Monday, December 10, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Day #10: Pottery Barn Burlap and Felt Christmas Pillow

Day 10 Winner of the PB Poinsettia Pillow is DIANNE from UT! Dianne, thank you for being a member/follower of Commona-my house! To everyone who entered, thank you for your comments, posts, pins, shares and for being a member! 



It's Burlap. It's Felt. It has tiny stitching on each poinsetta flower petal. Its adorable.
There are even little bells in the center of the poinsettia.
It could be yours.
Just saying, that this would make a really sweet hostess gift if you have any Holiday parties to go to.
Or it would be something special that maybe you wouldn't normally 'treat' yourself to... just like a real poinsettia plant.
I always have at least one Poinsettia plant in my home at this time of year. My Mother always had plants in our home during Christmas, her favorite was the Christmas Cactus (which I'm not partial to).
The white poinsettias are my favorite.  The flower itself has become such a symbol of Christmas.
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XXXOOO!
P.S. Read Below for things you should know about REAL POINSETTIAS and OTHER CHRISTMAS PLANTS including Toxicity information!
POINSETTIA FACTS:
The Poinsettia was named after the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, who brought the plant back in 1825.
If you have ever driven around Southern California, you have seen the A-MAZE-ING Poinsettia nurseries that support the Christmas demand...most of our Christmas Poinsettias are grown here in the U.S. (controlling 70% of the U.S. market and 50% worldwide).
"The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias.[8] From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations.[9] The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus.[10] In Spain it is known as "Flor de Pascua", meaning "Easter flower". In both Chile and Peru, the plant became known a 'Crown of the Andes'. " -Wikepedia

TOXICITY: 
The belief that Poinsettias are toxic is a myth.  Don't believe me? Read this or this from Snopes! They aren't toxic but just as ingesting any strange plant would make someone sick, a dog or child will most likely vomit if they eat part of the plant.  The milky white sap will make someone ill, though, so as with any house plant, keep this up and out of reach. 
While on this subject, did you know that other Holiday flowers from arrangements ARE HIGHLY TOXIC and can cause severe organ failure and death?  LILY, HOLLY AND MISTLETOE are the three Toxic Stooges of Christmas plants.  Florists frequently use Holly, Mistletoe and Lilies in their Christmas cut arrangements.  Another Winter flower, the Amarillys, is also poisonous. You might be surprised at what is on the list of plants that can be not just harmful, but toxic.

12 comments:

  1. We always had a pink poinsettias in our Victorian Christmas themed living room every year.

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    1. pretty! It's funny how that sticks with you, right? Special! Pink Poinsettias and Victorian Christmas decorations must have been beautiful!

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  2. luckily this pillow version isn't toxic! So pretty.

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    1. As long as the bells don't come off, it's safe, I think! ;)

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    1. I do to! It's not over the top like some other Christmas pillow. I'm really digging the textural burlap and cream felt thing going on.

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  4. I've been reading this every day and really enjoy it Amy. You have talents I didn't know about!

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    1. Wow, thank you so much. I appreciate it more than you know! So glad you keep coming back and glad we can connect here. XXXOOO!

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  5. Ya learn something new every day! Cute pillow!

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    1. I'm glad that you learned something...like that you can never have enough pillows. ;) Thanks for posting, sharing and pinning!

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  6. yes please! i would love this holiday pillow in my home:) absolutely darling

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