Holiday Decor

I’ll Have a Blue Christmas… Porch

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

I was in the mood for modern, simple, and unexpected this year.  I’m back to my old favorites using blue and green on the front porch instead of traditional red like last year’s poinsettia porch.  Here is our porch all decked out for the season in navy and white with some emerald green thrown in for fun.

blue and white christmas porch

 

I moved the outdoor rug and pillows from the rear balcony to the covered front porch where we could enjoy them for a few months more in a different spot.  Two white trees in urns and a preserved boxwood wreath on the door complete the scene.

boxwood wreath white tree with ornaments

 

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Sleigh Bells Ring . . .

Monday, November 26th, 2012

I found some large colorful jingle bells on sale at Joann’s Fabrics last week and all I could think about was doing something crafty with them.   I thought about making something cheery so I came up with a DIY version of sleigh bells – here they are!

diy sleigh bells craft

 

To recreate this simple craft, here’s what you need!

sleigh bells supplies

1 ½” D Ring hook from hardware store, leather or vinyl (I used white vinyl); large jingle bells, stapler, ribbon, scissors, embellishment for top, hole punch (optional).

 

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Scalloped Felt Tree Skirt

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

So you’ve seen the kids’ candy colored Christmas tree, it’s time for the quick tutorial on how to make a scalloped felt tree skirt!  I chose felt because it’s a cozy fabric used so often during this season.  I used small pieces of 9”x 12” felt found at Michaels stores in bold teal and crisp white for contrast.

candy colored christmas tree skirt

Here’s the quick step-by-step on how to make a felt scalloped tree skirt!

make a scalloped felt tree skirt

 

What you’ll need:  small sheets of felt (I used the inexpensive 9” x 12” ones from Michaels) in varying colors, 34 of first color, 25 of second color; scissors, thread, small bowl for measuring your first scallop template, sewing machine, 54” piece of cotton fabric (not shown).

felt skirt supplies

 

Fold the felt in quarters and use a small bowl (no more than 4 ½ inches in diameter) to form the shape.   Allow extra room above the midway point for layering scallops on the skirt.  Hello favorite crème brûlée ramekin – you are perfect for this project!

use bowl as template

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