Every year, I make a swag to hang on the post next to the mailbox out by the road. I’d like to think it cheers those driving by as well as the mail carrier.
Made with branches of Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) and Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus), mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), pine cones and winterberries (Ilex verticillata) add interest. It is finished with a large, red gingham-checked ribbon.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday week and may your gatherings be very merry!
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.
I think it’s extremely cheerful! And charming.
Thank you, my dear!
Beautiful Eliza! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family 🎄🌿🎄🌿
Thank you, Karen. Blessings to you and yours!
What A creativity… Love it! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!
Delightful! Have a wonderful week Eliza!
Thank you, Cathy, same to you!
Lucky postman, have a wonderful Christmas Eliza.
Thank you, Brian!
Beautiful as always:)
I’m sure it cheers all who pass by
Thank you, Derrick. 🙂
So pretty! Will look even better with a little snow!
Thank you, Alice. We’ve had the snow since this photo was taken, but the blasted wind keeps knocking it down no matter how well I secure it. We’ve had some wicked gusts!
It’s lovely, Eliza. When I was a child visiting my Grandparents for Christmas, my Grandfather would bring in a variety of evergreen branches and my Grandmother and I would construct swags for the doors. Good memories. 🙂
Thank you, Judy. It must be a New England thing, you think?
Your swags are lovely. Many years ago, My mother would create beautiful evergreen swags for all the windows in our home. Thanks for the memory!
Thank you so much. Glad to trigger fond memories. 🙂
Very cheerful! And lovely, too.
Thank you, Laurie!
I have to say, whenever I read the title, I always have a certain picture in mind. You always out do what I had imagined. By the way, I got your lovely holiday card! “Blogging, Soul-sister” I love that!!
Thank you, Kim! 🙂
I bet it adds some cheer, it’s lovely! All the best for the holidays.
Thank you, Belinda!
A beautiful and cheerful Christmas swag! Merry Christmas, Eliza!
Thank you, Peter – same to you!
You can come by and design my holiday display any time, Eliza! 😉
Thank you, buy my ticket and I’m yours! ;D
What a warm and generous idea. Merry Christmas!
Thank you, Rickii, and Merry Christmas to you!
Thank you, Dor!
Wonderful, I’m sure it cheers anyone who passes, and you can’t go wrong with gingham!
Thank you, Alison!
Nice work Eliza! Just beautiful. Merry Christmas.
Thank you, Susie. Enjoy your holidays!
I do like the gingham ribbon, Eliza – it adds a freshness to it that glittery ribbon doesn’t. This downward facing display works so well on your mail box but would work just as well on a door where we would notrmally think of doing a wreath
Thank you, Cathy. Happy Christmas!
This is such a great gesture. I love any garden greenery I can get a peek of when I am out and about.
Thank you very much, Linda!
Another beautiful creation by a very talented woman! I look forward to Mondays just to see what you have created! Happy Holidays to you and yours:-)
Thank you very much, Stephanie. I appreciate your kind praise! 🙂
Now that’s some real swag for the mailman and the drivers on your road. Bet it brightens the neighborhood.
Thank you, Lisa. Yes, the neighbor’s do comment on it. It’s become a tradition. I’d probably get a phone call if it didn’t show up one year. 😉
Whata great idea, I love it. So much nicer than a wreath; they always remind me of funerals. I much prefer this swag with its jaunty ribbon.
Thank you, Chloris!
Nice swag Eliza! They make things so very festive. I used to hang two under my porch lights on the garage only I had to wire the heck out of them because of the strong winds. They were pretty under the lights especially when it snowed. I’m sure yours will weather all storms. Merry merry!
Thank you, Kathy. We’ve had a couple gusty days that knocked it down, along with items hanging on the woodshed. I don’t usually have to secure it, but its been windy lately (40-50 mph).
I was out snowshoeing the other day and a sudden gust caught me off-balanced, mid-stride and actually knocked me over! That hasn’t happened since I was a little kid. 😉
I hate the wind!
Always makes me nervous living with all these big trees.
Really beautiful, Eliza! Happy Solstice, and Merry Christmas! 🙂
Thank you, Robin!
We now have so much snow that anything on the base of the mailbox would long ago have been buried by it! You can hardly see the first floor of our house driving up because the snow piled from the street has gotten so high. Methinks that pile may not be melting until well into spring.
Thank you, Sarah. Definitely a White Christmas this year!
Oh it’s so beautiful Merry Christmass xx
Thank you, Adele. Merry Christmas!
You make everything festive! We often had swags rather than wreaths when I was growing up. I always thought it was because my very busy working mother thought the swags took less time to make. But maybe it is a New England thing. In any case, I love them (and the word “swag,” too).
Thank you, Brenda. They are quick and easy to make. Appealing to ‘practical’ New Englanders. 😉
Gorgeous wintry swag!
Thank you, Denise. Happy Solstice!
Thank you, Julie!