Monday, December 21, 2009

The Stockings Were Hung....

On my bannister with great care...

I had wanted a specific garland to match the one
I had on my mantle.
I went back to Hob Lob....but no dice.
They were sold completely out.

I was bummed and kinda whined a bit.
Mr. M just sat on the couch and stared at me.
(That was probably a smart move on his part...saying anything at that point would have been suicide.)

So...when I was through with my temper tantrum
I decided to make do.
I had purchased some cheapo
plain green garland a while back
and decided to use it for my bannister.

But then...genius struck.
Okay, maybe idiot savant....

I decided that I wanted vintage baby shoes
to hang on my garland....
no go.
Couldn't find any white baby shoes anywhere.

Now, if I didn't WANT
white baby shoes...
they would be falling from the sky.

As luck would have it...
I wanted some and they were no where to be found.

So I decided to go with my next thought.
Baby booties.....
didn't happen.
Only blue ones....sigh.

On to plan "D"..
White baby socks.
They were gleaming white.
Blinding white.

Tea stain to the rescue.

It gave them a perfect aged look.
I hung them with some antiqued doll head clothespins.

But now my garland was lacking.
Those socks are small....
change that......
they are "smoooooll."

So I  happened to look over in my living room
and see some of my letters that I purchased
awhile back.
Some of the envelopes are very small and dainty
and are the perfect "yellow".

They worked!!!

I tucked them in with some postcards
that were written by a son to his mother
about his life away from home.

Now, I had a theme.
I always try to have a theme, you know.
(It's good for the soul..)

I would build my garland with
a mother's love.

I added small stuffed bears and toys.

I added some paper mache ornaments
that I painted and distressed.

I draped the garland and added
some tea stained muslin bows that I made.

I could just imagine a mother displaying her
children's socks and toys to remind her
of when her children were small at Christmas.

I tied in bits and pieces of strips of fabric
to give it a punch of contrast.

In the end...

What a happy accident
that Hob Lob was sold out
because I would have never
had to put my thinking cap on
and come up with such a cute garland.

Even Shuga thought it was special.
(She's been sleeping on the steps ever since I put it up.)

As we grow closer to the fastly approaching holiday,
please remember to take time to reflect
on the meaning of Christmas.

Remember to love your family, friends and your brother man
as it was love that gave us this day.

The love that not a mother, but a Father, gave
to us so many years ago
that is still
alive and well today.

Merry Christmas
Six in One Hand!!!!!!!


  1. Merry Christmas to you too! What a sweet post:) Love it and how warm your home is and loving! Take care of yourself and I hope you feel all better!

  2. This is WAY cuter than anything HobLob could come up with! I love it!

  3. Mery Christmas to you too... your garland is precious... what a wonderful idea you had and it turned out just perfect! Love your puppy too! xoxo Julie Marie

  4. I just adore your Christmas inspired metamorphosis.

    Be merry and bright!

  5. Your stairs look absolutely lovely. The garland and trim ideas that you came up with mixed together to create a beautiful vintage look.
    I love it!

  6. The mother's love garland is supreme. You are quite the creative one. The diving Mr. M wins again. And you are so right. All is for not, without Jesus Christ. Amen and amen. ~Mindy

  7. Cute idea - and merry Christmas to you and your family !!!!

  8. That bannister is BEAUTIFUL!! So cool! I love the old letters in it ,that makes it so special, when I find them I feel like I've been trusted with a special treasure. Have a wonderful Christmas! ~ Theresa

  9. Merry Christmas to you too! Your garland is beautiful and I love the theme that developed as you put your garland together.
    Have a wonderful holiday.

  10. Those are some really creative ideas. That's the kind of garland someone will want to stop and examine.

  11. Super cute! And one of a kind! ~ Angela

  12. You are so talented and creative! I love this!

  13. Great, great job! And great message, too.
    Be sure to check my new post up today for a peek at your new cane! :-)

  14. Just think of all the money you use for good junk! It looks Fab U Lous and I'm so happy you felt good enough to do it! Merry Christmas and I'll see you in the New Year!

  15. Great post, Great project. Well done!!!!

  16. Shuga knows a good thing when she sniffs it. Wonderful theme. I like it! Merry Christmas!

  17. send me your address!


    Do you think size 11 teenage socks would work? Hmmm....

    Seriously - LOVE IT!!!

    ;-) Robelyn

  19. You're right, necessity is the mother of invention and the seed of creativity.

  20. Enjoyed reading your post as much as I did looking at it! Very clever ideas ; )

  21. your garland is so cute i can't stand it!

    my whole life my mom has always told me that she got her best ideas when she didn't have any money! course she was referring to the 50's when she decorated the INside of her house with OUTdoor furniture...i.e. butterfly chairs, ain't that a shame!

    how great is the idea when we hit a dead end! wishing you a Merry, Merry Christmas!

  22. Such a sweet happy garland. These projects have a way of working themselves out sometimes. Yours is beautiful. Have a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful Christmas!

  23. Merry Christmas to you too!!! :)

  24. What a cute idea. Who would have thought of just using baby socks....well you of course! very clever.
    Love your blog....thanks for coming by so I could find yours!

  25. I love the garland.. but what the sam hill is wrong with Shuga??? She looks like she was hung from the mantle.


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