Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Simplicity: Centerpiece

Let's face it, Christmas can be a busy time of year, full of planning, decorating, cooking and socializing. On top of all that, I also have my hands full with fiscal year end where I work, so while the push is on to meet our financial targets, I'm left feeling a little stretched. I've managed to find a comfortable balance, realizing what I can and can't do this time of year, but I'm always looking for ways to simplify with satisfactory results, both professionally and here at the old farmhouse.

Take this vintage lamp shade I found thrifting last year while we were doing a small renovation in the kitchen. We didn't end up using it, but I'm hanging on to it for now until the farmhouse renovations are complete. (Note to the Male Twin: That's an example of an oxymoron. Mom)

It's a great piece, but I think it may end up being just a little too 'modern' for the old farmhouse yet it does serve another useful purpose! I gathered a little extra greenery while I was decorating our window boxes and urns and saved it for an arrangement using this vintage shade as a vase.

Voila! A simple, and quick arrangement that now
 graces our dining room table for the Christmas season.

~Be Merry Friends


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11 comments:

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

very festive. so enjoy. i bet it has a wonderful scent too. ( :

Buttons said...

Oh I cannot believe this I have the same light from our old farmhouse Wow I am going to find it this looks wonderful. Great idea. Merry Christmas. B

Katherines Corner said...

brilliant and beautiful xo P.S. hoping over from Sarah's :-)

torinelson said...

The simple things are always the prettiest in my opinion! Super cute.

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Love the vase and the arrangement! Simple and GREEN TOO!
LOVE!

Deb said...

Oh what a great idea! I have one of those shades too.

Lynne said...

Perfect . . . Love it. And isn't it great fun creating your centerpiece . . . Happy Christmas Andrea . . .

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Recycling . . .it's a "good" thing.
Very cute vase.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Great arrangement and a stack of firewood in the background looks good too!

I know you're ready for the winter chill. :)

Flat Creek Farm said...

very pretty - great idea!! and I love your setting :) Merry Christmas, Fellow Bee Girl.. wishing you and your family all things merry and bright! -Tammy

Madge Bloom said...

Hoping you and yours have a wonderful day together to celebrate the meaning of Christmas ~ faith, family and friends.