My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
photo Gridley Graves for Country Living

Ready for Tomorrow?

Hello Everyone!
I am on my way in to the store to complete a few last minute projects and thought I would share a couple of pics with you.

So many things to do little time!

These hydrangeas are from my garden and I poured these candles in vintage goblets!
They are soy candles and scented with a wonderful french fig fragrance!

Rebecca will be here at noon to start her setup and I ...
well, I have about 100 things I didn't get to finish but will in the next few weeks.

I played outside with Tinker too long!

And the things I usually have made for this event....
didn't get done!

Oh well!

We still have several weeks before most of us start our Holiday Decorating and Christmas Shopping!
So they will be at the store and in my etsy shoppe by Thanksgiving (hopefully)
Here is an urn made up for the holidays with vintage globes for outdoor lights!

I thought they looked like that's just how I used them!
Glass snowballs!

Wouldn't this make a grand entry to your home?

Much, much more to come and don't forget...
Tracey is coming to capture things from her perspective as well!

Until next time...


  1. It all looks so beautiful! I know your hard work will pay off and the open house will be spectacular!

  2. Hi sweet friend! I can not tell you how excited I am to come tomorrow!!! And I'm bringing 2 friends who are equally excited! My plan is to be there around 9 so I can have a little bit of time to take some overall photos before the place is completely jam packed and then I will work on more as people come in. I'm assuming you will be there by 9 :))

    Hugs ~

    :) T

  3. Absolutely beautiful! I love the vintage globes in the urn!

  4. Looks like it is going to be glorious. I can't wait to see your pics and Tracy's. I would love to know how you did the candles. What a great idea. Also, the urn. Simply Splendid!!

    Wonderful wishes for a wonderful event.

  5. I love those glass snowballs Donna! What a clever idea :) Hope you are taking a moment to breathe!!

  6. I am so excited, I coming to the open house tomorrow! I can't wait to meet you! Hope you'll let me take pictures for my blog!

  7. It looks incredible and I know how you're feeling. Too much to do and not enough time.
    I'll be thinking of You!

  8. Have a nice day tomorrow......give Tracey my greetings and love......warm hugs from me Ria...

  9. So gorgeous! I love wintry white! Good luck with everything, though I love the holidays they can be so incredibly stressful - yikes! XX!

  10. Hi Donna,
    Alas, I can't make it this year! BUMMER! I hope that one of these days I am able to come. I think you are only an hour away from my sons place. BEAUTIFUL photos and I can't wait to see the rest!

  11. Just gorgeous, Donna! Best wishes with the open house! Off to check out your Etsy shop to see if any of this has made it's way...


  12. Donna those globes are wonderful! sure wish I could come! Lezlee

  13. Donna your glowing snowballs are ingenious!!! The urn looks fantastic with these icy looking snowballs inside!
    Oh I so wish I could come to Tipton tomorrow and to meet you, Rebecca and Tracey would be the icing on the cake!
    Good luck for tomorrow and I wish you all lot's of fun too!
    xoxo~ Carola

  14. Love the lights! Unfortunately could not make the trip to visit family this weekend so I cannot visit your open house. A little pouting going on here.

  15. Love the globes and urn!! That gives me a great idea to try myself!!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Have a beautiful weekend~~

  16. Donna sweet, I hope it all went wonderfully! I already know that it had to have. Put you and Rebecca in the same room, and how could it not. I cannot wait to see more!
    love and big hugs...

  17. I love the idea of the snowball globes!! Just gorgeous! Can't wait to find out about how the weekend went!

  18. So gorgeous!! I should try to recreate that urn... how did you hide the cord? Hope you are well! xo

  19. Donna you always make my heart go pitter-pat when I stop in...just love your idea to use the globes in the urn!!! Have a wonderful week and all the best to you ;-) Hugs ~ Rebecca

  20. well my friend, i've seen pics around blog world and i can tell you really knocked it out of the park. gorgeous beyond words donna. one of these days i'm gonna see your talent in person.



  21. Donna, there are so many wonders that I can't pick just one! Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing the joy. judy

  22. The mixture of textures in the glass globes, sparkle holiday ornaments, twigs and ribbons is what really makes the arrangement have character. Very well done!
    thanks for sharing.


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