Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Red & White Decorations
Instead of the traditional nativity scene, I placed our Santa-Kneeling-At-The-Manger figure as the centerpiece on the sideboard in the entryway. I included a small red & white Christmas tree and the folded Christmas tree I made. (I had actually anticipated creating a couple more trees in different sizes for this display, but I haven't yet found time to decorate the additional trees I folded . . . or to post a tutorial here!)
My favorite part of the red and white decor took me an entire afternoon to complete, but was worth it as it makes me smile every time I walk through the room. I removed everything from inside the china cabinet, cleaned it, and put together a display with an assortment of red and white items - milk glass, ruby red glassware, dark red & white china. (Based on the dinginess of the mirrors and the rather substantial protective coating of dust covering everything, it's been a while since I removed everything and cleaned the inside of the cabinet!) I then piled red and white Christmas balls in some of the dishes.
Here's another angle, showing the red & white stuffed bears on the chairs beside the cabinet.
We used the silver Christmas tree in this room and decorated it with red and white and Santa ornaments. We spent this morning wrapping our gifts to each other in red, white and silver paper.
I arranged our Santa collection and photos with Santa on our memory shelf.
As a final touch, I replaced my God Is Love hook-a-rug with a framed Santa-kneeling-at-the-manger that a dear elderly friend gave me years ago.
We had FUN using lots of red and white decorations in this room . . . and adding some "froufrou and whimsy" decorations throughout the rest of the house (which I'll share in an upcoming post).
Do you have FUN decorating for Christmas? Do you use a color scheme in your decorations?