Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Natural and Rustic Wreath and a peek at our Cowboy Christmas Tree

Bringing the rustic and natural colours from our living room at the front of the house, out onto our front porch/entry, has been my goal this week. These are the colours I used on our tree in the living room visible from the front porch window (to the left of the door and not seen in this photo.) The tree is almost finished, but I'm having trouble finding the burlap ribbon that some of you suggested in the comments here. In case I don't find it, I made garland ribbon out of drop cloth fabric, 4 " wide simple cut with no hems, and seamed together to make one continuous piece.

I sewed a bow out of the drop cloth fabric for the wreath on our front door. I wanted to go for a more simple look, and yet have the bow large enough to make a statement. Do ya think it's too big or droopy? I've gotten used to the wired sheer ribbons that take shape so easily and this is a big change from that. I may add one or two of the rusty stars from the tree, still thinking on that one.

I still have more front of the house decorating to do, including changing out the ribbon in the three sap bucket holders on the porch light and garage lights to drop cloth. I may just tear strips for those bows 'cause the pair on the garage lights may not hold up in the rain and snow. I will walk the woods and add some natural elements too. 

It's tough to get a good photo of the nubbiness and flecks of colour of the drop cloth. I've got a lousy camera and we have had fog even into the afternoons for the past five days and not a peek of sun all week. Dark and dreary.

Before, snowmen and snowflakes. This is how I did our door last year, but I was looking for a change this year. 


Below is a peek at our Cowboy Christmas tree in the living room this year. Much less red and with the torn drop cloth ribbon. Rusty stars and large bells, some smaller copper coloured bells and raffia, along with a few cowboy ornaments. And white lights. I love white lights. I also sewed a drop cloth tree skirt, simple but sweet, and a new table runner for the front hall cabinet. And the best part, it was very reasonable to make the changes as my friend gave me several metres of fabric and I had all the decorations except one package of the smallest sleigh bells and 10 more rusty stars at $1.29 each.
Not perfect, but perfectly us.

I'll be linking to Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday party. Thank's Gina, for hosting yet another great party!

Also linking up to Fireflies and Jellybeans Show off Your Stuff party. Thanks Fawnda and Jeannine.



I'm loving all these parties! Melissa at The Inspired Room's Holiday Linky Friday Party is one I'm joining for sure.



And of course, Funky Junk Interior's Saturday Nite Special party. Thanks Donna!


21 comments:

  1. it really looks awesome!!great job..xx

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  2. Elizabeth,
    It's look mighty pretty around your place. FYI, I was doing some shuffling this evening, and your cute button is on my sidebar again. I had tried IE8, but was having terrible lag and finally went back to IE7. I took a bunch of links off tring to sort it before I switched.
    Have a nice Thanksgiving.
    Cathy

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  3. I love your cowboy tree, it's great fun. I've also been for a walk in the woods to collect pine cones, it's great to bring something natural into your Christmas decor.
    Jade

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  4. I am totally ready to decorate for Chrismas now that Thanksgiving is done! I love your wreaths! : )

    Thanks for linking!

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  5. That natural wreath is a perfect transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas decor!

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  6. This is cute Elizabeth. I really like the mini cowboy hats - smile!
    @cheapchichome.blogspot.com

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  7. love your tree--that's what I want mine to look like!

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  8. I'm LOVIN' your cowboy tree! I had wanted to find rusty elements for mine this year too, but ran out of time. Next year!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS #7!

    FJ Donna

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  9. Hi Elizabeth!
    Greetings and Blessings from Kansas.
    Your tree is so very cute! Like this theme. Also I don't think your wreath bow is too droopy! Looks neat.

    God Bless you and it was nice to get a comment on my blog from you. Appreciate it.

    Good to hear from you,
    d from homehaven

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  10. Love the cowboy tree. But I have to ask, why cowboys?

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  11. Hi Dianna, we love most things to do with farms and rodeo in our home, horses, cows and cowboys too. Ever since my boys were quite little, they have loved wearing their cowboy hats and boots, and playing with their lariats. We do not live on a ranch but love to visit our families farms and love the style of decor. This is our fun themed tree, not our family tree with all the special ornaments. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

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  12. A cowboy tree is original and it's so cute! I've seen themed trees but yours is so well put together. Very nice!

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  13. This is a lovely look for a family that enjoys horses and cowboy-ing! I like the mellow colors, too.

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  15. Thanks for sharing this useful information with all of us.Keep sharing more in the future.Have a nice time ahead.

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  16. This, along with the rest of your work is incredible. I found your site today whilst searching for traditional christmas decorations and I've enjoyed reading through all of your blogs. Your creations are very inspiring and impressive and I look forward to seeing what else you come up with! All the best wishes for you.

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  17. Beautifully done! Thanks for sharing how you did it. So lovely I'm sure your guest will love it. My personal favorite is the addition of the ornaments. Thanks for posting.

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  18. I just love your blog and I think your article is so awesome!! I love antiques and what a way to go green!! I think the towels would just be so adorable also. Thanks for sharing the story about how it was made. Makes it that more special! Take care, Fran.

    Susan Graham

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