It's that time of the year when I get to create our annual Christmas sphere, our Most Treasured Ornament. EveryChristmas, since my hubby and I first started dating, I have made an ornament to commemorate a special or important event that happened to us on that particular year... This year was our road trip to Four Corners National Monument.
We had so much fun on that trip that it was definitely worth putting in the sphere.
I made the paper rose out of vintage music sheet. The date holder is a dollar store find. I bent it a little to fit the curb of the sphere. I cut the heads off of mini screws and glued them in place.
We visited Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, Mesa Verde in Colorado on our way to Four Corners National Monument which is in....
And Utah. Four Corners National Monument is the only place in the United States where one can be in four places at once...Hee, hee, hee. It is where the corners of four state meet.
I always have so much fun creating these ornaments. And when I am done I always wonder what will go in next year's. So exciting, I can't wait. If you would like to see other year's spheres you can click here....
It's Friday and we are only 7 days away from Christmas. Yay!!!!
Today I wanted to share with you our Christmas card holder. This year I wanted to display our Christmas cards in a new and different way so....
My sweet mother-in-love bought this gorgeous, huge frame for me at a thrift store. Can you believe it was only $20.00!!!! All I did was add 4 jute rope lines and some mini clothes pins to hold the cards and there you have it, a very fancy, schmancy Christmas card holder...Hee, hee, hee.
I had a vision of what I wanted my coffee table vignette to look like and it required a pair of deer! (I am so obsessed with deer this year.)
Hubby and I looked everywhere and I do mean everywhere... Pier Imports, Target, Marshall's, Kohl's, K-Mart, Home Goods, Tuesday Morning (you get the picture) and can you believe we couldn't find any?
I resisted looking on-line because I thought that if I found them there I wouldn't get them before Christmas. But I gave in...I was desperate! Hee, hee, hee.
And I am so excited to say that I found what I was looking for and I did get them with plenty of time....Aren't they beautiful? Found them on Amazon.
They are absolutely perfect and they brought my vision to life exactly how I imaged.
Here are other elements of my vignette. I crafted the music sheet spheres you see in the little lantern a few days ago along with the Buon Natale tag.
I also put together this petite hydrangea arrangement in a vintage milk glass vase I picked up at a thrift store. And I covered the books underneath it with butcher paper and tied them up with some pretty lace. So happy how it all turned out. What do you think?
Ever since I can remember I have always wanted a mini Christmas village. I'm not sure why I've never created one before, until this year.
The Dollar Tree store had all the little components I needed to create my village.
Sorry for the pictures. For some reason my little Christmas Village vignette didn't want to photograph well. Anyway, the beautiful huge apothecary from Costco where I chose to create my little village was a prize my hubby won at his work's Annual Holiday Party a few weeks back. Yay for me! Don't know if I should be revealing this but when he won it it was filled with delicious chocolate...it is all gone now. Well I had to empty the jar to create my village, didn't I? Hee, hee, hee. They were soooo yummy.
In this smaller "apothecary" (It's really a brandy glass with a lid that I picked up at a thrift store as is. Hee, hee, hee.) you'll find a sweet mini Nativity scene from Hallmark I got a few years back. The wisemen are standing in the back.
Here's a closer look.
And in this other one from Princess House I place the shepards in the field. I know, I know, it didn't snow there but, you can't have Christmas without a little snow, right? ;-)
One of this year's obsessions...tiny bottle brush Christmas trees. Love them :-) The bigger ones below I got a couple of years ago at Marshall's.
So there you have it...Our Mini Christmas Village. What do you think?
Today I wanted to share with you a petite Noel vignette I have on one of my living room side tables...Which by the way, I have featured on my blog's new Christmas header...In case you didn't noticed :-)
As I was working on the header I realized that I hadn't done anything new with my blog in a very long while and it was due for a change....No, not the type of change like I did with this header (same header with different pictures), but a totally brand new look.
So I've been busy at work on a new look and I'm very excited to announce that as of the first of January A Petite Cottage will be sporting a brand new look.
New Year, New Look....Yay! I can't wait for you to see it.
One more sweet little heart for my collection...Yay!
This pretty little heart is from my dear friend Willow (some of you may know her as Betty) from My Irish Cottage Home. I recently found out that she too likes to exchange hearts with other blogging friends so I reached out to her and asked if she would exchange one with me and she so graciously agreed. Thank you Ms.Willow.
I love that they are a daily sweet reminder of all the special friendships I have made here in Blogland....I have them displayed here in our petite dining room.
I am truly thankful for all my sweet blogging friends....you have all blessed my heart more than you'll ever know.
Crystal ball, crystal ball, tell me what I want to know....
Is there a mini Halloween tutorial in the very, very near future?
Looks like there is...Here is how I made this super spooky and super easy crystal ball.
Here is what you'll need:
*A plastic sphere (The kind that you can open in half.)
*Very little faux silk spider web.
*A candle stick...any will do ( I got mine at the Dollar Tree. They were two for a buck)
*Some vellum paper to print out the image of your choice...I chose a skull because for some reason skulls seems to be the main Halloween theme around our petite cottage this year.
What you'll need to do first is pick your image and then print it on the vellum paper. Just make sure it will fit your sphere. I made my image just a little smaller than the measurement from the inside center of the sphere to make sure it would fit. And then cut it out and you are ready to continue.
Open your sphere. I placed one half on the candle stick to make it easier to work with. Otherwise it just wibble wobbles everywhere :-) Make sure that the little hoop that is used to hang the sphere goes at the bottom. It will go in the candle stick so you won't see it. Plus it will help a little to keep the sphere in place on the candle stick.
Then take just a little bit of faux spider web and pull it apart. Pull it kind of long because some will go in the sphere and some will hang out...Keep reading, you'll see why.
Then place your image in the center, on top of the web that's inside the sphere...Like the picture above.
Next, with the web that was left hanging pull that over the image to sandwich the image between the bottom and top layers of web. This will keep your image in place. Play around and adjust the wed and image until you are happy with it. Final step is to close the sphere and place it on the candle stick and your done...Easy peasy, right?
Hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial...I would love to know if you decide to give it a try.