Another year, another look for our Christmas décor. This year I opted for a more rustic, country look so we got a real tree, a Fraser fir. They’re not quite as fragrant as a noble fir, which I intend to use around the house in wreathes and garlands, but the Fraser has lots of resin so it lasts and lasts and doesn’t drop as many needles as a pine. The needles are soft and rubbery. It’s made for ornaments!
I had my husband build me a rustic shipping crate out of pallets. I sanded it, rounding off the edges for a worn look. Then I stained, distressed and sealed it. I printed labels from Christmas themed orchard fruit crates and used Mod Podge to stick them on. (Note: the top isn’t finished). Perhaps I’ll add layers of Christmas cards over the years. When the season is over, it’s a nice, sturdy storage box for oranaments.
This is a label from the Westward Ho Fruit Company. It made me smile.
A holiday IKEA hack: I emptied out an IKEA glass cabinet and filled each section with different coloured lights. It’s so pretty! Making the season bright.
This is the clothing section with a little knitted sweater, hat and even an Ugg boot.
I like a nice fat wreath.
This is a two-sided wreath that’s real from windfall greenery in the forest nearby.
I made up several of these for around the house. I used plain shiny buckets and filled them rocks for stability then seasonal greens and water. The smell of just a few sprigs of pine, cedar and fir is wonderful.
This began as a simple collection of figurines but evolved as people passed by and edited it into a most irreverent nativity. You’ll notice the three wise men (Santa, Nutcracker solider and a Day of the Dead figure), the manger animals (wearing the traditional Santa’s hat. Note: flamingo) Mary, a trifle thin but dressed for the season. Jesus looks a little colicky. And up in the tree is Taz, the tarnished angel, looking down on the whole thing. 😉
Laurel decking the halls