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,


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  1. Everything is so festive and sweet - the best part? The sweet pup ox

  2. Love, love, love everything!!!! So clever and creative!! May I copy??? I love the white Lincoln logs! And those stars!!! Everything is lovely!!

  3. Loving your holiday header, and your home is looking so warm and wonderful!

  4. It is so pretty! I like both handmade and new decorations. Your home is all ready for Christmas!

  5. Your home is the kind that I would love to have. Love all of it. The little deer and your puppy are sweet.

  6. I have really enjoyed all your Christmas decorations!!!!!!! So pretty.
    :-) Sherri

  7. Oh I agree with you Robin, hand made items are a bit more charming. Love, love, love all of yours.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  8. How very pretty, Robin! I love your sweet and simple style! Very inspiring and yes, homemade is definitely better! Love your home and your sweet little bed-mate :) xo Karen

  9. It's all so pretty and bright! I love the paper tree that you are so talented!

  10. You make such lovely things, Robin! Your new stars are wonderful! I love to try to make things, too!

  11. Robin, this is all so beautiful! Handmade truly is the of a kind and charming! Merry Christmas to you!

  12. Your Christmas home is delightful - love the new wooden stars you made, the table display of rustic and glittery really shines, the book wreath I love, the painted deer (I have one that's brown which you've now inspired me to paint). Yes I love the decor I make far more than I would something that cost lots, for it's the memories and love that make things special.

  13. All of your handmade decorations turned out wonderful! Love the white tapers on the simple block of wood, and the white deer were a great find! Perfect!!

  14. Love your handmade Christmas, everything looks so charming and polished. Your Christmas header images look great too!

  15. Those stockings are darling! I love the ticking stripe. :)

  16. Robin,
    Oh yes...handmade and vintage are my favorites. I will say, your home is one of favorites this year.


  17. your home is simply charming all dressed up for christmas! LOVE your sign, stockings, stars, and beautiful banner! and the rustic tray idea is so clever, so simple! thanks for sharing, and merry christmas to you!

  18. So Pretty! Do you have a tutorial on how you made your book page tree? I'd love to make one!

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