swag that we received as a Christmas gift last year. There are also some bells from my husband's childhood home in Turkey, and a strand of beads and bells I picked up years ago in a little border town market in Mexico. I love the bells ringing every time we open the door.
But the glitz- I stumbled on a half-bushel basket of old old glass ornaments when I was in graduate school (lower left)- for a long time, those were my only holiday decorations. I displayed them in a giant silver punch bowl, hung on evergreens, and now, they're in a small silver revere bowl on my mantle. There are a few votive candles scattered around them, and the old 1940s round mirror I picked up one trash day reflects the cheer. That's about all I need on the mantle.
The three wreaths were all made during my Martha Stewart fandom heyday. I'm not sure if I made them all the same year, but I may have. The red glass bead wreath came first- I remember searching for and then cringing as I purchased $50 in red Czech druk beads ten years ago. I generally hang this between the living room or dining room windows. This year it's in the dining room.
The glass ball wreath came next. It is really on its last legs, but it's my boy's favorite wreath. I may have to glue the balls to a foam or straw form next year, because I like it too. It hangs in the window over our kitchen table.
The final wreath, which took forever to make, is also a MSL project. It came out of one of the holiday books and isn't on the website, but I made each leaf out of silver-lined glass beads, arranged them in clusters of three, and wired them on a circular wire form. It almost always hangs on a mirror or on the china cabinet, in front of my silver collection. I am a sucker for silver hollowware and old serving pieces- I enjoy using them, even in our decidedly simple and casual lifestyle.
I would like to have one more wreath, based on this one. A neighbor gave me quite a lot of reindeer moss, and there are huge mossy areas along the greenway in our neighborhood. I think I'm going to wait until after Christmas for this project, when the days are dark and dreary and I need a bit more green around me.
I have one more photo for you at the end of the week-
see you soon!