It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here, but definitely doesn’t feel like it. Yep, it is 81 degrees here in sunny Central Texas! But the temperature has not stopped me from Christmas decorations, Christmas movies and music and hot chocolate. Last year I was super motivated to get creative with my Christmas decorating and I spent weeks making stockings, a new tree skirt and a plethora of fun Christmas decorations. Click on the links to see the tutorials Fabric Vase Fillers, Mitten Garland, Christmas Card Hanger, Vintage Photo Ornaments. This year it took me four days just to get my Christmas tree up and decorated. Pregnancy has the upper hand this year! For someone who is a “doer” it is very hard for me to put something like decorating on hold and choose to lay on the couch. But I did it, The Rescued Home is decorated and ready for the big day! Would you like to see it?
Ok let’s start with our tree. This is what it looked like last year.
I created ornaments out of vintage family photos.
I loved the look but this year wanted something a little different.
I also made this ruffle tree skirt last year.
She made it back under the tree this year. I found the tutorial for it here.
Here is our tree this year.
Instead of vintage photos I made shell ornaments out of shells I had collected at the lake last summer. They have been sitting for the past year next to my driftwood I collected for my driftwood wreath.
I cleaned off the shells then with a small drill bit I drilled a hole in the top of the shell.
Then I inserted a wire hook through the hole
and hung them.
When the light reflects off of them it creates a really pretty glow.
I love how organic and unique each one is.
I kept the upholstery webbing
and rolled up sheet music I used last year.
I have always wanted a sled to decorate with even though we never use them here in Texas, so when I saw this one at a garage sale this summer for $5 I scooped it up.
I love how our tree turned out this year. I plug in its lights as soon as I wake up and they stay on all day.
We don’t have a fireplace with a mantel for our stockings so I created this stocking holder last year out of a vintage children’s bed. At the end of the season it goes back into the attic.
Here are some other snap shots of our living room.
I have said before my dining room is my most favorite room to decorate and photograph. The lighting is great for indoor photos.
For my chairs I took scrap burlap and cut it into 6 inch-ish strips, tied it vertically and inserted stems of red berries.
I love the added pops of red.
By the time I got around to creating a centerpiece for my table I had used most of my decorations in other places. This is what I came up with.
I used an old wooden Big Red crate,
grasses I collected for my fall decorating,
antlers I used last year, vintage books,
and red berries and greenery.
Now I am in a mad-dash to finish sewing curtains and bedding for Eliza’s room. I am five weeks away from my due date! She will be here before we know it.