Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Decorating in a land without Hobby Lobby

For those of you who are geographically challenged as I am, it's sometimes hard to find decorations that are sophisticated and affordable.  Our nearest source of any home decor items is the local Dollar store or the hardware store, neither of which are very inspirational.  Now don't get me wrong, I like folksy, americana style made in china versions of snowmen and santas as much as the next girl, but I am always on the hunt for something more authentic.  So I started looking in the pasture.....

A friend of mine, who I have to say I've never met but we've become great friends through the miracle of the Internet, has proven to be a big decorating inspiration to me.  She lives on a ranch in southwest Texas, in a lovely rock home that has been her family for many generations.  She is wonderfully talented for using indigenous materials to decorate her home.  The photos I'm posting due her no justice, but I've had a downloading malfunction so bare with me.

I tried to copy her idea this year by taking a large, shallow, wooden bowl and placing antlers, leftover pine sprigs and pine cones in it with a ribbon garnish.   She used fresh apples and pine cones, which I think is a better idea. 

My version of my friend, Shawn's, centerpiece - I like hers better
One thing you will never have a shortage of when you live on a ranch is antlers or horns of some kind.  You find them lying all about the pasture.  I have used antlers for many things.  In fact, in my house you find a lot of wood, antlers, leather and rock. 

I used an old Hereford Association trophy to make a floral display and added ribbon for the holidays

I gathered rosemary from my backyard and made something to hang over the door so my husband can complain about it every time he walks in the door. falalalala
I am sparing you anything made with bandannas or barbed wire.

And I would love to hear ideas you have as well!!!


Rachel said...

Yes ma'am. You said it.
We have ALCO, should we drive to Alpine... :/

You are doing better than me. I have a Christmas tree, thats all. And I just haven't felt like getting very creative this year, being the state I'm in and chasing after the boys.
Those are good ideas though, I'll keep them in mind for next year.

Jennifer said...

Love the antler idea! I surely have enough of those hanging around. I wonder why one man needs so many antler sheds? ;)
I placed a santa hat on the deer head that hangs in my living room, attatched a big, red bow to a rope, which I hung outside. And that was about as far as my creativity went! Other than a tree and nativity of course. ;)

Jency and Joey said...

I love this post! And your blog! It's nice to know I'm not the only one out there who lives on a ranch in the middle of now where!