The scents of a fresh-cut tree and cinnamon-laced pinecones are my holiday triggers, in a good and bad way. Allergies cause many of us to use faux greenery. Luckily, artificial trees and garlands have come a long way as Christmas accessories and alternative materials are always options. A few weeks ago, I featured a cotton boll garland in my Natural Home Decor post. My intent was to use the garlands on my vintage Christmas mantel. Instead, I ended up making a wreath for the den. I still haven’t decided whether or not to use it year round but it’s always an option. The needlepoint stockings were ordered years ago, and I personalized each with our names.
With our children now young adults, I’ve ventured away from decorating with Santas and snowmen. Our location welcomes the looks of long needle pine, pine cones, berries and deer as Christmas accessories. I discovered this white-finished antique deer when shopping online last year but the white would stand out like a sore thumb in our surroundings.
Ordering with crossed fingers, I was beyond pleased when it arrived. He is the perfect size for the sofa table but the bright finish was a no-go. I bravely glazed him with stain, wiping it on with a sponge brush and off with a soft rag. The statue is lightweight for one this size and the antlers are removable for storage. While I have been using it inside, I could always move it to the front veranda, which is covered.
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