I almost didn't take photos of our Christmas decor before putting it all away but I knew I'd regret it later. It's almost entirely different from last year's decor in our last house, although I did use some of the same elements. I wanted to continue to use things I love but organized some in a different way to suit a different space. I filled in the gaps with handmade or thrifted pieces and ended up really happy with it in the end.
I made our stockings last year out of some beautiful Melody Miller fabric paired with some pretty flannels and solids but they just didn't fit with the dark fireplace and pink and gold color scheme so I used some leftover felt from the banner and garlands and made some new ones. I just used the old one as a template for the largest size and made gradually smaller sizes. Then I stitched them together at the sides and hand-cut the designs before gluing them to the front with tacky glue. I'm keeping the old ones but only because I think they're so pretty, not because I'm sentimental. My grandmother gave my mom ours from when we were kids and they put up the same stockings for our kids at their house every year. I love that idea but I think I get too hung up on how we're in a new house almost every other Christmas and everything changes. Do you use the same ones every year?
I thrifted all of the deer one at one time but these white ones got a makeover with some glittered antlers. The faux antlers in the center of the mantel had their tips done as well. I had a handful of white bottle brush trees and then bought some of the green ones they sell at Michael's and bleached them. I had some trouble with the larger ones so I only used the smaller ones this year.
The angels were all thrifted a few weeks before Christmas. They just kept showing up at thrift stores and I realized I loved them. The choir boys are a similar style and I picked those up after Christmas but had to put them out for a bit when we got back home. The faux snow globe has a vintage tart tin turned upside down with an old angel ornament similar to ones I had as a kid. Her wings were broken so I hot glued some tinsel to her back to make wings and then glued her to the tart tin and added some faux snow.
I'd searched and searched online for a cement lawn deer like the one above for months and always kept my eye out when driving around town for those kitchsy lawn ornament stores but to no avail when I finally saw one at one of my favorite old flea markets outside of Joplin, MO on break. Our car was already full so I had to scoot my seat back as much as Sebastian could stand it and placed it in the floorboard of my seat. Then I climbed in with my legs stuck through it and had to drive with my purse, laptop, camera, and quilt on my lap. It was a site but I would've tied it to the roof to get it home. We were ablel to offload some presents and ship some back home in order to repack a bit and free up my seat again. Ha! Ruby always loved the one at the Red Velvet shop so now she has her own deer pony to ride. I imagine he'll be a part of our decor year round instead of just at Christmas as I first intended.
We had twinkle lights strung in almost every room and our front porch was kind of incredible at night. It housed the kids' tree that we cut down in the woods and had some more vintage ornaments in red, white, and gold but it bit the dust while we were away and the floor in there is covered in needles so no porch tour this year. I also had two vintage deer cut outs that I planned on hanging in the kids' room but just never figured out where. Next year, they'll be up for sure.
Christmas at our house looks a little different every year but I love that we have enough elements of what we love, things we've collected over the years, and handmade bits that feel extra special to keep things feeling both sentimental and fresh. Sometimes figuring it out all over again each year can feel like more work than it's worth but I'm always so glad I put in the effort in the end.
Okay, that was the last of the Christmas posts. Promise.