Monday, November 25, 2013

Christmas Crafting and Fall Foliage

Since I can't do much because of my knee, I've been working on some small projects, getting ready for Christmas decorating on Black Friday. Yep, I don't go shopping that weekend; I spend it getting everything out of the attic and closets and decorating.

It's been raining which makes it easier to stay inside and create:
Rain on window looking out at Fall Foliage

I'm adding to my rustic ornaments for the farm tree...making felt owls and reindeer and a burlap tree skirt.

Plus I want to make some of these burlap snowflakes Gail over at Purple Hues and Me makes. Pop on over to see how she does it here. I'm going to use white burlap for mine and glitter them up.

While you're there, check out her super cute owls, like this one.  I need some. :-)

I'm on the look out for twig balls also. Not sure how much they will cost...I might end up making some using burlap and twine like my cone Christmas trees:
Twine Christmas Tree

I picked up this paper mâché reindeer. He is going to get covered in Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer book pages .... I won't tear up the real book. Instead I will photo copy them. I will use the same technique I used on my book page pumpkin. I need to find another one…

And I'm making one of these wreaths here from Virginia at LiveLovelyDIY. I bought a bunch of ornaments from Wal-Mart in blues and silvers:
Not using the grapevine wreath…instead I have a styrofoam form

Other than that, I am working on my ornament for the blog land ornament exchange and putting together a gift box. Mine came in already from Colorado. I'll be sharing that soon and linking up with  Vicky so we can see what others also got.

Have you started decorating for Christmas yet?

Enjoy your Thanksgiving. I will leave you with pictures of our Fall foliage at the farm - it's been a good leaf year here for a change.
going through the gate

Looking back through the gate towards the road

Top of the driveway

Looking towards the shop from the house

Looking through trees down the driveway

Front yard

In back, looking toward barn


Herbie and Buddy in back

Back pasture looking back 
The rain has caused all the dry creeks (water drains) to flow

Dogwood tree leaves and berries

The road going to the B Farm road
Many blessings!


  1. Thanks Cecilia for the shout outs! You're so kind! Can't wait to see your burlap snowflakes especially done in white and glitter. This is a great project to do while your knee heels. Where did you get your paper mache deer? I've been looking for a plain one and can't find them around here. I even when online but no luck. I have three in gold that I've had for years. but I don't want to change them just yet. Your pictures of your farm are beautiful and so tranquil.

    1. You're welcome…you do the cutest crafts and I love how you tell how to make them! I have made 3 snowflakes so far! Love them.
      As for the deer, I finally found the one at JoAnn's - I hoping they have gotten more in. I hope you can find some too, Gail.

  2. Cecilia, your property looks so great...most of our trees are bare now, looking rather bleak, and we're expecting snow by Wednesday. I've started decorating, but have much to do. Here's an alternative idea for your burlap balls....I pinned this, and have fond memories of doing this craft project in grade school! You could use rounder balloons, with natural twine to get the effect you're after:

    1. Hi Rita! Wow, snow…we so seldom get any. Hard to imagine getting it in November!
      Thanks for the info on the burlap balls- that looks easy!

  3. Your photos are beautiful! Everything is bare in this part of the world and unseasonably cold. Love the owl ornaments.!

    1. Thank you Linda. I think all the leaves will be on the ground in the next couple of weeks. It's been a good year for the leaves here in Texas for a change. I've really enjoyed them.

  4. Happy crafting and those Fall photos are gorgeous!!

    1. Thanks, Shirley! I hope you are well and you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  5. What eye candy your property is Cecilia! My blood pressure dropped a few points just looking at the pictures, so I can imagine how relaxing it is to spend time there.

    I have the deer in gold, and have for years. Around here they're pretty easy to find.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving my friend! (((Hugs)))

    1. Doreen, it is very relaxing to be there! No city noises, no stress. Glad you enjoyed looking at all the pictures.

      A very Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
      ((Hugs back!))


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