December 23, 2013

Christmas time is here...

This year has felt particularly crazy. The cold weather hit us early in Northern Ontario and it feels like we have been trying to get ready for Christmas forever... and I am STILL not done!
Although I love that our kids have activities and are busy, I have found it challenging this season as there has been so much I have wanted to do to decorate our home for the holidays, and I feel like I will just have to let it go this year.
In any case, we did manage to get some decorating done! And our house feels plenty jolly!
I briefed you here on my ornament for 2013. Now, have a look at what else is decking our halls!
In the entrance way, my newest addition of a shelf received a basket full of apple green ornaments, a jolly sitting Santa and lovely DIY "NOEL" banner.
I did add some real peacock feathers throughout my décor as I felt it really tied together my existing color scheme. Last year's wreath received new sparkly apple green ribbon and three gorgeous peacock plumes.
I really let my 5-year-old help with the decorating simply because I wanted to feel that same excitement and involvement as I did when I was a child. That being said, he decided that two mismatched single strings of lights {one in blue and one in bright white} would be perfect together.
Here it is at nighttime.
Since our {no longer functioning} fire place does not have a mantle, I chose to hang the boys' stockings from a table beside the tree. However, I did decorate the fireplace with ornaments and ribbon hung from a garland. I also placed a very classic log candle holder and so faux tree branches in the fireplace itself.
My main washroom received a little bling with an ornament wreath of its own.
I hung ribbons on two cabinet doors to allow us to display some of our Christmas cards, all while adding some holiday flavour in the kitchen.
The mirror in the kitchen was crowned with a pastel ribbon.
The buffet area was adorned with trinkets and ornaments.
This lovely wintery banner hangs between the kitchen and dining room.

Strings of pearls were hung from the dining room chandelier. A grouping of trees and ornaments placed on a Christmas plate serve as a table centrepiece.
A pretty grey and white tea towel serves as a placemat for the setting.
The only other surface to decorate in my living {at least for now} was the entertainment unit. I created groupings of ornament filled containers and flanked either side of our television. 
Here are more of my peacock feathers along with my fave deers.
Finally, the boys' advent calendar hangs from our closet door which is just off of the dining room. 
That's all folks! Hopefully next year I find more time to deck my halls that much more.. 


December 6, 2013

And the answer is...

...Yes! A moose ornament CAN be classy! After perusing Pinterest, Etsy and the web in general, I decided I would DIY my own moose Christmas ornament to represent 2013 as I had revealed here. I had sort of set the project aside due to a busy week, when I decided to pick-up this holiday themed Better Homes & Gardens magazine while grocery shopping:
And what a great magazine!! I must have folded every other page corner because it had an idea I liked! Best of all, it had an entire article with ideas for wildlife themed decorations, like these:

Plus it had templates of the animal shapes to cut out and use.  A trip to the Dollar Tree later, I had the supplies I needed to try my hand at a classy moose ornament.
I liked the first ornament pictured above of the mounted silhouette. So I took the moose template and trimmed it out of white felt. Then, I glued my cut shape to a second layer of felt to give it more strength, and even glued the paper between the two pieces of felt to make it that much sturdier. After snipping for a while until I felt my shape was perfectly moose-y, I cut a mounting piece out of sparkly silver scrapbook paper. Again, I used two pieces of the craft paper glued back-to-back to make it nice and sturdy to stand the test of time, and I glued a piece of ribbon between the pieces to hang the ornament, of course in my favorite apple green.
However, when I came to mount the head in a perpendicular fashion to the mount, it looked way too large and was very forward heavy, and was not going to hang properly at all. Since I had been using a hot glue gun, it was easy enough to remove the head without damaging anything. Instead, I affixed the piece similarly to the name tag pictured in the last image above.
Finally, I used a permanent marker to inscribe the year on the back of the ornament.
Here is my final product:
I am very pleased with the end result and feel it is the perfect balance of sparkle and elegance, all while being personal.
So a classy moose ornament for 2013. I wonder what 2014's ornament will be...

November 18, 2013

Classy moose {?}

As you may or may not know, we have already had some snow here in the good old north of Ontario, and so I am finding myself thinking of the holidays more and more. Last year, I shared with you my tradition of dedicating a new ornament each Christmas to commemorate an event that occurred in the last year. Last December, I enumerated the ornaments dedicated to date, which included this key representing that we bought our home in 2012.
This week, I caught myself thinking of what special events happened so far in 2013. I immediately thought of a moose...
You see, my husband Jon has started bow hunting, and this fall, he got his first moose {well, my brother-in-law got it, but Jon was part of the hunting team}. For anyone who hunts and has a spouse who hunts, you know what a big deal the first catch is. Which led to my next thought of finding a classic and elegant moose ornament: can a moose be classy?
I started surfing the net and Pinterest for examples of ornaments I could either order online or DIY. Here's what I found: there are a lot of awful and tacky moose ornaments out there! But I also found a few examples that are quite perfect! 
I think this one would look great painted in either silver or apple green, or even white with a colored ribbon.
I wouldn't even mind having a natural wood cut-out like this example; as long as it's hung in a classic way, it would fit right in. 
Eventhough I like this shape a little less than the others {probably cause it's more realistic!}, I like the idea of using another material such as copper.
I LOVE this polymer clay ornament with the lace detail!
I also thought to just hang a moose cookie cutter from a pretty ribbon:
Either of these would be a great option!
So the answer to my own question is:  YES, I believe a moose ornament can be classy if done the right way! I have started looking in stores here but what I am finding is a lot of reindeer, but no moose options...
I'll share more once I decide what I am doing / order one / DIY-one... so stay tuned and get your holiday mood going!

November 4, 2013

Strange combination

There once was a Captain, a turtle and a bomb girl named Rosie... huh?
My point exactly! I would have loved to have been creative enough to think of family costumes so we could sort of match for our trick-or-treating Halloween adventures. But alas, Nicholas wanted to be a superhero aka Captain America! Luca wore a hand-me-down turtle costume {adorable} and I DIY-ed a Rosie the Riveter costume at the last minute {I had a 10-year-old Dorothy costume but couldn't really fit into it! Boo-hoo!}:

What a trio! The weather was perfect: just cool enough and a little misty yet foggy for the perfect Halloween effect!
Look how seriously Nico was taking his role of Superhero!
And Luca was just distracted by the trick-or-treaters coming up the street! It's hard to keep a 22-month-old focused for more than 3 seconds!
And here are a few pics of my Halloween decor.
Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween! Next is Christmas... the countdown begins!