Sunday, December 2, 2012

Theme Post: Gothidays 2012

Professor Z's Cabinet of Curiosities has challenged everyone to share how they celebrate the holidays. The insomniac  is excited to participate in this event with the pair of Christmas tabletop dioramas completed thus far; the remaining installations to be finished over the next few weeks. Or not. We'll see how it goes.

Because the offspring no longer live at home and will arrive on Christmas Day just in time to eat vast quantities of food, promptly retire to an available couch while moaning dramatically about the over-consumption of vast quantities of food, only to depart with an abundance of leftovers in hand the minute they've become ambulatory again, hauling the 10 foot fir tree in and out of the house no longer seems worth the effort. And while one of them is bound to comment, “Whaaaat - no tree again this year?”, neither of them seem to be banging down the door with offers of help. Besides, the holidays are really all about the food in this family.

One of this year's themes for the Dining Room (which is where most of the Christmas Day action occurs) was created around a recent thrifted purchase - the dangling pine cone ornament hanging from the middle of the buffet. The silver glittered birds were purchased at Christmas three years ago and have remained perched on the pedestal bowl ever since. Black sparkly pillar candles were bought this Hallowe'en and have replaced the purple sparkly candles, which have been donated back to the thrift shop from whence they came.

Although the brown, gold and black theme is quite attractive, it's not something the insomniac  could live with on a permanent basis as it doesn't coordinate well with the wallpaper or the carpet. But once the tinsel bell garland and dangling pine cone ornament are removed, it'll probably be just fine right up until March or thereabouts.

Thrifted silver pieces and natural items ...

Collection of magpie feathers, baby's breath,
bird's eggs and pine cones ...

Gold painted walnuts and peacock feathers - decorating staples ...

Glittered pine cones - another staple ...

The insomniac  relies heavily on the “haul everything out of the cupboards and make a Christmas display out of it by adding some antlers and pine cones” style of decorating, which she is quite certain is a recognized style in decorating magazines these days and is the antithesis of the minimalist style. Generally, each year's display is somewhat different and starts out with some old stained tapestry (see above, under the tea strainer) or some type of handwork that, while very pretty, is not something one could necessarily live with on a year-round basis. The red and black feltwork items below add a sort of folkloric look to this year's Black Forest Antler and Christmas Beer Stein Display.

A Hallowe'en tree with black crystal ornaments, red tinsel ...

... and spider tree topper.

Old fashioned tinsel garland makes any antlers look festive ...

There's something about a stein
that just shouts Bring on the Christmas Beer Cheer ...

Beautiful Hungarian reverse felt applique ...

The Gothidays 2012 week-long blogging event runs until December 8th - please be sure to check out the rest of the participants for their brilliant holiday ideas with a dark twist. And many thanks to Franny for hosting this event - an excellent start to getting us all into the Christmas spirits spirit.

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams of the upcoming festivities. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA

22 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Alexandriaweb! And cheap, too - because we'd far rather spend money on the food than the decorations at Christmas! ;o)

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  2. Magnificent! :D I use painted walnuts, too... though my settings are far less glamorous.

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    1. Spray paint on walnuts, spray paint on pine cones and glitter on everything! Cheap and cheerful Christmas decorations, right? And pshaw - you're too modest. Your settings are just beautiful, filled with lots of things that the insomniac  would love to be able to replicate!! :o)

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  3. This monthly theme was like made for you! :) Beautiful! I lost my chin somewhere on the floor when I saw that pictureframe behind the antlers! I love it!!!

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    1. Why thank you, Sandra! That frame was a lucky eBay win - around $25. And although one misses out on more auctions than she wins, every once in a while a great piece is added to the collection at an even greater price! :D

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  4. OH MY GODDESS!!! Holy smokes, your decor is SO pretty!!! Is that a William Morris pattern on your wallpaper in the first photo? Just delicious!!! Thanks so much for participating!

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    1. Thank you, Professor! Yes, the whole house is done in Wm. Morris - he's like the insomniac's  hero! Thanks for hosting this fun event - hoping to participate at least once more before it's over!! :D

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  5. You have an amazing eye with decorations! All those antlers and glamorous glistening makes me almost green with envy. =)

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    1. Thank you for your lovely and kind comment, Jade! :o)

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  6. Oh, I love your little corner with the chair and the gothic Christmas display!

    I was looking for a Christmas blog party, and thanks to you I found my way to Prof Z and her Gothidays :)

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Misantropia! Hopefully you'll be participating in Professor Z's Gothiday event then - looking forward to seeing your post!! :D

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  7. What can I say? Your decorating abilities continue to impress me.

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    1. Awwww, you're too kind, Nightwind. Thanks! :D

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  8. Oh! I love to see all the details in your home! You have so much stuff I would like to have myself :) The snake candelabra is just amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Linnea-Maria! Yes, so much stuff is right - probably too much stuff, really!

      We actually found the store where we originally bought the snake candelabra when we went to Prague again last year. Sadly, they no longer carry it which was disappointing - the insomniac  was hoping to purchase a few for resale as she figured she couldn't be the only person who would love it. And see, she was right - you like it too! :D

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  9. Christmas in your house is extremly pretty as I predicted! :D

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    1. Thank you, Lesthi - that's very kind of you to say! :D

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  10. Ooooh... I love such creepy christmas decoration...

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