The new stockings are finished.
A vignette on the dresser.
I can't remember where I first saw apothecary jars with snow globe like scenes. I was at Walmart with a friend and she was picking up a few of the little trees that are set out with the Christmas villages to make some for her house. They were only about $.75 each so I grabbed a few. I already had the little town hall ornament, I used batting for the snow. The basket is just extra ornaments mixed in with the some of the potpourri that it's usually filled with. I wrapped a few of the balls with yarn to add a little color. And the owls - aren't they so cute? I got these for $3.00 each at a local thrift store! I think they look great with my sort of modern rustic theme, I'll probably find a permanent spot for them after the holidays.
I added a few things to the tree, butterfly ornaments - the wings are made of feathers. The past 3 years I've decorated my mother-in-law's tree; she gave them to me since they match my tree and hers is all red now.
I've not been able to get a picture of it yet this year that I'm satisfied with. The photos are hazy in morning light and there's not enough light in the afternoon. Then cat got in it and pulled some lights loose. Since I would have to take everything off to fix it, it's going to just have to stay half lit at this point, so my photos are all with lights off.
This year's gift wrap.
I am so happy with how cute our gifts are this year! I picked up a roll of brown shipping paper, the green sheer ribbon, and a few brown gift bags at the Dollar Tree. That was a whopping total of 5.00 spent. I had the green foil paper left over from a few years ago. I've used pine cones and twine, leftover ornaments, and extra ribbon from by scrapbook stash to jazz up a few of the packages. I stamped names directly on the brown paper this year instead of buying tags, it's gives them a more contemporary look. I think my biggest splurge here was buying a few packs of matching lime green tissue paper in the birthday aisle, $2.49 for 8 sheets instead of the cheaper multi-packs in the seasonal aisle.
And last but not least, even wrapping supplies can be decorative if you stick them in a pretty container.