My front door was bare after I took down my Christmas decorations and I was ready to come up with a new wreath for winter. I had an old wreath form that I hadn’t used yet and was trying to think what I wanted to do with it. The wreath was a straw one, but had been in the basement for awhile and when I got it out I noticed it was starting to unravel.
I distinctly remember my mom making homemade Christmas gifts for our teachers when my sister and I were in school. She would make raisin bread in coffee cans, every year. The project would take over the kitchen for the weekend: soaking the raisins, making the batter, filling the cans, baking the bread, getting them out of the cans, and wrapping them all individually. I don’t think I realized what an effort she put forth to make these homemade gifts until I became a mother of a child in school as well. I am very similar to my mom, according to my sister, therefore this year I made homemade salted caramel for all of the teachers in my boys’ lives. Continue reading “Homemade Christmas Gifts for Teachers”
A holiday evergreen wreath can brighten up your house light with just a few found items and an inexpensive form. I used holly and princess pine for the evergreen materials. The wreath form was purchased for $1 at the Dollar Store, the hanger was found in a closet in my home, the garden wire at a craft store and the outdoor material was left over from a earlier project. Continue reading “DIY Evergreen Wreath”
As I look through my Instagram feed I see so many homes beautifully decked out for Christmas. Our house has it’s own beauty. We have a theme of kid’s Christmas decorations.
We have a loved in-lived in look at our home. You can easily find activities to do in almost every room. This might be the occupational therapist in me, but I love decor that also serves a functional purpose. Especially if that purpose is play. Continue reading “Kids Christmas Decorations”
Add a touch of Christmas cheer to your everyday throw pillow by making your own pillow cover.
I was getting ready to decorate for Christmas, I realized my throw pillows don’t really go with a holiday theme. Instead of going out and buying holiday themed pillows, and then figuring out where to store them when the holidays are over, I decided to make my own pillow covers. How hard could it be?
As it turned out, it was incredibly easy. Using a coupon for material at JoAnn Fabrics I headed out. I had four pillows I wanted to cover and hate it when I just don’t have enough fabric. I settled on getting 2 yards of 2 different winter themed material. There is plenty of material left over, possible future project? One was a cotton and the other more of a flannel cotton.
The items needed are: material, matching thread, tape measure, straight edge, rotary cutter, and a sewing machine. I also used an iron, but this is optional. I find it easier to make a good seam with a iron rather than my own hands. The pillows I worked with are square, but you could use this pattern for rectangular pillows also. It is a basic envelope pillow cover. Continue reading “DIY Pillow Cover”