Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Magazine Inspiration, Green Picnic Tin

I just love magazines. I love the printed page and photographs. I think it's because I can savor them... and then pick them up later and see something completely new. I have magazines from the mid 80's that have just spoken to me. I know we all have favorite images that capture our thoughts and hearts; images that say, "this is me, this is how I feel." That is why I like to keep my header photo changed up. I like change; something new and fresh, that says. "I'm feeling like this today". I may not be able to duplicate that look, but it's something that inspires me.

Last fall I did a couple of posts about "Magazine Inspiration". You can read about them here, and here. So I have in mind to do a few similar posts for this Christmas. I have a subscription to "Midwest Living". I believe they are the same publisher that does "Southern Living", which I also love and subscribe to. Someone there must love vintage, because every issue they have at least one major layout that involves antiques and vintage subject matter. Check out their website, here. Not only will you enjoy great recipes and decorating articles, but you get to see some great places in the Midwest. I live in southern Missouri, so we are at the very bottom of the Midwest, and at the very top of what Southern Living will allow in their magazine. So...I enjoy both.

This photo and article is one from the current November/December 09 issue.

I found this old green picnic tin at an outdoor flea market this last summer. I've had several in the past in better shape, but sold them. dumb. So I thought I'd hang on to this one even though it's a little rusty.


I'm a pretty traditional gal when it comes to Christmas. I have to have a "red and green" theme somewhere! I have a lot of styles and concepts that I love, so I like to dabble with decor. (as you may have noticed) 
My sunroom always reflects the season and "garden-y" things. I love the white wicker as a backdrop for all my quilts and seasonal goodies. Right now it is cold, brrrr. So I can't use it for lounging, but it is right off my kitchen and it's the first thing that I see in the morning besides my coffee cup. I like to keep it bright and cheerful, and that helps keep ME bright and cheerful. OK, well you know, at least it's always something fun out there.

I didn't need the tin for a buffet this Christmas,
 so it's here in the sunroom holding a small faux tree,
(looks real, doesn't it?)
some potpourri, garden tools and some peat pots.

It's definitely Christmas out here!

I'm hoping to show you the rest
 of the sunroom next post.
I have a few more things to put together.
Be sure and wear your sunglasses!

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