Here's the dilemma: My house is rather Southwest/Mediterranean in style - it can't make up it's mind if it wants to be decorated for the Cowgirl or the Tuscan wino in me. Both personalities apply when it comes to my decorating style ( I think they call that eclectic). Either way, the only time that I get to decorate with red (my favorite color) is at Christmas, so I impatiently wait for the Thanksgiving weekend so I can drag out all my red stuff.
Because we are having guests in from the East coast for a short visit before Thanksgiving, I guess that I will NOT start the Christmas decorating until next weekend. But in order to satisfy my holiday craving, I decided I could at least do a few crafty things for Christmas - and besides, don't pumpkins and poinsettias look pretty together???
Crafty Project No.1: A Wreath. My great grandmother was evidently better at playing the piano than I am. She had all kinds of sheet music, some of it dating back to WWI and WWII. My mother gave me a stack of her sheet music, much of which was deteriorating - we call that "vintage". I decided to make a paper cone wreath out of the pages that seemed less exciting - like the finger exercises books!
I cut the ragged edges from each page and rolled them into cones, affixing them with a hot glue gun. When I had enough cones made I glued them onto a round piece of foam board. I then made a second layer of cones that were slightly smaller and glued them on top of my first layer.
I used some black satin ribbon to make a hanger for the finished wreath and hung it in my living room near my grand piano. Note that I did succumb to my red Christmas fetish and brought out my red pillows for the love seat.
Crafty Project No. 2: A pillow to go with the wreath. I had a small piece of fabric with musical notes on it. I decided I could add a poinsettia applique (in RED!!) on top of the music fabric. The finished pillow would coordinate with the new music wreath in to my little corner.
To make the poinsettia applique, I cut petal shapes out of a red and metallic tablecloth. I used a green print to add a couple of leaves for my flower. I appliqued each petal and the leaves onto the music background using a blanket stitch on my Viking.
Too cute...and it just set off the wreath on the wall behind.
Crafty Project No.3: A Table runner. So back to Thanksgiving! My friend Micki wanted a Thanksgiving table runner for her very massive dining room table, and being the girl I am, I told her we could make one that would fit, knowing full well that the "we" is really just me.
She chose a gorgeous tapestry fabric and it had been sitting in my fabric closet for at least a month and a half. Since Thanksgiving is next week, I thought perhaps she might like to actually have it for her dinner table.
Making a table runner involves simply cutting the fabric to the length you need and hemming it. Micki purchased half the length needed to fit her table. I cut it lengthwise in half and matched the two pieces with a seam in the very center of the runner. I serged the edges of the runner, turned them under and top stitched the hems. (oh, and yes, I did miter the corners, but only because it was for her and not just for me! LOL!)
Looked great on my pool table...but I gave it to her this week!
I did have Dave drag all my plastic bins of Christmas decorations down from the attic...but they will wait patiently until next weekend...after Thanksgiving!
Happy Turkey Day