Monday, December 7, 2009

Feeling Like Christmas

The local Library hosted a workshop making natural, hand made, Christmas ornaments. Over 30 people arrived ready to craft. We had a great time making these easy and adorable little ornaments. With hot apple cider on the ready, it made for a perfect evening.

These little wreaths are made my braiding long pine needles with floral wire. Then attaching greens, berries and little cones with a glue gun and wire.



This one is just cranberries, dried apples and oranges, cinnamon sticks and twine. Simple, fragrant, and natural. I will put it outside when the season is over.



This little pine cone man puts a smile on my face. What is supposed to be his nose, looks more like a frown. And those little googly eyes, hilarious.



Our tree is a Frasier Fir. It was grown here, near the mountains. This one was only $28. Not to bad for a six foot tree. It is one of the most perfectly shaped trees I have seen too. The fragrance is superb. I love walking into the room now with this cozy little tree. I wish we had a few more ornaments but these will do. Eventually, I would love to have a tree covered in handmade ornaments.



Now all we need is snow!

18 comments:

Barry said...

We have an artificial tree, which has its advantages, but the big disadvantage is that there's is no fragrance of pine in the house. That I miss.

You'd pay double or more for a real tree like that in Toronto.

Joanne said...

Love those handmade ornaments, is there anything more charming? Usually we buy a northern balsam, but we had our first frasier fir last year, and they are amazing in the way they retain their needles. The going rate for a frasier here, about 6 feet, would be $45 and up!

Dottie said...

I love those ornaments. I think the first ones are my favorite.

That is the cutest little tree ever! We've always had a fake tree, but I put fresh pine boughs on the porch railing so at least I get that wonderful pine smell when I walk up to the door. I think my cat would go nuts on a real tree...LOL.

Becca's Dirt said...

What a perfect shaped tree. I have an artificial tree and miss the pine smells. Lovely handmade ornaments. I know you must have had a good time.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Your tree is lovely. I like natural decorations too. I was just reading on another blog how to dry those orange slices.

I found the cutest little pine cones the other day. Can't wait to find a spot for them.
Marnie

gardensgardens said...

The ornaments are lovely! I want snow too, but only when I know everyone is home safely. As you know, we southerners just don't know how to drive in the snow. Helen Yoest.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I love the ornaments! Your tree is beautiful, it's fun getting them up and decorated.

Heather said...

Your tree is perfect in shape! What a wonderful find. My tree is fake (a good fake) and the smell is what I miss the most. Having lived in AZ for 5 years meant that I had to forgo a fresh cut tree as fire danger on one that gets that dry wasn't worth it. The fun part of handmade ornaments is the ability to add every year. Fun to look back at all the trends and likes of past years.

sweet bay said...

Very nice ornaments! I love the frowny pine cone man. We got a Frasier Fir too, yesterday. I think they make the perfect Christmas tree.

Mo said...

Lovely decorations

donna said...

Your tree is incredible looking and you are right about it being perfectly shaped.

Thanks for sharing the handmade ornaments with us. I'm a sucker for googly eyes, so the little pine cone man is my favorite.

Enjoy the holidays.

donna

Laura Gardens in Desert said...

I love them, they are filled with holiday charm!

inadvertent farmer said...

That little pinecone man made me laugh...he is just darling!

Love the little wreaths...great job! kim

Gail said...

The ornaments look festive and fun to make...Did they provide all the materials? The tree looks beautiful~We put our real tree up just before our son comes home for the holidays...that way it stays fresh the whole week of Christmas. In the meantime we have a fun faux palm tree that has lights on it. Have a great week. gail

Thomas said...

I love the dried oranges! What a great idea. Sometimes, you just end up with a bad batch of oranges from the store...now I know what to do with them.

Shady Gardener said...

Cute, cute ornaments!! Do you enjoy making your ornaments each year? It ends up to be a "memory tree," as well as a Christmas tree each year! :-) Your tree is perfect.

joey said...

Your tree is beautiful, Michelle, frasier fir my favorite! Wish I could send you some snow ... actually, with wind gusts up to 60 MPR expected today, some might actually reach you :) Happy Holidays!

James Missier said...

Hi, just visiting from Blotanical.
Love all the handmade ornamentals especially the cinnamon & oranges.
Thanks for sharing this - seemed to get some ideas for christmas deco.