Significance of the Name

My Blog’s name is a tribute to my Dad & my Husband. My Dad because he used to sing the song to me, "How 'd You Like to Swing on a Star?" It's about reaching for your dreams, you can stay where you are & be safe OR YOU CAN SWING ON STAR. Stars also refer to a difficult night just after my husband died. I was talking to him (I often do.) & said how I missed his "I Love You's". That night he gave me a dream... a gorgeous, bright blue night sky filled with thousands of stars, in the middle the stars formed an "I LOVE YOU"....such a gift on so many levels.

So "follow your own path, & don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Inspiration Decorations Update.........

Whew! Even though I said I wouldn't let it get crazy this year it is and I AM! Finished decorating, got my house cleaned today and a lot of shopping accomplished, yippee! Now that it's done I thought I'd take a moment and show you my interpretations of the Pinterest Inspirations I showed you from my November 29th Post Here.
I placed my basket on a cake stand to give it some height on my dining room table. I used cedar and sprayed my pine cones gold. After I took this pic I realized my bow needs some schooz (no idea how to spell's my new favorite word when I don't know exactly what word I want to use, Ha!

 I didn't show this Pin but it is on my Pinterest board for Christmas Decor: Here. This gave me my inspiration for my mantle:
This is my version, not as large, but I like the way the cedar hangs down. It is tucked into a fake garland.
 I just wanted to keep it simple and natural this year. This is the first time I've used Cedar, I love the way it hangs.

Remember this Pinterest pic, my Ta Daaa inspiration?

It inspired me to do this version with things I already had and scavenged for through my boxes of Christmas Decor. The ice cycles were a last minute addition. It kind of reminds me of the hat I saw on one of the spirits that visited scrooge in an old Scrooge musical movie I have with Albert Finney.

Once you buy a cloche you will never get tired of finding new ways to use it. Here it is on my island in the kitchen. This was my own inspiration. My theme this year was natural elements like different pines (these are boxwood) and pine cones. 

More pine cones in a candle chimney.
 This is my newest cloche. Found it a The Home Store for......$6.99, now that's a Ta Daaa!!!! I whipped that little guy in my cart so fast, Ha! I love finding treasures in that place!!! The little guys inside was a gift from my friend Carolyn last year. They were in a little cloche too but it broke in shipping...they have a new home now Carolyn!!!! They are sitting on a candlestick holder! 
I love books...these are my vintage ones from flea markets I used in this tablescape.

 Remember the Halloween Apothecary Jar from the flea market for like $3.00 because it had a chip on the rim. No one sees ever sees it anyway, right. Gloating right now, sorry!!!

 I dragged this big guy in and put it up myself. These are the times I really miss my husband, but I always feel that when bad things happen you need to learn or take things from them. The one thing I took from loosing my husband is to be more self reliant. Trouble is maybe I should also learn when it's time to ask for help too sometimes, Ha! I'm always learning! Well I hope you enjoyed how I used the inspiration pictures I showed you in the previous post  Here
 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all. Try to take a deep breath and remember what it's all about and take a few private Christmas moments for yourself to enjoy the season.

Hope you enjoy these links:

Romantic Home
Simply Designing
I Heart Nap TIme


  1. Your mantle and decorating is beautiful!!! :)

  2. You've got an eye for design!!! I LOVE all your inspirations and you even topped them! I'm your newest follower and would love it if you'd return the "love" on your next visit!!!

    XO, Aimee from ItsOverflowing!

    PS I'm having my first linky party on Tuesday, 12/13. It will be "Christmas Scape" themed, tablescape ~ landscape or anywhere else in you home that you've added a touch of Christmas! I'd LOVE for you to link up! My blog is

  3. Oh wow! I love your home decor! Your posts are awesome and I am happy to be your newest follower!

    Have a great week,

  4. Hi Shari!! So nice to "meet" you!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments! I am so enjoying your blog this morning; and I will be here for a while, taking it all in! You have so much eye candy here! LOL!! I am happily following back and looking forward to your future posts! Merry Christmas to you!!

  5. Hi Shari-

    Your mantel looks beautiful. I have a few cedar trees in my yard, but they are still pretty small and I can only snip a few branches from them.I am looking forward to when they get bigger and can supply me with a mantels worth of festive beauty.

    My best- Diane

  6. You already know I love this so much!!! It's beautiful!!! Thanks for the fun inspiration!!!

    Thanks for linking up to my party!
    XO, Aimee from

  7. Your chandelier looks way better than your inspiration! WAY better!