Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Holidays

This is Pooh in his Christmas finery. We adopted him from the Perkiomenville SPCA about 6 years ago.

We are happily enjoying our time off during the holidays. It's nice to spend time with my children and my family. My husband will be home with me until New Years, which is very nice. We just gave two family parties this past weekend that were really fun and now we're finishing up our shopping. Anne and I did take the time to make two important stops. You all know that we collect food and various items for the SPCA. This was our third trip over there this year with a van full of blankets, towels, food, bleach, litter boxes, and more. We thank all of you who have donated to this special shelter, especially in this time of economic need. The SPCA is bursting at the seams with animals. Many people can no longer afford to keep their pets because they are having trouble feeding their children. And donations are down, so we left a sizable check for them as well. Here's how to contact this shelter if you'd like to donate:
Anne and I also wanted to help out at our local food pantry because people, as well as animals, are suffering. We purchased many Giant gift cards in hopes that many families will get to choose what they can use. The Community Food Pantry, at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, is in dire need of all food items. Here's how you can help:
Please don't forget that there are small ways to help those less fortunate than you. And if you can't afford to send a donation or volunteer a couple hours of your time - just a few cans of dog or cat food or old towels and blankets (for the SPCA) and cereal, granola bars, a jar of peanut butter, or a jar of jelly (for the Food Pantry) are all items which would be greatly appreciated.
Happy Holidays to you and your families. We'll be back in 2009 with more flower pictures and ideas. Leslie

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas party at the Phoenixville Foundry

The theme of this company Holiday Party was gifts. The colors were not your typical holiday colors - but were orange, copper, brown, and lime green. We used touches of glittery decorations and lights were everywhere. We carried through the theme by designing two different tablescapes made up of various gift boxes and bags. Tables were covered in olive green tablecloths with gorgeous overlays of orange and gold. Half of the tables were centered by an orange gift bag of flowers that included alstromeria, fugi mums, and hypericum berries. Around them were glass squares we filled with white Christmas tree lights and topped with bows. The Foundry is one of the prettiest places I've ever seen. If you'ree looking for a unique site, you should definitely check out. And Robert Ryan catering did a fabulous job putting it all together.

The other half of the tables were a mix of "gifts". Each table had a gift bag filled with lights and orange shred; an orange gift bag tied with raffia and filled with pine cones and chrystallized pine needles lit by an LCD light; a present of bright orange roses; and a present of green carnations. In the center of each pile of gifts was either a pine tree of gifts or a tower of brightly wrapped presents.