Last weekend I decorated the tree and put up our advent calendar. I have to admit that with time constraints the advent is certainly not what I had in mind and really everything is probably a bit too minimal but it will do for this year. After paging through the latest issue of The Simple Things Mag I was quite liking the idea of a bauble-tastic wall tree. I think I still need to make a star to go on the wall behind the tree.
I must admit I have fallen a bit behind with the ShareAdvent. I have made a few of my own Christmassy activities. Day 1 was “decorate the tree” – I have got that far at least. Hopefully I will be able to catch up over the week.
For decorations I used wooden beads, copper tags and air-dry clay stars with glitter rolled in.
There have been some murmurs amongst several bloggers already and pinterest is throwing up some Christmas inspiration daily so I don’t feel too bad about jumping into the party. We haven’t had a Christmas tree for about five years and I thought this year I would really make an effort. It is going to be a big ol’ crafty one too. As we don’t really own any special decorations I thought I would make some and I’m also going to try and make a few presents; although we don’t really do big gift giving we will have a couple secret Santa’s and there are a few birthdays too.
Here is my inspiration for the trees and decorations
I’m going for a grey, copper and wood combo. A colour combo that I am totally in love with right now, I’m thinking they’d make great colours for our lounge too (but that is for another day). I already picked some branches yesterday and some “copper” glitter (which I think is just a mix of red and gold). I also have a beaded reindeer that my Mum bought back for me from a holiday she just made back home to South Africa.
I’m also going to get some clay to make those now ubiquitous blogger Christmas decoration – but I still haven’t tried and I want to!
I have a whole host of Christmas ideas so look out for some more ideas to come.
Also, if you needed any extra help getting into the Christmas spirit Anna at Skin & Blister is doing a #ShareAdvent in which you can join in with all (or some) of her advent calendar activities. Looks like fun. Though I don’t think I will get around to doing them all I think some of those will definitely be on the list.
Sources for image 1: flag bunting | wood tree | copper tags, string, etc | tiles (original source missing) | measuring cups