Well, it's official. I am in Holiday Mode. The house is decorated with the standard pumpkin paraphernalia, bright orange berry and leaf garlands, lighted branches, and of course, the smell of my latest candle purchase, Pumpkin Ginger Bark. (I am addicted to Yankee Candle!) I made a huge batch of homemade soup with some left over turkey that was smoked on the Traeger, some carmelized onions, kale, carrots, celery, mushrooms, garlic, and some nice dried herbs. Talk about good! I'm even more excited because my Mom is coming down from British Columbia for Thanksgiving week! She hasn't experienced my holiday mode for quite some time, so she is in for a treat!
Today, and actually all of this week, I have been in Christmas mode. Yep, I know it's early, but if the stores can decorate, I can get to making Christmas crafts. I have always wanted to make my own burlap wreath, but was always intimidated by the gorgeous ones I see on Etsy and in the fancy holiday catalogs. They look very complicated and intricate, and as a crafter, I do appreciate all the hard work that goes into making such beauties. Needless to say, I overcame my fear and watched a few videos on Youtube to see how they were made. I felt silly! They are very easy to make and just take an hour or so with some easily found supplies. I found all of mine at Wal-Mart.
Two rolls of burlap garland, a 18" wire wreath, some ribbons from the Christmas wrapping section, some cute birdie ornaments (sorry, forgot to add them to the photo shoot), floral wire, scissors and wire cutters. Oh, and a bit of jute twine. That's it. Roughly under $15 total to make it.
Check out how nice it turned out!
Stay tuned for the next post. More handmade Christmas goodness to come!