I love this time of year! I love the cool of the air, bundling up with blankets & hot cocoa, watching holiday movies, & special moments with family.
As a child my mother always did a wonderful job of transforming our home for the seasons and now that I don't live with my parents anymore (and haven't for sometime...let me just clarify) I find myself longing for those feelings of old. And though my daughter is no where near able to appreciate my efforts this holiday season I refuse to let that stop me from creating the "perfect" holiday home.
Here are just a few of the ways I'm making my holiday home...
When I was in Sweden in August I found this adorable fabric with what the Swedes call "Tomte". I cut out my favorite little vignettes from the fabric and put them in frames I already had around the house.
I just love how raggedy tomten looks here.
Another fabric Tomten
This picture I found at a Good Will in Colorado. I was shopping with a girlfriend and picked this up. She thought I was crazy for wanting what she thought was an ugly picture. I don't know what it is about it but I just love it. Now that we live in a place where it doesn't snow it makes it even more special. It actually reminds me of a spot just down the street from our old Colorado home. I had even thought about redoing it somehow but never got around to it. I'm glad I didn't!
This little piece of decor just kind of happened as a side note to another project I was working on. I just took an empty can, a hot glue gun, some jute rope, a smidge of burlap and some felt to create it. I'm thinking some flowers inside or even a pencil holder...I don't care I just think it's sweet :)
Here's a link to a blog that tells you how to make the flower here.
This little number I or rather my husband threw together for me yesterday. I picked up the frame for $5 at an antique show on Saturday. It's actually quite large measuring at 25"w x 29"h. I had planned on picking up a piece of wood at the local hardware store and spray painting the chalkboard onto it but my husband actually found pre-chalkboard pieces...how cool is that?!? So he bought a big piece and cut it to size. He attached it to the frame with a staple gun and let me do the rest (aka the writing part). Don't be fooled, I did not design it myself. In fact you can see my inspiration here. I must have rewritten the thing at least 5 times before settling on this version. We are our own worst critics!
So there you have it, the start of my holiday decorating and crafting. I hope you found a little inspiration somewhere in there.