Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Crafting

What have I been up to lately?  Mostly running around in circles!  Do you feel the same way?

I wanted to share a few projects that I’ve working on. 

Christmas tree

The Christmas Tree.  This is entirely different from the tree we usually put up.  In years past,  our family tree is set up in the dining room and is very formal.  However, this year I wanted to showcase the traditional side of our Christmas with things that our homemade and have sentimental value.  Our first tree in the living room!



santa stop here ornament

I saw something similar to the above two ornaments at Cracker Barrel.  I cut out pieces of wood, designed in Photoshop, printed out on glossy photo paper, and attached with two-sided tape. 

pinecone snowman ornament

Here’s an ornament that I made years ago for the kids tree in our classroom.  Pinecone, Styrofoam ball, felt & fabric straps, paint, hot glue and snow paint.

sock ornament

Here’s another ornament for our class room tree.  Child’s sock (I used new ones), paint, wooden button, bell, fabric straps, glue, white doll hair and a bell.

Tree topper

Tree topper.

Christmas Vingette

Our living room vignette.  This is silly but this took me days to decide how I wanted to arrange this.  I still tweaked before taking the photograph!  The merry & bright I saw this on another blog and loved it, so I had to make one myself.  The two lower artworks are from my kiddos craft projects from years past and the snowmen and Santa plaques are made by my mom years ago! 

Easy-to-do craft:  Take quilters fabric squares and Mod-Podge them to a piece of thin wood.  Embellish with glitter fabric paint! I have some that she did in fall prints too. 

Christmas garland and valance

I have two French doors that lead out to the deck that I added garland to the top of the cornices.  I love the look of  this simple garland!  Looks so real and full.

christmas bathroom

The powder room.  A few touches of Christmas in the powder room by adding garland over the mirror and white and gold poinsettias.

christmas touches in the bathroom

That’s not wall paper!  All hand stenciled!!  I woke up one weekend with a wild hair thinking I’ll add a little detail to the powder room walls and it would only take me a few hours.  Ha ha.  One week later it was finished. 

holiday trash bags

Even the trash can gets in on the holiday spirit!

pink christmas tree with silver ornaments

My daughters Christmas tree.  She’s not overly girlie girl and she wanted to paint her room blue but….. 1.  I’m not a fan of blue and 2.  She’s my only daughter.  This mom wouldn’t have it so I begged and begged till I got my own way and painted her room 3 walls pink and 1 wall blue.   To my surprise she picked out a pink Christmas tree!

pink christmas tree

Silver ornaments.  Some new and some she has received from our tradition of Letters from Santa.

wreath of coffe filters

After catching an episode of Martha Stewart, I made for my daughter's room a coffee filter wreath!   See I don’t drink coffee and have had a box of filters in my house for years!  Glad I didn’t through them away because this is so cute.  I added glitter to the tips of the filters! 

snowflake wreath

I also added a wreath to my youngest son’s room!  Very simple.  I think he would have exploded if I added anymore holiday decorations inside his room. LOL      Have a great weekend! 




  1. Very cute Carrie! I love the tree :)

  2. Woow beautiful decorations dear Carrie,I love it!!!
    Kisses and nice weekend.

  3. Aaah, Carrie, I LOVE everything you've been doing. I can't believe you hand stenciled those walls! You must feel super-peased with yourself every time you see them, you Domestic Goddess, you!


  4. Fun and very inspiring have some mad skills going on!

  5. Are you kidding? You made that wreath? It looks AMAZING!!! Please please please share how you made that coffee filter wreath with me! I soooooo would like to make that! PLEASE! :)

    Seriously, great job - looks magazine worthy! :)

    sofias (dot) ideas (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Hi Carrie! Oh, you're the most creative one! Love all you've done. Your home is so lovelly with your pretty decorations!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  7. Everything you're done in your home is beautiful - festive, fresh and family-centered. I love it and I thank you for sharing with us!!!

  8. Looks terrific Carrie!!! I love your tree, and your daughter's tree is adorable! You don't drink coffee? I didn't until last year, now I wish I'd never started! ADDICT!

  9. Your house looks beautiful. The arrangement on the wall is perfect!

  10. Absolutely stunning. I would love it if you'd link up to my Christmas Tree Show-Off.

  11. Carrie, this is simply WONDERFUL...I love all your cute little signs & your entire home looks so warm & inviting.

    Thank you for inviting me to join in your Monday meme last week. I'm sorry I was late & the linky was bad...yes, running in circles... so I will try to get in this coming Monday instead.

  12. Your tree is fab! Love love LOVE the topper!

  13. Just a quick note to say that I am featuring your pine cone snowman in a post today on Hammock Tracks.

  14. I love your wreath's and Christmas tree ornaments.



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