Last year at this time I was on bed rest and the thought of decorating for Christmas wasn’t very appealing. This year I was very excited to make our house festive but I also wanted to keep things simple. I enjoy switching things up each year so I don’t like to spend a lot of money on holiday decor. So I bought a couple things and ‘semi-handmade’ the rest. Here’s what the farmhouse is looking like these days!
I bought 4 yards of muslin, tied knots at the ends, and draped it on our table for a runner. It was actually nicely ironed until a certain child spilled syrup all over it. So, after washing it, it shrunk a foot or two and was wrinkled beyond belief. Out of sheer laziness I decided to keep it wrinkled and it actually has grown on me. It’s ‘rustic’, like the rest of the house. ;) I bought the centerpiece at a local craft fair and love the cheery color it brings to the table. The JOY sign was also from a craft fair and features string looped around nails. I love it.
I found soft garland from Wal-Mart…you can’t beat 50 feet for $7.48! I bought three packs and draped four windows and our banister. I tripled each strand and twisted them together to make it more full. A side note: I bought this table at an auction in New Hampshire for $40 while I was visiting this summer. My mom and sister drove out here in October and delivered it! Aren’t they the best? I’m still deciding what to do about seating but I love the extra room it offers.
The living room just got some garland, a chalkboard, and the nativity. The kids play with the nativity a lot so the pieces are usually strewn about the house. The table is a temporary fixture…I found it at a thrift store and plan to use it as a vanity for another future bathroom upstairs.
The kitchen also got some garland, the world’s smallest Christmas tree, and a few other little pieces (a star, an angel who’s missing her wings, and a wooden tree). We decided to forego a big tree this year since we’ll be in New Hampshire for Christmas. I’ve been diffusing a blend of citrus oils and the house smells lovely.
A handmade wreath (pine boughs wrapped onto an embroidery hoop) bids you farewell as you head out the (unfinished) door.
Merriest of Christmases to you and yours!