Friday, November 25, 2011

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!

First of all, I want to wish everyone a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you were able to spend it with family and friends and that you took a moment to remember all that you were thankful for!

As I mentioned before in my last blog, this time of year always sparks fond memories. Especially of the after Thanksgiving tradition of putting up the Christmas tree, or if you're like me, the Christmas trees.

We have a total of 5 trees. Yes 5. One is a 10ft skinny tree that goes up in our Family room. One is a plump 6 footer that stands in our living room, another is a scrawny 4 footer that sits in our upstairs balcony and then my 2 daughters have mini trees in their rooms-a bright purple and bright blue one!(ok, maybe those don't really count). I love the tradition of decorating the trees. We do it as a family and we have a great time sorting through the ornaments we have collected over the years and remembering when and where we got them.

I am happy that my trees are not "cookie cutter" trees and don't have matching ornaments or a "color theme" to them. However, lately, with the re-incarnation of my crafty side, I have been longing to start a big Christmas project.

When I was growing up, we had neighbors who every year would put up their Christmas tree after Thanksgiving in a window that faced our house.
This tree was no ordinary tree. It was a fluffy, white, rotating, red and green spot-lighted tree! Every year my Dad would gag at the site of this and the fact that we had to look at it for the next 4 weeks. I am not sure how our 3 piece, tinsel- laden tree was much better than this, but white trees were not very common then.

I grew up despising artificial trees and anything "unnatural". When I was on my own, I chose to drag in a real tree every year, complete with the hassle and mess that comes with it. It wasn't until I had kids and pets that I realized that artificial trees are so much more convenient...and they look pretty real nowadays, too!

So back to my project. It's hard for me to even admit that I have come full circle and am considering this, but...I want to get a WHITE Christmas tree! No, not a rotating one, but a nice, smaller one that I can have as my own. I want to put it in the dining room (probably the only place left) and adorn it with handmade ornaments and other unique items.

Perhaps I am reaching into my past for this, and that rotating tree was not so bad. Perhaps I want my neighbor to experience a white tree in the window across from them like I did. Either way, I am searching for that perfect white tree.

If you happen to see one, please let me know!

Sweet Crafting,


Monday, November 21, 2011

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

You can feel it in the air as the temperature starts to drop in the is the feel of Christmas!  I actually look forward to the start of this season, when I can make excuses to stay inside, watch football and do a little holiday crafting!

Although I wasn't planning on putting these crafts up for sale on my Etsy site, this vintage Santa door hanger turned out really darling and I might consider making more to has a way of sparking fond Christmas memories and looks so charming hanging over a door or maybe beside a mantel or wherever else you feel like it!

These vintage Santa images are from my favorie site, The Graphics Fairy, which I frequent nearly every day.  There are some really great old fashioned holiday images on there and I can't wait to use more.

Here is another item that I just finished.  A holiday wreath wrapped in old, thick rope.  The little rosettes are hand made from extra fabric that I had and add a nice touch.  I thought this turned out really well, and again, I want to keep it for myself and not sell, but just maybe I will have to make another...

I am planning on doing more Christmas projects, including one big one which will be better left explained in another blog!  So for now, stay warm and enjoy!

Sweet Crafting!

Dee Dee