Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Unique Christmas tree on a budget

Colorful Christmas Tree

This christmas I decided to do something completely different (for me) with my tree!

I seem to be in a bit of a yellow phase as I have added it to several rooms as an accent. 
It is not a traditional Christmas colour so to make it part of my decor took a bit of DIY.

Gold balls were purchased at my local thrift store. Most of the red glass balls came from the 
same thrift store. The wooden snowflakes and stars are from Michaels. 

I put The Martha Stewart fine yellow glitter on the stars using spray adhesive.

The yellow colours look a little off in the pics ( it must be the lighting). I spray painted all the
 ornaments in a large shallow box lined with foil. Cut up cardboard rolls were used for support.

Turquoise has been one of my colours for a few years, consequently I had a lot 
ornaments in that colour. I found the peace ornaments on sale last year.

 Inexpensive gold Joy ornaments from Target were spray painted and glittered yellow.

Red glitter card stock was the base for the word love. I made a pattern the size I wanted and 
cut out the words by hand with very small scissors. (pattern to follow)

In the same way the word hope is cut out of white card stock,
sprayed with adhesive and covered in white glitter. 

The patterns:

A good tip is to wrap some boxes (the lids and bottoms separately) in colours to match your tree.
When christmas comes you can  pop some last minute gifts into them and presto: all wrapped!

Turn on the lights!

 I plan to share more of my Christmas decor ideas in my next post.

Enjoy your decorating!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Is it Christmas again?

As I begin preparing for Christmas I realized that I hadn't shared my decor from last year 
      so I decided to do it now. I hope it will inspire you in your Christmas decorating.

Red, white and turquoise Christmas tree

                             One of my favourite things is decorating my table. I wanted to use 
                                                as many of my vintage dishes as I could.
Red, Pink and Turquoise table for Christmas

My china is Wedgwood "Chester" (produced in 1971). 
 The pink and aqua serving dishes are vintage Pyrex.


                The glassware is vintage in pink and turquoise.

Christmas table favors and place  cards
I made small boxes and place card tags with 2 truffles in each for table favors.
They coordinate with my centerpiece in pattern and colour.

The angels for my table centerpiece started with a pattern from THIS 

I changed the face and the colours and added some "bling" 
in the form of paste gems.

DIY Christmas table centerpiece
Inside the angels there are flameless candles.

Here is the pattern:
Angel Pattern

If you would like it in pdf format just comment and I will send it to you.

The chandelier was decorated with a mix of vintage and new decorations in
red, pink and turquoise.

Christmas decor Chandelier

In the center of the chandelier there are some vintage" sugar bells ".

This year I am working on something very different and look forward to sharing it soon.

Have fun decorating! 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner with family 2014

I love the special days and thanksgiving is a favorite. We have so much to be thankful for.
 The day before our dinner I heard this in a sermon:

I realized just how blessed we are!

Decorating the table is always a big part of the fun for me. Here are a couple of views of my table which was done very inexpensively.

Thanksgiving  table

thanksgiving centre piece
I used 2 acorn squash and one spaghetti squash as containers for inexpensive
 flowers I purchased at my local grocery store and leaves from my yard

Place cards
The small woven pumpkins are ones I have used for many years in different ways. 
They are also shown in this post. I made the leaves on my computer, printed them and cut them out.

The family sitting down to eat

The food

The recipe for the make ahead gravy which is delicious is also at the link shared above.

I hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving!