It Is Beginning To Look Like Christmas

Christmas accessories - rustic Christmas mantel with natural cotton boll wreath - AtticmagMy newest Christmas accessories were found online.

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.

white antique finish deer statue from Wisteria catalogWith 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.

deer statue glazed with stain from Wisteria catalogOrdering 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.

(Source: Wisteria)

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6 Responses to It Is Beginning To Look Like Christmas

  1. Larry December 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Like the adult chidren approach. Now your home looks a lot like Christmas. Might want to keep the santas and snowmen as your grandchildren will enojoy them very soon. Just pulled many out of storage for our grandchildren yesterday to use in their bunkroom and maybe a few places around the house. May even use those old “plastic” Santa and Snowman from thirty years ago in the bunkroom. Cannot believe pulling out “plastic” but you will do a lot for these special kids called grandchildren. Merry Christmas!

  2. Cassie Myers December 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Beautiful! Where on Earth did you get your buck?

    • Allison December 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

      Hi Cassie, and thank you. He came from Wisteria catalog/online.

  3. Lisa October 29, 2014 at 1:21 am #

    Beautiful! Can you tell me what kind of stain you used?

    • Allison October 29, 2014 at 9:30 am #

      Hi, Lisa, and thank you! I used premixed Minwax, Dark Walnut.

      • Lisa March 13, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

        I finally got the courage to try out the stain and it turned out great! Thank you so much!

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