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21 November, 2010

Christmas Open House: Great Ideas to Steal...er...Borrow!

IMG_4197 If you know me, you know I am a big fat copy cat! lol So when my friend Linda at Nina’s Nest and I found out that our favorite antique/flea market, the Queen of Hearts in Alpharetta, Georgia,  was having their Christmas open house, we headed out in search of inspiration…and we found it! First, this wonderful vignette of frenchiness greeted us when we walked in the door! I want that mirror!

IMG_4200 Be still my heart! An entire smorgasbord of inspiration in gray, silver and white with pops of natural greenery…breathtaking!  I am seeing a lot of silver so far this year!

hutch Look at this fabulous hutch! It makes me want to paint all of my furniture gray! It was filled with a marvelous assortment of wonderful old silverplate…one of my favorite things! I love the flocked garland with the gray ribbon intertwined!

IMG_4235 And here’s the matching wreath! Have you ever thought of gray as a Christmas color? So unusual!

IMG_4236 I love this little vignette with silverplate mixed with mercury glass and that gorgeous little snow bird!

merc glass 4 I don’t think I can breathe! Have you ever seen so many pieces of beautiful mercury glass?

page3 Some of the pieces were absolutely translucent! Even the Christmas trees were filled with mercury glass ornaments! I love that acorn! I have seen acorns as Christmas ornaments at several stores. I could stand here and drool all day, but we need to check out the rest of the store!

page5 More inspiration…sheet music wreaths…even one in the shape of angel wings…gorgeous! And do you see the one made from old maps? How unique!

page6 More fun with sheet music…ornaments galore, even from old books! And I love that tree…sitting in a champagne bucket with flatware ornaments and a sheet music garland!

page1 And now an assortment of interesting things to do with corks!  My favorite is the wreath in the upper right…corks affixed to a grapevine wreath.  And what a simple yet elegant idea to put them in a silver dish waiting to be served up!

page Look at this cute Parisian tree…all black and white! I love the lampshade tree topper…great idea!

IMG_4204 This is the first time I have seen these…windswept silver trees! I love the way they are mixed in with aqua…another unusual color combination for Christmas!

IMG_4224 How funsilver dollar plant (lunaria) spray painted silver and used in a wreath! Funny…my mom actually did this when I was little! She must have been ahead of her time! lol

IMG_4228 Another fun display…silver ornaments in a muffin tin!  

IMG_4227 Oh, my little wheels are spinning! Moss ribbon! I can see is wrapped around all sorts of Styrofoam forms! I actually found it online here…$7.50 for 6 1/2 feet of it. Hmmm…would the staff eat that?

IMG_4237 Are you seeing a pattern here? I seem to be attracted to silver this year! And what have I decided to copy? Here’s the easiest thing to do…run right over to Walmart and buy these silver mercury glass acorns…$2.00 each! No kidding! They also have them in white and turquoise, too!

page Finally, I decided to try my hand at making the little snow bird, using a  $1.00 Dollar Tree birdie. First, I spray painted it cream since I am using it rather than white this Christmas, then gave it a good coat of Mod Podge followed by a sprinkling of white glitter…

IMG_4355…and voilà!  Not bad for $1.00! Now you will have to excuse me…I am pulling out my supply of sheet music and corks to get to work! lol More later!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my inspiration!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Artie at Color Outside the Lines for Vignette Fridays
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
See you next time! A la prochaine!

90 comments:

  1. Good morning Debbie! Well now I am inspired too to use white, silver and grey! It's all so beautiful, magical and wintery. I love all the silver FOR SURE! I see lots of ways to use all the silver trays and pieces I accumulated for my daughter's wedding reception. Your little snow bird is just too precious. Looks like something I need to "copy"! LOL! Thanks for the ideas! :)

    Donna

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  2. What great inspiration pictures Deb! I love the silver, white and gray. So very elegant, and very different. I'm going to pop over and get some of those acorn ornaments, I love them! Although this year we seem to have an overabundance of them in the yard and I'm always griping about them hitting me on the head. DH is going to think I'm nuts if I BUY some LOL. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hugs, Kat

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  3. I want to hug your neck for taking me along on your visit to this OPEN HOUSE!!!! I just love getting ideas and I can say that I was excited to see that little tree with the flatware, because I did this a few years ago and get this...I had never seen it done before I did mine (I even displayed it in a silver bucket too). I'm going to check out that moss ribbon...thanks so much for sharing that. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  4. What inspiration in your post this Sunday...That mirror is to die for! I love the cork wreaths and the flocked wreath with the pewter gray bow is gorgeous. Hmmm, I am thinking the gray/silver/white and a tiny bit of aqua would be striking...
    Have a great week, Debbie.

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  5. I just loved looking at your pictures! Very inspiring indeed!

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  6. Wow! That really was A LOT of inspiration! I love the tree in the champagne bucket. So simple and looks lovely!

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  7. I'll be taking a few ideas from this post! Love those windswept trees too. I also like the lamp shade on top of the French decorated tree. Our family is growing by leaps and bounds and I don't have a fireplace so, this year I am going to use our coat rack for our Christmas stockings. I will top it off with one of those red and white sock hats. Thanks for sharing!~Ames

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  8. Debbie, I just love all these vignettes. What beautiful ideas. My sister went to the Queen of Hearts open house week before last. I have not been to one. Afraid I would find too much to buy and not enough funds. Which one did you go to? By the way I am not having my party this week. Just way too busy with family coming in from oot.

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  9. Oh my Debbie, this really is a fantastic shop and yes there is eye candy and inspirations galore. I am with you, that mirror is stunning. I do think you need it. All of the decorations are just gorgeous. I love your snow birdie. It turned out fantastic. I just know you will do wonders with sheet music. I can't wait to see it all. Hugs, Marty

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  10. Debbie how gorgeous it all looks! :)

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  11. Good morning Debbie, What beautiful things in this shop. I love all the mercury glass and the windswept trees. Your snow bird is adorable! Have a fabulous Thanksgiving.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  12. This is all so gorgeous! I definitely want to try making the glitter bird! Too cute!

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  13. The colors look like winter. So beautiful! I love what you did to your little bird.

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  14. I just love getting inspired-the magazines out there have nothing in them-but the blogs are wonderful. Love the paper wreaths!

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  15. Oh Deb I can hear your wheels turning!!! Love the direction you are going. You are going to have so much fun this year!!!! I used moss like that for a wedding a few years back but I bought the sheet that comes 30 in wide, it is really easy to work with in fact I used it as a runner on my Easter table. You might call yourself a copy-cat but I call you a clever-gal!!! Kathysue

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  16. A hugh thanks for this awesome tour!! I have been using silver and blue for many years in my Christmas Decor. It has been great to be able to find more beautiful things available.
    Thanks again for sharing this experience. I was panting before it over. Hugs, Ginger

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  17. The vignettes and your mosaics are just stunning. Silver galore! I love it. I went to a big market yesterday and I saw tons of silver as well and a lot of acorns, too. Must be the big theme this year. And grays, too.

    I love your little snow bird...I think I may try my hand at this! Thanks so much. And the mirror...definitely you!

    XO,
    Jane

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  18. You found so many delightful things...things I have never seen before either! My eyes will be peeled in future shopping trips, looking for some of those things.
    The cork wreath is something I might try soon. What a novel idea, and it would be appropriate all year round. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. the gray and silver are so elegant! Just beautiful! Great find, that is a very cool shop, I love the displays!

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  20. Thanks for the great tour Debbie, that was fun!
    Lots of inspiration there!
    And even better, your little projects turned out so perfectly!
    Love that snow bird!
    I may have to copy you!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  21. what a fun open house...you gave me some ideas....love what you did with the little bird

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  22. Very pretty post..sparkles and silver..just so festive. I love that mirror too! Wow it makes a statment. Those sheet music wreaths are so fun..my son is a music major...going to raid his supply!
    Thanks for sharing..Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Miss Bloomers

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  23. Debbie, you are so full of energy and creativity. The little snow birdie looks precious. I'm eager to see what else you do with those creative hands.
    Acorns? Did you say acorn ornaments? I think I just might need a few for my glittery acorn stash. ;-)
    Have a great week! ~ Sarah

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  24. What inspiration you found! Love the gray ribbon, the windswept trees, and the little snow bird. I must stop on the dollar store to see if they have those birdies here. Thanks for sharing! Sally

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  25. That was fun! I loved seeing all those treasures, and your birdie came out great!
    As we speak I am working on a cork wreath. My friend who owns a catering hall, (Giada Delaurentis did a show from it) has been saving corks for me.
    So if you are using cream, which is white with a suntan, do join in the White Christmas Tablescape party at my place!
    Have a wonderful Tgiving, Debbie! Many blessings to you, from moi! :)

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  26. Beautiful inspirations!!! I have the acorns from Walmart, I just love them!!! Your snow bird looks so cute!!

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  27. What a fun visit, thanks for taking us along! Your bird turned out great, I need to get busy with some glitter:@)

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  28. Hi Debbie! OH, what gorgeous photos and I would never think of using gray with Christmas - but it's gorgeous especially with the mercury glass! You did great with the little snow bird. You truly are the smartest one!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  29. Thank you for sharing these photo's with wonderful ideas Debbie.I love to copy too when I see great ideas. Have a great week.

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  30. Yum! I love all the eye candy! Yes, I think gray is the new brown. And silver goes great with gray. You know I love my Mod Podge too. I think I'm getting inspired here!
    Brenda

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  31. Soooo beautiful!! Love your little birds!

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  32. White, silver & grey are my favorite. I really do need to do a tree in those colours sometime. The hutch is so gorgeous I can't stand it. I would love to have that in my home. You do have some fun ideas for DIY so thank's for those and just maybe I will get some done. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

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  33. love the pics!! oh my, its great!!!! i am wondering if you know how to make the ornaments out of the sheet music? would love to try my hand at them. :)

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  34. Love those aqua trees. Everything is so pretty. I had to smile because I made a cork wreath this week. It is hanging even though I have not quite finished it!

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  35. Oooh...I'm loving all of this! Gray is just about my favorite color but I've never thought of using it at Christmas. It goes so well with that silver...wonderful!

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  36. I would have loved to have seen all the decorations -I bet it was magical and I certainly know it was inspiring :-) you came home and made the adorable snow bird.

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  37. Hi, Lily! Ooops, I mean Debbie! LOL!

    I love your cute bird and the tour of this great shop. I could pick up the phone and go wild if I only didn't have to spend my money on things like an extra section of fence. Don't ask!

    Loved seeing this, and there were some great ideas here. Your bird is one of the cutest.

    I'm glad you enjoyed starring in 9 to 5, and I appreciate so much your comments on Eddie's blogs. You are one of my favorite bloggy friends, and I'm so happy we've met and can't wait to really meet you in person some day.

    Love you much...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  38. Your little snowy bird is so sweet. I LOVE all the inspirations here -- can't wait to see how you and the staff copy cat for us!

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  39. Simply beautiful! I bought the same little birds at the Dollar Tree today. :-)

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  40. Debbie, Thanks for sharing all this beautiful eye candy! I can't wait to see what you do with all the ideals! Gotta love all the French goodies.
    Sandy

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  41. Those pics gave me shivers! I can't wait to decorate! The moss ribbon sent me over the edge! I have to go online shopping now!
    Lacy

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  42. Thank you for such wonderful pictures, this is not a post to read late at night. I will have sugar plums dancing in my head when it hits the pillow:)

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  43. I'm your newest follower. Your beautiful blog as so many inspiring ideas!
    Cheers!
    Rita @MAY DAYS

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  44. Thanks for showing all that great inspiration. Those angel wings are wonderful. I also really like the tree in an ice bucket with spoons hanging from it.

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  45. Oh my goodness, I want that mirror too. It is beautiful. I'd go nuts in that store. I love everything. lol Love your blog.
    Sandra

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  46. Beautiful and yes very inspiring. I like your dollar tree bird!

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  47. Thanks for sharing all that inspiration with us! I just love the grays and the aquas too. Your little birdie is so sweet. Great idea!

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  48. GREAT job on that sweet little tweet, Debbie!

    Like your Mom, I guess I'm ahead of my time,too. I used turquoise & pink for my Christmas decorations YEARS ago. ~insert rolled eyes~ I've also had my cork collection sitting in a silver footed bowl for a loooong time, too. :-) So nice to find out I'm back in style. LOL

    Seriously, this was a very beautiful tour & I'm looking forward to whatever else you copy...er, I mean *benchmark* (military term for "improve upon")

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  49. OMG! LOVE thi pst! I have been looking for "silver inspiration" for decorating this Christmas since the theme in our dining room will be silver and white. This gave me several ideas! And some great ideas to steal! I am so stealing the dollar store/glitter bird idea since i already have the birds. just thought I would fess up now! LOL

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  50. Hi Debbie, Love the tour. May I copy too?

    It gave me an idea to change up my Christmas table.

    Got some great ideas. This makes me want to go out and see all the local shops all decorated for Christmas.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  51. I am going to stay for a while, just admiring every detail of these wonderful pictures!

    Oh, my! This is gorgeous!!!!! Thank youuuuuu!!!!

    xo


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  52. Wow, I so love your blog. Thanks so much for sharing all the pretties with me. Now I need to get out my glitter and fancy up a few things. Oh and by the way I just love the music, French is the best!!

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  53. so many great ideas, it has my wallet spinning!

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  54. Hey!!! Im your newest kitty, OPP! I mean Follower! RReeerrr! Im in LUUUUUUUUUUURVE with your site! So many goodies to take in and you made me LAUGH OUT LOUD the whole time!!! Nuttin betta dan dat! I found you on Kristins, but HELLERRRR! I am adding you to my Blogroll and Grabbin that Button!
    I have an Interior Design business and blog...im doing 14 days of xmas trees and would BEYOND ADORE you to visit!! I also have a GIVEAWAY!!!

    *ENTER CUSTOM FLORAL Give-Away Here *



    xoxokara Meeeeeeeoooww!

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  55. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pics of such a fab store. And thanks for all the great ideas that beg to be copied.
    CAS

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  56. The silver is pretty but not my style, but I do love that snow bird! How cute can you get??:)

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  57. I LOVE all of the silver! So beautiful and elegant. I did something similar with my dollar tree bird. Love the snowy glittery look.

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  58. Thank you for taking us along on your shopping trip. Everything was so gorgeous! Your little birdie is too cute. :)

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  59. What an absolutely gorgeous post! So inspiring. Your photos were great. I felt like I was shopping right along side you. I just realized that I am a frequent visitor and not a follower! Yikes! I have officially joined. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  60. Hey Debbie this almost makes me want to polish my silver...Oh did I just say that ha ha!! Loved seeing it all...I would love to go shopping with you and Linda you have the best stuff in your area...Many Blessings to you and your family this Thanksgiving my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  61. I popped over from Susan's at Between Naps on the Porch, tempted by the super first image you used in this post. Being a retailer, I appreciate the effort taken to produce such a display and only wish my premises were bigger! I hope you don't mind me borrowing your pic for my own post today. Thanks!

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  62. Have dreamed of having a clock just like the one at the beginning of the post. Love the shape! And the Dollar Tree birdy is so sweet. What a great idea. Going to link up with Table Top Tuesday-my first time. blessings on your Thanksgiving!

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  63. Loved the tour o this beautiful shop. If you have a minute, i have been posting pics of a 3 story barn that is a Home Decor shop and they actually close down for 2 weeks to decorate it for Christmas. All pics have been post on my Christmas blog, A Debbie-Dabble Christmas. Hope to see you there!
    Also, I LOVE that sweet birdie!!

    Debbie @ A Debbie-Dabble Christmas

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  64. So much eye-candy! I love your little tutorial at the end...lol. What a fabulous idea!

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  65. Debbie,
    What a fun and inspiring post on your Flea Market visit!
    NOTE TO DEBBIE: Warning. . .the Staff may eat that ribbon! Maurice did and was ill all through the house.
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  66. I linked to this article and the burlap runner tutorial on my blog today - http://firstadream.blogspot.com/. Thanks so much for sharing. I totally inspired!

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  67. HI Debbie and thank for the tour!!! Great inspiration in every picture!!! Please stop ove, I have just started a blog and would love for you to follow me!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!!! XO, Pinky

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  68. Gorgeous inspirational photos! Happy Thanksgiving Debbie.

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  69. Hi Debbie,
    I'm loving these photos! That moss ribbon though has my wheels turning! haha.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
    xo Delores

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  70. Hi Debbie,
    I want/need that moss ribbon! Wouldn't it be adorable on little gifts wrapped in kraft paper? Your photos are gorgeous and I so enjoyed this post! Hope you have a wonderful turkey day tomorrow! xo Delores

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  71. Those displays are just so dreamy! I'm on a silver kick here this year too, so that was just the perfect inspiration! Headed to WM tomorrow morning . . . thanks!!

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  72. Love the birdie and thanks for the visit!


    P.S. – I’m having a Jeanne d’Arc Living Christmas Giveaway!
    Bisous,
    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio
    http://myshabbystreamsidestudio.blogspot.com/


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  73. Hi Debbie, I just found you through Color Outside the Lines. What a gorgeous shop -- where is it? I could have had a cup of coffee and shopped in there for hours, even if it is a small place!! I'm glad to have found you. Carol

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  74. I have gone through this post over and over and over again.. It's a wonderful smorgasbord of inspiration. There are so many things I would love to try!!! Would you by chance share the name of this delicacy?? I spotted a carpet beater on the wall that I know I MUST have!!! Thanks for your lovely post.

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  75. Oh..my! How gorgeous is all of that. And just when I was telling myself I didn't need any more mercury glass. I see lots there that I need! Thanks so much for all the inspiration.

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  76. I like color for Christmas, but all your ideas are very lovely. I really like your idea for the birds. Since I have a bird themed Christmas tree, I may have to copy that one! Never seen the moss ribbon, but that looks like something we could all use for the holiday. Thanks for passing along your ideas with us.

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  77. I love the gray... I actually have a vintage hutch my sister gave me (lucky me!) that I think I will paint gray. I like it as a neutral Christmas color as well!

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  78. Everything is soooo lovely!! I would have been in that strore for HOURS!!! I love all the inspirations you have shown and thank you for sharing them at Feathered Nest Friday!! Happy Weekend!! :)

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  79. Beautiful inspiration! And I love the silver, gray and white!

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  80. Some wonderfully creative projects! That moss ribbon is downright wild. Makes me want to toss anything with colour and go silver this year. Very cool. :)

    Donna

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  81. this was such a great post on christmassy decor! loved all that you had to show...grey and silver~just stunning!

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  82. What a lovely sparkly bird you made. I loved your tour of that store. Now go and get drinking some wine so you can make a cork wreath. We're all waiting to see it.

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  83. Debbie, this post is so full of wonderful inspiration! Now, if I could just make myself give up all of the Christmas decor I already own and switch to these softer colors! Absolutely breath taking. Oh, and I want that mirror too! How gorgeous! Your bird turned out so pretty. Can't wait to see your cork and sheet music creations! Thanks so much for linking this to Favorite Things. laurie

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  84. Well Debbie, you make my lil heart go pitter patter, MPodge patter with that little bird! I've GOT to get some of that M.Podge. I purhchased two old musical books from the 1800's and was thinking about doing something on the end of the musical paper, but my heart screams everytime I think about cutting that vintage paper. Pray for me, I'm delirous!lol Miss you - we need to lunch sometime soon at the Irish Pub again! ;)

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  85. GORGEOUS!! I love the gray, white & silver..has such an elegant look to it.
    Baby Kitty looks comfy too!

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  86. Just love this post...saw it awhile back and didn't have time to comment. I love the mercury glass,the sheet music wreaths
    and the pretty bird you made. I must get to the dollar tree! Thank you for sharing!

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  87. Debbie, What beautiful ideas you have, especially the mercury glass. I am completely obsessed with it at the moment. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  88. What a beautiful shop! What's the name of it (if you don't mind me asking) I am drooling over those silver platters!

    Donna

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  89. Hi Debbie.....As I've posted earlier today on your Nov. 2011 posts that I'm new to your blog and absolutely love it. So I've been having a wonderful time going back through your back posts this afternoon and enjoying everything I read. Love this mercury glass and white and gray theme. Beautiful. AND the how to's. So fun!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie

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