Our tree is set up in our living room, perfect for tiny baby hands to grab. What was I thinking, with an 8 month year old on the verge of taking his first unassisted steps? This: I couldn't have SoJo's first Christmas go treeless. I'm rethinking this as he has spit up an evergreen needle and manhandles the lower branches.
I have a jewel-tone theme going on with lime green, eggplant purple, peacock blue and red. I tend to like exotic colors, like those from India and Morocco, and I wanted to do something other than the typcial red and green.
To add some movement to the tree (art major here), I tied some small ribbons all over the tree. I found a nice spool of candy-cane striped ribbon that I loved, and it was a cheap way to add some more interest to the tree. I also like to string cranberries for garland too, although the ones you see are wooden. I'm still stringing the real cranberries.I made the felt ornaments that you see dotted throughout the tree. Here are a few close-ups.
You can read my felting tutorials HERE and HERE (not for ornaments, but a cup cozy). I want to make more this year, since I'd like to fill in the tree a little more. In the past, we squeezed the tree in the corner by the TV, so I only had like 1/3rd of it to fill. This year you can see the whole tree so I had to spread things out.
I also added some origami boxes to the tree, which you can also read about HERE in one of my tutorials. Just add a ribbon and hook and hang!
The Star on top, a filagree metal one that I picked up on post-Christmas clearance at Target one year. Also, those sparkly things I got at the museum shop, at the art museum where I used to work.
I also made the wool felt tree skirt last year. I glued some industrial felt (which was too thick to hand-sew) that a professor of mine had dyed (she gave me the scraps) and then sewed a blanket stitch and some decorative stitching around the edges. It looks great with my felted ornaments.
Of course we had to get a Nativity Scene for SoJo to learn about Christmas. I bought it here, and I love how rustic and durable it is. The wood seems like it's stained rather than painted, and I like the colors that they used (again, matchy-matchy with my stuff).
And I had to post some photos of our stockings, which I also made.
I sewed more felt together and embellished them with embroidery floss. I made these about 5 years ago. Here's mine, very gypsy-ish with the ribbons.
And Mr. Geek's. Don't you think it's manly of him to accept this as his stocking?
What choice does he have, really, as long as it contains a box of chocolate covered espresso beans. After I had taken the photos, we got a cute little stocking for SoJo in the mail from my aunt and uncle. I'll have to take a shot of that too, since I hung it next to ours (and Oscar the cat's red one).
The stockings are hung along our stair banister, along with more fake greenery that I embellished with berries, pinecones, fluttery ribbons, and more of my felted ornaments.
There you have it, my handmade holiday decorations. What special ornaments or decorations have you made?