I remember when I was a stay-at-home mom with two young children, and I think I was MUCH more organized and on top of things than I am now. My shopping would be done, and all presents were wrapped and mailed (if necessary) by Thanksgiving weekend. Today is December 17, people, and I have barely started anything except for decorating the house! I had a party last weekend for my church group, so the decorations were a necessity, although My Man was fixing tree lights at the 11th hour!
My Christmas decorations aren't too elaborate since I was sick to death of boxing and unboxing stuff with the floor project. I decided a simple, less-is-more approach would work fine this year. I also decided to use some of my favorite vintage pieces which may not always have the WOW factor but certainly stir a lot of great memories for me. And I even made a few things, just because I wanted to try some projects that I saw on someone else's blog. I'm great about saving ideas but not so good about actually implementing them.
Here is the first project I tried:
Vintage Book Pages Tree
I saw this on the blog Keeping Up With the Times. Barb's tutorial is fantastic, so I won't re-hash the process. I used all of her techniques except that I wrapped the paper around a pencil instead of a skewer (worked better for me, but I think mine is less "curly" than Barb's).
I used a vintage angel ornament as a topper but the net dress had a hole in it, so I covered it with a paper rosette similar to the one I made here.
I just love the facial features on the china face.
The other project I tried was from Miss Mustard Seed:
German Glass Glittered Letters
I made a banner for my mantle:
I wove gold wired ribbon through the greenery (which I added to after this pic was taken), then used vintage blue glass balls and gold and cream candles. I just love the angel plaque which I picked up several years ago. The angels remind me of this Bible verse from Luke 2:13-14 and which is also why I chose the word "Rejoice" for my banner:
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.I also made some silver glittered letters and put them near the nativity scene. This is a little blurry, but you get the idea.
I made letters for the phrase "O come let us adore him" which I was going to make into another banner, but then I decided against it since they're both in the same room.
Last, I found this cute little posie while out and about. It just looks like pages from a phone book that were used to make tissue paper flowers. There is a silver chenille stem with vintage-looking seam binding (?) or ribbon trailing from it.
I'm going to try to make one myself, but maybe another day. I have some serious shopping to do!