Dec 8 2011

christmas lovelies.

Here we go. It’s Christmas decoration time. And this one’s a doozy.
After days and days of saying to myself that I would post–I have finally cleared away some time to clear out all my current project materials from the living room so that I could take pictures of our decor.
I really did intend on posting a lot of these decor items as DIY’s, but…you know how it goes at Christmas. DIY posts take twice as long as just doing the project, and I just didn’t have the spare time to share. Sigh.
But hopefully you can be inspired by some of the images. My goal was to spend as little money as possible, and use materials that I could find in the backyard, or at thrift stores. I’m majorly pleased with the outcome.

These wood decorations are some of my favourites. They were so easy to make and I really think they are adorable. There is a total of 10 different images used. Special thanks to Sarah who let me nab some of her MANY stamps for these. Check out her website here: “Stampinsars

These baubles were amazingly easy (and despite mine being slightly lop-sided, I still like them). There are a million and one tutorials online for them (just search yarn balloon DIY and your bound to find something).

The next decoration (the book bird) I found on Pinterest. Not going to lie–I’m still not totally sold on it–although I have thoroughly enjoyed it for the Christmas inspiration. I found the DIY on the users website, here: “Under the Table & Dreaming
I also glued hooks to some pine cones to hang on the tree. Simple, but lovely.

My twig stars are another Pinterest find, although I have yet to find the original website for them. So easy. And FREE.

I found this stump in my parents back yard. It made for the perfect little candle holder.

For years, Dave and I have been wanting an advent calendar, but have never liked the cheesy ones in stores. I came up with this idea, kind of as I went (the original plan was a lot different from the finished product). The tags are balsa wood with chalkboard paint on one side, and (printed out) victorian christmas cards (with the corresponding number printed on them). Dave came up with a daily advent reading. (I’ll post that up later).

(Picture 1) Yarn Christmas trees – easy-peasy, and so cute! (Picture 2) As we have been finishing off homemade preserves from the fall, I have been using the empties as candle holders.

This little deer was meant for my Etsy shop. But somehow it never got posted. Weird. ;)

And last, but certainly not least – What’s Christmas decor without a wreath on your front door? Here’s my version.