Friday, January 15, 2021

Chasing Winter Blues with Forest Greens

Hello, readers! Today I'd like to welcome you inside our home for a peek of how I am chasing away the winter blues...with nature's forest greens. 
I've segued from holiday into winter decor with inspiration found from nature's forest greens, a few new and vintage finds, and a gift received over the holidays. The table is set and waiting for you to join me!
I'm collaborating with some friends today in a Welcome Winter sharing, organized by Cecilia from the blog, My Thrift Store Addiction. If you've just come from Jen's blog, Midwest Life and Style, I'm certain that hailing from Nebraska she knows a thing or two of winter cozy style!
For the first time in as long as I can remember, I'm letting winter linger a little longer inside my home, trying to make peace with the inevitable winter blues from the grays outside. Although all my Christmas decorations are put away, I left my bare tree up just to enjoy the lights. When not in use, the tree is stored in our garage, while all the other Christmas decorations are kept in offsite storage. The fact that it's a tabletop size and stored on premises makes it a good remedy for chasing away winter blues.  
Speaking of winter blues, my New Year tablescape was full of blue and white. While I plan to use more blue and white in my decor closer to spring, currently I'm mostly focusing on colors seen in nature now - greens, creams and browns. 

I was the fortunate recipient of a Lynch Creek Farm New Year centerpiece giveaway in December, from my friend Shirley's Housepitality Designs Monday Morning Blooms blog post.
My centerpiece arrived on December 21 (picture above while Christmas decorations were still in place). Even as of this writing, over three weeks later, it is still alive and looking pretty fabulous on my dining table. I freshen the water and spritz it daily, a chore worth savoring the fragrance of evergreens each time I walk by it. 

Back in September I ordered a set of Forest Deer salad plates from Hobby Lobby. Together, the plates and the centerpiece were the springboard for what I knew would become my winter tablescape and decor after the holidays.
All other table elements were pulled from things I already had. Always one to mix old with new, the vintage brass deer and WV artisan quilted placemats fulfilled my style mix on the table.
Looking toward the fireplace in the great room, holiday poinsettias and other winter greens have replaced my Nutcracker collection. I knew when I purchased the white/chartreuse poinsettias I wanted to extend their use as winter greens, and their color blends exactly as I hoped. 
You can see the Christmas tree lights are reflected in the glass casing of the fireplace in the photo below.
I kept the framed artwork at the fireplace, knowing it would also remain relevant long after Christmas. 
Mr. P. and I walk almost every day. I have been foraging magnolia leaves regularly, and use them throughout my great room space. The other day I also picked some holly branches as a neighbor was having her large trees pruned. I tuck them randomly into small vignettes. Sometimes I put them in water to make them last longer, otherwise I simply collect more as they become dry and brittle.
Keeping winter greens in the condo along with little lights lifts my mood, especially on gray days, not to mention the long nights of winter. You may have also noticed the lighted tree pictured above, an after Christmas purchase. It's my latest addition to little lights, a tabletop tree that's powered by choice of batteries or USB cable. In addition to my forest deer on the table, other creatures are joining my chasing winter blues, including a fox (doorstop), feathered and felted owls, and a small twig bird next to the fireplace poinsettia. 
I'm not sure how long I'll leave the tree in the great room, but for now it satisfies my need for light therapy. I guess it's no surprise to read that winter is not my favorite of seasons, but I think chasing the winter blues with forest greens is good way for me to welcome winter. I hope you're finding ways to do the same. 

I always like to provide a source list of my tablescapes, both as a courtesy to my readers and for my own future reference. My blog is not monetized; I simply buy what I like, and use what I buy. 
Source List for Forest Deer and Winter Greens Tablescape
Tablecloth - April Cornell
Napkins - Target
Chargers - Pier 1
Glassware - Wayfair
Flatware - Horchow
Dinner Plates - Pfaltzgraff
Salad Plates, Napkin rings - Hobby Lobby
Brass deer, Quilted placemats - vintage finds
Centerpiece - Lynch Creek Farms, gifted through Housepitality Designs' Monday Morning Blooms

Tablescapes are one of my go-to creative activities at home, and vintage shopping has been a niche outlet that serves both my creativity at home as well as outside the home. I share booth spaces in a local antique mall with two sisters and resell much of what I find in estate sales, antique shops, and auctions. If you're not already a regular reader, I hope you'll take a minute and see my menu header for topics I like to share. If you're so inclined, I hope you'll return!

A special thanks to Cecilia for inviting me to share my winter welcome with you. I hope you'll continue this mini blog hop and visit CoCo at The Crowned Goat next. The links are conveniently listed below that will take you right to the other stylists' blogs. 
Panoply (you are here!)
Does winter typically leave you wanting to hibernate (regardless of the pandemic pretty much making us do that!), or do you jump into projects? Your comments are always welcome. Thank you for your visit, and stay safe!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Panoply 2020: It's a Wrap!

Once again I've packed away all my Christmas decor, and now it's time to collage all my blog posts for 2020 as a final step before closing the book, so to speak. I'll have all my posts bound in a yearbook style format using Blog2Print (no affiliation, I just love the product and service). 

I only blogged 27 posts (counting this one!) in 2020. It was the year we stayed home, but finding new ways of staying busy (cooking and baking, mostly). Life in limbo while staying home definitely underscored 2020's theme, and it came in waves throughout the year from March and beyond.

What you'll see below is a photo collage of each of my topics this past year, with individual post links below the photos if you're so inclined. Alternatively, if you click on each of those topics at the header of my blog and then sort by date, you'll see the list of the posts pulled for each of the categories. All of the collages are by topic categories, pulled from my main menu. It's just another way of keeping things organized.


Purple Hearts for Valentine's DayKeeper of the Cloth: St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans; Spring Tablescape: A Blooming Celebration; Easter Bunnies in the Flower Garden; Diving into Summer Tablescape, a Side of Patriotism; Llama Mia, Here We Goat Again; Celebrating a Fruitful Fall with St. Clement Faïence Tablescape; October Skyline Table for Two; Hallows' Evening Tablescape; Thistle and Pheasant Run Tablescape; Botanical Christmas Tablescape; New Year Tablescape: Now What, 2021?
Miscellaneous Musings No. 17, Blenko Blow Your Own Bottle Workshop, Miscellaneous Musings No. 18: Life in Limbo
Tales of the Traveling Tote
Traveling Tote Special Edition: MacKenzie-Childs RecognitionTales of the Traveling Tote & Giveaway!Tales of the Traveling Tote, and GiveawayTales of the Traveling Tote: Safely SocialTales of the Traveling Tote: Safely Social Pt 3
Reflecting on the past year, family matters more than anything to me. Even though we're still in a state of limbo, I am happy to say I've grown stronger in my faith this year. I've also taken pleasure in noticing the smallest of things as tiny miracles. I have hope that we'll all be graced with taking notice of our many miracles each day. 
I so appreciate each and every one you, my readers, and love the friendships struck and continued through blogging. I hope those of you who read but don't always comment will feel welcome to do so anytime. I always try to visit blogs if you have one, and try to respond by email to comments. It's rare that I can't figure out who the commenter is or that I don't have a contact to reach you, but if so (and you're no-reply commenter), I'll leave a response on the post. I'm really looking forward to hitting 2021 with optimism and enthusiasm. I hope you are, too.

Happy New Year!
Rita C. at Panoply

Saturday, December 19, 2020

New Year Tablescape: Now What, 2021?

Welcome, everyone. I aim to be an optimist overall, but 2020 definitely put all humanity to the test. I don't think there's a single one of us who isn't ready to kick 2020 to the curb in anticipation of the New Year. 
I've set a New Year tablescape begging the question, "Now What, 2021?"
First glance might, perhaps, have you thinking this is a set of vintage blue & white chinoiserie china. 
But this isn't your grandmother's blue & white china. Take a closer look.

Now what? Each salad plate in this set has a potential answer to the "Now What, 2021?" 
We could be in for a bat blizzard...
...or giant snails....
...or a Dodo....
...or the dreaded Stink Eye.
Yes, Things Could Be Worse. 
So, before this year ends, let's all raise a glass to optimism, and head into 2021 like a boss, shall we?
New Year Tablescape: Now What, 2021? Source List
(provided for informational purposes only, no affiliations or endorsements)
Tablecloth -  DKNY - HomeGoods
White Faux Fur Table Runner - Amazon
Napkins, Napkin Rings, Magnolia (Mikasa) Dinner Plates, Blue & White Chinoiserie Bud Vases, Crystal Candleholders, Prelude Sterling Flatware, Watch Faces - All Estate and Auction Finds
Blue & White Chinoiserie Orbs - Nell Hill's
Glass Chargers, Stemless (Blue Bubble) and Crackle (Clear) Glassware - Pier 1
Salad Plates (Now What?), Mugs (Things Could Be Worse) - Calamityware
A little levity is how many of us get through hard times. I know there are many who have suffered great losses in 2020, and my intention is far from dismissing anyone's losses. I have spent a good deal of time in 2020 praying for many of my friends, real and virtual, who've suffered or have asked for special intentions. I thank each of you who've sent up prayers and positive energy for my requests. I appreciate all my readers, and I wish each of you the best in 2021!

Saturday, December 5, 2020

I'll Be Home For Christmas

The motto for most of us this year....I'll be home for Christmas. 

Mostly as a journal entry, I wanted to share my Christmas around our home simply with photos. But, since we won't be having company this year, I also wanted to invite you in for a virtual visit. Welcome! 
City at dawn from inside the condo. 
Coffee or tea in the morning. 
A dusting of snow on neighboring hillside across city bridge decked with wreaths. 
Curious rabbit seeing what balcony buddies and the city beyond are up to. 
Little lights tucked in so many places! 
These are a few of my favorite ornaments. 
I finally scored a Drosselmeyer and Mouse King (top rt) to add to my Nutcracker collection this year. 
Poinsettias purchased through a ballet fundraiser. 
Curio cabinet contents  
Utilitarian spaces 
Random vignettes 
Curio cabinet contents in my office 
Little felties (owl, gnome, heart) from Jeanie mix and mingle in my office. 
Master bedroom 
The Greatest Gift 
Thank you so much for stopping by! Have yourself a merry little Christmas!🎄