What do you do when you have a holiday house tour planned that you’ve worked on at length, only to realize you’ve completely ignored the front door? I’ll admit, I love a challenge, so coming up with a makeshift “alternative wreath” was just the thing in order. A quick perusal of the items I had left in my arsenal revealed two faux greenery branches, so I had the beginnings of what would become my bejeweled greens for a holiday welcome.I wasn’t exactly sure what I had in mind but I figured I better ‘build’ the base first, so I crisscrossed the two branches and joined them with a rubber band. Then I tied the top with a bow, but one made from a lovely plaid silk scarf.Next it was time to embellish the greens. I think this idea came from the fact that I love all things vintage and had I had the time, or an existing collection, I would have gone for tiny vintage ornaments. But in their absence, my mind went to my vintage pin collection.First up was my grandmother’s cameo. It’s not the first time I’ve used it in decor. You can see it in my vintage brunch table setting. I also used her marcasite monogram pin seen in the photo above this.This is another marcasite pin I had in my collection, this one found at an antique market. I liked that the circular shape mimicked that of a classic round ornament.I added some tiny ornaments for good measure, as well as for color and cheer.This piece is an old favorite, and is actually an earring. I bought it years ago at the Soho Gallery for Wearable Art. The dangling marionette is a cupid and is only on one half of the earring set, while the other side is a much smaller post earring.As a music fan, of course I had to have a musical note pin. There’s also a tiny guitar on the other side of the greens. When I wear them as pins, I wear the two together on a lapel.This is one of my faves, a little golden pin that looks wonderful on a ascot. It has the feel of a large tie bar.The finished product was nothing if not a personal statement. Of course, I won’t leave my jewelry on the outside of my front door, so I’ve moved it inside to add to my house tour. Please stop back tomorrow for the full tour!
This post is part of the Blogger Christmas Series, a series of holiday group posts running for the next few weeks. The other wonderful blog posts are linked below. Please take your time and visit them at your leisure.
Linking with Inspiration Monday, YourDesignsThisTime, The Dedicated House, BNOTP, Inspire Me Monday, Inspire Me Tuesday, Coastal Charm Tuesday, The Scoop, Twirl and Take a Bow, Wow Us Wednesdays, Home and Garden Thursday, Jan Olson Thursday, Beyond The Picket Fence Vintage, From My Front Porch to Yours, Feathered Nest Friday, Show and Tell Friday, Shabby Nest Frugal Friday, Funky Junk Interiors, Best of the Weekend Party, Thoughts from Alice Sundays, Silver Pennies Sundays.