Decorating For Winter

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If snow is winter’s mantle, icicles are its ornamentation, like crystals on a wedding gown.  Winter is here for a long visit and may out-stay its welcome, but I have learned to celebrate the chilly frosting outside by echoing icy sparkle inside.

IM007177Rather than storing the icy table arrangement that is part of my Christmas decorations, I leave it out through February and set it center stage on the dining room table in the great room.  A white chandelier above the table is draped with glass, crystal, even acrylic ornaments, all in a clear and silver color palette.

This display is the result of at least eight years of collecting glass and silver ornaments sold on clearance after Christmas.  I began with the beautiful iced branches, which were expensive at retail but quite do-able on the clearance table after Christmas.  They are faux’ branches covered in crystal beads!  Set in plaster of Paris in a large urn, they form the tree that is draped with ice storm glitter.  My latest acquisition was especially satisfying.  Sets of 6 long glass icicles that retailed for $16 dollars a box were marked down to $.80 a box on sale.  I bought 12 boxes!  If I run out of places for them, they can always add shimmer to the Christmas tree or be the perfect little gift.  But here are some other places you may wish to add a touch of ice:

  • Hang icicles from lace window valances.  They will sparkle in the light and bring a touch of winter whimsy to your cottage rooms.
  •  Add sparkle to any winter arrangement by “planting” bare tree branches in your after-Christmas arrangements.  Hang icicles from the branches.  Charming!
  • On our vintage pot-bellied stove, I enjoy a more rustic arrangement of dark and bare birch branches in a heavy salt-glazed pottery piece.  A few icicles hanging from the branches is a seasonal touch and adds some warmth to the look in winter.  In autumn, I add rose hips or bittersweet to the branch arrangement.  Simple and elegant.
  • Decorate a winter wreath with a few icicles.
  • Use them as package tie-ons for weddings and showers.

If winter must come, we can appreciate its unique beauty and just…go with it.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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