Sunday, December 29, 2013

Repurposing Christmas Decor

It was love at first sight when I saw this reindeer burlap print at TJ Maxx a few weeks ago.  At $16.99, I felt like the frame alone was worth it.  I ran my fingers around the inside of the frame to see how the burlap was attached and determined that I could easily tuck a different piece of fabric on top of the burlap.  This made the price even better since I could use it year round.  So, on December 26th, I added the number print burlap.  Next Christmas, I'll just pull it out and use the reindeer again.

I like to freshen things up a bit after taking down the Christmas decorations.  I'm getting the itch to make the rounds at some antique and vintage stores.  How about you?  I'm seeing some "holes" in my decor that need to be filled.

See my wrinkly table runner? I just got this from H&M.  I definitely need to break out the iron. 

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Friday, December 20, 2013

All About Chairs - One Kings Lane

We were recently contacted by One Kings Lane and asked to try out their Home Decor Resource Guide.   I've purchased from them before, but had no idea about this resource.  There is lots of information about styles and the design history of furniture.  You can check it out at

When picking one of my chairs to feature in this post, I was hesitant to pick a newer chair.  I felt like an older chair would fit the "history" part.  However, this huge chair and ottoman in my family room was a bit like an elephant.  It definitely makes a statement just because of its size.

At first I thought it was more mid-century modern.  The shape and feet of it reminds me of the Sawyer Chair in the Highland Heritage collection at One Kings Lane

After visiting the home resource guide, I learned that nail head trim was used a lot in the Louis XIII and XIV periods.   The use of nail heads eliminated the need for loose seat cushions and opened up creative options for furniture design. 

I bought this chair from a local furniture store last year.  I chose it because of its comfortable design, in order to balance out the less plush (but pretty) sofa in the room.

 It's a great spot to prop up your feet, read a book or have a cup of coffee.

Also, did you know that the idea of creating unified suites of furniture was a completely French innovation?  This was news to me :) I have some yard sale pieces I now want to research to find more about their age.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Make A No-Sew Tree Skirt

Last year I just wrapped some burlap fabric around the bottom of my kitchen tree.  This year I decided to make a quick new-sew skirt.  I have some pictures of my project below, but thought I would use this opportunity to throw in some pictures of my kitchen :)

This year I just didn't have the drive to do anything fancy or elaborate.  I tried to use what I had on hand when possible.

I used the idea from this great blogger for the tart ornaments.  I don't have a letter stamp kit, so I just used rubber stamps and an ink pad.

This was my latest find from TJ Maxx.   I couldn't pass up this frame.

 Now for making the tree skirt.  I first measured my tree from the stand, to see how far out I wanted the skirt to come on the floor.  I made mine 22 inches, to allow for the hem.

I folded my fabric in half, horizontally.  I then found the center of the fold, and started marking my fabric at 22 inch intervals, in a circular pattern.  There are better ways to do this I'm sure, but I just used pieces of painters tape and moved my yardstick around.


When you've marked you half circle on the fold, cut it out.  You should have something that somewhat resembles a circle.  

 Since my fabric was a scene, I cut my slit on the side that will be upside down, for the back side of the tree.  I just measured 22 inches from the edge to center for my cut.

 Next you want to use some iron-on binding tape.  One brand of this is called Stitch Witchery.  I usually get mine at Hobby Lobby.  That is also where I got the stick on Velcro sets.

Fold the edge of each slit cut over the bonding tape, and iron on according to the package directions.  I just set my iron to the appropriate heat setting for the fabric I'm using.

After the edges, I repeated this all around circle edges.

Then, stick on your Velcro pieces, one half of the set on the top side of the fabric, and the other piece underneath.  My package instructions stated to let them set for 24 hours to get the best adherence on the fabric.  I used four "sets" to fasten my skirt.


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Monday, December 2, 2013

Vintage Christmas Mantle

We are going to pretend that three of my last four posts haven't included these blue mason jar snow globes :)   I actually had put up something entirely different on this mantle when I started thinking about this red berry garland I had noticed in the attic.  One thing led to another and I started  all over with this red and blue combination. 
I'm planning to keep my decorating low key this year.  I'm still trying to adjust to Empty Nest Syndrome :(  Sometimes I wonder if I should align the amount of my holiday decorations with how many people will actually see them.  There is a lot less traffic through my house than in years passed. 

I have been hanging on to this grain sack fabric I ordered from Decorsteals trying to decide what to make with it.  I thought the colors would look good with the mantle so I whipped up some stockings.

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