Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas is Coming ...

This year I made origami star garlands from book pages and glitter ...

... and paper chains decorated with birdies.

No tree this year - just branches from my rosemary bush hung with decorations ...

... and silver baubles nestled amongst shells and painted stones.

The ornaments I made last year are used again ...

... they make great gift tags.

I made a heap of these crackers. Yay - another dent in my tp-tube stash. The labels were cut from tea-stained pages and lettered in my very best handwriting (i.e. not my usual griffonage - such a lovely word that...)

So, except for my collection of Santas, which provides some colour in the hallway, quite a monochrome Christmas. Fairy lights will be added later this week, and then I'm done! Are you decorating?

18 comments:

Leenie said...

Very nice and original decorations! You find amazing things to do with the printed page. My favorites are the silvery ornaments with the shells and the super cool painted stones. We decorated here. Or, at least, the family did. It was such a circus with youngsters helping that I just got out of the way and enjoyed.

Word Verification: pother--to make confused, trouble or worry. Good word for all the hoopla of the season. :D

kendalee said...

LOVE your look!!! I got as far as unpacking my decorations so will be hanging them this weekend when I'm back in town. Although, I've decided I quite like the pile of baubles in the bowl where I put them in readiness so now I might need to find something else to hang up around the place. Perhaps some pretty paper and glitter is the answer 'cause yours look beautiful! I smile every time I see something that reduces the tp-tube stash. I have this vision of a cupboard where they're piled high and threaten to cascade out every time you open the door to remove a few for your next project!

Sarah said...

Your decorations are lovely. I really like those origami stars. I have decorated already-I love the lights-some are up all the time anyway. I have two little trees this year-one on a little table and one on the rescued stepladder. They were a lot easier to decorate! At school we have been making pasta strings of food dyed(out of date) pasta. They are quite pretty.

frayedattheedge said...

I love your black and white theme - very sophisticated. We just have a jumble of things we've collected over the years. Sometimes I look at beautifully decorated and co-ordinated trees and think I'd like that .... but maybe not!!

nathalie et cetera said...

wow! so many beautiful things! I especially like your white hearts and round ornaments and the tea stained labels.

Linda Sue said...

I remember being totally impressed and inspired by your last year decorating in B/W- you have out done your self! All of your creations are wonderful- I want to copy you and it will be OK because I don't think you will be coming over here for christmas eve...kind of far...at least 12 inches...

aimee said...

your projects would make a super book! i love what comes out of that head of yours and i know others would too - you find ways to repurpose even the most humble scrap into seomthing useful and beautiful!

Nicky Linzey said...

Love the birdie ones - how's that little dog doing?

~Valentina~ said...

*LOVE* the decorations! Now I want to make some origami stars and make my apartment looks like Christmas!!

Freshly Found said...

Recycled paper craftiness always makes me happy! Your Christmas decor is delightful!

About said...

LOVE all of your beautiful ideas! Happy holidays.

up and down town said...

this is so gorgeous, oh my gosh.
i am saving this page as a reference for next year, and i think i will have to get started in...august, no, make that july.
tape or glue for the chain links? do you ever feel guilty tearing out a book page? are the origami stars hard? this whole thing has me so excited - the effect is so personal, creative, beautiful, festive, sophisticated yet playful. i'm in awe.
and just so you know, i gaze lovingly at the teeny tiny book from you every day. it has a very prominent spot in my livingroom.

Aris said...

Love your decorations. Those little birdies are so sweet!!!!!

tjoekie said...

Original and stylish as always, cute and just love it, especially the little dollies and stones!
My decorations are up and I'm still making bits and pieces!

up and down town said...

ok, motivated by your post, i hit the bookstore and youtube and thus far i've made a true, legitimate 4 point ninja origami star and... an 8 point star using double-sided tape. :(
how did you make that star at the top of your post??

trinsch said...

love the paper work! and with fairy lights i am pretty sure your house looks just plain awesome.

curious girl (lisa) said...

absolutely SWOONING over the paper chain with birds. so lovely. just like you.

suelichter said...

wONDERFULL! YOU ARE AMAZING.