Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas décor

This season, the Christmas décor in our house has been all about mixing textures, scents, and memories with the basic color trio of red, white and gray.

Of course, it must also be about being creative & handmade. My husband helped me find this branch on a lovely walk in our snowy forest. I gave it a bit of white paint and suspended it above the sofa. I sewed Mr. Bluebird from spool sewing http://www.spoolsewing.com - of course, now it is Mr. Robin. In addition I hung some glitter stars, soft hearts, pine cones & feathers and cut out the letters to spell “noel”. Voila!

As snowflakes fell outside my window I sat snug in my studio and sewed some red pillows for the sofa – a soft, velvety corduroy.

I was thrilled to find this lovely bird and elk fabric and made a pillow and a runner for the table.

A pretty amaryllis stands tall next to this wooden hunter & his faithful dog - a Christmas gift from my husband from ages ago. I adore seeing him again every winter - the hunter, that is! :)
The house isn't (yet!) filled with the aroma of cookies baking, but I did find this oil called “Winter Fairy Tale” - a delicious blend of cinnamon, cardamom and orange. A few drops warmed over a tea light bring a lovely scent into the house.

Now, the children are asking if we can finally find a tree tomorrow.....let's hope so!


Happy Weekend!
xoxo
Karen

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

frosty delights

We have been enjoying frosty days and icy-cold nights. And lots of snow! Just lovely with all the cheerful Christmas decorations in the streets and houses in our town.
I have to admit, I am a "less is more" type when it comes to outdoor decorations and lights. I have one strand of white lights on the little peach tree in front of the house and some red accents by the front door - some red lanterns for candles and a basket of cones, evergreens and heather and a romantic little angel.
I have always wanted to make ice-ornaments. I filled baking tins and forms with water and some holly leaves and berries and let them freeze overnight. They certainly were cold to handle but with my optimistic little helper we managed to hang them up.
Then...the temperatures rose....and the ornaments started to drip a bit, but are all still hanging. Only one circle did melt halfway and has formed a perfect moon. Delightful!

xoxo
Karen