Often there comes a time… when you just have to step away…
For the past 3 years every holiday we celebrated was in a nursing home; many of our family traditions had to be put aside.
Although wonderful to be spending it together, it was never private; visits seemed far too short or confined.
There is only so much decorating one can do in a shared room with limited space.
But there was nothing like the smile on my Mom’s face when the new Seasonal wreath appeared for her door, or a tiny Christmas tree which I decorated in all of her favorite colors was revealed!
The tiny tree was a gift from my friend Barbara – who’s husband had died. Barbara understands the kindness of little things to delight, and the space restraints in these times of transition.
Mom will be with us in Spirit this Christmas and we will begin again – to create new and different traditions, with a new generation and friends.
This week I am hosting the annual Border Babes Holiday Lunch at our Entwined Home & Garden, since one of my Mom’s favorite colors was Aqua… We will celebrate her through color and whimsy.
I can only imagine the smile on her face!
I LOVE color, but usually lean toward a more tailored approach with a dash of whimsy. When I brought home a yard of turquoise & gold crocodile fabric for a tree skirt, I think Phil thought I had lost my mind!
“I just want things bright and cheery this year!”, I said, ” And different.” – as nothing is ever the same after you loose your Mom. We both lost our Mom’s last spring.
So off I went in search of inspiration… I found some aqua Paillettes at Hancock fabrics – which reminded me of my friend Susan’s mini dress and thought – Napkin Rings…! with a lilt!
I also scored a roll of Aqua embroidered ribbon to run down the center of the table and across like a gift box under the tree. Perfect for the Red Damask table cloth pressed and ready to go in the linen closet. Now we’re on a mission of Fabulous!
Unfinished wooden napkin rings and some glitter spray paint at Michael’s and I was off…. Napkin rings for less than $3 each when all glitzed up & glittered!
Using a dowel rod, I slid all the rings on it. Outside, I located 2 gardens pots and propped the ends of the dowel over them. After spraying the wooden rings, and twirling them into a glittery confection, I realized that a sealant was recommended, so back to the store I went, but none to be found.
Now I was having glitter remorse… would there be glitter all over? What if it got onto the napkins (and it did!) – there would be glitter on faces – I must remember to warn the Babes… And what if it got into the food? It was time to step away from the glitter and get on with it!
Firing up the glue gun…
Note: I am new to the hot glue gun… Hard to believe! When working in film we made costumes quickly, but they must me able to endure, so a glue gun was never part of my costuming arsenal…
The Paillettes were on a satin ribbon with miniature beads – so how easy is that? Just fold in the ends and dot around the base with hot glue…
But when one row is charming, and you are in the DIY – glam mood, two rows are simply divine! So figuring 12 inches per ring around I went again!
While the Gun was still hot, I hot glued peppermints onto floral pins to use in table arrangements…. This could be dangerous! (More on floral Fantasies later… in a day or too… subscribe now!)
I found gorgeous pale aqua chargers on sale at Michael’s for $0.99 each… but alas only two left! Off to Z Gallerie and the chargers above on sale for $2.99 each! Well, I knew of 4 occasions already to use them!
The Border Babes, arrived and no one was too concerned about the glitter. Although it was divine to delight and dazzle, our afternoon was about the fun and laughter of being with my horticultural heroes. It was nice to be out of our gardening duds, and sharing our stories with each other across a table, rather than upside down weeding, or pruning from a ladder, or over a bucket of fragrant mulch. But with these gals, doing the garden chores is a welcomed morning in the garden – The Mixed Border at the JC Raulston Arboretum.
Over the last twelve years, we have shared and supported our stories of our personal gardens, as we have volunteered. There are stories of marriage & divorce, life threatening illnesses and stories of survival, support through children and step children, deaths and births – the gutsy stuff of the second half of our lives. Together we dig deep, plant and sow seeds of friendship, prune when necessary – these stories entwined.
Of course, where there are Babes in the Border, there is an abundance of creativity, laughter and uplifting. They’re nurturing plants and people. They have made a tough 3 years – tolerable.
I am Grateful. Cheers to 2013 and more adventures in the Garden.
I am glad to be stepping away from the glitter and moving on.
Gratitude is living the EntwinedLife