I am so pleased that you found your way here. I hope you enjoy reading my posts and looking at my photos. Please do not use any of my content or photos without first consulting me. Feel free to drop me a note at chelsea(at)trilliummama(dot)com.
We have been hit pretty hard here in the Northwest with a snow and ice storm that has lasted longer that any other in at least 40 years. Being from Bend, I am used to the snow, and it feels very homey to me. The snow has not stopped us from getting out and enjoying ourselves this past week. Here are some photos from our outings~
I have been so inspired by all of the wonderful garlands of the season. Today I decided to make a couple for our front windows. They were pretty easy, and could even include a stitched edge if you desired. I have put up a few instructions to get you started-just the way I did it- I'm sure there are a million ways to make these, most of them easier than my way! That's often how it is when we trudge through a project on our own. Here is is:
Fabric Tree Garland
First of all download and cut out a card stock template of a tree that you like-make it under 4x4. I used a cookie cutter that I had.
Measure the template and add 1/2 inch or so the measurements. My measurements worked out to a 4x4 square.
Determine how much ribbon or ric rac you will need for the space you wish to hang the garland. Make sure you swoop it down as it would be when hung, and add 10-20 inches to the total length for the ends to hang down.
Figure out how many trees you will need-I just guessed and counted when I had the ric-rac hanging up to cut.
Cut out squares of fabric-mine were 4x4 and fit nicely on my 12x12 paper. I needed 9 for each garland.
Glue wrong sides of fabric squares to wrong side of paper. This will give you a nice finished back to the garland should you hang it in a window. Try to glue them in a neat even fashion-it will help in the next step. I used Mod Podge with a course paint brush for application. Make sure you glue the entire square of fabric down because you will be cutting the trees out of the middles. It should look like this when you are finished.
Next mark the paper side with the lines of the fabric squares. If they are glued in an orderly fashion you should be able to measure 4 inches mark line, 8 inches mark line, then flip and do the other edge.
Trace your tree pattern on the paper side, being careful to stay well inside the lines of the square. When you have finished tracing all 9, cut each square out, then cut the trees out.
The next step is to glue the ric-rac or ribbon to the paper side. I layed all the trees out to form a pleasing pattern. Find the center of the ric-rac, apply craft glue to the paper side, and lay ric-rac near the top of the center tree as shown.
Continue gluing trees at desired spacing. I spaced my trees 2.5 inches apart at the middle branch. Allow to dry before moving.
You should and up with a lovely garland that will last many years. A good use for fabric scraps you love, and a great way to spend a chilly afternoon.
There is perhaps no better craft material for the holidays than felt. I love wool felt, but even good ol' poly felt can be turned into a wonderful thing. I got the idea for this felt icicle shelf, felt trees, and adorable felt gingerbread house in this magazine. It was an unexpected source for such a lovely idea. I used some nice vintage ric-rac, pom poms and buttons on the trees. I think it turned out to be a cute little holiday scene. I'm in the process of making another one!
Today I woke up and was going to make a delicious breakfast of diced homegrown ham and farm fresh scrambled eggs, topped with local cheddar cheese. I opened the door of the icebox and... one egg. I admit, my heart did sink a bit, but I took the egg and some store bought eggnog and made a yummy morning meal.
Of course you don't have to cut out little french toast people-mine was served whole-but the kids love this. Serve with a little maple syrup and some fruit.
One Egg Eggnog Toast-French Style
1/3 cup store bought eggnog
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Whisk all ingredients together and dredge bread slices through mixture. Cook until done. Easy Peasy.
Makes 3 large slices of eggnog toast. Double or triple the recipe as needed.
When I was a child, I remember getting an advent calender every December. We were not a religious family, but something about getting a treat every day in anticipation of Christmas, made the month even more exciting.
This year I decided that our daughter is old enough to enjoy an advent calender of her own. I found insipation for this advent tree in a popular children's catalogue. As soon as I saw it, I ran out and gobbled up all the felt I could find, and began to design the pockets. Each pocket is 4x6, so plenty roomy for a variety of gifts.
It is a work in progress-still needs a star and a tree trunk, but I think it looks very festive the way it is. I hope she will have many years of enjoyment from this advent tree, and happy memories, as I do of my past advent calenders.
Catching up on the past week or so- Turkey Day came and went. We first visited Andy's Dad's side, and snacked part of the day away. They have their T-Day celebration at the local fire station every year because it has a large kitchen, plenty of room to run around, and Andy's step-brother is a fireman. Ava had so much fun going on a tour of the fire station with her cousins. She thought it was a pretty special thing to get to sit in the trucks.
'The table decorations were lovely, and once all the food was on, it looked delish. Unfortunately, we had another stop to make, so we had to leave the food for everyone else.
Not to worry, a turkey and all the fixins was waiting for us at Andy's Mom's house. She does a fabulous job every year, and we appreciate her kitchen dedication. Ava spent some time outside in the garden, searching for a perfect flower. It's amazing what can keep a child occupied.
Sunday Andy and I took a overnight trip to Bend without the dear child. We stayed at our old favorite, McMenamins Old St. Francis School. We love it there, it's an entire school property that you can wander, with beer in hand if you choose, and it is just lovely. They are always so nice to us, and it keeps us coming back. The food and beverages were divine, and we left a few pounds heavier I think.
We also got to wander around town a bit which is always nice. Bend is my hometown, so I love to re-visit.
We traveled home yesterday, and I spent the afternoon catching up on school. I'm not sure what to do now, the past week has been so busy and scheduled, I feel at a loss. I'm sure I'll figure out something-until next time, namaste.