Thursday, December 16, 2010

Handmade for Home - Part 2

Hello fellow Christmas elves!  Hope you are enjoying this magical time.  I love seeing all your homes in blogland.  Feast for the eyes!
I thought I'd link into Vintage Inspiration Friday, Show and Tell Friday and Feathered Nest Holiday and see some lovelies at their sites. 
Here are a bit more handmade items around my home for Christmas...

Last year I gathered my vintage rhinestone buckles to make easy ornaments.  I stamped and glittered on tea-stained paper, then cut the image to fit inside my buckles.  Tying some twine around the buckle frame made an instant ornament.  A cinch!  This year I'm displaying them on a new white $8 Target tree (this bargain will do until I find a nice feather tree some day).

The garland was made using a strip of cheesecloth and blue seambinding sewed down the center.  I got the idea from Angela Harris's crepe paper garlands in her etsy store.
 (That's my handsome hubby in the frame with me!)

Have you seen these cute Pottery Barn ornaments?
Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Thought I'd make some similar ones of our cherubs using crepe paper, tea-stained images of music, glitter and scrapbook frames.  The white wreath ornament is a vintage brass knocker I found at Brimfield Flea Market, then painted white & laced with twine to hang. 

And to show you how inspired I get from your blogs, here's a stocking I made last year based on this post from Heather Bullard.  I made a few of these as gifts.  Pretty easy to sew - I left the edges raw and attached some lace with a twisted fabric flower.  

In May I hosted a fun tea party for my sister's (big) birthday (I won't tell the number...).  All the ladies received a handmade small sachet as a favor.  I decided to use mine as an ornament this year.  Just some simple 2x2" ticking fabric sewed with hand-stamped fabric, and stuffed with lavender.  Still smells good!

I'll finish off with some more vintage items - creamer & sugar used as vases and some fun blue-rimmed plates.
Handmade + vintage = unique!  Have a great weekend!


Ozma of Odds said...

...oh how pretty these look!
Love the idea of the rhinestone buckles:)
~ and your clear blue color give everything a nice pop of color, just like an ice crystal:)
xo, Rosemary

Ellen said...

Thanks for sharing! Wow, can I come over and play at your house ;))
Love it all!

Charlene said...

Love the little silver tub in the last photo. How precious. Everything is beautiful. LOVE all the silver. Charlene

Blondie's Journal said...

Your ornaments are so pretty! You really have creative ideas...thanks for sharing how you made them. I love the buckle! I also love that adorable feather tree!

Happy Holidays, Susan!


Petite Michelle Louise said...

all of your handmade ornaments are sooo gorgeous mon amie! I really love the buckles but... even more..that chair back cover in the background..the one with the hand stamped crown. I need to see more if THAT! TFS!

Marie said...

Hi Susan - I so love love love all your handmade ornaments. They are very romantic, pretty and nostalgic!

Merry Christmas to you!

Linda said...

Love your beautiful creations! Hopped over from Vintage Inspiration Friday...I am a new follower!

saltbox treasures said...

Hi. Nice crafts and ideas! Merry Christmas!
~ Julie

Denise said...

Wonderful ideas! Really loved your little jewelry tree.

time worn interiors said...

Loving your handmade Christmas loot! Always more meaningful when it's hand made!

rustandruffles said...

Love all your Christmas goodies...the buckle ornaments are gorgeous!
Happy day!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi nice to meet you! Love your buckle ornaments. Everything is so pretty.


Fish Tail Cottage said...

very cute post!!! I love those handmade ornaments!

Sandy said...

I'm inspired, thanks for sharing!

C'est ravissant!


Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

A Cottage Muse said...

Loving your ornaments!! What a sparkly idea!!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

A Beautiful Home Made Christmas ~ Love that Little tree & all the Fabulous Decor.... Have a Merry Christmas

Miss Sandy said...

Pretty sparkle and shine here! The buckle ornaments are wonderful. Have a happy Christmas!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love your ornaments- they are delightful with all their bling! Love all your silver too! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday and Happy Holidays!

Laurel said...

LOVE those buckle ornaments! Everything looks lovely...I'm visiting from VIF, so glad I stopped by! Laurel@chippingwithcharm

Janet said...

Just love all of your vintage inspiration! I'm your newest follower!
Christmas Blessings,



That is all just beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I think you did a great job with the tree. I love your little buckle ornaments especially. Great idea!


Secret Garden Cottage said...

I LOVE your handmade Christmas decorations, Susan! They turned out wonderful! I did see those ornaments from Pottery Barn and thought they looked so much like the ones I've seen in Blogland. I think even they have been inspired by all of the creativity in Blogland... lol!
Happy holidays!
~ Jo :)

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Susan,
Your blog is absolutely gorgeous as is your fabulous home!! So glad you found my blog so I could find yours, it's just lovely! I am now a follower!
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Katty's cosy cove said...

Hi Susan! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment.Love your ornaments. I hope that you and your family have a Wonderful Christmas. Blessings

Donna said...

Your rhinestone belt buckle ornaments are stunning! Such a great idea. I have those same rubber stamps and love them! Your blog is just beautiful, so many dreamy images. Can't wait to see more of your lovely posts!

Donna said...

PS: I am your newest follower:) I can't believe that you are a new blogger, as your blog is so gorgeous!!

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