My love of nature often manifests itself in the way I decorate our home for the holidays. This year, I’ve made the most of out a beautiful cedar garland I purchased from Costco by using as the foundation for our Christmas tablescape. Here are the step-by-step directions on how to create your own version.

First up, I started with a simple piece of fabric I had torn into the size I needed. I like the simple, frayed edge of handtorn fabric AND it’s an easy no-sew way to go.

Next, I added an old table runner I had on hand, but a simple piece of fabric would work just as well. I say, use what you have.

Next, came the star of the show – the beautiful, multiple-use, inexpensive garland. Garlands have a tendenceny to curve a bit. Don’t fight it, the curves are nice and make for nice little coves to add other natural elements.

For a fuller table covering, I added in some pepperberries and more greenery. The great thing about all of these elements are that they will stay vibrant in color through the holidays.

And to top it all off, pinecones.


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.