16 Dec2014


One of the fresh evergreen wreaths we brought back from the Borough market is used as a centerpiece on our coffee table. I just placed it on a glass “lazy susan” (meant for cheese) and added some ceramic pine cones, real dried pine cones, a mixture of fresh nuts like walnuts, almonds, filberts (hazelnuts) and pecans.


For it’s first few days, I have added some fantastic “kiat-kiat’s” or little mandarin oranges. They were so fresh they had glossy leaves and stems intact. After munching on those as snacks or for dessert, the centerpiece will see some “fluffing up” in the days approaching Christmas.


On second look, the white ceramic pine cones appear too jarring, and I wouldn’t do that combination again. But the combination of pine fragrance and that of the oranges is just Christmas personified. We have a bowl of mixed nuts nearby and a nutcracker so that guests can crack their own.

Did you catch my toes? :)



  1. Kasseopeia says:

    This little piggy went to market… Heehee!

    Dec 16, 2014 | 2:07 pm


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  3. khrishyne says:

    looking forward to the fluffed version

    Dec 16, 2014 | 4:59 pm

  4. Ron says:

    not so appealing

    Dec 16, 2014 | 5:29 pm

  5. millet says:

    nice! how about some apples and persimmons?

    Dec 16, 2014 | 6:43 pm

  6. Betchay says:

    Nice! How about a pinoy version?

    Dec 16, 2014 | 8:26 pm

  7. Connie C says:

    My my my!! Did you just come out of a walk-in freezer? Your toes look blue!!!

    Dec 16, 2014 | 9:40 pm

  8. Mart says:

    @Connie, Lol! I was about to note the same thing!
    The last picture would have been perfect if not for the zombie toes! :-)

    Dec 17, 2014 | 1:52 am

  9. Connie C says:

    Yes, I agree. The white ceramic pine cones are out of place in this arrangement.

    Dec 17, 2014 | 4:57 am

  10. marilen says:

    toesies exposed.

    Merry Christmas/happy new year to you, MM and family and the MM ‘family’

    Dec 17, 2014 | 11:16 pm

  11. Khew says:

    Roughly gold-leafing or gilding the ceramic pine cones, I think, would do the trick along with perhaps a few red velvet bows.

    Dec 19, 2014 | 6:09 pm


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