|The felt coasters from Austria. I just sewed them to the pillow front with matching thread.|
|Felt dresser runner from Austria, sewn to the pillow front with matching thread.|
|Glittery garland. Tutorial found on Pinterest.|
Thanksgiving has come and gone, hope you had a wonderful one, and Christmas preparations are in full swing! Our family was excited to put up our tree and hang our stockings. I love the cozy glow of the tree in the evening. It's so fun. I really wanted to make some Christmas pillows for our couch and while looking through my stash I can upon some lovely felt pieces that I've been holding onto for a few years now. My dad taught a class in Austria and he was given what I think were a set of coasters and a runner of sorts to decorate a side table or shelf. This time around when I looked at them I saw beautiful, perfect pillows. I was struck with the need to make the pillows I was envisioning at that very moment. It was fairly late but I plugged away and finished them up pretty quickly. I already had two outcast pillow forms that were the perfect size for the felt embellishments. The fabric is a rusty red velvet that I found at the thrift store a few months back. It's lovely. I think the pillows turned out beautifully and am looking forward to using them as a part of our holiday decor for years to come. I love when simple things come together so nicely.
Another simple project that is adorning our family room this year is a simple garland that I found on Pinterest, where else :). It took a bit more time to put together than planned. I originally thought it would be a fun project for me and my six year old to do together. That girl LOVES crafts. But as I got into it, it required an X-Acto knife, spray mount, and a hot glue gun. So the six year old observed, tossed around some glitter, and observed some more while I spent at least an hour putting that thing together (for real). I really like it and it should last for a few years so it was worth it in the end. I'm also excited because I've started making gifts! I'm actually going to accomplish that this year. I had great intentions last year but they didn't come to fruition. The kids are a bit older this year, and I'm a bit less exhausted so I'm looking forward to giving some handmade gifts this year! Along with some homemade peanut brittle. Yum.
Hope you and yours are enjoying the holiday season. What is your favorite family tradition during the Christmas season? Our family is fairly young so we're still building what we'd like the holidays to hold and look like for us. I'd love to hear what you love to do as a family.