Creativity can take many forms. For some it’s landscaping a yard, for others it’s writing a book. Knitting, sewing, crafting, dancing, sculpting, picture taking, doodling, building, expressing yourself…..creative expression is endelss. For me, creativity usually comes out to play when paint meets canvas and I get to see and feel what comes out. Lately, though….I’ve been sorting through the technical side of creating (scanning, printing, packaging, adjusting colors, hues, contrast, brightness) while letting the painter inside me rest. However, that painter…she is restless! So, seeing as how life has a funny way of always keeping on….I decided to express myself creatively with our holiday decor. It somehow has calmed the painter inside and let the creative juices still flow while my not so technical side sorts through the computer world. Arrghhh. Here’s what I’ve been up to.
As you can see, this is my dining room. I just love how cozy it is when it’s all lit up!
My all time favorite corner. Yes a corner. The window treatments are from IKEA as well as the two hanging strings of lights I bought a few years ago. How cool are those! Lights inside of circles – love. The garland (also an IKEA find) is just red yarn with red cut out felt shapes tied to the yarn with string. So easy, you could make this yourself. I then hung a few stars made out of branches (I think from a willow tree since they’re so bendable).
JOY. For this I simply found 4 small wreaths, tied them up with pretty ribbon and hung them on the wall. I also found letters in a craft store and thought it would be fun to incorporate into the design. Since this photo has been taken, I have cut out 4 pictures in the shape of circles and taped them to the wall in the wreaths. Those 4 pics are of each member of my little family. My husband, two daughters, and myself. After all, our family IS what gives us joy….well, and headaches on occasion.
I even hung things from the chandelier. Well, it’s not really a chandelier, it’s just a lighting fixture however has secret hopes of being a chandelier one day when it grows up.
Super easy fun crafty project. First, the giant clothespins are from Michaels Craft Store. I found them on clearance for $1 each. Even if they don’t suit your color scheme….there’s always spray paint! Next, I had some blank folding cards. I really liked the thickness, but they were just too big…..not too big for my trusty scissors though. I then simply ran them through my computer. The possibilities are endless with this one! Peace on Earth…Merry Christmas…Be Happy….or how about your families motto or inspirational words you just need to be reminded of. Seriously, this project took all of about 10 minutes (once I figured out how to center the words just right).
Who knew left over ornaments in a basket with a few found pine cones from our walk would be just the thing for the middle of the table. I love the textures, colors, and reflective light this little goodie basket brings.
And finally…this is how we display our cards each year.
Yep ribbon + clothespins = card hanger
That’s it. I hope you’ve enjoyed a peek into my home for the very first time. Very ordinary supplies…..extraordinary fun with a pinch of creativity! Enjoy