Handmade + Vintage for Christmas

December 5, 2012

After another round of sickness in our house…nothing major, just enough to slow us down…I finally got our lovely tree trimmed last night.  I didn’t have time or funds to buy any new ornaments this year but must say that I’m loving the results of reusing what I already had. I’ve collected quite a number of assorted vintage birds over the years (all found at local thrift stores), and think they look pretty darn cute all nestled in around the tree. I also found a bag of vintage red velveteen apples last year and love the extra shot of colour they bring to the mix. Here’s a little peek…can you spot two of the sweet clay ornaments I made at the shop on the weekend?

It’s amazing what you can do with what you already have, isn’t it? Not just at Christmas but all year round. Fresh greenery instantly makes plain woollen socks look festive, there’s no end to what bright coloured washi tape can dress up and vintage ornaments get a new lease on life when displayed in a rustic wood crate…

La Petite Cuisine

Ella’s Inspiration

The Marion House Book

Feeling crafty but no time to dive into a big project? Rosa’s painted pinecones are easy-peasy and fun for the whole family to enjoy. And there’s still time to put together a simple advent calendar or sketch something seasonal on a chalkboard or blank canvas, minimal artistic talent required! There’s something about handmade touches that truly make the holidays feel warmer and more personal, wouldn’t you agree? It reminds me of my childhood making paper chains and stringing popcorn into garlands…

Flutter Flutter 

Dandee Designs

Matthew Mead via Canadian House & Home

Do you have any creative holiday traditions or do you like to try something new each year? Or maybe you prefer to sit back and see the finished results of others, spiced eggnog in hand? I think a combination of all three sounds like my style :) Hope your week is going well and you’re all keeping the flu bugs at bay!

 

 

 

7 comments

1 Rosa @ Flutter Flutter { 12.05.12 at 6:36 am }

Aw, thanks for including me in this Lily! :) I am loving adding the handmade touches this Christmas… and I’m going to use the idea of sketching a tree onto a chalkboard… since I have a large vintage green one sitting right here!
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2 Jaime @ la vie...j'aime { 12.05.12 at 6:42 am }

Oh i love the chalkboard in that last pic- so cute!

3 Tracey { 12.05.12 at 11:08 am }

Ha! That pinecone looks familiar!!!! These are great inspiration pictures ….. I still have a little felt dove that I made in grade 1 that doesn’t have much left to it except it’s shape and some thread hanging from it but it’s sentimental and home made. They do have a meaning which makes the tree more special.
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4 Birch + Bird { 12.05.12 at 9:14 pm }

Sounds perfect, Rosa! Hope you share pics :)

5 Birch + Bird { 12.05.12 at 9:14 pm }

Your little dove sounds adorable, Tracey! And your Christmas tree pics are stunning :)

6 Birch + Bird { 12.05.12 at 9:17 pm }

Thanks Jaime! I love how easy it is too :)

7 Zoe { 12.06.12 at 3:03 pm }

Love the handmade touches for Christmas – have just made some of my own hand painted decorations. The socks are a brill idea, might have to give this one a go! X

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