After-Christmas Shopping

Welcome to the 51st Metamorphosis Monday!

Hope you’ve had a fabulous start to this new year, 2010! You’ve all given me a great start, filled with lots of smiles and giggles. I’ve been having soooo much fun reading your comments on Saturday’s post, especially the ones where you shared some of your own 2009 bloopers.  That was such a fun post to create and since your responses were equally as fun, I think we should make it an annual event here at BNOTP.

I don’t have a major “before and after” to post for this Met Monday, but I do have a little festive tweak I couldn’t resist sharing today. Recently, while I was out doing a little “after Christmas” shopping, I stopped by Love Street in Smyrna, Georgia. Everything Christmas related was 1/2 off…my kind of sale!

(Above pic from Love Street website)

You may remember, in my entry…

I have a small cane collection.

I know Christmas is all behind us now, but I thought I’d share something cute I came across while in Love Street…do you see it? Nope, not talking about all those leaves I managed to drag in last night when I took the wreaths down from the front of the house.

I’m talking about these silly things…the sparkly, pine bough thingies.

When I bought them, I had no idea what I’d do with them once I got home.

Then, I spied the cane stand. I kind of like how they created a little party right here amongst the canes. I think Mr. Duck is enjoying it, too.

Over the next few days, after work each day, I’ll gradually and sadly start de-Christmasing the house.

But for today…

There’s still a little Christmas fun going on…a subtle “after” on display. Leaves on the floor included.

Looking forward to seeing all your “Before and Afters.”

Met Monday


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  1. I don't know about the others, but I don't think I could wait until next Jan. to post my bloopers! Yours were a hoot to read.

    The umbrella stand is beautiful, so striking in the gold & black. Those little greenery bits are always perfect for sneaking into areas just like that.

    Happy New Year Susan
    Jane T.

  2. A touch of whimsy! How wonderful. I'm with you, it's a little bit sad when the magic leaves every January. I love to put up a little somin for Winter…Happy New Year Susan. Thank you for hosting and I loved the bloopers 🙂
    All Things Heart and Home

  3. I think they look perfect there Susan and would look great there probably until the end-ish of January!

  4. Susan – I would definitely bought those sparkly branches had I seen them on sale. They are really unique. If you are like me, you'll forget you have them and be surprised when you pull them out of storage next year.

  5. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie says

    The boughs are fabulous! And I love the collection of artwork of the staircase.


  6. Tamara Jansen says

    Nothing like a half off Christmas sale. How else would we have good deals to sell our customers in the retail for next Christmas?! Gotta think ahead 🙂

  7. Maya @ Completely Coastal says

    Happy New Year, Susan! And I plan to keep my Christmasy stuff for a little while longer too. I love all the lights, and it brightens the New England winter!

  8. tales from an oc cottage says

    So glad you not all "un-Christmased" yet! The house is always so sad and barren when the decorations go! Boo hoo! (I think we should move Thxgiving to Sept or Oct so we can have a longer Yultide season!)

    m ^..^

  9. Diann @ the Thrifty Groove says

    Hi Susan!

    Those sparkly pine-like things are so cute and look great in with your canes!

  10. Michael Lee West says

    Hello, Susan! I am totally ready for bloopers. Set myself on fire today and did not get a picture, but the year has just begun.

    I love the pine-sparkles–how perfect for your walking cane collection. Whenever I see your grandfather clock, I swoon.
    I wanted to make sure I posted for MM because work starts tomorrow.
    XX 00

  11. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Susan – Thank You for hosting this weekly event. I love your entryway. My front entry opens into the LR with the stairs to the side, so hard to section off. Happy New Year!

  12. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    That's a great little after-Christmas item, Susan! I think it's a nice touch with your cane collection. I'll be taking my decorations down this week, too. I think it's easier to do it over a few evenings also, then it doesn't seem like such a chore.

  13. Loved the added sparkly in your cane holder. Isn't it great what adding a little something extra does to an ordinary grouping. Like you, I am having a hard time taking my decorations down.

  14. Susan, those spiky and sparkly things really dressed up your cane collection….Christine

  15. Denise Marie says

    Wonderful party addition to the cane corral. lol


  16. Paula Grace Designs says

    Love that festive umbrella stand tweek! My post shows the genesis to fruition of my family room!
    Paula Grace

  17. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Hi Susan! I love your sparkly pine boughs! I think they are wintery and could stay with your cane collection for a while…especially as wintery as it feels here right now! Brrr! I usually delete my blooper pics, so I'd better save some because it will happen for sure! lol Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  18. Susan-I have an easier time finding bloopers than good pictures. Love the sparkly pine boughs and I have always admired your cane collection. I think there are as many leaves in my back entry as there are on the ground…glad to see someone else's!

  19. Barb @ GritsandGlamour says

    Susan, all I can say about the de-Christmas'ing is "I feel your ugh!"
    I did manage to get the storage containers back out today, but thats as far as I got. Doubke ugh!

    We have a common collection, or should I say "another" common collection. I also have a can collection. I have a copper cane-holding thingey by my front door. I will share it with you one day. Hope you have a wonderful week. Blessings, Barb

  20. I love how you leave a little going on after you take all the Christmas goodies down. I am in the NORTH so I will keep my tree up for another week – we just got some fresh snow and it is just perfect with the Christmas decor.

    Happy New Year!

  21. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says

    Love your pretty new sparkly pines. What a fun idea. I sometimes think taking Christmas down is sad, however this year I was ready to have it all packed up and back in the attic. The house feels twice as big. lol Hope you are having a wonderful New Year so far. Hugs, Marty

  22. Melissa Miller says

    ~Ah! They really are pretty Susan!

  23. Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio says

    Love the sparkles thingy! I really LOVE your collection of canes. I have started my collection with a cane of my Dad's. I have been looking for unusual ones that speak to me and so far have not found one. It is fun to search though.

    I took your advice an added my table to your Met Monday…Thanks for thinking about me!

  24. Jenglamgirl says

    cute canes, mr. duck and all! Love that grandfather clock too. Thanks for this weekly met. monday party… I love joining!;)

  25. rachel @ perfectly imperfect says

    what a great way to use your sparkly thingies! i think the duck is pleased… : )
    happy sunday!

  26. Allison Shops says

    I have a collection of canes as well. You can see them in this post I did on umbrella holders:

    Great idea for your pine pieces. Your clock is wonderful.

  27. Susan, the greens add a nice touch to the canes. I'd live the in there for the winter. I decided not to take down the green with the berries in our home just yet. It gives a wintery feel and the red berries will still work for me through Valentines. I'd already scattered red hearts among them, so I say "Why not?"
    I'm sharing a little something for Blue Monday instead of Metmorphosis Monday this week. Hope to join you for MM next week.
    Always love to see photos of your beautiful home. Thank you! ~ Sarah

  28. Marla at Always Nesting says

    I think your canes will miss the greenery if you take it out of the umbrella stand. It looks so cute.

  29. Marla at Always Nesting says

    I think your canes will miss the greenery if you take it out of the umbrella stand. It looks so cute.

  30. Marla at Always Nesting says

    I think your canes will miss the greenery if you take it out of the umbrella stand. It looks so cute.

  31. Marla at Always Nesting says

    I think your canes will miss the greenery if you take it out of the umbrella stand. It looks so cute.

  32. KarenHarveyCox says

    What a beautiful entranceway, and I love how warm you made it look. Lovely.

  33. Kimm at Reinvented says

    So pretty, I love the sparkly pine boughs!

  34. Anita @ Far Above Rubies says

    What a perfect place for them! I am with you on the de-Christmasing! I will start tomorrow also. I hate to see it all go away…it's so warm and cozy. There's next year…

  35. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    How fun is a cane collection? The pine-y things really make it look festive.

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  36. I love your cane collection and the spikey greens. Thanks for the party again. You already have a lot of links, but I'll try to get to everyone. Happy New Year!

  37. Mary Ellen (megardengal) says

    I do love the faux pine garlands and sprays there are available now! They are so realistic and you won't have to worry about any of those needles on your pretty floor!!


    Oh I did a little blog about the sweet ornament I won from you. Not a Met Monday -but wanted to share with everyone my gorgeous leaf!

  38. Mrs. Petrie says

    Hi Susan, Thanks for hosting Met Monday. I couldn't wait to post all the work we did on our bathrooms this past week.

    Love the cane stand with greenery. Your home looks so inviting and warm. Hope you are having a great new year!

  39. Fifi Flowers says

    Everything Christmas was removed from my house today… it looks so bare!

  40. The Tablescaper says

    I haven't even started to put it all away yet. I'm going to get my dish room in order tomorrow and then start.

    – The Tablescaper

  41. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says

    Loved the sparkly branches! I still have 2 trees to undecorate – they look so pretty & it's going to look so bare that I'm dragging my feet about it…. ☺

  42. O, I always love every thing you do, Susan, and this cane stand looks so festive with the newness.
    Looks wonderful!!

  43. Stephanie Lynn says

    Love your great finds! The canes are so neat. Thanks for hosting a fabulous party.

  44. Hi…lovely home – what do you call the alcove in your hallway that holds the vase of flowers? It's beautiful!!

    I'm joining Met Monday today…thanks for hosting!

  45. I love your subtle touch of the "sparkly, pine bough thingies" and I like the small wreath on the clock. Very nice!

  46. black eyed susans kitchen says

    Susan, Like you, there are still a few subtle little hints of the decor still tucked in here and there. It is hard to put it all away. Your cane collection is wonderful and the way you display them is perfect.

  47. Donna 2B Lolli says

    I am so happy to be here! Can't wait to see what's next!


  48. molly susan strong says

    I am trying to get more into m blogging and what a grea way to begin! Thanks so much.

  49. molly susan strong says

    Oops! Did my addition to your make overs incorrectly. Try, try again!

  50. Susan..thanks for replying about the shell niche…is this something that can be created in any wall…or do you need extra depth? Can you buy these as is and insert them, or are they something designed and created by a carpenter? I have always loved these and have a new home and would love to have one….but I can't imagine ME putting a hole in my wall and trying to figure this out…haha…thanks!!

  51. Treasia Stepp says

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you for doing the Met. I recently found your blog and you cannot imagine how inspired this has made me. I have gotten so many fabulous ideas that I am now putting into place. Next week will be my first post for the Met and it's all because of you. Thank you.

  52. The sparkly greenery is so pretty, I dont blame you- I wouldnt want to pack it away yet either!

  53. Jan @ bobbypinsboardwalk says

    Thank you again for hosting the linky party. I thought that today I would share some fond memories in the form of my childrens' bedrooms when they were young. I hope you enjoy!

  54. Don't you just love finding something that makes your heart just sing and then when you get it home, you have the perfect place to put it. I LOVE the greenery in the cane collection. Too stinkin' cute! Deborah

  55. Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x says

    Wow I SOOO wanna go to that shop!! Loving those Sparkly pine branches hun!!
    Thanks for hosting…
    Annie x

  56. Blue Creek Home says

    All of our Christmas is packed up and hauled back down to the basement! Putting it up is much more fun!!!
    I think those canes deserve a little more Christmas cheer!


  57. Design Junkie says

    Thanks so much for hosting these mondays. Not only do I get see what you (lovely foyer, by the way) and everyone else has been up too, participating has helped me to actually accomplish some of my to do list. Thanks again.

  58. Who would have thunk it? You are the QUEEN of everything you do! I NEED to find that little store in Smyrna, it looks like a fun place.

    Eddie Ross is in town this weekend, and he's hosting a framing workshop called Tea at Two, (check out my blog for details). It would be fun if you could go. Rhoda from Southern Hospitality will be over for it!


  59. Susan, thanks for being real and showing the leaves in your foyer. Funny, I have the same leaves so I relate very well. I admired your cane collection the first time I viewed your blog.

    I must tell you I was reading your blog in JFK airport on my iphone and laughed out loud reading the story about your Yorkshire pudding. Laughing is fun.

  60. Susan, thanks for being real and showing the leaves in your foyer. Funny, I have the same leaves so I relate very well. I admired your cane collection the first time I viewed your blog.

    I must tell you I was reading your blog in JFK airport on my iphone and laughed out loud reading the story about your Yorkshire pudding. Laughing is fun.

  61. The Cutest Cottage Lamps says

    Hi Susan, I just wanted to say I love your green sparkles "thingy" so pretty in with your cane collection too! Where can we get some of those ourselves??
    Happy New Year,

  62. The Quintessential Magpie says

    Susan, I love those sparkly things. SO cute! And I love the wreath on your grandfather clock!


    Sheila 🙂

  63. Greenearth says

    Beautiful images, always something special on your site.

    Wishing you a wonderful Year in 2010.

  64. Susan, I showed your post to my mother. She has a collection of canes, too. They are in a piece of pottery in our foyer.

    I can't remember if I have done a blog post on them or not. I'll have to check.

    Thank you for making Mondays special.

  65. They look like spiky peacock feathers. I love them.

  66. I thinks it's fun to leave a little remnant from Christmas behind (intentional or unintentinal). LOL. And, I've loved looking at everyone's before and after pics … thanks for letting me share my fireplace transformation. Take care, Becca

  67. Notjustnat says

    Dear Susan, Happy New Year. I don't where have I been since I started blogging a year ago? I only found your fantastic blog today! I've joined in your Metamorphosis Monday and posted the button on my side bar. I hope I did it right? I've also signed-in as your follower. I have some question regards M-Monday if I could email you. I hope it's okay – Hugs Nat

  68. ~CC Catherine says

    Hey Friend…..Those kind of visits after Christmas are some of my favorites. Those little sprigs in the Cane Stand totally spell P*A*R*T*Y~ 🙂 That is precious! I'll have to keep you in mind when I find canes on my travels. Hugs…~CC Catherine

  69. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Susan, that's amazing what that does for the cane stand! So festive looking! I also really enjoyed the "owl" post! laurie

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