12.14.2010

Stockings Hung with Care

Our apartment is sans fireplace, which means that Santa's going to have to find an alternate point of entry, and I had to make do without a mantle. I hung our stockings with fleur de lis picture nails on a bare wall in our living room. They were shimmery and festive, but something was missing...



They needed a personal touch, but I'm not handy enough with needles and thread to take on embroidery. Instead I drew out petite banners on black paper and scribbled in all of the WarLock family names...


Now it's perfectly clear where all the coal should go!


We're sharing with the kitties, so most of the stocking stuffers will be catnip treats. Matilda loves unwrapping her own presents (last year she even retrieved them from under the tree), and we figure that Phinney will be thrilled to have paper to shred and new toys to play fetch with. There will be a few presents for Adam and I as well, and since I'm doing the shopping, I already know I love them!


We're looking forward to two more sets of thoroughly stuffed stockings when we go home to Washington for the holidays. Adam has a large family, and this year each person is responsible for contributing some goodies to three other stockings. Everyone will end up with a fun assortment! My family saves the stockings until very last, to be emptied and giggled over as we finish our coffee. 

Are stockings part of your Christmas tradition?

7 Have Spoken.:

Barbara said...

You talented people make me crazy! "I drew out our names"...you're an artist! If I did that, it would look like my dog did it!

Very, very pretty!!

Zog Kadare said...

Speaking for the general bourgeois, we are not that shocked; if at all.
Your Dada is perhaps subversive in that the contemporary, being defined by the constant change of the status quo, is undermined by the retention of the traditional.

Maggie Rose said...

Love the stockings and the name tags are beautiful!

And my, we have some cranky readers today, don't we? Sheesh. And the award for snottiest comment goes to....

Elizabeth said...

Barbara... Awww, thank you! Should you ever need something hand-lettered, you know who to call :)

Zog Kadare... You needn't take my title so seriously, it's merely a quote that reminds me to keep my life and decor fresh and interesting (on my less-than-bourgeois budget)!

Maggie... Hee hee!

denise, the prime magpie said...

Ah! Brilliant and creative, as always. And totally cute idea to apply to things in a non-holiday way. Would be funny to jazz up a boring work cubicle with little banners like that!

Elizabeth said...

Denise... How sweet you are, as always! I liked them so much that I did all of my Christmas gift tags as little banners :)

Meditate This said...

Clever idea! I also live in an apt sans fireplace. I'm borrowing this idea for my son's stockings. Keep up the creativity!! :)