Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas at the Grotto

I wanted to post this a little sooner but didn't have it ready in time. I'm sharing a  few pictures of the  festival of lights at the lovely Grotto in Portland that we visited recently. The  Grotto is a 62 acre Catholic shrine and botanical garden that is decorated with scenes from the nativity at Christmas. We visited there recently for the first time at night to enjoy the beautiful Christmas displays. Pictures of Cmas lights never seem to capture the real beauty of being there. I created a collage because I had a few pics that went together to tell the story. These images are the first ones you find as you enter the  festival of lights walkway.   
 


 
 
 More colorful lights and angels.
 
 
The walkway is around a quarter of a mile. So pretty in person.
 
 
 
I tried to get some pics of all the angels lit but it didn't quite work out.
 
 
The star is quite pretty in this one.  
 
 
I love the peaceful beauty of the nativity. My favorite part of our visit.
 
 
 
So beautifully and simply done.
 
I love the red canopy on this lighted tree.
 
 
The beautiful sanctuary at the end of our visit. I love the huge trees in the background.
 

 
I love the spiritual feeling that you get when you visit a religious display such as this. It adds so much meaning to the holidays.
 
 
 
Also the warmth of family and friends that give you that special feeling and a warm hug!
 
 
 
Merry Christmas !
 
Diane
 
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Little Corner of Christmas

 
Since this is my first post since the tragedy in Newtown, I wanted to continue to send my thoughts and prayers to the familes who have suffered this tragic loss, and also to the most innocent among us that are no longer here.  May the families find the peace and spiritual comfort they so desperately need.
 

I enjoy Christmas decorating like many of you, but I decided to take a somewhat minimal approach to it this year. We have the same faux tree we have had for years and I added some papercraft items to it to create a different look.  Even though we don't have a lot of decor for the holidays out this year,  our feelings about Christmas remain the same.

This corner does not have the best lighting, but it is the best location for our tree. I also enjoy the beauty of the vintage table and the picture of the pioneer woman and  young girl. I enjoy thinking about Christmas in a simpler time.



I inherited this table from my grandparents and I wanted to use some of my angel decorations for it. I found the two painted angels at a gift  store several years ago and they have become some of my favorite Christmas decorations. I also added a praying angel and some jar candles I made.


I actually copied this idea from another blogger. I would like to give her credit but I don't recall where I saw this. Mine is somewhat different because I used some small  glass cannisters instead of jars  and also used flameless candles. I glittered some pine cones and also added faux snow and cedar.  I love the vintage look of these. I thought they would add a nice touch to my table.



The simplicity of this decor says Christmas to me.
 

I love the sweetness and beauty of angels.

I wanted to share a nice close up of the angel. I love the detail on her wings as well.

I also added my sweet little bears and their christmas tree.



I received this singing angel years ago as a gift and I always enjoy displaying her.

 
 
The tree is decked out with many of the same things we have used over the years. I enjoy our crystal star and usually put it close to the top of the tree. I usually make a tree topper but I didn't have time this year. I also added this angel tag.
 
 

 
 
I used my santa stamps and added a littlewhimsy to the tree.
   
 
I have had this little mouse elf stamp for years and always enjoy making something with it.
 
I also like my wooden candle clips that I add to the tips of the branches. I wish I had more of these.
 
I always have to add my lace crocheted clothespin angel that I bought some time ago.
 
Just some special ornaments that I have on my tree and I can't think of a better time to pray for peace, than at Christmas. I will be sharing some outdoor religious themed  displays soon so come back again!
 
 
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas door basket

I love all the pretty wreaths on front doors this Christmas but I decided to do something different. I've always liked door baskets but they are hard to find around here. None of our craft stores carry them and I didn't want to keep looking or order online, so I thought I would try to make one on my own. I knew I wanted to do a simple display this year so I looked around for something I could turn into a door basket.
 
 
 
I came across this long tube like basket made out of seagrass in a thrift store. I don't know what you would do with this, except maybe put it around a pillar or something for decoration.  It is really flexible and open on both ends and I thought if I could flatten it and sew it at the bottom I would have a basket I could use.
 
 
 
 
 
I gathered together some christmas bushes that I wanted to use inside of it and cut off about 4 inches off the top  of the basket since it was too tall. I used some jute as thread and stiched the bottom of the basket closed and added gold paint.
 
I was a little short on time so I used one of my victorian house stamps on some canvas and attached it to the front.  
 
I love this stamp but I'm not sure that this looks the best on this basket. So I might try something else on it or just leave it plain.
 
 
 
I softened this image and bit and I added two small wreaths to the pillars. I just wrapped some garland around each wreath. I decided to stay with a red and green color theme.
 
 
Just something simple and pretty for the front door to help get into the Christmas spirit!
 
Thanks for stopping by.  Comments are always appreciated!
 
 
 
 
Diane
 
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas mantel

I finally finished my Christmas mantel and wanted to share that today. I think of our mantel as a shadow box since there is so little mantel and it is a large recessed area.   I was able to find quite a few thrifty things to decorate my mantel and also used items that I already had. There is so much pretty christmas decor all over the blogs right now and I am just getting started. So I have some catching up to do.
 
  
I started with my tall apothecary jars that I bought recently. I'm always looking for items that have multiple uses and I really like the versatility of these. I looked around the thrift and craft stores and  found these cute and cheap  wood reindeer and the mercury glass votives. That's basically what I started with so I went from there. I added some glitter to some ornaments for the jars and painted the reindeer gold to go with my mirror.


I added some silver glitter collars to the reindeer and some wood trees that I already had. The little houses came from Dollar tree and I painted them white and added glitter. Also the wreath is garland rolled up from the dollar tree as well. I made a banner for the wreath and added some faux greenery that I already had.


I didn't have any bottle brush trees so I made some by wrapping bulky yarn around some cones and adding some glitter. Having a yarn stash can come in handy!



I have quite a collection of Christmas stamps so I had to make a banner for the front of my mantel. I created a collage to show the detail of it. I enjoy adding papercraft items to my decor and it gives me a chance to create with  stamps that I haven't used in awhile. I layered white cardstock stamped and embossed with silver  onto silver glitter paper to give a finished edge.



I added some small flameless candles and some white lights to the greenery. I love the soft glow of white lights.


The votives give off a pretty glow with flameless candles.


I already had the little reindeer bag and it matches my other reindeer. I enjoy the simplicity of little things.

I should have smoothed out this greenery...it does look a bit wild, but I wanted to show another pic with the lights. 


I added a basket with more glittered ornaments and pine cones.


A mini christmas tree light



I softened this image to give it a nice glow
 



I better get busy, lots more to do.  Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll take time to leave a comment!



Diane


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