Sunday, December 14, 2014
Holiday decor tour, continued
Here is that post. This year I switched out a few of the ornaments and used different trees since I used my birch bark trees on the other mantle. The spidery looking balls at the back are the dried seed heads of allium. I spray them gold and they add an airiness to the display. Here's a detail shot from the side. This mantle never gets old to me. If it wasn't so holiday, I would leave it up all year.
Here is the pattern for sale. The instructions were very clear and I made a 24" tree and a 12" tree. My plan is to take kumquats, slice them thinly, and dry the slices as you would oranges. I think the little slices would make the perfect ornaments and would be just the right scale. But, as luck would have it, kumquats are in short supply this year so I haven't been able to do this. I keep looking every time I'm at the grocery.
The Santas are from my friend, Brigitte, as I mentioned earlier. Brigitte mixes different fabrics, fur, and embellishments for these. I love them. One of them has crewel fabric for the base and you know I'm a big fan of crewel.
The detail picture shows the star on top of the feather tree. Again, I took some wool and cut out 2 stars. I blanket stitched around the outside using gold thread and adding a bead to every stitch. I love how the beads line up perfectly along the edge. The star is stuffed slightly with scraps. And, a vintage pin for sparkle.
This little tree was made using scraps of cashmere. It's a styrofoam cone on the inside. I cut little squares of cashmere and attached them using short upholstery tacks because pins would be too long. The top of the cone is only about 1/2-inch wide. The texture is fantastic. Again, this is a technique I used for one of the ornaments at my party. I'll post pictures of those ornaments soon. The top of the tree is a mish mash. I wanted a pom pom and got out some gold cord to make one. But, the cord didn't want to be a pom pom. It looked like a haystack instead. I couldn't bear to throw it away and really liked the way the cording draped. So, I got a little glitter star out of my holiday floral bin and stuck it through the haystack. I love the way it looks!
These two mantles are the mainstay of my holiday decor. I've got little handmade touches in almost every room, though. Ornaments hanging from cabinets, little touches of red and green, and lots and lots of sparkle. I hope you love what you see. I certainly do.