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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Decorating My House with Holiday Greenery on: December 06, 2017 01:26:18 PM
My husband and I bought our first house a year and a half ago.  During our first Christmas in our home I focused on decorating the inside with a new tree, and other decor items.  This year I decided to work on the outside.  These are the results; wreath, flower pots on the porch, swags on the bannisters, and an arrangement in the pot on the mailbox.

My mom sent me the wreath, which lights up.  I made and added the bow. to match the other items I'd made.

The tropical plants in the pots on the porch have finally died for the season, so I replaced them with branches of faux greenery and sprigs of berries to match the wreath.  (Yay for 60% off all holiday floral stems at Joanns!)  Since silk stems don't have roots like real plants, and because it can get windy here, I started by putting some bricks of floral foam in the pots, then ran some wire across to keep it in place.  Then I filled the pots, 1 branch at a time, trying to keep them mirror images of one another.  Made some 6 loop bows and wired those onto the pots too.

Flower Pot Detail

I tried to find swags of garland to run around the entire porch railing, but couldn't find enough of any one matching set, so instead I picked up these two swags at Target, and added handmade bows to match.

Detail of Bannister Swags

Here's the whole porch all together.

Finally there's our mailbox.  Every one in the neighborhood is one of these brick postal fortresses.  Each homeowner seems to have done something different to theirs. Some plant flowers around them, some add light up house numbers, one is so covered in ivy you have to brush it aside to get the mail.  The previous owner of our house had a window box installed on the side of hers, and I try to keep it full of plants all year.  Since the mums I planted in September have died, I decided to fill it with greenery to match the porch.  I emptied the planter of dirt, and put in bricks of floral foam, and used wire to hold them in place.  Then I filled it with sprays of evergreen, pinecones, and berries, before adding the final bow.  The whole thing has hidden bits of wire keeping it in place against the winter wind.

Now I just need to put the ornaments on the tree.  Right now it's assembled, and has been wrapped in garland, but has just 4 ornaments on it, received last week in the HP Holiday Swap!  Poor nekked tree.   Cheesy
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Winter on: December 06, 2017 10:49:31 AM
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: North Pole Post Office Cross Stitch on: December 06, 2017 10:48:39 AM
This is so sweet!  (And is making me miss snow... but only from afar.)
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Winter Embroidery on: December 06, 2017 10:47:30 AM
This is stunning!
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery on: December 06, 2017 10:36:41 AM
I received a hilarious little ornament from patty_o_furniture!  Fred & George's stunned garden gnome.  Cheesy

Thank you darling.  I managed to get the tree up, and the garland on, but none of the ornaments pulled down from storage yet, so right now the only ornaments on my tree are the few I've received in this swap so far! Wink
26  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap (SU CLOSED; Send 12/5) on: December 06, 2017 04:32:11 AM
::To be read in the voice of Prof. Farnsworth::  Good news everyone!  While not everyone has sent out yet, we have heard from every single person in the swap, meaning that we don't have any flakers.  Huzzah for no one in the swap missing out on their holiday cheer!    Cheesy

Just for fun, here are some stats on this swap:
15 people have mailed 38 packages so far, 14 of which have been received! 
7 people, with 18 packages between them, will be sending out over the next 2 days. 

For those of you keeping score, thats 22 swappers sending a total of 56 packages between them! 
27  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted portrait. on: December 05, 2017 10:41:25 AM
Beautiful!  Your shading on the pleated collar is exceptionally well done.
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Scarf on: December 05, 2017 07:04:05 AM
Thank you so much craftylittlemonkey & Mistress Jennie!

That's incredibly beautiful!  I wish I could knit so I could give your technique a try, but I'm firmly in the land of 'hooker only'.  Rocks.

Awesome!  Thanks for sharing the link.  Cheesy

You don't have to learn to knit... The original pattern is crocheted, and it's available for free with a video tutorial, if you want to create a similar scarf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itsshQYGfIM. Wink I have to warn you, though: hairpin lace is addictive!
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Scarf on: December 04, 2017 04:37:36 PM
That's incredibly beautiful!  I wish I could knit so I could give your technique a try, but I'm firmly in the land of 'hooker only'.  Rocks.
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: DIY Glitter Ornaments on: December 04, 2017 10:11:12 AM
Beautifully done!  Thanks for the tutorial!!!
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