Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy New Year! {2012 vignette}

What a wonderful Christmas we had this year! Such a special time for our little family. Today I began the "taking down" of the Christmas decor...sniff sniff. As usual I take everything down but my Tree. I wait to take them down until January 1. I love ringing in the New Year with the twinkleing Christmas lights in my living room. While growing up in Denmark, New Years Eve was always a BIG deal. Parties and Fireworks galore! We all would stand on a couch or chair and once the old towns clock in Copenhagen struck its twelfth chime we would "jump" into the new year. From outside could be heard a hurrendious sound of somethin like a war zone of fireworks filled the air. we would all wish each other a Happy New Year, sing the Danish new years anthem, and thus proceed to watch the queen of Denmarks Annual new years address to the nation. Whew...what the walk down memory lane!! So, to lighten up my spirits And saddened empty that the lack of Christmas decor left my home and heart, I decided to make a New Years vignette.
And let me say...it Indeed lightened my spirits to welcome in this 2012 year! A new year, new hope, new life, new dreams, new memories to be had, and new adventures!

 I kept up my cream painted branch, than looked up online "Vintage Clock" images. I downloaded them, and printed them up in black and white onto some cut up lunch sacks! lol. Than I embellished them with some old bookpage "firework" details. Hot glued it all together and added clear thread so they seem like they are "floating". And now I have Clocks hanging ornaments:-)
Here is a close up....Oh and I added GLITTER of corse! 
 Another close up...
 I had this picture mat lying around {a leftover from a Christmas present I made}. I knew it would come in handy! Quickly busted out my new Cricut machine {Santa totally surprised me with it this year...Oh how I LOVE my Santa};-) It happily cut out the {2012} for me. Than again added glitter to it all. {its hard to see on the pic}.
 My sweet Vintage B.L Snowman looked GREAT with this, AND I am so glad that he can follow my decor into the New Year!
 For some texture I used glitter Stars, silver ribbon and again my Cricut busted out these adorable snowflakes. Natural colored paper confetti and a antique crochet doily for the backdrop. I also added some crystal beads for some Bling. {New Years Eve is all about Bling right}?
 I filled some crystal toasting glasses with Pearls....ahh I love me some pearls!
And there you have it, A New Years Vignette, made of things I had lying around the house.




 Happy New Years!

hugs
Cat

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

A small little votive {g}

I made this a few weeks ago, but neglected to get it posted. {Christmas prep getting done and all}.
 All it was, was an old square wood candle holder. I painted it white, distressed it, and added a piece of burlap with the letter {g}. I made it as a test letter once when I wanted to make my fall banner. Well it came in handy for this to embellish it a bit:-) I NEVER through anything away!lol
And here you have it. I think it turned out cute!
Merry Christmas to ALL! 
Enjoy this weekend and dont get stressed out...Just ENJOY...and BE;-)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Evergreen & Pine Garland {live}

Oh yes, I wish I had a beautiful wooden front door, with beautiful trim and several transom windows....but alas I do not. 
But that WILL NOT stop me from adorning our current humble front door with Christmas Cheer! :-) I made this Evergreen garland VERY easily using blue spruce twigs, green wire and pinecones. I attached the long pieces of evergreen together with the wire {ouch}! lol. Than did the same with the pine cones. hung it up be simply hammering a few nails in the doorway so it had something to "hang" on to. SO EASY!
I think it is SO pretty and I am SOO happy how it turned out:-)
{oh and this was all free}
thanks mother nature! I will forever be doing this for some festive front door decor! 
Here it is, with my PB inspired Swag.

 These urns looked so sad and empty now that their flowers were sleeping for the winter. So I just filled them with the greenery leftovers I had. {even had a few holy branches too, to add}. And than a few logs to add some texture. 
And here is one of two little lights we have next to our front door. I added some greenery and a big silver $ store bow. Done. {it did have more evergreen behind it earlier in the week...but a BIG record breaking windstorm swept it away.} Lets just say I am lucky my garland is still in tact.... not to mention our roof!

I Love these homemade evergreen garlands SO much I dont EVER want to take it down!! 
And here's to the day when I will have a pretty wooden front door..with my Transom windows.:-)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Vintage Oil Lamp "Spruced" Up! lol

Another treasure my husband found for me the other day. I was so excited when he showed me them, because they remind me of the Victorian era. {one of my favorite movies is A Little Princess}. 
 Perfect with my Christmas Decor, I literally spruced it up with a few live Evergreen springs. I have been loving using live greens this year. Dont think I will ever go back to the cheap fake ones. Now...the Expensive fake ones on the other hand...well THATS somethin I will Keep! lol

Aluminum {mercury glass inspired} Christmas Ornaments...DIY

I keep seeing these branches spray painted white so I had to give a go at it myself! So I found my branch {one that I used for both my halloween AND thanksgiving decor this year}. Spray painted it. 
Than hung it up with some fish string. Its so cool, because its "invisible". Next I added a few homemade foil paper ornaments! haha! I know what you are thinking...tacky! Oh well, I like how they turned out, they remind me of old mercury glass or old metal. 
 To make the flat ornaments I took a square piece of foil. 
Used modgepodge to stick it together as I folded it over a few times to get it thicker/sturdier. 
Than I cute out the shapes and crinkled it a bit for texture. 
Last I used some black/dark brown glaze paint to give it the "rusty" like look. (Wiping off any exess).
Once dry strung them with fish string too. 
 And done. I also added a few $ store silver ornaments.
 Makes a great overhang for our Nativity!
Thanks for stopping by!
Enjoy these next 12 days until Christmas comes! ;-)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Decorating for Christmas {Upstairs & In my Bedroom}

I am just loving this Holiday Cheer! So this year I decided to start decorating our Bedrooms. Thats Right...kind of odd, but whenever I have seen such things done in magazines I just swoon, at the thought of Christmas in other rooms, besides of our main living areas. So I started with my Bedroom. I added a Red Crimson satin pillow to my all white {and a touch of black} bedspread. Than a cream afghan at the foot of the bed. A touch of real fresh holly {dried} and a cream & red cute snowflake sachet and I'm done...for this year. lol
 It makes me smile to wake up looking at this real holly branch over my head every morning. I when I first placed it there it was still live. But I also enjoy the dried too. 
 For Our upstairs hallway I attached these red christmas ornaments to a piece of jute and hung it up. Kind of like a banner of sorts. My kids love it, because it is right above their collection of books that we keep in my homemade "pallet bookcases". Or what they call their "Library". 
Oh and now for my FAVORITE thing. {well one of them}. I came across this TREASURE at TJ Maxx  in the summer. A GORGEOUS star all made of drift WOOD!! My little 4 yr old actually pointed it out to me as we were walking down the isles. "Mama, look at this Beautiful STAR"! Oh my HECK girl...she sure knows her stuff! It was indeed Beautiful! lol. I HAD to bring it home! 
And so I did for $24 . 
{no way I didnt make this....But I sure would have tried if I had an Ocean nearby! hahaha}

 To make this more 'christmasy' I added a few fresh springs of a very fine needled evergreen. {I dont know the exact type}. A type of Fir I guess?
And there you have it....some more NATURAL christmas decorating ideas. I just love it, the simplicity of it all. Its SO easy to make your decor better when bringing some of nature indoors.
And CHEAP too;-)
Now go find yourself a HOLLY bush... ok. :-)
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