Three weeks ago I was able to enjoy an extended visit with my family after Thanksgiving. Late one afternoon, my stepmom and I set to work decorating her and Dad’s Christmas tree. We poured fresh cups of coffee, queued the Christmas music and started pulling ornaments out of tote boxes hauled up from the basement. As we opened one particular box, my breath caught a bit at a collection of Christmas treasures beaming up at me in all their dusty glory.
Christmas Treasures Past
Vintage anything has long been a favorite of mine. But when the vintage comes with your Read More
If you’ve shopped for gifts more than a Christmas or two, and I know you have, then you know how hard it can be to come up with the perfect gift. We’ve had plenty of years when we wanted to give gifts to dozens of people, but lacked the budget to support said gift-giving. Making gifts is always fun, though finding the time isn’t always the easiest thing. Then there’s the issue of coming up with a gift that isn’t completely tacky when you only have a couple dollars to spend on each one. There have been a few years when our family made almost 100 such gifts to give to our church family, neighbors and others. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing a little series here and there with some quick inexpensive gift ideas. And today, I give you the first in our series – Gifts for Giving| DIY Christmas Canvas Prints.
Every now and again the making of a memory looks more like the fashioning of a treasure. It may be the gathering of an entire extended family for a few snapshots, which is largely akin to herding cats. Or the decking of halls and singing along with Christmas classics at Grandma and Grandpa’s home. And sometimes in the making of a memory, a tree crate becomes the reminder for years to come of a chilly afternoon spent creating together in the barn.
Remember all those gorgeous Thanksgiving tablescapes I shared a few weeks ago? The #farmhouseholidayseries on Instagram with weekly inspiration from a group of incredibly talented decorators and bloggers? Part of their beauty is the treat of fresh baked bread or a package tied up with a bow at each place setting. Which made me wonder what would it look like when a Thanksgiving napkin ring becomes a Christmas ornament?
When a Thanksgiving Napkin Ring becomes a Christmas Ornament
This idea of a small gift for guests feels like such a welcoming gesture. It’s really quite simple for a napkin ring, or even place card, to double as a Christmas ornament. And they can range from elegantly formal to farmhouse rustic.
To get your creativity flowing, here are a few ways you could use wood slices to create a set of napkin rings for your guests to take home and hang on their Christmas tree. You can purchase small wood slices pre-drilled or plain and drill your own small holes to add twine or ribbon.
Wood slice napkin ring ornaments
Write the name of each guest on a wood slice using a permanent marker. I used a .05 micron pen in black for these slices.
Use stamps and ink to add a word, phrase or image.
Use a toothpick, acrylic paints and glitter.
Add some paint almost to the edge for a pop of color.
Add chalkboard paint almost to the edge of the wood slice for endless possibilities.
Creating memories together
Just think about how much fun this would be at a kid’s table! Set out wood slices, markers, paints, glitter, and maybe a few helpers, and everyone will have custom ornaments in no time. And some pretty excited kids when they get to hang their artwork on their tree. Then each year when the ornaments are pulled out to hang you’ll find yourself smiling silly at their artwork from years gone by.
What other ways would you decorate wood slices? Or if that’s totally not your style, what type of napkin ring turned Christmas ornament would fit in with your Thanksgiving tablescape?
My boys came home unexpectedly the other day. The one I married and the other one who’s graced our home for nearly 21 years now. They knew it was a rough day for me. Apparently, they had talked, because when our tall boy walked in, he dropped his backpack, turned to me and asked, “I don’t have to be back until 6. Where’s the tree?” Really?! These two! Their hearts don’t go all aflutter with the idea of adorning our home for Christmas, so I usually don’t subject them to such things. Can I just say it’s rather overwhelming when love waltzes right in your front door like that! All deliberate-like, dripping with grace and tied up with a big bow.
So one by one, boxes were opened, partially emptied and returned to their shelf. Branch by branch the tree was assembled. This thinning tree that has Read More
Anybody up for some Inspiration for your Holiday Table?
I love this time of year when fall rolls around bringing her cool crisp air, deep colors and early evenings. She all but requires chunky sweaters, fuzzy socks and long evenings enjoying the cozy of home. Followed by more hot chocolate and the flickering flames of fireplaces in winter. I think this instinctive turning towards home is much of why decorating for these seasons is so much fun. My favorite decorations are those natural ones that transition seamlessly from fall to Christmas and right into winter. Though I don’t have all the decor details worked out yet for this year, here are a few gorgeous tablescapes to bring a little inspiration for you Holiday table in this season and Read More
Thanks for all the love on the Chalkboard Wall project we completed this week. It’s always fun to watch something come together the way you had imagined. It’s even better when you get to do any project with your favorite people. And as far as were concerned, the challenge of thinking outside the box and using what you have requires ingenuity and leaves behind a strong sense of fulfillment. So just for fun, here’s a little run-down of what really went down in our kitchen the other day in the making of a bargain chalkboard wall.
The making of a bargain chalkboard wall | assets and liabilities
It’s always a good place to start, this listing of assets and liabilities. It helps to establish parameters and to have a starting point to launch creativity.
Are y’all just loving all the fall home tours as much as I am? It’s such a colorful and cozy season that invites us to slow down and gather with friends and family. As much as I’m loving all the beauty and inspiration to be found, I’m starting to wonder about my own approach to decorating. What if fall decor is actually about my own vision and creating cozy spaces to gather together instead of some misguided standard I’ve devised in my own mind to use as a standard in which my own home and decor skills are always found lacking? That’s not why people share their home tours, it’s to give us a peek into their homes and special spaces. I’m choosing to enjoy these for the inspiration that they are while at the same time enjoying the beauty that fills the spaces around me.
With that in mind, I would love to offer you a steaming cup of coffee and invite you to sit and hopefully enjoy what I see when I look at our own decor for fall. Beyond that, I would love to see what makes your own decor special and what makes you smile in your own space.
Thrifted couches and a coffee table rescued from the trash pile
On shelters and stools and spray paints and a giveaway
With the arrival of fall and cooler temperatures, we squeeze in all the outdoor weekend activities we can – from pumpkin patches and hayrides to hiking and bonfires. In a matter of weeks, we’ll tend to spend more free time inside than out – roaring fires, hot chocolate, chunky afghans and a good book. Our DIY projects tend to do the same thing – outdoor gardening is replaced by indoor handwork. Painting projects have always been an interesting one for me. When we lived in south Florida, I usually did spray painting outside, but that doesn’t work so well farther north. But fortunately there is a solution and today I want to share with you a little project and thoughts on shelters and stools and spray paints AND a giveaway!
This weekend was one of those projects for me. It had great potential for creating a tremendous mess, but the only clean-up was a bit of paint overspray on my hands. It was a quick makeover that fit nicely between a wedding, a birthday dinner, church family gatherings and a surprise visit from our soon-to-be daughter-in-law. What’s not to love about a dramatic transformation that is both quick and tidy?