After Christmas when the decorations come down and are stored away, the house seems to look rather bare. I surfed around online looking for some winter decorating ideas and found some nice ones. But most of the ideas used lots of snowflakes and ice-blue colors; it seemed to look as cold inside as it was outside!
I decided to look for things to "warm" the house up. Living in the deep south it doesn't get terribly cold; but we think it's freezing when the temperature drops below 38 degrees! Never mind, it's still suppose to be winter.
The blanket was a rich, warm burgundy on one side and (fake) sherpa on the other; it was perfect. I found an outline of the moose and bear online and traced them onto squares of muslin. Then I used a sewing machine stitch and brown thread to make the designs.
For the table I found some items at the dollar store. Candlesticks were used as a base and the glasses were glued to them with glass glue.
I also had a long narrow strip of the blanket left over from making the pillows, so I decided to use it for a table runner. I filled in the larger jar with beads, but acorns or whatever you have would also work. Of course, snowflakes would look great too.
The colors here are rich and they warm up the table nicely.
Rich colors and lots of warm, fluffy blankets ready to use can really warm up the house and invite family and friends in from the cold.
The items here have cost me little (or nothing) except a few hours of time. All the bare spots from Christmas are gone and a warm and relaxing look has appeared.
Pass the popcorn!