Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas inspiration

Last week I received the new Holiday with Matthew Mead and Victoria magazines. 
Have you got yours?

Here are a few highlights for inspiration . . .

A Victorian tree. I love it! It's my tree plan this year . . . .
a Victorian tree covered with vintage ornaments, ribbons, pearls, and beads.

From Holiday with Matthew Mead . . . 

I just had to make some of these! Aren't they beautiful! 
They make great tree ornaments or gift bows.

I made mine from 1934 sheet music and a 1921 French grammar book 
with vintage tinsel garland in the center.

 Aren't these paper trees fabulous?

And this metal wire tree. 
I'm hoping I can do something similar out of some old rusty fencing we have.

Here's a peek at some things I've been making.

Some of these items will be in my "White Christmas Giveaway" that I will be announcing at next week's White Wednesday.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving season as you're getting ready for Christmas.


  1. Your Christmas crafts are lovely and I adore the magazine inspiration...especially Victoria! I am not currently a subscriber but have an extensive collection of vintage issues that I still read and flip through for inspiration! Happy crafting!

  2. I am VERY MUCH anticipating the reveal of your own Victorian tree. I love the sneak peek so far. Those cones (I know that they have a name when on a tree, but it escapes me) and bows with the music print are right up my alley.

  3. It is so fun to see what everyone is working on for Christmas. The rolled paper seems to be the thing this year. I saw in some magazine that they took chicken wire formed a tree shape added a tree trunk and then did the rolled paper sticking the top in the the chicken wire. after it was filled it was a tree just like the wreaths and ornament.

  4. I cannot wait to see how your Victorian tree turns out! I love how feminine and pretty that era was. You have crafted the most amazing Christmas Decorations ~ truly...they are each mini works of art! The banners and sheet music decorations and wreath and those sweet tussie mussies and all the white and glitter - BEAUTIFUL!

  5. Love these pics, my fave is the paper trees!

  6. Dear Julie, I do not begin to know how you can manage to do all this for Thanksgiving and then, just a few short weeks afterwards, Christmas. I am exhausted just thinking about it all but I do so enjoy looking at the lovely decorations that you have made. How very clever!

  7. I love it. I'd love to have a big tree like that. Can't wait to see it. Kinda brings back memories from when I was growing up, not that big but just as decorated. I love the idea of rolled up sheet music. They look lovely


  8. Hi Julie~ Oh I love your vintage inspired goodies! I am just loving all the sheet music decorations this year & I can't wait to see your tree all decorated~ I bet it will be just beautiful!!! Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  9. The ornaments are beautiful. I love the frilly metal trees. Visiting from VIT.

  10. I just LOVE all your creations, Julie! I need to take some time and read my copy of Holiday! Thanks so much for your nice comments on my blog!

  11. I love those ornaments. I'm going to try and make some too. Your mantel looks lovely!

  12. The paper trees are fantastic, love the jewels. The wire tree is very interesting, good luck with your interpretation. I might try something with my beloved re-barb wire.

  13. Your Christmas craft ornaments turned out beautiful, Julie! I've been seeing a lot of those paper wreaths around Blogland lately... love'm!!
    Have a happy Thanksgiving holiday!
    ~ Jo :)
    p.s. glad to hear you got some of those birds from Target... yay! :)

  14. What gorgeous decorations friend!! Thanks for sharing, I'm visiting from Common Ground & I love your blog!

  15. I just love those sheet music ornaments, Julie! Adorable! Bloggers are doing so much right now with sheet music and old pages, and it's fun to see what someone thinks of next! :) Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

    xoxo laurie

  16. I can't wait to see the whole tree. I adore that NOEL garland. Very cute stuff.

  17. I just love what you have made with music sheets. Everything is beautiful! I know your tree will be just as beautiful as the one in the Victoria magazine.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I am following you and will be back often.


  18. I love your work and look forward to your giveaway - hopefully it's some of your stuff!

    P.S. – I’m having a Jeanne d’Arc Living Giveaway till 12 Dec.!


    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

  19. Hi Julie, I'm going to have to find the Mathew Mead book, looks great. Thanks for the inspiration!


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