality fame is hosting the next party....Christmas Vignettes.
And Donna of Funky Junk has her weekly shindig too. 
So I fiddled outside on my back porch a bit. Ok, a lot.


I had gathered some branches from the yard when the weather was still warm and sprayed them heirloom white (what else?) then stuck them in some floral foam in a pail. 
They've been chillin' in the garage 'til I could work them into something dandy for the holly-days.


See?  Dandy.
Red wire-on birds: clearanced at Hobby Blobby.  White clip on doves JoAnn's.

The glitterfied pointsetta ornaments are courtesy of Wally's place, as well as the clip on fabric pointsettas.


The bird houses were Christmas crafts from last year.  Same with the ornaments. 
I was into epsom salt instead of glitter.


I picked up the shabby green bench at my favorite antique shop back in the summer.  
Stars were another craft from last Christmas.  
White lanterns from IKEA, red lanterns from my favorite thrift shop.


Let's see....burlap and drop clothes.  Yes I'm a blogger.  
BTW, the burlap is hiding huge rocks to keep my pail from blowing over in the wind.  
That stuff covers a multitude of sins, I tell ya.


I won the cutie patootie banner from Tammy at Tattered and Timeless last year.  


More sparkles from Wally's place. 


There was a perfect dusting of snow for a backdrop today.  
Nevermind my hands were numb by the time I finished.  
The things we bloggers do for a good shot and a Christmas party....


And now, some artsy-fartsy shots.  Just because.


I have to tell ya, though,  my daughter told me I was a nut for doing this.  
Then my hubby came home for lunch and told me it was weird. 



 I was kinda bummed.  I got defensive.  
I told them Martha would get it, and so would fellow bloggers. 



So, I ask you, dear readers:  Have I gone nuts?  
Is it weird to decorate your back porch for the Christmas season?


Head on over to Rhoda's  (Dec. 2nd) to see other nutty, weird Christmas vignettes.  
I know I will...just so I know I'm not alone in this decorating gig.

You *do* get it, yeah?

See my Christmas mantel for Layla's party HERE
See my Christmas Craft for Kate's party HERE




71 comments:

Comeca Jones said...
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Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks beautiful!!! and you are not weird. and is that snow in your back yard????
i love the bits of red- totally different from your mantle look!

Comeca Jones said...

It is perfect!

CaraRose said...

It is seriously so NOT NUTS to decorate your back porch. Love it.

Carol said...

Weird?? Not on your life. I think it all looks beautiful.

GWENDOLYN KAY said...

You are so not nuts! I love your porch vignette! I also love that you got some of you things at Wallyworld (that's what my dad always called it) I love your artsy fartsy shots too. Tune out the neggies...ha ha!
Blessings~
Gwenny

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

LOVE what you did for your porch. It looks absolutely fabulous. p.s. don't pay attention to family members who are just a bit "clueless" about certain things...(I've got the same problem :)

Turley Times said...

Your display looks amazing and you are so not weird. I would decorate my sunroom if I knew my puppy wouldn't wreak havoc on whatever decorations I put out there. I have one of those IKEA lanterns! Mine is ORB. I haven't hung it up since we moved into our new house eight months ago...maybe I should get around to doing that...

Hannah

Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants said...

Nuts or not, it is gorgeous!!! Love the red and white and the sparsness of the tree! You enjoy your back porch and don't listen to your family! They said Picasso was nuts too, didn't they????

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Nothing wrong with decorating your porch - really like the red and white combination.

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Just what I needed to re-energize; red n white Christmas cuteness! Looks beautiful~ THANKS!

Debbie Mendes said...

What do husbands know!?! I bet you even made him lunch after that comment!! You are amazing and this looks great. Inspiration even for me!! Great job!

Annie Joy said...

Beautiful! I love the fact that you can use this beyond the holidays -- even through February! You might transform it for Valentine's Day -- same colors and still Winter. Annie

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Hilarous! We getcha. And no it's not crazy. Why not see our efforts where we have to look? It's for us after all. :)

I think it's fun and wonderful! Love the branches going this way and that.

And you've discovered my secret for good photos. Get them some major outdoor light. Most of my things are always shot on my patio. :)

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Jennie said...

This isn't just cute! This is TOTAL CUTENESS! I love it. I need to head to Wallies SOON!

Jennie @ CInnaberry Suite

gina3 said...

Oh I like this. It's my favorite colors!

Sweetpea said...

I love the porch decor!! Don't listen to the hubby they just don't get it sometimes!! I bet you smile every time you see it!

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

I get it! and I love it!!!

Ali @ Honey and Maple Syrup said...

It looks great and I love the winter banner!

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

I totally get it and love it! We bloggers know what we're talkin' about I tell ya. My hubby thinks half the things I do are weird but I do it anyway:)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

No, not nuts! Beautimus! It is the perfect decor for the porch too. Love the twiggy tree. I'll be doing one too.

Gina said...

I think it looks great and I totally get it! If it makes you feel any better, my husband & children always tell me I'm nuts for doing half the decorating stuff that I do.

Mrs Bishop said...

Haha, men! My hubbs would think I was nuts too- but it's beautiful!

NanaDiana said...

Hey - I for one- LIKE NUTS! I like your kinda nuts...cuz then I don't feel so alone! I think it looks great and I love that tablecloth with the kinda banner thingy around it! Perfect...this is perfect for a porch! Kids and husbands-what do they know? You got to find REAL people- Like US BLOGGERS to GET it! Got it? hugs-Diana

Polly said...

Ohmigoodness! More holiday awesomeness from you! Love your vignette Cindy! And I'm so jealous that you have a sunroom!! :-)

this blessed nest said...

oh my dear heavens!!! i get it & it's perfect.

i have a serious crush on your burlap bunting...then the pop of red. wonderful in every way.

perfect.

;) kellie

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Trust me, if I had a back porch, it'd totally be decorated. ;) I think it's all really cute. So poo poo on your husband and daughter. They can't be in the blogger club. haha!

- Brittany said...

No you aren't nuts! I appreciate it. And it makes you happy, that is all that matters. Hmmm, I have the same lanterns but in pewter color. I foresee either a spraypaint or quick rust project in my future.

Thanks for sharing.

Brittany
http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

Southern Fried Gal said...

Your table is so charming and cute! You had me at burlap - ha! Love it all!

Eileen @ Cottage Beach House said...

I love what you did here with this table and the burlap. It all looks so natural and pretty, and love the pop of red. I always enjoy your creative posts!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Have you gone nuts... NO way! You are so right... fellow bloggers 'get' it. :) I think it is beautiful!

Red Gate Farm said...

I love how the red pops out against all the white, inside and out. My favorite picture is actually the 2nd from the last... in the black and white or at leasted almost black and white photos!

And when it comes to decorating and my clothes, I never listen to my husband! :)

Chris

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Of course we understand!! Ha! yes, bloggers are all the same, we'll do anything for good pics & a fun post.

That's just so stinkin' adorable, all of it! You've got a great eye for putting things together. I still can't believe I haven't seen your blog before this week. At least I don't think I have. We'll have to be friends now!

LUCKY 7 DESIGN said...

It's so beautiful. I love using branches....all of your red touches are great. I love the tablecloth and the flag garland...very well done! Happy Holidays

Christine said...

so not weird! I love it.

The English Romantic said...

Bloggers don't do weird, just FAB-U-LOUS.
Great!
Angela.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Of course we get it. That is the real reason we all blog. We want confirmation that we are not crazy afterall.

Love the vignette. It looks marvelous (said like Billy Crystal is saying it).

And how did you get the snow fairies to give you a dusting? You need to send them to So Cal to help me out with my photos.

Terry said...

We do get it! And we love it! You did a fantastic job and who can really complain because it makes you happy! Great job!

Sherry from Alabama said...

I love the pops of red against the white! The snow makes the perfect backdrop for your decorations. The only white we get around here is out of a can. :)

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Karen said...

That is a stunning vignette! Wow! It looks beautiful! You aren't crazy at all... It looks great with the windows in the back!

Brenda Kula said...

Of course you're not nuts, Cindy! Then "I" would be nuts. Well... I started to spray paint my pine branch white. But decided, since it was so delicate and breaking easily apart, to handle it as little as possible. What you've done here is just beautiful. Your family should be thrilled you make such an effort to make their world glitterfied, beautified, bloggerfied, and any others I've forgotten!
Brenda

Carol Bass @ A Bird in Hand said...

I think it looks INCREDIBLE!!! Seriously. The entire vignette looks beautiful. Love it all!!!!

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

Dear Cindy. Please cease and desist on all of these decor projects. You are making me look bad. I now am hankering to spray paint branches, use glitter and smell the fragrance of a hot glue gun heating. I haven't the time for such shenanigans and your blog is making it hard to do things like clean house and cook meals. I thank you in advance.
Das CoopinKeepa

Becca's Dirt said...

So cottagy and I just love it. The burlap and the reds just go together. have a nice day.

Susan said...

I absolutely, positively, LOVE IT!

Amy W. said...

hi Cindy, i 'get' it and LOVE your display! also, your mantel is gorgeous! i am very inspired and need to get mine done...asap! :)

happy holidays,

amyw.

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

No, you are NOT nuts! It's so pretty~how could that be weird?

Whatever makes you happy. Want to bet that you'll catch both of the naysayers looking at it admiringly sometime later?

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Hilarious, Cindy! Well, I get it! It's actually really charming, and adorable. I'll be stealing your branch idea for my front porch now! Thanks for the inspiration.
Cheers, Andrea
p.s. love your blog!

Chris said...

Your not nuts! You're just a creative gal. I love it and think it is darling. Great job!!

beth said...

I don't think it's weird to decorate your back porch. I think it's lovely!! And the dusting of snow really is the perfect backdrop. :)
Hope you are having a wonderful week!
Beth.

Marilyn Holeman said...

How blessed you are to HAVE a back porch! And it's beautiful. Enjoy!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

It's gorgeous! I "get it." Not nutty at all!

TinaTx said...

You sound perfectly normal to me! I had one little snowman out on my patio but the wind blew it over and I had to bring it in until I can figure out how to weight it down.

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

So funny! I adore the white branches! Epsom salt -Hmmmm.... I might have to try that sometime!

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

So funny! I adore the white branches! Epsom salt -Hmmmm.... I might have to try that sometime!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Don't you dare listen to those people you live with, ***I*** happen to think your little Christmas vignette is just fabulous!

Nice porch, too! :-)

XOXO,
Anne

Kathy said...

I love your decorated porch -it is very festive and unusual but yet kept very simple -verrything looks so nice -

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Really gorgeous! You did an amazing job! Perhaps Santa should check his naughty list to see if some people need to be added for not seeing the vision! Lol! Angie xo

Naturally Carol said...

The snow in the background just makes it the best! Love the little birds in the tree and the red and white, all very inspired.

american girl primitives said...

I love your little birdies and the fact that you used the white branches. It makes them stand out more!

Angie said...

You know I think you're weird and nuts but in all the best ways I can think of! I think this is beautiful!

Denise said...

no way jose! You're not a weirdo!
I'm still workin on my front porch!
It looks great :)

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I TOTALLY get it and love it!! The sepia picture is so pretty!!

Love the red against the white!

Lou Cinda

The Dutton's said...

LOVE it! No-it's not wierd! I totally "get it"! Beautiful!

Tres French Hens said...

I totally get it! I decorate my back porch, too. I have to admit, though, I kinda do it to show off. Is that bad? Oh, well!

Great job on the red and white! My favorite way to decorate for Christmas! The red is so beautifully rich!

cheryl said...

Oh Cindy...I love, Love, LOVE the idea of decorating your back porch!! I have one of those myself and even bought a tree to put out there, but alas, my sweet, sweet hubby needed a place to put his collectable John Deere Patio tractors (2 of em!) to bed for the winter and I caved. My plans for a festive outdoor porch were dashed. THEN...one night when I couldn't sleep..I was thinking, "Why can't I decorate my porch USING those John Deere Tractors?? After all...one is red and one is green! It's still a big ol mess out there and I don't turn the lights on after dark! Ha! Come see me!!!!

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Beautiful Cindy, I really love red and white! Great job!

Modern Country Lady said...

You were tight and he is wrong - but you knew that anyway hahaha.
I's gorgeous, love it - great colour combo as well.!!

Modern Country Lady said...

Soooorrryy I meant " you were RIGHT" !! Typo's !!

Joani said...

I get it. I decorate my backyard but it's not as cold here as it is where U R. Kudos to the decorating. Lovely. Merry Christmas.

junkgarden said...

It's fab!
Angie

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