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08 January, 2011

My Winter Porch...and...Preparing for Snow!

IMG_5090 I am so excited to show you my new winter wreath…a fabulous Goodwill find for only…$5.00! Woo hoo! Can you believe someone gave this beauty away? All the better for me!

page It is chock full of wonderful fruit and berries…love that apple slice!

IMG_5093 All I had to do was add a burlap ribbon!

IMG_5100 And, of course, I had to redo my lanterns to match! I love them! I have been able to keep them on my porch year ‘round by simply changing what I put inside of them! This time, it’s very simple…pinecones and candles tied with raffia…

IMG_5101 …sitting on a bed of whole almonds…on sale at Publix for $2.69 for two pounds!...topped with a jaunty burlap scarf!

IMG_5122 Here is a look at the completed porch. I like the simple winter starkness…but then I am a winter person.

IMG_5118 I love the way everything is so structural…almost architectural…this time of year! The air is so crisp and clean and the sky is so very blue and clear…

IMG_5112 …and the trees can now show us the secrets they have been keeping! But I can’t linger outside too long! A big winter storm is heading our way!

page1 We are expecting five inches of snow followed by sleet and ice! Yikes! Like every good Southerner, I have to prepare. I have already been to the grocery store and bought my obligatory bread and milk…and I don’t even like milk! lol I have a stash of new flashlights and plenty of firewood in case we lose power. And my favorite thing…some fun catalogs to check out and my new guide to Paris to read…I’m planning a trip this summer with my 10 year old grandson!

IMG_3785 Sooo…bring on the snow! We are ready! All we have to do now is wait!

page Update! We actually had 6 or 7 inches! Woo hoo! Sooo…please allow me to show you my porch again…this time complete with snow! Now that’s what I call a winter porch!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my porch!  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!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Before and After Party on Wednesdays
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Linda at A la Carte for Junkin' Finds on Fridays
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
See you next time! A la prochaine!

62 comments:

  1. that is a great wreath and a even better price....love your front porch....sounds like you are ready for bad weather....

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  2. Beautiful wreath! We're expecting snow here in Oklahoma, but only 1 to 3 inches.

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  3. Your porch is so pretty and your lanterns are wonderful. I love your new wreath, what a fabulous find. It is so pretty with all the fruit. Fabulous. Your home looks so warm and inviting. I hope you don't have too bad of weather. A slight dusting of snow is pretty, but a bunch and then ice is not a good thing. Stay in and stay warm. Hugs, Marty

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  4. I LOVE your wreath too!!! What a Fantastic find. How do you EVER keep real nuts outside without having animals cart your beautiful lamps off into the woods??? I could NEVER do that... Good luck with your snow, I just POSTED our storm, we got about 20inches of the white stuff...
    Kitty looks excited for snow and ready too!Hugs to you and keep warm... Donna

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  5. Deb your front porch looks great! I love the lanterns and the changes each season. I got my bread and milk also...lol. Flashlights ready, books and snuggling with Charlie are all right with me for a day! hugs, Linda

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  6. Hi Debbie, Love your new wreath and your lanterns. We got three inches of snow so far today in Virginia. Lots more expected on Tuesday. Stay warm.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  7. I love your winter porch! But I'm not surprised; everything you do it beautiful! Stay warm.

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  8. Debbie, the wreath looks great. Love the burlap bow! Stay warm and cozy. Great opportunity to snuggle in and read by the fire. ~ sarah

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  9. Deb you winter porch looks wonderful. I love the idea of the almonds for color and texture, you smart girl!!!! Great idea to enjoy the snow with a book about Paris, what an exciting trip you are going to have!!! Lucky grandson!!! hugs kathysue

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  10. I love that wreath, but what really makes it is your beautiful bow, that is spectacular. I was so lucky to have someone suggest Rick Steves before I went to Paris and I'm so glad I did, he is awesome. One of my favorite things he recommended was Angelinas restaraunt for her Hot Chocolate....OMG moment and you can't leave without going to Laudree for lunch & macaroons and you must bring those back as gifts, you will be loved forever!

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  11. Gorgeous wreath...5 inches of snow? We haven't had any here in east/central Kansas, which is unusual for this time of year...but we sure have had winds.

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  12. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE your wreath and the way you have decorated your lanterns.

    I'm from NE GA, and am dreading the bad weather coming in. I don't handle the cold like I did at one time :)

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  13. Great find on the wreath - what a buy! Love the overall look of the porch..wonderful use of the almonds.
    Good Luck with the storm coming..I am so NOT a winter person, mainly due to the cold..but I do admit the sky is spectacular in winter!

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  14. Woot! Woot! Look at that neat wreath, and the price! Oh, Debbie, you stole it! YEA!

    I like your porch look. Very snazzy, and I can't believe you're getting snow. YIKES! I can't wait to hear all about the trip to France with your DGS. I think it is fabulous that you're taking him there. He will never forget this tirp with you as long as he lives. Neat!

    Love to my friend Baby Kitty and all of the other kitties at Chez Plate Addict and to the Plate Addict herself.

    Oh, and BTW, I am going to post a little picture of my fairy door either later today or tomorrow and an nod to YOU!.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  15. Your winter porch is wonderful and the wreath is so pretty! The thrift store I drop by never have anything so nice.

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  16. Your porch looks very welcoming, especially love your candles! We were all but promised a snow day this past week and it never happened, hope your forecast is more accurate!!
    Tracey

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  17. You and Marty have the best luck at GW. The wreath is really pretty. I haven't taken my Christmas one down but I hate to have a bare door left.
    I laughed about the milk. You'll have to have a white sauce or a cheese sauce for something...

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  18. Well it looks like you are prepared for the snow Debbie! Hopefully you can stay home and enjoy it:@)

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  19. I can't believe that someone would donate a wreath as pretty as that to Goodwill. You certainly found a treasure. I hope you have a pretty snowstorm and that you don't lose your electricity!

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  20. Enjoyed your pictures so much... and then got to your kitty... a Turkish Van it appears to me. They are such interesting cats.
    Have a great day!
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  21. Your porch looks fabulous ~ love the wreath and the burlap bow. Say warm during the winter storm
    ;-) (This calls for hot chocolate)

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  22. Deb, that wreath is gorgeous and what a deal! Love the burlap accents. Your porch looks just beautiful, so warm and inviting. Question, do you keep candles in the lanterns in the summer too? Don't they melt? Hope you just have some pretty snow and it doesn't get too bad there. Stay inside and snuggle with the staff! Have fun planning your trip, what an amazing thing to look forward to. Hugs, Kat

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  23. We've gotten all our food stuff but forgot the logs. Back to the store :-(

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  24. Your porch looks very welcoming. We are buried in snow here. Is that a little cat door in the last photo? Hope you enjoy the chance to kick back and relax. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

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  25. Debbie,Love your GW find, come over to my blog and see what I found last week. It's amazing what people get rid of. I too am getting ready for the snow we are going to get the same.Yuk I can't wait til spring.

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  26. Oh goodness- love that wreath- what a find and it looks beautiful on your door~ loving those lanterns too! I would be so incredibly excited to be reading all about planning my trip to Paris too!! Lucky, lucky you!!! Stay warm and cozy!! :)

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  27. Debbie,
    Your porch looks so inviting. . .gorgeous thrifty find wreath! The addition of your burlap ribbon made it so classic!

    Enjoy your trip to Paris with your grandson this Summer. . .I could have stayed in Paris much longer than the three~day bus trip I had years ago! Not enough time to truly experience the culture.

    Six to twelve inches of snow predicted here. . .if so, I'll have a cute Metamorphosis Monday to share!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  28. Beautiful finds! Over here, there's snow prediction too, and we are set as well, at least for the day that it is supposed to come.

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  29. Gorgeous porch and photos!
    Happy New Year my dear Debbie.
    Best wishes.
    Regards.
    xo

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  30. Debbie,

    You asked about the depression glass on my post. Yes that is a pink depression glass sandwich server. Belonged to my MIL as did the other pink dishes. I just love them.

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  31. So inviting and very pretty entry, Debbie. We are supposed to have snow today too but it remains to be seen. Stay warm!...Christine

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  32. Yessiree...gotta have that milk and bread. I think we are going to make the bread and milk run tomorrow. They are saying we will have more snow tomorrow night.

    I love how your porch looks Debbie. I need to do something with ours.

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  33. We are getting the snow and sleet in East Texas! Two inches so far and it's steadily falling....so beautiful!!
    Thanks for sharing the gorgeous pics of your front porch. Stay Warm!!

    xoxo,
    Jenny

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  34. I love your new wreath! The thrift stores seem to have lots of good stuff lately with people decluttering.

    I hope it's not as bad as they say it's going to be. At least I hope the power stays on!!

    Manuela

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  35. Love your porch changes, Debbie. I wish it would warm up some and not be windy so I can clean up the darn leaves out front. Stay warm in this mess we have coming. I hope we don't lose power, but we are ready if we do. Got milk?!

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  36. Love the wreath, looks so pretty! I am afraid to put nuts in my lanterns, won't the critters try to get them?
    Oh and easy for you to love winter! In Georgia! I will send you all the snow you want, free!
    Have a good week, Deb!

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  37. Ooohhhhh you stole that wreath!! But the thing that makes it is the burlap bow!
    Well the weather outside may be frightful but your porch is so delightful! And since there's no place to go.....let it snow let it snow let it snow~! *winks* Vanna

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  38. Beautiful wreath and no ~ I can't believe someone didn't want it. Your porch is just lovely with everything coordinating so nicely.
    Stay warm, we're getting snow tomorrow too ~ at least you live in the south.
    Cindy

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  39. Hi Debbie, What a beautiful wreath and I love the lanterns. I'm going to have to remeber to buy some burlap ribbon, it looks so good on your wreath. Looks like you're all set for the storm, sitting by a fire reading catalogs and sipping hot chocolate sounds good. Thank you for joining Masterpiece Monday!
    Mary

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  40. Fab wreath and love the bows on the lanterns!

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  41. What a pretty winter porch~ Hope you're surviving your snow and ice ok -- we're supposed to get your "leftovers" tomorrow!

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  42. It's really beautiful in the snow Debbie!! Picture perfect! Thanks for giving me your opinion. It really did help! Here I was all full of myself telling my hubbs that "Everyone will want it white" But I'd give him a chance and see. Seems I must eat some crow....Hopefully it tastes like chicken lol! *winks* Vanna

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  43. Debbie, I love your porch. It is so pretty and your lanterns are just wonderful. Hope you are staying in and staying warm, the pictures on TV look terrible. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  44. Love the wreath and I have a lantern like that that's put away from Christmas but I'm going to go get it out. Great ideas. Thanks

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  45. This is adorable! Everything looks perfect together. Love the bows and the lanterns!!

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  46. Debbie, you are too funny. I'm not sure GW is even open. They might be tomorrow though. The wind is blowing so hard now it is blowing the ice off the branches and it is hitting our windows. Bailey is barking every time she hears it hit the windows. My husband went to work today for a while and is not sure if they will open tomorrow or not. This wind is really getting strong. It is howling out there now. Stay warm.

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  47. Thanks for the compiled list of weekly blog posts...they are fun to participate in...
    Enjoy the snow...
    Come on spring!
    Take Care,
    Mel's Cabin

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  48. I love the lanterns and the way you've used the burlap! Stay warm! ♥

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  49. I don't know where you girls shop to find such great Goodwill stuff. I went the other day and my store only cares overpriced 70s furniture and broken plates.

    Your wreath was a great find, but your addition of the burlap really brings the wreath to life.

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  50. Loving your wreath! It is gorgeous.

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  51. Hi Debbie,
    Your porch is very welcoming and you got a great deal at GW. But the snow on the porch really makes it a winter porch ~ hope you are enjoying yourself by the fire and a trip to Paris sounds wonderful!!
    Have a great day.
    Sue

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  52. Your wreath is beautiful. You just never know what you might find at GW. The lanterns are perfect on your winter porch. Now about those "snow storm" necessities, what about T.P.? Bread, milk & T.P. -- must haves! Hope you don't lose power.
    CAS

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  53. Your porch looks fantastic! I love what you put in that lantern. I wouldn't have thought of that.
    Brenda

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  54. Your porch is beautiful with snow! I love that you can have a wreath year round. Your looks great!

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  55. Love it all Debbie...girl your always doing something fun at your place want to trade houses ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  56. Hi there,
    Your blog is beautiful and so is your porch. You've given me a great idea for me to transorm my own porch this weekend.

    And I'm so happy to see that you are a winter person, like me. I don't know why so many people complain about winter blues and things being dead. Gardens are just resting!

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  57. Hi debbie!
    Your porch looks so pretty. And that wreath is perfect! What a great find!

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  58. The wreath is just fabulous, Debbie and I like how you jazzed it up with the bow. I really like your lanterns, too.

    Lucky that you were all stocked up...it is amazing that you would get that much snow in your neck of the woods! It does look beautiful though!

    Happy Friday!! :-)

    XO,
    Jane

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  59. Hi Debbie~ Stopping back by to say thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :) Your updated pictures of your snowy porch are pretty too!

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  60. I love the way you used the almonds! We have hazelnut shells for a path in the yard, saw it at the lavendar farms. I hope you and the cats are staying warm.

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  61. I love your Winter porch. It's great. What a terrific thrift store find. The wreath is in such wonderful condition. don't you just love a great bargain? I am a regular at my local thrift store. I always find wonderful things.

    I hope that you enjoyed the snow. I love Winter, too. I am a Southern girl who now lives out West for Hubby 's job. We get LOTS of snow every year. Love it. but I do miss the South.

    Have a great day!

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  62. Debbie,
    I'm enjoying catching up with your blog posts! LOVE the wreath. It's perfect. Hope you and the staff are keeping warm!

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