Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas at the Flower Patch Farm

They're baaaaaa-aaaack!

Nothing says Christmas around here like the creepy babies.

Man, I just love 'em. I don't know why. I know they scare some of my family and friends.

I think it goes back to my fierce loyalty to all things underdog.

In the grand Christmas scheme, I would call decades-old plastic babies the underdogs. Wouldn't you?

My seasonal decorating has taken a turn for the hodgepodge this year.

I was on the trail of color.

And free.

It came to me in a vision - I have an overgrown boxwood bush in the back yard.

Roughly five years ago I special ordered boxwood wreaths to hang from five of my most prominent windows (in our old house). They were lovely.

But this year, I clipped my lovely for free and called it a day.

It pains me that it took me three Christmases in this house to get with the program.

My zeal for some zest also inspired me to slow roast a passel of oranges.

It was supposed to take four hours, but it took eight.

I had to set the alarm twice to check on them during the night.

They were supposed to be done by 11 pm!

These beauties were unrelenting.

But my house smelled like a Dreamsicle for two days running and they look so pretty in the window.

In a stroke of serendipity, I found the *perfect* green polka-dotted ribbon for $0.10 at a thrift store.

Sweet Cheeks and Jabber Jaws brought home another fantastico decoration from church.

These beat special ordered boxwoods any day of the week.

Then, there's the newspaper tree.

I loved it then.

I love it now.

I love it most at night, but not enough that I have taken a photo of it this year, so last year's photo is pinch-hitting. Everyone pitches in at Christmastime.

Silas has broken three of these already.

R.I.P.

As much as I love this newspaper tree, I didn't entirely live up to my color crave.

So, I did what anyone would do - I hauled dead tree branches in, cut them up and painted them (with Rubester's help) with old craft paint.

There's just something so therapeutic about painting sticks and hot gluing them together.

I wish I had made a triple batch.

Finally, the Shiny Brites made it out of storage this year, and couldn't be happier.


I keep them in the kitchen though. There's still some bad blood between them and the newspaper tree.


63 comments:

  1. Of course I love the shiny brites... I put some "under" a cloche too, however even with no little people in my house I wasn't brave enough to use a plate, I used a bowl!

    And I say it isn't Christmas until a few ornaments have been broken ;)

    Chris

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  2. You have a beautiful home. I love how all the found things come together and make your house a home.

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  3. great stuff missy. I would steal that wreath if given your address. Those babies want to live with me and my creepy Santa doll!! Why do you taunt me with it!!

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  4. oh I love it! Creepy babies and all.
    And your painted stick snowflakes... well honey, they are incredible!! But it all pales in comparison to that orange garland. That very well be the first thing I copycat next year!
    Happy Christmas

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  5. I like the bad blood line...

    too funny.

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  6. I love how you decorate! I'm not the decorating type and my decorating daughter lives in her own place now. Bummer! I'm loving the dried oranges tho... might have to try that one. :)

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  7. where do you come up with this stuff? it's a gift man. A gift. A painted twig hot glue gun gift.

    It's all gorgeous. Even the creepy babies. My mom has ornaments of creepy babies like that. They have wings though, do yours? Anyway, it brings back memories. tear.
    Okay, not a tear. Just being dramatic.

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  8. I love so many things - the citrus garland, the gorgeous trees, even the creepy babies!

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  9. I love it ALL! That newspaper tree is so beautiful. I am totally jealous of your stick snowflakes and why I never thought of it. They are wonderful and would look great on my tree too. You can do them any color--how great is that? Love your children’s wreathes over the windows too. The antique, scary babies wreath--awesome! :)
    Amy

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  10. Wow...just beautiful. Everything looks so lovely together. My fav is the orange garland. So fantastic...

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  11. You have such a beautiful home! Give us a tour!

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  12. You crack me up! Very pretty decor around the old farmhouse.

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  13. those stick snowflakes do take the cake and eat it too... what a great idea!!!

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  14. Shannan you are too much. Rub it in my face why don'tcha that we don't even HAVE a tree this year. Oy vey. We did do Christmas art tonight, so that's got to count for something.

    Love your stick-therapy. Super cute. And I must know more about the newspaper tree. Do tell.

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  15. Love the newspaper chain! When my kids were younger, I used to have them make "chains of kindness"...on each link I'd write something nice they did. Each one had their own and they'd be tripping over themselves trying to be caught being nice to each other so he or she could have the longest chain (that was the rule - they couldn't just report to me that they'd done something nice.) Eventually we'd connect the chains and put them on the tree, and I'd give them a special treat for working so hard to be good. I think I need to institute the chain of kindness again - although my 12 year old would rather eat brussel sprouts than be nice to his sister right about now! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home! Those little babies are interesting!

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  16. I love the creepy baby wreath! It's fab-u-lous! The rest of your house is beautiful. Merry Christmas!

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  17. Dear Creepy Baby Wreath Lady,

    This may be old news, I do not know, but I especially love...your tree trunk! How nifty is that? My tree is lying on the floor next to the sofa. I think it has jet lag from its trip down the mountain...or maybe it 'tis I who am too plum tuckered to do anything aboot it.

    Your house looks lovely!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  18. Love the newspaper tree! So cute

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  19. you make me smile...your decorations are just beautiful!!!

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  20. those little painted sticks are c.u.t.e! And the other night I kept looking at your kitchen window wondering what was hanging up in there - little did I know (or guess) it was oranges. Great idea! As always, you have a beautiful home :)

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  21. oops - stinking google. well, you know who i am...just different account ;)

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  22. What a great way to display old ornaments safely! Love the pretties in a jar look!

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  23. Your tree looks like something from out of a Hallmark movie. I love it!

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  24. love it all..so simple and oh so green!!!
    orange recipe please??!!!
    Blessings~

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  25. I can't wait to see it all in person. That orange banner is TDF, I tell you! Wonderful idea. And of course, I've always loved the vintage ornaments! And those greens are fun too!

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  26. Your tree is GORGEOUS. Love how creative you are with the sticks and orange banner thingy. The little babies do creep me out just a little, but not too bad. Soooo cute!!!

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  27. FP Farmgirl - I'm not sure what I like more - the painted sticks or the new and improved boxwood wreaths. I'm thinking the new and improved boxwood wreaths. Just precious.

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  28. beautiful beautiful beautiful!!
    i love the creepy plastic angelbeings!
    i really love the newspaper tree & i really really love the shiney brights. could keep 'em out all year
    xoxo

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  29. Everything is so beautiful! I am the charlie brown girl, myself. From now on, I will call it underdog decorating. WE have the tiniest trees because I feel sorry for them. We have 12 though, so I hope it makes up for it!

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  30. Your decorations are great!!!! I also love the wreath with the "babies" so fun!!!!!

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  31. oh.my.goodnes.....LOVE everything!

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  32. i love the blurry little postscript in your Christmas home tour. the ladder on the wall. i am swooning over that one.

    and i am so relieved to know what happened to the oranges. i have been waiting since thanksgiving you know. and now i am truly thankful.

    xoxo

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  33. wow. those orange slices. i can't get over them. can you send me the 'recipe'? what a home, friend. you make it so warm. xo

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  34. The orange garland is so cute! I love it! Totally worth the 8 hour roast (I say this as the one who did not have to get up twice to check on them) Your house is adorable! Very cozy & Christmasy. I love it! Except maybe those babies.

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  35. I want creepy wreath. I want it really badly. Love it all! We have paper garland and coffee filter snowflakes this year from the kids. The homemade stuff from them is the best! Almost all my shiny brights are in a tub called long term Christmas - AKA when the kids are bigger! Everett this year broke the tree topper, Jade's childhood ornament, and our first year married ornament which was a glass chicken & has a story(which he really broke it last year, but Jade realized it this year b/c last year I just stuck it in the tree anyway to hide it's brokeness - wow that was a mouthful)! Ev and Silas could be quite the duo! I need to take pictures this year to share - I've been slacking :)

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  36. YES! the baby wreath. I think that was the first post of yours I read last year. I was hooked.

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  37. Merry Christmas !
    Everything is so beautiful!

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  38. Your place welcomed me into peace today.
    *Thank you*

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  39. Oh man, I found a whole bag of those little creepy babies at a garage sale in Iowa last year. And I gave them to my sister, as part of a joke gift. If I'd know you loved those things, I would have sent them to you. :-)

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  40. Wow!!! You ARE creative!!! Your decos are just great. And that tree is truly OTT. Love it!

    The shiny brites look just beautiful too.

    Happy Christmas to you all! xx

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  41. I am so seriously in love with the inside of your house!! Love that tree by the way!

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  42. I love your home. The garland is amazing. Silly question: do you have to make one each year?

    Also, you should come and enter my giveaway: livingwiththelowrys.blogspot.com.

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  43. Those oranges are so unique and pretty! One of the most unusual (in a good way) decorations I've seen this year.

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  44. This has nothing to do with creepy babies, but I made the noodly bean soup again tonight. We have declared it a favorite.

    bye

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  45. The newspaper tree is beautiful! I have been meaning to do my Christmas "tour." I need to get myself in gear and take some photos!

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  46. Absolutely gorgeous! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  47. k, those babies are creepy, but I appreciate your appreciation of them. I love your orange slice garland...and the house smelling like creamsicles is certainly an added bonus.

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  48. Creepy babies! Bad blood! This was just an adorable post! Both to look at and to read!!!
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  49. i just had to say that you must keep the babies! it has to be your tradition! It's a must. Do you realize that your daughter will want those babies one day when she's old to remind her of christmas at home as a child.

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  50. Everything looks so pretty! I love the newspaper tree, how creative!!!!

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  51. Hey you. Love your Christmas decor! Just wanted you to know I posted your story today. Sent you an email too!

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  52. Love, love, love! I'm a long-time reader, not-very-good commenter :)

    I tried the oranges one time and they shriveled some - would love to hear how yours kept their shape so well, I would love to try them again, but will learn from you and start earlier in the day!

    Merry Christmas!
    Monica

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  53. Wow - I love that wreath (even the creepy babies!) and that orange garland is fantastic!

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  54. Everything looks just beautiful! I think I'm going to have to try that orange garland...I'll just have to remember to start earlier in the day, ha!

    I just became a follower and can't wait to come back and read more! Merry Christmas!

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  55. looks so pretty. SO PRETTY!!!

    please tell my you know the steel magnolias line "i cleaned them out of baby jesus's!"
    i loooove that wreath with creepy babies.
    LOVE.

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  56. Wow...I am late to the party but quick question....can my little family wake up to your Christmas morning? It is delightful to the eye and the soul. Love it all...my son LOVES those creepy babies too. :)

    Cheers~
    e

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  57. Those are mardi gras babies!! We find those in our mouths when eating mardi gras cakes down south. Whoever finds the baby buys the next king cake!

    They are kind of creepy when they're on a wreath...

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  58. How did you roast your oranges?! :)Love them! Just in the oven super low?

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  59. Shannan - those creepy babies totally creep me out!
    I would deal with them for a visit...but I couldn't live with them.
    (Or, know they were in the closet at St. Patrick's Day planning a break-out of their jailhouse rubbermaid.)

    Have you ever been to Bucca Di Peppo's restaurant?
    Lots of creepy babies.
    But, since the food and people are so great - I can deal :)

    Love the oranges.
    And, the shiney-brites.
    This year mine are in a tarnished silver basket.

    Thanks for the trip down your home's Memory Lane.
    ~ Dana

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  60. In searching craft ideas online i stumbled on your page. U have some very creative and inexpensive ideas. I get the paper and i believe I'm going to try the garland one. I am curious tho about the orange garland??? No directions on cooking them in the oven. Ok i can roast them in the oven on low but I'm also not sure if they are to be dried out completely?? Please send me the info or the page where i might can find the directions. Thank you, and thank you for all the great recycling ideas. Tish

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  61. You make trash and nature look SO DARN GOOD!! High five!

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