I love ladders. They have so many other uses other than standing on them. When I spied this old red ladder on a friends dump pile several years ago, I grabbed it. It has mostly been used as a display piece for my shows and in the summers at Farmer's Market. This year I decided to bring it indoors for Christmas.
I propped it against a wall that was lonely and empty and added some lights,
and some greenery, a bow,
and some of my old Christmas photos. I used screws to hold the frames in place since the rungs are slanted.
Who is that little girl crying on Santa's lap? Yep, it is me 45 or so years ago.
I love the new use for my old junky ladder--it might have to stick around after the new year.
Have a tough time putting displays and decor together? Need a quick formula that works for all styles and tastes? I use the same 5 tips over and over with different objects to create fresh decorating ideas.
I shared these in the fall, but they bear repeating. I am generalizing them a bit more to work with any look or style.
1.) Height--You need height in your displays, something to elevate objects. I use a small child's chair and a suitcase. You could use a metal stool for a sleeker look, a rustic crate, anything that gives height.
2.) Reclaimed Wood--I believe even the most modern decor can use a little reclaimed wood for texture and warm. For my Christmas shelf, I don't have much, but some that is whitewashed on this star and the frame around it.
3.) Books--are cheap and affordable, can add color and display "shelves" or areas. Wrap them in white paper or silver metallic paper for a cleaner look.
4.) Metal--my metal of choice tends to be rust like this rusty whatnot piece that reminds me of a candy cane or tarnished silver, but you can use copper, gold, bronze or silver.
5.) Natural Elements--This is the easiest for me, the thing I love to add. Pinecones, antlers, greenery, and twigs all add a touch of the outdoors. Again, if you have a more contemporary style, copper or silver leaf those antlers or sticks.
I added a little sparkle to these twigs
with some modge podge
Use these 5 simple tips today for no fuss decorating!
So here we are, day 12 of the 12 Days of Christmas. I did not intend to spread the 12 days out so long, but with helping to put on a Christmas Market (that I also had a booth at) in the midst of it all, I was a turtle. I actually have lots more of my own personal decorating to show you in the next week or so, stay tuned. but, for my final project I thought I'd share our hot cocoa stand or station.
Now, I know this idea is not new and I know there are some really adorable hot chocolate area's out there, but here is my version. Real. Practical. User Friendly.
This piece is a wine rack that was a store display. I painted it several years ago. Normally it holds my cookbooks, wine (which is still there), and some ceramic bowls. But for Christmas, it is transformed into Hot Chocolate Central.
I added a little crochet necklace to this vintage jar that holds the cocoa,
and a candy cane to the jar that holds the peppermint cocoa.
A burlap, stencilled sleeve dresses up the marshmallow jar.
Because spoons are the first utensil we always run out of, I pulled out some vinatage silver plate spoons for stirring cocoa.
We love hot tea too, so a jar of that sits on the second shelf, as well as small dessert plates, mug--yes, mug, I need to get cute Christmas mugs, and a favorite snowman.
An ironstone creamer holds cinnamon sticks and candy canes.
I included a hand written sentiment (that speaks the truth--down to 17 below 0 tonight!) to a chalkboard I had,
and we are in the cocoa business! Find a little corner or small space in your home to create your own cocoa area--kids, young and old will be thrilled!
A berry sieve? Do you know what one is? It is a cone shaped sieve that sits in a metal base and has a wooden "crusher" that is used in canning berries to get the seeds out. Me? I used one I recently acquired for this year's Christmas centerpiece.
When making a centerpiece I always start with the object I am going to use as the main container or element in the centerpiece. Last year it was a baby cradle. I have used toolboxes, old camp toasters, wood boxes and crates. I tripped over this sieve (yes, tripped--don't judge) and then it came to me--the sieve would be a fun and new centerpiece. I placed it on a silver stray so it is easy to move when we need to.
While each of the centerpieces I make differ--they have some of the same elements:
Height--I added 3 piece of driftwood for height.
Candles--this one was wedged in between the driftwood pieces. Yes, I know, this is not the safest way to burn a candle. This will not be burned unless we are sitting at the table with it.
Natural elements--in this case, pinecones
and some not so natural, but real looking berries.
Other elements or touches--such as few old silver Christmas balls
and a big, green burlap bow,
and this year's Christmas centerpiece was done.
Simple, quick, and not your average centerpiece. Hunt around today for something fun to use for your centerpiece this year.