It's a (not so) Green Christmas in our house!
It's our first married Christmas this year, in our new home, so Chris and I decided to get our very first Christmas tree as a couple!
However, because it's our first Christmas, we don't have a lot of decorations - nor did I want to spend a ton of money on this. My favourite thing about Christmas decor are the memories that go with it - over time, accumulating wonderful Christmas items.
So, without further ado, I wanted to share with you some of our holiday decor. Is it complete? No. We have lots of Christmases to add more and more festive cheer. But it's our start!
This is our tree so far! My husband prefers a "thematic" tree - whereas I love it when it looks like you've barfed rainbows on it - so we compromised on this colour palette.
I hand-crocheted snowflake ornaments to decorate the tree! Here's how I did it:
I used this book, and a FANTASTIC, free website called Snowcatcher for my patterns. I have very little crochet experience, and while I'm not convinced I did everything properly, I still think they turned out OK! A little youtube tutorial can go a long way...
Then using a little "PVA glue" (Art Attack anyone?) - and by this I mean, white glue mixed with water - I tacked out my snowflakes using spare safety pins. I pinned them to a piece of carboard and put parchment paper underneath to keep them from sticking. Finally I dusted them with glitter. I let them dry, flipped them over, and repeated the process on the other side. Important note: Use stainless steel pins for tacking, otherwise they get rust on them.
I also included some store-bought items, like some fancy "picks", and these little birdy clips.
You can see some of the gold pinecones in that picture too - leftover placecard holders from our wedding! These were a DIY as well - I found glitter glue to be the best option for decorating pinecones.
Our mantle still doesn't feel balanced and complete, but I love all the things on it presently! I think I'd like to add a Garland still. And a winter themed wall quilt.
These two items were made by my father-in-law! I love them both! He's an amazing wood-worker.
This gem is from when Chris' father was growing up. It sings silent night. Nice to have that little bit of history.
Whole lotta history here. Frame was a gift at a wedding shower. Coasters were favours from my cousin Jay and Sammy's wedding, the owl was part of Grandma Green's collection, and the wood carving was made by Chris' grandpa Fred. I think he looks like father Christmas.
Well there it is folks! It's our start! Here's to many more Happy Christmases :)
Self-taught sewist, Knitter, Crocheter, and all round crafty person from Ottawa, Canada.