Mr. and Mrs. Christmas Stockings

Throwback craft time! To a pre-kid era, when I had time for felt and pom poms and COUPLE STOCKINGS! After children invaded our life, I always intended to add additional homemade stockings with kiddos names to the fleet, but then I kinda moved away from these colors and never dedicated the time to rework/create more. Our “official” family stockings now are vintage and wonderful, but I sometimes hang the Mr/Mrs ones up around the house too, to remind of us easier times ha!

If you’ve never made your own stockings before, they are quite simple (way easier than raising children) and come together rather quickly once you have a plan. So if you are in need of some custom couple stockings, break out the felt and the glue gun and get ready for an afternoon of crafting…I start by making a paper template of the stocking shape that I want, working it until I have the size and proportions that I want, and then make a front a back for each stocking. Sewing is not a personal joy so I opt to glue gun whenever possible, but for actual stocking construction – especially if the stockings will be used (filled), I usually lug out the sewing machine and test my patience. For this project I went above and beyond, completely maxing out my sewing abilities, to add a contrasting panel to the tops before sewing the fronts and backs together. I won’t give you a tutorial on how I did that because I’m sure there is a correct way to sew on a “top” and I’m 100% sure I didn’t do it that way.

All additional embellishments are hot glued. Felt is perfect for holiday crafts like this. Not only is it forgiving and sturdy in the face of hot glue, it gives off that homemade vintage craft vibe like nothing else and offers endless possibilities! I opted for bell and holly shapes because they are simple and graphic. Look to vintage Christmas cards for ideas! Layer that felt, add ric rac and pom poms and you are on your way to Christmas magic.

The key to this project is the Mr/Mrs (or Mr/Mr or Mrs/Mrs!!!) letters. Crisp edges and a casual sign painter-esque typeface are a must. I free-hand and cut my letters (2/2 talents I have). But if you don’t have Edward Scissorhand level snipping skills, it’s easy to find a font you like, print out the words in your preferred size, and do a little pattern transfer onto your felt to guide your cutting.Happy holiday glue gunning! xoxo Jenny

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Rainbow Christmas Tree

Did you have one of these ceramic lighted trees as a kid? We did and it might be my favorite Christmas decoration memory from childhood. (Well that and an odd stuffed Christmas mouse in clothes that hid under low slung furniture? Mom???) I looked forward to organizing those little plastic bulbs all year long! It was the Lite-Brite, another childhood OBSESSION, of holiday decor. Of course, I wanted my kids to have the same exact experience (parents are so weird) so I found one of these vintage Atlantic Mold trees when they were babies and now my kids look forward to popping in the colorful pegs every year too. Weird mission accomplished.

My daughter rearranged all the little bulbs and birds in rainbow order a few years back and it was like an explosion of 80’s nostalgia all rolled up in one little tree. Rainbow isn’t usually my thing, but now this is the only way we decorate our lighted tree. For those of you looking to light up a ceramic tree of your own without going vintage, good news! They are making a comeback and everywhere from Amazon to Target is carrying them! About time, because finding these trees vintage can be a job. They are always the first thing to be scooped up at estate sales. The one below is my favorite but this all pink one is pretty great too. I was reminded of all this when I saw this perforated little tree at Target recently – I don’t think is meant to be used with bulbs but it would look amazing with some glowy balls or even crazy birds! And battery powered!Now you know I’m a bit of a Christmas minimalist, but there remains one Christmas decoration on my hunt list to eventually take the place of my more traditional tree. The ever elusive 60’s ultra-modern ceramic light up tree. Like this. The best, right?! Unwilling to pay ebay prices, I’ve been waiting for 10ish years to find one “in the wild” with no luck. Send me good scavenging wishes for the new year!

And tell me, was a tree like this part of your childhood too????

Vintage Holiday Magazine

Super excited to share that our Christmas home is in the current issue of Vintage Holiday Magazine! We had so much fun getting all our decorations out for this shoot…IN THE HEAT OF SUMMER! We literally had Christmas in July. The only thing missing was a live tree! Compared to Christmas last year (den and family room), I really amped up the color. I stuck to my usual punchy but minimal approach to Christmas decorating, and that near-and-dear topic ended up being the whole angle of the article. (By the way, that is Krys Melo’s adorable pink tree on the cover!!!) The actual shoot was hectic so I don’t have any behind the scenes pics to share. It was a double shoot where holiday was photographed first and then I hastily removed all remnants of Christmas to shoot each room “regular” for an upcoming feature in another publication! Let’s just say I was very sweaty and couldn’t keep up at all! It was like a Disneyland holiday overlay in my own house that I was responsible for moving in minutes. I did get a few shots of my own the day before to show how everything was styled…

The den got stockings, a mini vintage wall tree, and lots of turquoise. The family room got the aluminum tree, our orange Bertoia chair, a dressed up bullet planter, and so many fake presents! And I did the entry almost exactly like I did for real Christmas last year. Only thing different was the new orange front door, which had an exciting wreathed moment. I love that my kids will always remember that one crazy summer when our weird family had second (first?) Christmas. AND NOW IT’S TIME TO DO IT ALL AGAIN!!! xoxo Christmas Maniac