Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Mantel & Handmade Stockings

Merry Christmas Fellow Bloggers!
It's been a while since my last post I know. 
I have sewn our stockings by hand this year and wanted
them all completed before I took pictures.
Hope you all enjoy!

I chose to hand stitch all of our stockings this year 
with a blanket stitch. (mainly because my sewing machine is broke)  :)

I felt a blanket stitch gave off a very home-y and traditional feel, 
plus I wanted us to all have stockings that could have some 
sentimental value and I feel that making them all by hand accomplished that.

I love using whites, lights, neutrals, and naturals.
I chose fabrics that I thought would look vintage and fresh, 
and would look good against the blanket stitch.
I used a thin fuzzy white thread that I picked up at a 
thrift store for all but one stocking. 

I chose what I would consider coordinating fabrics that 
compliment each other since our family is young 
and you never know, I might need to make one more 
stocking someday.

On a couple of stockings
I stitched them up twice since the thread was so thin and I 
really wanted you to be able to see and feel the stitch. On one stocking 
I used a white yarn to stitch it up (because I lost my thread!!). 
I still think they came fantastic. They look exactly as I had hoped!
Can't get much better than that.

Everyone was represented including our 
sweetheart Beagle Heidi.

As for the rest of the mantel I went for a traditional, rustic look 
with cottage-y touches.

I added a touch of cottage to this traditional
Christmas vignette with splashes of white in the
form of a pair of serving plates, a ceramic vase, 
and a soup tureen. I think the blue Ball mason jars 
add to the cottage-y feel.

I was able to accomplish the more traditional and rustic look 
with the red cranberries, pine cones, red cardinal, and fresh greenery
cut from the pines of our backyard.

A German Erzgebirge Pyramid from my mother and father-in-law
adds a touch of whimsy as the windmill like blades
 spin .from the heat of our fireplace.

Look familiar? This ceramic vase and antique mirror
haven't moved from this spot on the mantel in a long time.
You can see it here in my Halloween vignette
 and here in my Autumn vignette. 
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

One more look at the stockings, can you tell I'm proud?
The letters were cut out of ply wood by my handsome husband
and myself. After the Old White Chalk Paint dried, I painted
on some good ol' Mod Podge and then sprinkled on 
some German glass glitter.

Hope you all enjoyed!
Happy Holidays and God Bless!

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1 comment:

  1. Love that antique mirror--and the glittered letters hanging from the stockings is a great idea!