I always imagined a beautiful garland with fairy lights rolling down my staircase banister at Christmas time. I've yet to live that dream, however I did decorate my staircase this year with ribbon tied baubles.
I chose baubles in three colours - clear, green and gold and in three different sizes. I added some ribbon to each and tied it onto the banister.
Then I realised what a poor state my banister was in. No amount of cleaning would make it look better. So in my wisdom I decided to repaint my staircase banister one week before Christmas. To give you a little perspective - that's 7 large posts with ball tops and 50 banister posts - all with 4 sides and bevelled edges (so 8 sides each). and the hand rail. All of this had to be sanded, primed, and then 2 coats of gloss paint.
So finally I can photograph the baubles hanging on my stairs (you can see my reflection in the baubles).
Now it's time to relax and enjoy the holidays.
To see more Christmas decorating, please visit my new blog DIY Decorator
I love her blog so much that I went back and read every post right back to the first one, then sent her a ridiculously long email filled with questions and comments and she ever so gracefully responded to everything I wrote. She is a busy lady with a newborn so I was blown away that she took the time and effort to email me.
To make the runner I just cut the burlap to size (didn't even measure it - so unlike me). I sewed about 1cm in from the edges and frayed the border.
I made a stencil of a scroll and painted it on with black fabric paint. Same as what I did to make the Merry Christmas banner. To make the napkin rings I cut the burlap into rectangles, sewed a diamante (rhinestone) button to the centre and then just glued it together at the back with fabric glue.
I like the combination of the glittery diamante buttons with the rustic burlap. The napkins are the ones I bought from Tuscany, and the colour works really well with the burlap.
We are having the family over for lunch on Boxing Day (26th) so I thought I'd use this table setting.
How cute is this wire basket with glass bottles? Where from? Spotlight $9.95 I know!!!
I bought some of those lovely paper straws the other day from Green Grass Home & Body in Oxford Street, Bulimba. As they were red and white I decided to make some fun Christmas themed straws for the kids to use on Christmas day.
red & white paper straws
Christmas scrapbook stickers from Overflow (discount store)
Print out the straw flags, cut and glue around the straw, then simply attach the sticker.
What to drink - red cordial of course!
The beautiful red & white tablecloth was a gift from my mum. She bought it at a local vintage market in France when she was there in July. It has the initials F L cross-stitched on it. What do you think it stands for - French Linen?
The little bottles are just from the Italian section at the supermarket and originally had pear juice in them.
I have set myself a challenge to make as many things as I can out of 2 metres of burlap (hessian). I've already made my Merry Christmas burlap banner and my Lindt chocolate tree, but what else can I make?