It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

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I really enjoy decorating for the holidays, and was excited to change things up a bit this year.  We usually decorate with the same items and theme, and I decided this year would be different.  Why?  I guess it feels like I missed out on celebrating some things this year since I didn’t dress up for Halloween and was sick on Thanksgiving Day with a nasty headache.  So, when it came to Christmas I decided to go big.  I’m feeling particularly festive since I’ve been cleared by the doctor for full use of both my hands.  Hurray!  It was a real pleasure to decorate our home for the holidays, and I hope you enjoy what I came up with.

Doilies Everywhere!
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As I mentioned in my Doily-Inspired Mandalas post, I’ve collected a number of doilies over the past few months.  One of the lots of doilies included several identical white doilies, and I decided to make a garland with them – to hang over a doorway.  I also decided to use some of the larger doilies for wall decor.  But first I had to stiffen them. Armed with a mixture I made by cooking cornstarch and water, I did just that.

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The eight white doilies are linked together with old-school brass brads.  I added some ribbon bows and vintage silver candy molds to add some “pop”.

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These three large doilies look nice alongside the window, and the silver floral trim that I glued in the center really added some sparkle to otherwise flat pieces.

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This view is from the bedroom, showing the backside of the garland – looking towards the tree.

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Our tree has to be elevated up off the ground because of our pet rabbits, and I decided to use a table cloth that my mother-in-law cross-stitched years ago for our “tree skirt”.  I love the look of it, and it has a lot of sentimental value.

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Our main tree, lit.  I left our typical hand-painted tin Mexican ornaments off the tree this year, and used lights, glass bulbs and snowflakes instead.  I already had all those things though – the only things I purchased were the doilies used elsewhere in the room.

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I found this vintage tinsel star at a thrift store in Kansas in 2009.  Cost?  A mere 75 cents!

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This smaller green tree sits atop our bookshelf.  If those star ornaments look familiar, it’s because I shared how to make them in a DIY post last year: Aluminum Star Ornaments!  The star atop the tree is – yep, you guessed it – another stiffened doily.  I glued an old rhinestone earring into the center of the star to add some oomph.  The tree’s base and the the top of the bookshelf were “doilied”, too. :]

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Here are the little tree and wreath that I put out in the studio, in the corner next to (and above) my desk.  Tinsel rules in the studio this year, but I still have doilies under the tree and under the tiny baby Jesus.

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And of course, here’s the Vintage Crocheted Wreath I shared on Tuesday – which is hanging on the inside of our front door.

I wasn’t kidding when I said there are doilies every where!  The look I was going for is Modern Vintage, which is how I often describe my artwork – particularly my collages.  I love vintage, but want to keep it “clean” and interesting – and I don’t want it to look too saccharine.  Pretty, unique, and a bit unexpected – those are words I’d like used to describe this year’s decor.  Do you think I succeeded in keeping a bit of an edge?

Do you have a theme that you work with when it comes to your holiday decor, dear readers?  I hope you’ll comment and share.  Oh, and if you’re interested in the recipe/process for stiffening the doilies with cornstarch, just let me know.  I’d be happy to post a link in the comments to the page I referenced when I worked on the doilies.

Warm regards,
Melody

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8 Comments

  1. Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:39 am by oksana | Permalink

    Hi Melody! You’ve done a great job decorating the house this year! So creative. I also have many doilies from my mom–maybe next year I can use them for decoration. Love your trees and wreath! Happy holidays!

  2. Posted December 20, 2012 at 11:07 am by Melody | Permalink

    Oksana,
    Thank you so much! I had a great time putting it all together, and am enjoying the festive look of our home. :] Happy Holidays!
    Melody

  3. Posted December 20, 2012 at 11:48 am by Jo Murray | Permalink

    You are the doilie queen Melody. Have a wonderful Christmas and inspirational 2013.

  4. Posted December 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Jo,
    I’ve been called worse things – hahaha. :] Thanks – I hope you have wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year!
    Melody

  5. Posted December 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm by Jenn/Rook No. 17 | Permalink

    Hi Melody, I absolutely love all of your holiday decorations, but most of all the doily garlands. Beautiful!

    Merry Christmas!
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  6. Posted December 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Jenn,
    Thank you for stopping by, and for your kind words! I’m so glad you like the decorations – it was fun to dream up and put together. :]
    Melody

  7. Posted December 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm by Debbie | Permalink

    Hey Mel…
    Your Christmas decor is fabulous! Merry & Happy to you & Jose & the bunnies, of course!
    xo
    Debbie
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  8. Posted December 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Debbie,
    Thanks so much – I’m glad you like it! Merry Christmas to you, St. Phil, and Sunny!
    Melody