6 Favorite Christmas DIY Projects

There’s still time to decorate for the holidays!  Here’s a few of my favorite projects from the past 6 years (wow, have I really been blogging that long?!).  I’m not decorating this year because I’m trying to finish the nursery before our little girl arrives, but looking back over my projects makes me look forward to decorating next year!

1.  Rental-Friendly Faux Mantel for Stockings

Christmas Stocking Branch on Wall for No Mantel | The Borrowed Abode

2.   No-Sew Decorative Pillow Covers

No Sew Holiday Pillow Tutorial | The Borrowed Abode

3.  Recycled Jar Holiday Candles – all you need are some old jars and some decorative paper!

DIY Recycled Jar Christmas Candles

DIY Jar Candles on Christmas Shelf

5.  Yarn-Wrapped Christmas Trees

2011 Winter Tablescape6

6.  Holiday Dish Towels

DIY Fancy Flour Sack Tea Towel Tutorial | The Borrowed Abode

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Holiday Shipping & Janery This Weekend: GRUMP at Artisphere

A friendly holiday shipping reminder:  Ordering after Dec. 14th?  Upgrade to Priority Mail for delivery by Christmas. Just add the Priority Mail Upgrade to your cart before you check out.

Shop Local!  This Sunday Janery will be at an awesome holiday market in Arlington, VA.  Come on by and say hello!

GRUMP at Artisphere Independent Holiday Craft Market

GRUMP:  The “best alternative arts and crafts holiday show.”

Date:  Sunday, December 14, 2014
Time:  11am- 5 pm
Place:  Artisphere   –  1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22209

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Planning a Colorful Nursery for the Little Sapling

From day one, I knew I didn’t want a traditional pastel or pink nursery for our little girl.  Bring on the colors!  Did you know, though, that it’s pretty hard to find nursery bedding and other items in primary colors like royal blue and red?

Primary Color Mid-century Nursery

I pulled inspiration for the nursery design from two elements – the red kilim rug that I currently have in storage, and the colorful Japanese fabrics that I use for many of the pillows in my shop.  All of the major items have been found or purchased, so let me walk you through my mood board.

The background:  My office (future nursery) is painted in Sherwin Williams’ “Lively Yellow.”  Don’t let the name fool you – it’s more of a green than a yellow in person. I was going to repaint the room white, and bring color in with art and the rug, etc, but I found that the current color coordinated well with the rest of the look – so why make extra work?

1.  Mid-century walnut dresser:  Ryan and I bought this at our favorite vintage shop, Just L, in New Hampshire.  We found them on our first road trip as a couple, and then we registered with them for our wedding – so it seemed fitting to have something from them in the baby’s room.  We just have to go pick it up sometime before the new year. It’s 6 feet long but on the shallow side, which is great because it will probably move into our bedroom someday.  It does have feet but I accidentally left them off when making this image.

2.  The primary fabrics in the room:  The striped pattern will be box valances on the windows.  The other two fabrics will be accents on other items in the room.

3.  Caravan Crib:  It was important to us to find a crib Made in the USA, and this fits the bill while also looking awesome.  The crib is made in New England from solid maple wood, by Kalon Studios – a small furniture company.

4.  Blue Rocking Arm Chair:  This chair was my grandma’s, and has been sitting around an unused room in my parents’ house.  It swivels and rocks and is very comfy, and I love the idea of using a family piece in the baby’s room.  The royal blue color is perfect, but the upholstery was shredded by my parents’ cat, so we’re having it reupholstered – probably in a stain-treated royal blue velvet.

5. Red Kilim Rug:  I’ve had this rug since my first DC apartment, and I’m pretty proud that I only paid $25 for it on Craigslist.  Last winter I had it professionally cleaned, but we didn’t have a good place for it in our house.  Since we were trying to have a baby even back then, I suggested we save it for the nursery – and he was on board.

Accessories:  I’ve been slowly collecting awesome art and accessories for the room, which I’ll show you in a future post.

With only 9 1/2 weeks to go until the baby’s due date, we need to get this nursery completed.  Over the weekend my dad and I did paint touch-ups in the room, moved my closet out of there and into the master bedroom, and he and Ryan assembled the crib.  We’re making progress, and hopefully will have it wrapped up by Christmas.

Also? It feels really good to be working on a design project again!

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