holiday decorating ideas: ornaments…
Posted in christmas ideas, handmade December 6th, 2008 by piablog

It’s a rainy Friday night. Everyone is tucked up in their homes here in Amsterdam reading each other poems, opening gifts, and munching on handfuls of pepernoten. Why, you might ask? It’s sinterklaas here in The Netherlands. And this is (apparently) what they do today! For some reason this was a tradition that did not travel with my oma & opa when they moved to Australia. Although the best part of the tradition, in my opinion, did – each year my great grandmother came to visit us in Australia and brought each of her great grandchildren a large chocolate letter – the letter being the first letter of one’s name. So, every year I delightfully received a chocolate “P” and boy, did I love that tradition!! I still uphold it – just the other day I bought myself an organic chocolate “P”.

Hmm after that little story, I’m ready to start decorating the (blog)house and the (blog)tree! Are you with me? First up are those gorgeous recycled wood sock and stocking forms from Baileys (£18 and £24 each), and recycled glass baubles (£6.50), also from Baileys. So beautiful.

Clockwise from left:

1. little woollen trees made by little love blue. part of a set of 3 for $38. NY

2. felted christmas trees from reya veltman. so so cute. set of 3 for $45. The Netherlands.

3. country day trees from middelburg folk art studio. I love the texture of these! Imagine a row of them along a sideboard, so lovely. Set of 3 for $67. St. Charles(where is that exactly?)

I’m in love with these 1930’s deer decorations. A little battered and bruised (some have a limb missing), but just as lovable. callooh callay set of four, $17…

…and these toy soldiers from the ’60s, $22, also from callooh callay.

Clockwise from top left:

1 & 2. folded painted stars from sew danish 6.50 each.

3 & 4. royal buffet’s paper butterfly wreaths and garlands are to die for! check out what’s in store today (items are selling fast so if you see something you like, grab it tout de suite!)

5. paperboat press (aka the lovely kylie johnson) have a fabulous collection of handmade holiday ornaments, and these ceramic christmassy circles are just part of it! AUS$12.95 each, available online through biome.

6. This winter white rose garland is so pretty. It’s from pamela angus. $69. France.

7. how dainty is this little garland from lobster and swan? I think it’s sold, but it is lovely inspiration for holiday decorating none-the-less.

8. I think these German wool felt ornaments would look equally great on a traditional tree as well as a white one or even a branch. Or strung along on a ribbon as a garland. They come from filz felt. set of 4, $20. Boston.

9. kim westad’s coral pendant’s look great as hanging ornaments – how fabulous for a tree by the sea. $22 each. NYC

I’m off to bed now. But I’ll be back on the weekend with some holiday art and finishing up the enhance the everyday holiday guide with an awesome gift wrap selection on Monday! But before I go, I have a little treat for you: The lovely danielle from room service cleveland has so sweetly sent me this special gift for each and every one of you…

…thank you danielle! click here to be whisked away to danielle’s boutique, and don’t forget to enter “piajanebijkerk” in the coupon code box at checkout.


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  1. Tartelette says

    I do sinterklaas here! My dad’s from the North and he continued the tradition even though we lived down South. Funny story is that my name is hyphenated so not to make anybody jealous, my brothers were allowed to pick a second name so we could all have 2 letters!!
    As always your list is brilliantly put together!

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  2. nancy says

    totally in love with the first 5 pix!

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  3. stephanie says

    i’m loving the glass baubles and coral pendants. beautiful ideas pia.

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  4. kosenrufu mama says

    ohhh i love the decorations you have proposed here…. have a nice weekend

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  5. Danielle says

    those wooden socks are incredible, i must have them! thank you thank you pia for passing along the coupon! happy weekend! xo

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  6. Maia says

    The wool and felt ornaments are a wonderful solution for a household with a small and inquisitive toddler! This is our first Christmas as parents of a toddler, and it is a new experience thinking up ways to decorate with her in mind!

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  7. pia says

    maia – yes that’s true, those felt ornaments are perfect decorations for a house with little ones! How fabulous that this is your first christmas with your daughter, enjoy!!

    danielle – i adore those wooden socks too, such a nice spin on the traditional christmas stocking theme. it’s my pleasure to post your gift to my readers, thanks again!

    kosenrufu mama – thank you, hope you are having a lovely weekend.

    stephanie – me too! thank you.

    nancy – i’m so glad! x

    tartelette – you are lucky indeed to have a hyphenated name!! i loved reading your childhood story, thanks so much for sharing it.


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  8. Hila says

    Those are some of the loveliest decorations I’ve ever seen 🙂

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  9. mollie says

    wow, thanks again! and boy do i love those toy soldiers!

    December 10th, 2008 | #

  10. Courtney says

    I love the glass baubles, the coral pendants, the butterfly wreath and garland. These are such lovely decorations.

    December 10th, 2008 | #


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  12. Reya says

    Oh hello! How lovely to find my tree folk here 🙂

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