Putting Homemade Back Into The Holidays

Christmas is a season filled with fond memories…. from family traditions to picking a tree, singing carols, visiting family and even the familiar aroma of baking Christmas cookies.

I believe it is these wonderful childhood memories that keeps the Christmas spirit in our hearts for evermore.

I know that I’m personally filled with wonderment and excitement as I unpack our boxes of precious Christmas supplies in November. Those boxes are filled with lots of handmade items…. you can’t go past the egg carton bells made by a 4 year old or the hand print reindeer from the first year at school. I’m sure most families have their own version of these festive kids handcrafts. Given my career in the arts, we also have many boxes filled with handmade Christmas decorations spanning 30 years, so there is always a homemade aspect to Christmas in our home.

 

 

Today I’m joining my bHome friends for the start of our annual bHome for the Holidays tour. Over the next 3 days they will be sharing their beautiful homes, lots of Christmas inspiration and holiday ideas…. plus there’s a fabulous GIVEAWAY at the end of this post.

 

bHome for the holidays

 

This year we are in a new home for Christmas. It’s a completely blank canvas and it’s kind of exciting working out where I want to place all of our favourite Christmas decorations. Our home isn’t fancy or filled with high end furnishings… it’s just kind of homely (like me) and that suits me perfectly.

I got an early start, unpacking the Christmas boxes in November. Initially I set up just the trees, garlands and wreaths. No decorations, just bare greens with lights. After about a week I decided that I quite liked the simplicity and kept one room, my sitting room very simple. This room sits between our kitchen/ breakfast nook and the main living areas. Mostly, I am the only one that uses this room, so it’s very ‘girly’.

 

Putting the handmade back into the holidays at Shabby Art Boutique


 

Here we are nearly a month later and the simple neutral look wore off as handmade items gradually made their way into this space.

 

Putting the homemade back into the holidays at Shabby Art Boutique - 1

 

These throw pillows from my Society 6 store set the colour palette in cherry red and pink.

There’s a definite ‘Tilda’ vibe happening here now with whimsical characters like reindeers and foxes…. plus some look-a-like Maileg rabbits and GreenGate thrown into the mix.

 

Putting the handmade back into the holidays at Shabby Art Boutique - Look-A-Like Maileg Rabbits

 

I have a tutorial for making the Look-A-Like ‘Maileg’ Rabbits HERE.

 

 

Although it is summer here in Australia, I always enjoy a snowy winter theme in my Christmas decor. The trees, garlands and wreaths are all flocked and all my whimsical characters are sporting winter jackets and scarves.

 

 

You can read more about my Foxie Ladies HERE.
I’m loving Miss Foxies new cherry red jacket with polka dot button!

 

 

I also designed pink and cherry red wrapping paper and homemade tags for this Christmas…. I’ll be sharing them with you as a free printable next week.

 

Putting the homemade back into the holidays at Shabby Art Boutique - Tilda Foxie Ladies


Putting the homemade back into the holidays at Shabby Art Boutique - wrapping paper

 

This is my quiet place to sit and read or sip a tea. If you came to visit, we’d sit here amongst all the twinkling lights and Tilda prettties.

 

 

I’m currently making a white cover for my navy wing chair… if you look closely, you may spot Milly our toy poodle sitting on this chair.

 

Putting the handmade back into the holidays at Shabby Art Boutique - sitting room

 

I shared my Winter Skating Angel with you on Monday, plus news of my Tilda GIVEAWAY…. make sure you pop over and enter HERE.

 

Tilda winter skating angel by Shabby Art Boutique

 

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at how I’ve been putting homemade back into the holidays.
I’ll be sharing more of my Christmas decorating over the coming weeks.
Stay with me now for the bHome for the Holidays Tour & Giveaway.

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Putting the homemade back into the holidays at Shabby Art Boutique - Christmas 2017

 

The lovely Lidy Baars of French Garden House is offering this amazing Giveaway in conjunction with the bHome for the Holidays tour.

It is so easy to enter…
Visit FrenchGardenHouse.com and tell us what antique has captured your heart in a comment.

You will get extra entries  for following @FrenchGardenHouse on Instagram and Facebook too. Just let us know that you did.

The Giveaway is open to readers in the USA and Canada.
Winner randomly chosen on 12/7 and notified by email.

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bHome for the Holidays Tour

Today is Day 1 of bHome for the Holidays, so please join me
as we visit these fabulous bHome bloggers.

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Merry Christmas

Kerryanne

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Comments

  1. Kerryanne, All I can say is cute, cute, cute. I love your handmade Christmas!

    • Thank you so much Kim. Cutesy and handmade are not for everyone, but I love being surrounded by handmade things…. especially Tilda and Scandinavian projects. I appreciate you visiting 🙂

  2. These are gorgeous. I love homemade decorations.

  3. What a lovely room to read, share a cup of tea or just be at peace. Enjoy the holidays surrounded by such beauty.

  4. I so love your “Fox Ladies” …. I know what you mean by starting off with just the greenery and then slowly adding your pretties! You make a handmade Christmas go to another level….your decor is exquisite and fun! It is always a joy to see what you have done to adorn your home for Christmas….I look forward to seeing your decorate your new home…Merry Christmas Kerryanne!

    • Thank you Shirley. I love rooms that evolve… who knows, this one may change some more yet – lol.
      Those foxie ladies are just a bit cute. I enjoy having them in the studio with me while I work and pleased to have them in the sitting room now. I definitely decorate just for ME. It may not be on trend, but it suits me perfectly.
      Merry Christmas xx

  5. Hi Kerryanne, your home is so darling! Your reindeer are sooooo cute. Do you happen to have the pattern to share? I just love a crafted Christmas. Have a very happy holiday season!
    xoxo Jo

    • Thank you Joanne. The Reindeers are a Tilda pattern. I’m sharing a whole post on Tone Finnanger’s whimsical Christmas characters next week.
      Merry Christmas sweetie xx

  6. It all looks beautiful Kerryanne, and so you 🙂 Wish I could be sitting there with you in your gorgeous winter wonderland. The Winter Skating Angel is divine. Tilda is perfect for all seasons! Thank you for bringing Christmas to our hearts today. xo

    • Aww… thank you my friend. How I wish you were sitting here with me in my winter wonderland. I’m sure we’d be talking non-stop about all things crafty… as we do.
      Hope your Christmas decorating is coming along, so you can relax and enjoy the season. xxx

  7. I love the 19th Century French Miniature Child Napoleon Mannequin Stockman Paris.

  8. I love the Boulangerie Breadboards. Following on FB and Instagram.

  9. Fonda Rush says:

    I’m following through Instagram.

  10. Fonda Rush says:

    I’m following through Facebook.

  11. Fonda Rush says:

    Vintage 1932 Champion R.O.T.C. Trophy captured my heart. There are so many wonderful things to see that I had to look at them all. The antique seed packets come in a very close second.

  12. Such a fun and different take on the holidays. Your Christmas decorating makes me joyful. I would love to purchase the tilting silver teapot to add to my annual reading of “A Cup of Christmas Tea” by Thomas Hegg.

  13. Hi Kerryanne ~ I love your sweet words about our childhood memories of Christmas keeping Christmas in our hearts! And would a wonderful, whimsical take on Christmas you share in your home. Beautiful!

  14. Kerryann, your home is so fun and festive- perfect for the holidays! Your handmade items are true treasures. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!

  15. I think that decorating for you and decorating that IS you is the best kind of decorating there is. I love all things handmade and my house is pretty much filled with those kinds of things, too. They are the beauty of you reflected in your home. Thanks so much for sharing your sitting room. Now I’m off to work more on our livingroom remodel, hoping to have it all done by the end of next week so I can start my decorating!

  16. Kerryanne these are so pretty. There is nothing like the craftsmanship in these homemade gifts to warm the heart and fill the home.

  17. Debra Wise says:

    Absolutely love your Christmas decorating and the pops of color. So glad that you decorate how you love your home to be and don’t follow what tons of other bloggers are doing with what the current trend is. Yours is unique and amazing! So here’s to being ‘homely’ – its gorgeous!

  18. Hope you’re enjoying a happy holiday season in your beautiful new home! It’s cheery, charming, warm and creative! And it reflects the artist who lives there, a true sign that a house is a home. Cheers to celebrating this joyful season!

  19. Oh my goodness so many wonderful things, it is hard to choose just one. I love the vanity collections, linens. both French and antique. My favorite are the perfume, toiletry bottles and pincushions are wonderful. I love the kitchen items, jewelry and handmade vintage lace items.

  20. I follow French Garden House on both Instagram and Facebook

  21. I thought Tilda had stolen my heart and then you show us your Foxy Ladies!!!! How’s a girl to decide?

  22. Karen Campbell says:

    Thanks for sharing.I just love it all.

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