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...