Thursday, December 4, 2014

Decorating with naturals

It's been a cold (about -5C) blustery day here, sometimes sunny, sometimes snowy and I decided that I had to do my bed linens and hang them out. I've just been out and brought them in, only slightly damp.They will be lovely and fresh to-night.
My friend Sue dropped me off a box of selvedges from her collection, and I allowed myself a little play time adding a few more strips.
I'm going to redo the last strip at the top. If you decide to try this, I recommend checking for straightness as you go along because the selvedge edges are a bit ruffly and it can start to go a bit wonky. Also, iron regularly.
The only thing I didn't follow according to the tutorial I read was that I did not cut all my strips to the same width. I like it with some variations.

I've been doing a little outdoor decorating for the season; nothing inside yet. My children won't be home this year. We may go visit our daughter for a couple nights so I don't need to do much.

I made two swags for each corner of my deck from assorted branches--cedar, pine, fir, dogwood, and wild roses --gathered on a couple of my outings. My thumb is still red, swollen and sore, these have been on my list for a while and I managed.

This one has a sting of tiny white solar powered lights. I can see it from my kitchen window and I can see the second one form the dining area.
My plan is to dig out some of my pine cones and add them with peanut butter and bird seed.

I think my regular visitors will like that. The female hairy woodpecker was back at lunch time. They do love the suet.


Mereknits said...

Good luck with the project, and I bet those birds are going to love peanut butter pine cones.

Mystic Quilter said...

Hope your thumb improves pretty quickly but you managed a good job with it making those two lovely decorations, the solar powered lights in amongst the greenery will look lovely as the light goes in late afternoon.