I almost titled this post #calmdownitsnotevenhalloweenyet
But I had to post because (1) I was so excited I couldn’t wait any longer to show you the stocking collection and (2) the stockings sold out last year and (3) by the time I got around to remembering to post my Christmas mantel in December they would all be gone.
So with a drum roll and clanging cymbals and a ticker tape parade….I present to you without further ado…..
…..the 2014 Thistlewood stocking collection from South House Designs.
I’ve never designed something like this before and it was kind of like giving birth except without the labor pains and ice chips and the cute wreath on the hospital door.
In July, Diane from South House Designs sent me a giant box full of patterns and swatches and trims and buttons and then waited patiently as I sent her combination after combination and then changed my mind and re-sent them to her and then changed my mind about 100 times and then re-sent them again.
I just wanted them to be perfect.
And kind of neutral.
And burlapy with a little vintage silhouette and simple trims and mother of pearl buttons topped off with a pop of farm-house pattern.
That is a lot to ask of one little stocking.
And to top off the 2014 stocking collection…I made these easy DIY wood Christmas stocking tags.
I’ve never really worked with the wood slices before and I love the combination of the rustic wood against the stockings.
It literally took me 10 minutes to make all of them….
….with plenty of extra time leftover for fall decorating. 🙂
brown or sepia stamp pad
1. Start with the wood slices
You can buy these at any craft store.
They come with a birch bark edge or a rough bark (super technical term) edge.
Let me interrupt this wood Christmas stocking tag post to tell you this is seriously the cutest set of stamps I have ever seen.
And the best part?
They were 50% off this week at Hobby Lobby for only $4.99.
Totally worth the price of admission.
Get ready….because this is the hard part. 🙂
Simply line up the stamps and hold them all together to make sure they are spaced correctly.
Then I stamped the pad with the stamps (just like this).
And when I was finished the tag looked like this.
See how cute the stamps are?
And if you squint…the sepia almost looks like the name was burned into the wood.
Add the eye hook to the top and tie a piece of twine to hang the tag to the stockings.
Super cute. check
I thought how perfect they would be as Christmas ornaments or present toppers or wreath decorations and then I remembered that it was only October.
So #maybejustpinthemforlaterandstartcarvingsomepumpkins 🙂
PS To see the entire stocking collection and ordering information….click here.