Monday, December 12, 2011

Simple Homemade Christmas


Good morning!

Well, the weekends until Christmas are winding down!  I don't have all of my Christmas shopping done yet, but I basically refuse to do it on the weekends, as I don't like fighting the crowds.  I much prefer to be baking and crafting, rather than shopping :)



For those of you who read my blog regularly, you know I'm not much of a crafter...oh, I'd like to be, but it's just not really one of my strengths {there are some seriously amazing crafters in blogland!}...

...but every Christmas, I catch the bug and want to do nothing but craft projects for about 3 weeks...



Today, I am featuring two of the projects I worked on over the weekend...think simple and natural, as that seems to be the theme this year.

I took some of the clear ornaments that you get at any craft store as the start to this first project {I chose the square ones for something different, but the round ones would work great for this too}...

First, I took off the top to add some salt, for snow {I used a funnel}, and then added some pepper berries and small green flowers.  The pepper berries will dry naturally and retain their color nicely, if you are starting with fresh ones.  I found the flowers in the fresh floral section of the grocery store, they were marked simply "Christmas bunch."


{back view}

I finished off the ornament with a bit of torn vintage French paper {with a Christmas theme}, burlap, and some sheer green ribbon.  I used double sided tape to secure the torn paper.



Project number two was some napkin rings using star anise pods...




First, I cut a small length of ribbon...I used the vintage French ribbon I bought from Jeanne's shop last year, but any sturdy ribbon will work well.  Then it was just a matter of hot gluing the star anise pod to the middle and then hot gluing a small rhinestone onto that.  I deconstructed an old vintage pin, that I had that was falling apart, to get my rhinestones, but you could always buy new ones at the craft store.



Adding a little velcro to the ends of the ribbon will allow the napkin rings to be used again and again.



My mom, sisters, and I decided to have a homemade gift exchange this Christmas, so you will be seeing more simple, homemade gift ideas from me soon :))

I would love to hear what your best ideas are for homemade gifts!

Happy crafting!!


Tracey

41 comments:

Teacup-In-The-Garden said...

Very cute!
Markus

Susan Durup said...

I think it's very very beautiful and very Christmas-like. I think I will borrow the idea of ​​the delicate star on napkins ... it is incredibly fine.
I also love to shop Christmas presents - and also want to stand in line for them :-)
Really good Christmas day for you and your family.
Susan

Theresa said...

They are both beautiful... i love the simplicity of them. The little star anise on the napkin ring and scattered around the table are so sweet! I can't wait to see what else you craft for Christmas! t.xoxox

Di said...

So elegant. I am making homespun gifts, pillows, ornaments, totes and silver trays with clock parts!! Thanks for sharing. Di

Mariaelena said...

Absolutely love the ornament...may need to try that!!...Happy holidays, Mariaelena

Susan said...

For someone who claims not to be very crafty, you have done an awesome job! Congratulations, both of your projects are gorgeous!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Tracey,
I am not much of a crafter either but I think I could handle both of these lovely projects. I have some clear glass balls that I have used to make my own ornaments and love to fill them with my vintage bits and bobs. Your photography is exceptional and that along with your artistic arrangements are the talents that bring me back to your blog again and again. Enjoy your Christmas and have fun with the homemade gift exchange! :) Laura

Karena said...

Tracey really lovely!!

I hope you will come and enter my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaway Event! You will love the latest unique gifts!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Barbara said...

Beautiful ideas! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity.

Tricia said...

I always feel more crafty as the holidays draw near too. I love your simple and natural ornament :)

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Tracey those are the sweetest ideas!! I just love the ornament with snow and little berries ❤

Morning T said...

Very nice Tracey! I've been in total craft mode too, mostly making ornaments for Christmas packages. I'm hoping to share some of mine this week.
Happy Monday to you.
xo~
T

Leah C said...

Oh Tracey...I'd say you are a crafter! These are so beautiful; I may just have to copy:)

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Tracey,
I love the glass ornament,that's a beautiful idea!
I think that's a great idea to give handmade gifts.
I made my my mom a pillow for her gift and she loved it. I think it's much more special than a store bought gift because it comes from your own hands and heart.
Hope you have a lovely week!
Sincerely,
Melinda

Shabby soul said...

I love them both!
Have nice days
Silvia

kerrie of sea cottage said...

I think you are a better crafter than you give yourself credit for. These are so delicate and I like anything that is natural. This is one of the loveliest crafts I've seen this Christmas!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Great ideas Tracey - that ornament is so perfectly delicate....and the star anise is so amazingly elegant and simple. I enjoy hand made gifts, but usually stick to the needlework type as it's the medium I'm most comfortable with. Not a whole lot creativity in my bones.....Sigh. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

DustyLu said...

Yes you are a crafter! These are so cute and fun. I wish you and your family the happiest of holiday! Hugs Lulu

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Love the star anise touches!

Lorrie said...

Beautifully done. I love the clear glass ornaments.

I love to make gifts - this year it's placemats and tablerunners. They are not quick so I started in October.

For more simple gifts I've made a package of note cards simply wrapped in vellum and tied with a ribbon, or taken a bar of luscious soap and wrapped it in music paper and tied it with a ribbon. Sometimes, it's the packaging that makes all the difference. As if I needed to tell you that!

Have a great holiday.

Eva said...

Oh, I love your idea! Simple, but so lovely!
I like presents coming from the kitchen. Last year I made herbal salt, a cookie mixture in a beautiful glass jar, instant chilli-chocolate-drink and coloured sugar.
Have a lovely day
Eva

Eeva said...

Star anises....So lovely!

JBeaudetStudios said...

I'd say you're very crafty! Very cute ides!:)

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Girl, you're so crafty you don't even know it!
So cute, well done!

XOXO,
Anne

Erin / Miri-love said...

Wow - super gorgeous post! I love all of the homemade holiday goodies! Especially the napkin rings with the Star Anise ;) How clever!

Erin
http://labellaironia.blogspot.com/

hong kong property said...

that is so beautiful~

Heaven's Walk said...

So very very pretty, Tracey! That ornament is sweet and natural with the red/green inside. :) Thanks for inspiring us once again!

xoxo laurie

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

I just love your Christmas Ornament! Simply beautiful! See you can create and give it your signature style. Just like in Jeanne's class!

I am working on some family recipes to be given tied up with a pretty bow.

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Oh everything here is just so perfect and beautiful! I seriously adore everything that you do!!! :)


Hugs,
Jessie

Anne Marie said...

a woman of many wonderful talents - Tracey, you are always inspiring me to keep it simple...thank you...

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Very pretty ideas...and your home looks beautiful.
You have a really lovely style...
Happy Holidays!
Lisa

helen tilston said...

Hi Tracey

Your gifts are beautiful.

I am not a crafter and you have impressed me.

Helen xx

summersoul said...

i don't think you can say you are not a crafter. i love the ornament! have a wonderful holiday season, tracey

xo
MC

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Tracey, I have missed stopping by your beautiful blog lately. Today, as always, you did not disappoint, for it's all so pretty.... but now I am mad at you. You know I will have to run out, buy some of those clear balls and make something fabulous out of them. :) Now the countdown is on! No more time! charming....just charming.....xoxo Lynn

SassAFrass said...

I found your blog on Pinterst. I love the square ornaments and the natural elements that you put inside it. I am not very good at crafting either but always wish I was better at it. But these are wonderful and seem simple enough. I might try to attempt.
SassaFrass

June said...

Not crafty? Oh I beg to differ my friend. Your ornament is beautiful! It was wonderful to see your lovely living room all decorated for the holidays.
sending hugs...

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Lili said...

The star anise looks like a beautiful vintage brooch on the French ribbon! Your creations are so elegant Tracey! xoxo ~Lili

hometown girl said...

i made some glittered ornaments inspired by jeanne's on flea market style blog and i did more glittered pine cones in bags as gifts! hope all is well! susan

Country Dreaming said...

There are so much you can do with those clear ornaments.
I like swirling paint in them and seeing what the outcome is. Turn thme over in a plastic cup and let the paint drip out. Tie ribbon on them for the tree or gifts.


Melinda

Elyse said...

hi tracey!

beautiful and simple! i just did a very similar project/post using a tiny jar.

wishing you a treasured holiday season ~

xo
elyse