Happy first Advent everyone! Here is this year’s Advent wreath for you.
If you have followed along for some time, you might have expected me to announce my annual 12 Days of Christmas decorating series. After all I have done it for several years. There was my Red & White Christmas decor of 2011, my rustic natural Christmas decorations of 2012, my crafty woody Christmas of 2013, and of course my white Nordic Christmas house of 2014. And for the longest time, I was still expecting to do my series this year as well. I actually had a lot of projects planned in my head already.
But than life happened and things changed, and priorities shifted. Not only for me, but also for my fellow 12 day-ers. And so in mutual agreement we decided that we’d go with the flow and not force ourselves into something that might not be as fun anymore.
So this year, you can expect a very laid back, easy going Christmas around these parts. I WILL decorate my house – of course -. I love Christmas decorating. But I am not going to stress over it. I’ll let it happen gradually and moderately and I might not do a single craft in the process. Or I might…. We’ll see, I’ll let myself be surprised along with you.
Other years around this time, I would have been in Christmas mode for weeks already. Frantically trying to prepare myself for the series. This year I have been totally relaxed about it, and I hadn’t even given much thoughts to Christmas at all.
Until yesterday when it hit me. Today is the first Advent! The Christmas season has officially started!
And I might break with traditions this year, but I couldn’t break with the very first one. And that is that I always start my Christmas decorating season with a four candle Advent wreath.
So I set out to work.
I pulled this one together with what I had on hand. Which in this case meant a faux Christmas wreath from Ikea. I hadn’t planned on using it as a wreath. It is a bit of skimpy cheap looking one. I pulled it out of the discount corner at Ikea, and basically bought it for the iron frame on the back (those are so expensive to buy), fully planning on dismantling it.
But I thought it could work for now. I stuffed some more faux greens in there and than I faced the challenge of figuring out how to attach the candles.
I tried out several things and nothing worked. So I rummaged once more through my stash so see what I could use. When my eyes fell on this particularly ugly thing I found thrifting one day:
I bought it for the bottles of course. Thinking I could expand on my hanging bottles project one day. In its current state it was rather horrific: with those dried out “decorations” inside, the big blobs of glue holding it together and the general dirt factor. But I am so glad I procrastinated on freeing up those bottles. Because as it turned out the whole contraption just fit in perfectly inside my wreath.
I filled four bottles with sand, so I could safely nestle the candles inside. Added some paper stars from last years window sill display and called it a day.
I think this years Advent wreath turned out pretty good. And considering it is all faux materials, she will last beautifully until Christmas too. No falling needles to clean up this year.
Funny how the serendipity of things work, because in a million years I could not have come up with adding that lovely rusty element in there, but as things turned out I think that ‘handle’ adds just the perfect touch.
Of course I had to show you how it looks with the first candle burning. Lovely isn’t it.
Okay, the loyal reader who is paying attention might be wondering by now: where is this wreath standing? What is that marble surface? Have I seen that before?
Well, no you haven’t! May I introduce to you my latest makeover project: our new sideboard/dresser/cabinet:
Tada! I’ll get you guys acquainted soon, but for now, know that she makes me very happy.
Enjoy the Christmas season!