Styling the Seasons - December

Happy Tuesday, friends! I'm delighted to share some photos with you today, from my December contribution to Styling the Seasons. As you might remember, I blogged all about the most wonderful crafternoon I was lucky to attend at Liberty, playing with all the stunning Liberty print fabric. We also were able to craft with some sweet haberdashery items from The Homemakery. As December can get so busy, my styling the seasons surface has reflected this and I've deliberately kept it super simple. For us, Christmas is one of the most wonderful celebrations of the year as we celebrate the fact that Jesus, our saviour, came to earth as a baby. Love came down! So, while I love love going to town with decorations and decking the halls, I also try to take time out to remember this powerful message of love, salvation, hope and joy.

At the crafternoon, I made a sweet decoration, using an embroidery hoop and fabric. I simply fixed a piece of Tana Lawn cotton in Elisa D in the hoop {I just love the autumnal leaf pattern}. Onto this base I added a triangle in Capel F, a small felt square for the tree stand, a wooden star {which I painted gold} at the top of the Christmas tree and sequins for the baubles. So easy! I then plaited a few small scraps of fabric to make the hanging tab. The edge of the hoop has some sweet gold ribbon glued on, although this isn't all that visible from the front view.

Once I got home, I wanted to make a little something else to style the surface, so I thought a Christmas countdown might be fun. I had an old frame to hand, and all I did was simply cover the frame {using double sided tape} with Edenham tana lawn cotton - being careful around fiddly areas like the corners and inner edges. I then stuck a chalkboard sticker sheet onto the front of the photo frame glass, and popped into the frame as normal. Then using a chalk pen I started the Christmas countdown. {And as you'll probably spot, I photographed this a little while ago, when there was still 24 days to go!} I still have a fair bit of this gorgeous fabric left, so watch this space for my first attempt at quilt making in the new year!

As always, if you want to go involved with Styling the Seasons, just blog about {or tweet, or insta!} a photo of your styled surface and use the #stylingtheseasons hashtag, and let Charlotte and Katy know as they love seeing all the contributions! Let's make December extra sparkly!

By the way - there have already been so so many incredible styled surface and crafty makes, but none compare to the sheer awesomeness of Jeska's over at Lobster & Swan. Liberty print party hats? I'm in. That's now next on my to make list...