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.
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!