I Will Honour Christmas In My Heart

I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

WELCOME TO MY CHRISTMAS BLOG!!

WELCOME TO MY CHRISTMAS BLOG!!

Christmas is my favorite Holiday and my favorite time of year!

I go all out decorating our small townhouse for all Holidays but especially Christmas!

Every room in our home has a different Christmas Theme and Color Scheme!!

I prove that you do not have to live in a large home to have several Trees, over 20 in all shapes and sizes!!

The majority of my Christmas decorations are placed in the same spot every year and I know that this is not what most Decorator's care for but it is like seeing old friends again when I decorate each year for Christmas.......

I do try to add a few new things and change up things a bit but for the most part, these decorations are part of my Christmas traditions and I will not change them until I can no longer decorate like I do......

This blog is dedicated to All Things Christmas!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Crafting Year Round Ornaments, October Rudolph Day!!!

Happy Rudolph Day!!!
Rudolph Day is considered by some as the 25th of each month!!
 This year has been a busy year and I did not live up to my promise to post something Christmas related on the 25th of each month, Rudolph Day......
 For that I sincerely apologize.....

Soon I will begin my Christmas posts here on my Christmas Blog, A Debbie-Dabble Christmas, for this Holiday Season..........

You can check out all my Fall and Halloween posts over on my regular Blog , Debbie-Dabble Blog, if you like.....

Today, I wanted to share some of the projects I did over the Summer involving ornaments that can be used year round or for Christmas!!!

For the Patriotic Holidays of the Summer, I decided to embellished some ornaments to use on my Patriotic Summer Tree.......
I started off with some paper mache stars that I first painted......
Then decoupaged some flags on to them.......
And then embellished with stars , beads and  tinsel trim to give them a bit of a nostalgic look.......
 I also just painted some stars and added the trim and beads to these......
 I made coasters that we received in the mail for contributing to a Veteran's Organization into ornaments too!!
The "before" is on the right with the "after" on the left!!
I took plain red and silver ball ornaments and embellished them with a felt star trim to them......
These paper mache stars had vintage style tags glued onto them along with beads and trim.....
And I embellished these silver balls with red and blue star stickers!!
These ornaments can be also used for Christmas to decorate a Patriotic Christmas Tree.....
This is how my Patriotic Summer Tree looked......
By adding a few Christmas Patriotic Decorations, you can have a Patriotic Christmas Tree.....
In August, I decided to change my Patriotic Tree into an "Under the Sea" Tree......

My dear neighbor Elly, had amassed a huge collection of shells when she lived in Miami but since she is now in a Nursing Home with Alzhiemer's, her sons were going to throw them away!!

I said "O No!" and took all her shells........

I decided to create my own shell ornaments and got a few ideas from Pinterest and other sites......

I simply glued ribbon onto the shells to form a hanger.......
And glued smaller shells to larger shells......
Added rhinestone trim......
And beads......
And some bows made from ribbon......
And pieces of old costume jewelry......
To larger shells , I glued plastic tuffs of grass on them to mimic sea weed.......
When I took down the Tree, I added an aqua gem like trim that I found in Michael's to the ornaments that I made........
I also made some sand dollars that I had in my stash into ornaments.......
I also painted some shells and embellished them with rhinestone trim......
I also embellished star fish with trim and parts of costume earrings.....
When I was looking at Christmas items online, I chuckled when I saw this ornament on the Pier One web site......
They sell for $5.95 each........

I also ordered wooden anchor and sea horse cut outs on Amazon......

I painted them aqua and embellished them with shells ........
And embellished them with shells, costume earrings and trims......
I also found this ornament on the Pier One web site.....
It sells for $6.95......

I found these ornaments on Pinterest.......
I already had these ornaments so I decided to try to make my own.......
This is what I came up with......
I also filled these glass ornaments with small shells......
I made all the ornaments to decorate my "Under the Sea" Tree......
Christmas Trees decorated in a Coastal theme have been popular for the past few years.......
These ornaments can easily be used to decorate a Christmas Tree with a Beach, Coastal or Sea theme.......

Last year, after Christmas, I bought these ornaments on Clearance.......
I added a few glittered acorns to them......
I added these ornaments to my decorations for my Autumn Elegance Tree......
This past year, I also decorated a LED branch Tree that Joe bought on Clearance at Bed, Bath and Beyond..........

I decorated it for Easter with egg ornaments.......
 
For the Patriotic Summer Holidays with red, blue and silver balls......
And later on in the Summer with some aqua butter fly, bird and dragonfly ornaments.....
Also after Christmas, I bought these leaf ornaments........
The backs were not finished so I finished them off myself........
I then decorated the branch Tree with these leaves and brown and copper ball ornaments for Fall......
Now is the time to start looking for ornaments that can be used year round to decorate a Tree for other Holidays and Seasons...

Or be inspired to make some ornaments on your own by what you see online or in the stores......

Watch for after Christmas deals.......

I hope you enjoyed this month's Rudolph Day post......

Soon I will be starting to post here on a regular basis for Christmas.....

So I hope you will come by and visit  again!!

And thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

If you do not have a blog, PLEASE  give me some way to reply to your comment, maybe by including your email in your comment.  If I can not find a way to reach you, I will reply on the post where you commented so please check back......

Hugs,
Debbie
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13 comments:

  1. Oh I wish I had your fall tree sitting in my house right about now! Girl, when do you find the time to do all the creative things you do? You amaze me. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  2. Rudolph! It’s like seeing an old friend.

    You are making me want to have a tree on 4th of July!

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  3. Your decors are wonderful and very well done
    Hugs Alessandra

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  4. You have a serious talent for making DIY tree ornaments. I have been pondering a new Christmas tree ornament for a month so I understand how much talent this takes. Great ideas.

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  5. My goodness - you are prolific - and such beauties. I can't even begin to pick a favorite - and not even able to pick a favorite from each holiday. I always get inspired when I read your christmas blog - now is a good time to begin. I've been making some tiny plastic canvas gingerbread house ornaments. They are quite fun and relaxing to do - once I get the pieces cut from the plastic canvas. Have a grand weekend - and craft on!

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  6. Beautiful Christmas creations, Debbie! You are so talented, my friend! I LOVE the pretty stars, the amazing balls and the lovely coasters! The shell hangers are wonderful! And what a superb idea your "under the sea" tree. I just can't stop admiring your house!!!!! Have a nice weekend!!!!!!!

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  7. oh wow, you have some beautiful decorations here Debbie. It all looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays.

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  8. Boy you have been busy I cant believe you made all those ornaments! You go! Love the under the sea tree! So pretty. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week! Pinned!
    Kim

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  9. Debbie, you amaze me! You are so creative! Love the idea of decorating the freebie you got from the Veteran's organization. Everything looks soo festive. You go girl!!!

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  10. I love Christmas trees too! I am so excited this year I will have four tress to put up in our home! I've waited for years to do this and feel like a kid in the candy shop now because I can finally do it!! I love your sea shore theme tree, the star fish look amazing!
    I am your neighbor today at Stone Cottage Adventures link up!

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  11. Debbie, you are so creative with your Handmade ornaments. I especially love the Americana ones. Won't be long now, and I am getting excited! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  12. Debbie, you are the Ornament Queen & your upcycled ornaments are so festive! Such a great way to save instead of buying new! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  13. You never cease to amaze me with all your different trees and the lovely ornaments you create.

    Thanks for linking up.

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