idea binders

I collect Christmas magazines and used to have about six feet of shelf space filled with them. It was only a few years ago that I could bring myself to pull out the pages showing ideas I like and put them into binders. I have about half the magazines done and will finish the rest as I have time. These binders come in handy time and again!

idea binders

In the past, my older daughters (23 and 20) would decorate the trees in their own bedrooms. This year they are living away from home, attending college. They both gave me permission to do “whatever” to their trees. My sister and I took out the idea binders and pulled some pages that gave us ideas we liked. Just looking at the pictures was inspiring!

This page showed twiggy stars.

twiggy stars

And this page showed felt ornaments.

felt ornaments

We took those ideas and tweaked them a bit. Genny made stars using the hot glue gun, then spray painted them a cream color. She sprayed them with a glossy sealant when dry.

I stamped stars and snowflakes onto cream colored felt, then used my sewing machine to stitch the ornaments.

felt ornaments

Genny spray painted twigs for the top of the tree, and we added large bows made from three kinds of wide ribbon.

DD1987's tree

The tree fits the room which features a horse theme, with a 22″ horse border, brown bandanna window toppers, and bandanna pillows on the bed.

DD#1’s tree was decorated with silver ornaments, silver tinsel garland, and white paper doves sprayed with glitter. This magazine page gave us the idea for the doves. Genny free-handed the pattern and cut them from card stock.

paper doves

DD1984's tree

The tree sits on a small round table. We will cover the tree stand with white batting, then drape white lace panels over the batting to the floor.

Decorating continues today. Genny is making *another* run to the store for needed supplies. Check back later for more pics! ~~Rhonda


  1. Posted November 29, 2007 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    The trees look wonderful! Love the inspiration from the magazines. Genny is such a good helper! You are both so creative. I am sure it’s a blessing having her there with you!

  2. Rhonda
    Posted November 29, 2007 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    She comes every year and I couldn’t do it without her. One year she was hospitalized and couldn’t help. We had a public house tour to raise money for missions that year. My church family stepped in and helped a lot. I tell Genny it took the entire church to replace her. 🙂 ~~Rhonda

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