Saturday, July 21, 2018

Christmas in July 2018 - Day Twenty-One


How to display natural items like pinecones, greenery, and flowers - in a word, or two, I don't.  I don't use real greenery for the same reason I don't have a real tree, it's just too messy.  When we lived in Rhode Island and Sophia was in 4-H, we went to a greens workshop every fall to make wreaths and centerpieces.  I can remember dreading every year - it seemed to me to take forever to get that sticky, sappy stuff off of my hands and anything else it touched!  I wouldn't win any prizes for the wreath I made either, but it was an event for her club and so off we went every year.  I know Sophia and her pals had a lot of fun, but then kids don't really bother about stickiness, do they?


Sophia did a pretty good job on her centerpiece.  The first 4-H club she joined also held a local greens workshop but it was to make greenery baskets - stick the floral foam in a basket and then fill with the greens.  The girls had a lot of fun and the baskets were delivered to a local nursing home so it was for a good cause.

We have a couple of special pinecones on our tree, one is from a ship's Christmas party kids' activity and it's a nice memento of that duty station and the other is was a preschool project.


It has one lone piece of macaroni left on the preschool pinecone!

Although I'm not really a fan of real green, I have always wanted to have an herb wreath.  They come out every year in the catalogs, Williams-Sonoma I think has quite a collection.  They are pricey but I would think that would last for a while and they must smell wonderful.


Friday, July 20, 2018

Christmas in July 2018 - Day Twenty


How to display wreaths - this is a great article that shows two of the ways I've used to hang a wreath on a door - the upside-down Command Hook and the invisible fishing line although the article suggests using the same upside-down hook for both ribbon and fishing line.  I've always hammered a small nail into the top of the door and hung the line from that.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Christmas in July 2018 - Day Nineteen


How to display candles and lanterns is today's topic and I am featured a few ideas for candles in a fireplace when the fireplace is not in use.  I love this look.

This is a really lovely idea and very simple. 


The addition of logs is interesting and you can often find bark-like candles.


This is a more modern take on displaying candles in a fireplace.  These appear to be flameless candles and my favorite brand is Luminara - they are on the pricier side of the flameless candle market but they really are so close to the real thing. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Christmas in July 2018 - Day Eighteen


How to display stockings - since we don't have a fireplace with a mantle, I put our stocking holders J-O-Y on the media rack.  This is the second shelf shown below (the TV is on the top and there is another shelf below this one).  Here our elf, Edward, has cheekily shown up one morning with a gift for Sophia from Victoria's Secret!  The stockings hang from the three hooks until Christmas Eve when I take them down and fill them.


Once they are full, they are too heavy for the stocking holders so they end up propped up against the gifts under the tree - Vic and I have the red/white ones and Sophia's is a cross stitch stocking I made for her first Christmas, it's just tucked behind mine in this photo.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Christmas in July 2018 - Day Seventeen


Moving on to the How to Display category and today we have Christmas Cards.  How do you display the cards you receive?


We have a decorative basket and they all go in there.  After Christmas, I take them out and put them in chronological order - family first and then friends from England, California, Saipan, Florida, Illinois, Virginia, Rhode Island, and Washington.  It's a little trip around the world through the album! 


 I found this idea on Pinterest some years ago that I'd like to try.  Those are shutters painted red; they are attached to the wall but you could just as easily prop them up instead.  I also saw an idea at a friend's house last Christmas where she hung garland around a door, starting at the bottom left, going over the door, and ending on the bottom right and then she used small decorative clothespins (so many cute designs come out with the Christmas craft supplies) to attach the cards.  I hope we have a convenient doorway in our forever home.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Christmas in July 2018 - Day Sixteen


Day Sixteen is all about perimeter ideas - how you decorate your fence line or walkways.  One of the Magical Holiday Home members posted an idea of using Mason Jars filled with sand and a tealight.  I took this idea in a different direction and swapped the tealights (with flame) for the new battery-operated ones that are available and most commonly used inside a jack-o-lantern.  Then I saw this...


What a great idea to use the battery-operated strings of mini-lights that burst onto the market a couple of years ago.  I assume the battery pack is perhaps adhered to the underside of the lid in some way.  It's almost like a group of fireflies trapped in a jar.  I think you would get the same result from a decorated jar like this one below.


This site has some beautiful ideas.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Christmas in July 2018 - Day Fifteen


Yards - what's your pleasure?  I am not a fan of blow-ups but I would love a family of reindeer.