Our last project of the 2015 season at Southern Exposure. Sigh. Our task? An elegant "White Christmas" swag, similar but very different to the teardrop swag.
We were in the Hog House this time, our first time eating in this building, which was decked for the season.
When we walked in, we immediately noticed the evening's project, hanging over the fireplace mantle! Charming wooden shoes were hanging in place of stockings, stuffed with goodies.
At Southern Exposure they make use of every inch of space and I confess that even though there is a lot going on, I never feel it is too much!
And of course there are charming vignettes everywhere! And the table settings are wonderful!
As usual, we started with dinner and Chef Elsie outdid herself with a glorious chicken dish with a wonderful sauce which she described as "boursin and cream" (or maybe it was half-and-half). Either way, it was to die for and she said it's incredibly easy and wonderful on any number of dishes.
One of the nice things about being in the Hog House is that is it smaller than the Milking Parlor dining room and we were at tables of four. Jan and I made two new friends and enjoyed our dinner with a lively conversation. We found we had much in common and hope to be there again together next spring!
Then it was off to the craft tent. The four of us stayed together, joined by several other women. We immediately saw an abundance of flocked greens, natural cedar and twigs, silver balls, snowflakes and pine cones.
Micah, our floral designer/instructor had a hard time making us all wait to dig in until he had given instructions! But then we were off to the races.
Meanwhile, Scott, one of Southern Exposure's owners (who had earlier spoken about the religious and historical significance of the various greens and materials used in the project) came around and served us coffee, wine or water! I think most of us were too busy to sip!
The craft tent had its share of decorations, too -- beautiful lamps over each workstation and more pretty holiday vignettes.
There was a fire going and Elizabeth the Chicken mingled with the group!
The end project was terrific.All four of us were happy!
And I have a feeling that this White Christmas swag is lighting up lots of homes today -- and will for years to come.
Alas, time to say farewell to Southern Exposure for another season. But one this we all agreed on -- we'll be back in the spring!