Have I mentioned I LOVE, really LOVE decorating for Christmas? Well, I do. I haven't started decorating for 2009 yet but I thought I would share some photos of my home from last Christmas with you. This photo is a close up of our fireplace mantel. My SIL gave me the cute Snowman. I made the quilted forest scene fabric panel behind the Snowman many years ago (i.e., 1991) and embellished the mantel with green garland, pine cones and red poinsettia silk flowers.
Here's the mantel in all its glory! As I mentioned I first quilted the piece on my sewing machine, added fabric paint, beads (red ones to embellish the berries, white star shaped ones, and a string of red beads on the Christmas tree) and tiny pine cones. PS - I just discovered how to make the photos larger. Ah - tah!
Last year I decided to get a small, slim Christmas tree and found this one at Target for just $25! After much thought (i.e., where to put the extra tree???) I put it up in our foyer. I love all styles for Christmas (white, pink etc.) but I still decorate in the traditional reds and greens of my childhood.
One of my vintage ornaments! Isn't it beautiful!
Now you can see the embellishments on the forest scene from the silver glitter fabric paint on the snow, to the red beads on the berries, white star beads on the stars, to the red garland beading on the Christmas tree. I had fun making this fabric panel. I have another fabric panel of Santa Claus that I may try to make for Christmas this year.
Our family room Christmas tree and fireplace all decorated up for 2008. I hope you enjoyed the tour. I can hardly wait to start decorating for Christmas 2009.