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Saturday, December 12, 2009

My new garland and a big heartfelt Thanks!!!

I've been working on this garland for a couple of weeks now and finally feel like I love it. This is thanks to two very talented women who gave me inspiration. Karoline from Cherished Vintage did a tutorial on how to make these paper snowflakes. They are so amazing and easy to make. You can find that tutorial here.

Then, while blog hopping I came upon Miss Sandy's blog, Quill Cottage. Sandy makes the most gorgeous snowflake ornaments. I knew I just had to make some for myself. Sandy has graciously allowed me to "borrow"some of her designs and post about them here. Please go on over to her blog and check out her amazing work. After seeing her stuff the creativity just started flowing out of me and I was making my own designs as well!!!

I'm so thrilled with the finished garland. It's so "me". Thank you ladies for sharing your talent with all of us and giving me a fabulous new garland for my room!


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

My goodness Karen, you have outdone yourself! Your garland is to-die-for! I want it, I want it,
I can imagine the time that went into making such a work of art.
This is the type of garland that I always see in the very, very high-end boutique shops.
I am going to go to their sights and see it I can find some inspiration there as well.
Thanks for sharing such loveliness.

Sandy said...


The garland is fantastic!!! Thank you for the sweet mention. You really did a beautiful job on all your holiday decor, your home is just stunning! Now, can you come over and do mine?

Have a wonderfully blessed holiday!

bj said...

This, my friend, is MAGNIFICENT.
I could never, in a million years, create something so lovely!
Wonderful job..

ohiofarmgirl said...

I did check out their sites and I am going to try some of the snowflakes as a January project. When the Christmas decorations are gone these would be wonderful.
Your garland is just glorious! Dianntha

NicNacManiac said...

You garland is spectacular....tons and tons of unexpected goodies fill this piece!! Your creativity astounds me!! The room is so welcoming and not a speck of red to be found...outstanding job!!
Thanks for the inspiration...maybe next year!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! xOxO Nerina

CFLanger said...

OMGoodness! It's like a fairytale Christmas! How beautiful!

Amy Kinser said...

This is just beautiful! Simply elegant as my mom would say.

God bless.

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

OMG. This has to be the prettiest garland I think I have ever seen. It is GORGEOUS!
Thank you so much for sharing.

Tammy/Yesterday's Cottage said...

I am drooling and oohing and aahing! Sooooooooo beautiful - you are so creative and talented! I just love your blog. Thank you so much for such inspiring ideas and gorgeous eye candy!
Merry Christmas!

Debby said...

Karen, it is stunning, so gorgeous.
Happy Holidays!

Linda K. said...

OMG!! Karen, you and I love the same exact things. I was drooling at the same paper snowflakes! And The Quill Cottage ornament! It's like, did she read my mind? Your garland really is beautiful girl! I haven't had time to try my hand at the paper snowflake this week but next week!!! I just won a some fab sheet music on ebay, a dozen vintage sheet music books, that stuff is addicting! I have an addiction!! Oh my. Love your gorgeous Christmas decor.

Isn't this blogging fun? My house needs a good cleaning too!!

Linda K. said...

p.s. I have so much fun when I visit here...

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

Oh my!! Karen, you've outdone what I thought was fantastic in the past..this is more, more better!! hehe..this is so beautiful. I saw the tut for the paper snowflakes but never tried it. I love all of the ornaments worked into the greenery..it's simply divine! Great design..:0)

Hugs to you,

debi said...

Your Christmas home is Beautiful!!! And your garland is absolutely STUNNING! I love your soft colors!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Just beautiful Karen! Thanks for sharing the link to how to make those darling paper snowflakes! I love them!

I also love how you used crystals for icecicles. Your ideas are so inspirational!


Monica said...

WOW! It's fabulous! Great decor, Karen Valentine!
I love all the silver and that charming touch of vintage!

Unknown said...

Breathtakingly exquisite!, Karen.
Merry Christmas, TTFN ~Marydon

Barb said...

HI Karen,
You did a fantastic job on your garland, it is outstanding!!
Happy Holidays,

The Rustic Victorian said...

Wow, Karen, It is just incredible.
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays

Cristin // Simplified Bee said...

Beautiful decorations! Thank you for the holiday tour.

Merry Christmas and many blessings in 2010.


Viola said...

Just gorgeous, Karen! Your garland looks really fantastic!!

Unknown said...

Your garland is so wonderful. I love it! Great job.

Ruth said...

It is so very beautiful. I love those snowflakes.


Cyn said...

Karen how beautiful! What a great garland!

Charlene said...

Oh Karen all that hard work was soooooooo worth it. The garland & everything on it is perfect. Now I feel like a slacker! WOW you put so much work into that. LOVE IT!!!! Sandy is so very sweet. I have been a fan of hers for a long time. Have a great week. Hugs! Charlene

Unknown said...

Karen, all I can say is, Oh. MY!!!

cherished*vintage said...

Hi Karen!
Your garland is beyond fabulous! I love the addition of the snowflakes. Thanks so much for your kind acknowledgment. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Oh, I just LOVE your garland. And you are so right, the paper snowflakes add a delightful touch! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try to whip up some of these. Well, we'll see how much time this year ~ maybe for next year?

Merry Christmas, Dear

Lisa said...

Wow, that is beautiful! I am so intimidated by any sort of paper cutting. I've always wanted to try snowflakes or something, just looks so hard. You did an amazing job. Lisa

Jan said...

Karen, I so much enjoy visiting your blog. Thank you for sharing your lovely home and ideas with us. Your garland is stunning!


Betty's corner of the world said...

OK Karen ...So I thought I'd just peek at a little more of your blog while I drink the last part of my cold coffee ... and I got stuck! ...OMG!... You are amazing and your home is a 'dream house' ... I thought I'd give up on the decorating cuz it's so late and I still have boxes sitting around to unpack ... Thanks for giving me the kick in the butt that I needed to finish up the job ... You are amazing, talented and inspirational. :^)
Hugz ..Betty

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Karen, your garland is gorgeous! I also loved Karoline's paper snowflakes and would like to make some for the after Christmas decoration.

You inspired me also!!! I just loved the teddy bears on your mantle and so I used two bears for my Christmas decoration. Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!


Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Oh yeah!That's what I'm talking about! It's absolutely gorgeous! Just gorgeous!
bunny hugs,

Anonymous said...

That garland is so lush and beautiful. I agree with commenter Sissie that it looks like something sold in a high-end boutique. Thanks for sharing, and have a Merry Christmas!

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