Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Natural Christmas

Colorful storebought Christmas decor is amazing. Believe me...I drool over the ornaments section at Garden Ridge! But there is something to be said for a "country" Christmas theme of handmade crafty crafts.

I'm really into the idea of a natural Christmas theme this year. Something about the whites and neutrals,the burlaps, textures, twiggy nature themed found objects strung together with twine and paper and glitter feels so homey and farmhouse to me. It brings the family girls smiling as they stand at the dining table with me helping me glitter our "treasures" and going for walks with me, baskets in hand, as we gather interesting twigs and pinecones.

Knowing that I didn't buy something from China but instead took the time to make it myself. A little messy looking is OK. When I take it out of the attic next year a flood of memories will come back to me. Not memories of standing in line at Micheal's, but of making something imperfectly wonderful with my own two hands ... something magical to my children because we found it on the ground under the trees and turned it into treasure.

Did I mention budget friendly? : )

*For comparison here is the Ballard Designs glittered pinecone ornament. I love Ballard...but 3 for $15 plus tax & shipping???

vs. free...

*Some things are store bought, yet still budget friendly. These little paper churches were $1.97 each at Walmart!


Linking to

The DIY Show Off

Boogieboard Cottage


Chic on a Shoestring Decorating


Vintage Gal said...

I agree with you. Simple home made decorations are so lovely and budget friendly. Love the pinecones. Now I must find my glitter ;-)

Anonymous said...

So simple and pretty! Make memories...they last forever! God bless you and yours...

Celestial Charms said...

Hi Linsey,
I totally agree about the joys of making homemade ornaments and decorations. My children and I enjoy making all types of cookie ornaments. The time spent together in the kitchen and the lofty smells are total bliss. I'm so looking forward to that time again.
Pretty pinecone ornaments you made!

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

Imperfectly wonderful is a definitely a good thing! I love making ornaments as well.

Marilyn said...

Sooo creative and simply beautiful.. I absolutely love this.. I have a linky party happening for Christmas and I will LOVE for you to please share this lovely feature with me and my friends please : )) -- .. !TY ~Marilyn

Natalie Meester said...

so wonderful and yet so simple and stunning!

I love it! It's all about getting back to nature and to our roots.

Have a blessed Christmas season with peace, love, joy & hope.


Okio B Designs said...

Love your pinecones! And I can't believe those churches are from Walmart! Coming over from Met Monday and a happy new follower!


Stitchfork said...

Ornaments with special memories attached are always the best!
xo Cathy

Cindy said...

Ohhh, i love your little glitter pinecones, and the paper houses with the glittery tops... all of your handmade goodies are precious! MUCH better than standing in line at Michaels or Wal Mart!


Betty Jo said...

Linsey everything is just beautiful! I especially love the paper houses and little churches.

Eileen @ Cottage Beach House said...

Beautiful. I love the whole display. Your pinecones are adorable and Love the wreath!

Olive said...

We only have one million pine cones here so maybe I could manage to flock one or two. The churches of yours are so sweet.

Melissa said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous- found you through Privet & Holly and the wonderful Suzanne...

Melissa -Miss Sew & So

Melissa said...

PS_ follower number 150- that's got to be good yeah!!?

Melissa x

Jo said...

The sweet churches are just adorable. Your approach to Christmas is exactly what I'm hoping to pull off myself this year.


Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes said...

Your Christmas crafts are very pretty. I think it's good to use what is available when possible. That makes us use our imagination to create nice things. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving------Shannon

Heaven's Walk said...

Simple and natural is always better, Linsey. :) Your decor is so sweet and pretty!

xoox laurie

Privet and Holly said...

I couldn't agree more;
the moments spent
creating with your kids
will be fondly recalled each
year when you pull these out!
I want to make these, too! Also
wishing I had a Wal-Mart nearby,
though I am guessing those
adorable churches were made
in the Big C! Thanks for linking
up to Monday Moments. Feel free
to grab the button : ). Happy,
Happy, Thanksgiving!

xx Suzanne

Plumfield House Gardens said...

You are so right, I always love homemade, simple, country, those pine cones are wonderful!

Teacup Moments said...

hello, i recently stumbled upon an image of a bunch of glittered pinecones on a cakestand and i decided that i'll make the same this year. my daughter and i started a tradition of going out to pick pinecones around this time and i tried painting them gold last year but it didn't quite work. glitter is the way to go! and i agree with you that having something handmade really does seem more meaningful...[dropping by from privet and holly]

Julianna said...

I made my husband carry home a whole bag of pine cones from our trip to the beach with the sole purpose of turning them into ornaments. Yours look great! I would love for you to stop by and link them up here:

Dollar Store Crafter said...

So Beautiful !!!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Just touring around your beautiful blog...
Love your pine cones. What did you use to get the glitter to stick? I've tried it with Elmer's glue but Your's are covered with more glitter. Love the flakes too!

You're quite a talented artist, too! And that beautiful baby! You have your hands full! All good stuff!

Have you had a chance to check out the Blog Sisters yet? I'm trying to create a national home bloggers directory and events calendar.


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