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when the spirit of God intertwines our hearts
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

A NEW Grate. . .

Christmas On Crooked Creek is well under way for 2012 ! ! !
"Mr. Ed" and I enJOY changing our home decor up a bit
every year. But this year, an even year, we will host our family Christmas Celebration !
So~o~o. . . we're fluffing ever nook and corner !

After moving the "painless window"
to my Art studio ~ Studio One, 
a huge void was left on the front porch.

I placed the vintage ladder
against the stone wall for Autumn ( click here),
but this was to be a temporary solution!

During a recent Christmas Open House,
I came across a grate for a door that intrigued me.
Cell phones are amazingly great when your
dear one likes to roam the Antique Mall on his own.
A quick call to "Mr.Ed", his nod of approval
and at 10% off the already reasonable price of $18.00
we loaded the NEW Grate in our SUV and headed for home !

Arriving On Crooked Creek,
I was filled with inspiration and began the task
of "fluffing" the front porch with Christmas decor.

Our NEW Grate wrought iron door
goes from plain ~ to ~ whimsical with
a cast ~ off red berry wreath and a Gingerbread Man Greeting
to welcome our family, guests and neighbors !
Red satin ribbon and bow adds
striking contrast against the white grate door
and the neutral brick background.
This  "Sweet Sweet Greetings"
Gingerbread Man sign is a past Christmas Gift
from my sweet, sweet son and daughter~in~law !

Now. . .
to fill the corner,
I brought out my black lanterns.

Red and white gingham check bows
combined with pine boughs and pine cones
help to make this Christmas On Crooked Creek bright !

"Mr. Ed's" frog statue,
all "decked out" with his Santa Hat and bow tie,
is a whimsical touch that changes with the season, also !

Who can resist that adorable "Froggy" ? ? ?

Continuing warm temperatures on the Prairie
have allowed for "Mr. Ed" and I to decorate the out~of ~doors
for Christmas On Crooked Creek without our
usual hot cocoa breaks.

So~o~o. . .
after a quick spraying of white paint,
my old black plant stand makes a striking accent piece
for my beaded garland turned wreath
and cast~off black porch lantern.

Adding a few sprigs of faux evergreen with miniature pine cones,
and inserting a Ball Mason jar with battery candle
brings a cherry welcome to our front porch !

 I added the red and white gingham check bow
to give a festive WELCOME to our Holiday guests !


Our front porch has quite a mix of Traditional,
Vintage and Whimsical. . .
something for everyone. . .
@ Christmas On Crooked Creek !
Until next time. . .
On Crooked Creek will be joining Debra @ Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration! Be sure to visit soon and see all the creativity for Christmas your heart could ever desire.


Shelia said...

HI Pat! You and your hubby are truly on a roll! Love your gate and how you've spiffed it up. Those little gingerbreads are adorable.
Keep decorating and keep showing me! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Pat, you have been one busy lady! Your new grate looks wonderful! I love all of your cute, little whimsical accents. I just love seeing your decor!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Oh how beautiful. I am loving everything that you have shown us.

Amy Kinser said...

I love the things that you and Mr. Ed do together. Your porch looks beautifully decked out!

Martha said...

I love what you did and love your new grate! It's perfect and love your touches!

Dewena Callis said...

Here we have a barn stall full of old windows and never thought of putting one on front porch for Christmas till I saw yours. May I borrow your idea? We've made mirrors out of them, decorated the potting bench with them, but this is so pretty.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Looking good Pat and loving the berries!!