It is always bittersweet taking down all the decorations, the garlands, the tree. This year it was particularly hard as I was quite in love with some of my handmades…
I took some pictures so I could remember and thought you might enjoy them too.
I’m particularly sad to see these babies packed away. I’ve been wanting to make them for a while and finally got around to it this year. I started in July and got sidetracked. I embroidered two of them while at a conference in November and of course I finished the last one two days before the holidays. The pattern can be found in my favourite craft book of all time:
Well, you can see why I love them can’t you? They are so beautiful! (as a side note, I had a good laugh while editing these photos. Take a good look at some of the titles on the bookshelf…I hung this stocking in front of “All Family’s are Psychotic” LOL…that might tie in with some holiday celebrations non?).
And I couldn’t resist taking this photo in the morning light (no editing I swear) of my favourite handmade holiday decoration. I make one every year. I collect the pinecones in the fall at my in law’s place. I also took a fallen branch or two from their forest and used them around the house and on the porch in the form of garlands and evergreen swags. The pinecones I keep in a paper bag in the basement until December and they usually have opened nicely by then. The orange slices I dehydrate in the oven the same day I make the garland using jute twine. This year I hung it along a pine branch that I secured to the curtain rod in my front window. I love how the light shines through the oranges like stained glass.
My second favourite decoration this year are these cedar wreaths I made using cedar branches I trimmed from our cedar shrubs in the front yard. I really hated taking them down. I love the way they looked and with them gone I can’t decide what to put in their place. Any ideas?
I tucked some Juniper boughs into a basket my friend’s mom made me as a wedding gift. Santa had a kind of Scandinavian look and I picked him up from my local VV. The red wooden bead garland? VV. The reindeer candle holders were also a find at VV and now that I am typing this, I can’t decide if they are my second favourite or not…no. They are my third favourite for sure. Mostly because it was a nightmare trying to put the candles in place without splitting them. So they get third place…
Here is what they look like lit up. So pretty. The chalkboard (from HomeSense) did boast a chalk christmas tree but I erased it before I thought of taking any pictures.And finally, one of my very favourite handmades this year, cedar branches hot glued onto embroidery hoops hung with red ribbon at my kitchen window. I loved waking up to this bright and cheery window every wintry morning. It made me smile.And this sat on my window sill. I made a few of these apple candle holders and used them to light our Solstice dinner table. I love the red of the apples…and the fact that most of my decorations will now find themselves in the compost heap and not the land fill. In fact I now only have one box of Christmas decorations to store. Mostly ornaments and lights.
So while it was hard to take them down, I do like to start the new year with fresh walls and less clutter.
Here is to fresh starts! Happy 2014 everyone!!