Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Peek into my Holiday Home

I will fully admit that I love walking or driving around at night and sneaking a peek into the windows of well lit homes. I especially love to see everyone's Christmas trees shining out. Here is a little peek into my home and some of the little corners I've done up for the holidays. I just recently found these at a great thrift shop in Vermont... They were $20 which is a steep price tag as far as my thrifting habits go but I just had to have these... and they are my size! They are a bit uncomfortable but they do make quite a fashion statement. I guess I'll just enjoy fresh cut holly in them for now.

This is our tree for 2008... a gloriously fat Fraser Fir. I honestly don't know how my daughter ever talked my husband into this tree. Every year he grumbles that we are going to get a fake tree but he knows better. They went and chopped it down together and the thing weighs so much we could barely get it into the house. I went out to the hardware store and got some eye bolts and wired it right into the studs in the wall because if this tree goes down, it's not coming back up! It is beautiful though and easily handles all of our decorations. I just need to remember to water it twice a day because it is sucking up water like crazy.
Above... look at my Christmas cactus blooming away. How does it know?... just miraculous!

This is our mantle with the same red and white cloth I used for Thanksgiving. I used a lot of the little pinecone gnomes and nutcrackers that haven't come out of their boxes in a few years. That giant pinecone was given to me by my mother who picked it up in California. When we got it, it was totally closed, very heavy and looked like a solid sculpture. I put it on our mantle for decoration. One evening we heard a sharp pop, pop, popping sound coming from the living room. It was the pinecone opening up and shooting its seeds across the room like firecrackers! It was wild... I just love this pinecone but can you imagine something this heavy falling on your head!

This is my little white "Martha" tree. I got it at K-mart several years ago from the Martha Stewart collection and it is very pretty and easy to decorate with the tiny glass ornaments.

Here is a little collection of the snowmen made through the years. They are having their annual reunion. You can see that we had a lovely dusting of white fluffy snow last night if you look out the window. I hope it lasts so we can have a white Christmas.

This crepe pointsettia wreath was made recently from a kit that my kids gave me last Christmas. I love the way it turned out. Happy Holidays and Comfort and Joy to you all!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Little Holiday Paper Creations

Here is a quick holiday idea and a great way to use some of those pretty holiday scrapbook papers, lace, ribbon, buttons and other bits. I made a simple stocking pattern from cardstock and used that to cut out these shapes from decorative paper (cardstock works best). Remember to flip the template so that you cut out both sides of the stocking. For the "cuff" you can either use lace, trim or cut paper in a decorative edge.Make a little loop from ribbon. Sew the cuff along the top edge of the stocking (using a decorative stitch if you wish) and make sure to catch the loop in the stitching at the corner. Place the other half of the stocking on the back and sew along the edge. Trim away any uneven edges. Now you can embellish to your heart's content with ribbons, flowers, buttons, etc...
I stuff a bit of fiberfill in the bottom and toe to fill out the stocking and then put a small wad of paper shred coming out of the top to give it the finishing touch! Tie one of these to a package or hide a special surprise in one for someone special. Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Annual Walpole Artisan Tour

This the sixth year of the Walpole Artisan Studio Tour. I have participated 5 of the 6 years in various locations but this year I actually erected a tent within the sunroom of my home. Luckily it has a very high vaulted ceiling so this was possible. It worked out great since I could be at home for the whole weekend and welcome visitors to view and purchase my work. The tent was wonderful for isolating my work and not having to empty out the room of other distracting items. I just pushed things aside and put down the walls of the tent and then went to town decorating! Come on in.....

I made a sign from an old frame and some favorite vintage fabric for a backing. The floor lamp with the red shade was on sale at Target and I draped some vintage Christmas hankies over for effect.

This old door was part of the original barn that I grew up has served me well for many a craft show and is great for hanging items.

I loved being able to hang things from the sturdy poles of the tent. You can utilize a lot of space this way.

Close-up detail of one of my large paper stockings made with vintage wallpapers.

Some of my old shutters came in handy for hanging more items.

More pocket journals....

A new batch of fabric luggage tags. These make great stocking stuffers.

Here is one of my woolen camp blankets and one of my Unlikely Alliance Owl and Mouse sets. These all sold!

Here is my daughter India's jewelry display. She had great success selling her creations too. Now she can buy more beads!