Friday, January 2, 2015

DIY 5 minute pearl tree

I recently saw cute little trees on Pinterest and started looking at the "how to" videos on YouTube.  I thought, this can't be that hard to make but they seem very time consuming.  I only wanted a few to place with some of my Christmas decorations.  

It is a rainy day in Houston and I don't feel well enough to take down my Christmas decorations but I was in the mood to craft; something easy and not a big mess.  

I first started the afternoon by organizing my ribbon boxes.  That is, organizing the ribbon inside the boxes.  My step daughter and I pretty much went through all my ribbons and trim while making her homecoming mum and we left everything in quite a mess so I wanted to divide the homecoming stuff from my ribbon and trims.  In my box I found little pearl and silver picks left over from my wedding 5 years ago.  These looked exactly like what they were crafting on YouTube.  

Bouquet Jewels 11" Pearl Wires

11" Pearl Wire Stems $4.39 pkg/ 3 pkgs $3.79 pkg 12 per pkg. Regular price $5.99 pkg. 11 inch sturdy wire stems with 10mm white pearl tops. 12 pieces. Use to add sparkle to floral arrangements, bouquets, and wedding centerpieces. 

You can find these on the internet to order (I bought mine at Michaels).

I twisted the pieces together and then I had a little tree. They are cute, don't you think? And it took me less than 5 minutes to make.

Now I just have to decide where I am going to use them before I put my Christmas away.  Maybe I can use them for Valentines Day.  Hmmmmm.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas 2014 Home Tour

I am very late in posting photos. It seems everything I've done this year has been rushed and nothing was as completed as I wanted and that included decorating.

This past summer I purchased two very heavy hand made wooden bookcases. I lined the top of the bookcases with garland and lights and added large and small ornaments purchased from Dollar Tree. My little color changing tree adds a bit of color to the top of the bookcase.

Two grapevine deer peak out from the garland.

Lanterns are so versatile and I've found that I can change them for each season with just a few knick knacks here and there.

The large vase is filled with ornaments my mother covered with crochet. These have become very fragile and I still want to display them so I added them to the vase with a little "snow".  Pardon the horse plate behind the jars.  It is over 100 years old and belonged to my grandmother.  I didn't want to take the chance of getting it broken so I left it hanging on the cabinet.

My cute little gold glitter tree and a photo of my beautiful two granddaughters.

Two big grapevine wreaths with red glittery bows adorn the front of my shelves.

Ceramic Mr and Mrs Claus that I made for my mother and dad many, many years ago.

I purchase a theme of ornaments each year and when my kids get married, they are given their ornaments for their first Christmas tree.  So far, only Shana has received hers.  I'm going to have to get a bigger tree to hold them all.

Cute little wooden trees made by my sister, Gayl.

I've fallen in love with silver, bronze and turquoise.  The rest of my house may be traditional Christmas colors, but my dining room is decked out with beautiful silver.

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