Christmas Signs and a Christmas Vase

Along with the shorter days this time of year it is starting to feel like winter here in southern Ontario. Hubby had to scrape frost off my van windows before I could leave for work this morning. I have put away our simple Fall decor and I am just beginning to work on ideas for our Christmas decor. This past weekend I painted two small signs to help add some holiday cheer to our home.

The signs are not my original designs but they were fun to work on. I cut a pine board that we had on hand in half and just started painting. The best part is that I had all the supplies on hand and in a few hours (including dry time) I had two new signs. These instagram photos don't show the distressed edges very clearly, but I will be sharing photos again when I decide where to use them.

I don't have any fancy cutting tools so I just printed off some font on the computer for the Rudolph sign and traced the letters. The lettering is not perfect but it will do! For the JOY sign I traced large alphabet stencils.

Our fireplace wall is finished and I will be sharing it and a faux beam mantel just as soon as I can take better photos. I also need to share the farmhouse table that I cut down in size, stained and painted in ASCP for our family room computer desk. I wanted something for the corner of the desk and went looking for a large vase at the thrift store. This 12" glass vase was $5 and I filled it with birch branches, corks and red bead berries. I may switch the beads out for bells.

Are you hanging on to Fall a bit longer? Are you American and waiting for your Thanksgiving or do you like to combine the holidays? Our Canadian Thanksgiving was in early October so I hope to get a start on more of my Christmas decor this weekend. Thanks for visiting!

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  1. I have been trying to hang onto Fall for a bit longer but I guess we have snow coming tonight or tomorrow. Guess my Happy Fall Days are over. I love your signs and love coming to visit you. Hope you have a great night- xo Diana

  2. I love Thanksgiving - it's my favorite holiday - but I have been shopping for Christmas gifts & a new pre-lit table top tree already. I will have trees to decorate in 3 rooms. I love the lights at Christmastime. I love your cute signs and the birch limb in your festive vase! thanks

  3. Love the signs Elizabeth. Your fall decor is cozy and pretty.
    Have a great week.

  4. You did a great job on those signs! I've never made my own sign. Since I'm American, I wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas.

  5. I like your statement, "it's not perfect, but it will do". OnInstagram, I see perfect items and I see the same things on maybe 20 different accounts. Handmade signs are so much more unique. I love Home Goods as much as the next person, but I prefer homes that aren't cookie cutter and your signs are unique to you.

  6. Love the painted signs! I'd still like to paint a Peace sign like you featured last year!

  7. Those signs are darling and I adore the birch centerpiece.
    Have a wonderful week!

  8. Love the birch centerpiece! It is all very pretty.

  9. I normally wait until after our American Thanksgiving, but I've got my boxes out and am sorting through them already! I'm getting antsy!


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