Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cast Iron Christmas Stocking Holders

In my scouring for  thrifty treasures, I often see old irons. They are often very inexpensive and easily found in antique shops. Old cast iron clothing irons make awesome Christmas Stocking Holders. First of all, they are heavy, so they can support the Christmas stockings. Secondly, they have handles, which allow them to easily hang Christmas stockings on.
So, make a row of cast iron irons on your fireplace mantel. You can use ribbon to tie the Christmas stocking to the irons. Simple run a nice thick Christmas colored ribbon through the loop in the stocking and tie it to the iron. No mantel? These clever hangers work great on a sturdy shelf. And after the olidays, use the ironss as bookends.
Another option is to simple tie the bow right in the middle of the handle. Now, use an S hook to hang on the bottom of handle. You Christmas stocking can hang from that.

Today is also Outdoor Wednesday hosted by Susan of Southern Daydreamer. It is also Walk with me Wednesday hosted by Thoughts of a Bama Belle. I try and tie these two together.
First  I must apologize, I am so behind in my visits and comment responses. I promise I will respond. I promise. We all kow this time of year is busy anyway, and I have been slammed in my photography business-Praise God-because we desperatley need the money to purchase Christmas this year. But my "free" time recently is all but gone. (Again, no complaints other than not having blog time)
I  also serve on the  Christmas parade committee and we have been knee deep in coordinating the City of Helena Christmas Parade (as if I hadn't enough to do). The parade is on Saturday at 2PM with Helena's own "son", Bo Bice "rocking" the Grand Marshall position. This year's theme is "Rock and Roll Christmas", so join us on Saturday, if you can. And do, say hello!
All this being said, at the end of a photography session on Sunday, I snapped this picture as the sun had just set across the pond.

It is moments like this, when it is so peaceful and I have my moments to "Walk in the Spirit".
It's when I feel closet. And when I feel so small.
This last photo I took when I walked up the drive. We had a bit of rainfall earlier in the day. The rain had ended, but the leaves were still rain kissed. I thought is so beautiful. It's the little things, if you don't pause and take a look at, you miss. It's the little things that are so easily taken for granted. So stop, smell the roses, or in this case, the rain. And look at life's reflections in the raindrops.

Join me tomorrow for Thirfty Thursday. I have a special guest host who will be sharing her delightful and magical bedroom transformation.....and it's all on a budget. Be prepared to be lost in her photos. So see, you tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by. You mean so much to me. I honesly mean it. And your comments are most appreciated and make my day. Who doesn't love a little happy in the "inbox"?
Happy Wednesday!

*Updated 7:19 AM CST-apparently Blogger is having some technical diffculties. Comment Moderator is not working, from my end anyway. I do see your comments, but it is not allowing them to publish. Keep em coming, and hopefully blogger will have it ironed out soon. Thanks to Shelia, The Quintessential Magpie for letting me know that its not just at my end. One sometimes wonders.


sarah { abeachcottage } said...

yep it's a crazy time of year, don't worry about the blogging!

love the irons and that sunrise photo


Vickie's Michigan Garden (my backyard) said...

such a great idea-you know I have some of these irons and I will use them. Thanks

luna miranda said...

the cast iron stocking hanger is a cool idea! the sunset photo is beautiful, and the rain-kissed leaf is incredible! great shots!

Mari said...

Those pictures are gorgeous!

Hootin' Anni said...

what a unique and wonderful way to hang the holiday stockings!!

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PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

First of your header at the top of your blog. I just stare at it and become lost in its beauty.
And I have an iron so I love your idea! Thanks for sharing!
Living it up at Lakewood,

Kammy said...

I love those ol irons ! That pond picture is very cool !

Patti said...

Beautiful photos! Wish I lied in your area...would love to come to the parade! I can NEVER find these irons in Central NY - and I have been hunting for years! Guess the folks up here didn't iron as much as in the south!! haha Enjoy all your hectic holiday times...only comes once a year! And of course ...give Bo a wink for me!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Leigh, this is the second time I posted. Blogger has some issues lately. I KNOW it's not moi! ;-)

Love the flat irons as stocking holders. Also love your shot of the pond and the leaf. I said in the other post that it looks like a book jacket photo. Very neat.

Sending you big hugs on Outdoor Wed!


Sheila :-)

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Love the photo of the leaf with the raindrops. Beautiful! Glad your business is keeping you so busy. We can all sleep in January!

Jane said...

I'm glad to hear you have been busy with your photography. I love the picture you posted of the sun setting over the pond...just gorgeous!!
I also love the idea of using the old irons for stocking hangers! My mantel this year is more "vintage" and those would be a great addition to my scheme. Thanks for the off to the antique store!

Hansonpatch said...

I love the Iron stocking holders, and what a great use for them. I inherited a few from my mom, and now I know how I could display them! Thanks!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a cute idea for the irons! Great photo.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Beautiful photo of the leaf...and the irons holding the stockings is such a wonderful idea!!!

Keetha Broyles said...

You, my friend, are VERY CLEVER with your cast IRON stocking holders!!!!

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

What a great idea for those old irons! Thanks for sharing, Esther

Carrie said...

Sorry you are having blogger issues :(

Love your stocking holders.

Mary said...

How wonderful that your business id doing well. In this economy that is no easy thing to accomplish. Your photos are gorgeous, so I'm not surprised. I loved your idea about the irons. I hope you are having a wonderful Outdoor Wednesday.

eileeninmd said...

Cool idea for hanging your stockings. Your photos are pretty.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Those are adorable as stocking holders! Some people are so creative! Love the leave photo -- beautiful!

Lori E said...

Leigh what an amazing idea. So simple and so perfect for a country home.
I don't mind the rain at all. I think it makes everything sparkle.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

What a fabulous idea!! We have a couple of irons we use as doorstops. This is an amazing idea.

And the pond photo is amazing.

Lisa said...

The photos are just beautiful, and I know what you mean about feeling small.

The irons are a great stocking hanging idea! Now if I only had a

Hope to see you at the parade Saturday. I'm coming down to visit my friend Debbie who lives there in Pelham.

Kirby3131 said...

The iron idea is delightful! It's amazing the ideas that people come up with that make perfect sense.

Gorgeous photo of the leaf with the rain drops. Love it!

Kristin - The Goat

Rhonda Moon said...

What a great idea. very creative.