I hope you'll love seeing some of my arrangements and decorations this Holiday Season.
For me, it should be Christmas all year round! I so love and feel it, so very deeply and so strongly.
Truth is, I actually want to live like it's Christmas any day of the year, and in fact you can find me painting and making Christmas stuff (and singing Christmas tunes) always, July and August included! :) I have tried to write a post about Christmas from a HSP perspective over the past week or so, but my energy is needed elsewhere at the moment (see at the end of this post) and I end up being so drained when I write those inspirational posts from the heart, that preferred to postpone. For now, I hope you'll enjoy an "easier" post as well.
While I was unpacking, I found lots and lots of boxes full of Christmas stuff. A few things I donated, but most of it was a keeper, with warm and happy memories attached. So while joking with my hubby, told him that I should make 5 trees to use all that we have! Imagine my surprise when he said I could do how many trees my heart desired (first time ever in our marriage this happens!:=O). So you can now count 11 in our little barn... between real and fake, big and medium and small, adorned and ready- made. I may have pulled out all of the stops and decorated at my heart's content! :) I truly feel like a child in a toy store!
And this year, is the first time that we have a real tree in our home, actually 3 of the trees are real (one flocked and very small, but anyway...). I know that the Norway Spruce is going to drop needles, but I wanted to try anyway. They're well watered, and we don't have heating at all in our home during the night, so I hope this helps in preserving them a little longer.
Our (rented) home is simple and decorated on a budget. I have bought very little and instead used all that we had. Many pieces belonged to my Grandparents, like this mirror and chest of drawers in the kitchen, and the big wardrobe in the living room (both repainted with Old Linen by Annie Sloan). The rest I have collected over the years at thrift stores, made- over, or created from scratch. I'm so happy with how it turned out!
|The gingerbread baking tray is vintage and I bought in Boston, the flour container |
I found at the charity shop for close to nothing. The cookie molds have been passed along generations in my family.
|Made this Santa last month, using an antique quilt scrap.|
I simply love Christmas dolls and all kind of folk art, and I feel the urge of making more myself!
|On the kitchen windowsill, I always have fresh arrangements of flowers or hearbs I pick in the countryside.|
|Crackers are typical of the British traditions, and I added fresh evergreens and pinecones. And a pewter soup toureen belonged to my Grandmother on my Dad's side.|
|The mantel is all decked with a natural/woodland theme. Glittery bunnies, birds, nests, candles in DIY lanters, yarn balls I made. The snowflakes ornaments are all hand- carved out of wood by my Dad.|
|Two of my old bears and a bauble wreath I made years ago (free tutorial in my Tutorials page)|
|Angel by my dear friend Margaret, over at The French Bear.|
My hubby is going to have urgent surgery at the vocal cords this week. We just discovered a few days ago, after he has had problems all year round. This means that for Christmas, and all over the Holidays, he will be in discomfort. He won't be able to eat at all for 5 days, and to speak for quite a while, plus all of the annoyance of surgery in such a delicate part. The recovery is usually one month and a half. He is always very reserved, but this time, as he was a bit worried, I asked him permission to share, bercause I really believe in the healing power of collective prayers and positive energy, and he gladly accepted.
So in the end, it will be a very quiet Christmas, very solitary (but we're encircled in love and our loved ones are with us even if not physically), but strongly felt and very meaningful anyway.