December 17, 2014

Holiday Entryway


While I've had the inside of my home decorated for weeks, I sort of ran out of steam and hadn't done a single thing outside!

That is until this morning!


I made a simple display for my patio furniture sitting outside still.

A rusty old bucket filled with greenery and a lantern adds a little something festive to the space.  I'm hoping it will stay looking nice til spring.


Another bucket filled with split logs sits right outside the front door.



The corner on the other side of the front door needed something too! 



First I added this vintage sled I picked up at the flea market this past summer.
Love the unique design of this sledge and the colors are so pretty.


I then added another bucket filled with fresh tree clippings - - although the clipping are sort of slumping and you can't see the bucket anymore, I promise it's there.

And finally I added a small snowman blow mold just to make me smile.
Doesn't he look cheerful!


The whole thing took so little time at all I can't believe I put it off for so long.

How about you?  
Is your entryway dressed up for the Holidays or are you procrastinating like I've been doing?

December 15, 2014

A Handmade Christmas


One of my favorite things about the Christmas Season is the crafting and the creating.

Whether its making ornaments from scratch or revamping a thrift store find, it's these creations that I tend to look forward to using year after year.

This year I've mixed together a group of handmade items from previous years like this hand painted sign and home sewn mini stockings . . . 



Book page tree's . . . 




And glitter houses;  which delight me as much today as they did the day I finished making them.




New additions to the mix are these simple stars . . . 




Cut from a piece of plywood using a jigsaw, then painted and distressed.




They have made nice little backdrops for simple displays around the house.

I love them so much I wish I would have made a few more.




Making your own decorations allows you to get a little crazy and step out of you comfort zone just a little bit in order to try something new like this fabric garland that I put together. 

The whole time I was assembling it I was doubting the finished version I had in my head - - wondering if I could pull it off - - in the end, the garland turned out better than I could have hoped for - - talk about crafting satisfaction!



While some project may take hours, others only take a few minutes.

Take this table display for instance.

I wanted something rustic to place a grouping of candles and ornaments on. 

 After searching the house high and low I discovered not a single thing worked.




That's when I decided to try to make something instead.

A simple piece of wood cut to size, painted and then distressed created just what I was looking for.

The combo of pretty and sparkling with rustic and worn is wonderful I think.




And then there's the fun of revamping items you've found while out treasure hunting at your local thrift store.

These two deer were found not long ago,




They were brass and not exactly "me".

But now, after a little white craft paint they are looking oh so pretty.

The perfect addition to my dinning room shelf.




And last but not least, there are those items that you make purely for the fun of it;  like this wreath.

I've long been a fan of this style of wreath and I'm sure you've all seen many versions of it yourself.



I decided I was going to make myself one this year - - had no idea where I was going to use it - - but I just had to make one.

In the end, it's petite size seemed the perfect accent for my bedroom.



Don't you think handmade decorations are so much more charming than anything you can find at the stores?

I sure do!

Bye now,

Robin

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December 11, 2014

Christmas Fabric Garland

Good Morning!

This morning I thought I'd give you a few tips on how I made the fabric garland hanging in my living room.

I am really enjoying the look even though I feel it's a little out of the box for me personally.  

Sometimes it fun to leave your comfort zone for a little while; especially when it turns out this pretty!  LOL.




To get started, I bought six yards a white fabric at the fabric store which I cut into one inch wide by forty inch long strips using my rotary cutter.




Next I removed the curtains and curtain rod from the window leaving the mounting hardware to hold the garland.  Taking  a length of white cotton rope (clothesline rope from Walmart actually) I draped it over the window to determine how long to make the garland.  
Once that was done, the fun started.




The next and final step is very time consuming yet extremely easy.  

I found the middle of my rope, sat down in front of the TV with a pile of my pre-cut strips of fabric and simply tied a single strip onto the rope with a simple knot. 
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat until you have covered the whole half of the rope.  
Then flip and Repeat, Repeat, Repeat on the other half of the rope.  

Once you get going it's sort of fun and if you work on it while watching a football game like I did it doesn't get boring at all.  By the end of the game you'll have a fabulous new fabric garland.

Below you can see how the top of the garland is a row of knots with the fabric draped on either side of it.  As you work, just make sure that your knot it always at the top of the rope.




Once I finished creating the garland I hung it across the window.

To glam it up a little I added a string of battery powered mini lights along the top by hiding the cord under the fabric.

I then strung two lengths of beaded garland  across the length of the fabric garland to add a some sparkle.

And finally, I added three mercury glass ornaments to finish the look.




I love how it turned out.
The silver looks so pretty against the crisp white background and at night when the lights are turned on the whole thing glows.

It's really cool when the furnace kicks on and the air from the vent below make the whole garland flutter.  
It's so pretty.




Have a wonderful day now,

Robin

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December 8, 2014

Holiday Home Tour


I look forward to digging out my Holiday decorations all year long, and I know I'm not the only one.

This year I had a wonderful time dreaming up new ways to use all my old stuff.  It was a challenge but I had so much fun with it and I am very pleased with the results.

I tried to stick to a white and silver theme in the main rooms allowing only a hint of my favorite holiday color, red, into the space.  

Then in order to get my fix of fabulous festive Red, I used it with a heavy hand in my two favorite rooms, the kitchen and the master bedroom.

I do have to admit, I was swept up in the whole photo taking process so I will apologize right away for the amount of photos I've included.  I swear I tried to be very hard-nosed about which photos to include - - even if it doesn't look like it.


I will be joining Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday House Walk Link Party here

Link party holiday house walk tag

Hope you will too!

From here on out I'll keep the chatter down while you enjoy yourself and have a look around...here's hoping you'll find something you like . . . 

The Kitchen:





























The Living Room

















































The Dinning Room
























The Bedroom
















Hope you enjoyed the tour!
Make sure you let me know if you link up the the House Walk also so I will be sure to stop by and see all of your fabulous decorations.

Bye Now,

Robin

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