O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, Thy Leaves Are So Unchanging
As I add the finishing touches to our Christmas tree this year, I began to wonder what style IS our tree? Does your Christmas tree have a style? There are myriad styles to choose from: Vintage, country, Victorian, traditional, contemporary, whimsical and themed to name a few.
Are you a lover of all things Victorian?
Perhaps a classic tree is more your style . . .
Maybe a beachy theme if you live on the coast . . .
Or maybe pretty in pink . . .
And we can’t forget about the retro aluminum tree from the 1960′s
Country trees are very popular . . .
Merry Christmas friends and thanks so much for stopping by to visit. I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails and comments. Don’t forgot to follow me on Facebook if you’re not already a fan. I wish you and yours a most blessed and peaceful holiday season and a joyous 2013.
“The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!”
Charles N. Barnard
Santa Fe is probably my favorite place in the world. Having visited New Mexico and the Santa Fe area many times, I think I could easily live there if I could convince my husband to uproot from his birth town. There’s something magical about New Mexico as most people who’ve been there will tell you. Santa Fe’s draw is something I find hard to explain to those who’ve never been there. The crisp dry air, brilliant blue skies; even the clouds seem different. I feel so at home and filled with a sense of peace when my feet hit the ground and I see the beauty of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the horizon.
My last visit to the Land of Enchantment was the fall of 2010 with a good friend. It was one of our annual girl’s only weekend getaways. We were both excited to check out the local Santa Fe Farmers Market as it’s rated one of the top in the country by both Travel and Leisure and Sunset Magazine. The market began with a handful of farmers in the late 1960′s and is now New Mexico’s largest farmers’ market with 150+ vendors featuring fresh locally grown produce;flowers; plants; crafts; chiles; fresh honey and sinfully delicious baked goods; soaps; chile peppers roasting before your eyes; locally grown lavender products and chile ristras as far as the eye can see.
Being a gardener, I’m always drawn to flowers wherever I travel. I was not disappointed by the array of flowers available; all so beautiful, fresh and colorful. Flowers thrive very well in the high desert area in Northern New Mexico.
The market’s artisans are the most delightful and helpful people. You’ll find it very hard to go home empty-handed with the dazzling array of crafts to choose from: jewelry, clothes, wreaths, lavender products, scarves and much for. Perfect mementos from your visit.
Thank you for stopping by to visit friends. I sincerely appreciate your visits, e-mails and comments. Don’t forgot to follow me on Facebook if you’re not already a fan. Wishing you and your family a Happy and Joyful Thanksgiving. Blessings ~ Mary
“New Mexico is the most completely beautiful place I have ever seen.” Ansel Adams
I am so excited and honored to have 7,000 wonderful Facebook friends.
A BIG THANK YOU to all the wonderful fans who support and encourage me in the creative process. In honor of reaching the 7,000 mark I am hosting a giveaway for a $25.00 gift certificate to my Etsy shop.
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Hugs ~ Mary
Lavender remains one of the most popular perennials in the home garden, and one of my personal favorites. Many areas of our country are fortunate to have the proper climate necessary to grow this beautiful perennial. Florida unfortunately isn’t one of them. That’s why I love this time of year when our garden shops begin carrying Lavender again for the season.
There are over 200 different varieties of lavender in the world. The two most popular varieties of lavender grown are English lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) and French lavender (Lavendula dentata). English lavender is favored for culinary use, perfumes and aromatherapy. The fragrance is sweet and floral. French lavender leaves have a lacy edging and is largely used for decorative purposes
Whatever variety you choose, there are numerous way to enjoy lavender in your home and garden. These are just a small sampling:
- Decorative wreaths, bouquets and floral arrangements
- Scented lavender candles add light, fragrance, and ambience
- Lavender bags or sachets (containing lavender buds and lavender essential oil) can be added to the dryer to give clothes a wonderful scent
- Lavender is used in soaps, hand lotions, bath oils, and bath salts
- Lavender essential oil is used for a number of health conditions: to soothe the skin, for digestion, for headaches and insomnia, for nervousness and anxiety, for depressive feelings, and for stress relief
- Lavender cookies and lavender ice cream are favorites
- Lavender tea is a favorite for both its flavor and its healing, stress-relieving properties
If you’d like to see more lovely lavender inspiration, you can visit my Pinterest page (just click this link).
Thanks so much for taking time to visit with me friends. I hope you enjoyed yourself and will come back to see me again. Feel free to bring a friend or two when you come.
“Ladies fair, I bring to you lavender with spikes of blue; sweeter plant was never found growing on our English ground.”
My latest obsession is the cloche, or bell jar. How is it that I’ve overlooked these simple and charming accessories before now?
The French developed the glass cloche (or bell jar) to serve as individual green houses for tender seedlings and young plants in the garden. Their purpose was to protect an early garden plant from harsh weather elements. They come in various shapes and sizes, but the most popular is probably the bell shaped cloche.
Not only functional, cloches make wonderful accents for your home and garden. Use them as a food cover for your next gathering, highlight beautiful flowers and fruits indoors, showcase your favorite collectibles, or use during the holidays with your favorite keepsakes. They are almost magical, and so much fun to arrange and rearrange. Why not have several?
I acquired my first cloche this week from one of my favorite garden shops, Annie’s Garden Shed in Lutz, Florida. They’re selling like hotcakes at Annie’s and now you know why. Haven’t decided what to fill mine with yet . . . oh the endless possibilities. But, you can be sure this won’t be my last one.
“I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the
garden.” ~John Erskine
Autumn is my most favorite season of the year. It brings back so many wonderful childhood memories of our home in Southern Maryland. We moved to Florida in 1975 and I love the Sunshine State. It’s only at this time of year that I become homesick for what I used to enjoy as a child. Fall was always a busy time of year with school starting, trick or treating at Halloween, raking the gorgeous leaves when they fell from the trees. And of course you had to jump in the leaf piles because it was just too tempting. A walk down to the creek amongst the changing leaves was a weekly ritual.
And then there was the trip to the pumpkin patch to select just the right pumpkin for carving. Hay rides and bonfires complete with roasted marshmallows and smores. I really appreciate the cooler weather now as well. I miss wearing sweaters and sweatshirts this time of year.
I envy those of you who live in those parts of our beautiful country where you can enjoy this most amazing transformation of nature. I hope you’ll get out and take advantage of all the wonders that Mother Nature provides this time of year. It’s a glorious treat my friends, and not everyone is lucky enough to see it live and in person.
I’ve designed several Autumn-themed garden whimsies to help get me in the Fall mood. They will look lovely on your Fall table setting. Please feel free to visit my Etsy shop at www.gardenwhimsiesbymary.etsy.com to view them.“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” ~Elizabeth Lawrence