It was bitter cold today, as a result of an ice storm we had overnight. While surrounding areas got dumped on with snow, we only had a light dusting here in the southern suburbs of town. Early this morning, even though it was still quite dark, I could see that there was a thick ice layer on the driveway, street, and sidewalk. After daylight made its appearance and I saw the icy glimmer on the trees and bushes, I was inspired to put together this winter tabletop for the dining room. It is a very simple and frugal vignette~ I had everything on hand except for the newly purchased glass icicles, which were only $3 apiece.
I filled an ordinary apothecary jar with a batch of my faux snow, added in a few pinecones from the tree out in the front yard, then carefully laid in the icicles. I centered the jar in the middle of one of the boxwood wreaths that hung from the banister during the holidays. The greenery added just the right touch of color to the wood tones of the table and the pinecones.
I placed some of the faux snow inside the petals of the pine cones, just like we’d see them if they were laying on the ground.
The glass icicles glisten, just as the created snow does. Doesn’t it look real?
I laid the jar lid off to the side because the jar was starting to fog up. The faux snow is very saturated and the condensation kept building up. The one advantage to having the jar covered is that the snow won’t dry up quite as fast. It should last several weeks without adding any more water to it.
Even the candle holder off to the side of the wreath is ice inspired. These ice balls are the perfect size for tea light candles.
I signed on to Picnik to create a collage with my photos this afternoon, but I discovered that I couldn’t use the collage feature. update on 1/22: There must have been some sort of a glitch, because I tried it again about midnight and that option showed up! So I put together a simple slide show instead, using some of the photos from the collage above, which was created in Photoscape.
I had heard rumors that Picnik was not going to be around much longer and I received an e-mail this morning that it will be gone as of the middle of April. I’ll miss its features, but I think it is generous of the company to be refunding us premium members our entire yearly membership fees. There really are some “good guys” out there!
To see this show in full screen, click on the link, “Winter Ice Picnik Show,” at the bottom left of the slideshow. Mouse over the bottom of the screen, there is a slide bar where you can pause the photos. For some reason, they seem clearer than the ones I’ve posted above.
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