Holidays at the Hitching Post
Hi All! I wanted to offer you a glimpse into the rather colorful holiday decorations here at Casa Baca. I’m rarely one for a traditional red and green Christmas…unless we are referring to New Mexican chile…I’ve been know to have Christmas trees decked out in ALL orange, or ALL even turquoise! This year, I wanted to get funky and super colorful. I was feeling a circus-y, Folk art-y handmade Christmas. My color palette stemmed from bright orange, pink and turquoise with touches of shiny gold tinsel, natural kraft paper and even neon textiles.
I decided that I wanted Circus Zebras to grace the tree. “Why Circus Zebras?” you ask; I have no idea. I’m not sure if a Circus Zebra is a real thing, but for a whimsical tree, who cares?! I made these by painting and scanning an ink drawing, then printing a bunch in black and white on a thick card-stock paper and then got to detailing. Oh boy, here’s where the fun is!
The zebras got neon saddle blankets. So fancy, huh?
Ohhh, and glittered stripes…my kind of zebra!
Circus/ Folk artsy fart-sy inspiration is never complete without some crepe paper fringe, right?!
Neon poms and a backing of soft felt.
Apologies, I forgot to take a picture of the tinsel that was sandwiched in between the paper and felt. It was just some regular ol’ tinsel form the dollar store, trimmed to edge the zebra perfectly. (Also not pictured: the hot glue burns that came with sandwiching that bling).
VOILA! The finished zebras! They were the perfect addition to this year’s wrapping paper scheme. Let’s talk about that shall we.
I rarely buy wrapping paper as I’ve had a giant roll of kraft paper hanging around for the last 8 years….I might be finally reaching the end! But I like to start with a neutral palette and then get crafty with the ties and trim that grace a package. To me, this is the best part, better than the present itself. I remember on Christmas asking my mom (I mean Santa) just to wrap a bunch of empty boxes because the unwrapping was the most fun to me!
That said, the pressies were adorned with fringed crepe paper, felt cut-outs, neon yarn and poms, gold paper disks and more gold tinsel! Call me a total nerd, but I love when the presents under the tree totally match. It must be from all those years of reading Martha Stewart and seeing the styled Christmas shoots where everything coordinated. Dang you Martha, I blame you for my OCD/Christmas snobbery!
So yeah, the ornaments match too. Luckily, I have about a thousand ornaments and I LOVE them all. But, I would seriously need at least 7 trees in my Casa to display each one, so every year, depending on the tree theme (Geeze, I’m a “themed tree” person, I want to punch myself…ugh) certain ornaments make the cut. I recently acquired a collection of vintage yarn ornaments from Equador. They belonged to the mister’s grandmother, making them the best kind of vintage. I also had a set of felt doves that I made years ago. With the colorful lights, they are just happy and perfectly Folk-arty
Oh, the rest of the house, you ask? Well, my goal was to have a bunch of blooming bulbs gracing every square inch. Needless to say, I started my paper whites about a month too late (I’ll be lucky if they make it here by March), but the green-thumbed-I-sing-to-my-bulbs-and-they-bloom-magic Marsia Millefiori gifted me with the most beautiful Amaryllis, making me jumps and squeal with delight! I stuck two little Christmas Clowns that I made in the pot to hang out. I smile huge every time I walk past.
I hope you all have a beautiful holiday season. I’ve so enjoyed the crafting and prepping for Christmas. Hopefully I’ll be doing snow angels in a few days…or at least snuggled on the couch watching a Christmas Story on repeat. xo!