My Christmas Home Tour

Good morning! We are part of the way through December already! Are you ready? Is your shopping done? I think I am done, but there always seems to be something else to buy! I do have my decorations up, so now I can sit back and enjoy. I hope you enjoy the little tour today!

I collect these little birds from Target, buying one each year. I set them up right in my entryway this year. I bought the birdcage at a yard sale, the wreath and white trees came from the 99 Cent Store. The white runner came from Hobby Lobby and is soooo soft! I love to just rub my hand across it each time I walk by.

Turning into the living room, I set up my frosted tree. I usually decorate this with a very coastal look, but this year I wanted to do something different. I kept the same white, silver and gold colors, but added in woodland animals. I bought about $20 worth of new ornaments at the 99 Cent Store, but the rest were pieces I already owned.

Ok, a penguin isn’t really a woodland animal, but he was too cute to not include!

I decided to hang the stockings on the mantle this year too. I added a couple more deer, a lantern, a lighted tree and a chalkboard.

Down the middle of the table, I lined up several lanterns, added some trees inside along with more woodland creatures.

This old kitchen cupboard belonged to my grandparents in their home. I love to decorate it with vintage style Christmas things. The old light up tree on the bottom shelf came from my grandma on my fathers side of the family.

This is my doggy corner! Each one has a handmade stocking and monogram. As you can see, they already have a few treats inside. I added a few of my other dog decorations on the bench. My daughter gave me the adorable gold and white wooden Christmas tree last year.

Here in my family room, I have my Disney tree! Lauren and I went through all the ornaments and found we had plenty of Disney ones to fill the tree. I love it! Most are mine, but there are also some from both girls.

Old movies and new ones.

Lady and the Tramp is my favorite old Disney movie!

And the iconic castle!

I posted about my village a couple of weeks ago. I set it up in my fireplace this year. I really like it here and I get to enjoy it every day. You can find it here.

Well, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas! It’s been a tough year, and I am looking forward to what 2021 has to bring to us. Thank you all for following me. I love to read your comments and looks forward to meeting with you next year too!

Creating Your Own Sweater Stockings

The stockings were hung by the chimney in care…okay, we don’t have a chimney, but we do have a fireplace now! But I still didn’t hang the stockings there. Instead I used an old ladder for some and a new one for the others! I love how they look on the ladders with some cozy blankets thrown over. I showed you the stockings I was making for my pooches and kitties, but I thought I would give you a little more of a tutorial for them.

I started out with a pile of sweaters from a thrift store. They have a deal where you fill a handheld shopping basket and get the whole thing for $7.00. Pretty good deal! I found 7 sweaters in colors that I liked and thought would work for this project. Only 1 buck each! I looked for sweaters with a design, or pockets or buttons that I thought would add something extra to the stocking. (only 6 made it in the picture :))Sweater Stocking Tutorial Pile

Here is the stocking I used for the pattern. As you can tell, not really my style. After sewing this one, I realized I should have put the top of the stocking at the bottom of the sweater. The tops didn’t stretch out so much when I used the binding at the bottom or the neckline at the top of the sweater.

Sweater Stocking Tutorial Traceing

I’m going to be using a different sweater for the rest of the tutorial, because it was an oops. I traced the pattern on the outside of the sweater instead of the inside. 😦 But it still ended up working out! I actually got 2 stockings from the sweater. I think it was actually a dress. Notice how the top of the stocking will be on the neck of the sweater.

Sweater Stocking Tutorial Outline

After tracing the pattern it was time to sew. My favorite thing! NOT! But I did it anyway! I sewed right along the line I had drawn. Just don’t sew the top! That is your opening to put the gifts in!

Sweater Stocking Tutorial Seam

Once the sewing is done, cut around the edge. I cut just to the outside of the stitching.

Sweater Stocking Tutorial Cut

Here is the stocking all cut out.

Sweater Stocking Tutorial Inside Out

I turned the stocking right side out, which was actually inside out, but whatever! Then I took a piece of the binding from the neck that was left over and cut a little strip off.

Sweater Stocking Tutorial Ribbing

This will make my loop for hanging. I sewed it on with the machine, but it could easily be hand-stitched too.

Sweater Stocking Tutorial Loop

The collar of the sweater had some buttons on it so I cut them off and added them to the front of the stocking where the diamonds of the argyle met.

sweater stocking tutorial buttons

And there it is! It doesn’t looks to bad being inside out! I hung this one in my bedroom.

sweater stocking tutorial finished

Here are a couple of the others hanging by the dining room tree. I finished 8 of them in all! If I can make these, anybody can! I love how they look warm and cozy plus you can make them to match any decor,

sweater christmas stockings

Thanks for following along! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sunshine and Blessings

 

 

 

Corner News-December 4, 2015

You better watch out! Christmas is only a 3 weeks away! Are you ready!? I am ready for a break from preschoolers and to just be able to relax at home. This time of year at school is just so crazy!! The children’s heads are filled with Santa, Elves, presents, parties and not school!! It’s fun to see the season and excitement through their eyes.

One project I worked on last weekend was making some stockings for our furry friends. All we had were some cheap ones in red and green. They so didn’t go with my Rustic Glam decor!! 🙂 I bought some sweaters at a thrift store in colors or designs that I liked. I turned them inside out and traced one of the old stockings with a pen. Then I sewed around the stitching, except for the top opening. After it was sewed, I cut it out. I sewed it first so it wouldn’t fray. I used some of the trim from the sweater to decorate the stocking, such as buttons and pockets. I love how they look! I will add a monogram as soon as we can decide who gets which one!

sweater stockings

sweater christmas stockings

This tree is in my dining room. It’s hard to see, but it is decorated with Shiny Brite ornaments and the colors start with silver at the top, down to gold, and then to turquoise. I love it! I keep finding these ornaments at the thrift stores and I snatch them up. I have found a bunch of pink ones for Lauren too.

sweater stockings and tree

Here is my new addition to my fireplace! Oohh! I am so excited to curl up by the fire!sweater stockings fireplace

Have a wonderful weekend! See you on Monday!

Sunshine and Blessings

Rustic Glam Christmas Fireplace

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Only a few more weeks until Christmas! How is your decorating and shopping going? I got most of my decorating done this weekend after having a mess around the house for the past week. I kept it v-e-r-y simple this year. I used mostly silver and gold and natural items, like wood, greens and wire. I really like how it looks! It’s very calming and soothing. My trees are more colorful and really stand out. I have already shown you my Hot Chocolate Bar and my Silver and Gold Table, so today I am going to show you my Mantel of my Fauxplace.

I used many of the same types of items as I did on the table. Lots of gold, silver and wood.

Chistmas Fireplace 2015

I used many of Lauren’s books to fill in the space at the top and then placed a wooden tray with Shiny Brite ornaments in the center.

Christmas Fireplace Books

Christmas Fireplace 2015 Shiny Brights

I have had this metal deer for years. He used to be kind of rusty, then turquoise and now he is silver! The magic of spray paint! I added a piece of burlap and a button that came from my grandma’s coat.

Christmas Fireplace 2015 Deer

 

I love this little penguin! He is one of my favorite decorations to put out each year. I also love that he can stay out all winter!

Christmas Fireplace 2015 Penguin

I made these wreaths from small wood slices and added a green and white winter themed bow and a little silvery pom-pom to the center. I found the leather strap of bells at a thrift store several years ago.

Christmas Fireplace 2015 Wreaths

The large wreath over the top has more wood slices with special Christmas words printed on them and some silver ornaments from Target.

Christmas Fireplace 2015 Wreath

Our stockings are hung on a ladder. I have added charms to each of our stockings that represent each of us. Some of the charms are from places we have been that year, or something special that has happened over the year. I have several Disney ones on mine.

christmas Fireplace 2015 stockings

Christmas Fireplace 2015 Stocking Pins

Of course, I had to add my signature starfish to the mantel too!

Christmas Fireplace 2015 Side View

 

I hope you enjoyed my little tour! I will be having more Christmas ideas in the weeks to come.

Christmas Fireplace 2015 View

 

I can’t wait to see some of your decorations and ideas too! See you on Friday!

Sunshine and Blessings