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Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Christmas Cupboard

If you've followed my blog for a while, you have seen this pie cupboard that belonged to my grandmother, then my mother.  I painted it white a while ago.  I didn't want to set the table this year with the Christmas dishes, but wanted to use them somewhere in my decor.  I decided to place them in the pie cupboard.  

I removed the art above the cupboard, and replaced it with this quilt wall hanging, a gift from my SIL several years ago. 

The Christmas dishes were a consignment find for around $20.  It's a 6 place setting with a serving bowl, and suger/creamer.  I placed holly designed napkins on the shelves. I've had the napkins since the eighties, I guess.  The dishes also have a holly design.  

The pitcher was found a year or so ago at a consignment shop.

I'm enjoying the cheerfulness of this cupboard in the breakfast nook.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Christmas Crafts

The deer silhouette is very popular this year.  I've seen so many on Pinterest on the fronts of pillows, and decided to try putting one on a pillow I already had.
I made this pillow a few years ago from burlap, and stenciled a tree on it, and include it in my fall decorating. It seemed like a good candidate for a Christmas update. 

Here's how I added a deer silhouette to this pillow.

First, I found a clip art drawing of a silhouette online, and printed it out.  

I went through my fabric stash and found a scrap of red fabric.  Then I measured to be sure the silhouette would fit on the fabric.

I used double sided tape to tape the pattern to the fabric, and then cut around the pattern.  The silhouette was to narrow to cover the stencil on the cushion, so I found some scrap fabric that I put behind it so the tree would be covered.  Next I pinned the white fabric to the pillow, then topped it with the silhouette.

I used adhesive fabric bonding to attach everything to the pillow.  I also used some hot glue to be sure it wouldn't come off. 

I wrote 'Noel' and 'Peace' on the bottom corners.  Then I found a scrap of ribbon and put that on the sides of the white fabric to cover some of the fraying edges.

I used a gel pen to write on the fabric, then went over it with gold glitter glue.

The eyes and nose are small gold jingle bells that I had in my stash.  This was a quick craft and required no sewing.

I also made a 'reindeer' collage.  I picked up a package of cards for scrapbooking, at HL the other day.  There were lots of reindeer pieces in the packet, so I pulled out this old frame with a collage mat, and came up with this.

Both of these crafts will show up in my Christmas Decor, and I've painted one side of my shutters red, and they will be showing up too!

Getting ready for next week's decorating. I'm excited about the theme I'm going with this year, and am looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.

Hope you are enjoying preparing for the holiday season.  I'm through shopping, so I plan to relax and enjoy it!!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Christmas Tablescapes from the Past

Today, I have gathered photos of past Christmas tablescapes to share again with you.  Like I said in my post on mantels, seeing all the shots together, narrows down what I like best, and is helping me decide on what I will use this year in my decorating.


These green glasses belonged to my MIL. I only use them at Christmas, and always enjoy their bright color.  They are tall and slim, and feel good in the hand.


In 2013, I decorated with aqua, and really enjoyed it, but don't think I will do that this year.  I really like the reds and greens of a more traditional style.


I've shared before, how I got this set of Christmas china for $19.00!  My daughter held a Santa consignment sale, and a lady that participated, had these, and I grabbed them up!  They are in perfect condition!



One thing I have decided about this years tablescape, is that the table coverings will be layered.  I have a new runner I haven't shared yet, and am anxious to use it.

Hope you are enjoying seeing shots of Christmas Past.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Previous Christmas Mantels

I've been thinking about how I want to decorate for Christmas this year, and one of my favorite spots to decorate is the mantel in the family room.

I've reviewed photos from some of the ways I have decorated it in the past few years.

Last year  (2014) I used gold, white, green and red.


2013 Winter Mantel (After Christmas)

Christmas 2012


2011 with coffee filter wreath

Seeing them all together helps me know what I liked, and what, not so much!  I think the Winter mantel is my favorite, so that tells me, that white, with less 'stuff' looks better.

Another thing I am doing is looking through my other Christmas photos to help remember what I have, so when I go down to get what I want to use, I won't have to bring up 20 bins, I can pretty much, just pull out what I want, and bring that up from the storage in the basement. 17 stairs up and down with large bins isn't quite as easy as it once was, so I'll try picking out my items, and bringing up one or two bins instead! (Older & Wiser)  

Are you thinking about how you will decorate this year?
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