Christmas Decor has appeared…

I went to one of my favorite garden center/gift shops a while ago, with two of my sweet friends….

… sign up for a class on Christmas mantel decorating by a fabulous Christmas design expert.

When we arrived, this is what was in the garden center..

…..the elves were working night and day and here are some of the spectacular trees and decor.


I am partial to these “upside down/inverted” trees as I have two of them…

This tree has a woodland/owl theme…


I was discreetly taking photos with my iPhone….:)

I love this reindeer covered with script paper…I think it could be an easy D.I.Y..


The Christmas designer owns his own company that sells “all things Christmas”….

He utilizes many large items in his design of the these wreaths.

…..he ran a Christmas decorating contest last year and I won!….

………..I won merchandise from his catalog and can’t wait to receive my “loot”….


Owls are still very popular this year…but this cute hedgehog is a new item….love him!!



It’s hard to see, but there is a large wagon that is incorporated in the base of the tree!

And here are some great letters that are made from books…cut out by using a jig saw perhaps?


And here is a great idea of “merchandising” a hurricane…


And yesterday, I traveled to one of my other favorite garden centers/gift shops….


I needed a few supplies to complete my wreath making….for our community Craft/Artisan show….


You are greeted by this friendly fella….I cannot believe that I did not buy him!!!


This is where I purchase quality silk florals…


Here is a beautiful swag…I bought the materials to make this…

…..and will share it with you soon!



So this year, I keep seeing the same theme…of owls and decor of woodland themes…


I have used owls in much of my decor last year and still plan to do that this year…

…..however, I so love the look of a sparkly “White Christmas”


This week, I have been busy with social commitments and making wreaths for our community Craft/Artisan show..

My hubby’s “man cave” has turned into “Santa’s Workshop”


So that I can create my wreaths and swags and coordinate my Christmas decorating….

….like this…a little sneak peek of one of my wreaths.


So now I shall go back to my “Santa’s Workshop” to make more wreaths!!!

Stay tuned for my creations….

Do you make your own holiday wreaths too?

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  1. Beautiful shots, Shirley. Reminds me of where I used to work. Maybe next year I will have an Open house?sale of my designs again. I did it every year for many years in the old house. Tonight I went to our clubhouse with several women and we made ornaments for the clubhouse tree. I will post a picture on FB tomorrow. Too tired right now. XO, Pinky

  2. What fun places Shirley. Love the little hedgehog. Boy am I ever chomping at the bits to start decorating. Thinking I need to find time to make at least one or two new Christmas projects. I made a rolled book page Christmas wreath last year but thinking I’d like to make something new with burlap. Can’t wait to see more!

  3. Anne Boykin says

    Hi Shirley, Making wreaths is most assuredly a talent that I don’t have. They never seem to come out as beautiful as the ones I see for sale. Sigh. Thanks for the inspiration photos. I’m excited to get started with my decorating too.

  4. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says

    Oh wow, everything is so beautiful. Great inspiration. How nice to have such a great space to work in to get all of your decorations done, can’t wait to see everything. Love the cotton. Hugs, Marty Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2012 04:34:06 +0000 To:

  5. I can’t wait to start decorating for Christmas Shirley! What a beautiful shop! Loved your little peek, can’t wait to see more! Have a great weekend!

  6. You made a trip to Sanford……I live in Sanford and I love that Garden Center. I am in there quite a bit during the Spring and Holiday seasons!! Don’t you love the trough planters out front this year?
    good luck on all your holiday crafting!

  7. Such pretty ideas. Christmas. I’m so not ready for winter…


  8. Sandra White says

    I am so excited to see what you do with your christmas decorating. Love your use of high quality florals in your decorating. I just know it will be beautiful, and I can hardly wait.

  9. creativehomeexpressions says

    I found a bunch of never used grapevine wreaths {8 inch I think} at Goodwill a few weeks ago, Shirley. They still had their Walmart tags on them! I bought six of them to do up and suggested to my daughter she could use them on the backs of the dining chairs since she is hosting Christmas. Lots of inspiration at that garden center. I love the ornaments on the trees. I want to do my small master bedroom tree differently this year, but that means new ornaments. I will probably make some and buy some to keep the cost down, but I’m thinking of keeping it neutral and natural.

  10. Oh I’m glad that I’m not the only one with a room full of Christmas decorations!! Can’t wait to see your creations. What a fabulous store you shared.

  11. Congratulations on your big win! Woo hoo! You’re going to have some kinda fun!!! I have seen the inverted trees over the years and always found them fun and interesting. They present a whole different challenge for decorating, too, so that’s always nice. I love all the owls. I don’t know that they ever really go out of fashion since they are a part of the woodland scene, and they always make me think of warm, fuzzy, and wise. Or is that Winken, Blinken & Nod? Anyway, I love the owls and the sweet little hedgehog. I’m glad you identified him, because in my mind I was thinking porcupine. How warped is that?!?!??!! 🙂 LOVE the cotton wreath!!! I used to do all of my own wreaths from scratch. Only occasionally now. Depends on how much time I have and where my head is. OK, little elf, get crackin’ in that man cave/Christmas workshop!!!!

  12. Shirley, congrats on your win! You have been on a roll! I also have seen some features for you on other blogs! Thank you for sharing this amazing place! It’s wonderful! It really is stunning with all the Christmas decorations! I can’t wait to see your creations!

  13. Shirley loved your photo shots! The cotton wreath is different, and looks good. Was the sign that said Merry Christmas, was that monagramed or stenciled. That added a great touch to the cotton wreath too. Love all your wreaths and your pretty finds.

  14. Love all this Christmas inspiration, Shirley. Where oh where are these two shops? I must visit!

    And I’m looking forward to coming shopping at the craft fair tomorrow. My mom and I are coming.

  15. I love the woodland theme too! I’m planning on using that for the farmhouse tree. Like you though, I love the white sparkly theme too. hmm, maybe I’ll mix them! Thanks for sharing. Wish I could visit those stores!

  16. Great inspiration! It makes me want to get out all of my Christmas decor. laurie

  17. Oooh – what great shops with lots of inspiration. You must tell me where they are! I see that someone said one of them is in Sanford. Do share! Congrats on your big win – how exciting! I’m looking forward to seeing your creations. I’m sorry we weren’t able to make it to your artisan’s craft show today.

  18. What an inspiring trip to the garden center ~ I don’t think I could’ve left without that adorable hedgehog! Can’t wait to see your gorgeous creations.

  19. Wow! You should teach your own workshops for holiday swags wreaths and mantels! I love the woodland themes that are so popular now.

  20. What a merry Christmas Decor you have…With these decorations will add festive flair and cheer to any home this holiday season.

  21. I was already feeling a bit Christmasy… now I’m thinking it’s time to pull everything out and get busy doing my own decorating! So much wonderful inspiration!

  22. What great holiday inspiration! Can’t wait to see your Christmas decor, I know it will be fabulous! Congrats on winning the contest! 🙂

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