Well, things have been busy here! Not crazy busy, rather fun festive busy. I picked my sister up from Heathrow and took her on a slight detour on the way home – a five hour drive, three night detour to Yorkshire. Such a beautiful part of the world! One morning we went for a walk through the residential streets and we had a great time looking in the windows of all the gorgeous Yorkshire stone houses.
The houses looked all the more special in their simple Christmas glory…the simplicity of a twinkling tree in the window, the simplicity of a fresh green wreath hanging on the door and the simplicity of a holly bush placed in a pot by the front porch. I really felt the beauty came from the simplicity. So with Christmas day not far away, I thought I would share some simple place card ideas that can be used on the Christmas table.
On this plate, a handmade Fimo clay Christmas tree steals the limelight. I used a cookie cutter to get the right shape and a plastic embossing mould for the leaf print. The star imprint at the top of the tree was made by pressing down into the clay with a vintage button. Then I rubbed in some white paint so the patterns were highlighted.
A large bell can be dressed by pushing leaves and berries into the top.
The stuffed star is a great one to do if you don’t want to have crackers. Place two paper stars with the wrong sides together, put treats in the centre, and then stitch around the outside. Ribbon and beads provide the finishing touches.
Question – What could be easier than a pine cone covered with glitter, ribbon and holly berries?
Answer – A leaf dipped in glitter and twine.
A miniature rosemary leaf wreath is one of my favourites. It not only makes the table look nice, but smell nice too 🙂
Why not trim a little off your Christmas tree, cover it with glitter and then team it with ribbon and a tiny decoration.
And I couldn’t resist creating something with a little fabric as well. This cutlery pocket took me less than five minutes. All I had to do was lay two pieces of fabric with their wrong sides together, trim the edges with pinking shears, fold up the bottom and whizz around with the sewing machine. All done!
There you have it…some simple ideas to help decorate your Christmas table. ALL of these were created with materials I had in my home or garden. I’m like a bowerbird – creating a nest with bright colourful objects I find on my travels. I keep the ties and decorations from the used Christmas crackers, the ribbons sewn into the inside of the shoulders of clothing, the buttons from old worn out clothing…these little treasures don’t take up much space, but they are the icing on the cake where adding decorative details are concerned.
Well Christmas day is just around the corner and I hope you all have jolly merry one! For those of you who read Edna & Ossie regularly, I want to thank you for joining me in the journey that has been my first year of blogging. I look forward to giving you more updates on our homespun home in 2018 but for now – cheers and cheerio!
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