Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas Decorating: Zero Dollars

I am one of those, that starts pulling the Christmas decorations out, the day after Thanksgiving.
Sadly, I cannot put up my big tree with all my collectible cat ornaments, because of two very obnoxious kitties.
Yesterday I washed my big penny mats and put them back in place along with a few new decorations and this morning they were all over the place. I could hear Dora and izzy all night, racing through the house, flying across the tables and knocking down everything in their path.

So, for this year, I am doing more decorating on higher areas and walls, but I am sure the girls will find a way to get to them too;)
I seriously need to start making things for me, in January. At this time in the season, I am busy making presents so no time for me or sales. I hate to make things too early, things and tastes change, so who knows what new patterns and ideas, I might have next year.

I decided to take out things I had and redo them a bit, for now. I had an old wreath with the ugly bright velvet bows, so I took those off and added homespun and a couple of kitties. I like to keep them simple, then next year I can put something new on, no glue, I just stick them on. Scrap fabric and handmade kitties on an old wreath; Zero dollars.

The second spot I did up was the top of my tv unit. I used the wood planter I got and added fresh greens from my neighbors pines, shhhhh;) Then I cut some red berries from my other neighbors wire fence. They are all over grown and i am just trimming them for them;) A candle holder and my red glass angels and a new look for zero dollars.

I have some other things I am doing and will share my cheap and free decorating with you, through the coming month.
I will also share ideas where I can. As for the kitties, I used a basic shape and heavy cotton ticking. One I sewed inside out and turned, the other I sewed from the outside to give it a rough edge. I like the rough edge best. Then I used floss to make a face and stained with walnut ink. You can make simple cutouts like these from cookie cutter shapes and sew wrong sides together. Leave about a half inch to the edge and after stuffing, use your scissors and rub the edge. This will pull the loose threads out and leave the remaining threads raggedy.


Jacque. said... cute and they work together in your home!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Looks like you have a great start on your decorating! Your chasin' kitties and I'll be chasin' a 2 year old!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

love the kitty wreath..;)

moosecraft said...

Thanks for the inspirations Debbie! That wreath looks awesome! Seeing prim potential in everything is a priceless talent! :-)

ShabbySheep said...

Debbie, I got a great visual with the kitties jumping and sliding around! Just got the lights put on our tree this morning!

Joanne said...

I don't even want to know what Jonesy and Riley together would do to a tree but isn't it something - how you move one thing in the house and they are fascinated by that and can't leave it alone! Trick sometimes is to be sure they aren't in the room why you are doing it! hope they learn to appreciate the prim things of Moms!

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

I never thought about cats and xmax trees being a problem. Well that shows I'm a doggie owner. LOVE THE WREATH!