Monday, November 8, 2010

For The Folks at GardenWeb


Before I started blogging last January, I got my daily decorating fix from a wonderful site called GardenWeb!




The people on the forums at GW are knowledgeable and very supportive, helping people with everything from picking paint colors, to how to remodel an entire house!




Now that my own remodel is finished, except for my darn kitchen backsplash which I hope to remedy soon...I even called a contractor today about getting the tile up...I rarely get the chance to pop by GW the way I used to!




During my time there, I met some wonderful people, including my dear friend Traci.  We helped each other through our whole house reno's and are now fast friends, and hope to meet sometime in person!  I featured her kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom remodels on my blog when I first started out.  You can see her beautiful remodel by clicking  Here and Here!




So you're probably all wondering what in the heck these awful photos (back when I didn't have a clue what I was doing or a tripod!) of my kitchen decorated for Christmas have to do with all of this!




Well, someone over on the GW forums was trying to find an inspiration photo for a kitchen they saw last year that had lights in jars...which I did.  Turns out it wasn't my kitchen they were looking for, but true to form, the nice folks at GW were more than happy to wrack their brains and try and help a friend out to find the inspiration picture she was looking for!

That's how they roll over there...helping each other out when asked!  I did however say that I would try and find these old photos, which I thought were lost due to the lightning strike, and post them...so here they are!

I promise, this year's Christmas pictures will be MUCH better...I've come a long way baby!

20 comments:

  1. That looks really pretty with the lights in the jars! What a wonderful site to go to and that kitchen is amazing! I can't wait to see this years decor!! I hope all is well with you!

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  2. I LOVE the idea of the lights in the jars--did you just "stuff" them in? And how did you light the one w/ berries in water?

    Thank you for the lovely inspiration.

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  3. Hi Carole! The lights in the jars are truly just "stuffed in there." The jars on the island have water in them so that I could float a votive candle in them.

    Thanks so much!

    Kat :)

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  4. I love the lights in the jar! Maybe I'll do that!!

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  5. Oh dear - I thought the photos were lovely - tripod or no tripod,

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  6. What a great idea - they look fabulous! Your kitchen looks like "fairyland." I usually don't start Christmas decorating until the first week in December - but you have totally inspired me. I'm off to dig out my Christmas lights now! ;)Sharyne

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  7. Hi Kat - these pictures look pretty good to me, despite your reservations! Love the idea of the floating candle in the jar - what kind of berries are in the water and how did you keep them from floating? Hope all is well. Ciao, bella!

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  8. I've done this with lights, except I use wine bottles. I wonder where I put that box of blue canning jars?

    I check in at GardenWeb every morning, usually in the Roses Forum ... duh. You can find me as 'hartwood' (duh, again). What's your handle?

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  9. I only found them after I started blogging! I should try and find time to visit them more.

    I love how clear the photos you took of the jar in your kitchen came out. I have NEVER taken a great picture of my Christmas tree or anything with light at night...I'm sure there is a trick?!

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  10. I love the soft lighting in the kitchen! I have white cabinets with black counter tops, too! I'll have to study how you've decorated yours! ♥

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  11. White lights just make me happy,simple as that. Your lights in the jar are a perfect example of it doesn't take fancy decorations to make Christmas inviting to all who stop by. Thanks for sharing Kat.

    Oh and congrats on the great giveaways.

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  12. What a clever idea...I would have never thought to put lights in a jar. Love the ones with the cranberries too!
    Kristen

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  13. Thanks so much everyone! I'm currently scheming what I want to put in my window this year...but it will involve lights, because I loved the way they looked and so did my neighbor who can see the window from her house!

    Connie, wine bottle would be gorgeous...

    And Frog Hollow I used Nandina berries and fresh cedar. Because the branches were kind of long they weren't really small enough to float up and just stayed basically where I put them.

    Kat :)

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  14. Your kitchen just seems made for the Christmas decorations. I love the candles/lights in a jar look and am thinking of doing something similar this year myself. I can't wait to see what you come up with this year.

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  15. Kat, you have offered inspiration. The pantry in our old house is filled with old large Mason jars. Your photos are fine...you are your own worst critic. ♥O

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  16. You really have, Kat. And these jar lights are really cool.

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  17. How did I miss this post? I'm stealing this one Kat - so pretty!

    -Rene

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  18. This is so pretty, Kat...I can hardly wait to decorate for Christmas!

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  19. Just seeing a bit of Christmas decor is getting me excited for the season, even if it was from your last year's photography! xo ~Lili

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  20. Kat, I am SO in love w/ this idea and wanted to thank you again for the inspiration. I have some jars that I think will be perfect for this. Now to find more pine cones. I have white starfish (yes, I'm copying every little detail)and some white shells that I plan to showcase.

    You are the BEST for inspiration.

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