A few weeks ago my friend Laura and I went on a holiday tour of Ohio City. We took Lolly the Trolley from The Garage Bar on West 25th Street to a drop off point across the street from the old YMCA and toured six disctinctive homes decorated for the holidays. Prior to this experience, my impression of Ohio City was that it was a place for young urban professionals to store their stuff while they worked downtown and played in the plethora of bars and restuarants in the area.
The fact that I had this impression is evidence that I'd never really spent much time in Ohio City because, boy, was I wrong. Several of the houses belonged to families with small children and their holiday decor reflected that. This display of Christmas stockings made me want to go home and sew up a set for my own family. I love the simplicity of the felt letters hand sewn onto the stockings. The English teacher part of me appreciates the integration of the quote from "Twas the Night Before Christmas" into the decor.
I also thought this was a brilliant way to display Christmas cards. Laura and I guessed that the first cards to arrive form the initial border of the tree while the rest are used to fill in the outline. I like that the shape of cards adds another layer of decoration; the cards themselves are festive, but they all work together to form a larger decoration.
In the kitchen of one of the houses, several wine corks and pine scraps were used to create a tiny forest. Little Tiger and The Milk Belly Princess would get a kick out of setting something like this up in our house.
My favorite house proudly displayed decorations that reminded me of my childhood, like this ornament made from sequins and pins. It was one of several hanging from ribbon on tension rods at the top of the door frame near the main entrance. My Grandma Evelyn used to make these from kits and give them to me. As a small child I was dazzled by the shiny sequins.
The lady of the house told a beautiful story about how her parents worked together to make all of these ornaments for their first Christmas as a married couple back in the 70s. Seeing them displayed so nicely made me want to search online for a place that sells kits so I can make some of my own. A small tree with just these kinds of ornaments in different shapes and colors in my bedroom next year would be divine...but so far I haven't had any luck.
When I was little, I had a friend whose mother made her whole family stockings with felt and sequins. I thought they were the coolest and wished my family had a similar matched set, but I was the only one in my house who was enamored with sparkly crafts. Eventually, I grew very attached to the stocking my mother made for me when I was a baby. More about that in my next post when I highlight some of the decorations from my Christmases past.