Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas is just around the corner . . .

Christmas is just around the corner . . . can you believe it is
just one week away. Are you ready? Have you finished all
of your shopping, wrapping, baking, card sending, decorating,
and everything else you wanted to do this year? There seems
to always be something every year that I wanted to get done,
but never seemed to find the time. It used to disappoint me
and make me feel sad that I didn't accomplish all I had wished
for the perfect holiday. But now, I have come to realize that it
really only mattered to me, my family didn't ever seem to notice
what didn't get done. They always seemed to always just enjoy
all that I did. . . . the decorating, baking, gift giving, etc.
You see . . . . I have learned that my family is the most important
part of Christmas . . . spending time with them . . . and what didn't
get done wasn't really important. So, please give yourself a pat
on the back for all you have done this year . . . and enjoy it
with those you love.

We have been busy as little elves at work. You see, in the
retail world, Christmas is over. We have started decorating the
store with all the new merchandise we bought at the October
market. We have been painting and redecorating our vignettes
in all the latest colors and fabrics. Just look at what is new:A cute monogram treatment we designed with a scalloped edge
panel . . . oh so cute!

A cute new settee that also works as a bench or banquette
at a long farm table. Don't you love this new toile?

New linen sofa with pleats and covered buttons. Don't
hide this cute sofa against a wall . . . it is cuter from
the back side!

A wonderful new pine sideboard . . . I am just loving
reclaimed pine pieces . . . I guess you could say we are
going "green".

One of our new vignettes with Sherwin Williams paint
called Rainwashed . . . a new favorite of mine. You
will love this look . . . so peaceful!

Oh, just to let you all know our Christmas merchandise is now
50% off . . . so please come by and take advantage of this
wonderful sale. And, don't forget about asking us for
your "Merry Christmas discount" of 20% off any one
item. And, last but not least, our store will be closed
the week between Christmas and New Years for a
needed rest for all of our employees.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and many
blessings for the New year.

The First Fruit Collection Team

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas is almost here. . . . just two more weeks
until the big day . . . .and good news for you all who
are waiting for a great deal. All of our Christmas
merchandise will be 30% off on Monday, December 13.
Be sure to come early for the best selection.

We are also offering a 20% off any one regular
priced item to all of you that are reading this blog.
Come in and tell the cashier when you are checking
out "I want my Merry Christmas discount!"

Looking forward to seeing you all next week.

Happy Decorating,


Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Home Tour

What a wonderful time we had with all of you that came to our
First Christmas Home Tour. Thank you for taking the time to
come to our homes. We were able to raise $1800.00 for our
charity . . . . we are still praying about that . . . . but we will be
sure to tell you when we decide.

We have photos on the link listed below for those of you
that missed the tour or for those of you that didn’t get
enough of the tour on Saturday. Please take time to look
at these.

Many of you asked if there will be another tour next year.
We will definitely try to do this again next year, but we have
decided that it will be in the middle of November so that you
will have time to incorporate many of the ideas you see in
your own homes.

We will also post the pecan crisps and coconut joys recipes
on an upcoming blog for those of you that asked. The goodies
were divine. We have a very talented employee, Amy Murray,
who is also an excellent cook as well as hostess. Thank you
Amy for helping make Saturday so special for so many.

Also, a special thanks to Brooke and Brian Sparks for opening
their home. They were so gracious to all of our customers by
letting you enjoy their beautiful house. And a big thank you
to Ashley Sparks Toney for all her help in decorating this
home. You are talented beyond your years.

We hope you enjoyed the tour! We enjoyed you!
Happy Decorating,

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love to see
all the decorations that have been packed away for
almost a year. They are like old friends that I haven't
seen in a while, each one holding a special memory.
There are special ones that my children made when
they were small, a snowman won at a very dirty Santa
game (I always remember the Sunday School party)
and a cute wreath given to me by an old neighbor.
I always try to do something different each year. I
love to try finding different purposes for my decorations.

This year, I am opening my home to let you see how I decorate
for Christmas. This Saturday is our first Christmas Home
Tour. There are two homes on this tour. The invitation
is at the end of this blog.

This is a sampling of some of the decor you will see this
weekend. This is my husbands "man room".

This is my stairwell chandelier. I just had to make a new
shade for this. So, so cute!

My new stone nativity on my entry table. I just love it.

My entry kissing ball. Don't get caught under here,
unless you want to. Oh, by the way, please bring
your husbands this weekend.

My Habersham cupboard, all dressed for Christmas.

We would love for you to come this Saturday.

First Fruit Collection

Cordially Invites you to a Christmas Home Tour

December 4th, 2010

From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Suggested donation of $10.00

All proceeds will benefit charity

We will begin our tour at the home of Brian and Brooke Sparks

Decorated by First Fruit Collection Designer Ashley Toney

298 Schilling Boulevard

Collierville, TN

At this home, you will purchase your ticket

Then you will continue the tour at the home of Vince and Lisa Hood

140 Alloway Cove

Piperton, TN

At this home you will receive a special gift from First Fruit Collection

and be treated to holiday sweets

*We kindly request no children under the age of 12