Sunday, November 25, 2012

Froggy Went a Carolin'



Thanksgiving involved a whirlwind trip to Illinois and special, quality time with family. Today, back home, the Christmas decorations are tugging at my sleeve.

I'm struggling a bit to find my decorating mojo this year. Can't really explain it, other than that I seem to have lost several months between last Christmas and this holiday season and it's thrown me off my game. My, how time flies when you get older!


Sitting in the family room last week, I looked across at the stack of flower frogs that showed off some of my pressed leaves. I couldn't believe I hadn't seen it before. The stack looked a bit like a tree.

So, even before I pulled out the boxes of Christmas decorations, I created a row of frog Christmas trees to display on a small, rustic shelf.





Two of the trees stand atop bases of overturned antique sconce pieces.

If you have a few flower frogs laying around the house, you'd be surprised at how versatile they can be. I use them year-round for decorating. They are handy for displaying photos and postcards and holding pens, pencils and paintbrushes. And, yes, they're great for the purpose they were intended to fill.


A beautiful black glass frog, hidden inside a jack o' lantern, created the base for my annual fall collection of dried garden goodies. I call him Wilson.



Use a collection of frogs as a focal point in your decorating year round.


The small glass frogs look a little like snowflakes and make a nice, sparkly addition to holiday decor..


If you're one who thinks frogs are fair-weather friends, dust off your pieces for endless year round decorating fun. If you don't have any flower frogs, consider picking up a few at an estate sale, thrift store or on Etsy or eBay. They're reasonably priced and a joy to work with.

Make it a great day!
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16 comments:

  1. What a cute idea - You should leave them up for the season.

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  2. Wow what a fabulous collection of flower frogs you have!

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  3. I keep knitting needles in one of my frogs. And, I recently noticed a couple Christmas ornaments that spent the whole year out in the open. Funny how that happens.

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  4. awesome idea - totally charming & totally you!

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  5. Now this is just the best! Such a great collection and clever you to use them as a tree!

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  6. This makes me want to go out and find some metal frogs, for sure. So cute! I don't think I would have had the imagination to create your trees even if I'd had a basket full of them.

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  7. What a great idea!! Love the flower frog trees. I have sold so many awesome frogs over the years, and I'm finally starting to keep some for myself.
    Mary Alice

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  8. Newest follower from Transformation Thursday, would love if you could come by and follow back?
    Erica
    www.ericastartwalking.com

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  9. I do not put up many decorations anymore. The spirit tends to leave you as you get older.

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  10. What a wonderful collection you have, thanks so much for sharing it with us. You're so creative, I love how you've used your frogs in your Christmas decor. So much fun!

    Happy VTT!

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  11. Who would have thought! Love this idea, so creative.

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  12. Ooh, I like that idea! Next time I purchase a group of flower frogs, I'll display them like that in my antique mall booth!

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  13. Ann, I love your frog tree! So very clever. I just bought my first green metal one. Holding a postcard for Christmas in the living room. I can see that I need to find more, more, more! Thanks for sharing this with Share Your Cup. I am pinning it.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  14. Hi Ann, popping in to say I just featured you at Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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