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Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Little Winter Theme


My table in the foyer of our home is the only thing that
changes with the seasons.  It lets me have a little fun
with the seasons while keeping it simple and in one
place as opposed to going crazy all over the house.
So, down came Christmas and up went winter!


Mr. Penguin got to stay, since he's so icy.


The chalkboard saying turned wintry, too!


I decided to do something fun and display my vintage
snowflake brooches.  The old frame is from the auction trash,
and the mat is from an old white sweater.  When I got the idea
just before New Years, I thought I'd look on ebay to see if 
I could find initial brooches to spell out winter.  I got lucky
and found all 6 letters in one evening.  So fun!
I love how it turned out!


The crystal bowl and scale stayed.  I pulled out the things that
were definitely Christmasy and let the snowy pine cones
and snowmen hang out for the winter.


I tacked crocheted snowflakes around the cork frame of
the chalkboard and a few snowy themed pictures.
This one is of my great grandma, sledding with her two boys,
taken in the 1920's.  My grandpa is the boy on the right.


This pretty frosty hobnail dish was in the auction trash, too!
I love to have a candy dish to greet visitors.
I picked these chocolates for their silvery wrappers, 
but they're quite tasty, too! 

So, I guess the decorating is done until March 21st,
the first day of spring!


52 comments:

  1. Love this! You have such a great eye, Betsy!

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  2. I like the idea of having one spot that changes with the seasons. I get overwhelmed thinking about trying to decorate an entire house. Maybe one day I'll find a good spot to display my seasonal treasures.

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    1. There was a day when I decorated the whole house. Especially at Christmas. Maybe old age and sanity took over. lol....

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  3. Love the snowflake jewels... and the photo of the sledding lads. How great to have some family history.

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    1. I've always loved that photo....so cute and not the typical stuffy pose of family members back then. :)

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  4. Delightful Betsy! Love the penguin keeping guard over everything and the crochet snowflakes. The brooch display is beautiful and such a good idea and so creative. You really are so clever! Now you will be looking for more letters for the other seasons! I hope that you have had a good day whatever you have been doing. xx

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    1. Mr. Penguin just makes me smile! I'm happy he gets to stay out a while longer!

      More letter for the other seasons? Hmmm.....but what would the brooches be? I'll have to think on that. Fall could have leaves. Spring could have flowers. Summer? Oh...I know! I already have a marine/shell brooch collection! You're so clever....thanks for the idea!

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  5. Displaying your snowflake sparkles in that way is brilliant! What a clever idea and such a beautiful addition to your winter table! Glad to see you finally made it here tonight. Now that I've left my two bits on your post I must retire for the evening. Cheerio, pretty doll!

    Vincent xo

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    1. Well, thanks for waiting up for me. ha. Sweet dreams!

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    2. I couldn't sleep! Are you still serving coffee?

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    3. The coffee's always on here. ha. Well, I'm having tea at the moment. If you can't sleep, I think coffee would be the last thing you should drink. :)

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    4. Ah, yes that is a good point. How about a glass of warm milk?

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    5. Wonderful. Thank you so much. Oh wait. Do you have any of those oat muffins left? I think that would be my first choice.

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    6. Actually, I do. lol....had one with my own dinner tonight!

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    7. Thank you, sunshine! Delicious! Now speaking of sunshine I must get back to bed before the sun comes up! Until tomorrow, then! Talk to you soon. xo

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  6. that pic of grandpa is cool...and the penguin is awesome!!!!!ha...we have a chalk board like that too...

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  7. I think your foyer is just a winter delight. Oh the frame, sweater and brooches...LOVE...and that you found the letters ~ that's what makes it perfection!

    Our weather today broke a record in the high 80's. It's forcing some of the trees to bud early. I saw a tulip tree down the street in bloom, and it wasn't last week. It's really lovely. I need to get a picture. But CA needs rain so bad.

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    1. wow...that is warm! We had lovely big snow flakes falling today! ha. I did hear on the news today about the need for rain over there....I hope your spring if full of spring showers!

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  8. Very nice! The only winter decoration in my house is the tracked-in kitty litter we sprinkled on the sidewalk for traction when it snowed :-)

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    1. OK Kathy....that just will not do! You need a penguin or something! lol....

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  9. Always so creative at your sea
    Even if the snowflakes are mentioned by thee lol

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    1. I'll keep the snowflakes here
      where they give me cheer! haha.
      You can have the rain
      which I think is a pain!

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    1. thanks, dear....and one more thing off my list! :)

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  11. First of all....I am writing this from my Ipad...this is the easiest thing to do with it!
    Your brooch board is beautiful....love that♥️
    I also use my foyer table as a focal point for the changing seasons....
    I had switched mine up a few weeks ago....the only thing gone...is the pointsettia....all 3 went for the big dump this week!
    Guess all the dry heat got to them....have some fresh flowers there now...
    Lovely way to enter your home and greet guested, Betsy......Bravo!

    Cheers!
    Linda:o)

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    1. Yay for you commenting with your iPad! I guess I need more practice! ha. I always get a pink poinsettia and I didn't this year! But yeah it would be dying about now. haha. So pretty while they last. I think you're right...it's the dry furnace heat!

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    2. I see a few spelling errors! Grrrrrrr....the ipad likes to change your words around!
      I meant a great way to greet your guests! Geeesh!

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    3. haha....I figured that one out! :)

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  12. This is so cute...from the penguin to the chalk board (red!!) and the brooch/letter creation! It would definitely make me smile if I walked in your door! Well, the candy, too!

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. yeah...red! From Pottery Barn ages ago.

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  13. I love the idea of changing out just that one table. Everything looks great!

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    1. So much simplier...and I can handle one table. ha. It's all part of my simplify goals. lol...

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  14. I love all the little touches. This helps to make your home so inviting.

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    1. Thanks, Yuji! It is the little things, isn't it? ha.

      Still smiling at your sled ride! :)

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  15. Betsy, I love this!!!!! and omg on the the framed snowflake jewelry!!!! What a darling idea. Happy Winter xo

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    1. Thanks, Lynn...that means a lot coming from you, the decorating guru. :)

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  16. Oh I love it! That chalkboard is a great idea!! I've been wanting to change the picture above our foyer table but just didn't know what with, now I do. Mind if I copycat?! :) Those brooches are beautiful!

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    1. Of course I don't mind. :) I think mine needs a frame. And I'm tired of the red and might paint it with black chalkboard paint! ha.

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  17. I am going to do this. TODAY. I love the simplicity...I don't like a lot of clutter, too hard to dust around!

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    1. Fun! I hope you show us a photo when you're finished!

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  18. Your display is lovely- fantastic idea to use initial pins to spell winter!

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    1. I can't believe I didn't think of it before! ha. I do like the way it turned out....

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  19. I love the brooch idea and the display on the cabinet.
    What do you do with old brooches?
    But hang them .........and they are back in style.

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    1. They are back in style! I've seen them pinned in your hair, on coats, cardigans, hats...even made into bouquets!

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  20. So cute, Betsy!! I love it & pinned it for a future idea:)

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    1. Well, thanks, Lora...I know you could make a really cute one!

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  21. Ooohhh, that's very pretty!!! Love the idea!

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  22. A perfect amount of decorating . . .
    "not too much - not too little"
    And as always - very clever!

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