On the 10th day of Christmas….special collections!

Collectibles come along before and after Christmas.   Some people wait til everything goes on sale and then buy more of whatever they are collecting.   Some people get more pieces of their collection as a present on Christmas day.   Some collections just evolve over time as we find...Read More

On the 9th day of Christmas…Is my table ready?

[caption id="attachment_793" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption=" Dining room is decorated and ready to set the table."][/caption] Once all the large decorations get put up, I start thinking about showing them off (what's the point to put this all up if no one sees it, I think).   So I usually set up...Read More

On the 8th day of Christmas…Why do we celebrate this again?

The season is progressing and while waiting for the spirit of Christmas to "ascend on me", I have had a little time to think.   It is not a ghost of Christmas past or present that brings me Christmas, it is my faith.  Not religion, but faith in why this...Read More

On the 7th day of Christmas…Where are all the village people?

[caption id="attachment_759" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Fresh snow blankets the new village crafted by my elves"][/caption] Christmas villages are being collected by many of our clients, and those little houses, people, trees and ski slopes have are put up by someone, usually my team of Christmas "elves".   My elves actually like placing...Read More

On the 6th day of Christmas….Castles and Gingerbread houses

Asheville, North Carolina is home of the Biltmore estate, one of the largest historical homes in America and home to 53 decorated Christmas trees this time of year. [caption id="attachment_734" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Decked out for Christmas, the Biltmore is ready"][/caption] My season of decorating culminated with being able to see...Read More

On the 5th day of Christmas….Get the front door ready!

I've decided by this point, that my friends and people around me help me find the spirit of  Christmas.   While I still feel a little out of it, rushing around helping everyone else get ready for Christmas, I am starting to get excited. [caption id="attachment_728" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Front doors...Read More

On the 4th day of Christmas…Time to decorate the mantle!

Now that the tree  has been decorated, and all the lights are finally working, it's time to decorate the mantle.   First needed is a theme.   I love to decorate the mantles of my clients.  I start by the color of the ribbon, then look for ornaments and other...Read More

On the 3rd day of Christmas….we need a tree!

[caption id="attachment_603" align="aligncenter" width="231" caption="Grinch Christmas"]The Grinch of Christmas can't rule this house, only the tree.... [/caption] I've never decorated a house with out a tree.... we are asked to decorate front doors, mantles  and  always we have a tree!    Most people start their first year by getting a tree,...Read More

On the 2nd day of Christmas….we need a budget!

When I was asked recently to do a short speech to a women's group about decorating on a budget, I really had to think....I don't like to decorate on a budget!  Who does?   No one I talked to really likes to decorate on a budget.   Everyone surveyed agreed...Read More

On the first day of Christmas…..The spirit of Christmas is missing

The spirit of Christmas is hiding from me....It's December 2nd, and I'm rushing around decorating for people, but haven't really got the spirit of Christmas yet.   For the last few years, I've been a little low around this time of year.  I lost some people who were important to...Read More

Christmas Already?

[caption id="attachment_580" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Christmas already!"][/caption] "Yes, I know I have glitter on me!" is becoming my new logo for the month. We've already started buying product and staging it for the next big production.  And yes, even started decorating!   Why would someone decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving?  ...Read More