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it totally messed with my
–decorating for Christmas–
motivation~which didn’t begin until December 16th and stayed simpler and more natural this year. Even s l o w e r, the kids’ tree went up Christmas eve, and was finally decorated Christmas morn’ (tsk~tsk).
I’d still like to share some of the pretty pictures before things are packed away.
How long do you wait before UNdecorating? Especially when- if- you start so late?
This year’s decor was kept more ‘simple.’
1st~I really love adding hydrangeas from the garden to the tree. I dipped last summer’s crop in scarlet Rit Dye, but didn’t leave them long to keep a lighter tone. I also picked, dried, and dyed some Sedum Autumn Joy from the garden.
2nd~I have bags full of pine cones from so many trips to the Grand Canyon when family & friends visited me in Phoenix. I selected my fav’s and rolled them in glue, then in rolled them in crystal glitter.
I sprayed the tree with “snow,” used silk lamb’s ear, some ice-crystal’d strands and picks, and feathered Cardinals. But to add a little oompf– I included gold sugared baubles and the gold crown tree-topper.
I bought a glittery Merry Christmas banner at Hobby Lobby to swag from the drapery rod, only to discover it was misspelled! MeRRRy ChristMS—to y o u too.
Here are some of my Cardinals—
—and some views of my pine cones, hydrangeas and Sedum, the ice-crystals and lamb’s ear!
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, holiday decor, holidays, holiday decor, humor and inspiration, tagged Holiday Show Christmas stockings, Washington St Market '15 on November 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
You know how it goes,
an exhausting pace of
all the prepping,
then the packing,
setting up & styling
for a very festive
See more ↑ beautiful pictures on the show’s fb page!
It was a great show!
Even through a foot of snow—that then iced over. Oy…
It started in the middle of offloading Friday night. I took the picture below Sunday morn’ as the sun rose and we were about to leave for our last looooooong day. ♥Not really so light out as the picture shows though… (more…)
Thought you might like to see some of those holiday stockings
I’ve been sewing. Yes, they’re all on the feminine side.
Probably more for decorating with than truly stuffing!
And, at the end of the day~ I liked the plainness of them and wrinkled linen.
Like this, I think they’ll be more flexible to embellish with/in other holiday decorating. Like- stuffing them with a bit of evergreen, sage, or holly. Or by hanging a personalized initial from the backside hanging loop.
And these are two other styles and textures I was playing with. . .
Besides sewing, I’ve been hard at it on the fall clean up—oh my aching muscles!
Raking leaves -endlessly- rounding up and covering furniture, cleaning out gardens, cutting down a LOT of plants prepping for the snow to fly. Unfortunately SOONER than later—they’re predicting a big snow storm this weekend. Boooooo…
. . . and prepping for
holiday decorating. . .
I decided on this iron urn for this season’s front steps arrangement.
*only bumped finger like 21 times getting work done.
Posted in Antiques/Vintage treasures, holiday decor, sewing projects, tagged Christmas stockings, grain sack stockings, Holiday Show Christmas stockings, linen stockings, vintage handkerchief lace on November 8, 2015 | 11 Comments »
It has been a L·O·N·G 6 weeks since my hand surgery.
It sure feels ·SO· much longer, but I’m happy to have at least that much time -and healing- behind me as I adapt to all kinds of new “normals.”
Like how everything touching my finger either feels like super coarse sand paper or razor blades trying to hurt me further, or how incredibly painful it is because of the swelling AND trying to bend it again AND because my clutzy-self keeps bumping it into everything imaginable!
It’s also shorter now…hmm…because of the screw?
I am SO happy to finally jump back into at least a “soft” project—like sewing!
I’ve begun working on some Christmas stockings for an upcoming Holiday show. Looking around pintrest for some inspiration, I keep coming back to this beauty! (*can’t seem to find the original creator though)
I have all kinds of textural scrap leftovers from other projects ~grain sacks, linen~ I only needed to buy some pleated trim (too lazy to make my own).
I may –or may not– add some graphic transfers or extra embellishments since they look pretty –plain– too! We’ll see!
Here are my first four…
I made a template from some larger-sized blank stencil sheets. It’s a firm pattern to use for consistent sizes AND you can see fabric prints through it. (I accidentally bought white sheets this time~ooops!)
…to all you non-sewers!
I still need to add the loops they will hang by, and make the decision~
to embellish or
not to embellish!
That is the question!
I’ve been playing with grain sacks and linen, and pleated cotton & grosgrain trim,
as well as vintage laces from my collections/stashes.
*btw— I had a really good 6wk post-op check up, so I’m hoping to be back to my furniture and wood projects really soon!
They threatened us with –s n o w– but thankfully it’s only COLD.
No hunting for eggs outside for us. . .
*for my SWEET friends!
Wishing you all a wonderful day with family and friends
-and may it be Warm!