It was 1975 in the middle of Winter and my parents took my brother & I sledding at a New York state park called Beaver Island. I’m not sure why my 2 sisters weren’t there, but they must have been busy with friends (I am the youngest of 4). I remember my brother, who died from AIDS in 1995, taking this photo. How I wish a stranger had been there so he could be in it with us. On a happy note, I was very proud of not only my purple coat, but my red boots. I remember my grandmother made the purple mittens and they had a string attaching them that went through the coat. The best part though…hanging out with my Mom & Dad together and having fun. That was the best. My Mom & Dad are 83 now, so that makes me 48. Gosh how time flies. I hope you enjoy the “Fresh Pine Garland Christmas Porch”. I’ll dedicate this one to my brother, whom ironically enough loved to decorate, too. This is for you, Bobby. I miss you. PS: Keep an eye out for a toboggan…
I am going to be straight up front
door and tell you that I have never worked with real pine garland before. I have no idea what got into me this year, but when I saw it…I had to have it. Then I had my oldest go out to get more. I fell in love with it instantly, and oh there is nothing like the scent of fresh pine. The hanging part goes relatively smooth (I used nails), but getting up there on a step ladder was the tricky part. I tend to get a little dizzy .
I got it up though, and even the wind that day didn’t stop me. It looks a little bit different than what you see with faux garland. It’s a more “natural look”. FYI I used wire in the corners and made sure it was wrapped around the nail so wind couldn’t knock it off. In addition, I pretended to go all the way around the white poles that are attached to the wall.
You may be wondering if it sheds? It does a little, but if you get it early enough it should be nice and fresh and shed very little. The tag said to mist with water to help it last longer, but I have a feeling I won’t bother. It’s going to be too cold.
Remember the thrift store end table that I painted white? Well, I took out the mums from Fall and added ornaments and my favorite red & white striped ribbon that I also used on our Candy Cane Door last week. I am absolutely in love with it.
This festive red ornament wreath made the front door last year, too. I love it against the crisp white. The red & white striped ribbon carries through here as well. I went a little lower than usual this year, didn’t I? I didn’t notice until just now.
On the other side you’ll spot the toboggan that I scored a couple years ago from an antique store (thank you Chic Antiques). I think I got it for around $30 which was great I think. I love the red trim and rustic appearance. It totally works, too, I just need snow.
The mailbox needed something fun so I put candy canes in there. Ornaments would have been cute, but I was afraid they might fall out.
Oh, and that gorgeous snowman luminary is from The Home Depot. If you want one, you better hurry. They had Santa, too. You can’t tell here, but I put a string of white lights in there to light it up at night. It was around $40 and it is very heavy. First I picked the Santa, then I went back and got the snowman. Rick was carrying it for me, what a guy.
Oh yeah…while I was flying around like a little redheaded fresh pine garland fairy, I added some ornaments to a lantern I recently hung on our mailbox. Did I hang that hook upside down? 🙄
What have you decorated so far this year? Don’t worry if you’re feeling behind. If you want, I will decorate and you can relax and skip it this year. Just make sure you stop by and tell me what you think, okay? That makes it all worth it to me. The Christmas tree is coming up on the 7th. Guess what the theme is?
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Real “White Pine” Garland -Home Depot
Ceramic Snowman Luminary- Home Depot
Black Ice Skates – Thrift Store
Toboggan- Antique Shop
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