12.03.2011

A recipe for holiday cheer







Creativity usually has its spark in something I saw/heard/felt...or a mix of all...and then - eureka!  Such was the case with this project...

You may remember that I'm challenging myself to make holiday decorations with only the materials I have on hand...so I gathered up my supplies...











burlap and upholstery webbing...
























wire and metal embroidery hoops...
And lets not forget the spark of creativity...here are the three ideas I saw over the last couple of weeks that converged in my brain and produced an inspirational storm...





I went to work...I cut out five squares of burlap and painted a white square in the center of each...once that was dry, I stamped a letter in gray ink in the center of the white painted square...once that was dry, I stretched each burlap square into a metal embroidery hoop and trimmed off any excess burlap.







Hanging the hoops would be easy since I could thread the jute twine through the spring mechanism at the top of each hoop...
Holiday Cheer!

I tied each letter onto the banister and then wrapped the upholstery webbing around the handrail.  Branches from the holly tree out back supplied the greenery with a touch of red...
the wire star on the newel post is the ending touch...I wrapped wire around a metal embroidery hoop - brilliant inspiration from JillRuth!
I like that its very simple and uncomplicated...and communicates the perfect sentiment of the season...
now there's an inspirational storm going on!

10 comments:

  1. Awesome job at using what you had on hand! I too am trying to stick to homemade decorating. It's been a fun challenge! Great work!

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  2. LOVE it :) I have a bunch of those metal embroidery hoops...and now you've got me thinking! Thanks for the inspiration, Laurel@chippingwithcharm

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  3. wow! way cool. you can come on over and decorate my house too! you know where i live so it shouldn't really be a problem right? It is absolutely inspirational.

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  4. I'm lovin' the "use what I have" theme!
    Michael

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  5. Bravo! "Simple and uncomplicated" is just what it is. Plus "perfect".

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  6. Looks great! Very natural and soothing, yet keeping the cheerful aspect of the season. Love it!

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  7. Just love the idea with the round hoops and square letters. Would be great for family pictures too. Thanks for sharing. Audrey Z. at Timeless Treasures.

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  8. Beautiful! You are my inspiration for my Christmas banister this year.

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  9. Where do you get the hoops?

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    1. Toi - new embroidery hoops can be found at the sewing/fabric stores...older ones - look at the thrift stores - they often show up. you could use the wood ones too...

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