Friday, 11 November 2011

PINK SATURDAY - GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS

My 'NOEL' Configuration box - I'm teaching this next week at Blade Rubber Stamps!
I know it's early, but if you're making your own decorations you really need to start NOW!

My excuse (not that I needed one) is that I'm also teaching a couple of classes shortly, so of course I've got to make my samples. I'm totally in the mood, and can't wait to put up all our decorations on 1st December. So... if you want to make some too (or overhaul the ones you already have) here's some inspiration.

My own wreath, for my Christmas Decorations Special class at Blade Rubber Stamps
Closeup of my wreath for the Christmas Decoration Special class.

The secret with wreaths (and any decoration, really) is lots of dimension, lots of glitz and glitter, lots of reflective surfaces and lots of colour. And lots of lights.

My 'NOEL' box - closeup - unlit
My 'NOEL' configuration box - closeup - lit up (including a little LED light up the skirt of the blown glass angel on top)
The box unlit, in daylight
All lit up for the evening
Closeup of the tree, the other lights and the German glass glitter - this tarnishes a little over time, adding to the atmosphere of the piece
Of course these rules can be broken: white on white, shabby chic, matt surfaces played off against glossy surfaces... don't take it all too seriously though -  it's supposed to be fun after all! If you don't have fun with your decorating, it show!

White wreath, pink ribbons and the sweetest little bird - wish I knew who made it! If it's YOU, please let me know
Off pinterest
Copyright HappyDotMom - click this link for the tutorial

Above is some inspiration I've seen online - I am crediting where I can (I lost a lot of my links when my old computer died) so if this is yours, and not credited and linked to you, please let me know so I can give credit where it's due!

Copyright Michele Kovak - tutorial here
I adore the cupcake ornament/place setting above - and can see this will adapt very nicely for snowball ornaments too.

Copyright Karina Guirre at Creative Chaos
Above is the ultimate in do-it-yourself trees by Karin at Creative Chaos - I absolutely adore it.  A wonderful confection of crepe paper, tinsel and glittery balls (with a touch of artificial snow) her tutorial is here.

Finally, below is another wonderful display - with and without lights, adapting ornaments you probably already have.

Copyright Sandi for Christmas Pudding
Copyright Sandi at Christmas Pudding - all lit up with LED lights nestling in the foliage
These images are copyright Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage (who we all know and love)  - who also has this other wonderful blog: Christmas Pudding.As you can tell, I'm highly recommending using lights whenever and wherever possible.

For my freebie Vintage Robins background and header set, go here

Have you noticed Sandi's using my freebie Vintage Robins blog background on her Christmas Pudding blog?

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Finally, please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful Pink Saturday posts!

42 comments:

  1. Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage11 November 2011 at 19:42

    Happy Pink Saturday, Susie! What a wonderful wreath you have created with lots of colour and sparkle. The Noel box is very cute too.
    I am just thrilled to see my Christmas birdcage in your post! When I created 'Christmas Pudding,' I used a couple of other backgrounds at first which were nice but when I saw your Vintage Robins background, I knew it was the perfect one. Thanks so much for creating it and allowing me to use it. I love it and I've gotten several compliments on it.
    Have a lovely weekend and thanks again for your honourable mention.

    Blessings and hugs,
    Sandi

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  2. Lynn@ The Vintage Nest11 November 2011 at 20:24

    Hi Ms. Susie, what a wonderful post you have for us today. Wish I could be in your classes as I have a love affair with wreaths. Don't wait until Dec. 1! Go ahead and put up that tree...I am! :) HPS xoxo Lynn P.S. Can I email you with a blogger question?

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  3. Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio11 November 2011 at 20:41

    and I am rushing around like the Mad Hatter and trying to remember to breathe through my nose :))
    love your creations !

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  4. Lynn- you can ALWAYS email me with a blogger question! I'll always help if I can (or point you in the right direction if I can't...)

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  5. Carol at Serendipity11 November 2011 at 20:43

    Susie,

    I wish I could take your classes!!! I would love to make your Christmas box. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Pink Saturday!

    Carol

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  6. OMG....I adore the items you made for the classes you're teaching!!! The light up NOEL...is just as clever and darling as can be!!! Thank you for sharing some of your inspirational links, too! I recall seeing the crepe paper tree on a blog last year.....so darling!!

    Hope you have a great PSat!!!!

    dana

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  7. VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier11 November 2011 at 21:09

    Hello,dear Susie:-)*

    Thank you for ALL your great advices and this post is absolutely useful,so,so good!!!

    Thank you very much for share your ideas with us,

    Hugs,
    ***Violetta***

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  8. Happy Pink Saturday
    This is glorious.
    Everyone will have such fun the workshop.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  9. Hi Susie! Oh, what lovely Christmas things to drool over and wish I had the time to try and make some. I saw that glorious wreath on Pinterest with the lacy bow and bird. It's so pretty.
    Thank you so much for popping in to see me and your most kind comments.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  10. Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com11 November 2011 at 22:09

    I am so impressed with your post I am almost speechless! Love love love that shadow box for Christmas. It is gorgeous! Wow...so many wonderful little elements I had to look at it a long time just to take it all in! Just beautfiul!
    Blessings,

    Debbie

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  11. Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques11 November 2011 at 22:43

    Ahhhhh the wreath is gaw-geous! I also like the pink tree by Karin...she is fab! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Happy PS.

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  12. I love everything, but especially the wreath you made! I must try to make one! So much beautiful inspiration. Thank you!
    Cindy

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  13. Delicious ornamentation with an interesting combination of colors, I love it. I wish you a happy weekend.

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  14. mypinkprettiesaboutme11 November 2011 at 23:07

    Thanks so much for the inspirations. I love your work. I have been working on Christmas too. Love it!!

    HPS

    LL

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  15. Happy Pink Saturday--Oh my gosh, I love evrything--so, so beautiful!!! WOW!
    XO
    Cindy

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  16. Many great and beautiful creations!

    Happy Pink Saturday!
    Big Hugs
    Charo

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  17. truly amazing and special creations! i'm impressed. happy ps! xo

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  18. Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti12 November 2011 at 02:14

    I love the wreath you made, Suzie. Red is one of my favorite colors. The Noel box you made looks so pretty all lit up. Thanks for all the fun links to explore. I'm also following you on Pinterest :)
    Happy Pink Saturday!
    Pat

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  19. You have some beautiful eye candy today! Love your creations and enjoyed some of the other lovelies. Blessings,
    Tricia

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  20. You too huh! I am loving that coffee filter wreath and the pink tree and of course the vintage ornament wreath! Your Christmas background is beautiful! Happy Pink and have a great weekend!

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  21. Country Wings in Phoenix12 November 2011 at 02:47

    Happy Pink Saturday Susie Sweetie...
    Oh my gosh, what a delight today's visit is. I am so excited with all the glitz and glitter. My mind is just rushing with ideas. I SO wish I lived next door, I would be knocking every time your craft room light came on. Your creative juices just amaze me sweetie.

    Thank you for also the tutorials and inspiration from some other wonderful bloggers as well. I am going to stop by each for a little inspiration as well.

    Have a glorious weekend sweetie. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  22. Hi Susie! That is one sparkly and gorgeous NOEL box. The wreaths are all so pretty too. Thanks for sharing the pictures!..Christine

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  23. Hi Susie

    Well I must tell you again how much a I love your style! And Christmas is right up my alley:)

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Leann

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  24. Hi Susie!
    Thanks for visiting me today! It is so nice to meet another "June Lover" LOL!! Great work with the background and header! I have no digital luck! You and your many blogs are blessed with your awesome digital talent AND your hands on talent too!!
    I love that box you made! And your other pieces too! I recently "re-did" a birdcage in my living room, and if it was half as pretty as the one you have shown, I would be famous!!
    I know I will be back to visit! Can't wait to see what you do next!!
    xxDaniella

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  25. designgivesback.com12 November 2011 at 04:12

    Hi Susie!

    LOVE your wreath and NOEL box! Very pretty and fun. So many lvely images. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    HPS!

    love, kelee

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  26. {{{{ SUSIE }}}}...I was so glad to see you.
    I am so ready for Christmas decos, too. Your wreath is beautiful.
    Great photos.
    xo bj

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  27. Simply beautiful!

    My Pink, have a nice weekend!

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  28. Wow, these are all so gorgeous and inspiring, makes me want to start my Christmas decoration! Happy Pink Saturday! ~Diane

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  29. HAPPY PINK SATURDAY!!!!!!!
    Thankful for a warm house and cups of coffee...children running and laughing through this house..pray you are having a good day!

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  30. What a beautiful pink Saturday post. I love the wreath you made and all the other things I saw here.
    Happy pink Saturday

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  31. The Noel Box is fantastic---I always decorate the weekend of Thanksgiving so my house looks festive for Thanksgiving dinner. All of the girls in my family are like me, can't hardly wait to decorate. I love all the glitter and don't you just love Pinterest.
    Ann

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  32. Ooo lovely! Love your box. Kim

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  33. A Cozy Cottage in the City12 November 2011 at 19:16

    Hi Susie!

    Wow, LOVE all the pink decor!!! So shiny & beautiful! :) Now you've got me thinking about decorating for the season!!! :)

    Thank you for dropping on over my blog and leaving a kind comment about my post - it is greatly appreciated. :) I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far!

    Take care and Happy Pink Saturday!


    XO's,
    Jessie

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  34. Susie, your Noel box is so pretty and so is the wreath. All the beautiful things you featured just put me in the Christmas mood.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  35. Wow Suzie they are gorgeous, have you made all those?

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  36. I am not into all that sort of thing anymore. However, I do enjoy seeing what others create and share. You do very nice work.

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  37. Pretty! You've got lots of sparkle going on!!

    I would like to invite you to participate in my weekend linkup. It involves anything related to homemaking: recipes, sewing, decorating, crafts, DIY, a story about what you did today, etc! There’s a button at the top of my sidebar you can grab to help you to remember to come back each week. Just go to Thursday’s post titled, “Vintage Pilgrim Print & Homemaking Link-Up Weekend” for this week’s link up!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
    Sarah

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  38. FUN... Pink Christmas!!!

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  39. All of the creations are just lovely. I'll be starting my ornaments this week and a topiary tree made of mini ornaments soon. I love to make my own decorations. Thanks for the links too. Wish I could take one of your classes.

    Hugs, LisaKay Belles Roses Romantiques

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  40. Whoa..beautiful wreaths, and so many beautiful photos!

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  41. Great pics! I've got a 3ft pink tree this year! With it's own lights, now have to over-decorate! Been trying to make the coffee filter wreath, but can't find filters anywhere. Not white ones anyway. Too many coffee machines, pods etc and re-cycled filters. Also great wreaths, next year perhaps.

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  42. Finding those coffee filters seems impossible. I've only seen the unbleached ones, rather brownish, and I have a nasty feeling paint wouldn't work, lol. I'm waiting to see a wreath with pods, could be fun!

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