Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Touches

As far as Christmas decor this year, I didn’t add very much ‘new’.  If you missed my Christmas House last year you can see it all {HERE}. 
I did add a couple new things though…
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My Grandma gave me a box of ornaments and when I found these little guys I remembered I had seen {this} on Pinterest.  I have hung ornaments from my chandelier  before, but love the delicate simplicity of this look.
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I also added this vignette.  I kept my Thanksgiving Sign up because I am very thankful at Christmas too…oh, aaaand, I love it;)  I created this little holiday “tree” in under 5 minutes with supplies I had on hand.  A few iced cherry blossom branches stuck in a French bucket and little Christmas signs pinned on with clothespins. A few Santa touches and this spot was finished.
I am feeling like next year I want to change up my Christmas Decorations.  With out losing the special pieces that we love getting out every year, experiencing that warm nostalgic feeling.  
What about you?  Do you change it up each year or keep things the same?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Winner! …and Wrapping time


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First things first…the winner of the Christmas Giveaway is Shirley!! (comment #9)  Congrats Shirly, I will be emailing you shortly:)

Remember you can all still get 25% of at this week!  Just enter MERRYCHRISTMAS at checkout.

And now that I have a dent in my Christmas shopping, I have some wrapping to do!  Here area  a couple gorgeous packaging ideas from Pinterest


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From Beth @ Home Stories A to Z



From Julia @ Blissfully Content


I usually start out with great intentions and the first of the gifts are wrapped with extreme care and creativity….then it becomes gift bags and tissue paper;)

Do you go all out in your gift wrapping? I love for you to share your ideas…if you have some link them up in the comments please:)

I hope you are enjoying the season!! xoxo

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas {Double} Giveaway!

A Merry Christmas to you!   Spreading some holiday cheer with a couple of handmade gifts for you or for someone else!


A handmade Christmas Kissing Ball from

The Gathering Place Design, Plus….


A handmade up-cycled Vintage Leather Cuff any item of your choice from!


7 ways to Enter!!

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1. One entry for following The Gathering Place Design

2. One entry for Tweeting, FB-ing or Blogging about this giveaway

3. One entry for liking The Gathering Place Design on Facebook

4. One entry for following The Gathering Place Design on Twitter

5. One entry for liking Rustik Chic on Facebook

6. One entry for following Rustik Chic on Twitter

7. Go to come back here & tell us your favorite piece

One of you fabulous friends will be randomly chosen on Monday Dec. 12th.

P.S. All Christmas is on SALE at The Gathering Place Design…up to 25% off

and use code MERRYCHRISTMAS at for 25% OFF your purchase!!

Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Greens


This little Christmas Vignette on our piano turned out to be an eclectic mix of metals, colors and textures.  Staying with a green color palette, I mixed in a lot of different tones to achieve this sort of rustic natural feel with touches of sparkle that gives off a warm cozy vibe.

I gathered pieces from around the house, some that I have used for Christmas decor in other areas of our home to create this subtle Christmas display.Recently Updated5

I used my moss trees and place them on random mismatched candle sticks and for more texture and dimension added in some pine sprigs at the bottom of each tree. I filled one of my favorite containers with my fall acorns and more pine.  A Christmas star and also a vintage style Santa for a pop of color & whimsy.

Now, when I started this I had a round clock hanging above, but it just was too cold.  I thought I’d try this wreath from my Etsy Shop and it was just what it needed…I am now working on making myself one similar because it is just too perfect in this spot! {eh, the laundry doesn’t need folding, right? ;)}

So play around with your decorations in different places!  I think a lot of times we get used to having our decor exactly where they have always been or where you initially purchased an item for.  But there are no rules on changing it up and sometimes I think you’ll find you like things better a different way.

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Oh, and I casually draped lights throughout to give a warm Christmas glow at night…I love it.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Kissing Ball Tutorial

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 Christmas Kissing Balls are one of my favorite decorations to make during the holidays.  I really enjoy creating them & I have fun with all different custom orders.  I decided to bring you along as I created this custom ball for a sweet Etsy customerI posted a tutorial a couple years ago {HERE}, but decided an updated version was due…my picture quality has improved a bit, I hope;)

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  • moss ball (you can wrap a foam ball yourself or purchase one pre-wrapped)
  • pine sprigs, pine cones, acorns, berries, greens, etc.
  • About 2 yards of ribbon(depending on how far you want it to hang)
  • hot glue gun and glue (optional)

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  1. Get your moss ball.  I used a pre-wrapped 6 inch moss ball.
  2. Take your chosen ribbon and wrap your ball, sort of like a present twisting at the bottom and wrapping back up to the top. *Leave one end longer to hang
  3. Bring the ribbon back up to the top.  Make sure it is even with your twist at the bottom and then wrap it under itself.
  4. Tie a knot making sure your longer side is the length you want it to hang.
  5. Add in a couple more loops by wrapping wire around another piece of ribbon and stick it in leaving the other end to drape down.
  6. Add in you pine, berries,  and other goodies keeping it somewhat symmetrical, but not too ‘matchy’.  You can simply stick them in the foam or I like to secure with a little hot glue as well.  Just keep adding in layers until you get your desired look and fullness.  Keep checking as you go to make sure it hangs balanced by holding it up from the top of your ribbon.  You can add weight around with your foliage accordingly.

Once you get the look you want, neatly trim your ribbons.  If you used wired ribbon you can manipulate it a little like I did with with this one.  Make a looped knot at the top for hanging… and there you go!

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Hang from your ceiling, an entry chandelier (that’s where mine is), or wherever you see fit.  They make great  hostess gifts for parties too!

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Here are a few more of some of the variations I’ve made…

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The possibilities are endless.. Have fun! xoxo

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Friday, November 25, 2011


So much to be thankful for. 

I had an amazing Thanksgiving and I hope you all did too:)

In the spirit of all I am thankful for, I am offering my friends 20% off everything in my Etsy Shop this weekend. 

                           Today through Monday simply enter                             THANKFUL at checkout to receive your 20% discount!

Also FREE Shipping on all custom orders place this weekend.  Just mention you are a follower of my blog and saw this post:)

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Today I am Hopping and Shopping!  If you want to see other Handmade Loveliness, blogs and shops go check it out…


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Give Thanks

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If you follow me on facebook you may have seen the link I shared yesterday.  I was going through my old posts from last year and came across this one and it was a great reminder for me to savor the rest of this amazing season.  Even though the stores {and my custom wreath orders} are telling me it’s Christmas, it still is in fact November and there is another important Holiday coming up that shouldn’t be over looked.
I managed to get all my Halloween decor down yesterday…woohoo!…and wanted to add a Thanksgiving vibe in.  I am working on being grateful for the seemingly simple blessings in my I take for granted and trying to write them down everyday.  I decided a little reminder by the garage door I go in and out of 100 times a day would be perfect.
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I picked up this wood frame with glass at a garage sell about 4 years ago.  After I made my burlap mat for our family picture in May of 2010, I thought of putting burlap behind the glass and maybe adding a decal onto the glass…well here we were Nov 1, 2011 and my empty frame still sat.  So I took action and put a scrap of burlap behind the glass.  I knew I wanted these two words and remember seeing framed memo boards, calendars and menu boards from framed glass around blogland.  I also saw this cute memo board on Pinterest.
I tried a few times to  freehand it, but couldn’t get it right.  I then printed out the words on a sheet of paper in the font I wanted, taped it on the inside of the glass and traced it on the top of the glass with a sharpie.  ** I didn’t have a dry erase marker and I didn’t want to wait…I read that alcohol will remove sharpie from glass if I ever want to change it though, so we’ll see**
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I really love how it turned out. :)
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To give it more presence, I added a thrift store frame around it along with my grandma’s silver platters I used in my Fall display.  Some little gourd & pumpkin friends below and I have my thankful reminder/Thanksgiving vignette.
The weather is gorgeous here and I am loving all the fall colors that are around.  I hope you all are enjoying the rest of this season as well!
I am a day late but for the month of November I will be sharing one thing I am grateful for everyday on Twitter & Facebook again this year. 
Have you ever kept a gratitude journal?  It is amazing how it helps me be conscious of how blessed I am!  Or is there something else similar you do?
Happy November:)
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