Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Crowns, Jewels and Sheet Music

I bought more of these tall candles from the grocery store that I decorated for Christmas. I could not pass up this $1.50 candle sale! This time I copied my vintage sheet music onto cardstock and then printed crown clipart, from The Graphics Fairy, over the music. I used modge podge to wrap the paper around the candles and then added glitter paint to accent the crown details.

I used a copy of this vintage print for another candle. I altered it by adding a mini crown and lettering.

The last two candles were the ones I had already covered in brown, vintage sheet music for Christmas. I took off the Christmas greens and added burlap and vintage, pearl earrings to dress them up.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a lovely and restful Christmas day!  It rained all day and it was so nice to stay inside with a warm fire. 

Santa left me a special surprise in my stocking  - raw cream!  Anyone that knows me, knows that I am crazy about cream!  I made some delicious eggnog which we enjoyed by candlelight, next to the twinkling lights of the tree.  Mmmmm...fresh eggnog is my favorite Christmas treat! 

We cut down a sucker redwood tree from our neighbor's yard this year and we could not tell how lopsided it was until we removed it from the giant trunk of the mother tree.  I love the droopy, sparse branches and unusual shape. I decorated the tree with birds, sparkly fruit, icicles and shimmery ribbon.  It was a bit of a challenge to decorate, but it is still beautiful in its own unique way!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Window Wreaths and Christmas Candles

I finished my last Christmas project this morning - fresh wreaths for my living room windows (they smell sooo good)! I picked up a couple of wreath forms for 30 cents at a thrift shop. I simply wrapped them in fresh greens and cut a strip of red and white toile fabric for the wreath hanger. I love that wreaths are so simple, yet add so much festive charm.

Yesterday, I found these slender jar candles at the grocery store for $1.50 each! I wrapped them in my brownish, vintage sheet music and hung vintage crystals from an old chandelier.  To finish them, I added fresh greens with berries.

Best wishes to you and yours this Christmas.  May your days be merry and bright!

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Whitewashed Christmas Wreath

I told you I had some Christmas posts to catch up on at the last minute!

I wanted to create a whitewashed, rustic Christmas wreath. I had a few extra pinecones that I had gathered outside around my house, so I decided to add those to the bottom. I mixed some white paint with water and brushed it over the wreath and pine cones. I had just enough burlap left in my fabric bin to make a bow wreath hanger.

I started with this twiggy wreath - a $1 thrift store find.

For the finishing touch, I stenciled letters on vintage sheet music and attached them to the wreath with mini clothespins and hemp twine.

My front door finally has a wreath this Christmas!  It is better late than never.

I have one more Christmas decorating project for tomorrow, so stop back by!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Brown Paper Christmas Gifts

I had to go out of town unexpectedly, adding a bit more stress to an already hectic month. I have the next couple of days to catch up on my Christmas posts!

While I was away, Mr. Rubbish called to see if I had any Christmas wrapping paper stashed anywhere. I did not, so I told him to use brown paper sacks and I would decorate them when I got home. I wanted to forgo the commercial wrapping paper this year and opt for recycled wrapping instead. I used trims, ribbons, burlap and vintage broaches, from my stash, to dress up our presents.

I love the old-fashioned charm of brown paper packages.

The Trader Joe's bags are nicely decorated with white snowflakes, ornaments and holiday words, so I cut those out to make gift tags.

I stenciled white reindeer on one of the larger packages.

 I adore these little galvanized metal pots that I picked up at a yard sale for free.  They are perfect containers for my large pine cones.

My sister-in-law made us these adorable, felt Christmas boots with our initials.  Mr. Rubbish's family always used boots instead of stockings and I love the idea, especially when I have no fireplace mantle to hang stockings!

Mr. Rubbish did manage to find one remnant piece of wrapping paper from last year.  I decorated it with burlap, ribbon and mini pinecones.

Happy gift wrapping to all of you!

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Window Mantle

Since I don't have a fireplace mantle, I decorated the built-in shelf above my living room window.  I gathered redwood branches and pinecones around my house and mixed them with some of my Christmas decorations.  I brushed white acrylic paint over the pine cones and then sprinkled gold and white glitter over them to add a snow frosted look. 

I wanted my mantle to be natural and whimsical at the same time.  I added birds, pomegranates and shimmery ribbon to the branches and pinecones.

When I was visiting my sister this summer, I found these vintage, glass Christmas balls for $1 at DI.  I hung these under the shelf and in front of the window with some clear string.  I love the pretty, pastel colors of the vintage balls.

I am so happy to be done with working on stuff for my space at the shop, so I can finally focus on decorating my house for Christmas!


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