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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Decorating with Fruit

My Christmas decorating started off big and then slowed to a crawl.  It couldn't be helped, with renovations going on there's just no room for extra things plonked here and there.
We don't have our Christmas tree yet but with Old Rascal coming home tomorrow we'll be able to go and find one together.  In the meantime I've bought a couple of packages of these clementines with leaves in order to display them on the Ta-Da crystal cake stand.  I like that they add something green and festive to my otherwise dusty house.
Speaking of dust I'll be scarce these next couple of days as I tidy up from the renovations and prepare the house for our family all being under one roof again.  Never have I been so looking forward to simply having dinner with The Rascals and MrBP.
I hope that you are also enjoying some simple comforts.
xoxDani

23 comments:

  1. Dani - I used clementines and pomegranates to decorate for Thanksgiving. It took me so long in the market to find clementines with the perfect leaves.
    I arranged them (with the pomegranates) at the base of small silver pots that I arranged with flowers. Wish I had taken photos - so beautiful.
    I love it when everyone is under one roof too. Enjoy the time with your family. xo

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    1. Sounds gorgeous, Kathy - like a beautiful still life.

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    2. It really was, and I bought some mercury glass votives to spread around the tables - my go-to Thanksgiving centerpieces now. Miss you Sulky.

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  2. I adore putting out a bowl of clementines or kumquats at Christmas, especially if they have leaves, like yours. So festive, and they smell wonderful, too. I've never done the Martha glitter fruit thing, although I think the arrangements that appeared in the magazine years ago looked marvelous. Joyeux Noël!

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    1. I used to take clove studs and shove them into clementines. Really incredible smell. Too lazy now. Maybe I'll do one.

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  3. Love this Dani - so simple! I am so excited for you! I am looking forward to the rest and family time, too!

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  4. Beautiful, Dani---clementines are almost too beautiful to eat...I usually let my pretty fruit sit out so long it goes rotten before I can bear to eat it. I especially love all the colors and shapes of pears. Have a relaxing week with the family!

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  5. Dani I love to see clementines in a festive arrangement. My parents talk about their Holidays as youths in the country. Fresh bright fruit was a rare treat for Christmas,

    Love and Hugs
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  6. Your clementines look so joyful! I can't wait to learn more about the renovations. I always felt that what I liked best about having work done was just when it was OVER and I got my place back. What a feeling of relief.

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  7. So Christmassy looking, oh just think, soon you'll be putting your feet up in your cosy new surroundings.

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  8. Fruit in a crystal bowl-- lovely. We have a few pomegranates on the mantel with the greens and winterberries. I have glass fruit tree ornaments too; some sugary looking fig ones form the old Smith and Hawkin store are my favorites.

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  9. Simple and beautiful, Dani. Being cosied up with loved ones is the best thing ever.

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  10. Dani,the clementines look great! The punch of bright orange adds cheer to any room. I dont know about you but I feel like many houses in my neighborhood are just overdone,too many lights and much to much decor .I guess I am just an old fashioned girl who likes things simple and natural.Hope your holidays are warm, happy,and there is nothing better than having the whole family together to celebrate this special time of year!
    P.S. Cant wait to see your finished baths.I bet you will be singing Alleluia many times!!!!

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  11. Hi Dani, that arrangement looks so festive. I haven't seen clementines with leaves, have to look out for them.
    Our prodigal son is also returning tomorrow, he'll be tired after a very long bus ride from Ottawa. We are doing his favourite for supper - chicken curry.
    I wish you and the family a lovely Christmas together.

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  12. I'm eating a clementine right now (lunch time!) and saw this. They are my daughter's favorite winter fruit though the season is really only about a month. I steep the clementine leaves in sugar syrup with mulling spices for a delicious wintry addition to tea and cocktails.

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  13. WELCOME BACK RASCAL Dani, like Karen, clementines always remind me of my NS farm family and stories I've heard about how my grandpa would bring sacks of "exotic" fruit, mostly citrus, maybe a pineapple, for treats, all the way from Halifax (now about an hour's drive). It was a huge deal, especially during WWII and right after.
    Having people home and around, smiling, sharing and feasting, is the best part of the holiday. Best with the polishing, yet don't mind about a little dust. No one will notice. And there are much more important gifts to ponder and enjoy.

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  14. Lovely decoration! I love also to have different nuts in their shell to decorate... I am sure no one will worry about the dust as everyone will enjoy being one family for Christmas... It is coming so fast right now!

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  15. What a beautiful arrangement! I hope you enjoy your Christmas together.

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  16. Lovely! You have a great eye for simple organic decorating, it just radiates warmth and happy thoughts :)

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  17. Clementines in the Ta-Da stand--perfect! I agree with Get Fresh--don't clean too much. Take a rest in the peace and quiet of the day and have some tea and reflect and read a bit! Merry Christmas to you and the whole BP family!

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  18. Wonderful Dani and I bet the rascals have already polished them off.

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  19. Hi Dani, your fruit arrangement is lovely. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family! :)

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  20. Thanks for your comments Dollfaces. I wasn't kidding about being scarce was I. The clementines are slowly being eaten as the leaves shrivel. I tried misting them to no avail!

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