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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Count Down


I'm exhausted from cooking and cleaning for Thanksgiving and did not want to start on the Christmas decorating  yet.  This weekend was more about relaxing than anything else.  A few pine branches in the wood basket was just a start.

A few years back at an after Christmas sale I bought these adorable red sparkling berries.  They fit nicely on top of my lamps and add a festive look. Again,  not a lot of effort.  I'm still relaxing.


 A little egg white and granulated sugar make ordinary fruit a little fancy. But enough for one day.  I'll do a little more tomorrow.

37 comments:

  1. These natural touches are my favorite Christmas decorations. Do the fruits last long like this? I have always wanted to do it and haven’t tried it before. Love it!
    Amy

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  2. ive always wanted to see real fruit like this.

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  3. All your little touches look wonderful. That little berry wreath on the lamp is perfect.

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  4. That basket of wood looks so cozy! I love your simple decorations.

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  5. Very nice decorations and the sparkly fruit looks great. Relaxing sounds like an excellent option. Susan

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  6. I applaud your efforts to decorate for Christmas so soon after Thanksgiving - I did nothing but relax!!!!!! Beautiful photos!

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  8. We just didn't have it in us to decorate this weekend...but we did get the outside of the house done. I am going to take my time with the inside this year!

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  9. Lovely easy start of the Christmas preperations - love the fruit, will give it a go soon.

    Enjoy the last bit of your weekend relaxation.

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  10. It all looks so inviting and lovely - thank you for sharing - and thanks for popping over the atlantic to my wee patch - means alot!

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  11. P.S. on Sunday morning....Good morning! Tried to send you an email but your email sign wouldn't open up. Anyway, wanted to thank you for always stopping by my blog and commenting. Thanks so much. Always love having you visit. Had a great day! Susan

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  12. rule in our home is not decorations till the first weekend in December, which is next weekend... and I can barely contain my excitement... love your glazed fruit, what a lovely idea

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  13. Oh yes, the countdown has finally started..
    Have a great start to the new week! xx

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  14. Looks so pretty! Love the idea of the egg white and sugar on the fruit!

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  15. I love your gentle move towards Christmas decorating. The berry wreath is adorable. I too am wondering how long your fruits will last, probably a long time as sugar is a natural preservative (as long as the ants don't find it...)?

    -Mary

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  16. Thanks everyone for all your wonderful comments. The sugared fruit lasts about three weeks. I usually do this around the second week in December but I needed to get myself off the couch and this is very easy and fun.

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  17. I love your 'step into Christmas with baby steps' attitude! We have a few rules about Christmas in our house ... no Christmas music until Thanksgiving Day, no Christmas tree until after Mom's birthday (the 10th) and on the 11th break out the eggnog! Love the sugared fruit and natural touches ... do you ever cut winterberry by the side of the roads? We have favorite spots that we go to year after year to have red berries to add to the greens ... Hurray! You've got me in the spirit!

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  18. Hi, nice post. I actually posted about the candied fruit a few weeks ago. I love your lab. I have a black lab as well, she is 14 yrs old. I have a Dobi and her name is Bella Luna. Your lab looks gorgeous.
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  19. So elegant and easy. I love the small touches even though I go over the top. But I am doing a lot of weeding out as I go.
    cathy

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  20. So wonderful. The easier the better and love the time saving:)
    Beautiful!
    This would be the extent of my decorating;)

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  21. just a few sprigs of pine needles and you have set the Christmas Scene - just lovely !
    I think I could manage a few garlands of pine at our place - love the aroma :)

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  22. Wonderful how the small simple things can add so much to a room. These are lovely.

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  23. Beautiful! Love the logs in a basket...

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  24. Relaxing sounds wonderful to me!
    When we are ready to decorate, we are ready- not a minute sooner.

    I hope you have a great week!

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

    I LOVE jeweled sparkly fruit.

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  25. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice blog you have.

    The weekend after Thanksgiving is for relaxing here too. No black Friday stuff for me. Since the weather was balmy, I did decorate the porch railings, but that was it!

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  26. My family is super weird, we don't put the christmas tree up or decorate until a week before Christmas!

    It's probably better to get it done sooner, to get it over with.

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  27. I have always wanted to try coating fruit with sugar. Yours looks wonderful, I shall give it a try.

    You have created a delightful blog, I am so delighted I found it on Allison's blog.

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  28. Beautiful. I'd had forgotten about sugared fruit ~ always looks so beautiful. And my favorite decor ~ white birch and evergreens.

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  29. Such beautiful touches. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  31. I love the simplicty of the wood with the greens, so pretty!
    Enjoy your weeekend!
    XO
    Kristin

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  32. i love a natural christmas too...lOVE those logs in the basket with the pine branches...and the fruit looks so pretty...i will have to try that...

    makes me HAPPY to visit here today...as always

    sending cozy december love to all...
    kary and teddy
    xxx

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  33. Love the natural look. You have plenty of time to decorate. Make time to relax too. You deserve it.

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  34. I'm doing the decorating in little steps too ... but I'm going to tackle the tree today!!!
    Love Kathy xxx

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  35. you're decorations are so pretty! i really love it.

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  36. Your decorations are great! I like the idea of making sugary fruits for decorations. Very pretty!

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