Holiday Home 2022

It’s a few days until Christmas, the snow continues to pile up outside & the house is decked out in fresh greens.

Here’s a look at how I decorated our house this year. I used Cedar, Noble Fir and eucalyptus.

This year red ribbon has been popular in my shop and I used shades of it in our home too.

The constants for me are fresh wreaths inside & out, pine/fir boughs in every room & bathroom, a tree alternative like branches or this year our 5′ tall ficus wrapped with lights.

I made 3 wreaths for the front windows from the same boxwood plant in our yard that I use every year. The more I prune it, the better it grows back.

There are lots of plastic ornaments available at thrift stores that can be painted. I used homemade chalk paint to change the bright shiny blue to a matte off-white that reminds me of snowballs. Make sure to let the paint dry between coats

This garland on the mantle is made up of a bunch of jars from our pantry. Real ones dry up as soon as the fireplace is on so I wanted to try an alternative. It works well, I would advise using large, wide jars that won’t tip over and fall.

The bowl that holds the pinecones we found belonged to my Great Nana.

This black vessel was my Nonna’s and the ornament was made by my mum with leftover wool from a coat I made.

The cedar is real as lasts a few weeks as long as the water is topped up. At the end of the holidays I will take apart the wreaths & put the greens in the yard waste.

Happy Holidays!

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Spring Branch Bouquet & Wreath

 

While this holiday weekend is looking different for everyone this year, I’m still doing some decorating with natural elements in our yard to make it feel special.

Instead of flowers, I am using branches from our two different maple trees in a vase. I also tried a method for making a wreath that my friend Risti here in Kelowna makes. She uses dogwood branches to make beautiful free form wreathes. This was an attempt in her style, embellished with some maple tree branch ‘blossoms’. The dogwood branches are flexible enough to twist into place and secure with a bit of wire where needed. 

Here are the maple branches in a vase. 

For Easter egg decorating this year we kept it simple – rubbing a frozen blueberry on the hard boiled egg for some colour. The photo doesn’t show the colour that well but this worked. We did a bit of a resist with an elastic band on one.

Happy Easter!