Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas tree and DIY ladder

So this year our tree is white and silver and I also added a few wooden ornaments. I decided to put up twinkle lights and also add real candles, I am not planning on lighting them but I think they add a nice touch.

Here's the ladder that I made, I wouldn't recommend trying to climb on it though since I just glued the dowels to the sides of the ladder. It was an easy project but took up quite a bit of space, plus I had to paint it white at the end (just one coat though because I didn't want it to look perfect) so I had to do it while my son was napping.
I had some leftover green branches from my wreath that I used to decorate the side of the ladder as well as some of those plastic clear round ornaments that you can fill. I didn't make the felt advent calendar....I know, that's awful! :) The ladder is perfect for showing off the calendar though. I'm excited to see how I'm going to use this ladder to decorate our home after the holidays;)
Here's a shot of the tree all lit up!
Oh, I actually took out my sewing machine and made a tree skirt! I had a little help from a friend to cut out the big circle, thanks Noomi! I love how it turned out, to make it look fuller I actually put that fake rock imitation paper that we usually used around the bottom of the tree and then put the skirt on top of that.

Christmas decorations and Nativity

We finally splurged and got a nice nativity this year! We decided to go with the willow tree nativity set, I really like the colors and I love that Mary is holding baby Jesus in her arms. Next year we'll probably buy the wise men set to complete the nativity.

Here's a display I have in my dinning room. Still need to find a nicer piece of furniture to replace the old Billy shelf there...

I'm in love with my new countdown blocks and I love the colors I chose for this year, red and white, well my Christmas tree has silver too, I'll be posting a picture of that soon!
I love these decorative glasses that I found, perfect for little candles.

Fresh pine wreath

I couldn't resist making a fresh pine wreath this year! I didn't want to put it on my front door and I'm really glad I didn't because it's just perfect on my fake 'old' window. This way I get to see it all the time...not just when I'm walking in and out of the house:)

I love the contrast of that dark wood furniture with the cream and the dark green.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas front door wreath

once again we are in an apartment for Christmas so the christmas wreath has to stay in doors which means I'd rather not have a wreath with real pine tree branches on it. So I made a fabric wreath this year.

First I cut LOTS of squares out of red and white fabric I had lying around. And then I glued them all around the wreath always alternating white and red.
I used a screw driver and covered the tip by putting the middle of a fabric square over it. Then I used my glue gun and added a big dot of glue on the tip, then I pocked the screw driver through my straw wreath.

I love it, it looks like a big peppermint!!