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Monday, December 10, 2012

Red, White & Aqua Christmas Whimsy Decor

Let's go ahead and dub this the year of aqua and poms in the Craft, Interrupted house.
I have been doing poms through fall, Halloween, and now Christmas, 
and the aqua is sticking with my themes, too.  You could say I'm smitten with poms & aqua ; )

I'm going to share my Christmas decor with you today
I've been working on this for a week or so now, and am thrilled that it has finally 
come together so I can post a bazillion pics for you to gander at!  Links to past projects, too.
For the table/shelf in our front entryway, I put a red and white plaid table runner, with a smaller piece of aqua dot fabric on top.  I revamped my Paper Tree Winter Wonderland Centerpiece from last year by poking the tree skewers into four tin cans with floral foam and fiberfill on top.  I rubber-banded the cans together and tied wide red ribbon around it.  The mini felt snowman sits on top of the stuffing.  I love how it came out!  The Christmas Subway Art Printable is from Today's Creative Blog.  I added my Craft Stick & Washi Tape Sleds around the frame with glue dots, and we put our Elf Finger Puppets next to the frame, too.
Across the large mirror above this table, I hung a garland of Christmas Yarn Poms in aqua, red & white.  I made more for the mantel and stair railing, as you'll soon see!
On our stair railing, we have a lighted garland of greens.  Our Christmas Stockings found a home there this year, and I dressed up the greens with snowflake ornaments from Dollar Tree and a handful of more yarn poms tucked in here and there.  The end of the railing has a big red bow.

On each corner of the TV Console, I made mini vignettes with a square of scalloped snow blanket, a few Christmas books, tiny trees placed in oversized red cafe cups, a handful of ornaments, aqua-glittered pinecones, and a trio of waterless snowglobes from last year.

On the coffee table, one of my recent globe bowls (if you're with me on instagram, you'll know about this).  My Sister-in-law gave me a globe with a broken stand for free on our Thanksgiving trip.  The other day, I vented a grumpy week by cutting it in half with a handsaw, and now my globe bowls are in the living room make me deliriously happy : )  I set them on canning rings to prevent tipping, and filled the coffee table one with pinecones (some glittered), ornaments, and a few poms.  
The main attraction in the living room is the mantel.  Well that and the Christmas Tree ; )
My Christmas Mantel started with two large frames that I had in storage.  I loved my Fall and Halloween Mantels with the frames filled with collages and printables, so I decided to do the same for Christmas.  I found Jingle All the Way @ Pink Umbrella Photography and the vintage Santa Stamps @ Paulo Viveiros Design & Illustration.  Both of those sites have lots of fantastic printables and are worth a browse!

I put the Christmas Stamps on a background of book pages to cover up the photos that were originally in the frame.  The other frame was a large custom document frame free from a garage sale.  I made a photo collage for the bottom opening of three favorites from Christmas past - Little Man praying as Joseph in a preschool program, Middle Man hugging a snowman bigger than him when he was maybe two years old, and Junior Man's first Christmas wearing reindeer antlers.
These frames lean, overlapping, in the center of the mantel, and are surrounded by Christmas Village houses, bottle brush trees, glittered pinecones, and snowman figurines.  I repainted my Dollar Tree Christmas Village Houses a glossy aqua.  I lined the mantel with a long piece of snow blanket that I cut with a scallop shape on one edge. 

 I also made another Christmas Yarn Pom Garland for the front.  Dollar Tree snowflake ornaments hang here and there, and two Dollar Tree cardinals perch on a frame and a fake berry arrangement (a dollar store purchase from years ago that I still use every Christmas!)

The three snowmen have been in my collection since I was a teenager!

The globe was a spontaneous sale purchase at Target this summer and has been on 
the mantel ever since.  I just hung a few snowflakes on it and it fit right in.

I'm so delighted with how it all came together.  
Playing with seasonal vignettes on the mantel is one of my favorite things to do! 

I have my other half-globe bowl on the hearth with yarns and ornaments in it,
and our Christmas Book Countdown bag there, too.

So cozy!
I hope you enjoyed seeing all the photos!

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