Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Tour and Tablescape Tuesday

I'm so glad you popped in to see me today! I am so excited to share with you MY NEW FLOORS! Man, was this hard on me! Now I didn't do any of the work - but the waiting, the frustrations, the stress! Hallelujah, it's over!! So allow me to show off just a bit...;)
Here are the three amigoes - the granite floor of the entry (I thought it was marble, what did I know?) the carpet for the dining/living rooms and the patterned carpet going up the stairs. I think we did a pretty good job of blending them.

This is at the top of the stairs looking down. Saturday was a nightmare! This helped me get to be a few bubbles off, you know! Just to make my long story short - the carpet layers came and started to work on the stairs and they didn't even know what they were doing! The little guy said, "You don't want to match this pattern do you?" I almost passed out! Story continues...I'll spare you. Then Sunday after church one guy came and did a beautiful job and even worked on some of the granite that was messed up. He came at 1pm and didn't leave until 11pm! Folks, I'm pooped! While my house was a total wreck, I missed out on showing some of my Christmas things. I hope you're not just sick of looking at Christmas decorations because I want to show you a little of mine and then on with Tablescape Tuesday.

This is where I play my little Note Songs just for you! ;)

Special Note Songs Christmas balls
I love to display my Nativities in my living room. I have more, but just didn't feel like putting all of them out this year.







I love these little copy cat Limoges boxes Nativity. They're very small.
I painted my dining and living rooms this spring and don't have it all decorated yet. Draperies - I don't have any yet and need more things on the walls I think. So just very simple traditional red and green Christmas in here. It does look prettier in person.

This is an old punch bowl my aunt passed down to me and each year I fill it with little simple ornaments that hung on my tree when I was a little girl. Yes, I was a little girl once and we even had Christmas trees waaaaaaaaaaaay back then! :)
These are Mr. Precious' little houses sitting atop my Little Richard (vintage buffet). The two large ones are from the Snow Village collection. I don't think he wants any more, he just wants these out each year - so I obey. You know how obedient and submissive I am!! lol

Cloche just filled with pretty little ornaments. I love cloches. Can you love cloches? Just ask me!

When I emptied out my china cabinet for the carpet to be laid, I decided to fill it with some Christmas dishes.
Now we're in the den. This is the wreath I showed you a few weeks back that I made and it was hanging on my front door. Well, I bought one of those little sticky hangers and stuck it on these 1970s mirrors and hung it there. I really like it here.
This vase filled with Christmas lights sits below the wreath in my crystal bar. This is a dark picture but the lights look so pretty in here bouncing all around on my crystaly things.
I just love sparkly thingys!!
Behind the little nutcrackers, aren't they precious, is an old glass basket filled with ribbon balls like the one in front that I made many years ago.

Woof! Woof! This is Chloe Dawn's little doggie figurine! She's so silly. Thank you for allowing me to show some Christmas.
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Now on with Tablescape Tuesday...
Hello Dear Ones and welcome again to Tablescape Tuesday hosted by the Diva of Dishes, Susan at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/. Be sure to visit Susan to see all of the dishaholics!!
Today I'd like to share a very simple little tablescape with you. The table is set just for Mr. Precious and me. I sent my Mother to bed! lol
I'm using the Old Britian Castles dinner and salad plates.
I've mixed in newer and vintage crystal. This little sherbet dish is Fostoria crystal - the pattern is called Colony. I'd love to fill this with a shrimp cocktail! Yummy to my tummy~

Newer crystal glasses.
The sugar and creamer are also Fostoria - Colony. In the background is a three footed candy dish - Colony. The tiny little salt and peppers are Fostoria - Americana pattern.

I dearly love this glass basket and use it all over the place.
Candlelight is a must.
Well, there you have it, my little tablescape for two.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

The Look Of Love

The look of love
Is in your eyes
The look your smile can't disguise
The look of love
Is saying so much more
Than just words could ever say
And what my heart has heard
Well it takes my breath away

I can hardly wait to hold you
Feel my arms around you
How long I have waited
Waited just to love you
Now that I have found you

You've got the look of love
It's on your face
A look that time can't erase
Be mine tonight
Let this be just the start
Of so many nights like this
Lets take a lovers vow
And then seal it with a kiss

I can hardly wait to hold you
Feel my arms around you
How long I have waited
Waited just to love you
Now that I have found you
Don't ever go
Dont ever go
Dont ever go
I love you so

~sung by Dusty Springfield


60 comments:

  1. Oh Sweetness the floors and carpet looks wonderful! AS do all your decorations! Love the ornaments with the music notes;) The table you have is perfectly displayed for two! The Merriest of holidays to you and yours;) Hugs French xoxoxo

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  2. GM Pickle the floors, carpet look just wonderful..I am so sorry it was a mess for you told you we just did that last April..now your Christmas is all just beautiful and I loved your Christmas china..
    Your dinner for two how fun is that..all your crystal is beautiful...one day you need to post your crystal bar I so remember it from RMS..do you even do that any more RMS?? hope you have a safe and blessed Christmas...hugs and smiles Gloria

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  3. How beautiful everything looks, Shelia!! I love the Marble and the patterned carpeting on the stairs...along with the plain carpet on the floors. You guys did GOOD!!

    Love your tablescape...so pretty, so romantic.

    Your Christmas decorations are soooo pretty. Why is it that they ALWAYS look soooo much better in person than in photographs?

    I just took a couple of photos of our Christmas Tree...yes, it's up and lighted and decorated, but it, too, looks so much better in person than in the photos. I'll be posting photos of it later today, once I get the Living Room cleaned up and put a skirt (or something) under the tree!!

    ~Christmas Blessings,
    Jan

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  4. Good morning Shelia...I love the patterned carpet on your staircase! What did that first doofus think???...of course, the pattern had to match...Everything goes together so well...Now, your tablescape is right up my alley... Beautiful china & crystal...wow!
    Merry Christmas, ;-) Bo

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  5. Good Morning Shelia
    What a beautiful post. Oh my it went on and on with so much beauty I could hardly stand it again!!
    I love your new carpet and I can imagine if it wasn't matched you could become quite dizzy. It is gorgeous!! and so is the floor.

    Your Christmas decorations are lovely and how special that you have some from when you were young.

    Thank you so much for the lovely tour..and the tablescape as usual was lovely. Enjoy this day Shelia and your holiday festivities...

    Judi

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  6. Your home is beautiful, and in time for Christmas. Whew! The stairway carpeting is my favorite of the three flooring choices. I love that shot looking down your stairs.

    The Note Song ornaments are so special. Wherever did you find them?

    You KNOW I love your nativities, and yes, you CAN love a nativity! (Beat ya!)

    As usual, your tablescape is a welcoming treat.

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  7. Good Morning sweet Shelia... I love all your carpets & flooring... See I told you it would all come together and how happy you would be... I LOVE the sculptured carpet going up the stairs... It is BEAUTIFUL... and all you Christmas decorations are just as wonderful as can be... I have the same water goblets as you do... as a matter of fact I have the complete sets of all the different glasses in that pattern... wine, water, drink, etc, etc... How funny... HEY I am a few years older then you... So stop saying your old... LOL LOL LOL

    Have a terrific Tuesday... Love YA
    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  8. Ummmm, every thing and I do mean EVERYTHING looks just fabulous, Sheila girl. The flooring could not be any better (I adore that carpet on the stairs) and your decorations are fantastic. I love your bowl with childhood ornies in it...:O) Pure sweetness!
    Your tablescape is just lovely...everything looks just perfect.
    Merry Christmas, bj

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  9. I think the stair carpet is stunning, sweet chick!!! I've been in the same situation with carpet guys and just wanted to screeeeeeammmmm also!!! But yours turned out lovely and the tablescape is gorgeous.
    Smooches and Merry Christmas,
    connie

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  10. Congratulations! What an accomplishment getting all of that decorating done with the mess you have been in!! The floors look great - I love the patterned carpet on the stairway. And, OUR Castle china looks wonderful with all of the crystal. I bet that you and I could put our china together and serve an army with matching dishes!!! Merry Christmas. Sally

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  11. Good morning! I love visiting new blogs every week and this week it's YOU. Your home is lovely, the new floor coverings gorgeous. Dusty Springfield is a favorite of mine and The Look Of Love is my all time favorite of hers. The table for two is so lovely ... makes me want to go browsing for a few crystal pieces = especially candlestick holders. Merry Christmas.

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  12. Everything looks beautiful, Sheila! I loved it! Great wreath! :) And the plates on the wall are wonderful! Love ya, Meme

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  13. Hello, Sweetness! Your house looks GORGEOUS, and I love it ALL. Shelady, I know you are glad to have it all together and looking so grand! And I'm sneaking in to eat with you at that beautiful table!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  14. Hello, Sweetness! Your house looks GORGEOUS, and I love it ALL. Shelady, I know you are glad to have it all together and looking so grand! And I'm sneaking in to eat with you at that beautiful table!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  15. OH SHEILA.YOU HAVE BEEN SO BLESSED.YOUR HOME IS EXQUISITE.YOUR TALENTS ARE AMAZING...ANN

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  16. Ohhh Shelia...gorgeous floors! You must be so excited! And thanks for sharing your decorations...beautiful! As for the tablescape...Old Britain Castles is one of my favorites. It's on the wall in almost every room of my house...even the bathroom. (You know I don't eat from my plates...I just hang them on the wall..lol..)Have a wonderful Christmas!...Debbie

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  17. You finally have your tree Shelia?! I'm so happy for you and it's GORGEOUS!!

    I love all your Christmas decor and who wouldn't want to see more of it anyway?? LOL

    The tablescape for you and Mr. Precious is beautiful and so very romantic ;)

    I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year. Thank you for being such a sweetie my friend!

    (((hugs)))
    rue

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  18. Morning Shelia~

    It's pouring down rain or I would do a cartwheel over your new carpet and floors. I really love the carpet on your staircase. :) Just gorgeous!

    I love seeing all your Christmas decor...the punch bowl and ornaments is a great idea and I love your piano display....Yep~ loving it all! Looks wonderful :)

    Merry Christmas sweet Shelia.

    Hugs~ J

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  19. Your stairway looks stunning with that new carpet! All of your Christmas decor is so pretty, and I love that glass basket on your tablescape. The china is so pretty. Enjoyed visiting you today. Have a wonderful Christmas. laurie

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  20. I love all the new flooring. Fabulous! I can certainly believe the guy asked about matching the carpet!:-)

    Wonderful nativities.

    Your Christmas is beautiful and I absolutely love the table for two!

    Merry Christmas!

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  21. So many pretties to look at here. I never would have thought to put white lights in a glass bowl. That looks fantastic, as do allllllll your Christmas pretties!

    The carpet on your stairs is gorgeous. GORGEOUS!!!!! I cannot believe they asked you if you wanted the pattern to match up. DOH!

    Justine :o )

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  22. Hi Sheila, Your new carpet and entry looks great! I loved seeing all of your Christmas decorations, so pretty! I loved the wreath on the mirror. Next year I might have to try that! Your tablescape is gorgeous as always. Merry Christmas!Kristen

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  23. Well My friend, it finally did come together for you and what a beautiful look. The stairs are so beautiful.You did a splendid job of matching everything. And I just love those notesong oranments, never seen those before. Loved your tablesetting too. The cyrstal is beautiful. I wish from my home to yours, that you have a Very Merry Christmas.

    Love Ya,
    Chris

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  24. To answer your question...yes you can love cloches. I know I do!

    Your table is so charming w/ the red & white transferware & all the crystal.

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  25. I loved this delicious eye candy--my favorite was the Chloe Dawn figurine with the wreath.
    Hugs and Merry Christmas!

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  26. Oh Shelia! No one gets tired of Christmas! I love your table and the new flooring. Your home is all dressed up the the Holidays. PRETTY!

    ~Liz

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  27. It all looks absolutely beautiful!! I love the carpet on your stairs and your music note ornaments. We have a lot of nativities around here too. I don't think you can have too many of them.
    I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas!
    *hugs*

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  28. There are those darn British Castles dishes again (I simply MUST pick up some blue ones)

    Your home is so warm and inviting..I love all the decor!

    The floors are MAH-VA-LOUS.... yes, I know how having new floors is beyond words fantastic!!!

    I am looking forward to seeing what drapes and things you add in the future!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

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  29. I'm stealing your punch bowl idea, because I can't get away with stealing your carpet! LOL! What a lovely setting for just two romantics!

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  30. Your home is so lovely! And I love your tablescape--the pinks and crystals--all so romantic..Beautiful!!
    Christmas Blessings to you!

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  31. What a gorgeous home tour!

    Love your new floors and the table is lovely.

    Happy Holidays! ;)

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  32. Hi Shelia! The floors are fantastic! Now I for one never get tired of Christmas decorations! Also your Tablescape is beautiful! I love how the flowers are off to the end as not to interfer with conversation between the two. The candle holders are just lovely! Merry Christmas to you and yours from me and mine! Deb

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  33. Sheilia everything is so beautiful! I love the pattern you picked for the stairs and it looks great with your lovely floors. All of your decorations are so pretty. I understand how Mr. Precious feels because I have a snow village too. You nativity sets are sooo pretty! You have so many beautiful things. I just love to come her and look around. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas. Now back to the business at hand, My neice has decided to take part in the bathroom diva snapping. I have posted her picture on my blog for you to copy. She got such a kick about me telling her about you :>) Her picture is on the winter solstice party post. Thank you. Carol

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  34. How wonderful to have fresh new floor coverings! Your house is so lovely Shelia! Loved the tour all around. Your tablescape is very sweet. I love all your collectible accents!! Boy this girl didn't even know what a cloche was until Tablescape Tuesday!! I've got one on my Christmas list now :0)
    Have a very Merry Christmas!!

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  35. It is all so beautiful Sheila...just perfect!

    Merry Christmas dear lady...I send love and many warm hugs to you and your family.

    Sue

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  36. Oh Sheila, your carpet looks gorgeous girl. I'm sure it makes you feel like a queen going upstairs each night. Your Christmas is beautiful around your home. And your tablescape is just gorgeous. I love all the crystal. I too have a basket like yours. I bought it many years ago at the Sunday flea market. It travels around our home as well. lol
    From our home to yours,
    Happy Holidays!
    hugs ~lynne~

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  37. My goodness what a great tour..first I must say I really like the patterned carpet up your staircase.
    Your table & all Christmas decor is wonderful!
    Merry Christmas!

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  38. Hi Shelia...! Merry Christmas and warm wishes from our house to yours.

    cielo

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  39. SO MANY pretty things to look at! And you did a marvelous job blending the flooring. I really love that patterned carpet on the stairs...very elegant!

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  40. I love your stair carpet. Your home is gorgeous. I hope you enjoyed your Mr. Precious and you only dinner! Merry Christmas!

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  41. Shelia, I love your flooring choices! Your stairway is amazing!
    Funny story for you - one time we were having our last house recarpeted. We had a very large armoire. The installers asked us, seriously, if they could carpet around it instead of moving it!!!

    I feel your pain and the glory of a job completed!

    Merry Christmas.

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  42. Oh WOW! Where do I start...can I just say everything is absolutely beautiful!!! I love your pattern carpet on the stairs! And I love the gold candlesticks on the piano! Everything is gorgeous!

    Wishing you and Mr. Precious, a wonderful and blessed Christmas! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

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  43. I love the floors! Old Britain Castle is a favorite of mine, and your tablescope looks beautiful!

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  44. Shelia are you kidding? Tired of Christmas decor? Not this RMS almni! lol!! Where can I start? Oh, the floors they all really look lovely together, and your Christmas decor is full of prettiness!

    Merry Christmas to you and your entire family!

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  45. There is so much gorgeousness in this post that I hardly know where to start commenting! Well, first of all the floors turned out fabulous! So well done!

    You decorations are so very pretty, and I can't get over how perfect the note songs ornaments are. I also really love the lights in the crystal glass. It just sets of such a pretty glow and glimmer! Got to love your beautiful red transferware plates hanging on the wall, and I adore your Christmas plates in the hutch.

    And finally, lovely tablescape! I have some of that Fostoria glass in the Colony pattern too. My grandmother wanted it to come to me when I was old enough. It must be quite old because she has been gone for 43 years. I didn't know what it was called before now!

    Kady

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  46. Everything looks so nice. I love the swirles on the stairs. It is so hard to have your home torn apart and especially during the holidays. Your decorations are beautiful and I love your table but most of all your beautiful piano. I have been taking piano lesson for almost two years in my old age. I always wanted to play the piano and I guess it is now or never.
    Roberta Anne

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  47. Looks like you are READY for the holiday!
    Thank you for all your kind words... I love your visits!
    ENJOY!
    Fifi

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  48. Hi Shelia...Your tablescape for two is wonderful...just love that china! And you NEVER fail to make me laught...the Mom to bed comment was too funny! Soooo glad your floors are done and they look just perfect from here. Glad they are done in time for Christmas day. Merry, Christmas and thanks for a wonderful tablescape this TT! Susan

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  49. L O V E the china!

    Merry Christmas!

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  50. I am so glad they got through with your floors. They all blend very nicely and look BEAUTIFUL!

    I am so glad you got to show us some more of your Christmas decorations. They are all just gorgeous!!

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  51. Hi Sheila ,thank goodness your floor ordeal is over ! They look magnificient !
    Love that table for two, it's beautiful. Have a very Merry Christmas sweet Sheila.

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  52. The floors look GREAT! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the runner up the stairs! Ooo, and the granite too, good job! Oh, and your table scape is lovely - as always! Thank you so much for stopping by to help welcome me to the Tablescaping crew!

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  53. Your floors look wonderful. How wonderful they are done!!! Yay! I love the display on your piano and the ornaments with the note songs. So lovely. I need something like that for the top of my piano. I have a spinnet style piano. It was my aunt's piano before I got it. I think it is about 65 years old now. At least! My aunt started playing when she was 5 years old. So that had to be 1945-1946 for her. I started playing on that piano when I was 7 years old and when it got to the point where I had space for it, then it became my piano. Enjoyed all the pretties on your post. Merry Christmas!!

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  54. I'm so happy you finally got your carpet and floors finished. You have really been through the trials of Job with your flooring, haven't you my dear?

    Everything looks just lovely. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us! From the bottom of my heart I wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas and a new year that is full of joy!

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  55. Hi Sheila...your piano (and house) is beautiful! Merry Christmas!! :)
    *hugs*

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  56. Everything is really pretty. Your tablescape makes me wish I was sitting down for a meal. Absolutely lovely.

    I am drawn to all the beautiful needlework that you have your different vignettes displayed on. They speak of many hours of loving labor. I don't know who made them, but I do know they should be cherished for the works of art they are.

    May you and your family have a wonderful Holiday and I hope the coming year is filled with nothing but joy and prosperity.

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  57. Everything looks great--the flooring and the tablescape! Merry Christmas to you and your family:-)

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  58. The Floors came out great..and I love all the Nativities...your home is beautiful!

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  59. I am enjoying you blog. This morning I was looking for the part where you told about making the multi-color wreath. Could you direct me to that. Now that ornaments are on sale, I thought I would buy ahead to make one for next year.
    Thanks

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