Monday, November 23, 2009

Handmade Christmas at our place...

My little wreaths on our internal French doors.
So, I done it! Put up the tree I mean. I couldn't contain it any longer. I thought I would show you how the weekend went from frantically making things for Evandale Markets (I am having a stall there on the second Sunday of December if you are nearby =0)), to making decorations for our tree and finally setting it up.
This is how it began...left over fabric and some gorgeous French linen ribbon.
...and ended up here!
After using everything from pure wool herringbone fabric, white linen, natural linen, ticking and soft burlap, I came up with these sweet little tree decorations. They are adorned with original print from German and French grain sacks, little trees and birds, French script, crowns, Bees, French postage stamps, snowflakes....etc.
You can see the Herringbone fabric in the top left corner there - the grey one.
I will be selling some of these, but they will be made up by request. I don't have any of the linen ribbon left at the moment, but I am hoping to get some more this week.
If you are interested in these decorations, please email me at

They look wonderful on the tree and also on doorknobs too!

I also made these stockings from the pure wool herringbone fabric. They come in themes and there is crowns (shown here), trees/birds, and snowflakes. One of the stockings shown here has a crown from an old German grain sack printed on it ( the right one) and the other one is a different crown print...that way you know who's is who's!
You can get these from My Shop.
I will be making our own ones in linen...when I get a spare minute!!

This is the top of our TV unit. It had a little candle makeover. I love candle light at Christmas time especially and this corner will just glow at night! If you are wondering what the glass vase at the back is...its the fish bowl.

I also gave our pictures in the living room a makeover too. These little images of old looking Santa's I had from an old Country Home magazine and have been waiting forever to use them. So, some cheap black frames, white cardboard for the backing and sticky dots to hold the card in place and- voila! A cute nod to the season for the boys that is not too commercial looking.

Here they are together...cute!

Here is our tree with all it's handmade decorations on it and my theme of silver, gold, white and neutrals. I will play around with it over the next few days to tweak it here and there, but overall I am happy with it. Even Mic likes this years theme! I am really glad I used the planter, which had been destined for the outside of the French doors with a box topiary in it, but I thought I would use it here to hide the base. The planter was a set of 2 that Mum got on a dump visit for $5.00 and I gave a coat of white paint! Good spot Mum!!

I will show you some more Christmas decorating as I go. I still have to make up all the window wreaths yet and a few other things. I would love to hear what you think as always.

Ness xx


  1. BEAUTIFUL!! LOVE those heart ornaments and stockings!!! Great work!!


  2. I have those same Santa pictures! I mixed them with other 'vintage' look Santas and did a collage a few years back. Your home is lovely. NicRose

  3. Oh, very pretty Ness. I love your tree and your lovely hearts. xo Terri

  4. It looks like you have been having a lot of fun! Everything looks beautiful! I especially love that your Mum rescued the planters from the dump!

    : )

    Julie M.

  5. BRAVA!!! I love your ornaments, your blog and your style...

  6. Ness I just love those wee heart sachet ornaments. Such lovely fabrics. The overall effect is just fabulous. I feel very disorganised and behind the eight-ball when I see how much you've done!
    Amanda xx

  7. Wow Ness, you must have had a really busy weekend - you certainly achieved a lot! It all looks lovely, your linen hearts are beautiful. x Caroline

  8. I LOVE the linen hearts and the ribbon too. What a great idea framing the Santas, they and the candles look so good with your stunning tree. A truly gorgeous Christmas vignette. Clever you. xx

  9. I'm stunned! So many beautiful things you have made! I love them all!
    Here in Norway we don't decorate our tree before December 23rd.
    However I would like to do it sooner when I see your wonderful decorated tree!
    I wish you a lovely day, Ness!
    Anette Willemine xx

  10. Your Christmas tree is gorgeous. Thanks for the ideas.
    Have a great day!

  11. How beautiful! I just love the framed Santa prints with the wide white border.

  12. Ness,
    They are all beautiful!


  13. I love that you put your tree in that planter. What a great idea!

  14. oh my goodness I love your tree & the santa prints!!! what a pretty picture!!! everything is just so thoughtful & meaningful. beautiful Ness!!!


  15. Wau -very beautiful hearts :)And christmas tree is so loevly. Thanks for the ideas!

  16. so amazing! i love your handmade decorations, so much more special. hope you are well! x

  17. I love your Chrissy tree so lovely and serene with the neutral decorations, well done will have a beautiful Christmas.

    Lisa xx

  18. I love, love, love your little hearts and your tree looks so pretty, Ness. .... and your wreath looks great. I can't get over how much you get done in a couple of days !! I think that I need to take a few lessons from you. XXXX

  19. lovely, and soooooooooo homey!!
    I love Christmas, and as you already know, my decorations are up too!!

  20. Gorgeous your shop I go!

  21. Wow! You really have been busy.
    I love your new hearts. That herringbone pattern is truly inspired.
    Your new stockings are so beautiful in their clean simplicity.
    Hope all went well with your sis.



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