Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Little Southern Tweaking

My dear blogging buddy Jane, from Cottage at the Crossroads, sent me a shoe box full of cotton bolls, fresh picked from the field across from her home!



Thanks again, Jane.  



I added some bunches to my Christmas wreath.  I made this wreath years ago with magnolia and rose swags from Home Interiors.  I felt the cotton bolls would fit in nicely with the magnolias.  It looks like snow.  



I just recently saw cotton for the first time, and I was very taken with it.  I also have had a long time dream to relocate to a warmer climate, or at least be able to get away for the winter.  For now, I will look at my magnolia-rose-cotton boll wreath and keep wishing.  



In the spirit of wanting to be a "snow bird".  



I added a cute snow man slate given to me by my friend, Lily.  The bows I save from beautifully wrapped presents from my friend, Addie.  Thanks guys!

Joining Brenda for Tweak It Tuesday, Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style, Jann at Share Your Cup ThursdayThe Tablescaper for Seasonal SundaysIvy & Elephants for What's It Wednesday, Kathy at A Delightsome Life , Stacy at Embracing Change and Elaine for Sunny Simple Sundays.   Please stop by and say "hi".  


xo



67 comments:

  1. Blogging is sooo interesting. Having lived my life and traveled mostly in the north, I have never seen cotton bolls in person. They go well with your wreath, and your bows are gorgeous. Joni

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  2. Barbara,bellissimo il tuo regalo!Baci,Rosetta

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  3. Come south anytime, Barbara! I like your Christmas look. I could really benefit with some time for blog design myself.

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  4. Does Home Interiors still exist? The mere mention of the name took me back to 1984. ☺ Your wreath is so beautiful. I think you're right...the cotton does look like snow and it complements the other materials in the wreath very nicely. SO you want to be a Snowbird... well, that's half the battle right there, knowing what you'd like to do. (I haven't been able to change font colors in Blogger for several months now. It's a known issue that they don't seem eager to set right.)

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  5. Hi Barbara!I love your wreath, very beautiful. The little white bird is very sweet and looks as real!
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  6. Love your wreath and your Christmas theme blog is really pretty. I need to get to work on mine too. Take care!

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  7. How neat! I love what you did with them. You have a creative knack! Enjoy decorating!

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  8. Barbara, Your wreath is stunning! Love it! Your font is in black on my computer. Snowbird? Relocate? I think about this too. Must wait a few years till the hubs retires, then that can become reality. Barbara, make your dreams come true! You only have one life to live; let it be the one you dream of!
    Big hugs, Beth

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  9. Everything looks so Christmas-like Barbara.. I am just starting.. Love your cotton...
    God bless my friend..

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  10. I LOVE how you've transformed the wreath by adding the cotton balls - it's perfect!

    I love the new Christmas look!

    Enjoy the blessings of the season!
    Leann

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  11. That was sweet of Jane & I love that you added the cotton to your wreath! It looks so pretty!

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  12. Your wreath looks great, the bolls do look like little snow balls-fun:@)

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  13. Now why didn't I think of this,we had cotton growing right here in our fields.Love this wreath!!

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  14. I always love cotton in anything--but really love the wreath! It does look like snow balls!
    Hugs,
    Dru

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  15. Your Christmas background is pretty and I like the snowing cotton on your wreath. You must have fixed your font issue because it is black. I find with every blogging glitch, I learn a little more!

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  16. Dearest Barbara,
    Wow, a shoe box full of cotton bolls♡♡♡ Your wreath looks Really GORGEOUS with them; what a wonderful present♬♬♬ Saw cotton, whum.... I wish I could try if clumsy me can do it. p;)
    Have a wonderful new week☆☆☆
    Lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  17. Wait just a cotton-pickin' minute here Barbara as I say you're looking very festive!!
    xo
    Cathy

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  18. Lots of pretty Christmas vignettes! You are far more prepared than I! :)

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  19. Barbara, I love what you did with your cotton! It really transforms your wreath and nothing is more Southern than magnolias and cotton! You will have to make a trip to South Carolina one day!

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  20. What a great Wreath! Southern that's for sure. The little snowbird is adorable. Keep thinking "snowbird" that would be fantastic :D

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  21. Barbara, those cotton bolls look great in your wreath! What a wonderful idea.

    Judy

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  22. I had never heard of cotton bolls before. Your Magnolia wreath is really beautiful,original and perfect. I love magnolia, we don't have that tree around here. I've only seen this georgeous flowering tree when we went to Victoria BC.
    Rita

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  23. What a great addition to a holiday wreath!
    xo,
    Lisa

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  24. What a sweet gift and the cotton looks so pretty on your wreath!

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  25. Cute! I'm so jealous of everybody's cotton. Cotton grows everywhere around my dad's little town. I asked him to get me some and it seems he forgot. Poo.:)

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  26. Jane is so sweet for sending you a box of cotton. It's a real treat, considering I have never seen real cotton, freshly picked from the fields. Your wreath certainly looks like Christmas....fresh snow. Great idea Barbara. Thanks for sharing your lovely rendition. XO Linda

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  27. I love the cotton on your wreath! Thanks for your sweet comments on my berry craft!
    Sherry

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  28. What a sweet gift from Jane. I am always fascinated when I see the cotton growing around here. I like how you added it to your wreath. It looks so pretty and how memorable of your trip to NC this year.

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  29. How thoughtful, I just love how you incorporated them into your wreath.

    Cynthia

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  30. Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope the potato rolls work out well for you. They are good when frozen and rewarmed. I enjoyed visiting your blog. You must live up near NYC, where I lived years ago. Stay warm!

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  31. I'm a little jealous about those cotton balls! I need to get busier with my Christmas decor. I have one room decorated. One.

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  32. What a gorgeous wreath! It has special memories for me as I grew up in Mississippi (where cotton is king!) in a small town called "Magnolia", where the heavenly scent filled the area. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful piece, and stirring some great memories.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  33. Your wreath is beautiful, Barbara...a sure fire way to keep you thinking warm thoughts! I have never seen cotton bolls or magnolia trees, but I have seen wreaths made with them in gardening magazines. It's such a shame that they are priced so high and they don't last. I had a live wreath on my door for several months after the holidays and I'm sure my neighbors thought I was batty...just didn't want to waste my money and throw away a living wreath! Jane is very sweet!

    Hope you had a great day!

    XO,
    Jane

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  34. Hi Barbara! Oh, how sweet of your friend to send you the cotton and it looks perfect on your lovely wreath! You did good, my friend.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  35. What a sweet and thoughtful gift. I love how you used the cotton on the wreath. It is fabulous and so is the new look on your blog Barbara.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  36. Very pretty...I love cotton too. When we go to Florida, we often see it growing in the fields and I'm always asking my husband to stop and pick some...but, I know I'd probably get arrested! I dream of living in those warm climates too. This will be our 6th year spending a couple of weeks in Florida in December and every year it is harder to come back to cold, dark and yucky weather!

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  37. I love it! It's perfect with the magnolia swag, too. I'm a huge lover of cotton in the field, and it has been gorgeous this year. I don't know when I've seen it so full and thick, field after field after field. I have a bunch that I have yet to incorporate into my Christmas stuff. It's just waiting there.

    And if you ever do relocate to the land of cotton, I hope it's near ME. We would have so much cotton pickin' fun!

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  38. Barbara, how wonderful for your blogging buddy to send you some cotton. I could send you a box of magnolia leaves and limbs. Really, how much could shipping be for a box of leaves???

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  39. What a pretty wreath, Barbara. You made it so unique with the cotton balls....Christine

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  40. What a wonderful little treasure to receive in the mail from a friend. I love the look of cotton. Looks great on your wreath. Sometimes I "Wish I Lived in the Land of Cotton"! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  41. Lovely wreath! The cotton bolls are perfect with the magnolias!

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  42. My Dear , your decoration is so beautiful !You received a package with small treasures that you decorated !
    Have a nice day !
    Olympia

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  43. Hi Barbara,

    I LOVE your magnolia-rose-cotton bole wreath!!! It's just beautiful. It's so nice of Jane to send you those cotton boles; I've always lived in the south, and I've never had any. I notice they're very popular this year. I, too, wish you could re-locate to the south and warmer climes, or at least escape here for part of the year. :) We'd be awfully glad to have you.

    Your home is looking very Christmas-y. I saw this post earlier in the week, but I'm just getting a chance to leave a comment. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  44. The cotton bolls are magnificent in the wreath. What a fun present. Yes, makes me want to move somewhere warm too! WE have had a lovely November though with temperatures in the 50s. I could live with that.

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  45. That "southern snow" looks great on your wreath!

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  46. Those cottom balls do look like snow, Barbara! That was a very thoughtful gift from your blog friend. Your wreath is beautiful and meaningful. Moving to warm weather never tempted me...good thing as I am moving to a snowy state..lol! IIt was actually 70 degrees in Denver yesterday so they have less cold weather at times thna most imagine.

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  47. How thoughtful of your friend to send the cotton to you -- looks great on your wreath. :)

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  48. This is the perfect addition to your wreath! You're right - it does look like snow. I can't believe that I didn't get my hands on any cotton this year. I passed cotton fields several times and never stopped. Grrrr! Jane is so sweet to send that to you.

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  49. The cotton is great for Christmas decorating. Your own little permanent snowballs!! ;0)

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  50. That is so awesome, love what you did with the cotton balls! So nice to have sweet friends like that. :)

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  51. That is very pretty wreath with the cotton balls added! I need to start on my Christmas decoration :-)

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  52. I hope my comment went through..Thanks for the reminder to start on my Christmas decoration. Time just flies :-)

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  53. What a pretty wreath. I love the idea of using the cotton balls.

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  54. Barb, I've never been to a cotton field. You will think of your friend when you look at your beautiful wreath.

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  55. That is so neat that you got reall cotton bolls! I love them on your wreath, yes, perfect with the magnolias! XO, Pinky

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  56. I love what you did with your cotton balls! They look awesome on the wreath! Cute idea! Jane was so sweet to send you those! I want to be a snow bird too!

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  57. What a pretty wreath! Love the addition of the cotton bolls! We saw several fields of it, on our way back from Alabama. My husband kept asking me if I wanted him to stop...lol! It was literally blowing over the highway! How sweet that Jane sent you some!

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  58. Love all your Christmas around your place. So pretty.
    xo bj

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  59. Everything looks so pretty and what a lovely way to incorporate the cotton. Spent yesterday on Staten Island at a fun, fun baby shower.

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  60. I love the addition of cotton to your wreath! So pretty with the magnolia as well. Such a wonderful gift to receive. I hope that you get to be a snowbird someday. You know, I am quite partial to the south and love to share it! ;-) I hope all is well with you as you are making preparations for Christmas.

    Jen

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  61. Hi, just stopping by to say hello♡♡♡
    I hope you are doing fine and having a wonderful new week.
    Father has ups and downs condition, but now doing fine; making me feel relieved, p;)

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  62. Thanks for sharing, Barbara.

    You could have linked in to Blue Monday with that blue snowman Welcome.

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  63. Hi Barbara! Love the cotton. My grandparents lived in Alabama on a farm and had cotton fields. My mother used to pick cotton. We saw a cotton field a few years ago in eat Texas and I was oohing and awwing. She said she never wanted to see another cotton field again! :)
    Thanks so much for popping int os ee me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  64. The cotton looks great in your wreath! I used to keep a few in my desk to show my class. They were amazed!
    Your trip to Peddler's Village looks like fun! So why didn't it put you in the Christmas Spirit? :(

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  65. What a lovely wreath and I too have never seen cotton bolls. They're adorable and you found a unique way to use them. Thanks for linking up at 'it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas'. We are so happy to have you!

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  66. So pretty! Love the Christmas look of your blog too! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_12_11_archive.html

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