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It has been a cold and rainy late October weekend here in Western North Carolina and thanks to a less than honest Facebook Marketplace seller I have had not a stick of furniture to paint. So Paige spent some time cooking and perusing Christmas ideas for her booth. I know it’s still pretty early to be decorating for Christmas but if you work in retail you better get a move on. Today I spent my free time time working on decorating and stocking my shop for Christmas.
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My first project was a no brainer.
Pillows are always popular in my shop but I make special ones for Christmas. I try to stick to my favorites when it comes to the fabrics: toile, ticking and buffalo check. I just offer them in more Seasonal colors. That red toile is a beautiful garnet red. The green with red berries fabric I bought years ago and had it in my fabric hoard for years. I originally thought I would use it in our guest room but never got around to it. The black and white buffalo check and the deer print are both flannel. The deer flannel I found at Joann’s . I could not find it on there website or I would have include that link. Both flannels are super soft to the touch.
This toile is the prettiest shade of garnet. It is made my Waverly.
Just click the image above to see the fabric.
I love ticking stripe in just about any color but this red is such a crisp and cheery color 🙂
Here’s the link to that flannel buffalo check as well:
I do not spend a lot of money on seasonal embellishments in my shop.
By this I mean the items I use to style my shop for Christmas but these thing are not for sale. If you have a shop or a booth of your own I have a few words of advise for you on this subject……..
Bunting , banners and fresh greenery are your friend.
Your Free friend.
I found this big paper punch last year after Christmas and am just now using it.
OK, I put it up and forgot where I put it.
I was cleaning out and straightening the antique chest of drawers in our dining room and finally found it :)))
I really like the way the yellowing book page looks with the subtle bit of red in the baker’s twine. Normally, I use black and white twine for the hangtags at my shop. Now at Christmas time I do change the twine on my tags to the red and white. It looks so pretty with my brown craft paper tags. Click on the photo above to be taken to the Amazon link for the red and white twine.
In keeping with the Free Is Your Friend motto when it comes to embellishing my shop the cute little byproduct of the cool Christmas tree paper punch is these:
Tiny little trees :)))
It took me about two hours to find a very cute use for these.
The urn was a Goodwill find for a few dollars, $3 OR $4 I think.
I was on the hunt for a nice tree shaped something or other when I found this grapevine cone on Hobby Lobby’s website for $7.99 each. People these are 18 inches tall and a hell of a deal with that ever present 40% off coupon! The cone perched perfectly on top of that thrifted urn. I clipped come cedar that grows right outside my garage door and poked them in the time gap between the last two rows of grapevine at the bottom of the cone. It makes a lovely, lace-y skirt at the bottom of my tree!
For the garland I just lined up all of the tiny trees left from that paper punch about 3 inches apart. I put a single dot of white glue at the tip top of the tree where a star would normally go. I cut another piece of twine (this time my normal black and white) and then ran the length of the twine straight across the dots of glue. About an hour later I went back and checked the project and the glue was dried. It makes quite the sweet tiny tree garland :). I hope to make a pair of these twig trees on urns to use flanking each side of a big white dresser I have currently down at my shop. I have the all the pieces for the second one. I just need to assemble it.
I hope y’all have enjoyed this post and maybe found an idea or tow within it for you shop or your own home. I really have fun putting these projects together and writing the story for you on the cold, windy and blustery day.
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