Saturday, 11 December 2010

A little Christmas Crafting

When my youngest son and I put the Christmas tree up in the drawing room, I thought it could do with a few more decorations. Hmm. Odd that, really, because it is the same tree as last year, the same decorations as last year, and the same people decorating the tree as last year, lol. So why do I know see so many holes? Who cares, lol. Good excuse to make a few more Christmas ornies, right? I had found some very glittery stars in town a couple of days ago, but they needed just a little something. A little something in this case being a Santa portrait! After a bit of searching in my picture files I found the perfect one, printed, cut, glittered a little, and glued. Didn't take long at all, and the it toned down the very glittery stars a bit -

I got thinking how long ago it was that I started decorating this Christmas tree all in white and silver, and realised that it was 1985!! This lace star, which kind of started the whole white and silver decorating thing for me, was a project from the October 1985 issue of the McCalls Needlework and Crafts issue -

I made sets for my mum and mother-in-law as well, and I am so happy that they are still using their stars as well.

I filled a couple of bowls with baubles etc, they look so pretty. This one is in the fireplace -

The winter potpourri on the table -

A few large glass letters spelling NOEL -

Maybe tomorrow it will be nice enough to take some photos of the whole room, so that I can show you the Christmas tree. Fingers crossed.

I altered a glass jar today, so that it would be pretty enough for a Christmas present. It is now filled with something very yummy -

The jar is wrapped in wide vintage lace -

I found two really cute images in my picture files -

Pretty ribbons and lace tied in a bow, a little crystal drop, and I think thats all it needs -

And of course every now and then I have to make tags. This is the latest one -

Lots more to do, so fare thee well! xxx


Debby said...

Everything looks so pretty. I am going to try and get a few snowflakes made today.

sonya said...

Hi Liz,
I love your Santa star. And the jar of goodies is adorable. I like the images you used. The lace star is very pretty. You've had it since 1985? Wow! Time flies doesn't it? Of course I love your gift tag!
Merry Christmas to you.

Serenata said...

The star looks great with Santa on it and as for that lace star it is beautiful. Fabulous decorations, your bowl of baubles looks so much more sophisticated than mine!

Debby said...

From another the decorations. I also love what you did with the jar. Happy Holidays.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

I love your snowflakes and the lace stars are very pretty as well! Your jar turned out very sweet and is such a lovely gift!
Have a great weekend, Liz!
Big HUGS to you,

Magia da Inês said...

♥ Olá, amiga!
Passei para uma visitinha... ♥
♥♥ Que lindos arranjos você criou!...
Gostei muito do seu blog. ♥♥
♥ Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos ♥
♥♥ Brasil

marigold jam said...

It all looks so tasteful in the one colour not like my tree which has a true hotch potch of different ornaments but each of which are of great sentimental value. Love the tags and that jar is so pretty too - you are clever.


Dorthe said...

Liz, dear friend,
the star looks so wonderfull with the Father Christmas ontop..
and your beautifull 1985 star ornament must be a treasured piece for you, -so pretty.
And love the altered goodi glass, the angel images are very cute--
and ofcourse the Paris tag is gorgeus--love Paris--(even it is many years since I was there)

Hope you have a lovely week-end Liz.?
Many hugs, and love -Dorthe

harmony and rosie said...

Ooh, love what you've been doing, real heirloom stuff me thinks. Looking forward to seeing the whole room! xx

sissie said...

Hi Liz,
You create the most beautiful things. I just love the Santa stars and the sweet decorated jars.

You have been a very busy elf.


Romeo said...

Beautiful!!!! And the altered jar?! I bet I know what's in there.....what else but CATNIP could be so worthy AND yummy in that jar?!?! Yep, thought so ;)

The ornies that you've made are beautiful. I couldn't even bring myself to munch and sample a single one...that's how much I like them!

Well, I'll be watching for the Christmas tree....remember to turn the lights on purrlease. You know how nice and warm it can get under the tree and with it being a cold trip there....well it sure would feel good to curl up under a beautiful and warm Christmas tree!



bumble button said...

I just love your blog and hope someday mine will measure up to yours.How do you take such beautiful pictures? Much, love Louise

Anonymous said...

Liz, the Santa face is the perfect touch to make a store-bought item so much more personal. :-)
Hugs, Diane

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Liz,
everything is so beautiful and the snowflake is just adorable.
Have a lovely Sunday.

Xela said...

Liz deine Sterne sind ja traumhaft schön geworden! Tolle Bilder und schöne Deko hast du gemacht.
Ich wünsche dir noch einen shcönen restlichen Sonntag meine Liebe.
Knuddel Alexandra

Sea Gypsy said...

I love the lace stars! I love all of it! I can't wait to see the tree!

Debra said...

Don't you just love having ornaments you made years ago? They mean so much. Everything looks so pretty! I'm also glad to see you are participating in OWOH this year.I did the last 2 years- such fun!

Barbara Jean said...

Love the star. Is it crocheted??

cute little jar. great idea for a small gift.

barbara jean

Vicki said...

I love your style! My favorite of this post is your potpourri. That is simply gorgeous! Altered jars are a favorite of mine too as gifts.

Mom E. said...

I, too, an STILL have that McCall's Needlework and Crafts Christmas issue!!!!! LOLOL we get more similar every day, girl!
LOVE your snowflake Santa's they are beautiful! Love your lace snowflakes too!

Mom E. said...

I guess I will just tell you AGAIN, how much I love those glittery snowflakes/stars...they look very vintage even though they were not at the time....I see I was the last to post on here a few months ago...Lol...but that won't keep me from posting again! you know it, girl!

profcann said...

Can you share the lace star pattern? I juat looked everywhere online and cannot find directions.