Dec 12, 2018

Outside

Still simple.  Still fresh.  Instead of my usual bough, I wanted to use my HUGE basket.  I sprayed it a few years ago with a protective finish when I copied a Pinterest photo .  Still one of my favorite Christmas doors.

With the newly stained house, everything is very dark and the dark blue basket is hardly noticeable so I opted for the bough.  Until …. I thought of a way to add a bit of red for attention.

 I purchased red burlap ribbon and tied it around the basket.  Also used a very cheap craft store basket (I sprayed dark blue) and did the same to our main entry. 
Since I paid a fortune for the new door and it is not glossy paint, I did not want to add a hole for hanging and have the greens scratch the flat paint.  So I used one of Mark's two way hooks to hang it from the light.  I'm more than satisfied.  Who would have thought?  Your eye is drawn to the two spots of red in all the darkness.

I will offer the Christmas giftaway Friday, probably a gift certificate as before so anyone can enter without me worrying about shipping international.

Split pea soup with smoked ham hock in the instant pot tonight.

Later, stitching buds!

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21 comments:

Mugwump Woolies said...

Simple elegance...the very best kind. Happy Holidays!

J Murphy said...

I love simple decorating no matter what the season or holiday. I think simple is more elegant. Handmade & simple that is the way I love to decorate. I have went back through your post & have enjoyed so much reading & laughing. I have gotten so many ideas how to finish my box of things I have cross stitched over the years. I have just gotten back into the cross stitch & have not been able to put it down. I have finally gotten used to my bifocals. Happy Holidays!

rosek1870 said...

Simply beautiful. Love now you decorate. Merry Christmas
Hugs
Rose

Barb said...

The dinner sounds delicious and I love the simplicity of the decorations. I went more simple this year too.

Ms Peppercorn said...

Both doors look stunning.

Ele said...

Your decorations look beautiful. Love the style of the doors, so simple and elegant

C M Designs said...

So very pretty and simple. Love your idea.
Merry Christmas, Marly and family.
Hugs,
Charlotte in Va.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I love your decorating. I know you stress over colors and collections, but I think in the long run you make excellent choices - this door is just an example. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Simply beautiful ❤️❤️❤️

BARBARA SHORES said...

Perfect choices ... All so very primitive and attractive.

Angie said...

I adore your baskets, Marly!
Merry Christmas!

patti hankinson said...

Love it!! So beautiful!!

debbie haggard said...

Very striking- perfect choice for the house and your style!

Loretta said...

Love the simple and beautiful decoration :) Having just replaced our front door and being a little overwhelmed by how much it cost to do so, I also totally appreciate not wanting to put a hole or scratch up the paint on that new door!

Martha Longstreth said...

Simple yet beautiful. Perfect choice! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Truus said...

Love your outside Christmas decorations.
Greetings Truus from Holland

Vickie said...

What a great solution Marly!

Krissy B. said...

Just getting over the flu from Hell. Can you cyber some soup too me? It sounds wonderful and has always been a favorite. I love the top door with the flag. We all need a bit more flag these days to remind us we need to do much to save what little we have left of this great country. Hugs to you.

Carol said...

These are so simple and tasteful--perfect for your home, Marly! Good idea for hanging the basket, too--will have to remember that :)

Mary said...

Love the new door, I agree putting holes in new wood is always difficult. Simple and matches you house perfectly.

Maryann Olsaver said...

Absolutely perfect ❤️

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