I have finally gotten around to decorating the foyer for Christmas.
I started decorating early this year, thinking I would get it all done, and then be able to sit back and enjoy the greenery and twinkling lights. But, you know what they say about “best laid plans…”.
I had carpal tunnel surgery a couple of weeks ago on my right hand, and that has slowed me down just a bit, so I’m just now getting the decorating finished.
Bringing some Christmas spirit into the foyer was pretty easy by using fresh pine garland, white lights, and some vintage pieces that I’ve had for years.
I loosely draped the fresh pine garland on the stair railing and then tied on sparkly gold ribbon.
I actually didn’t buy enough garland, so it doesn’t go all the way around the balcony. I don’t think I realized how long the railing is!
I added a couple of of gold Christmas ornaments to the bottom of the stair railing for a little bit of glam at the beginning of the hand rail.
I’ve had this large antique angel that came out of a closed Catholic church in St. Louis for several years. I actually found it at an auction in a very small rural community near where we live. It stuck out like a sore thumb among all the tools and primitives.
Her wings were missing when I bought her, but I was able to find some gilded metal wings, and with a little modification, they fit perfectly on her back now.
I stood her on an old salvaged plaster capital in order to elevate her to about six feet. She has a staff that holds a candle and I topped her with a gilded crown. She’s chippy, and a bit shabby, and I absolutely cherish her.
With the cement lamb at her feet, she’s the perfect guardian to herald in the special day.
Many years ago, I found a nursery that sold grapevine trees, so I bought quite a few in different sizes. I don’t see them sold in the stores anymore, but every year at Christmas, I pull them out of storage and wrap them in white lights. They make a quick and easy display.
I draped the gold mirror in fresh garland and entwined it with white lights.
An old stone birdbath, that I have used all over the house with different displays, was perfect to elevate a special piece.
I filled the bowl with fresh greenery (check with your local home and garden center, they will give you the trimmings from the Christmas trees on their lot), and then nestled in the center a sweet antique Infant Jesus statue in a wooden manger.
Surrounding the Christ Child are some of my collection of old nativity sheep.
I was going to try and put a tree in the foyer, but decided that there really wasn’t enough room, so the little grapevine trees will have to do this year.
I know you’ve been waiting to see the littlest fur angel….Miss RubyLou is almost eight months old and she has brought such joy into our home. She’s pure energy, a love sponge, and very intelligent.
Recently I found some little feathered angel wings and knew that they were perfect for our little angel.
She is so easy to work with and loves posing to have her picture taken.
She has stolen our hearts.