Monday, November 29, 2010

Wreath Giveaway Winner!

First, let me just say THANK YOU so much for all of your support and interest in my first giveaway! Your sweet comments truly mean so much! I have been overwhelmed with all of your kind words.  I wish I  had a wreath to give to each of you!  I appreciate all of you sweet friends who continue to encourage & inspire me and I am very excited and thankful for all the new ones.

And the winner is….



Comment #31 from

Hillcrest Acres!!


Hillcrest Acres said...

What a fabulous giveaway!! The wreath is beautiful. I'm a follower of your blog.


Thank you so much! Email me at with your shipping address and I will ship your wreath out to you ASAP!

To show my gratitude for all who entered you can all receive 15% off in my   Etsy shop now through Dec. 12, 2010. 

Just enter coupon code thankyou at checkout.

Friday, November 26, 2010

{Moss Trees} A “Post” From Christmas Past


  I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and are recovering from the massive amounts of food ingested…I am assuming that I am not alone in my overindulgent Thanksgiving feasting.;) 

So who is ready for some Christmas Decor?! 

I had to have a little surgery this week so I am a bit behind in the new-Christmas- project–posting-area, so I’ve decided to bring back a few from last year.  Since I was brand new to blogging last year, I am thinking most of you haven’t seen these.  These are my moss trees from last year.  I have a little tutorial on them and some different ways to display them, etc.  I hope you like ‘em!

Check it out HERE.


Again, please pardon my novice blogging and pics from last year…just hoping to give you a little decorating inspiration

My wish if that you are able to continue your Thanksgiving weekend in the way you enjoy it best.  Whether it be Christmas decorating, movie watching, shopping, being outdoors, or just hanging out with the ones you love…enjoy:)

Remember my Christmas Wreath Giveaway ends Monday! 


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you have much to be grateful for.  Have a safe and wonderful weekend and those who brave the black Friday crowds, good luck! ;)  I am spending time with my family today and the rest of the weekend.  It is much needed and I am so excited for it!  Family, food, football, and the fireplace…snow, Christmas movies, puzzles, good books… cozy-ing up because it is co-o-old here

I am so thankful for all the blessings in my life!

Warmest wishes to you and yours!

**Don’t forget about my Thanks to you!  Have you entered my Wreath Giveaway yet?  Ends Monday, Nov. 29** 


Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Swag


It is snowy and wintery here so I’m in the mood for some holiday decor!  I wanted to share with you this custom order I just made for a sweet client, to maybe inspire your holiday decorating and give you a few tips to create your own.


She has a few of my wreaths, but thought it would be fun for to change it up and have a swag for her front door. Swags are a great alternative for front door decor. This has a traditional look with the apples, berries and  few different types of pinecones nestled in the luscious pine.


I started with a basic pine base and mixed in a few different varieties of pine sprigs to give it a fuller look with lots of texture and dimension. *Be sure to ‘fluff’ out and arrange the pine to give it the desired shape.


For the finishing touch, I added a thick ribbon bow that cascades down the length of the swag.  It gives it a more formal look and pulls out the color in the berries and fruit.  *If you want to add ribbon a little tip is to make sure you have enough that you can loop it out and then attach it onto the spine of the swag with wire. This gives it that billowing effect.


I hope this gives you some tips and ideas for your front door decor.

Happy Holiday Decorating!!


Linking in up to these great parties…


The Girl Creative



Saturday, November 20, 2010

My Favorite Things

I am linking up over at 320 Sycamore for her Favorite Things Party.  As I thought through this I found I have lots of favorites!  So I tried and narrowed down a few that I am loving right now….


Making memories with my girls.  They are at such fun ages and I know these days are fast and few!  Trying to enjoy every bit.  Aren’t they cute? ;)

These Garnier Nutri-Pure cleansing cloths.  I really like these at night to take my make up off.  I am lazy and most nights hate to wash my face, so these are quick and make me feel like I did something at least.  They leave my skin feeling soft and clean. :) I am out of them though…dang it.

My sweet addiction.  I tell myself that they are only around for a short while, so it would be a shame if I didn’t get as many as I can before they are gone. Perfect logic, right? Oh, and I am pretty sure they are calorie free.


Permanent fixtures on my feet.  LOVE my cozy sweater UGGs.  Sweet Mr. Husband hunted them down for me a few Christmas’ ago.  I think I need a new pair so I can at least alternate them. (subtle hint)

Sunday nights with my man and Dexter.  I love our cozy Sunday night time on the couch.  And Dexter is our fave!

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Getting cozy by my fireplace.  This is not mine, but I couldn’t find a picture of mine on.  And it is coziest when it’s on. ;)


Holiday magazines.  I love diving in and gathering inspiration and ideas.  While sitting by my fireplace.  Drinking my latte.  Wearing my UGGs.  Yeah, that is pretty much what I do all day long these days. …haha ;)


Working on custom Christmas orders for my wonderful clients and customers.  My favorite creative outlet and it gets me in the mood for the holidays!  Hey, I can do laundry in January. ;)

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Custom Wreath Giveaway!

Thank you for all the wonderful comments on my 1 year post.  Such kind words and encouragement to continue doing what I enjoy and a I am glad you good folks are enjoying it as well.  Thank you again. It means a lot. :)

To show some of my gratitude to my wonderful readers,  I am having my very first giveaway!!  AHHhh, I know!;)


One of you will be receiving this handmade {one of kind }

The Gathering Place Design Holiday wreath.  I hope you like it. :)





5 ways to Enter!!

leave a separate comment for each:)

1.  One entry for following The Gathering Place Design

2. One entry for Tweeting, FB-ing or Blogging about it and leaving a comment.

3. One entry for liking The Gathering Place Design on Facebook

4. One entry for following The Gathering Place Design on Twitter 

5. And just for fun, one entry for telling me your favorite thing about the Holidays

One of you fabulous friends will be randomly chosen on Monday Nov. 29th.



Easy Winter Centerpiece Update


I’ve been doing a little preparation for my Christmas decor and one thing I love to do is reuse or repurpose decorations that I have either bought on super clearance or ones that I have simply fallen 0ut of love with. 


So enter this little tree trio I bought on super clearance for like 5 bucks.  I like the shape, it was sturdy and I liked the look of the realistic look of the pines.

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So, I used my paint sample to to cover most of the base.  I wasn’t feeling the green and black spongy look.  I wanted it to have a sort of rough aged appearance so I just slopped it on, dry brushing even some areas.

Next I taped of my new color and spray painted the legs with my Oil Rubbed Bronze.  It was not optimal spray painting weather, but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.  Right?


 For another element and texture, I glued just twine around the top and added in pinecones I collected out of my Mom’s yard.  And street. My kids think I am nuts because I had gathered some in the yard, but as we left I saw a bunch in the road and of course I pulled over and rescued them.  It was very windy. And raining.  The kids were screaming, “Mom, get out of the street!” It was very dramatic! ;) The danger I put myself in sometimes for free beautiful decor. Sigh.


And there you have it! 


Oh and I want to take a minute to share the importance of fluffing your faux pine.  Whether it is your wreaths, trees…whatever, it is important to pull out and arrange the stems of the pine.  Makes a HUGE difference. 

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Now, let’s see a side by side just to show what a big difference you can make with a small amount of time and little or no $.  Pretty cool, huh?

So get out your decor and see what needs a little sprucing up.  You might be surprised what you can do with a few little changes.

Linking up…


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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

{Handmade} Christmas Kissing Ball

  I’ve decided to revisit a few Christmas tutorials from last year, since most of you probably haven’t seen them.  I had just started blogging, so I apologize for the ~not so great~ photos. Hopefully I have improved a little over the year. ;)


I love making these Christmas Kissing Balls…I have a full tutorial so you can get the step by step instructions.  Just click on the picture or HERE.  They are pretty fun and simple to make.  They would make great friend or neighbor gifts…or even hostess gifts for your holiday parties. 

*I will also be listing some in the next couple days in my Etsy Shop.

How many of you have Christmas decor up yet?  I am trying to hold off…remember me enjoying the season?  Well it’s beginning to get cold here and looking a lot like Christmas, which is making it difficult.;)  I am doing a little Christmas ‘preparation’, but I still have my Thanksgiving/Fall decor up.:)


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