Too many things going on to put it all in one blog post. One of the things I LOVE about DIY is having leftover materials to do another project. For example, when I decided that I figured out why Christmas decorations have been annoying me all these years is that not only do you drag out extra clutter, but because it is not in the same color scheme as your decorating, the visual chaos is upsetting. This year I decided to do something about this and change all of my Christmas decorations to match my accent colors of purple and green. The great thing about this is since I have been decorating with purple and green, I had lots of materials to choose from. I had enough material leftover from upholstering my barstools and covering the chair cushions on the porch to make a tree skirt.
When I looked at my stairs with all the burgundy and gold stockings, I knew something had to be done. So with additional leftover material from the barstools, as well as leftover material from making my bedroom curtains, I decided to make new stockings. I just created a pattern from one of the old ones, cut them out, and sewed them together. The feeling of peace I get from them being in harmony with the room is amazing. Why did it take me so long to realize this about Christmas decorations?
Next, I wanted to put together a new decoration for my front door, so I came up with some wood trees, made with the leftover strips of plywood we had from replacing the subfloor of our main floor this winter to put down wood floors (talk about scrap wood). I was amazed that they came out looking just like the ones that were in my head and I created them to fit in the planters we already had by the front door so I didn’t have to find another place for them. For the bottoms, I made some heavy cross pieces to keep them upright. My husband helped me to toenail them onto the cross pieces. Bless that man for helping me with all of my crazy ideas and all his handy skills! I did spend $2 on this project ($1 per tree) to buy some glittery snowflake stickers from the dollar tree. The green paint was left over from painting our front door (what do you know, it matches perfectly!) and I just used some purple acrylic paint I had, along with some white acrylic paint to add splashes of white paint (snow) to the tree to tie it in with the snowman wreath I made last year. If you look carefully into the background, you can also see the cushion covers on the chairs that are made from the same fabric as the tree skirt and stockings. Then add a little greenery provided free by nature and voilá!