Tag Archives: Christmas decor

Thinking Christmas

18 Sep

When I was out with my family over the summer, my mother brought some old craft magazines with her — many of them had some great ideas so I’ll do some posts on them over the next few weeks.  Personally, while I don’t like to see the Christmas decorations go up in the shops too early, I don’t think it’s ever too early to start thinking about Christmas.

I know I always find myself behind at Christmas time  — over scheduled and stressed out! So it’s kind of nice to get ahead of the game with card making, decorations and picking up the odd gift now and again.  Otherwise, it seems like my efforts are a lot less thoughtful if I’m rushed and doing everything in December.

So, with that idea in mind, I thought this little Christmas tree craft made from felt and buttons was adorable and would be a great replacement for a framed picture in an entryway for the month of December. Easy peasy to make and sure won’t you look clever and organized when you pop it up on the wall on December 1st.

Sourdough Christmas Ornaments

29 Aug
When I was out in Colorado this summer, my mother came prepared with a family craft project:  she had pre-prepared some sourdough Christmas ornaments ready for the clan to paint.  About eight of us spent a leisurely afternoon at the dining room table painting and decorating snowflake ornaments.  It was simple and fun.  See the recipe below to try out making your own (and by the way, use whatever cookie cutter you like and these don’t just have to be for Christmas — they also make great gift trinkets).
4 c. all purpose flour
1 c. salt
1 1/2 c. water
Tempera, acrylic paint or paint pens
String or ribbon
Clear acrylic or varnish
Do not eat the ornament.Mix all ingredients in large bowl with your hands. Roll into a smooth ball. Roll dough 1/4″ thick with rolling pin on waxed paper. If sticky, sprinkle more flour on wax paper. If sticky, sprinkle more flour on wax paper, cut out shapes with cookie cutters or table knife. Use a pencil to make a hole for a string to go through. Bake 4 to 5 minutes in microwave on high. Do one at a time. The time needed and the size/thickness can be changed for different projects. When cooled they can be painted with tempera or acrylic paint or you can use standard craft pens. Then spray with clear acrylic paint (or varnish) to seal out moisture. Store in cool, dry place when not being used.

Bonus post – knitted gloves wreath

24 Dec

Another contribution from Michelle. Love it.  Maybe this is what I can do with the mittens that young miss Tilly chewed a hole in when she was just a few weeks old…

A bit of the ole’ Charlie Brown Christmas tree lookof

24 Dec

Charlie Brown didn’t need a big fancy tree to get into the Christmas spirit and neither does this Swedish home.  Leave it to the Swedes to keep it simple.  This very pared down look was recently featured on Emma’s Designblog:  http://emmas.blogg.se/

It really does demonstrate how a simple and a bit less polished look can be just as warm and inviting as the more traditional approach.  So, I know it’s Christmas Eve but if you haven’t had time to get to the decorating – it’s still not too late…

A coffee-lover’s Christmas wreath

23 Dec

Christiana sent this photo to me — I presume it was taken in a coffee shop but I guess I’m showing my bias toward coffee as these cups could just as easily satisfy the hot-chocolate lover or tea lover.  Oh well, I do love my coffee and Christiana lives in the Seattle area so coffee is a darn good guess.  Anyway, whatever your love, isn’t a novelty wreath fun?  Don’t know about you but I’m getting anxious for it to be Christmas!

Bonus post – Christmas plates

22 Dec

Another great idea passed on to me from Michelle who says that this has me written all over it! This would be super easy to make – cheap white plates, red paint and a stencil — I am making a mental note for next year…

Paper Christmas tree

20 Dec

Apologies for this photo which is not the best quality.  I took this photo a few years ago on my phone because I was in Anthropologie (which, any loyal readers will know is one of my favorite spots) and I saw this very fun decor.  It was like looking at one of my old school projects — they had simply taken old phone books, diagonally cut the pages, spray painted them green and then layered them on a cone shape.  They had a bunch of these throughout the store of all different sizes in groupings.  It was adorable.  Once again, those retail designers at Anthropologie really inspire me.

What to do with all those Christmas cards

19 Dec

I love to send Christmas cards so I tend to also receive a lot of them.  Every year, I struggle with a unique way to display my cards (which generally, tend to get lined up along the mantle).

I thought this was a fun idea as featured in the now defunct home design magazine, Domino. It’s not a mind-blowing idea to use a memo board but it works for me. Merry merry.

Guerilla knitting

18 Dec

As a craft-lover, I’m a bit of a sucker for this whole guerilla knitting phenomenon.  It’s so sweet and I think it would be a blast to take on a project (if only I could knit better!).  I might have to talk my folks into some guerilla quilting to promote their online store — but I digress. 

So, I’ve been seeing a lot of knitted items crop up in the home — and when I say knitted items, I mean in some more non-traditional uses.  I’m trying to convince Petra that she should knit a lamp for me like the one here — she flies through the knitting so I’m sure she could have it done in no time…

Christmas decor courtesy of David Stark

10 Dec

Here are some  fun ideas for anyone looking for a way to spice up the house this Christmas — I’m especially fond of pink and black as a break from the traditional Christmas palette.  And if you’re like me, I never know what to do with all the Christmas cards — the Card Tree is a great solution!