Springy Floral Frame

Spring Round Frame 4

Here in my neck of the woods, we had a February that felt like Spring, and now that Spring is actually here per the calendar, it’s gotten much more like the weather we usually have in February.  Cold, damp, and kinda yucky (especially today).  I decided I’d try to tempt Spring back here by adding a bit of it to my room decor.

This little frame and the matching easel are in a style that is very much “me”–vintage, shabby-chic, and providing a starting point for seasonal changes. So far, I’ve changed it out to decorate for Autumn and Christmas–with simple inserts behind the glass–but this time I went all-out with some fru-fru on the outside of the frame, too.

Spring Round Frame 2

For a change, even though it’s topped with a signature bow, I’ve made the flowers more the focal point, punching out several shapes and sizes and adding in some shaped and scored leaves to give it more dimension. An old (and favorite) embossing folder, cut out along the embossed shape, provided some textural interest behind the glass, over a piece of some retired–but still well-loved–dsp.  The colors blend well with my room decor… and I’m REALLY hoping this will help summon Spring back my way!

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Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Paper: Pacific Point, Pool Party, Night of Navy,  and Wild Wasabi Cardstocks; Painted Blooms DSP.
  • Embellishments: Night of Navy and Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon; Silver Brads 
  • Tools: Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Petite Petals and Pansy Punches; Flower Garden Embossing Folder; and a whole lot of glue dots to put all those flowers and leaves on the frame!

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Christmas Decorating 2015

Christmas Decorating 2015-2

I sometimes don’t know whether to thank my Mom–or bemoan my fate–whenever Christmas decorating time rolls around.  Mom taught me to truly celebrate events (something wonderful, of course)….but from her I also got my obsession with decorating every nook and cranny of every place I’ve ever lived (not always a good thing!–case in point: the poor little gingerbread-guy silicone potholder who got hung in my window next to the stove….he smiled the whole time, but I think he was horribly uncomfortable there!).

Luckily, 2015’s abode is small-scale, so I actually could just about decorate every inch of it with all the Christmas decorations I’ve hoarded collected through the years. (I won’t mention how many bins of UNused decorations I didn’t even have room for!)  I also got to play with some interesting and a bit different color schemes this time.Christmas Decorating 2015-6

My Christmas tree (featured in more detail here) was unique, showcasing my first-floor color choices of turquoise, bright “Grinch”-green, and a bright purple.  My living room and craft space here have been done in blues and aquas the rest of the year, so it was easy to switch out to happy holiday mode with these particular colors.Christmas Decorating 2015-3-1


Upstairs, I went with an equally non-traditional black and white, with some pops of red. My black and white wreath set the tone for a cool, almost icy seasonal feel, and opened into my bedroom, where I’ve happily featured favorite old photos and original artwork by a local artist, along with items that are particularly meaningful to me this time of year, choosing things that fill my heart with joy –reminding me of cherished loved ones and times gone by.

Outside decorations were truly minimal this time, but here I kept the colors traditional (to better suit the house itself) and the style warm and inviting with a welcoming wreath and lots of happy red.Christmas Decorating 2015

The only snowflakes we saw in my neck of the woods this time were in my windows–it was one of the warmest Decembers on record here! Better luck next year for a white Christmas, I guess.  2015 was decidedly more colorful!

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A Fashionista Christmas Tree

Dressmaker Christmas Tree 2-1Pinterest and Facebook blew up with several decorating trends this year, and I have to admit it takes a lot for me to be bowled over with truly new ideas. This one got me, though: turning a dress maker’s form into a Christmas tree.  Did you see this all over the place, too? — or is it only me, because I actually have a form like this on hand?  And my obliging friends–read that “enabling”–pointed this out to me…so I just had to try it.

There are many instructions for assembly of these cuties out there, but in the end all I needed was an understanding of the concept, some wire, and some wire-cutters and the artificial Christmas tree branches I had on hand.  (Really. I didn’t have to buy anything to make this thing. All this crafting and decorating “stuff” I’ve gathered my whole life actually pays off sometimes….)

Dressmaker Christmas Tree 7My dressmaker form isn’t a traditional/ actual one–it’s more a wire representation of one. I fell in love with it when I found it (at a bargain price) at a local antique/collectibles store; I’ve wanted one literally for decades, but could never find one that I could justify purchasing because they were all either in too bad of shape or way too expensive for the genuine article.  And short. Like really short. And I’m 6′ tall, so it was a matter of principle that I refused to buy a 3′ tall dress dummy. Hmph. But this very nontraditional wire form is almost as tall as I am. Yippee! (Hey, when you’re a 6′-tall girl, your whole life is pretty non-traditional, so finding this gem truly was a big deal.)

So, ANYWAY, since the form was wire, I basically just had to wire on my tree branches.  Easy-peasy. And time consuming. Dressmaker Christmas Tree 1But very sturdy and unique when complete.  I chose to dress my dummy in a bodice of ribbon studded with button snowflakes that my great niece had adorned her with a few weeks prior when she was in a creative mood. (See Miss Christmas Tree in wedding gown mode here at right-> )
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Her Christmas greenery gown is graced with lots of ornaments, multi-colored lights, and a whole bunch of ribbon. It actually took me less time to assemble and decorate this tree than it usually does for a standard variety. And she took up zero additional floor space in the room, so it was a total win-win.Dressmaker Christmas Tree 4-1

My Christmas decor this year was all about exploring colors and a style I’ve never really done before–bold and graphic, non-typical, bright, and very girly for this old lady I am now. My tree was even complete with her very own purple satin (decorated, of course) slipper that I’d bought years ago at an art show.

This will likely be the only year I go this particular route with my Christmas decorations, but it was fun to do and gave me an outlet for creative expression I needed.

And made me smile.

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Christmas Trees for Relay

Christmas Cone Trees 2015-10

My Relay for Life team captain and I sat in on another fundraiser at a local crafts fair again this year. Along with a few Christmas ornaments, we filled our table with tabletop Christmas trees this time.

These papier-mache-based “cone” trees got their start in last year’s inspiration (see post here), and then we just went a bit wild with color, paper, buttons, punches, and lots and lots of ribbon.  I think I tied about 30,000 bows again, and we likely went through a million yards of various ribbon in this process (just a slight exaggeration, though it doesn’t really seem like much of one!).

As in the past, we donated the materials and our time and all money made went to our upcoming Relay Team efforts, which in this case will go toward the 2016 event.

I think we had a gorgeous selection and it’s always good to get crafty knowing it’s also for a good cause.

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