Thursday, December 19, 2013

AN UNCONVENTIONAL CHRISTMAS SPRAY.....................................

Anyone who know me realizes that I use unusual things in my decorating and design.  I went to my local Trader Joe's
yesterday and was looking at the wonderful pine boughs that were shaped into Christmas sprays.  They were really inexpensive and I almost brought one home...but I resisted.

So this morning when I woke up I decided to make my own from whatever was growing and blooming in my garden at the moment.

We don't really have any pine trees when I live...but I do have lots and lots of lavender and rosemary growing in my yard and gardens.  
Went out and cut a bunch and tied it together with some very old Christmas pinecones I had on hand.  Put a pretty bow on the thing and attached it to my garden gate.  

Today the wind is blowing here in AZ so you really cannot get the full effect of all the "sparkle" but it is sort of sparkly.  (O:   The aroma is really heavenly as you open and close the gate and I read somewhere that you should have lavender growing by your garden gate just "for luck".  I like that idea.

Hope you enjoy my "little spray" of joy and also enjoy this AZ sunshine that I am sending you through my "virtual" photo.

Blessings dear friends.



  1. How lovely!! Yes, I've heard that too about lavender. :)

  2. ohmygoodness, you fooled me! I looked at the picture twice and DID NOT catch on that it was not a pine! but the idea of using lavender and rosemary !!! how DELISH IS THAT ~~~!!! you must have outdone Trader Joes.....always, using what is on hand turns out to be something so special does it not? Wish I had a Trader Joes near here, I keep hearing about it....but we have Whole Foods that almost the same?
    hugs to you Jo, and may you have a very soulful, merry and bright Christmas!

  3. Very creative of you, as always! And yes, I bet it smells amazing!

  4. Oh love the idea of lavender for good luck! A wonderful scent to welcome in positivity! We have an abundance of pines here in our yard, as well as cedar. I put a tiny birds nest in my Christmas tree 20 years ago for luck..and it has been displayed in my tree every year since. I once heard that it would bring luck in the up coming year, much like cabbage and corned beef for New Years! Funny traditions..I think the lavender is most heavenly. Best to you always Jo, Merry Christmas, Christel

  5. Oh, that s just stunning. I can't imagine how fabulous it smells! How very clever to use the lavender! I think you had much more joy making your own than buying one! Three cheers -- and Merry Christmas!

  6. Thanks for sending the Arizona sunshine our way ... here in New England :)
    Love your holiday display.
    I am surprised my lavender is still peeking out from the melting snow next to our farm house .

  7. Beautiful Jo, simplicity is the name of the game..
    I have but a few simple things around my lounge.
    My roses are still blooming.
    Thank you Jo.. for coming over my way during this year.. many of us have made good friends.
    I am very thankful for this..
    So I say to you my dear friend.
    God bless.
    Wishing you a very happy blessed christmas.
    Your friend in Blogging.. val x x x x x x

  8. That is quite pretty and I can just imagine how wonderful it must smell. I think your Christmas tree is really pretty too.

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I look forward to reading more of yours. Your photos are really lovely.

    Have a great 2014 ~ FlowerLady


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