christmas 🎄

I love my Santas! I have collected them for years, and none will break the bank (most barn picked or from tag sales). To me, they are just part of what makes a house a home at Christmas!

Joining the Santas in this windowsill Christmas tableau is the beautiful amaryllis I received as a gift at Thanksgiving.

It’s the little things that make the season special.

Thanks for stopping by!

santa season 

Decorating days are here. I like it to be festive and beautiful not Christmas psychotic. 
I have taken a long time to hunt my Christmas decorations and as a process it is a constant evolution. 

I find decorations I like, but if I find ones I like better I will swap things out. 

  Some people just do mass assemblages of layered and layered decorations with not much restraint (or taste) and well it ends up looking like an episode of Christmas Hoarders. If you take your time it makes it easier and you don’t have to put out all of the ornaments and decorations…rotate them!

Last year I did a lot of little decorated  trees with feather ornaments and such, but this year I decided to have more Santas and nutcrackers out  instead. (I did one small tree with vintage ornaments for our bedroom – a tabletop tree).

 

Ebay and Etsy are great resources for Christmas decorations and ornaments. So are Facebook yard sale groups, church rummage sales, and garage sales and my favorite…barn picking 🎅

 Decorating for Christmas is easy and fun. Use Pinterest for ideas and inspiration and keep it simple to start.
Vintage holiday table linens and dishes also do not have to cost a fortune at all. 

But seriously where people screw up every year is they take the time to decorate… And then it’s paper plates and plastic cups! Just say no! Buy yourself a pair of festive dish gloves and towels and do the dishes! 

Happy Merry Festivus!

  

christmas crafting

 

I have been on the hunt for a larger soft form folk art Santa, and I haven’t been able to find one.

So I decided to make one and here he is!

For my first attempt at a craft like this I don’t think I did a bad job! I used things I had around the house. 

Recently we had gotten some new pillows I saved the old ones for crafting – the beard and the body is stuffed with one of the old pillow’s stuffing.

Buttons I always save I think it’s a habit that comes from my mother and grandmother because both of them sewed. So I reused some buttons. 

Some red cotton lace trim I had picked up at a fair years ago has had many uses and this time Santa was able to have festive suspenders by using a couple short lengths of it.

Santa’s actual head comes from one of those flannel cotton shoeshine mits  you get in hotels. His clothing was made from old pajama tops and bottoms. And that includes his little plaid boots.

Buttons were used for his eyes and I painted them a little in the center so he didn’t look so bride of Chucky. His glasses were made from red florist wire and he has a little yarn mouth.

His mittens were actually thumbs from old knit gloves that had holes in them. And I formed his body and his legs from one of those grocery store-type  recycled, reusable “fabric” bags.  The bag I used actually was a giveaway in Ardmore, PA  a few years ago and it was off-white so it worked perfectly for these purposes.

I handstitched him together and made him a cap and gave him a yarn tassel at the end of his cap. I created his nose and some depth in his face by bunching the fabric and the stuffing and stitching it down in places.

I can make wreaths and things but this is my first time ever trying to make something like this. I didn’t have a pattern I just had an idea in my head of what I wanted him to look like. He’s about 3 feet tall. I had wanted a Santa likes this to sit on a chair at Christmas.

Move over Martha Stewart because I think my Santa is pretty cute! Have a great day!