November Means the Holidays Are Here! And New Christmassy Things in the Shop.

The beginning of November is always the most exciting time for me because it means pulling out my Christmas decor and spicing things up for the holidays. I LOVE the holiday season, and I love making everything in my house festive and cheerful. This November is even more special for me because in a few short weeks my wee babe should be making his appearance in our lives, and I can’t wait to bring him home to a beautifully decorated house.

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This year I’ve got a whole new collection of Christmassy items in the shop. Christmas decor and ornaments are probably my favorite things ever to make. Christmas is such a happy time of year, and I love the possibility of helping people achieve that with handmade decor!

For this season, I have created a new line of book-inspired Christmas ornaments, because books are ❤ and deserve a special spot on your tree. Right now, I’ve got a number of titles including Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Macbeth by William Shakespeare, among many others. I will keep adding more as I make them, and I’m thinking about giving them a permanent, year-round spot in the shop. These ornaments compliment my classic book cover tapestries.

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I’m also really excited to be offering fully customizable Christmas stockings, complete with a pocket displaying a hand-painted shelf of your favorite books. Obviously, books are a big part of my life and I love including them in my Christmas festivities. I made a stocking for my husband, one for myself, and one for the baby – who doesn’t have a name yet, so I’ll be adding on his name after he’s born!

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I hope the beginning of your holiday season is amazing, and please consider shopping small this Christmas! Etsy is a great resource for any number of handmade goods, and supporting small businesses is what makes our world go round. Remember to order your handmade decor and gifts far in advanced so they ship to you in time!

Easy Christmas Decor Idea: Ornament Bunting

Between making custom gifts, sending out orders, and doing transcription work, I’ve been super busy this week and and therefore a little lax on the blog posts the last few days, so I apologize. Also, I still haven’t gotten my camera cord in the mail (sniff, sniff), so I can’t take pictures of any of my new/current projects. Such as the gingerbread house that is half finished on the table right now! 😉

In spite of this all, I do have a fun and easy idea I want to share with you for Christmas decorating – ornament buntings. I did this a couple weeks ago while decorating my house for the season, and It takes just a few minutes to do and really adds a festive air to any room.

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My tree this year is rustic themed, but I wanted to utilize these gorgeous golden mirror ornaments I got a few years ago. Since they did not match my tree, I decided to string them onto some twine and hang them over a couple doorways in my house. This is an easy way to bring Christmas into every room without going overboard.

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All you need is:

  • some ornaments you are not using on your tree
  • twine
  • ribbon, if there isn’t already ribbon on the ornaments

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Now here’s the easiest DIY on the planet – simply tie the ornament onto the twine in a bow, and space them evenly the length of your doorway! To attach to the doorway I used command strip hooks.

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And there you have it. If that’s not the easiest way to decorate for Christmas I don’t know what is. 🙂

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And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

-Luke 2:13-14