The Makings of a Tree

by Terrica Joy in


Remember how I mentioned recently that we had a little Pinterest inspired ornament party?  As promised, here are a few shots for ya:

How charming are these guys?  I love them.  I think they're my favorite.

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I used vintage-inspired tape I found at the craft store to simply cover styrofoam balls, but my little sister opted to rip pages from an old hymnal to create a similar look.  Both worked!

My Granny and I worked on a dozen of these.  She hot glued the twine to the pine cones, and I brushed them lightly with soft gold paint and added a little ribbon.  Uber cheap and simple with a natural, organic feel.  She had actually collected them years prior around a nearby lake.  They'd just been sitting in a box for ages waiting to be appreciated ;-)  I actually saw some that were very similar at West Elm in Nashville last week, but they cost something stupid like $6 a piece.  Ours cost all of 6 cents, if that.

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And my mom whipped these out in no time.  I was super impressed with her magical heart making skills!  She didn't use a pattern at all.  She simply folded felt pieces and cut them perfectly freehand, stuffed them with a bit of cotton, and sewed them up!  I didn't even attempt to make one after witnessing her masterful skill.  (these guys cost about 20 cents a piece)

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Such sweet little ornaments.  I love that we made them together, 3 generations of ladies sitting around the table (4 if you count baby girl).  That's definitely a memory I'll cherish for years to come, reflecting each year as we put up our tree.  I can see myself sharing the story with our little girl when she's older, telling her how her Mommy, Aunt, Grandma and Great Grandma laughed and chatted and made all these beautiful ornaments by hand when she was still in my tummy. ;-)

But back to the tree...

Given my love of red berries it is only appropriate to incorporate those here and there for pops of color, and there will be burlap, too.  Think tree skirt, perhaps a few yet-to-be created ornaments, etc.

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White twinkle lights, a glowing fire, maybe hot cocoa... Yep, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  

Josh is thrilled to no end.  I've been suggesting that he really appreciates it this year thanks to the decoration starvation diet I've had him on for years ;-)  He just rolls his eyes...

Ah well, no need to worry as it seems baby girl has already melted my cold, grinch-like heart for good ;-)  I just can't imagine ever denying our children the magic of Christmas, which certainly includes decorating.

Is your tree up yet?  Did you create any new ornaments or decorations?