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The Library in the Mansion is always themed and this year, the theme is Education - a pet project of Governor Easley and his wife. Hence, the one-room school gingerbread house (a work of art, I think). It was made and donated by Donna Ford, of Sweet Memories Bakery in Apex, NC. All fully edible and smelling like pure butter and sugar, it is a delight that will be oohed and aahed over by adults and children alike during the public tours and private parties in the Mansion this season.
Beside a photo of our Governor Easley, his wife Mary and their son, sits an arrangement I did which incorporates educational supplies mixed in with the holly and ever-present Cardinals (our State Birds).
This one sits atop very tall bookcases, and again, I used educational supplies.
Mel Day did the mantel and Rhonda did the spray over the mantel. Excuse the ladder, but since it is red, I guess it fits in to the color scheme.
These wreaths adorn the 6 windows in the library (made by Rhonda).