I have been setting up Christmas a little bit at a time. Yes, I’m late, but that’s o.k., ’cause I leave everything up for a month after Christmas! That all started with the first 15 ft. Christmas tree we put up. I was raised on a Christmas Tree farm and the tree has to be real and as tall as I can get.
Below is a picture of a fun centerpiece that was made for my fabric store. It’s at least 20 years old. I think the process and end result are timeless and worth showing again. I’m bringing the idea BACK!
This started with a pre-quilted placemat (do they even make pre-quilted yardage like this anymore?). Sprinkle pieces of ephemera (flat of course), ribbons, sparkles, across the face of it. Place a piece of clear plastic on top and machine quilt it about 2-3 inches apart. Yes, some of the trim will move around but that’s the fun. Cut off the scraggly edges and either glue or stitch a piece of trim around the edge. Voila! Perfect for when you “need a little Christmas.”
Well, that got me to thinking, and I pulled my checkbook (yes, I still write the occasional check!)out of the black hole of my black lined, black on the outside too, purse. Check it out! I NEVER lose this checkbook cover. Sparkle, sparkle!!!
This is an upside down clear vase in an oval shape, stuffed with little white lights. I said, “I can make that, I should make that, then went to the “SALE” section and voila!, One of these cuties at 1/2 price because it had a scratch became mine. I did a close up so you wont see the scratch. It sits in my window and I plug it in first thing in the morning and it’s the last thing off at night. Festive.
Isn’t it beautiful? NEXT YEAR, you WILL try ice-dying and make some of these for gifts. Everyone who has notdone this will be very impressed. January would be a good time to do this because it is also called Snow-dying, remember? Look it up at Darhma.
Thank you for stopping by, and until next week, let’s create something unique. Carve out a few minutes here and there, and always have some handwork to carry with you while you hurry up and wait somewhere. Hugs, Heidi