Dining Room Decorations

In the dining room I have a different theme to the red and white or more traditional red and green that I have in the lounge and hallway. The theme is gold, bronze and shiny!

Fireplace Decorations

The fireplace has a huge mirror above it and is ideal for displaying some holiday goodies. The wreath was bought a couple of years ago from Next and I think looks great prop against the mirror. I have a lot of candles and baubles displayed on the fireplace too.

Winged Piggy Candle

This little piggy with wings came with five friends! I don’t have the heart to light him although I probably should- then I can buy something else glittery to put in his place!

Door Wreath

Red Door Wreath

One thing I did get in my unsuccessful shopping trip to York on Saturday was a wreath for our front door. There were loads to choose from at the market stalls- from the traditional holly, through pine cones and even ones with lychees as decoration! I went for this bright red one as I knew it would contrast really well with the blue front door. I should probably attach it more firmly to the wreath hanger but I have faith that it wont be stolen (famous last words anyone?!) Hopefully it will still be in good enough condition to save for next year.

Stacking Santas

I saw these stacking Santas in Lakeland last year and just had to have them! Not for full price of course, they were money off in the sale. I like their bright colours and they make a change from the usual candles/ baubles/ garlands that are around. Also, they store really easily!

Stacking Santas

Glass Jar Painting

This is a quick and easy craft and doesn’t have to be just for Christmas.

Glass Jar Painting

Collect up used glass jars and give them a good clean. If you don’t want to freehand on a design, draw it first on paper and then push the paper inside the jar so that the pattern is easy to follow. Use a glass decorating pen to make the outlines. I used gold and have done a number of patterns- stars and snowflakes are my favourites! If you’re feeling adventurous you could use glass paints as well- holly looks really good.

Painting Glass Jars

I use the jars as tealight holders- tie a pretty ribbon around the top. You can always use this idea to decorate jars if you make jams or chutneys for gifts. Probably wont survive the dishwasher afterwards though!

Decorating the Hall, Stairs and Landing

I’m quite fond of the red and white theme as demonstrated by the card holder that I posted about last week. As the walls, ceiling, woodwork in fact everything apart from the stairs are painted brilliant white in the hallway and landing then red decorations are definitely the way to go!

Stairs

 

The picture above shows the lovely blue colour of our stairs (much better to hide the dirt!). The lights were from Tesco and the reindeer from M&S, both purchased last year.

Doorway to lounge

Here’s more of those reindeer and a glimpse into our lounge. The plastic doorknobs were bought as a temporary thing about four years ago and have so far not been replaced!

Banister

This final picture is of the banister on the landing. Some lights are wrapped around and I’ve tied some bright red baubles as well. The lights came from The Pier a couple of years ago, used to be one of my favourite shops for gifts and decorations until it went bankrupt!

Christmas Shopping

Since there’s only a fortnight to go I thought I’d better start on the Christmas shopping! So it was off to York on Saturday to see what the lovely city had to offer. Unfortunately, despite the many little streets and alleyways bursting with shops I found nothing at all (apart from the wreath for the door which I shall post later)! Looks like I will have to stick with online inspiration and last minute panic buying….. Here’s a couple of pictures of the streets around the Minster- the first is of The Shambles, named for the slaughterhouse waste that used to run down the street (very festive)! Hopefully the busy shoppers were more successful than I was!

The Shambles, York

York

Holiday Baubles

Can you guess where we went to get the baubles below? The Mickey Mouse bauble came back with us from Walt Disney World, Florida a few years ago and takes pride of place on the mantelpiece. The other bauble was from Macy’s in Chicago and was bought this year. I love having Christmas decorations that remind me of our travels!

Mickey Mouse Bauble

Chicago Bauble

Crafting Present Tags

I don’t usually make cards or tags but this year after seeing loads of luggage tag type designs to buy or make in magazines I decided to have a go. Almost all the materials for the tags I bought from Boyes in Beverley, East Yorkshire. I think they only have shops in the north- they’re a bit of a bargain basement mini department store!

Christmas tag preparation

I’ve tried to make each one different using the different bits and pieces that I had. Really fun and easy to do and I think they look pretty decent (almost professional!)

Christmas Tags

Hanging Birds Wreath

Hanging Birds Wreath

I was given this lovely willow wreath for Christmas and decided to turn it into something pretty that could be around the house during the whole year. I had been sewing some little birds (similar to the hearts I blogged about before) and thought a couple of these might look just right hanging from the wreath.

All you need is a wreath (probably try garden centres or hobby stores), some material, bird pattern, stuffing/ filling, needle, thread and ribbon. Draw your bird pattern on some paper, fold over your material (right sides inwards) then draw round the bird. Pin the fabric together and roughly cut out the material. Sew (I used a machine but handstitching wouldn’t take too long) the bird outline making sure to leave a gap for the stuffing. Turn the fabric the right way out and iron. Stuff the bird using something thin and blunt (scissors, or a chopstick maybe?!) to get the stuffing into the tail. Finally sew the gap and attach a little metal hoop for hanging.

Just a case now of assembling everything. I wrapped some ribbon around the wreath and used gold thread to hang the birds. I’m still deciding if it looks complete, but for now it is brightening up the dining room door!

Christmas Stamp Set

Christmas stamps

I saw this stamping set in Paperchase and thought it would make a cute present. Then I decided that it was actually too cute to give away so I’m keeping it instead! It’s the first time I’ve bought stamps as usually I think they’re a bit twee and I don’t make my own cards. However, this year I’ve made my own tags for parcels (which I’ll show in a later post) and they are perfect! I love them all- but I love most the reindeer and Father Christmas. I do need to work on my stamping technique though as the extra ink on my tag shows! Oops…