Happy Holidays! I had so much fun decorating this year. I upcycled some old Christmas decorations, and found new places to display others. That always seems to freshen things up. Last year I bought a vintage red toy truck at an antique mall after Christmas. I had plans to put a little "fresh cut" Christmas tree in the back of it, but had to wait until this year to pick one up at the Dollar Tree. I didn't like the mound of snow at the bottom of the tree, so I cut it off, and hot glued rolled up brown paper for a more realistic looking trunk.
I propped up a little chalkboard behind it and printed the lyrics to the carol "O Christmas Tree" to continue with the tree theme. It makes me so happy whenever I see cars driving around town carrying their beloved Christmas trees on top.
Since I now have a china cabinet in one corner of my piano room (see here and here) I needed to put my tree in the opposite corner this year. It looks like this will be its home for the next several years, since I can't find any other place for it. I am actually very pleased it worked out this way, because now I can see it from three different rooms. Sometimes I just sit on the couch mesmerized with its beauty.
I couldn't find a good place this year for my giant redwood tree pine cones. (The top of my armoir where they used to be, is already occupied). Then I remembered that I don't have to keep all my decorations indoors. So, I put them in a galvanized wash tub, and placed it on the little table on the back patio.
Remember my boxwood preserving disaster this summer? I was disappointed it didn't work. But, when I saw this bunch of greenery at Wegmans (grocery store) the week of Thanksgiving, I thought I would try to make a wreath with them. It was only $5.00 for the bunch, and they were practically completely dry already! I'm not sure if it is boxwood or not, but it looked close enough for my liking.
I cut black foam board into the shape of a doughnut, and just hot glued little bunches of it around the circle. It is completely dry now, but I think it still looks ok. And, if I am careful with it, I may still be able to get a few years out of it.
I never get tired of this little wreath. It moves around to a new place every year.
I decided to try a white, cream, and green colored theme on the top of my piano and in the entryway. I love the combination of these soft, simple colors.
I still can't believe I picked up this red and white cross stitched runner at a yard sale one summer...
After Christmas last year, I bought a kitchen hand towel. It was a fun Reindeer Food replica of a feed sack. I thought it was too pretty to use, so I wrapped it around a piece of foam board, taped it down with duct tape, and stuck it in a yard sale frame.
I put fresh cranberries around a white pillar candle, and tied on a
vintage white snowflake with baker's twine.
For a couple of years now, I have planned to put glitter on these ice skates that I had picked up at a rummage sale. Have you seen how people have put glitter on them? In the end, I decided I don't want to do anything too trendy, and decided to keep them as is which is probably more timeless.
I still have a couple more things to make on my list. One is a Joy to the World burlap banner to hang in my kitchen window. The other is to make some ornaments or something out of old black and white family photographs. I hope you are enjoying the season!