Today I'm sharing the last bit of Christmas decor from this year. I did some Pinterest inspired things that I wanted to share with you, as well as share a neat little photography trick that I used.
I had SO very much going on this season that by the time I was finally able to get around to actually decorating I was not feeling very creative or original at all. I just wanted it up and done. So I scoured my Christmas board on Pinterest to try and get my creative juices flowing. I saw a few ideas there that got me moving.
This is the shelf that hangs above the couch in the living room. I kept it fairly simple this year with a wooden star hanging above, a white ceramic Nativity, candles, antique wooden toys, greenery, and red berries.
The wooden star idea came from my Pinterest board.
I already had a similar star that I got at a yard sale a couple of years ago as well as some extra large galvanized jingle bells.
(I found the picture on Pinterest, but couldn't find the original source.)
Here's my version.
I love these little wooden animal toys. My mom bought them at an antique store 30 years ago and I love the touch of simple rustic-ness they bring.
This candle idea was another one from Pinterest.
It caught my eye because I knew I had similar rustic snowflakes.
I used the candles that were on the dining room buffet in the fall, and just turned them around so the key was in the back and hooked the snowflake to the twine that was already on the candle. I set them both up on pieces of the Christmas tree trunk that Hubs had cut off.
I enjoyed the simple rustic look of it all very much.
The third idea I "knocked off" was this picture frame wreath.
(Again, I couldn't find the original source. The blog must not exist anymore.)
As I was looking over the board I saw this pin and it struck me that, "Hey! I have the perfect frame for this!" I had just decorated for our church Christmas banquet and had bought and spray painted a frame to use as a photo prop that I knew would be just right for this. I dug out my box of garland from the shed and came up with my own version.
I added a string of white lights to it that gave off the most beautiful cozy glow above our new piano. I also tucked in some bunches of faux berries here and there.
I really loved how it turned out!
This last picture has nothing to do with decorating, but it is a little DIY frugal photography trick I wanted to share with you.
Can you see the difference in the two pictures above?
The one on the left is darker and has harsh shadowing on the right side of the wreath since the light source was coming from the window on the left. The picture on the right is brighter and the shadowing is greatly reduced. Different exposure settings you say? Nope. Same exact settings. Different times of the day? No, both pictures were taken within 10 seconds of each other. Fancy umbrella flash on a stand? No flash was used in either of these pictures. Good editing skills? Wrong again.
The answer is.....poster board. Yep, just a 33¢ piece of white poster board. As I was taking the pictures I noticed the harsh shadows being created and I realized I needed to reflect the light coming from the window back onto the wreath. Sitting nearby was a poster board calendar I made for my kids awhile back so I used the plain back side of it. Using a tripod I set the camera to the timer mode, pushed the button, then quickly positioned myself just to the right of the wreath holding the poster board so that it caught the incoming light and bounced it back onto the wreath. Pretty neat trick, huh? My aspiring photographer brother taught me that trick when we were just kids.
That does it for Christmas decor pictures for this year. I had more decorated, but just did not feel inspired to take pictures of any more of it. Hopefully I'll be a better blogger next year. : )
In other news, all the free products I ordered have been delivered. Yay! Now, I have 2 weeks to get them up and blog about them. Two items are part of current projects that will help finish them off, one item is going to be the starting point of our next room makeover project, and the other two items are much needed replacements but aren't necessarily a big makeover project.
So stay tuned for that post coming up in.....2 weeks! :D