Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Winter Centerpiece

Thank you so much for all the sweet comments about my calendar envelopes and Grace says thank you too, for the encouraging comments about her work in the kitchen!

Calendar
Today I want to share an idea for a winter centerpiece. My mom got me this Marjolein Bastin calendar for Christmas and I was inspired by the January picture. Marjolein is one of my favorite artists and does beautiful work.

Basket
Here is my version of her winter basket.

Centerpiece
I lined the basket with ivy and filled it with apples, pinecones and mixed nuts and berries.

Apples

Bow
I also added a red bow to one of the handles.

Centerpiece
The house always looks so bare after putting the Christmas decorations away, this helps to cheer things up again! Thank you for looking!

43 comments:

MammyT said...

Looks so nice Kelli. We have put out a variety of pink candles and a big clear cylindrical vase with a branch of forsythia that is budding. It's hard to know which way to go at this time of year. You gotta do something!
Nancy

Brenda said...

Oh I LOVE it. I hated the drab look when I took all my stuff down also. That piece great. Don't tell her,but I like yours better.

Mrs.B said...

I have that exact same calendar for this year! I just love her artwork. (o:

Blessings,
~Mrs.B

rohanknitter said...

That is so pretty and cheerful - great idea!

Susie said...

Looks lovely Kelli!
xo

Stephanie said...

That is beautiful and what a great idea !
Thank you for sharing :)

Jennifer said...

How pretty! And I started making my own calendar envelopes today. We are going to use them for Valentine's Day cards

Susan P. said...

That is so pretty and will surely "brighten" up those dark winter days!

Jessica said...

I'm glad you took the time to tell us about this centerpiece. I noticed it in the background of your table setting in your previous post (Gracie's cooking) and I thought it was striking. I've been trying to find just the right thing for my table and this is a great idea.

Dawn said...

I have that same calendar...as do my daughters and daughter in law...
Gifts to us from my mom-in-law.
Gotta love anything MB.
Very nice centerpiece, Kelli.

Amy said...

I agree, her art work is beautiful. I have several items of hers that I've received as gifts and picked up at garage sales, and I frame her cards because they are so pretty.

Karen said...

Kelli, that is so pretty! I wouldn't have thought of a centerpiece like this. I have a candle or fruit on my table during the winter, but I like your idea better.

Judy said...

Very pretty Kelli, I kept my Christmas planter just so that I could have some kind of winter centerpiece.

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh it is lovely. And edible too! Someday soon when I get the camera fixed I'll have to post belated show and tells. A couple of years ago I found these really cute tall red vases (I think) at Big Lots of all places. They have cute Chirstmas trees on one side. I put them on the fireplace. Then when I took down all the other things I turned them around with the trees facing the fireplace and added red candles sticks with chunky white candles and some other white stuff and left it all up through Feb. I also had saved a red berry wreath and replaced the Christmas one with it hanging from a mirror over the fireplace. Are you going to use the calendar for cards next year?

Tracy said...

It's so beautiful, Kelli! What a lovely and accurate re-creation!

Becky said...

I agree that a winter home needs a little sparkle after Christmas. You have done it well!!

Cheryl (Copper's Wife) said...

Nicely done, Kelli!

Jodi said...

Kelli ~ It looks beautiful! What a great idea for inspiration! Many years ago ;o), I worked in a flower shop. Even floral designers sometimes use pictures for design ideas.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I really like it, Kelli. It is a bright cheery spot :-)

Linda said...

Hi Kelli, I love her art work too.. Anything with nature always appeals to me. A lovely inspiration...and your basket is beautiful. Linda

Mrs. C said...

Lovely!

Penless Thoughts said...

Beautiful as always!
Susan

Mrs. U said...

Kelli, you are SO talented!! The arrangement is sooo pretty!! You could start a business selling your lovely arrangements!!

His,
Mrs. U

Mrs.T said...

How beautiful, Kelli! And what a wonderful idea to copy the centerpiece from the artwork. I love Marjolein Bastin's work, as well. Hmmm.. I think I have everything on hand I would need to make a basket like this one. Would you mind if I borrowed your idea?

Thanks for sharing!

Dani said...

Your centerpiece is beautiful, how neat to have pulled inspiration from your calendar.
Dani

TJ said...

I guess we have to put our Christmas decorations away first, before our house looks bare!

This is a great idea though! I always want to put some bright things out in January, since it is so long and dreary.

Tori said...

Very nice, you have such a good eye, that should dress the place up a bit in absence of the holly and mistletoe. *Ü*

Heather said...

I love it when inspiration comes from such unexpected places - a calendar, no less! Who would have thought? I love your centerpiece! I've been staring at 3 lovely pine cones on my counter for a week now trying to think what to do with them - now I know! Thank you! Again!

Bovey Belle said...

What a lovely idea. We have a big dough trough with our fruit in it, but I love your decoration. Right, I shall give my bowl a revamp with some greenery too. Jennie

Storybook Woods said...

Oh Kelli, just lovely. xoxox Clarice

Jackie said...

You did a wonderful job of your January basket. I do know what you mean about the house looking bare after the Christmas decorations are put away.

Betty said...

I like your version of the basket so much better than the one the artist painted. You are so talented.

Autumn said...

It all looks very nice.
I am going to be trying trying to make those calendar notecards!

Gena said...

That is just beautiful. What a great idea and it looks so good on your table.

I still have my snowmen up, then they'll leave in a bit to be replaced by hearts, hearts and more hearts.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Beautiful winter basket! I feel the same way about the house looking bare after Christmas. Such a grand idea!

Katherine

Stephanie said...

Hi Kelli ~

Its me again ..... I tagged you to do a fun little questionaire thing , its on my blog :)

Have a great evening !

Sharon said...

That is just beautiful!

:0) Sharon

Missy said...

beautiful! send some of your talent my way :)

blessings,
missy

Mrs. Staggs said...

It looks so pretty Kelli, and is a bright spot, on a winter's day.

I enjoy Majolein Bastin's illustrations so much. Thank you for the link.

PEA said...

I've always loved Marjolein Basten and you certainly did capture that painted basket with fruits and nuts perfectly! It looks wonderful as a centerpiece!! xox

Jen said...

What a great idea....any ideas on a wreath for the front door in these cold winter months?

Kelly (The Barefoot Mama) said...

So festive and elegant, Kelli! I love the use of such warm, inviting colors during the chilly winter months. Your home is always so lovely! You need a Bed and Breakfast. ;)

wendy said...

so inspiring, simple yet effective, i love it, thanks for sharing.
wendy xxx