Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Spirit in the Sunroom

Welcome to our sunroom at Christmas.....


Cozy up in front of the fireplace, grab a quilt and a good book......


Have you been naughty this year?


Or nice?


The Christmas Cactus, once on the verge of death, is showing off with a beautiful display of flowers....

 
A huge pointsettia in the garden urn....

 

And a hand cross stitched stocking (which only took me years to finish).......


Greenery tucked into baskets.....

 
And pretties on display in the cabinet....
 

Let's take a closer look....





 
Santa keeping watch....





Christmas spirit is alive and well in the sunroom!


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A {rustic and simple} Woodland Inspired Mantel

In my last post I shared the living room side of the fireplace. You can see that here.

Today, I'd like to show you my favorite side. While I try not to play favorites, I just can't help it in this space. It's my refuge.......you see, the kids don't really come into the sunroom much, and I love to blog in here, read, and just relax, if even for only a few minutes.


The decor on this side is far simpler, which better suits the space.


A simple wooden star adorns my Grandmother's old window from her beloved home (she had to have it replaced, and my Mother kept the old one. At the time, I didn't see the point in keeping an old window, but now I'm so glad she did!).





Some fresh cedar (which dried almost immediately in this very dry climate) on the mantel, and a bird in its nest.

An old fishing creel is filled with greenery, berries and antlers, and a large basket of logs, which although is here year round, adds to the wintery look.

While I find decorating mantels a bit of a challenge to get just right, I have to say, that I do love having two completely different looking mantels to play around with!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

An {Elegant} Woodland Inspired Mantel

This years mantel in the living room is similar to last year, but with some added elements.


I wanted a fuller look, and did so by adding plenty of real magnolia leaves, a few faux magnolia flowers on long, iced branches, peacock feathers and a few ornaments in the center.



I also added two faux, iced orchid branches to the silver vases.









Next I will show you the other side of the fireplace. Our fireplace is doubled sided, but the sunroom side is very different from the living room side.


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Infamous Ruffled Tree Skirt

From the minute I saw Miss Mustard Seed's ruffled tree skirt, I knew I wanted to make one for myself.

Fast forward a year later, and I see it all over pinterest. I read quite a few of these bloggers posts. More than a few said it took 5-8 hours to do, the ruffles didn't glue down properly and they were overall unhappy with the process but happy with the end result.

I have to say, I totally disagree! It took 2 hours total and was super simple. I used a muslin like fabric, in a neutral colour and it glued down easily. Unlike the original tutorial, I used a dollar store felt tree skirt as the base, which saved me a step.

Here's the result:





It was hard to show you the ties, as they blend in with the skirt, but I used a pretty cream ribbon and it adds a nice finishing touch. 
 




This skirt is perfect for this pretty, flocked tree-I love it!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Woodland Christmas Tags

Last week, I saw these beautiful tags on Brooklyn Limestone. I have a whole natural/woodsy vibe in much of my Christmas decor, so I took advantage of her generous download and printed a stack of tags.


Here are a few adorning gifts set in this rustic sleigh I have set by the fireplace.


I love gifts simply wrapped in kraft paper, with beautiful ribbon, adornments and gift tags to make them pretty.


Aren't these tags perfect? There are several other critters also.





I have magnolia leaves and a few glittered pomagranates alongside the gifts.


I've been very busy over the weekend, finishing up a few other Christmas craft projects and we worked on our mudroom reno.

I can't wait to show you the mudroom, but we still have a bit of work to do, and I am waiting on some fabric I ordered online before I tackle a cushion for our built in window seat.

I will be sharing more Christmas projects this week, and soon I will share all my decor. I know a lot of you like to wait until after American Thanksgiving, so I'll wait until later this week before I go crazy with all my Christmas decor posts!


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