Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

Guest Post: Pam writes a great design blog called Housemartin. She is an amazing floral designer and is owns a home, garden & lifestyle shop thisĀ  in Portland called Ink & Peat.

Welcome to all the readers at The Inspired Room and thanks to Melissa for including me!

I really had fun with the Holiday decorations this year. I tend to get a bit more romantic for Holiday decor. I seem to need a little sparkle – maybe because it gets dark at 4pm? We decided not to get a tree so I just came up with other ideas to build some vignettes in our home.

Here is the mantelpiece over our fireplace. It’s a sparkly wonderland of different textures. First I set the palette of aqua and silver. I worked with evergreen branches as a base and nested simple white lights inside. It gives the house a Holiday smell without having a whole tree. On top of the mirror is a snowflake garland from Wendy Addison (a true glitter guru) for Season’s of Cannon Falls.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

Off on either end you can see white feather trees that I bought locally but you can get them here.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

Of course, the star of the winter wonderland show was my new-found deery friend – a vintage cement garden ornament. He even dons a vintage turquoise velvet bow for the occasion.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

To add some shine and color, I used large apothecary jars filled with vintage ornaments in my color story. These were from West Elm several years ago but you can get similar ones here. This really would work with any color story – red and gold, green and gold, silver and pink for those of you with non-objecting beau’s.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

and here I have more of a footed fishbowl container filled with ornaments.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

And now onto the dining room vignette… here I brought in more of sense of nature. It is a large tableau created from many elements. In the center is the “tree”. I used 8 very tall mossy branches in a vintage tarnished metal urn. The urn adds some charm and drama.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

The palette is shades of green, brown, pale aqua, gold and silver. The ornaments are a combination of vintage balls as well as new acorn and pinecone ornaments from Martha Stewart for Macy’s (my sis and I kind of went nuts in there the day after Thanksgiving trying to round up our loot before the kiddies came to see Santa after the parade).

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

Here is a closeup of how this was constructed. The branches were all set deep into the container and decorative rocks were piled around the branches to anchor them. Then reindeer moss was added to the top of the container for color and mood.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

and down below the “tree” was more evergreen branches — these had brown berries which added texture. I also kept my Blue Hubbard squash as I felt they still fit the scene. People tend the throw pumpkins away the minute Halloween is over but I enjoy keeping them as long as possible. I have found the green and white varieties far outlast the orange and I keep them for Holiday decor. I moved the white ones to my porch!

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

And here is a vignette at either side of the tree. I used vintage column pedestals and built on top. I then added an apothecary jar filled with moss. I poked into it these clusters of wired glitter ferns (bought locally but available through Michael’s) and added silver balls to create a vignette. Behind these are bold silver stars (again by Wendy Addison).

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

OneĀ  final little vignette on a side table…a mini wonderland with a vintage white deer, a sparkling tree, and acorns. It is all set atop a vintage silver bowl filled with live moss.

Cheers and thanks for coming to see it all!

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

All photos and decoration descriptions are copyright of Pam @ Housemartin blog. Used by permission.

Next, CLICK A FANCIFUL CRAFT! Don’t miss other posts in this Creative Inspiration Week series: click here for the beginning!

Charlotte Lyons: Napkin Ring Craft

My Introduction:

I have a sweet blog friend, Charlotte, who often brings a tear to my eye when I read her posts on tender memories of precious daughters. Our daughters are all flying the nest and her poignant memories of the past and attempts at letting go mirror many of my own. She is great at getting me all choked up! And just when I am blubbering over a memory of little girls, she will get me laughing by sneaking in a post showing her subtle sense of humor. I love her blog. This is the Charlotte I am most familiar with, but I am also coming to know her as Charlotte Lyons, the artist and crafter, and author.

She has written books and been featured in a long list of well-known publications. I even own books with her name in them and I didn’t realize it. I’ve been reading her blog since I started my own, but I hadn’t really put her and her professional life together in my mind. Case in point, I was looking through a magazine the other day and saw a cute little snowman craft. I thought to myself, how cute! And then I happened to notice who made it, Charlotte Lyons. And I paused motionless for a minute, puzzled. “WAIT! Charlotte? What are you doing in this magazine!” Alrighty, I have got to start being more observant! Anyways, she is a down-to-earth, delightful person I am happy to have here as my guest.

This craft idea was originally printed in Charlotte’s blog, I am pleased she is generously sharing it here for us too! Thank you Charlotte!

recycled napkin rings by charlotte lyons

 

Charlotte Lyons: Napkin Ring Craft

Last year I admitted that I don’t cook much for Thanksgiving. I made the pies and then kept busy with table-setting. Over the year though I noticed that the image for the place cards– crafted last minute from scraps in the drawer- was very popular with readers. Here I am again, up against the holiday event and wanting to inspire you with something crafty after all those family posts. And it looks like more quick and simple papercrafts to keep me out of the way of those who seriously cook here.

Charlotte Lyons: Napkin Ring Craft

As I often do, I looked first in the recycle bin for materials to start with. Aha! These napkin rings are from paper towel rolls. We only have one today because I try not to use them- I’m a fan of washable dish towels. But if you have one, flatten it and cut 2 inch sections with a pinker. Keeping the pieces flat-ish (they’ll look less like what they are and won’t roll on the table), then just decorate them with paper scraps….pretty ones like sheet music and handwriting.

Charlotte Lyons: Napkin Ring Craft

Add a phrase or guest’s initial letter snipped from a cut-up book. A piece of ribbon makes a colorful place to add a word or two. But kitchen string or baker’s twine would be lovely too, especially if it is wrapped around many times.

Charlotte Lyons: Napkin Ring Craft

No end to the ideas once you start.

Charlotte Lyons: Napkin Ring Craft

Wallpaper bits, yarn, fabric, buttons, letter tiles, faces from old photos, laces, charms, things found in nature.

Charlotte Lyons: Napkin Ring Craft

A sailing pin for him or a just-found-in-Omaha favorite brooch for her.

Charlotte Lyons: Napkin Ring Craft

Wishing you all a happy, happy holiday with your loved ones. Hoping you get to enjoy the little things like the crowded kitchen, table or couch. I do think that’s the best part, especially when they help me with the dishes. xoC

This tutorial and its photos are all copyright Charlotte Lyons. Used by permission.

Charlotte Lyons: Napkin Ring Craft
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