I’ve had a lot of visitors searching for my salt shaker angel ornament tutorial since I posted about working on it a few weeks ago. Yippee, it has now officially been posted. You can find the tutorial link here.
It is quick, easy and a real best seller for craft shows. I have one left only because I saved one at home. Seriously, after gluing the heads, I finished 20 of them in an evening.
****Two weeks before Christmas and all through the house,
Scents and sights of the season filled the rooms and pleased the spouse.
The stockings were hung on the buffet with care.
Oh well, no fireplace! I will not despair.
Above the entertainment center was festooned with charm. With no mantel, it couldn’t do any harm.
The snowman decor was stuffed into a birdcage, and I was writing my Christmas lists as another year turned a page.***
Yep, that’s all I got for that parody. I have been thinking about these two weeks remaining before Christmas though. There is so much to accomplish in a short amount of time. I can happily say I am miles ahead of where I was a week ago. The decorations are mostly complete and the pile of baked goodies is making me very happy.
But, all is not calm. I still have masses of Christmas shopping to do and Christmas gifts I really want to craft. So…in keeping myself on track, I am posting a few of my Christmas tutorial links. They are, of course, frugal and fast, as I know everybody is in need of quick, inexpensive holiday ideas.
Donna may cringe if she sees my results, but I was inspired by her December 5th post on Funky Junk Interiors. I live in a 100+ year-old farm house in the Midwest. The rooms are small, and I don’t have a fireplace. My entertainment center (predictably) serves as my living room’s focal point. I use the top as my “mantel”.
I worked on a (failed) project to fill the wall, but I just didn’t have the items I was envisioning in the garage. The freezing temps and windchill prevented me from shopping the barn. I had a brainstorm, but I needed to run to the shop where I store my finished crafts. In the meantime, I created the “landscape”.
Lastly, (drumroll please) the finished masterpiece! The window frame is the added piece I needed from the shop, and the barn star was already in the room, just in another location. No, my display is not all natural, nor all rustic, but it’s not supposed to be a copy of someones else’s work, just my interpretation of the idea.
Okay, Funky Junk Donna does it much better, but she inspired me to use the junk I already have. And, I like it. That’s really what matters.
I do love her blog and ideas, but the inspiration I am drawing from her is using things I already have to create a display. I am using things that I have out everyday, incorporating a few of my garage/finds, my crafts and Christmas decorations I normally use, but never have in this way.
I didn’t notice any snowmen, Santas or other Christmas characters in her displays. I love my collections, so that will probably never change. I did find a fun way to display my snowmen. The ladder tree on her post gave me the idea. I have a large decorative birdcage that I stuffed a tree into. I then squeezed my snowmen between the branches.
I love it, and a big plus is…the cage takes up a lot less real estate than the way I used to displayed my collection.
Thanks for the wonderful ideas, Donna!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
This weekend my husband and I are participating in a craft show that is an extension of the Festival of Trees in Arkansas City, Kansas. It’s a 3-day event, but hubby is really stepping up to the plate. He’s manning the booth so that I am freed up to get other things done. Yippee! Today I actually got the tree up. Okay,…it isn’t decorated, but it’s shaped and ready for the lights. The lights are hubby’s job. I also worked on laundry. I haven’t seen the bottom of my hampers in weeks. Well, that’s another story, and it has nothing to do with this post.
Here are a few of the trees at the festival. I am so inspired! Tomorrow I am putting up more of my decorations.
This is my favorite tree. It was decorated by the public library. The entire tree is made of stacked books. The covers were wrapped in black paper. I believe the picture ornaments were created at geekthelibrary.org . I’m not familiar with that site, but I plan on looking into it when I have a chance.
This tree has a gazillion references to Kansas. Sunflowers, Wizard of Oz, wheat, famous people from Kansas…It had me at the Wizard of Oz ornaments.
This red tree, donated by a local clinic, is decorated in sparkly candy ornaments. The lady decorating it said she had started last night, but had to run to the store this morning for more ornaments because the tree was bigger than she thought it would be. She was adding the finishing touches during her lunch hour.
I wish this photo was clearer. It is beautiful. I think it is called “Tea with Grandma”. The garland is pearl beads, and the ornaments are ladies gloves, tea cups and other vintage pretties. This tree would be perfect for my home if I wasn’t out numbered by men/boys/guys.
Cute little snowman tree.
Clever Santa tree.
Beautiful blue and white snow tree.
This is an interesting tree. It has no needles. The branches are wired stems. It was donated by the humane society. Each of the ornaments are photos of their animal “clients”.
Alien tree. Imagine walking through your darkened house at night.
Old fashioned rustic tree.
Table top trees.
More table top trees.
Lastly,…a few shots of my craft booth.
Can never have too many ornaments.
Third Annual Festival Of Trees
December 02, 2011 – December 04, 2011
A Benefit for Habitat for Humanity.. A gallery of themed decorated trees, table top trees, wreaths, centerpieces, Nativity Scenes, Holiday music, door prizes, silent auction, Santa Claus visit, hot apple cider. Awards presented at 4 p.m. on December 4th..