Holiday Dining Block Party & GIVEAWAY

It’s time for the Christmas Blogger Block Party and I am hosting Holiday Dining!
I am so happy you could join me.Thank you so much Vanessa and Heather from At The Picket Fence for including me

in the Chrsitmas Blogger Block Party!  I am honored to be participating along with
such talented ladies.

I want to share our dining room dressed in a Christmas coastal theme.  I grew up in Florida, and
our previous home was on a small island, so I have always loved seashells and everything
to do with the beach. Though Steve and I no longer live close to the beach,  we still like to
add some coastal touches to our home.


I made the little tree from my collection of starfish.
A large glass vase was filled with water, a floating candle, seashells, coral and a sea fan.  I love the
way the objects are magnified in the glass.
Now you see where I placed the green limpet tree  I made for the Copy Cat party.
I made the candles using the tissue paper and hair dryer technique.  There are quite
a few tutorials posted on other blogs and it is a easy, inexpensive way to dress up plain candles.
As you can see I have replaced some of my mercury glass since the mantel disaster last year.






This vignette is on top of the buffet.  I filled a vintage frame with faux snow and added more of
my seashell and glass float collection.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of our dining room.
The giveaway item was inspired by our recent trip to Italy and Greece and it is a
product I have been working on for a couple of months to perfect.  I hope you
like it as much as I do!
Up for grabs is a 8×10 wood frame with three mounted Intaglios.  Each Intaglio is
hand cast by me from original Grand Tour molds from the late 1700’s.
They are lightly hand glazed to bring out the detail and then framed
so the Intaglios sit away from the glass.
A little History
Grand Tour Intaglios ( pronounced in-tal-yos) were marketed in Italy for wealthy
travelers as souvenirs in the late 1700’s and 1800’s when tourism opened up between countries
.  These were purchased as mementos of their trip by aristocrats and wealthy gentry and
brought home to be studied and mounted in frames or books.  The Grand Tour Intaglios
have become very rare and expensive, as they have been sought by serious collectors.
To enter the giveaway…
  Leave a comment on this post and let me know you are a follower.
For an additional entry add the giveaway to your sideboard and leave a
separate comment. 
The winner will be chosen on December 21st.  The giveaway is open to
everyone..outside USA and non-bloggers welcome.  
The Intaglios are for sale now in my Etsy Shop and will soon be available in a new
on-line shop.

166 thoughts on “Holiday Dining Block Party & GIVEAWAY”

  1. Your dining room is very pretty, Sherry, as well as elegant and classy. Unfortunately I don't do a table setting, so I don't get to play with everyone at your party, but I will be lurking alot :). Your give-a-way is very generous.

  2. Hi Sherry,
    Oh I love your decor! Your copycat tree is so cute, and that starfish one with the bird is to die for! I love mercury glass and have some on my mantel. This is the third year I've use pieces up there. Sure hope I don't have any disasters! I love your piece that is a tall mercury glass with a skinny cloche. It is very unique. The give away is fabulous! I have been a follower for quite some time. Love your blog!

  3. Oh my gosh, it's stunning! I absolutely loved the starfish tree – what a great idea!
    Sadly, I don't have dining room decor to share, but I'll be checking out everyone else's posts!

  4. I'm definitely a follower and have enjoyed your coastal inspired dining room vignettes. The intaglios are great! Hope I'm the lucky one…

  5. Oh your decor is just beautiful, Sherry! I love all the colors & the coastal charm of it all, but yet it's very elegant.

    The intaglios are also beautiful. Very interesting story about them. I am a follower.

  6. Sherry, thanks for hosting your home is just beautiful.. I decorated my friends Home in Teal and sliver.. I just love those colors.. Happy Holidays from me to you….

  7. So many beautiful items in each vignette! It's amazing how well sea items and snow go together. Your's is one of the first blogs I started following when I discovered "blogland" last spring.
    You have so many great ideas.

  8. Your dining room is stunning, Sherry, absolutely breathtaking! The beautiful coastal theme and colors are fabulous!

    Unfortunately for me, I don't do tables…but will enjoy visiting with some of your guests. Maybe I'll learn a thing or two!

  9. I adore all your coastal decorations, and I am going to have to investigate the tissue paper and hairdryer technique to embellish candles. Yours look fabulous with your other items.

    Please count me in your giveaway. The intaglios are gorgeous and even more special because they were made by you. I am definitely a follower.

  10. Everything you created out of sea items are so beautiful, Sherry. You are so creative. And that giveaway is awesome! I am a follower….Christine

  11. Hi Sherry,
    I love your coastal touches and the colors that you chose. The starfish tree with the bird on top is so pretty and the water arrangement is fantastic. It all looks so magical and lovely.

    Your giveaway is unbelieveable and You have really created a work of art.


  12. Sherry your dining room is gorgeous! I swooned a little at that star fish tree with the little bird a top! Love love love all the shells for Christmas!
    Oh and please consider me for the giveaway…Of course I'm a long time follower and par-tay monster *winks* Those intaglios are fab! Vanna

  13. I love the tree made from starfish ! You have a lovely dining room . Makes me want to be by the sea . Thank you for hosting ! Hope I win the giveaway !

  14. This is just so incredible Sherry! Each photo was even more amazing than the last and I am in awe at how you tied in the coastal feeling. Everything is positively gorgeous…that starfish tree is like nothing I have ever seen! Can you tell I'm impressed? LOL! You are a truly talented lady! 🙂

  15. Wow! This is gorgeous. I've always loved coastal decor. I'm an ocean-girl at heart!

    First time linking up! Thanks for hosting and I love your blog…I'm no minimalist either. I have many collections.


  16. Your coastal decor is gorgeous. I like the juxtaposition of the porous and very clever starfish tree with the sparkle of the ornaments and limpet tree. Linking up for the first time. Thanks for hosting.

  17. Sherry
    Looks like we are on the same decorating wavelength this year! I just linked up my Silver Sea and Shells Centerpiece! I adore your table – that basket full of starfish – I want! Amazing.

  18. Oh my Sherry, your decor is beautiful. I love the coastal elements and your tree made from the starfish is just stunning. Everything is gorgeous. Thanks so much for hosting such a fun party. Yes of course I am a follower and I would love to be included in your beautiful giveaway. Hugs, Marty

  19. It looks lovely Sherry. Love the colors, and seaside touches. I do live at the beach and I have very few beachy things inside! Maybe some left over sand from the summer! 🙂
    Have a wonderful Christmas, and thank you for hosting.

  20. Hi Sherry,
    I would love to win your giveaway. I've been a follower for awhile. I love your parties and try to come and visit each week.
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

  21. Hi Sherry,
    I would love to win your giveaway. I've been a follower for awhile. I love your parties and try to come and visit each week.
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

  22. Your table is so very pretty, Sherry! I am in love with the starfish tree! Your color scheme of silver, blue and white is just fabulous!

    Thank you for hosting the tablescape party, I am enjoying it! And thank you also for such a wonderful giveaway…I am a follower!

    Happy Holidays!


  23. OK…I love love love the blue! Everything look simply gorgeous in your dining room! And your give away is dynomite. I love Greece and everything that goes with it!

  24. Sherry, your beach theme table is lovely. The starfish tree is very clever. Love the soft colors of your table and decor. Thanks for hosting. Happy Holidays! ~ Sarah

  25. I love the arrangement on top of your sideboard with the glass floats. I am always so drawn to those floats, and yet I do not own one!! What a wonderful job you did on the intaglios, I would love to be in the drawing! I am already a follower so please add my name to the hat,
    Merry Christmas,

  26. I grew up in Florida and spent my adult life traveling to Pawleys Island in SC. I love the sea and shells, I love your decorations. I am a new follower and would love a chance at your giveaway! Thanks so much and have a wonderful holiday. Di@cottage-wishes

  27. I love your shell theme and the blue, white and silver is stunning. Thank you for hosting the party. It is so much fun. Amazing giveaway, too. I have enjoyed following your blog for a long time. The intagios are wonderful.

  28. Sherry, I love your holiday table! Your coastal decorations are perfect! I would have never thought of making a tree from starfish! Thanks for sharing such a great idea! I love the coast too and I think it's a great decorating choice! Thank you for hosting this link! It's always fun to see all of the great ideas!

  29. Oh I'm a follower, Sherry, and would LOVE to win!!! I have just one intaglio that sits atop a French box. These are beautiful~~ and I love your decorating, especially the sea fan in the hurricane vase~

  30. Hello Sherry,

    Stopping by for the first time and linked to your Christmas Party! Lovely place you have here! Looking forward to perusing some more and visiting others that have joined the party.

    Kindly, Lorraine

  31. What amazing holiday decor…I love the Coastal Christmas theme.

    Being of Italian descent I love this giveaway more than you can imagine. I haven't been back there since the late 80's but I love Italy.

    I would love to win this giveaway..fingers crossed.

    Happy Holidays!

    Lucky 7 Design

  32. HI Sherry! I love your color scheme and, since I'm a real beach lover, the items and colors really melt my heart! You've done an awesome job of making these summer loving items Christmas festive! I also love your give-away and would like to be entered! Your talent is amazing! Best wishes for a Merry Christmas to you and your family! xoxo,Leena

  33. Just linked up at 2:30 a.m. What am I doing up this late!!!!!
    Your beachy Christmas decor is so pretty. Love the copycat tree.

    Love the Framed Intaglios too.
    Yep I follow…be back in a sec.

  34. Very lovely Sherry~~
    I am still working on decorating clients homes for the holidays…my last set up is in the morning..and then I can finish decorating my house!

    I decided to share a holiday market I participated in over the weekend!
    Love all your seashell accents!

    Thank you for hosting.
    So glad I found your blog a couple weeks ago:))

    Have blessed week,
    Kay Ellen

  35. I love the blue/white combo of your decor! I was able to link up my DIY Vintage Aluminum wreath-which is cheap & easy to do. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for hosting the party once more!

  36. Sherry, This table and the buffet are just magnificent! Love the color theme and all of the elegant bling. Of course, I am a follower and would love to be entered in your very generous give-away! ~ Sue

  37. Yeah! I'm here! Finally. Whew. What a whirlwind keeping up with all the parties…who were the crazy ladies that planned this thing! lol 😉 Sherry, your dining room is BEYOND amazing! I am drooling over every detail…love, love, love! Thank you so much for helping us host the party! Love ya!


  38. Your table scape looks great, I love how the blue from your decorations make the green on your walls stand out, and I absolutely love all the mercury glass decorations! I'm your newest follower!

  39. So sad I don't have a dining post but I still wanted to stop by and say that your beachy tablesetting is absolutely crazy beautiful. If I didn't run a preschool in my home I would totally want it to look like yours. Have a great day…I'm off to check out what others have done!

  40. Just found your blog. Love your vignette in the dining room. Live on the Gulf Coast in Florida and am always trying to feature my seashore finds in my decorating.

  41. HI sweet Sherry! I am a follower and this is a great, and GENEROUS give away! I LOOOOVE your dining room vignettes! I never heard about the tissue thing for candle, will have to research that, cause yours look beautiful!!! I didn't have a table done so linked a post from last year! Hope that is OK??? Have a great weekend. XO, Pinky

  42. Hi Sherry, Your decor is just stunning and What a wonderful job you did on the intaglios, I would love to be in the drawing! I am already a follower so please toss my name in the hat..
    Merry Christmas,

  43. Thank you for hosting the party. It is my 1st time participating! I love all your aqua, white, & silver items! Please enter me for your giveaway; what a unique, beautiful framed piece!
    PS~I am a follower!

  44. Hello! Lovely party – I just love your combination of blue, white and gold! Stunning! Thank you for hosting and I am a happy follower!

  45. Thanks for hosting the party. Your dining room is stunning and so many clever touches. Most of all I love the starfish "tree." What a great idea. If I had starfish, I'd copy it. I also like your decorating style. The color on your walls in the dining room is a perfect host to your decorations. I enjoy blue transferware too and have a wonderful collection of Allerton's Blue Willow. Merry Christmas.

  46. Hi Sherry,
    Just discovered blogging, fascinated with your website adding it to my home page. Your unique and clever coastal arrangement so beautiful, wish I could recreate it here before our company arrives. Thanks for sharing. Intaglios and their history were new to me, what a lovely idea to display them like you have.

  47. Hello! Following your blog via GFC! (ksyshenka)

    I just fell in love with this Amazing wood frame with three mounted Intaglios!

    Crossing my fingers!

    Thank you for the chance!


  48. Sherry, This is GORGEOUS! I love how you cared so perfectly for every detail! The starfish Christmas Tree is my favorite!!!
    I'm excited to be your newest follower and hope you'll stop by and visit and follow me, too!

    I'm joining 8 bloggers in hosting Blogging Around the Christmas Tree Party and today’s feature is Christmas Scapes at my place! I’d love to have you join up, the party is just beginning!

    XO, Aimee from

  49. Hellooo Sherry,

    First of all I love your style and what you've done with your dining table…that's SO ELEGANT and creative…on the whole it seems so natural&luxurious at the same. That starfish-X-max tree is absolutely hilarious :)and those HUGE beautiful sea shells…I could die to have one of those beauties O_o

    Thank you for the chance!


    porcukorborso at gmail dot com

  50. Hi Sherry, Your decor is beyond beautiful, I live in Tampa bay and have never had such lovely, beach decor. Count me in on the giveaway, please. I don't know if anyone else mentioned this, but I got a chuckle out of you stating add the giveaway to your side"board" instead of side"bar", ha, ha – a mistake only a home-style blogger would make. Hugs, Kim

  51. I always enjoy your blog! Thanks for such lovely ideas – it's special to see how items are used in different homes ~ I think your "give away" is fabulous !!

  52. A follow I am. Please know that the most interesting thing about your giveaway is that you have furnished the history behind your project gift. History is 'one of my great loves' and had I been a teacher this would have been my major.

    Thank you and Mary Christ Mass aka Merry Christmas,
    ~Sylvia Faye

  53. I love your blog. I am no minimalist either. I am leaving Christmas Day for Italy to visit my son who is stationed there (army). I would love to win your giveaway. I am following on GF.

  54. Hello Sherry,
    I love your give away intaglios! You are so lucky to have the original old molds! And so clever to actually do something with them! I have been following your blog for about 6 months now, and enjoy every post. Keep 'um coming!

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