The simple pleasures of home shine brighter
when the spirit of God intertwines our hearts
with His gentle Joy.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pheasant Feathers and Deer Sheds?

Dear Ones, do pheasant feathers and deer sheds a Christmas table make? On Crooked Creek they have made their way into our Family Room and on to our table, quite nicely. "Mr. Ed" is grins from ear ~ to ~ear!

Today, On Crooked Creek is joining our sweet hostess Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to go over and visit all the lovely tables set just for your viewing pleasure. You're sure to find many all decked out in their holiday finery!

As many of you have already read, "Mr. Ed" is an avid Trout Fly Fisherman. . . his other outdoor sports include deer hunting. Now. . .my dilemma has been to figure out how to incorporate those things he pursues into home decor. . .while keeping us both pleased with the resulting outcome.

Our main meal at Christmas is always served in the Dining Room on the upper level. . .however; our gift exchange and desserts are served in the Family Room on the lower level On Crooked Creek.

This lovely divided tray was a gift from my daughter~in~law several years ago and will hold our white chocolate covered pretzels, colby~jack cheese cubes  and spicy pecans! On the two~tier rack will be one pie and a plate of holiday cookies.

Our drinks usually consist of raspberry flavored tea, water or Dr. Pepper. . . for us old timers, we prefer coffee with our desserts!

Following our dessert, we'll gather around the coffee table seated on the couch and chairs throughout and open our gifts.

Our Lodge Tree stays up all year; however it becomes glorious with decoration for the festivities On Crooked Creek!

The tree is loaded with wooden ball garland, bronze and gold ornaments, amber icicles, pheasant feathers and twigs! Over 300 white, bright lights illuminate the whole corner with a warm golden glow!

Afterwards, we'll leisurely enjoy one another's company and the warmth of the candles burning brightly in the open fireplace.

I must take a moment to thank the following blog land ladies for their encouragement and inspiration with my pheasant feathers and deer sheds:
Yvonne @ Stone Gable; Pat @ Back Porch Musings; and Delores @ Vignette Designs. Without their past posts, I know we'd still be discussing how to make this decor work for our Christmas On Crooked Creek.

Until next time. . .


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how pretty. You married the antlers and the pheasants together beautifully. Such a beautiful nature tablescape. I love it. Hugs, Marty

Alycia Nichols said...

I love all the antlers in the pails with the pinecones by the fireplace!!! That is such a cool look!!!

Anonymous said...

It all looks wonderful Pat. I really need to be looking around for more antler sheds. J knows a guy with a bunch in his garage. I think he needs to pay him a visit.

Marlis said...

It all looks great. Does your cat leave the feathers on the tree alone? Mine loves pheasant feathers.. mm yummy. Your table and tree are perfect, I would love that too.

Jacqueline said...

Oh, I agree, it works so great together. My mother in law made me a wreath from pheasant pelts years and years ago and how I wish I still had those! Very charming table and I love the tree up all year but now sporting some glitzy style.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I loved your Christmas tour mixed with your family traditions -- What a wonderful way to spend Christmas day with those you love dearly.

Cabin and Cottage said...

Well, it sure is working! You have a beautiful tree! Jacqueline

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your entire tabletop make me very merry and bright!

Seasons greetings to you.

Carey said...

I love your rustic table. Love how you incorporated the outdoors especially the little tree. Happy Holidays,

Maryrose said...

What a darling and welcoming table you have. Actually your home looks welcoming as well.
Merry Christmas

Entertaining Women said...

Successful design is so often in the've created a winner with your tablescape. Love the natural elements of the deer sheds and the pheasant well done! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

What lovely tables you have created and thank you for sharing your family's wonderful traditions for dinner and swapping of gifts at Crooked Creek.

I am a new follower and look forward to enjoying more of your lovely posts.

Blessings Kelsie

susan said...

Pat-This is beautiful! I am married to a hunter and have learned to integrate a few pheasant feathers into fall decor, but have not tried it for Christmas! Maybe I will now that I see how lovely yours is! Love the tree!

Andi's English Attic said...

Just nipped over from Susan's at BNotP.
Thanks for the tour. It's always nice to see how others are decorating for Christmas.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year. xx

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I would love to have all of your deer sheds! They look rustic and very upscale for Christmas. YOu did a masterful job combining all these lovely natural elements into your sparkling Christmas decor. I love the pails of pine cones with the sheds.
Thanks for sharing your Christmas home with us.