Sunday, 21 December 2014

Decorating for Christmas!

Does it happen to you too, or is it only me?
I was really bored to decorate this Christmas!
First I was on a decluttering mood and so was hubby so the one thing that left first was our huge Christmas tree! It took too much space into our little storage room over the bathroom so he insisted it had to go!
I on the other hand who loves Christmas trees and decorating them I was the last couple of years begging hubby or son to take it down and put it up and I was just decorating by myself, listening to Christmas songs on the CD player. And then again after the holidays I had to put everything away all by myself.
So I accepted hubby's proposition to give it away! But to whom?
And then I had this idea that maybe it would be useful at school.
Although each classroom has its own small Christmas tree, the one that was decorated every year by the Parents' Association in the school hall was nothing much.
So I donated it to my school! Some years ago I had donated my previous tree to another school. That was a 2m high tree. This one was 1.80 but really thick and beautiful.
The mothers of the Parents' Association who came to decorate for the bazaar were really vey happy with it and although they didn't have too many ornaments to decorate it with they managed to make it look really beautiful! All the children really liked it and all the parents who came for the bazaar and the teachers liked it too so I am glad I gave it to them after all! And I will be able to look at it every year!
 Isn't it gorgeous?
So what about my home?
Well my first idea was not to decorate at all. Then I decided it will be only decorating the big living room table and that's all!
So I put my old favourite snowman, the collection of green vases, the collection of little Christmas trees (most are gifts from my brother), my old time angel on the glass Italian vase, the vintage soup pot filled with pine cones, otchipotchi stones, my new little birdy box bought from a bazaar, my Nafplio candle holder from last year's trip, Marabeth's caroler,the star tealight holders I bought from the States, fabric birdy ornaments made by Cathy, clay ornaments from last year's school bazaar, Tua's reindeer, old vintage toys,

 Then I decided I wanted some greenery so bought a couple of fir tree branches and put them in the green vases. Then hang my collection of otchipotchi ornaments on them along with felt heart ornaments made by Cathy, ornaments I bought in the clearance sale in July in the Metropolitan Museum of Art  shop in New York, ornaments made by my niece or cross stitched ones by myself.

My Christmas tree collection, vintage toys, a Resurrection Fern friendship stone, some Ioannaspottery bowls brought from Skyros.
 The felt tree I made last year at In My Closet workshop,
 Frieda's crochet wreaths, Andria's little love parcel, Cathy's fabric birds!
I love the lights everywhere!

Then I decorated a bit around the room with my little elf bought at a Koperti bazaar years ago, the cross stitched picture Marabeth gave me (the red frame looks very Christmassy) and the Winter scenery cross stitched picture I made some years ago. Also the little embroidered angel from Laura of Bugs and Fishes sale.
My Finland red snowflake garland and Cathy's fabric birdies along with some special sea glass and sea glass ornaments made by my sea glass friends Lynne of oceansbounty (sea glass star), Andria of Andriasserendipity (peace symbol) and Juliana (sea glass turtle).
 My little candles from Finland which I always light as they remind me of that wonderful trip there in 2007.
And of course we always light some real candles.
Juliana's candle inside a lovely Christofle silverware bought at a tag sale in the States and lots of semi-precious stones all around it from the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC.

 I also put a little pink wreath in the bedroom along with a white porcelain ornament.
Finally I decided I needed some space for my Christmas cards (the ones I receive) so I made a washi tape Christmas tree on the back of our door. It needs a bit of work still! And I think I haven't received all of my Xmas cards yet!
How did you decorate?
Hope you have a great holiday!


Ο κόσμος της Ράνιας said...

Πολύ ιδιαίτερη και όμορφη διακόσμηση !!! Και του χρόνου να είσαι καλά !!!Μια χάρη μόνον ... διέκρινα ένα κάδρο στον τοίχο με κεντημένο αλφαβητάρι. Αν θέλεις δείξε μας μια κοντινή φωτογραφία για τους λόγους που αναφέρονται στην ανάρτησή μου για παραδοσιακά κεντήματα ... Σε υπέρ ευχαριστώ !!!!! Καλό βράδυ και χαρούμενες γιορτές με υγεία και κάθε καλό για το σπιτικό σου !!!!!

Decor Asylum said...

Το χάρισμα του δέντρου στο σχολείο είναι ακριβώς στο πνεύμα των εορτών και παρόλο που φέτος δεν στολίσατε δέντρο στο σπιτικό σας, κατάφερες Αριάδνη με όλα τα Χριστουγεννιάτικα στολίδια να δώσεις γιορτινή ατμόσφαιρα στο σπίτι! Όσο για την ερώτησή σου, θέλει και ρώτημα; :)
Καλά Χριστούγεννα εύχομαι! Και του χρόνου και πάντα με υγεία και χαρά!

Vasiliki said...

Όλα είναι τόσο όμορφα και του χρόνου με υγεία και πάντα καλή διάθεση. Καλά Χριστούγεννα Αριάδνη σε σένα και την οικογένεια σου.

Purple Pixie Dust said...

Everything looks so Christmasy, you did a great job. hugs Lynda Ruth

love the card tree on the back of the door great idea

KimM said...

Beautiful blog post - what lovely Christmas decorations. Have a wonderful Christmas!!

Frances said...

A lovely thing to give the tree to the school! So kind of you!
I love all your decorations--very creative and festive!!
Merry Christmas!