5.11.13

*Get Your Christmas Craft On*- Day 1



Morning all from our little place by the Sea...

As Christmas is literally *50* days away- I thought today was the perfect day to start a new Christmas series here on the blog...

Introducing all you Crafty...Bloggy...Christmas-loving friends to...

*Get your Christmas Craft On*

A series of simple, lovely, making-memories crafting in the lead up to the Holidays.

This series is all about~

Using what you have.
Up-cycling where possible.
Embracing making memories.
Using your creative heart.
Finding your inspiration in the simple things.
A.N.D
Loving your home whether it be by the Coast or blessed by snow.

Today...

The Christmas wreath...we all have one~ and ours tends to remain on some wall all year in various forms!

There are many many many cheap and cheerful wreaths in the shops at this time of year- the world over!
They are pretty average up close...they say nothing about your home, or your family...and most get thrown out as the New Year kicks in, only to be re-purchased again the following year.

This craft will fill your heart, allow your creativity to be imperfect and random, and will make you smile year after year as you add to it...



As mad & dedicated gardeners now in this little beach house- I always often have a huge green recycling bin of garden offcuts- vines, branches, leaves etc.

Now's the time to see these offcuts in a new light.
I made our large Christmas wreath here out of jasmine vines that needed serious pruning.

I twisted & gathered the vines in a ring whilst the vines were freshly cut- and allowed the wreath to dry out in the fresh air before banging another nail in the wall carefully attaching a hook to the wall & hanging it by our sofa's.

The vines can be secured using very fine hardware wire or simply using smaller vines as ties to hold it all together.

I can't tell you how simple & rewarding making this wreath is...nature inside the home for Christmas.



Nothing says Christmas for our family more than *fairly lights*.

I can't imagine Christmas Eve without endless rows of them all over the garden & in many rooms in our house.

Their voltage is low & electrical usage nothing. The smaller battery operated sets allow you to hang them in all those places that you don't have a power outlet.

In the photos here- the battery box is blu-tacked to the wall behind the gorgeous french *1*, that was made for me by a bloggy friend, whilst we were living in England.



Each home has it's own Christmas traditions...it's own people...it's own decor...this wreath can be loved for years by adding what makes your family happy over the holidays.

For my little family here by the Sea- fairy lights, stainless steel industrial decorations, a good whallop of blue & bucketfuls a good dose of flotsam & jetsam we've collected over the year around the world says Christmas.

Get your Christmas Craft On.

Get your children involved...
Collect your inspiration & spend an hour with a cup of tea making your own Christmas wreath this year...



I'll be sharing all we make here as a family in the lead up to Christmas- there is something so lovely about sharing and inspiring one another for the holidays...

Cheeers to a Creative Heart for the Holidays!

Melissa x


8 comments:

  1. Just lovely!!! x Janelle@awhitefarm

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    1. Thanks J- I so love me some fairy lights and lightening the green bin of some old vines! x

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    1. Right up your coastal inspired alley hon! x

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  3. So simple but beautiful I love natural decorations from the garden perfect.

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  4. Gorgeous! Looking forward to all of your Christmas craftiness!

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  5. Love it! And it is so true that having something like this reflects who we are... not who Myer or David Jones think we are!! Nothing against pretty things from stores at all but the sheer satisfaction of knowing that your decor mirrors the way you feel, what you love, what you've found as a family together... priceless! ♥♥♥

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Thanks for taking a moment...x

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