Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Three ways to bring Christmas warmth to your home.

A Hand-embroidered Ornament

I know I am not the inventor of this idea, but it's the first one I've made.  Growing up, my mother always hand-painted eggs and made them into beautiful delicate ornaments for friends.  I tried this once a few years ago and it just did not turn out like hers did.  The paint kept gumming up and I couldn't make any details.  You can see my try here.  So this year I tried making an ornament with something I do know a little bit about.  If you are interested in learning embroidery, you can find a wonderful tutorials here.  I love embroidery, it is like drawing with thread.  To make this ornament I used a ribbon spool to trace the circle onto felt.  I drew a nice little chicken on a piece of paper, cut it out, and then traced it onto the felt.  Once the chicken was stitched on I just tied flowers all around it, I don't know that you could go wrong with lots and lots of flowers everywhere.  I used this stitch to sew around the outside of the circle, making sure I poked a little stuffing in there before I sewed it shut with the ribbon poking out.  To cover up the knots on top I added some ribbon flowers.  Very simple, and a great beginners embroidery project.  You could even sprinkle a little lavender in there and it would make a great gift any time of the year!

Framed Christmas Music

This project made me excited.  I found this old little booklet of Christmas songs at a church swap.  I believe it was a caroler's booklet.  It's quit old and the pages are yellowing a little.  I already have quite a few Christmas piano books, so I thought this would be a fun decoration.  Who would want to hide something like that under a pile of piano books?  It brings a lovely spirit into the room.  I love the story of Christ's birth, I love art, and I love music.
This project is pretty self explanatory, simply frame your music and display.

Christmas' Scent

I found this recipe for a natural air freshener over at Bless This Mess, and oh!  It is heavenly!  I've seen so many people decorating with cinnamon sticks lately, I finally bit the bullet and bought a little box, I'm so glad I did.  Melissa was right, this is not a headache-inducing-strong-aroma, it's simply a refreshing scent.  And easy too!  Hop on over there and check it out!

What are you guys doing in your homes this holiday season?  I'd love to know!


  1. For cute! I adore that chicken ornament and think I may have to make myself one for... my birthday?! I'm a bit late for this year I think. And that smell good jazz is the way to go. I have some bubbling away on the stove right now. Look for cinnamon sticks at the dollar store next time you go!

  2. Mmmmmmm! Great ideas ;))) Looks so Christmas-y ;)



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