Homey Stuff

Holiday Hearth 2014 OR Decorating Without a Tree

Baubles in a Basket

This year I did not want to pull out all the decorations, or spend the money on a tree. After our move to this house, the white tree didn’t make it, and last year we didn’t buy a tree because we were traveling for Christmas. This year, I simply do not have the budget to buy a fake tree (I also don’t want the hassle of a real one). So, trying not to spend any money on any decorations, I pulled out what I have and took a look. I have this older fake garland, but first I needed to make some room on the mantle by hanging “My Baby Wants to Rock and Roll” higher.

Decorated Mantle and Hearth Dec 2014

Decorated Mantle and Hearth Dec 2014

I reused the three mod trees I made last year, and added a vase with some sprays. Glittered ornaments and birds add some color.

Bird Ornament on Mantle

Bird Ornament on Mantle

Across the front, I tied a ribbon and hung some of my favorite ornaments. I collect ornaments from places I visit, so there are many memories associated with them. It’s my favorite part of putting up Christmas decorations– to take out the ornaments and remember what they represent.

Ornaments on Mantle

Ornaments on Mantle

That’s Henry VIII on the left, from the Tower of London, and a San Francisco Trolley car towards the middle. I hung our stockings on either side. I just hope I secured everything so that it doesn’t fall. I already had one ornament break on me this year.

Ornaments

Ornaments

The tin star is from San Diego.

More Ornaments

More Ornaments

The angel was a gift from my sister from Germany, Tuolumne Meadows at Yosemite, a ceramic star from our favorite artist’s shop in Fredericksburg (the Pon Shop), the Frank Lloyd Wright window is actually a bookmark from the Martin House in Buffalo, a colorful ornament from Hawaii, and a thistle snowflake from the Celtic Highland Games and Festival.

And More Ornaments

And More Ornaments

The moose is from the Grand Tetons. I’m so glad I was able to find a way to display them.

Mantle Left Side

Mantle Left Side

Mantle Right Side

Mantle Right Side

And on the hearth I kept it real simple with a little joy, a Santa fairy ornament, and a caroller carting cookies.

Holiday Hearth Vignette 2014

Holiday Hearth Vignette 2014

I also took some of the more colorful ornaments and put them in a basket.

Baubles in a Basket

Baubles in a Basket

Overall I’m very happy with my paired down Christmas this year.

Brass Reindeer and Ornament

Brass Reindeer and Ornament

 

 

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Quick and Easy Change – Painting the Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island After

With a hole in the drywall, and company coming, I decided it was time to address the kitchen Island.

Hole in the Island

Hole in the Kitchen Island

Here’s what it looked like before:

Kitchen Island Before

Kitchen Island Before

And after!

Kitchen Island After

Kitchen Island After

We just wanted a little color- nothing too bright or crazy, and something that would not be beige. We settled on “Quietude” by Sherwin Williams.

Kitchen Island Before

Kitchen Island Before

From the other direction. Featuring our cluttered, messy counters.

Painted Kitchen Island After

Painted Kitchen Island After

I actually cleaned up a bit! Oh but what’s that in the background? We painted the pantry door to match!

Pantry Doors Before

Pantry Doors Before

And after-

Pantry Door Painted after

Pantry Door Painted after

I also like the contrast of the color against the dining room. We wanted something that could play with it, and not compete. I’m not totally sold on the color actually. But it was so quick and easy to do, that it’s not a big deal to change it in the future. The color came out a bit more blue than gray green, but it’s a nice color on its own. It reminds me of the color of Wedgewood.

 

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Turntable Cover

Turntable Cozy

This week I made a little something for my husband- a cozy for his turntable.

Turntable Cozy

Turntable Cozy

I didn’t take any pictures of the process- but it was fairly straight-forward. I took measurements of the turntable- sketched it out, and figured out what the pattern should be for each piece. I added an extra inch for seams, which ended up working out to fit it perfectly. I made an oops in cutting the fabric so I didn’t place the pattern exactly where I wanted it to be- I was cutting from three scraps of fabric I bought at UFab outlet for a dollar each.

Naked Turntable

Naked Turntable

Turntable Covered

Covered Turntable

The bottom of the turntable is just over an inch wider than the top, so the side pieces are trapezoidal. I also shortened the back piece to accommodate the cords coming out.

Detail stitching

Detail stitching

I think the whole thing took me about an hour, for cutting, piecing, and sewing. I also gave the hems a little zig-zag stitch for fun. I think it “goes” with the fabric.

Mr. Lucky was so appreciative, and I love making a nice little thing like this for him when I can.

 

 

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A Mid-Summer Mantle

Hydrangea and Crape Myrtle Bouquet

After the houttuynia bouquets died, I kinda sorta left them (dead) up on the mantle for a while…but I finally got my act together and went outside in the garden and gathered up some fresh blooms last Sunday. I knew I wanted to use some of the “Annabelle” hydrangea blooms before they started to turn brown, and I also wanted to use some Red Shiso (since I have sooo much of it). Starting with those plants as the base, I went out in search of some other colors and forms to add the new bouquets.

Mid Summer Bouquets

Mid Summer Bouquets

I’m pretty happy with the final result, but I didn’t shape the arrangements quite how I wanted to. And the Black Eyed Susans are hard to see with the vases so high up. I can’t keep them lower because otherwise the cats will try to eat them.

Mid Summer Bouquet

Mid Summer Bouquet

So the plants I included in this arrangement are: Annabelle Hydrangea blossoms (lime green), Crape Myrtle blossoms (pink), Black Eyed Susan (yellow), Red Shiso (dark red/purple leaves), and a couple sprigs of Rainbow Leucothoe (light-mid green).

Hydrangea and Crape Myrtle Bouquet

Hydrangea and Crape Myrtle Bouquet

It was more difficult than I thought it would be trying to arrange the crape myrtle. I cut off a small branch, and had to deconstruct it further to have it fit in the vases. I really hope this arrangement lasts more than a couple of days.

Mid Summer Color on the Mantle

Mid Summer Color on the Mantle

It’s so nice to have some fresh color on the mantle! In my last house, there wasn’t really any where to display fresh flowers (without the cats getting to them) and I didn’t have much of a garden either so I rarely had flowers in the house. So it feels like such a happy luxury that I can just go outside and gather a gorgeous bouquet.

 

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