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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….

Coaster Reuse Take 2 – Christmas Ornaments

As the holiday season begins, the onslaught of catalogs also begins.  I was thumbing through a “Land of Nod” catalog and came across these cute ornaments.

inspiration

The inspiration

It made me think about those cardboard coasters that I have lying around.  So I set to work assembling Christmas-looking papers and accents.  I dug into my button supply (I have thousands of buttons that I have inherited through the years from grandmothers and great aunts).  Then I started assembling the ornaments.  I used glue to set the papers to each side – one side at a time in order to trim the edges neatly around the coaster.  And the embellishments followed.  Here are the results:

supplies ready to go

Assembling the supplies

painted wooden pieces

Painted wooden pieces

buttons

One of my 10 button drawers (the metallics)

setting one side

Setting paper to the first side

side one cut

First side cut out

setting side two

Setting the second side

both sides ready

Both sides finished- ready for embellishments

20 19 18 17 16 15 14frt 14bk 13 11frt 11bk 10 9frt 9bk 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

The finished ornaments