Merry Christmas

The month of December I was able to slow down for once and relax. I was able to put my Christmas tree and decorations up early and enjoy them. I also had time to catch up on my DVR, as well as even watch some cheesy made-for-tv holiday specials. :) I also had time to revisit some of my old holiday DIY posts, and clean them up a little for my blog. I especially reflected on 25 Days of Crafts that I did back in 2013 with Cathie of tinsel + trim. It was so fun to go back through all our crafts…remembering all the late nights we spent working on them. :) We were so crazy trying to attempt that.

So whether you have the time off or not, I hope you all had some time to enjoy the festivities, and reflect on the season. Here is a sneak peak of my house all ready for the big day.

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

 

Modern Christmas Decor

I have historically been a little schizophrenic when it comes to my Christmas decoration themes. Here are some of the themes I’ve had in the last 20 years.

  • Shabby Chic Country – Think patchwork, torn fabric, and wooden bead garland.
  • Rustic Wrought Iron – Most of my ornaments were metal. I did however LOVE my tree topper that was wrought iron multi-spoke stars.
  • Red, Green, and White – This one is obvious.
  • Traditional – Tipping off the previous theme, but think Christopher Radko style ornaments in the previous color scheme.

My latest theme? Modern black, white, gray, and gold. We’ll see how long this one sticks. :)

So in honor of my inability to stick to one Christmas theme, here is a round-up of my favorite modern Christmas decorations this year.

 

Design Letters Black Advent Calendar – featured on Design Life Kids

 

 

Monili Christmas Tree Bauble – from Scandinavian Design Center

 

Christmas Tree Blanket – from Ferm Living

 

Line Candleholder – by Lassen Copenhagen

 

Ferm Living Brass Tree – featured on Burke Decor

 

Hanging Tealight Deco – from Ferm Living

 

Modern Artist Ornament Set – from MoMA Design Store

 

Modern Halloween

The summer has wrapped up, and fall is slowly arriving here in the pacific northwest. We have had a gorgeous fall so far…warm days, cool nights. And the leaves are beginning to fall, which means Halloween is just around the corner.

For years I have lived in a secure building so that meant zero trick-or-treaters. Part of me liked it and part of me felt a little left out. Part of the joy of this holiday is remembering when I used to go trick-or-treating and how much fun we had. It’s also fun seeing all the kids dressed up experiencing this fun night. The other part of me liked being alone and uninterrupted so I could cuddle up on my couch watching 80’s scary movies. However…this Halloween I may have a few trick-or-treaters. This means I must get prepared with decorations and a jack-o-lantern!

Digging through my Halloween decoration box I have decided to re-vamp a little this year. My place leans more modern, so I wanted something to reflect that.

Also, as my friends know, I am a bit of a type nerd. So when found these Halloween Boo Letters at Crate and Barrel I was stoked. They are perfectly simple and modern…just how I like!

White (Baby Boos) and Gray (Jarrahdale) pumpkins will line my porch stairs.

And Halloween quotes displayed across my numerous letter boards.

 

NYE ball

DIY Times Square ball

On Day 6 of 25 Days of Crafts I was supposed to post a sparkly lights craft. I got sick the night before so I was unable to finish the project. So my sparkly light craft that I owe you, has now become a New Years Eve craft!

Who needs New York City’s Times Square when you can create your own! Well, it’s not exactly like the Times Square ball, but it sure looks pretty close. You can hang it outside or inside to light up the New Year’s festivities.

MATERIALS:

  • Wrought iron garden sphere (You can use almost any type of wire or wrought iron sphere for this DIY. We fell in love with this one from Ravenna Gardens in Seattle.)
  • Starry String Lights from Restoration Hardware (We bought the 50 ft. length)

 

Materials

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

Step 1:

Before you wrap your lights, TEST them. The last thing you want is to wrap the entire sphere and then they don’t turn on.

Since our sphere had 8 long connecting bars we decided to wrap the lights around each bar. You could do almost anything with them…wrap them, scrunch them, crisscross them…whichever you choose.

Step 1

Step 1

  • Step 2:
  • Wrap one bar and then continue onto the next bar.

Step 2

  • Step 3:
  • Continue until you have wrapped the entire sphere.

Step 3

  • Step 4:
  • Hang and enjoy the countdown! Happy New Year!!!!

 

NYE ball

NYE ball

Day 25: Snowflake table runner

Merry Christmas! Many wishes to you and yours on this holiday.

For the final installment of 25 Days of Crafts, tinsel + trim and I thought about how we bring a special, handmade touch to the dinner table this Christmas. A snowflake runner offers a bit of whimsy and playfulness to your decor and is versatile enough to go with just about anything.

Thank you for joining us on this whirlwind craft adventure.  It’s been great fun working with tinsel + trim, trying new techniques, and exercising our creative muscles.

snowflake runner

TIME

While the technique is simple, it may take you 3+ hours to complete depending on how long your table is.

MATERIALS

  • Felt snowflakes* (we got ours from PearCreekCottage)
  • White thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors

*We got 8 packs or 96 snowflakes to make a 10′ table runner.

materials

Step 1:

We are going to make a table runner that is 4 snowflakes wide (approx. 20 inches). To connect the snowflakes we will sew three snowflakes together at their points.

Align your first three snowflakes like so:

step 1

Step 2:

With your needled threaded, stitch together the three points. There are any number of ways to do this, but we just did a basic running stitch. Be sure to loop back around to the first point to complete the connection.

Tie your thread into a knot and snip off the excess thread. You may want to put a drop of Fray-Check to seal the knot

step 2

step 2

step 2

Step 3:

Continue steps 1 and 2 for the length of your table runner.  We recommend going 4 snowflakes wide by however many long to fit the length of your table.

Sew snowflakes together at the three-point intersections to keep them all connected.

Tip: Place a piece of colored tape on the front side of your table runner.  This will help you from accidentally sewing on the wrong side.

step 3

step 3

Ho, ho, ho! You just made a snowflake table runner!

snowflake runner

snowflake runner