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Christmas is only days away – can you believe? I’ve finished my course, passed my exam, and done as much decorating as I’m going to do!
Want to take a little peek?
Last year I tried my hand at cedar boughs on the banister, and this year I decided to swag it up instead.
The bobbles are thrifted vintage Shiny Brites! I was thrilled to find 5 of these all in one place 🙂
And a nice collection of beautifully patinaed and worn ones, too!
We have lots of glass and twinkling candle light…
Under the glass cloche are vintage jingle bells…
And yes, that’s Angel Hair that you see!
In the background is a handmade straw ornament by Ursula at Sea to Canvas, and we have smaller ones on our ginormous Blue Fir tree!
Our tree skirt is a swath of burlap wrapped around the tree, with warm white mini lights sprinkled underneath… another idea I found on Pinterest!
If you’ve been following along, you might remember this brass urn I thrifted for my Paperwhites.
Well, they’ve been replaced with a little Alberta Spruce tree. You see, the Paperwhites grew waaaay to tall and leggy.
Here’s what I’ve done with them now!
You’ll even find a small splash of greenery in a few unsuspecting spots…
So this is a little tour of our home this year. I haven’t taken photos of everything, because you might already have seen some of it last year. To see last year’s decor, click here. We use the same advent calendar, always have an advent wreath, and our stockings and crèche scene are set out.
I am feeling mostly ready, but still have some things left undone. How about you? Are you finished with your list of things to do?
Thank you for stopping by!
Photographs by Sheila Zeller
Some of you might be wondering where I’ve disappeared to lately. Just know, I am trying to catch blog posts and leave the odd comment, but these last few weeks have been consumed with something I’ve been working on for a while. And I’m down…
With the weekend behind us, I’m happy to report that we’ve actually got our decorating well underway. The tree is up, the decorations are scattered placed around, and we’re down to the tweaking touches. We also got our cedar swags hung up outside. If you were reading my…
It’s Friday, and the decorating is ‘finished’… but is it ever really finished? After I took all my photos, I thought of other little tweaks I could do, but here’s some perspective on tweaking. When I showed Kaleigh the finishing touches, what she noticed were the ornaments hanging in the window… that went up about 2 weeks ago!
So if you’re thinking tweaking will make all the difference, just remember it might only make a difference to you! Others could just now be soaking in all your hard work from days gone by.
And with that I wanted to wrap up this week and my prep-for-Christmas focus by sharing a few corners and moments with you from inside our home.
Father Christmas will greet you as you step inside.
Along with fresh cedar boughs…
As you step around the corner you will find our Advent wreath. This was something brought forward by my hubby into our Christmases. He grew up with Advent wreaths, and he also grew up with the gold angel chimes you see in the middle.
He tells me that on Christmas Eve he and his brothers would have to stay downstairs while his parents decorated the Christmas tree. When the tree was finished his mom would ring a little bell signalling for them to come upstairs. When they entered the room the angel chimes would also be softly dinging in the background.
Here’s a better look at the angel chimes.
The heat from the candles makes the little fan spin, and the hook you see on the left taps the bells as it spins past them. The wreath is made from fresh fir, and I spray it with water every day to keep it from drying out too fast.
This is local holly that I picked up from Princess Holly at the foot of our hill.
And the floating candle idea was inspired by Pinterest!
This cinnamon scented pine cone adds to the feeling of Christmas with the aroma it leaves in the air.
Like the pine cone, the objects inside the apothecary jar are scented too, but not in a good way! I don’t like the smell of them, but I do like them! So I thought an apothecary jar was a good choice, and now I am able to use them for a splash of colour in the powder room.
The candles inside the clear flutes are mini oil lamps made of blown glass. They are made by GBS Glassblowing company in Shawnigan Lake.
If you haven’t been to GBS studio, it’s worth the trip. And if you time it right you might even see owner, Grahame Fowle in glassblowing mode. Grahame’s creations are beautiful, and seeing him in action is awe inspiring.
These are our handmade Christmas stockings… the two on the right. I made the one in the middle for Kaleigh’s first Christmas, and my Mom made a new one for me at the same time. Let’s just say my old one is now a vintage piece in my collection of things 😉
The names are cross-stitched separately and then machine sewn onto the stocking. All the beading and felt pieces are stitched by hand. We draft our own patterns inspired by colouring books and Christmas cards. And the stocking on the left, well it’s kind of like our tree topper – it’s an interim, but will be replaced by a handmade one like the other two. I’m still in the drafting mode!
And this little stocking Kaleigh made for me about 8 years ago with some ‘help’ from her Nana… It’s a pretty special ornament and always finds a special spot on the tree.
And this is an ornament she beaded with very little help quite a few years ago.
This fun ornament is a red hot chili pepper that Tristan, my hubby’s son, gave to him a few years ago. I tried to get a close-up so you can see the detail in his face. Isn’t he great? We would put him on the tree, but he’s ceramic and uber heavy, so wants to slide off the branches!
My hubby brought the gold table covering for me from Germany before we were married… and of course you know all about the crow family I wrote about yesterday! They make me smile 🙂
He also brought back this hand carved crèche scene from Cologne. If you look closely you’ll see Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in the middle. And then all around them are the 3 Wise Men, a Shephard, a camel guide, and of course the livestock. There’s a camel too, but you can’t see him because he’s at the back in the photo.
So just like the angel chimes, when the candles are lit the heat from them turns the fan, and this makes the little platform holding the livestock, etc. turn around Mary, Joseph and Jesus in the middle.
When Kaleigh was younger we went to see the Nutcracker ballet, and this is her keepsake ornament.
The ‘Polar Express’ has always been a family favorite, and this is Kaleigh’s Polar Express bell!
When my hubby and I were dating we each bought pieces to the Thomas Kinkade Christmas village. And then joined our pieces and put them out for our 1st married Christmas together!
Here’s a day shot…
And a night one too.
Thank you for stopping by!
I hope you enjoyed your visit.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from our home to yours!
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I’ve always wanted to decorate a banister for Christmas, but never had the chance until this year. So I was pretty excited to give it a shot.
This is one of my inspiration photos…
I love the lushness of the greenery… and look, did you notice the cedar? Exactly what I had in mind… and I know just where I can find some 😉
So here’s a before of our banister. A photo taken months ago, before we were moved in.
And here’s one at the halfway stage of the cedar installation.
I was on a roll and kept forgetting to take pictures!
This is how it looks now.
I think it needs a little something else, but my family likes it just the way it is. I have some ideas…
So we’re going to live with it and see how it feels while we work on the rest of the house… If I add anything, I’ll make sure you get to see the end result!
Do you have anything on your decorating wish list to try?
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