A very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all that stop by.
For anyone unaware of the big event, please use this link to enjoy the entire tour.
Welcome to our home.
I decided to skip the traditional red and white. I love it, but decided I wanted to try something a little different. When we decided to change our Christmas tree, the old tree was re-purposed in many different spots.
First on the outside the window box cages each received a few branches and decorations.
I cut individual branches down to create a topiary with lights. The "bark" is cinnamon sticks hot glued to the dowel
center. It is standing in a large urn from TJ Maxx.
Next the top became a small Christmas tree for our music room for my Grandmother's antique ornaments. It is also on the light sconce. (Just be sure to keep anything on the chandeliers or sconces away from the lights)
Next time you see an old artificial tree at a garage sale or along the side of a road. Grab it and re-purpose it. It won't end up in a land fill and will give great decorating opportunities.
On to the rest of the house.
The family room and chandelier.
Each surface is layered with cedar branches. I wait to trim them each year at Christmas. We also grow Holly in the back yard so that at Christmas we have our own. It is wonderful to use the natural along with the artificial. We have one child that was allergic to some to the natural items. We use a combination to give a realistic look.
We also liked the old world look of fruit and peacock feathers.The fruit was on clearance several years ago after fall. The spatter gold gave it a wonderful Holiday feeling.
Since I could no longer use the real fruit that tended to promote mold, this was a great alternative.
The oranges are artificial. I used a skewer to poke holes in a design pattern, then inserted real cloves. I miss the wonderful citrus and spicey smell the real ones give off, but since we are unable to use them, these work wonderfully.
I built this mirror using a TJ Maxx shelf turned upside down. Can you tell TJ Maxx is a favorite store.The fruit is also placed on skewers to use in the arrangements.
The last few items are for memories. The sled was my Grandmother's and the ice skates are my Father-in-Law's. Both have passed, but are continually remembered.
The snowballs are made with Styrofoam balls. Wrapped in batting. Spray glued and rolled in poly pellets(the stuffing for beanie babies). I then add a clear glitter. So all you see is the sparkle. The bucket is from the hardware store. Spray paint and then sand lightly. I needed it to look old to match the items I place with them.
The next is our angel. We moved 4 years ago. We designed and built this house. Our children grew up in a Victorian that we added a porch to. We had left over brackets we had ordered from Texas. The children missed the home for a while. This angel was made from the brackets and a table leg. We hang it up, but it was hard to get the picture so I placed it within reach for the photo.
Hope you enjoyed the tour. I can't wait to see all the ideas everyone has. I am off to get a cup of coffee in the kitchen and then settle down to view them all.
Until next time...