Wednesday, November 28

Decor and More


The tree in the Gentleman's Parlour - Before.....

And after! I made all the bows on these trees. Click to enlarge.
The top of the Carousel Tree. It may help your sense of scale to know that the horse on top is about 4 1/2 feet wide from nose to tail.

and the middle! Many of the ornaments were made by NC school children.

Door wreaths in the hallway leading to the kitchen. My co-worker Rhonda made these.

One of the art pieces - Kaitlyn - carved of wood. Beside it is a small greenery arrangement that I made, but you can't see it well.

An arrangement atop a bookcase in the Library, which I made. There are two others in the room, but they are almost identical to this one. It may not look it here, but they are 3 1/2 feet wide and 4 feet tall.

Rhonda also made this wreath; one of four that grace the Library windows.

My employer, Mel Day, always does the mantels. This one is in the Gentleman's Parlour. The cardinal in the center is carved of wood, and it is really realistic looking and well done.

The mantel in the Ladies' Parlour.

Over the front door. I can't photograph it, but there is a "cross" of garland going diagonally across the top of the porch from column to column. I made all the bows here too.
Here's a bow I didn't make. One of our volunteer helpers wrapped this pillow to look like a gift today. It sits on the sun porch love seat, beside the Carousel Tree.
We had our usual crew of eight or nine today and enough volunteers to make twenty around the dining room table for lunch, which was fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, broccoli, salad and the usual selection of desserts, which was (for me) chocolate souffle. Two more rooms remain to be done; the dining room and the ballroom, which is the place we do all our work. They spread canvas tarps over the beautiful hardwood floors; set up tables for us, and bring in trash cans and buckets of water. They could not be more accommodating! I will take more photos on Thursday and I might be able to get better pics of some of the trees. Check back tomorrow.
And remember: it isn't "my crew" - I am part of someone else's crew when doing this decorating.












23 comments:

justrose said...

just gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!

Jamie Dawn said...

Wow, Wow, and MORE WOW!!
You've really gotten me into the Christmas spirit.
I LOVE this time of year!!!!!!

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I love the trees (and everything else!), but I really loves me a Christmas tree. It sounds like hard work, but fun and creative, too!

Joan said...

How beautiful! You and your crew are SO talented!

Kay Dennison said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely breathtaking

Beverly said...

Wonderful, wonderful. I'm glad you told how large the horse is at the top of the tree. It gives a little perspective.

It's nice that they give you lunch! Sounds mighty good, too.

Granny Annie said...

I have not a single decorating bone in my body, but I sure know pretty when I see it. Such lovely, lovely Christmas scenes to be proud of.

Jean said...

Wonderful!!! I love the tassels on the wreath and everything else.

Mar said...

Simply gorgeous! and now I am going back to your site to see the fabulous decorations again :)

Star said...

Lovely ! The pictures are inspiring me to THINK about decorating.

Changes in the wind is said...

AMAZING!
Just the size alone much less the amount.

moon said...

OH MY it's all so beautifully done! What a tree to see all these photos Judy, thank u so much for thinking of us heehee...I feel like I am sneaking peeks lol.

Seamus said...

Wow Judy! Inspiration upon inspiration between you and Shepard.

The Turmanators said...

Oh these are just breathtaking! Stopped my after a long blogging absence and glad to see you are hard at work. That must mean Mr. K. is doing well? I tried to track back and see but couldn't really tell.

Maria said...

You are blessed with great talent. To be able to put together such elegance is a great gift.

I have just finished decorating my Christmas Tree and my Carousel Horse. Now I will move on to the rest of the living room and dining room. Kind of fun, but I used to do it all in one day and now it looks like a two or even three day project. Same amount of decorating but an older and slower decorator.

Blonde Goddess said...

Are you coming to do my house next?

(I make cookies.)

Sonia said...

Love those Christmas decoration, Judy! The tree with the Carousel on top is wonderful! Well done!

Jennifer said...

Just beautiful, as always, Judy.

Nancy said...

Judy,

Your decorations are beautiful and creative.

You should be very proud of your work.

sage said...

again, like last year, beautiful. Sorry I wasn't able to get to Raleigh this past week--I flew into Wilmington this time since I was using frequent flier miles.

Badabing said...

Yep...you definitely need to do my Xmas decorations.

Paul said...

Holy cow!!! Spectacular, Dudette! No wonder you're tired!

Kristi said...

Wow! (How did I miss this post?).
I love that Carousel tree (even though my personal style is a lot different). And your bows are masterpieces!