When I thought about decorating the house this Christmas, I wanted to do something a bit different to the usual garlands and fairy lights. I love looking in Christmas store windows where tableaux have been elegantly yet apparently oh-so-casually thrown together, so I’ve been gathering vaguely festive and wintery household items to act as props in little displays for the hallway and kitchen. It’s very much a work in progress; you know the kind of thing – just as soon as you artfully arrange a pair of wellington boots and ivy sprigs, someone will cry ‘Aha!, there they are!’, tug on the wellies and march off down the garden, whistling.
One thing that is going according to plan is the crafting of a Christmas party dress for the mannequin that usually lurks upstairs. Inspired by this amazing pin of a store window display, I’ve been attempting to create something similar at home…
I cut a piece of chicken wire and tied it around the mannequin’s waist, then wired in boughs of fir (I bought a huge bunch from the local garden centre for about £10/$15). I tied a length of wide black ribbon around it to cover the wire work and branch stumps, then added a few tonal baubles as a touch of sparkle.
The bodice I made by simply rolling up old sheets of music paper – a Mozart score found in a pile at the local charity shop – and tucking them into the ribbon. it’s very temporary, but she will endure throughout the holiday period I’m sure.
Into her skirts I am gradually weaving pine cones and robins (and Harry is tucking in any odd random bits of lego or string he finds lying around…), so she will continue to grow over the days to come.
I’ll transport her to the kitchen later tonight where she will take up residence over Christmas, but wanted to share with you the work in progress.
More pics later in the week as our decorating continues, including geese in packing crates, a rickety old sledge and a very precarious ladder strung with gifts and baubles. That’s if we manage not to knock any of it over first…
Have a great weekend, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing!