Today was our investment club meeting and gift exchange. This year we opted to keep it simple and we met at Meyer's Restaurant (Milwaukee) for breakfast instead of having bring-a-dish and then adjourned to Maison Newton for our meeting and gift exchange.
Before I left the house I had put on the battery-operated lights on the tea lights, wreath and around the live greenery centerpiece on/around the mantle, turned on the flameless candles on the coffee table, etc. so that when the ladies walked into the front room (the front door opens directly into the room), they saw the full glory of my decorations, LOL!
Well, things were a big hit, and that makes me so happy. We had our meeting in the kitchen/dinette area where I did minimal decorating this year (not that I ever went full out in prior years!):
Guess you can see just how much my hands shake as I tried to take these photos at low exposure -- look at the path the little light on the t.v. (on the fireplace mantle/mantel) took! LOL! As for the spooky white smoke effect - I've no idea what caused that! Hey, Gay! And not-quite-half of Angie!
Gayle is on the right and I'm on the left, nearest the tree.
Presents are under the tree, and fresh greenery was clipped and added (left upper corner) yesterday, in an old basket I had on hand. This is the first year I actually thought to utilize the evergreen resources that reside in my front and back yards! Last year I had used clippings from the barberries out front, but those are red with berries, not evergreen. This year, I combined both in three separate arrangements and the house is now filled with the fresh scent of juniper.
Close-up of the arrangement on the kitchen/dinette peninsula (now back in the center of the table underneath the light fixture, as our meeting is over). The barberry is so pretty, and so ouchy with its sharp thorns!
Above, a photo of the mantle/mantel. I added two gold-glittered tall picks to the Norfolk pine and added the feather boa as a garland across the bottom of the mantle/mantel shelf above the firebox. That was one of my St. Nick's gifts from one of the Ladies of the Bus/Crazy Cougars. She brought each of us a special St. Nick's gift bag filled with goodies :) Thank you, Pepper Spray.
The kitchen/dinette greenery looking toward the kitchen.
New this year, I decorated the top of the tall curio cabinet next to the staircase. I framed a new greeting card I received showing a cardinal on it (to add to my fledgling collection of cardinal greeting cards) in an old frame (you may recognize it from my bedroom), added some clipped juniper, a bit of Mugo pine, and a barberry branch arranged in a woven basket (one of those holding fresh fruit at a Christmas past) lined in tin foil, and one of my Home Interiors candleabra.
Yesterday I pulled out this very old basket that was given to me (filled with goodies!) when I moved into this house 21 plus years ago! I stuffed it full of juniper clippings and some barberry and planted it near the northeast corner to hide the power outlet and electrical cords. I'm going to add some battery-operated mini-lights to it tomorrow after I stop at Walgreens to buy some (on the way home from the office). It adds color and a wonderful scent to the room!
I am loving my white feather boa -- it reminds me of snow and angels' wings:
My decorating scheme this year was a big hit with the ladies of the investment club. In January I will be hosting a party for the Ladies of the Bus/Crazy Cougars (actually we're the Rockin' Crazy Cougars).
My decorating is now totally complete, I will not be adding anything more, well, unless I get another feather boa or two for Christmas...
A view of the tree from the staircase.
July 16, 2017:
Hola! Where does the time go, Geez Louise! Half summer is already gone, and I am first now updating this from last December, tsk tsk. Bad Jan! So, been busy puttering around the yard, as always, and paying more attention than I probably should be to politics. The kitchen "remodel" is on hold due to budgetary constraints, but I hope to have that remedied before the end of the year. And I have yet to paint the guest room - it's only been 3 years now since I moved in to this version of Maison Newton, I'm not lazy or anything, nope... LOL! Take care and have a great rest of the summer. Jan