good tidings of comfort and joy.

I thought I’d squeeze in one more holiday post before the big day.

On Monday I shared a sweet little chair that I revamped using a stencil from Wallcutz (you can find them on Etsy).  Well, when I ordered that Fresh Honey stencil, I also ordered a couple of others including some Christmas stencils.  I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get anything completed and out to the shop to sell before the end of the holiday season this year, but there’s always next year right?

Plus, I wanted to make something for myself.  Shocker, right?  Nine times out of 10, I’m making things to sell.  But I wanted a black, stenciled sign for my own house.  I made up this one earlier in the month …

I loved it, but the dimensions weren’t quite right for the spot I had in mind.  So I sold it.

Then I saw this stencil from Wallcutz.

North Pole Stencil – WallCutz

Pretty adorable, right?

So I went back to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and found some more cupboard doors that it would fit on.

I painted mine in Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky, and stenciled it using French Linen for a shadow (just around the words North Pole) …

and Drop Cloth for the 2nd layer of stenciling.

I sanded everything, and this is definitely one of those cases where sanding all of the edges really brought out a lot of detail.

I hung it in this spot for getting some suitable photos of it, but ultimately it’s going to go on the wall behind the piano.

You can catch just a glimpse of my non-collected Christmas village in the background of the photo above.  I put it up on my giant pine cupboard.  I love the way it looks all lit up at night.

I use things like vintage suitcases, old books and game boxes to create varying heights.

And this year I put Ebenezer’s house in a bird cage.

So, probably not your typical Christmas village set up, but I like it.

These pieces are all from the Dept 56 Dickens Village.  If you buy them new they are silly expensive.  But I’ve gotten all of mine at either garage sales or thrift stores.  I don’t think I’ve ever paid more than $15 and usually it’s less.

I also want to share the throw pillow on my chair …

I found that at the Turn Style consignment store in Roseville for only $10.50.  They had quite a few of them when I was there last week.  I don’t know if they have a big post-holiday sale on Saturday or not, but some of you locals might have a shot at getting one even cheaper.

And on that note, I wish you all good tidings of comfort and joy!  Mr. Q and I will be enjoying a quiet Christmas this year with my niece and sister.  I have a couple of year-end wrap up posts planned over the next week, but other than that I plan to just chill out, rest up and get ready to ring in 2021.  It has to be an improvement on 2020, don’t you think?

32 thoughts on “good tidings of comfort and joy.

  1. I discovered Wallcutz about a year ago and have purchased many of their stencils. I hope they make you a brand ambassador – you’ll do well for them. Your black signs are great! There’s a FB page for them where members post their creations. Have a merry Christmas Linda! Enjoy your family, relax and have fun!


  2. I love that sign! It turned out wonderful. Your Christmas village looks perfect on your pine cupboard. It really is pretty all lit up. Thank you for sharing with all of us this year. You have inspired me to do so many things. I hope that you and Mr Q have a very Merry Christmas 🎄


    1. Wow, wow, wow! LOVE the black sign…that stencil is to die for. I think you should contact them for sure and become a brand ambassador, or whatever they call it. Add that to your many other hats you wear so well….Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Due to COVID, I didn’t get to decorate OR do my cards this year…let’s hope 2021 is a vast improvement! Love to you and Mr.Q…


  3. I love the sign ❤️ It turned out wonderful! The little Christmas village above your cupboard is so charming. It looks so beautiful all lit up. Thank you for all of your wonderful and inspiring posts this last year. I have enjoyed them so much. I have tried many of them. I hope that you and Mr. Q have a very Merry Christmas 🎄


    1. Uh … good question … I think I went with the smallest version available which is 12″ x 17″. One thing to note with Wallcutz is that the measurement listed is the measurement of the design itself, not the entire rectangle of the stencil.


  4. You’re always inspiring and again so today. Your village presentation may not be traditional but works! And the sign is just perfect. Hope you and Mr. Q have a wonderful and relaxing holiday.


  5. Happy holidays to you, Ms. & Mr. Q. Thank you for providing your fans so much joy and inspiration throughout the year. Cheers 🥂 to 2021.


  6. I love your signs Miss Quandie! And I love the shadowing! Do you tape your stencil down, especially doing the second, shadowing layer? They are are so perfectly executed (-; I, too, have the Dickens Village houses and I have A LOT of them because my husband decided there for a while that it was a Christmas gift that I’d always like. I had to tell him enough already! Too many and you lose the charm! It’s awesome that you were able to thrift them…..what a coup! Merry Christmas to you and your family Miss Quandie…….comfort and especially joy…. *-; *-; *-;


    1. I do tape my stencils down most of the time. Sometimes I wing it and just hold them in place, but that can be dangerous 😉 I suspect that the Dept 56 villages made great gift ideas for lots of people over the years. Mr. Q and I watched a documentary on Christmas model train set ups the other night and I was surprised to also learn that people often use the Dept 56 houses for that. They are just the right size. And they look amazing together with the trains.


  7. Merry Christmas Quandie! You are a little spot of fun and lightheartedness in what has been a crazy year. This sign is awesome! Love the black. It never goes out of style.


  8. Merry Christmas Linda! I always enjoy reading your blog!
    The new sign is great! Your black pieces always have such a nice, rich and deep color – is it just a paint, or you use something else to get that matte effect?


    1. It’s paint plus wax. I just love the look of a waxed finish. In this case I used clear, but if you really want a deep finish, try using the black wax over black paint. Gorgeous!


  9. Beautiful work, as always! I wondered about the shadowing also. Do you do the shadow layer first and then scoot the stencil a bit and do the full letters? 🤔 gorgeous!
    I have some Christmas village pieces but not that make. I put them up this year for the first time in a while. My little 2 yo granddaughter was enchanted! It was so much fun seeing her enjoy it. 🥰
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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