In case you haven't notice by now, I put Christmas everywhere. (Cue the music!)
Poke your head into the china cabinet -- it's there.
I've been having such fun incorporating all my vintage Christmas postcards and tucking them in everywhere!
Peek inside the hutch -- you can't see much with the doors closed!
But open? One of mom's Royal Doulton ladies -- she's especially decked for the holidays!
My cousin Patty gave me this Santa long ago. He just "fits!"
The gray, silver and crystal seem like a perfect match here!
I've been keeping my word of the year close at hand. It hasn't always been an easy word to hold close this year.
And yes, another postcard!
I wanted an easy-to-manage Christmas centerpiece to leave on the dining room table -- but that was easy to move when I wanted to wrap gifts or use the table. So, I shopped the house.
The tray is a perfect solution -- it's easy to lift and move and it has a nice edge to keep things contained. I'd had this Santa (which I think might have started out as an ornament, though he stands with great balance. He wasn't going elsewhere -- so he joined the scene.
The putz house is quite a big one, found long ago at an antique market. I added cotton batting for snow, a few sparkles and pine cones and more of my bottlebrush trees. The back of the house wasn't as cute, so I added a few trees to brighten it up! I tucked in a couple of battery candles and it was good to go!
Pulling this together took all of five minutes.
And here's a tip you may already know -- if you want colorful brush trees, just buy a packet of the green ones (you can usually get a packet with mixed sizes from very tall to very small at craft stores). Dip them in bleach till the dye wears off and they'll be a straw or white color.
Then you can add your own color either by dip-dying them or hand painting in very watered down acrylics or watercolor. (I used watered down acrylic for mine. Then you can easily glue in faux pearls or other decorations.
You can mount the smaller ones on spools or decorate the bases to add a little glitz.
It's coming together!