Our floor to ceiling tyndall stone fireplace was draped with the usual greenery, but instead of hanging small ornaments from it as I have done in past years, I added my antique horse / oxen yoke to the mantle and hung two stockings from it's rusty hooks on each end. A few thrift shop felt cardinals and some large pine cones are all that's needed to finish it off.
Oh, that framed piece is a two layer cross stitch I did many years ago; it only comes out at the holidays...
... along with my cross stitch Santa hanging in the entranceway.
Of course I couldn't wait to add my antique sled to the fireplace display... I attached some rope, greenery, antique wooden skates and the old authentic sleigh bells.
I've finished my baking and decorating, my cards are in the mail, the turkey is in the freezer - now I can concentrate on finishing shopping and starting wrapping... whew!
Oh, you want to see my cards for this year? Well I made 30 of these:
The stamp is from Stampendous, and when I saw it earlier this summer, I just KNEW I wanted to use it for this year's Christmas cards. I used Copics to colour it in, added a trim using a Martha Stewart punch and a small baker's twine bow.
The "Special Delivery" was cut using my Cricut; it is from the "Sentimentals" cartridge -- a perfect saying to add since that is the name of the stamp!
Now where's that shopping list I started?
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