About Me

Van Walton

Fun Facts about Van Walton

My favorite smell: The way the earth smells after it rains.

My favorite sound: The first notes of a grand symphony.

My favorite way to relax: Sitting anywhere outside - on my front porch, on my deck, or by the lake, early in the morning with my first cup of coffee.

My favorite birthday dessert: a Peach cobbler baked by my husband. He’s my fave chef!

I will not eat: Avocado. They turn my stomach into a volcano that never erupts.

Technology I couldn't live without and why: My laptop - it takes me anywhere I want to go.

One thing that makes me smile: My sons' faces!

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My book, From the Pound to the Palace, is available for $10
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Friday, December 19, 2008


I can’t help myself. Once I get started it is hard to stop. There is nothing I would rather be doing... …decorating that is!
I have just enough creative juices to be dangerous. I have to curb my appetite or I could waste away hours running around my house like a crazed woman touching up this and then that!

This is one of my favorite fascinations. It is an antique dry sink. It graces the entry way in my house. It's a fascination because I constantly tend to it. I keep it filled with cuttings from my yard. Each season it looks different.

I share it with you because it is such an easy project and so satisfying.

You don’t have to have an antique dry sink. You can fill a bucket, a basket, or a pot with greens, pine cones, candles, and glories.

Glories? I will show them to you at the end of the project.

First, choose a container. Next find a plastic insert into which you will press some oasis. This is a green substance that you can buy in the craft section of the store or in a craft store in the floral section. Soak it in water. Place one or as many as you need depending on the size of your project.

Gather your greens and start poking them into the oasis. Watch my project grow.
Outside I gather nandina and evergreen (make sure to clip branches with little pine cones), holly berries and varigated juniper:

Finally I put glories in to add sparkle. These are long, thin, twisted, sparkly sticks. The first time I saw them I danced for joy. You see as a child I always wondered what it meant in carols when “glories” were mentioned. You know as in "glories stream from heaven above." Now I know! Oh and I add a candle. Be sure to put it in a glass container. Don't want to start a fire! Come back in a day or two and I will show you my Christmas pride and joy – my nativity scene complete with glories!


Gail W. said...

Van, this is beautiful! I'm blessed if I can affix a postage stamp well. Thanks for coming by my place; it's great to "meet" you!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Van--you are just too creative... I could NEVER make things look that good!!! Can't wait to see your nativity scene.

Lynn Cowell said...

Absolutely gorgeous! And you found all of that beauty in our neighborhood? I love it. Live is just the best when it comes to decorating.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope your Christmas is full of His presence!

Yolanda said...

Very pretty!

grey like snuffie said...

Van, you do have some fun pieces. I LOVE the goat cart. Hope you have a wonderful week!

luvmy4sons said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Merry Christmas to you!