25 days of posts #2 Trimming the Tree

We bought our tree from the main drag just a short distance from our house. The kids were very excited to get the tree & kept close watch on the tree as we were driving home. $32 for a noble fir tree including tax on the tree & a tip to the guys – not bad. I scored a bunch of sale decos last year so it was exciting to put the tree up with our new collection of baubles & balls including our Canadian deco, Sammy the salmon. Our two elves did most of the decorating & then came the twinkling lights, beautiful!

The elves and the noble fir tree

A holiday boutique today!

Anyone in the South Bay, CA come on by to my sons school holiday boutique from 12pm to 6pm today at 750-B San Pierre Way Mountain View. Pick up a card at the boutique for a special deal at my etsy store! I am out of town though my items are there with a fellow creator of wooden pieces that are just gorgeous.

20% of proceeds go to the school for arts, music & other programs, yay!

The pic is a bag that is on sale at the boutique pick it up for all your Xmas goodies.

Fa la la ’tis the season to decorate

My first knitted Xmas bauble

This year I attempted a couple of knitted Christmas balls for knitty decor – I just love knitted decor, obviously! This one here is from this pattern here. And it is by Leigh Radford – an author of one of my fave felting books Alterknits felt. Wow and what a super price it is at the moment! Anyway back to the post of knitting this guy up on my 5 DPNs – I had not used DPNs in a while and I really enjoyed it so much that I made a couple of these ornaments, the other one had eyes and is on my Xmas tree. 

A light fantasy!

Peace man!
This year it was finally time to do the drive through light experience! A friend of mine kindly asked if we wanted to join them for the fun… I was quite skeptical at first – the long line, waiting in the car with 3 kids in the back. Well my friend had a secret and we went early – yes that is the secret go at sunset! So our wait was around 20 minutes which was fine and the kids had each other to keep them entertained for that time so everyone was happy. When we finally got through the gates – it was lights down. Drive through and stay in your cars the signs were saying, I didn’t really want to get out as it was a bit chilly willy out there. Here he is ice skating. Chilly Willy the penguin that is!
Cute penguin on ice skates
We had a wonderful time and I had my video camera in my bag too so there is a video that goes with this Xmas joy – it is such a fun way to get into the holiday spirit! And here is a link to the video

Xmas Decos – A super easy wreath to make!

Put a bird on it (Portlandia fans will get this!) – our Xmas wreath ready to hand on the door!

I found an old felted scarf in a lovely Christmas red so I thought hey that can be made into a wreath. You could probably use a felted old sweater sleeve or something. The main item I needed to complete my project was the florist wreath frame (which I picked up from Joann). The other option was the styrofoam – but I did not want to pay for that! The wreath frame is great and is only a couple of bucks and can be customised for whatever season and therefore recyclable – yay!

Here is a list of what I used to complete this super easy project!

– florist wreath frame 12″
– felted shibori scarf (which is why there are bumps on the scarf)
– long ribbon
– pieces of fabric (from FabMo – my supplier of all things wonderful!)
– clip on bird (found at Michaels)

From there it is super easy – wrap and pin the fabric and then wrap the scarf over the joins in the fabric evenly spaced apart and then pin the ends together. On top of all this wrap the ribbon around and tie at the back for hanging. Then put a bird on it and you have a customised wreath to hang on the door. (Mine hasn’t made it yet as I have to locate a hook – which means a mission to the hardware store, still I like it on the window sill).