Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dare to DIY - Week Five

Dare to . . . deck the halls!

Since I posted last week's dare a little late, I thought I would post this one a little early. You're welcome.

I love to decorate my house. (My birthday present to myself is going to be . . . . shelves. Yes, shelves. When I get around to depositing the money I got, I am ordering them - AND I am super DUPER excited about it.) This year, however, I went simple with my Christmas decorations. I created a few new things and went with it. I will have a 15-month-old and a 10-month-old around here messing it all up anyway. :)

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My favorite items are my wagon wheels. My mom picked these up for me at a local flea market after I had checked them out and decided against buying them. :) I attached some of my AtHome America items to it with zip ties, and voila! Two new Christmas decorations for my wall.

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I really like how these turned out. I think they go great in my house, and I may keep them on the wall when Christmas is over. So what if they are technically outside decor?? :)

My table decor is lame. This is all I could muster:
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Terrible, right? Next year I may make something for the table, but I have been spending a lot of time knitting and taking care of a sick kid this week, so I had to make do in the little time I had.

The tree is also kind of lame.
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I didn't really do too much with it, or worry about if it was straight or anything. I was sick with the stomach flu when I put it up! Plus I was worried if I put too many ornaments on it that one of the kids will pull them down or break them. So I decided to go with a "poor woman's tree" this year, and run with it. :)

Here's my mantle:
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I have really nice hangers for the stockings, but I was terrified that one of the kids would be able to pull them down on themselves. They are heavy and metal, so that would not be good. So I went with the (totally expensive!!! :( but safer) stick-on hooks. Classy, right?

And now for the piece-de-resistance (lol - I don't speak French, but I hope you get the idea. Remember this ladder I posted about? Well, I did something with it. :)
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I spray painted it a matte black and then roughed it up with sandpaper. I then painted it with a clear matte lacquer to seal it.

While it was drying, I hand-embroidered panels to go in the "windows" of the ladder. I glued them in when the ladder was dry.

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It is a very long ladder, so I wasn't sure where to hang it. I had a few options, but I ended up just attaching it with ribbon to my Sussex Wall System. I like it there quite a bit.

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This is my newest "store bought" piece. My mother-in-law got me the Willow Tree Nativity I have been asking for. She also had someone make me a replica of the creche that the Nativity goes on, so that was awesome. LOVE IT! :)

And that's what the Whitaker household looks like this year friends. Enjoy!

Until next time . . .

5 comments:

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I'm obsessed over the ladder! It's amazing! Love it in black and I love the saying you chose. And you are a regular hand embroidery machine. Just lovely. Thanks for sharing all your items! Everything looks great.

missarahlou said...

The Willow Tree Nativity is on my someday-list--I just love it! And I love your hand-embroidered saying! It looks like something store-bought, but 10x better.

Catalina said...

That ladder is super cute. Hopping from Newly Woodwards, hope to see you sometime on my blog.

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Ellie said...

What a fun photo display! The ladder is very cool.

Michael - Innkeeper said...

visiting from newlywoodwards...

the willow tree nativity is one of my favorites! my sister-in-law and my dad's wife have the full set ... i've always adored them!!