Comfort & Joy Day 1: From Our Home to Yours

Welcome to Day 1 of “The Six Days of Comfort & Joy”!  

To kick things off we are going to take you on a tour of our home with a few project ideas along the way.  We aren’t big Black Friday people, we would rather stay in during the crazy weekend following Thanksgiving and decorate, decorate, decorate!

Our Front Door, Welcome!

We made this wreath using a variety of similar-themed ornaments from one of our favorite stores, The Old Crow, located here in Newark, Ohio.  If you are ever in the area or live close by, you should seriously stop by!  This place is loaded with inspiration, but I will warn you, take your checkbook 🙂  The owner does an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G job with the decorations!  We have several decorations from their store throughout our house.

We also have a breezeway and this is the door we like to put our garland over since it has a little covering and will be protected from whatever weather may come our way. 

This garland is Project #1.  Here’s what you will need:

  • A garland (We got ours at The Old Crow.  We used a 9 foot garland, because we didn’t want it going all the way down either side of the door, you may need a longer one depending on the look you’re going for and the perimeter of your door.)
  • A half yard of burlap, cut into 3″ strips (We got ours at JoAnn’s.)
  • At least 5 floral candle wrappers, these provide a denser look on the garland and the backs are flat so you don’t have to worry about what to do with the stems. (We got these at The Old Crow.)
  • A Bunch of Bells in a variety of colors (We got ours at Michaels)
  • Floral Wire – This is seriously my new favorite craft tool! (Again, Michaels)
  • Floral Wire Cutters (Michaels)
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Step 1: Using the floral wire, sporadically place the bunches of flowers around the garland.
Step 2: Weave the floral wire down each side of the burlap strips, so the burlap is malleable.
Step 3:  Using floral wire (again! see why I love this stuff, you can use it with so much!), put bells through wire and then in the center of the burlap, twist on back side of burlap.  We made 4 of these burlap “ribbons” and 2 burlap “ribbon” ends – 1 for each side of the end of the garland. 
Step 4:  Tie the burlap ribbons in between the floral bouquets.  Using the wire to mold and glue to adhere, place ribbons decoratively throughout.  Your garland is ready to hang!! You will need cup screws to attach around door.

Next stop, Our Breezeway

The door to our garage has this fun bucket hanging on it.  The ornaments are Santas from around the world, we got them last year at Hallmark.

This is what you seen when you first walk in our breezeway:

I made this using ribbon, 5 ornaments and attached the ornaments using what else(?), but floral wire!  I then tied them around the knob of the cabinet.

Wow! What a little paint will do … this cabinet used to be a peeling, icky grey.  (I took pictures, but no matter where I look I can’t find them! Darn!)  This summer we decided this cabinet needed a makeover.  We’ve had it since we moved my grandma out of her house 20 years ago (eek!).  We are in love with its new look and to complement it, we decided it needed a new lamp.

Notice the wallhanging??!!  It’s the Flashy ornament from our Flashy, Dazzle & Sparkle pillow patterns.  We simply left the pillow front alone, put a backing on it, quilted and bound it!  Voila, you suddenly have a wallhanging!

The lamp is Project #2.  Here’s what you will need:

  • A lamp base and white lamp shade.  (Ours is this one from Target.)
  • 32″ by 9″ piece of Linen (We got our linen at the awesome shop, Sew to Speak, they have an online store, too, but they’re physical store location is in Columbus, Ohio.)
  • Spray glue
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Sewing Machine and thread
  • Pre-made Bow (We got ours at Michaels)
  • Roll of Ribbon (Michaels, again)
  • Metallic spray paint, we chose a bronze finish

Step 1:  Using a tarp of spread out newspaper, spray paint the base of the lamp.
Step 2:  Fold a 1/4″ of linen over and press down on one of the short sides (9″) of the linen.  Using a zig zag stitch, stitch fold down.  This is your “finished” side that will face out on the lampshade.
Step 3:  Using a glue gun, adhere unfinished short side of linen down on lampshade.
Step 4:  With newspapers underneath your workspace, use spray glue and roll your linen piece on the lampshade.  Finish with the glue gun and adhere “finished” end of linen piece over unfinished side.
Step 5:  Using a glue gun, adhere top and bottom of linen around the inside of the lampshade so, your lampshade is finished.
Step 6:  Wrap a piece of ribbon around the lampshade and simply tie at the end (this will face the back of your lamp), make sure the ribbon is rather taught, but not enough to squeeze the lampshade.
Step 7:  Finish by tying pre-made bow around the ribbon that you used in Step 6.  You’re done, enjoy!

Our Dining Room, Home to the Nutcracker Tree

I love nutcrackers and this white tree, while a bit unexpected, showcases our collection of nutcracker ornaments perfectly.  We use white lights with white wire to make it glow and glued a sequined red star as it top.

The tree is finished with this fun fabric we found several years ago which is adorned in what else, but nutcrackers!  To make this super simple tree skirt, simply cut out an oversized rectangle with pinking sheers (so your fabric won’t fray) and voila, you’re done!  It doesn’t get any easier than that.

Even our Bathroom has Some Bling!

These little presents are on top of our cabinets!

All decorations are from Pier 1 (last year, I don’t know if they still have these exact items).

On the Pie Safe in Our Kitchen …

This cute little tree with the beautiful “tree skirt” my mom designed and made … watch for this pattern’s debut this Spring!!  The Santa was made by a local artisan several years ago, sorry but we have no other information.

Our Family Room

The Bookcase

We’ve had those wire stars for several years and they were a kinda rusted color (I don’t know quite how to describe the color … odd?!)  At any rate, we spray painted these with a deep silver glitter and it made such a difference.  We then used a group of holiday themed, antique postcards we inherited from my grandma.

The candle we simply tied with the same ribbon we used on the lamp from our breezeway and added one of our ornaments.  The top shelf is adorned with fresh greens and our collection of white pitchers.

The Entry Table

Using our Tree Farm pattern as the background, we filled candle holders with ornaments to decorate.

The Tree

Here’s our Christmas Tree, filled with our favorite ornaments.

The quilt rack is hand made and hand painted by my dad, the colors are just perfect for this time of the year!

We’d love to hear, what are some of your favorite Holiday decorations?  Did you go out on Black Friday or stay home?

From Our Home to Yours, Happy Holidays!

Coffee Corner

Last week I showed you the almost completed coffee wall hanging I quilted.  Today I thought I would show you the totally finished product and where it is now proudly hung in my house.  The bed and breakfast that I stayed at in England had the cutest little breakfast nook where I went to get my cereal prepared each morning.  I thought that would be something fun to recreate and so my coffee/breakfast corner was created.

I really wanted a placemat to go in the corner so my mom made this one for me and the colors worked out beautifully!  Thanks, mom!
Look at the cool cross hatch quilting she did on it … I love this look!
I also got started on another “fun” project.  This is a pattern by Crabapple Hill Studio and I’m using Bonnie & Camille’s Bliss fabric line from a couple of years ago.  These are going to be Dresden Plates (which I’ve never made before … keeping my fingers crossed!).  I have to admit I felt a little guilty about starting a project not related to my patterns coming out in the fall, but it was nice to take one evening and focus on something else!

And on one final note I did something last night that I have been wanting to do for a very long time I took my first Beginning Knitting class!  It was super fun!  I have knit one scarf in the past and was only able to do it because it was only the knit stitch and I really didn’t need the pattern for that!  For the past several years I have looked longingly at Heather Mulder Peterson’s knitting projects (which you can see here and here and here …) and wanted to make sweaters – lots and lots of sweaters(!), but any time I look at a knitting project it was like Greek to me, so I knew I really needed to take a class.  The class is at Knitters Mercantile in Columbus, Ohio and they have gorgeous yarn and an amazing magazine and pattern selection.  Here’s some of our homework that’s due next week that I’ve been working on.

Hopefully there will be more knitting projects in my future 🙂  Have a great weekend!


Let’s Brighten Things Up a Bit!

This chair has been in my family forever and my mom and I have always talked about giving it a makeover. Last year, I decided it was time. I will say it has been a while since I’ve worked on it, but I finally decided to hunker down this weekend and get it done! So, here is a before picture …

Not so pleasant looking, right? … And here are the afters …

The fabric is from the first (hopefully, not the last – keeping my fingers crossed!) time we went to Minnesota for the Minnesota Quilt Shop Hop and visited one of my all-time favorite quilt stores, Heavenly Patchwork in Waconia. Definitely stop by if you have the chance!

What do you think? I think it is much improved and just brightens my day! Mission accomplished!