We finally went to pick our tree this weekend! It was a lovely afternoon with part of the family, and although it didn't snow at all, we had a great time.
All in all, it was a really wonderful and festive weekend. Friday night we met my family at a gorgeous old church in Cold Spring, NY for a reading of A Christmas Carol in the sanctuary. They had done such a lovely job of decorating the church and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival members read the classic in a wonderful way. Saturday we went to pick our tree and had a great time later that night at our town's holiday light parade. There was a huge turnout, and since it was our first time attending in our new town, we were thoroughly impressed with everyone's efforts and cheery floats.
I hope you all had a nice weekend as well! FOLLOW ME ON BLOGLOVIN!
Remember last spring when I shared photos of the May Day Swap I had the pleasure of participating in? Well this season, Dawn of Candidly Clyde organized another ornament swap! I quickly signed up because I enjoyed the springtime swap so much. I think it's really lovely to be able to connect with a new person and to exchange these special little packages. This time around I was paired up with Jane from Indiana, and she sent me the sweetest package. I hope she enjoyed the one I sent back as well!
Jane's little package arrived here wrapped in brown paper (which I LOVE:) and when I opened it I found these beautiful little ornaments! I love how they have a really vintage feel, someone (maybe Jane?) crocheted the beautiful little coverings. I really can't wait to get our tree up and pick a special branch to hang these lovelies on. Thank you Jane!!
I sent this little guy to Jane. I wanted to send something handmade, so I made this little Christmas gnome out of felt and yarn. I also included some of the winter stationary I made a few weeks ago. I hope the package brought a smile to her face, the way her's did to mine:) Dawn always puts together a wonderful showcase of all of the ornaments that were exchanged by everyone that took part. Be sure to pop over in a few weeks to see what everyone shared! FOLLOW ME ON BLOGLOVIN!
We've started decorating a bit around here, and I can't wait to get our tree!! We have an outing scheduled for tomorrow to pick the perfect one. Just thought I'd share a few peeks at little festive touches we've added around here. The weeks are flying by, Christmas is going to be here so soon!
I couldn't bring myself to hang the Grapevine Wreath outside, so it went up in front of the mirror in the living room. Can you tell I have a thing for little sparkly churches? The big silver one is a new addition this year, I just love it. If you celebrate Christmas, have you finished decorating yet? So much fun!
Every year I make a special little wreath for our house. Last year was evergreen. This year I wanted something a little bit simpler, so I went with grapevine wreath and some cozy little trimmings. The clay stars are so easy to make and add a bit of friendliness I think.
You will need: -1 grapevine wreath -White polymer clay -24 gauge wire -1 inch wide ribbon -A few sprigs of something green -Wire cutters
Using a ribbon that is approx. 1 inch thick (I used some burlap strapping, cut into thinner strips), wrap it loosely all the way around your wreath. Now make a bow using an extra piece of ribbon and wire it onto the side of your wreath. (I then wove the legs of my bow in and out of a few vines to hold them in place.)
Add a few sprigs of greenery, like these bayberry branches! (wire in for security).
Cut out star shapes from polymer clay (clay should be rolled out into a thickness of 1/4") and put small pinholes in each for wiring. Bake as directed and cool completely.
Now wire your stars through the little pin holes that you made, and twist them into the wreath in and around the cluster of branches. That's it! Now you have a sweet homemade wreath to give as a gift or to keep for yourself!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a great day with Nick's side of the family yesterday. We ladies did the cooking and brought it together at his Aunt's house. It was all delicious. I tried a new cookie recipe, these Pumpkin cookies with maple buttercream. I sandwiched them because the buttercream was so light and creamy.
I also spent some time planting a little pot of bulbs for the kitchen, little paperwhites, which I'm hoping will be blooming in a few weeks....
We're so excited to start the Christmas season, it's almost time to open the first door on the advent calendar!!
With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, my excitement for Christmas decorating is barely containable. I love unique little holiday items, and some of the best are the homemade kind. Here's a really simple and sweet little project to start the snowy Christmas season.
You will need: -White pipe-cleaners -Silver metallic pipe-cleaners -Small 1/4" thick x 2" wide wooden discs (drill small holes in the center of each) -Hot glue Start by taking one full pipe-cleaner and folding it in half. Then twist the two halves together creating a thick "trunk". Snip the remaining pipe-cleaners into small and medium pieces (about 2" for the small and 3" for the medium)
Then start twisting your medium pieces onto the "trunk", followed by the smalls as you begin to reach the top of the tree.
Put a little bit of hot glue into the hole in your wooden disc, and carefully place the base of your tree into the hot gluey hole. Hold your little tree straight until the glue sets and your done! Repeat the same steps with your white pipe-cleaners.
These little guys would look great on top of a mantle or on a shelf. I like the way they are a little bit wonky, they have character...Such a simple way to add a little sparkle. Are you ready to kick off the holiday season!?
A couple of days upstate this weekend...we went up to visit my Grandma and to attend services for her husband, our "Grandpa" Norman. It was a mix of emotion, sadness for the loss of a special person, peace over the fact that he is resting now. It was a beautiful ceremony, wonderful music and many stories shared. The day left me feeling proud of the way my Grandma planned it all to celebrate his life. We slept at Podunk and caught up with family we hadn't seen in a while. On the second day it snowed hard and the wind blew, and we headed home on white country roads.
We arrived home to a huge tree down here...which, by some miracle, only hit the garage and a car not our whole house. It's top limbs just grazed Sunny, who lost a few tail lights but that's all we think. Nick spent the rest of the day, into the evening, cutting it apart. We are so thankful it wasn't worse. Winter is here for sure... I hope you are all keeping warm, these cold cold days.