Christmas Decorations and Embroidered Napkin

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This is a wreath I have made twenty years ago and I still use it every year. This time, it was placed on top of a small tree on the kitchen counter, along with “natural” decorations (see pictures below).

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This is the base of the tree, with a Christmas napkin my mother embroidered. You can also see one of the orange peels I dried more than twenty years ago. They are still in good shape.

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A close look on my mother’s embroidery. Beautiful. It goes so well with neutral or dark items.

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At the centre is a tiny decoration also made by my mother. A little red bird on a nut shell, partly hidden by a piece of orange peel. How cute is that? (Very popular among children.)

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A black pepper ball hanged with raffia.

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White pepper. I placed each one on hot glue. I burned my fingers many times while doing them.

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Red pepper. I think it shrank with time, as we can see the glue now.

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Pinecones in a row, still attached to a tree branch. I managed to keep the branch intact for more than twenty years now. To be handled with care.

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Pinecones glued together to form a star. Maybe some of you know where the inspiration comes from… and have made the same.

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Big and sturdy pinecones at the base of my precious wreath.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

France

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Snowman Ornaments

They may stand alone. They may come in pairs. Or they may appear in groups. One thing for sure, they are forest snowmen, with their frozen berries and branches of evergreen. They feel at home in a Christmas tree, with tiny lights reflecting on their shiny golden head adornments.

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They are very easy to make. Some white scrap fabric (an old sweater is perfect), something to fill them (scrap fabric, polyester fiber fill, pieces of yarn…), a piece of orange fabric, some ribbon, thread coordinated with the ribbon, beads, cotton balls and pieces of plastic Christmas decorations.

Let them add golden, silver, blue or red sparkles to the season. Let them add a touch of frost to your Christmas tree!

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I wrote a pattern for these Snowman Ornaments. There is a printable version on my Web site and in my Craftsy Pattern Store (in English and in French).

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