Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Bit of Christmas Decorating and a Re-purposed Quick Gift Idea

Each year I like to add a few more items to my christmas decorating stash.  I love displaying things in glass bowls and dishes (Of which I have plenty).  Today I purchased these gorgeous bells in asorted colours.

And this rather cute metal christmas tree which looks great in the bowl with the bells.

The bunches of mistletoe are a new addition and the 3 santa's came home with me from our recent trip to quilt camp.

And the final purchase for this year is these lovely plastic candy canes.  I think I need to find a nice little white bucket to display them in next year.

One of my favourite Santa ornaments is this fellow.  He came home with me as hand luggage from a Victorian trip a few years ago.

And this elf gives Madeliene the creeps - She steers very clear of him - But I think he is rather cute.

And finally one of last year's additions, a spiral crystal tree

Just before I go I wanted to show you a really quick easy gift to make.  I purchased an old book from the thrift shop with foxing (slight yellowing) on the pages.  I tore out a page, folded it in half and then stitched around 3 sides.  Added about 1/2 Cup of Dried lavender and then stitched across the top.  You can embellish it with whatever you have on hand - Buttons, old lace, trim etc.....  Very inexpensive but a lovely litle gift to add in some of your parcels.


Dawn said...

great idea Fee with those Bells... but my kids would have them all over
the house...he he
Great lavender sachet idea..
hugs Dawn x x

Anonymous said...

Love those sachets, and, pretty decorations.

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

what a terrifc idea for the lavender sachets, I might just try that one!!
All your Christmas deccies are looking grand.

KaHolly said...

Love, love, love that idea, Fee!! Makes me want to jump right up and do it NOW! Thanks, karen

Mrs A. said...

Love your two trees. Simple and elegant. Now I just happen to have an old book handy. Hmm. Anybody got any spare lavender.Lol.

Allie said...

Lovely decorations sweetie, your home must be so very festive! I love your sachet idea, you are so clever.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Lovely snippets if Christmas-time in the Ransley home, Fee....and I *love* the sachet idea!!! Clever you!

Isabella said...

what lovely decorations Fee love your white Santa and thats a great idea with the lavender might make some for myself :)

Crowing Moon said...

great idea for lavender sachets...I'm going to have to make some of them :)
Merry Christmas to you and yours

kitty said...

I love your decorating ideas. Only problem is that you forgot the snow! I can send you some if you would like.

Central Canada

Melinda said...

I didn't know yellowing pages had a name. Foxing. I'll have to remember that.

Margaret said...

Just lovely, so bright and beautiful. All things bright and beautiful was my first thought. You have me singing the praises now.

Susan In Texas said...

Your white furry Santa is terrific. I wish I had one like that!

Happy Christmas,
Susan in Texas

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Fee
Everything looks just BEAUTIFUL!
Love your sachet idea...if you want something a little different than lavender for the filling, simply buy unscented Kitty Litter and add your favourite Essentional Oil, it works well

Merry Christmas to you Fee
Gail xxx

Anonymous said...

Love your decorations! That white Santa is particularly nice. I thought the sweet chili chicken pasta sounded like something good to try, but the link didn't work. It says there are no pasta recipes.

Phyllis said...

Hey Fee,

I can't get used to you with ligher hair :)

I love the idea of the sachets. I think I'm going to have to make some since I've run out of time to do much else. Thanks for the idea!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Everything looks so fun and festive. I think the elf is pretty cute too!
xx, shell

Pam said...

Have really enjoyed following your blog, just wanted to wish you a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2011.

Susan said...

Love Father Christmas and the Elv is just so cute and naughty.