Crafty Christmas

Still toiling away on some stubborn Christmas presents… but I’ve had some time to finish up a few holiday decorations for the house in the meantime.

I’ve been taking stained glass lessons from my mother, an accomplished glass artist. My first project was a basic Christmas ornament. I love how it turned out!
Inaugural Stained Glass Ornament

Room for improvement, but I think I’m hooked. Already brainstorming my next (post-holidays) piece.

Project number two is a wreath made out of pinecones that I collected on our last trip to the beach. The sappy fingers paid off when I finally got around to finishing it this weekend.
Pinecone Wreath

The basic construction is as follows: styrofoam wreath form, wrapped in cheap brown ribbon. Add a bunch of pinecones, a ton of hot glue, and voila! The final product is more fragile than I had anticipated, so I won’t be hanging it outside as planned, but it looks right at home above the fireplace.

I’d love to show you a picture of the whole fireplace setup, but we’re mantle-less at the moment. We are in the process of trading out the ugly unfinished plank that came with the house with some gorgeous white granite — a steal from a local stone and tile place’s scrap pile. For the time being, though, our stockings are homeless!