Before I get too comfy in my armchair by the fire, I thought I would share a tour of some of our holiday decor, most of it handmade by Moi because It's A DIY Christmas after all!
Let's start right where I'm sitting by the fire.
If you only saw that wooden sleigh two weeks ago. I picked it up at Goodwill for $15.00 and it was UGLY. First I had to eject poor old dusty Santa and his sack of toys from the sleigh. Then I sanded, painted, stenciled, and waxed er all up and she's as good as new. You might recognize the stencils I used from Funky Junk Interior's stencil line.
The Skating Silhouette Pillows I made last year in the wee hours of the morning during a sleepless night after consuming one too many coffees at Starbucks with a friend.
On the mantel above, I placed our Christmas Village for the first time. A lot of the buildings and figurines were passed down from my Mom & Dad. Normally I set it up downstairs in the family room but this year, after a major decoration purge, I decided not to decorate the basement.
On one of the bookcase shelves flanking the fireplace, I added a wooden church that I decoupaged with sheet music and added snow-tex & glitter. The miniature tree was a craft the kids made during our annual sleigh ride at Fort Edmonton Park over a decade ago.
On another shelf, I filled the inside of a DIY cloche with gold Christmas Balls that rests on top of a thrift store silver plate. The wooden sleigh was another Goodwill find that I painted red. The block letters were purchased two years ago at the Dollar Store and painted them in Holiday Red, Metallic Gold, and old white.
In front of the window are the Armchairs we picked up for a song on Kijiji and gave a makeover. To add a festive touch I made pocket pillow covers with red chenille fabric leftover from stockings I made a couple of years ago. I hot glued white pom poms to the front and using heat & bond attached leftover fabric from table runners that I made last year as a base for the tree. The tree top is a round mirror with a clear gemstone sticker glued on top.
On the other side of the fireplace is our Christmas Tree. This is the first year in a long time that I haven't wrapped wired ribbon around it. I've got to say, it was quite liberating!
This year I wanted a less formal tree using decorations from my childhood, vintage decorations purchased here and there, DIY ornaments, and cherished ornaments given to us over the last three decades from family and friends during annual ornament exchanges. Every decoration on the tree has a story!
Let's move into the dining room where I hung mercury and milk glass ornaments from the chandelier with red and white ribbon.
From the dining room, we move to the kitchen where I enjoyed some chalk therapy one afternoon. There's those stencils again!
Down the hall on the way to the loo, I added some Christmas to our gallery wall. The wreath hanging from the mirror came from my sweet friend in Germany. The felt FAITH banner was made by another sweet friend from the Maritimes.
As you head down the stairs to our front entry, I decorated our banister with lighted faux evergreen garland and hung the chenille Stiletto and Hockey Skate stockings that I made with care.
I added my thrift store wreath embellished with holiday picks and word ornaments on the large mirror in our front entry.
You may remember these Large DIY Holiday Lanterns from last week during the Home For Christmas Tour. We made them to welcome and light the path for guests during the holidays and the remaining winter months.
If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a short video I shared last week during a snowstorm while baking cookies. I thought I would share the long version with you today...
and as the lyrics in the song playing in the background suggests...
"These are the sweetest times
these times together
and through it all, one thing will always be true
the special times are the times I share with you"
Thank you so much to all of you for your readership,
and most importantly, friendship.
May the peace and blessings of Christmas be yours,
and May the Coming year be filled with Happiness and Good Health