November 4 & 5, 2011: Finishing Touches for your Christmas Holiday Decorating

This retreat focused on two decorating themes:

  • Naturals: Give a chic sophisticated or country look to your decor using “Naturals” including greens, pine cones, feathers, dried materials, fruit & more.
  • Glitz & Glam: Dress up your holiday decor with objects that sparkle and shimmer.  Glamorize with sequins, beads, glitter & more.

Ideas, Demonstrations, & Projects

  • Victorian to Country-styled Ornaments: Ornament ideas were shared.
  • Perfectly Wrapped: Examples of unique gift wraps and creative embellishments ; bow-making was demonstrated.
  • Fanciful Gift Tags: Lots of ideas and techniques for gift tags to personalize holiday packages.
  • Decorating Windows, Doorways, Banister, Mantels, & Light Fixtures: Techniques for using garlands, creating eye-catching mantels and embellishing windows, light fixtures and more.
  • The Dressed Table: Table settings for sit down meals or buffets.


  • Steve Danielson, Landscape Designer for both residential and commercial properties, adds his design talents to creating Holiday decor both inside and outside.
  • Victoria Reuter, owner of Crescendo Creative is a graphic designer, and event planner.
  • Nancy (Nan) Wilhelmson, proprietress of the Octagon House, is a sewer and crafter and has taught many classes and workshops.