Monday, December 6, 2010

A Little Bit of Homemade Christmas

It's that time of year when we tend to become less busy with our creative projects and turn our attention hopefully to thinking of a more peaceful time  and  a time to share a bit more good will!  Even though I prefer to keep things nice and simple and less fussy at Christmas I do like to have a few decorations
around as a reminder of what Christmas is really about.
A Christmas wreath which I made from Wysteria cuttings a few years ago, decorated with gum leaves and gumnuts which I sprayed gold along with a few miniature pine cones and a few other bits and pieces.
In keeping with a simple theme we came up with the idea of a Christmas tree made from boxes!
I searched the house for a suitable arrangement and came up with these:

A handmade timber box made from oregan timber
A Chinese camphor box with brass closure
A hand painted box from India
A beautifully hand carved mother of pearl box from Turkey
Another hand painted box from India
Last but not least another tiny wooden box from India with a metal decoration on top.
there you have it a decorated Christmas Tree!

But Christmas would not be complete without Angels so here are a few to set the scene.
HHope you are all enjoying this time of year and not getting caught up in the flurry of things you must do, have and buy for Christmas.
Search inside yourself for what you already have!


  1. What a lovely idea for a christmas tree!

  2. Hi Suzy, love the simple wreath, and the boxes look like a little shrine. The shops are so full of glitze and glitter, it is nice to have "simple" at home.
    I'm working on gold and cream at the moment- very soft after the reds and greens.

  3. What a gorgeous arrangement of boxes, take away the tinsel and you can use it all year round.

  4. Wreaths from the garden are wonderful things, bringing that beauty indoors. I love your tree made from boxes and the memories of where they came from it invokes. wonderful spirit of the season. xox Corrine

  5. peace and happiness back to you! what a lovely color palette!

  6. Hello lovely lady! How beautiful your festive decorating is! You've inspired me to keep it simple when I set up our tree and decorations tonight. I will only pick the best from our collection of ornaments now!
    Also, thank you so mcuch for your lovely comment on my blog! It's true - I wanted to create something that really did look as if it had been picked out of a fire. You prompted me to write about my inspiration as a return comment, so you will have to go and read that to find out more, ha!
    Anyway, did I tell you I have put you on my side panel under Blogs I Love?
    Merry Xmas my friend!

  7. Christmas is simplified this year as I continue to recover from hand surgery. Sometimes that is a good thing. Enjoyed seeing all your lovely decorations.

  8. Suzy, everything's beautiful. The Santa images on your wreath are especially elegant ones.
    Hugs, Diane

  9. Elegant , rich colors! I love your ideas. I am all for creating ones ambiance with things we have and treasure. Our tree is filled with things going back to all our childhoods and then some. No need to "shop"! I love making my gifts too, if time permits. Your home is a treasure Suzy!

  10. Suzy-- Your decprations are enought to make Jesus sigh; they are so lovely and the LOVE you had in you --when you created each item--the wreath the stacked boxes that look like a shrine-- Love and peace radiate from them! I would be so pleased if you followed my blog-leave a comment. Maybe some of your talent will rub off on me?!?

  11. .I read your comment on my blog--THANK YOU for it!


Thank you so very much for stopping here to say hello and to see what I have been creating. I really treasure each and everyone of you for your comments. It is so appreciated....Suzy

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