My daughter's future grandmother-in-law sent an oil lamp to us as a gift. I thought it might work in the B&B, but there is no way I want anything set on fire down there. That is why I don't decorate with candles. Even if you tell people they are for decoration only, they might forget and then I have a potential fire problem.
So no candles or oil lamps.
But I wanted to decorate the electric fireplace in the basement. Electric because of that whole fire thing. It gives the warmth and MOST of the ambience of a fireplace, but no one dies. Not dying is the first rule in getting good reviews for a B&B. Well, that and a great breakfast.
First I had to clean the bit of oil residue from the lamp. I used Dawn. If it can clean up oil soaked birds....
Then I had to dry the inside, but my hand and even a small rag, didn't fit. For the last little bit I used a BBQ skewer and a tissue.
We made a trip to Michael's and then Pier One. Finally I went to the newest store in Buchanan, KC Collections. They had their soft opening this last weekend and we wanted to see what they had. A new store in Buchanan is a great thing and I hope they do well.
I removed the wick and added some small pine cones and dried thingamabobs. Dried miniature gourds? Who knows. In they went.
I found a crinkled, rust colored napkin and matching Fall colored napkin ring. Pier 1 also had the cutest Owl on a Pine Cone ornament. I didn't know what I would do with him, but he was cute.
K C Collections had a small wreath that I thought would work with the whole look I was going for. You know the one, nice, but not too fussy.
I put them together and think I like it. I may add a few, a VERY few, miniature ornaments at Christmas, along with a Christmas colored napkin and ring. But for now, I think I'll keep it.
So what do you think about the owl?