Piecing together beautiful scraps to create clever, practical items ~ sharing dreams, ideas, and stories
Monday, December 5, 2011
Simple Christmas Decorations
love Christmas but I've never been one to use elaborate decorations
in my house. I don't completely redecorate, have a lavish theme, or
drape every square foot of surface with tinsel and lights. Our life
is simple and casual; our home is a comfortable ranch style, so I use
items that blend into my decor.
year I sewed something new for my ceramic Santa Bear and Missus to stand on.
Using scraps from my earlier Christmas stocking project and some narrow
black cotton strips, I pieced a kind of stained glass effect. They
now happily reside on the sofa table in our living room. Aren't they precious?
I like to add something special to every room, just a bit here and
there to make the season beautiful. To keep things from becoming
cluttered, I put away some regular items to have room for holiday
pieces. I bring out old favorite decorations
and supplement them with fresh flowers, along with pine cut from our
A small metal tree with
sleigh bells and rustic ornaments sits on our kitchen counter bar. This year Jerold added lights to it and
I love the look. We're eating our meals by Christmas lights! Who knows, I may keep it out for a while. I could decorate it for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's, Easter...
Notion: Here are a few ideas to add quick and simple Christmasy
touches to your home.
out sofa pillows and throws for ones with Christmas themes.
spicy cinnamon, evergreen, or peppermint candles to set a sensory holiday
a pretty bow on a mirror, lamp, or candelabra.
a Santa hat on a coat rack.
or buy holiday aprons, dish towels and potholders.
cones in a basket make a simple table centerpiece.
twinkle lights on top of a china cabinet or bookcase.
Tuck little Santas, wrapped gifts, or stuffed animals on benches, chairs or
greenery, candles or snow globes work well on bathroom counters.
framed holiday photos for your regular family ones.
waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer
and more beautiful." -- Norman Vincent Peale