Saturday, February 23, 2013

Spring Door Decor to Adore!

Have you been inspired by the creative spring wreaths out there in blogland?  I certainly have.  Since I am still the proud owner of a cast on my arm and will be for another three weeks, I can only dream of the day when I can make one of these lovely creations.  Let's take a look at some of my favorites.   This one caught my eye immediately.  I think it is so cute and goes along with spring showers.  Visit Eclectically Vintage to get the low down on this cute door decor!
Another one using an umbrella comes from The Browy Blogspot.
I love hydrangeas and this sweet wreath incorporates hydrangeas and carnations.  I found this one at
Brocade Designs.  It was actually part of a wedding decor.
Don't you love burlap?  This one incorporates a nest of eggs into the design.  Check out Top This Top That 
for an easy tutorial.
I adore this door decor from Finding Home Online.  She used vintage hankies to make her flower rosettes.  I am definitely making one of these.
Here is another take on rosettes.  So bright and colorful from Kiki and Company!
A watering can makes terrific door decor.  I found this one at Better Homes and Gardens.
Buzz Cuts and Ponytails has a step by step tutorial for this ribbon wreath.  Can you imagine this done in red, white, and blue for July 4th?
Running Backwards In High Heels took the same idea and mad these delightful decorations that would liven up any table.
This wreath has been floating around Facebook.  The Shoppes on Main in Enterprise, AL have this delightful wreath.  
Or how about a St. Patrick's Day wreath from Engineering Life and Style?
I hope that I have inspired you to get your creative juices flowing and make something pretty for your front door.  I am leaving you with one last, very unusual wreath via Indulgy.  I love this radish wreath!
Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse!
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Vintage Valentine's Day Greeting!

Happy Valentine's Day from Still Woods Farmhouse!  Did you know that Valentine's Day is the second most card giving time of the year?  Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy these Valentines from times gone by.

Do you think she is thinking of him? Love the dress!
I don't think his English teacher would approve but I love it!
Do you remember the great debate over who gets what card?  I would lay all my cards out and decide which were the ones for the guys and which were the ones for the girls. Pressure at the age of 5!
This one is just plain ole sweet! I think I am going to say this to my husband today!

Here is one from long ago.  She doesn't seem to have a problem with insecurity or is it the sender who is sure of himself?
Here is one for our aerospace engineering son!  He was always wanting to make an "airoplane" when he was little!
Our youngest son loved "dally" dogs when he was little and had an extensive collection of stuffed dallies (dalmatians). One even was allowed to go into surgery with him!  This one is for you Derek!
Another one from many years ago, although is this being sent to a love lost? "Keep the one I once called mine"...
Okay, on to a happy one.  I bet Mrs. Jack Schwatrz was a happy girl when she received this on Valentine's Day in 1948.  So sweet!
A career education Valentine's Day card!  Hmmm . . . what if you hit "thief"?  I declare a do-over!
Tennis anyone?
Sure . . .
Don't forget your favorite teacher!
Wonder how much this stamp cost?
 Too cute!
For my tea loving friends!
Who could resist this cute fellow?

Wishing you a day filled with sweetness and love!  Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Hoilday Decorating Identity Disorder

I have diagnosed myself with HDID, technically known as Holiday Decorating Identity Disorder.  I am a psychometrist and a counselor on top of that, so I can legally diagnose myself.  I just don't do family and friends!  You may ask, what is Holiday Decorating Identity Disorder?  I must say that this disorder is a geographical one and I made it up!  My blogging friends north of Hattiesburg, MS won't understand this troubling disorder.  Typically, we decorate for one holiday then move on to another.  Oh no, not in the deep south.  Once the Christmas trees disappear from the stores, up comes Valentines Day decorations alongside the purples, greens, and golds that proclaim Mardi Gras.  Now, the question is do I want to stick with the pinks and reds for Valentine's Day or celebrate the exuberant Mardi Gras?  OR, what if I do both?  Will my home look like a seasonal store with a stomach virus?  Will I look like I can't make up mind?  Do I truly have HDID?  After many sleepless nights, I finally decided to celebrate it all!  Since it has given me much mental anguish, I thought I would share my HDID decorations with you!

Let's start with Mardi Gras.  The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe.  There is a period of feasting beginning January 6 and ending on Fat Tuesday which is always the day before Ash Wednesday.  Fat Tuesday is the actual Mardi Gras day although festivities including parades and balls occur throughout the season.  These Mardi Gras wreaths welcome guests to Still Woods.  Won't you come in?
For now, the dining room table is decorated for Mardi Gras.
 This pretty little plate sits on top of the piano ready for a roaring rendition of "It's Carnival Time".
No Mardi Gras season is complete with a King Cake.  A King Cake is basically a large cinnamon type roll filled with an endless variety of options. Our favorite is blueberry and cream cheese.  Yum. . . yum!!  I do make my own, but wanted to share with you a tempting picture of a Paul's King Cake.  They ship everywhere and are delicious. 
I love Valentine's Day!  There is something so sweet about this holiday.  Did you know this is the second highest card sending holiday, second only to Christmas?  Also, the average dollar amount spent on your Valentine is reported to be $75.00.  Poor Mr. Still Woods is always at a loss for Valentines Day.  I am one of those rare individuals who dislikes chocolate.  I also hate to see anyone spend an exorbitant amount of money on anything that will die in a few days. My Valentine's Day decorations include these on my mantel.  I have a favorite set of candle holders with red glitter balls and a red floral topiary. The candles lend a romantic glow!
Valentine's Day is not complete without an apothecary jar of Sweetheart candies. This candy first appeared to the masses in 1901-1902 with the famous statements of "Kiss Me", "Be Mine", and "Be True"; however, NECCO states that their conversation hearts were first  stamped in 1866 on candy lozenges. Yep, that is Mr. and Mrs. Still Woods in our younger days.
Even the laundry room has a touch of Valentine's decorations.
My sweet hubby gave me this beautiful milk glass cake plate and ten dessert plate set one year for Christmas.  It still had the original box.  Look closely and you will see that the outer rim is edged in cut out hearts.  Perfect for Valentine's Day dessert!
I love this table which is located under the stairs.  I have a three piece red cut glass set with a heart as a simple adornment for this cozy corner.  When the tea lights are lit, the cut glass glitters. Just beautiful!
Since tomorrow is Mardi Gras Day, I will leave you with a Cajun French saying heard often during this time of year. " Laissez les bons temps rouler"  or "Let the good times roll"!!