Posts Tagged ‘holiday home parties’

Vessel Vignettes

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Christmas is such a funny time for us around our house.  The family is accustomed to all the boxes and bins I pull out every year and stack up in the corner of the living room.  They tolerate my humming of Christmas tunes while I float around hanging wreaths and ornaments and sometimes they indulge me in my requests to help me make the house merry. 

I’m not the most organized person in many aspects but when it comes to the holiday decor, I do myself a favor every January and organize by color because that’s how I decorate in December.  All the gold stuff is in one plastic bin, the silver in another, etc.  I turn to the same old techniques every year because they appeal to me.  Always a lot of branches, some are real and some are faux, plenty of colorful ornaments, and some fresh greenery, with a garland up the staircase and evergreens scattered about.

One of the easiest ways I find to decorate each year is with piles of ornaments in vessels and I really do place them everywhere.  It’s easy and takes little thought.  Piling up ornaments in vessels always looks festive and it allows me to use what I’ve already got.  So I roam from space to space, filling up hurricanes, urns, and compotes with piles of those sparkly baubles recycled year after year. 

vases and branches centsational girl

 

My collection of blue glass vases floats around the house, usually they’re in the family room but this month in the entry.  Shop your house, that’s my motto!

branches and bowl of ornaments

 

blue glass compote with ornaments

 

It’s Rhoda’s Vignettes Party today, so here are just a few more scenes of those ornaments piled up in vessels around the casa. 

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Clay Filigree Ornaments + Link Party

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Hi everyone and welcome to the par-tay!  I loved working with clay earlier this year when I made this clay petal vase so my daughter and I got together to craft some miniature ornaments out of the same product.  We liked the idea of little clay ornaments hanging on branches so we made several ornaments and they turned out pretty cute!   The first clay ornaments we made were these little filigree versions.

clay filigree ornaments centsational girl

 

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Merry and Bright Mantel

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The Christmas mantel is all fancied up for the season!  Blue and green are back this year and I reused a lot of my old decor I’ve had for years, including the mirror, the pedestal table, the stockings, candlesticks, and mercury glass vases.  I also brought the rug from my office into the space to make it feel more wintery.  I’m habitual about rotating my rugs since they’re all the same size, can’t help it!

What’s new are the fresh evergreen trees, the reindeer in the middle of the mirror, and the ornament garland I made to add some color and sparkle. 

merry and bright mantel centsational girl

 

I ordered the white deer from Cardboard Safari on Etsy as a nod to Santa’s reindeer.   “It’s a little known fact” (10,000 points if you can name the character that always said that) that male reindeer lose their antlers in late fall but not females until January which leads to one conclusion, Santa’s reindeer must be female right?  It must be why they never need to ask for directions, ha!  

white deer and colorful garland

 

So we pretend this is a reindeer and we took up a vote in our house.  My son thinks it’s  Blitzen, my daughter thinks it’s Vixen, Matt thinks it’s Dancer and I like to think it’s Dasher, because with that satin bow, hello totally dashing!

white deer on mirror

 

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