what I do

what I do

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas wrapped up

We had simple Christmas decorations this year. I took down all the Christmas boxes, looked at a few of them and put them right back up. I decided it was a good year to simplify things. 

I put a few lights on the tree, sprinkled some green balls around ... and added some antlers.

I also framed a couple of Christmas quotes. I framed this quote from Jolie's Etsy Shop in an inexpensive white frame that I spray painted gold.

I purchased "The Weary World Rejoices" print from Lindsay Letters. The frame is from Aaron Brothers.

I made a NOEL banner and brought in a new bar cart for a little fun. The bar cart is from Crate and Barrel.

Our thankful chain from Thanksgiving didn't make it on the tree, but I like it where it ended up.

My Christmas paper this year was primarily brown packing paper. I also purchased a few rolls of Kate Spade paper in black and white stripes. It was reversible with with gold dots on one side and I ended up using the dots instead of the stripes.

Kate Spade wrapping paper from Lifeguard Press

I had also purchased some French velvet ribbon in emerald green and blue I and mixed it all together. Everyone got a little of the pretty gold dotted paper or some velvet. But mostly there was a lot of brown paper. I loved mixing the simple with the more special.

I don't think I did it intentionally, but the dots seemed to inspire my tags ...

And once I came up with the tag design, I used it to make a simple banner.

To make the tags, I started with a Kate Spade iPhone case image:

I put the image in Picmonkey (the program I use to "photoshop") and blurred it a little and tweaked the color:

I also changed the color to green for a second tag choice:

And after I got the image the way I wanted, I added the initials:

I also used plain black card stock and a gold pen for some of my tags and even painted directly on the brown paper for a little fun...

My daughter who lives on a farm came into town today with her gifts all wrapped:

She used feed bags ... I LOVE IT!

So that's it ... we are all wrapped up here and ready to enjoy some quality time with family and friends these next few days while we reflect on the greatest gift - a baby who came down from heaven. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas filled with love and joy. Joyeux Noel! 


therelishedroost said...

You did a bang up holiday decorating job here!! Loved it!!

Town and Country Gals said...

your Holiday decorating is just perfect! All the little touches were just right. Your wrap and tags, amazing! I don't enjoy wrapping and by the time I get to that, I'm usually beat and just want to get it done! I'm going to try and do better next year, you have inspired me!

designchic said...

Love the banner and the great wrapping - so fun and festive. Wishing you all the best in 2014!!