Sunday, December 4, 2011

Debbie Doos Holiday Copycat Party


Hello, Dear Ones! I'm so excited to join the first Christmas Blogger Block Party with Debbie Doos for her Holiday Copycat Party! You can click on the button on my side bar and find out about some of the parties we can go to during the holidays.

Now on with the copycatting...

I keep lots of my magazines, do you? Well, I just loved Mary Englebreit's Home Companion and just miss it so much. See how long I've had this one ~ 2002 ~ I do have older ones too. Well, I loved this article and...

I fell in love with this page and I thought ~ I'm half way there to the copycat party! I have an olden sideboard with a mirror hung over it and plates hanging on the wall around it! My copycat inspiration!

Here's my copycat version. My mirror is horizontal while my inspie mirror is verticle. The mirror in the inspie is so gorgeous and mine is rather plain and olden. But I like my hanging plates much better! Try as I may, I couldn't get my chandy out of my snap!

Okay, I got a snap without the chandy, but you can't see the plates. You know they're there though! ;) I didn't have chunky candles like my inspie so I used what I had and added a couple of little round ones in sherbet glasses.

I just had to show you this snap. As I said, my mirror is very olden and the mirroring is going away in spots. Somehow I managed to place my candles just at the right spot and the going away mirroring looks like frost on a window! I'm more creative than I even thought! :) You know I'm teasing!

Here's a snap with the lights turned down low. There are my candle flames looking like stars! I love that!


I placed a bottle of wine in my ice bucket, didn't have a pail like my inspie did. Poked down a Christmasy looking napkin ~ prettier than my inspie! ;)

This is my take on the pots with greens ~ my candles with Christmas candle rings. That'll work won't it? I poked down some of my jeweled and faux fruit too.

I have to tell you a little story and you know how I love to tell you little stories, although it's a little bit embarrassing! If you look at the inspie on the left hand bottom side between the pot with the greens and the white candle, there's a tiny little reindeer. I saw a reindeer head complete with antlers. I did! I really did! I ran all over the house but alas, I had no tiny reindeer. But I had a donkey which I borrowed from a Nativity! :) I'm so talented like that! I was so pleased with myself. THEN...after I took the photo of my inspie page, I zoomed in and THERE IS NO REINDEER! It's just fruit and leaves! My most gorgeous baby blues are really failing me. Well, said donkey is staying! Hope this won't be held against me! :)

I ran right outside and chopped a few springs off my bush for my base greens and placed them all around.

I had to leave you with this snap of candle light!

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my little Holiday Copycat. Pop over to Debbie Dear's and you'll see lots of copycats!



Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Go Light Your World

There is a candle in every soul
Some brightly burning, some dark and cold
There is a Spirit who brings a fire
Ignites a candle and makes His home

So carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the helpless, confused and torn
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world

Frustrated brother, see how he's tried to
Light his own candle some other way
See now your sister, she's been robbed and lied to
Still holds a candle without a flame

So Carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the lonely, the tired and worn
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world

Cause We are a family whose hearts are blazing
So let's raise our candles and light up the sky
Praying to our Father, in the name of Jesus
Make us a beacon in darkest times

So Carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the helpless, deceived and poor
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world

Carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the helpless, confused and torn
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world
~ sung by Kathy Troccolli

46 comments:

  1. Hi Shelia, I love your copy cat version. Your mirror is "gorgeous"! I love the patina..What a beautiful site to look at each day!
    hugs ~lynne~

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  2. You bet I enjoyed it Miss Sheila! I enjoyed your little story too. You did a fabulous job of copy catting. I can't believe you had that magazine still after all this time. Thank you so much for sharing, your copy cat is just beautiful~!

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  3. Sheila,
    Your copy is so wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy better .. I love it. I want some of the greenery you used- its beautiful.
    That little donkey is absolutely adorable.. I am in AWE of the beauty you have created with those tiny dainty fingies my friend..
    LOVE IT- truly I do ~!!!

    xoxo
    Sonny

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  4. Shelia, I love your copy. It is fantastic, and I love the addition of the Donkey, couldn't look better. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Oh my dear Shelia, I love, love your copy cat so much better too. Wow, such great copy cats, I guess I did my table to early from Martha's copy cat! Love this share! Happy Sunday.
    FABBY

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  6. Oh Sweetie, I think you are the best copy cats out there. Your room looks divine. You know I lived in St.Louis for 40 years and Ms. Mary Englebright was a friend and customer of mine. Her first book on Christmas featured several pictures from my townhouse there in the city. If you have it, or can find it, it would be fun if you looked it up. Maybe I will do a post about it soon. Anyhow drop by first chance you get and see Sissy Dog's trip to see Santa.Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  7. I love your copy cat and your gorgeous old mirror. If you look at the inspiration their chandy is in the picture also! Great job and I like the donkey...a special you touch. hugs, Linda

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  8. WOW!! Miss Shelia I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! Absolutely beautiful and I love the candlelight shot! Martina

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  9. Do you realize that I saved that magazine article from years ago too? I loved that home they featured. Your version is just as pretty. I love the symetry of that design on the sideboard and above it.

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  10. I love your copy cat and honestly, I think your mirror is much more prettier than the inspiration. Great job!

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  11. Love this girl better than the ME one..Hope you have a GREAT day my dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  12. Beautiful copy, Shelia! I love your vase and love all the candles. I will just enjoy all your Christmas decorations since I cannot do mine....Christine

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  13. Sheila, I love your copycat! It is just gorgeous! And your mirror is so beautiful! Great post!

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  14. You did a beautiful job, Sheila! Love those white lacy candleholders, they look so pretty. And, of course, the plates look lovely. Red... my favorite color!
    Best,
    Gloria
    P.S. I also love the pretty pattern on that napkin!

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  15. Beautiful interpretation, Sheila! You are a fabulous copy catter!

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  16. Your beautiful version is so much better with that sweet donkey :))) I looove this, just looked at that magazine the other day. I have saved every issue and still pull them out each season. And thank you for the beautiful poem, how true, how true. You definitely bring a light to all of us with the sweet comments you leave and your positive messages!! Happy, happy holidays, xoxo, Andrea

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  17. Shelia, Your sideboard is beautifully done -You have captured the magical feeling so well with your photos. Your little story made me laugh and I loved the words to the song.

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  18. Wow, Sheila! Your copy cat is really beautiful! You did a great job with it! Your sideboard is awesome!

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  19. I like yours much better, Shelia, than the inspiration. Yours seems a lot more twinkly, and the inspiration didn't have a wonderful poem either! So sweet!
    CAS

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  20. Wonderful Sheila! Yours is just gorgeous...just as lovely as the inspiration...donkey and all! lol I laughed out loud at that, and I think the addition of the donkey gives yours character! Great job!

    Heather

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  21. You did a fabulous job! I like your chandies...I like your mirror...all is beautiful...

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  22. It looks beautiful Sheila, well done!

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  23. This is just beautiful, Shelia! I was just admiring your plates last week. All of the candles grouped together are so pretty! Love the greenery you found on your bushes, too...makes it so festive!! Great job!

    XO,
    Jane

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  24. Hi Shelia--I miss The Home Companion, too--I have saved several. Your copy is wonderful, I think the donkey looks very content in his new spot.

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  25. Shelia,
    Oh, dear kindred spirit...I, too, have a huge collection of Home Companion Magazines! They are the first ones I go to for inspiration!!!Your Copy Cat plated mirror is stunning! I adore the donkey...much more meaningful than the deer at this Christmas Season! Thank you for sharing your lovely Christmas decor with us!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  26. You did a beautiful job copying Mary E. Don't you just love the candlelight? It looks wonderful.
    Thanks for your visit Sheila!
    Merry Christmas
    Sue

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  27. Hi Sheila, Your version is a beauty. I love your olden mirror just the way it is, and yes your plates are prettier. Awesome that you have such an old magazine. I have an old Coastal Living magazine from 2000. I just could never throw that one away either. On the cover it had a view that was an inspiration photo for finding my beach house!
    Your copy cat challenge was a delight to read!

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  28. Shelia, it is stunning and I like your mirror and plates better. You have no need of copping catting my friend but very well done indeed. ♥O

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  29. Hi Shelia, What a beautiful setting with the candles, mirrors and all your other decorations on the sideboard. I love the little donkey, he makes everything all the more delightful! Thank you for sharing!
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  30. I love Mary Engelbreit, but I must say, I think yours is nicer!!! I love the donkey there, um...I can't see what you thought was a reindeer, but that's okay.:) You are so hilariously sweet!
    Love and hugs, Cindy

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  31. I love it Sheila ! Love all the plates too ! Hope you have a merry christmas !

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  32. Oh Shelia What a beautiful copy cat it is... yours is looking absolutely perfect and so beautiful...I like your pots more than the magazine one and you have a feeling of fresh look at your decor... very lovely indeed
    Happy if you come to see me at
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    with love from
    Farah

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  33. That is so pretty! I love the Yew on your sideboard with your candles. It is a wonderful live greenery to use and looks so festive. Your version is absolutely gorgeous!

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  34. So pretty! Prettier than the inspirational version. You know people pay to have mirrors that are fading.

    Sharon @ mrshinesclass

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  35. Very pretty! I have lots of old Home Companions too,and like you, they continue to inspire me. This is a lovely copycat version.

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  36. It's just gorgeous!!!! What kind of greens are they? Have a wonderful week Sheila. xo

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  37. Shelia, you did a fantastic duplication of the picture. It looks very elegant. I like the addition of the cute donkey and I'm sure Mary and Joseph didn't mind you borrowing him for such a good use. Have a great week!! ---Shannon

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  38. Me gusta mucho su versión Sheila, las candelas blancas le dan un toque de armonía. Saludos

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  39. Yours looks better because your plates have more color, and we all love color!

    Happy day to you, Sheila!

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  40. I love candles in front of mirrors, it's so pretty. You really interpreted the picture well, but kept it yours. You did a great job. Yah! Let the donkey stay!

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  41. Very pretty - great take on the inspiration idea!

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  42. Absolutely gorgeous! I like it better than (mirror and Chandy) the picture. Beautiful job.

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  43. Shelia, I have kept a few back issues of Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion. It was my very favorite magazine! I know this house you copied (it is here in Birmingham ;P )

    By the way, did you sign the petition to bring the magazine back? It is on ME's website.

    I love your copy cat. So pretty!

    xoxoxoxo,
    Ricki Jill

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  44. Oh Bravo!! Shelia, this is gorgeous! I love your copycat! You did a fantastic job!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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