Sunday, December 8, 2013


Gloria, gloria in excelsis deo. . .
my Choral Director selects the most wonderful choral pieces!
I adore raising my voice in praise during worship
and the selection of Christmas music is exceptional again this year!

My heart quickened when I spied this gilded petite frame 
@ Robin's Vintage Suitcase
while vacationing this Autumn in Springfield, Missouri.

I think I envisioned its sole purpose as Christmas decor.

Christmas On Crooked Creektt continues into the Entry Hall.

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I began with a white runner featuring gold and silver Snowflakes.
At the back of the console table, 
I placed my distressed gray bi~fold shutters.

Two long sprigs of berries and leaves, within my subtle color palette,
were extended by simply tucking the ends beneath the opposite sprig.

I cut apart a 3~piece floral and began tucking it randomly among the leaves.

One seeded pod. . .

then two seeded pods. . .

and finishing with the third seeded pod.

bringing in more of the gold and silver,
I added gilded and glittered magnolia leaf sprigs.

The first, placed behind the seeded pod. . .

to extend the length, 
I added the second magnolia sprig 
to the front of the swag.

Wanting to keep the natural elements within my vignette,
I added faux birch battery candles to the left side of the distressed shutter.

Because there are no outlets in the Entry Hall On Crooked Creektt,
I use battery or burning candles and votives.

This year, I was thrilled to find a string of petite, battery 
silver mercury glass ornaments. . .perfect for the console table!

Yes!!! These lights really are that bright!!!

I adore the ambient lighting that now fills On Crooked Creektt's Entry Hall!

Before. . .


My original design for this vignette was changed 
when suddenly an Angel appeared before me. . .my first Santos!

I am so smitten with her gentle expression!
I can almost hear her speaking, "Be not afraid".

Her subtle hue brings tranquility 
while her petite stature makes her easy to tuck into vignettes.

My Little Santos as she welcomes me 
from On Crooked Creektt's Living Room and Lower Level.

By adding the gilded petite frame containing a random musical score
and the creamy ivory urn filled with palest hued faux florals,
a subtle cohesiveness continues within the Entry Hall vignette.

A 2  1/2" wide creamy ivory and gold ribbon made into a poofy bow
cleverly disguises the stems where the two sprigs meet.

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Assurance. . .
                       my Word for 2013. 

Last October, due to deeply inflamed vocal chords, I lost my voice.

Not only could I not speak a word for weeks, I couldn't vocalize for months.

No Christmas Cantata for me.
During worship, I would rhythmically speak the words 
as all around me joined in song. Unable to utter a single musical note,
I continued to Worship. . .knowing that Christ had led me to chose
carefully, my Word for 2013. . .Assurance.

My voice has returned. . .
ever so softly, and a bit lower range in the beginning.

So~o~o. . .
as each day brings greater progress,
I have returned to raising my voice in praise during worship.
It is my hope to sing at this years Christmas Cantata.

Gloria, gloria in excelsis deo. . .

Until next time. . .

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The Choral selection for this post is in reference to:
Raise Your Glad Voices! by Edwin M. Willmington. . .
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On Crooked Creektt will be joining

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You're sure to  come away with creative inspiring ideas 
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Martha said...

One of my favorite Christmas songs!

Love your hall decor!

Love your new Santos! May you find many more!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Pat, what a pretty runner with the snow flakes! The wood candles are really in, my friend had round chargers made from logs to put lanterns on at her daughters wedding reception

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! Oh, I love your pretty Christmas vignette. The runner is so pretty and I love how you've added the green all along the base too. Lovely Santos. You're on a roll, girlfriend! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Heaven's Walk said... need a career in floral design, girl! That centerpiece is just beautiful!!! I used to sing in our choir (and praise team) too....until the director retired and was replaced by a young guy who really didn't think that having a choir was "hip" enough. :(

Have a great week, sweetie, decorating your darling home!

xoxo laurie

Diane said...

What a pretty post, love the vignette. The best part of Christmas for me is midnight Mass and the Christmas carols! Diane

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Beautiful vignette, Pat! And what a heavenly song!!!! I love the vignette at nights with little lights and candles!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your centerpiece is stunning and I love the tutorial on how you put it together. Gorgeous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty


Gorgeous centerpiece my friend! I love this song and thanks for sharing the tutorial with us! Have fun decorating your lovely home dear Pat! Thanks for coming to visit, I love it when you do!