Thursday, December 11, 2014

Southern Magnolia Decorating

It seems like it was only a little while ago 
I was decorating last year with Magnolia leaves and branches.

Here we are in a new season and my tradition continues.

I shared my wreaths and garlands from last year a few weeks ago.
Those creations are long gone
but this years cuttings have been in the garage in a bucket
staying fresh  and waiting to be brought inside.

Today I gathered the branches and lay them out on the garage floor
to see how and which ones to use for a swag, wreath and garland.

This years leaves are huge!

After creating the shape,
I use painters tape to hold the stems together.
Once I like the shape and design I add a wire for hanging.

It looks something like this and ready to add a ribbon and hang.

And here it is over the inspirational art piece I hung over my sofa this year.
You noticed the ribbon is off center. 
I like to do that as I find it more pleasing then always having everything even.
Love the look over this Woodland themed art
by Dona Gelsinger.

Next I created a wreath.
Different from the design of last year.
This one is smaller and shaped a little different.

Using a green Styrofoam ring from the Dollar Store,
I hot glue the leaves all around the top, inside and out.

Add jute to the back for hanging.

Then I added silver stars also from the Dollar Tree and a red ribbon for color.

This one's a unique shape
and hangs in my kitchen.
Like nature, 
it doesn't have to be perfect!

I used the branches left over to top my dining room hutch and family room cabinet

I also added little lights for an evening glow.

Dressed in white with glittery trees and vintage ornaments.

The family room is topped in a different way. 
Instead of a flat look like the dining room,
I did this one grouped in the center
around the birdcage.

This cabinet displays all my blue and white 
dishes with snow village and trees.

The little picture on the top right in the collage below,
is my parents one Sunday going off to church.

This was a few years before they passed away.

These Southern Magnolia Decorations
will last about 3 weeks.
Long about the new year, they will be ready to keep dry or toss out.
That's okay though because my tree will supply another
bunch of cuttings for next year.

Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments.

Welcome to my new followers.
So nice to have you along.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Celestina Marie


Anonymous said...

Good Morning, I love magnolia trees and your cuttings have made lovely swags and wreaths. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas and I adore the photo of your parents. We miss our loved ones each day, but especially at the holidays, don't we? Wishing you a very nice Thursday.

Dianna said...

Celeste, I loved it all...but especially the way you decorated the top of your hutch in the dining room and also the one in the family room. They both are beautiful. Your decorating is always in such good taste...always. Hugs to you, my friend, and wishes for a wonderful weekend.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Your touches with the magnolias are beautiful! You are so lucky to be able to collect them right at home from your tree! The hutches are beautiful. Love the vintage ornaments, glittery trees and the snow village pieces!

Sola Scriptura said...

I'm not familiar with magnolia trees, but thanks to you I can see how beautiful they are when used to make swags and wreaths.

Anonymous said...

I love fresh Magnolia leaves! Your choice of adding Magnolia leaves really added fullness to your garlands!They looks so pretty on top of your hutches. Your wreaths are so pretty and festive! The photo of your parents is so sweet. I know you miss them. It seems the holidays bring back so many precious memories for me; my mother passed away 24 years ago. Your home is so pretty and festive! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Junkchiccottage said...

Very pretty. Love your homemade Magnolia wreaths and swags. They are beautiful.

LJS said...

Celestina, Our Magnolia tree leaves created a beautiful fantastic evergreen look. Thanks for surprising me with your hard work again!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I love magnolia leaves and you have created some beautiful Christmas decorations with yours!

Stephanie said...

I had no idea you could do this with Magnolia leaves. Your greenery looks so pretty, my friend.

And seeing glimpses of your home is simply magical! Have a wonderful day. Love and hugs!

Valerie-Jael said...

You have made fantastic use of your leaves, your wreaths and garlands are wonderful. Hugs, Valerie

1CardCreator said...

Love your wreaths and the top of your china cabinet too, they all look stunning. ~Diane

TexWisGirl said...

very pretty!

Debbie Harris said...

How beautiful are those creations you have made, dear Celestina!
Magnolias do not grow on these parts of the country but I know of a florist in the area that supplies them, in fact, the name of the shop is Magnolia's.
Your dining room hutch is absolutely gorgeous! And that photo of your parents going to church, priceless.
What a lovely visit this was.
Bless you today.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Your Magnolia leaves you beautifully crafted into your swags and wreaths look gorgeous and regal. I have always loved the elegance Southern homes present during the Holidays. Here in the North East we have boxwood and pine and fir greens made into wreaths.
Which I also love, thank you for sharing all the beauty you create.

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! Oh, the magnolia leaves are gorgeous, especially the way you've arranged them! Your talent is never ending. I love your hutches with all of the Christmasing!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Celestina what beauty you have created. I love them all, they are so perfect and really display the Christmas spirit. Especially love the first one over that beautiful painting..Happy Thursday..Judy

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love magnolia leaves!! Everything looks so pretty Celeste!

Cynthia said...

Celeste I'm so jealous. I love magnolia leaves. I know I've told you this before. The wreath you came up with is perfect


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening beautiful friend! I came earlier from school off my tablet but I couldn't comment, but how I love these magnolia leaves and how fortunate that you have them in your area. We do have magnolia trees, but the leaves are all off now for us!

Your arrangements are gorgeous and I imagine that walking into your home must be enchanting with all the perfectly arranged beauty.

The weekend is coming, I have finals week then I'm off for two weeks. I AM SO THRILLED!

Much love! Anita

Deborah Montgomery said...

Those magnolia leaves are gorgeous, and add such Southern charm and elegance to your home. Lovely to have natural touches in your home, and also you don't have to worry about storing them.
The hutch looks beautiful, and what a nice picture of your parents.
I saw your skates over at Stephanie's -- beautiful!!

Okio B Designs said...

The wreath with the stars: just stunning!


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh I love your magnolia leave decorations - everything is perfect.
You do such beautiful work. Love the hutch with all your pretties. What a great picture of your parents.
Have a wonderful weekend.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the magnolia pieces that you pretty!

CoziNest Antiques & Decor said...

I love simplicity during the holidays. This is simple and yet, so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

farmhouse-story said...

your magnolia creations are beautiful, celeste! lucky you to have a tree:) and your lighted cabinets are so charming, esp. with a picture of your partents:) thanks for sharing this great project with us!

Julie Marie said...

So pretty Celeste... all of your magnolia decorations are just lovely!... I love your hutch full of your blue and white china and your little villages... and especially love the beautiful photo of your mama and daddy ready for church... much love, xoxo... Julie Marie

Donna said...

Oh wow! Your magnolia leaves are just gorgeous, Celestina! I love your wreathes, and above your hutches they are just gorgeous. And I am totally drooling over the pretty displays in your dining cabinet and beautiful white hutch. The photo of your parents is special, and the bottle brush trees are perfect. I would hire you in a heartbeat to decorate our house if we lived closer:)

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Beautiful, beautiful, and beautiful. I love the idea of the off-center bow. I would never have thought to do that, and it's so unexpected. Both of your china cabinets look gorgeous. I really miss my Magnolia tree at our previous home. laurie

Alessandra said...

Gorgeous! Your magnolia ornaments are gorgeous! The white cabinet is absolutley beautiful!!! I love it very much and your blue and white porcelain is fantastic.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

I am so envious. To have your own magnolia tree. your decor is lovely. Love the garland...natural elements are always wonderful. Hope your weekend is great! Happy holidays....xoxo

FrenchGardenHouse said...

So beautiful! I love decorating with fresh greens too, yours are stunning. Thank you for sharing your holiday home, I'ver enjoyed visiting, especially love your blue and white and the picture of your mom and dad..precious! Merry Christmas! xo Lidy

Debbie said...

Your decorations made with Magnolia leaves are lovely, Celestina! They add a richness to your home for the holidays.
Just beautiful!

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

I would absolutely love to have my own magnolia tree! Their leaves are a long time favorite of mine. You made perfect use of them too in your lovely home.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

I've always wanted a magnolia tree. Your swags and wreaths look so pretty Celestina. I love the photo of your parents headed to church. So sweet. A special special photo for sure.
We have about 200 cedar trees on our property.. not Christmas but more for privacy but they're green all year long. I'm thinking about making a wreath that I could easily change the cedar out during the year. We'll see. Hope you're having a good Monday.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

Aren't the Magnolia leaves so shiny and glossy and I love the swags and wreaths you have made from them.
Your home is looking so cozy and magical with all your gorgeous touches for Christmas.
Hope you are enjoying the week
dear friend
Blessings and hugs

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..