Do you spend time on Pinterest?
Maybe once or twice a week I settle down with my iPad and a nice cup of tea about an hour before bedtime and have a look-see at pretty and inspiring ideas like new recipes, decorating on a budget, tutorials for things I'd like to learn, gifts, or lovely quotes.
At the moment my eyes seem to fall more often upon 'seasonal' projects which may (or may not) be made in time for December 25.
I think it's nice to make something new for the home each year, and even though I have a number of my own Christmas designs to display there are many more ideas out there which make me smile and inspire a different kind of creativity to surface.
This year it's lacy, button-y ribbon trees.
I found some beautiful photos on Pinterest and wanted to start on a framed version for our home straight away but it's been a very busy fortnight here with family, car, health and business matters so I've had to breathe and pace myself until such a time as I could 'play'.
Yesterday was that time, but first I chose to make a hanging card and leave the larger framed tree for another day.
I thought the aqua stripe fabric would make a nice background and from there it was simply a matter of preparing a piece of thin cardboard, cutting lengths of lace, ribbon and braid, and gathering some buttons and a tiny bit of bling.
Mr E came home to find me busy at work with my lacy tree and to be honest I was so caught up in what was before me that I hadn't noticed the sewing room was dark so what a surprise when he switched on the light and everything became clear!
He assures me I do this a lot, and I assured him that any crafter worth her salt probably does exactly the same thing. We get in the 'zone' and away we go on our project, oblivious to whether the sun or the moon is setting or rising. Right?
Anyhow, with a nice organic chicken roasting away in the oven with an abundance of vegetables nestled around it and a large lemon stuffed inside, I continued on.
This will be an ornament card for a friend and I'm really pleased with how it turned out!
Not sure what colours to use in a large framed tree in this style because the red wall in our living room robs me of all desire to use red elsewhere...and pink would just clash.
Perhaps green and silver...I don't know right now, but it will also depend on what's in my stash as I'm not buying any extras.
If this sort of project appeals to you here are a few of the lacy, button-y ribbon trees I found on Pinterest in very different styles.
You can see more HERE on my Christmas Ideas pinterest board and when you click on any of the the photos from that board it will take you to the original web pages for the photos shown below...
Blossom has left her baby & toddlers clothing business as her hands are full with Cully May, a new baby due in 13 weeks, moving house early next year and Christmas, but she hasn't stopped sewing.
Years ago when I taught myself to do patchwork I would teach her as I went along and she made some beautiful projects including her first quilt at age 11. But then she progressed to embroidery, beading, crochet, scrapbooking, writing...and patchwork fell by the wayside.
Now she has a hankering to patchwork again. Zippered pouches to be exact.
And guess who was the recipient of her first two practice pouches?
Me, and I love them!
She even made them from my all time favourite fabrics (which I'd given her months ago) - Flower Sugar and vintage Tilda from a decade ago...
The smaller pouch is for my migraine medication, lip balm and other essentials that need to stay in my handbag, and the larger pouch is for carrying a stitchery, threads, scissors and needles in the car so I can embroider as Mr E drives us across the state.
Our little dumpling has recently taken up colouring with crayons and it was lovely to watch her and Blossom drawing pictures together in the early morning light when they stayed with us recently.
I'm taking a few days break in order to rest up and get on top of a health issue (not my migraines). It's nothing serious, but it's not getting any better and Mr E thinks I should rest up a bit so my body has a chance to heal.
He's such a wise and loving husband, I'm very blessed to be Mrs Reynolds.
Until next time (and always), may the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face to shine upon you and give you peace,