Posts Tagged ‘holiday decor’

My Slightly Tacky Wreath

December 10, 2010

I have been wanting to make a wreath like this for years – since I was originally inspired by one I saw in a Mary Engelbreit Home Companion magazine – gosh maybe 10 years ago.  I have a penchant for somewhat tacky, plastic holiday decorating elements, and have been adding to my stash of them over the years.  So if I’m still not busy enough getting our new house all set up, and figuring out where to put all our holiday decorations, why not start creating another project?!

This wreath survived the moving purge.

I had bought two cans of Santa Snow and held onto them all these years, for this purpose – to flock my wreath.  So I did.  It is sort of messy stuff, and took forever to dry.  I did like the look.

My stash.

The magazine article suggested attaching everything with wire.  I went with a glue gun for faster results.  I shook my completed wreath a few times to look for loose items, and gave them an extra blast of glue.  I tried to take an ornament off to switch it with something else, and it wouldn’t budge.  So I felt it was good to go.

It was worth the wait.

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French Graters on a Shelf

December 9, 2010

A book case shelf holds some vintage French finds.  The interesting metal circles are grater attachments – probably for something like a hand-cranked food mill.  They were discovered at Emmaus, which is like a French Goodwill.  We visited the one in Marseille, and I’m still pining for this metal bed.  But the 10 graters and a couple of leather belts were a lot easier to bring home!

A Dresser in the Dining Room

December 8, 2010

Our great room is the perfect fit for us.  Living, dining and kitchen all together.  No need for a family room, because this space is so family friendly by design.  This dresser serves as a buffet next to our dining table.  Of course for this special month, it holds holiday decor.  The mirror was rescued a long while ago from my mother’s neighbor, who was being evicted by the sheriff!  Another colorful story for another time.

A closer look to show you the one and only picture of me taken with Santa.

And the not-as-photogenic dresser drawers hold napkins, placemats and trivets.  Every piece of furniture is earning its’ keep these days.

Laundry Basket Holiday Vignette

December 3, 2010

Besides decorating our new home, I now am decorating it for the holidays.  Fun on top of more fun!  My arrangements are simpler, with more organic components.  I still have a soft spot for sentimental family things, and have found room in our small sunroom for my traditional red and green gems.  I’ll show pictures of it one day soon.

In our great room, I created this side table from a vintage laundry basket.  When the sides are folded down, and a glass top added – it makes a sturdy and just-the-right-height table.  And I can’t get enough of a vintage, industrial metal look these days.  The lamp is new – from my friend Lisa’s shop – Elegant Details in Mill Creek.  A couple of hand crafted Santas, a few natural elements, and a vintage wood box from France. 

I hope you are finding some time to enjoy some holiday traditions and activities too!