gold tipped fir cone bowl filler

Christmas decorating from nature

I love decorating for Christmas and I enjoy incorporating natural objects into my Christmas decorating. Since we are in this house for our first Christmas, it is a bit of a blank slate.  There are new little areas and even a mantle to display my various Holiday vignettes.

My new property is loaded with evergreen trees and shrubs.  I really didn’t have any before.  The situation is giving me a crash course in coniferous trees.  The terms “pine tree” and “pine cone” are tossed about quite a bit, but as I am finding, are often misused.  After I started collecting pine cones (or so I thought) and wanted to make some things with them, I started to look them up in my tree identification book.  To my surprise, these were fir cones, from fir trees.

Fir cone not a pine coneThey have lovely little shaggy bits that stick out so I painted them copper and gold, strung them up and they make nice little Christmas ornaments.  Now if you get a Douglas Fir or a Noble Fir for your tree, these are perfectly suited to hang on it and add some texture.

Fir cone copper tipped ornaments I also made them in gold.

gold tipped fir cone ornamentsThey make a very nice bowl filler on their own.

gold tipped fir cone bowl filler

These lovelies here, well, they are spruce cones.

Spruce cone not a pine cone

I thought they would make a nice garland.  I used baker’s twine to give them some festive color.  They hang very nicely.   I love the baker’s twine.  I bought a bunch of colors to play with.

I will take some more pictures soon (waiting for better natural light) and show off some of the little vignettes that I have come up with.  I am off to do more Christmas decorating.  Stay tuned for a mini Holiday home tour.


Christmas reindeer healthy snack

Check out this healthy and fun Christmas reindeer healthy snack idea.  I love it!  It just came to me – I don’t even know how, literally just popped into my head, light bulb moment style.

Christmas reindeer healthy snack

This is so simple and you probably already have all the ingredients around the house.  All you have to do is prepare your celery by leaving the leaf stems intact after washing them well, fill them with cream cheese or peanut butter, add raisins and /or dried cranberries.  You have yourself some reindeer celery tasties.  Most kids probably won’t eat the leaf stems, but they make a great handle to keep their hands clean while they eat.

You can only make so many antlered critters out of one bunch of celery.  I thought that mini pretzel sticks would be good to substitute in as antlers too.  So that is my simple, healthy Christmas reindeer healthy snack idea.  Perfect for home, lunch box or even part of a bento box.

Try it.  If you do let me know, send a picture.

making magnetic pin dish

Finally a good thing – A magnetic pin dish for my studio

Before there was Pinterest, there were “Good things”.  The feature we have all become so familiar with in every issue of Martha Stewart Living.  Pages of clever little “I need to make this/ do this/ try this someday” projects that I often ripped out and saved (along with many other pre Pinterest users, I am sure).

I saw this project for a magnetic pin dish on Pinterest and it reminded me of a good thing that I have been meaning to make for years.  Seriously.  Years.  Finally, I have decided to just get it done.

I was de cluttering and going through a box of old tea cups that had belonged to both of my grandmothers.   I always wanted to display my tea cup collection, but I really don’t have the space in an appropriate spot for them.  The tea cup collection is a little too “sweet and homey” for my style anyway and it just is not going to happen.   I decided to make some tough decisions and keep only my favorites.  As I went through the box I found this little cutie.

cute plate for magnetic pin dish

This saucer has been without a cup mate for as long as I can remember.  In fact, I think that my mother used this under plant pots and I know that, at one time, I used it as a candle holder (there was still some wax remnants that reminded me).   This is the perfect candidate for this magnetic pin dish project.  I am starting to decorate my studio now that it has a permanent location and this color is perfect.  I have always loved all things turquoise, aqua, etc.  I want my studio space to be aqua with black and wood tones and white accents.

I will spare step by steps.  It is obvious from the pictures what I did, how I did it and that I used some E6000 to do it.

making magnetic pin dishPin dish last magnet to magnetic pin dishmaking magnetic pin dish


making magnetic pin dish

A cute little magnetic pin dish to brighten my sewing table and gives me a place to toss pins as I remove them while sewing.  So like Martha said so long ago “It’s a good thing”