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A New Twist on Christmas Trees

I discovered several interesting Christmas Tree craft ideas on Pinterest.  Two of my favorite ideas used yarn to decorate foam bases.  Living in Germany, I have discovered a great lack of craft and hobby stores – most people order supplies online.  So I had to be inventive since I had no foam core, plastic, or cardboard shaped trees to start with.  I used cardstock to form the base for the trees.  I imagine this project would have been a touch easier using something more solid as the base.  Nevertheless, I powered through and ended up with 3 festive trees to add a touch of Christmas to my apartment.

wrapped treesspiral yarn trees

Original Inspiration

Drawing tree shape Photo Nov 23, 12 04 35 PM bases complete

Drawing, cutting, and making the cardstock bases

 wrapping flecked thread wrapping gradient yarn wrapping spiral yarn

I added glue in small sections as I wrapped the yarn around the base

adding pearls

The spiral design left me with blank spaces, so I filled them in with pearls

completed flecked completed gradient completed spiral

I added a sparkly snowflake to the top of each as the final touch

Completed trees

The finished trio of trees

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O Christmas Tree….

Christmas used to be my favorite time of the year.  The decorating, the gift giving, the entertaining.  I channeled my inner Martha Stewart.  Baking cookies, buying and wrapping gifts, and creating the perfect cocktail menu put a permanent smile on my face.  That is until last year.  A week before Christmas I learned that my 13 year marriage was ending.  The visions of Christmases gone by evaporated in the blink of an eye.  And a sadness took its place.  This year, I am determined to recapture that joyous feeling.  Fake it ’til you make it, right?  I started small by decorating the mantle- stockings for Bonnie and Clyde (the cats) and me.

mantle

And decided to write some Christmas cards….

cards

And then I decided to get a tree…

tree in car

My car is deceptively large when the seats are down!

ready to go inside Clyde inspecting the tree

The ties made it easy to get inside

lots of needles

It passes the inspection…

the barbies await

The Barbies await – did I mention I have over 15 Barbie ornaments?

lights on

Lights are on – ready for the ornaments

decorated tree

The finished tree

up close

Topped with a Tinkerbell

I was so inspired that I decided to take a walk and enjoy the Christmas lights.  My neighborhood embraces the holiday season- some even hire professionals to set up the lights!

colorful lights

lights galore

tall tree

lit house

So for all of those who are feeling a bit blue this holiday season, I send you many wishes of happiness and health and joy.  Go out and rediscover the enchantment of Christmas- one little step at a time….

First Holiday Bazaar

For those in the Portland area, I will be participating in my first Holiday Bazaar on December 14th & 15th at Earth & Sky Farm.  You can come and cut your own Christmas tree, sample some food and drink, and peruse the offerings from different artisans.  I will be selling most of the items that I’ve made and shown on this very blog.  Stop by and say hello!

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The Holiday Bazaar flyer

And as a continuation of yesterday’s post – the latest felt animal is…….a giraffe!     (He may be my favorite so far!)

finished giraffe

Completed giraffe