Listen, Learn & Love

It’s been an emotional, inspirational, heart-wrenching, and heart-lifting couple of months. In the span of just a few months there has been feelings of fear, anxiety, frustration, burden, depression, anger, sadness, sorrow, tiredness, aimlessness, boredom, hopelessness, love, and joy, for many people. It’s already over halfway through 2020 and I kind of feel like we just started.

With the onslaught of COVID-19, not only have people lost their loved ones, but there has been a lot of mental and physical suffering due to it’s side affects. It’s been hard to understand and grapple with the new reality. It has also brought forth a different way of living for many people that has been insightful. Things like staying home, being with family, or taking time to just be. Seems like everyone has taken up doing puzzles, baking bread, or Marie Kondo’ing the crap out of their homes. :)

Not only has 2020 brought forth a global pandemic, it also brought forth a needed change/discussion in this country about racism. It’s so unfortunate that it has taken so many deaths to finally be having this conversation out in the open. After the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, the country took to the streets to protest and show that they are fed up with what is happening in this country. I am ready to have these discussions (and most likely make some mistakes) but I have the best intentions to support, listen, and learn from my friends and the Black community.

So in times of confusion or when I need to center myself, I gravitate back to the things that fill me with joy. I tend to go quiet while making something, and being focused calms me. I recognize that I have the luxury of this escape, and I am grateful for it. Now crafting in a pandemic doesn’t always allow for all the materials to be readily available, so lately I’ve been working with what I have. On the bright side, I’ve been using up all these supplies taking up space. :)

For this craft I wanted to do something that was about love and connecting. I didn’t think too hard about it (I tend to overthink) so this time I just started finding odds and ends and putting something together. I just starting making. I luckily had some wooden hearts stashed away in my closet (leftover from a Valentine’s Day craft.) Why not use up these materials instead of buying new ones (this is what you call Craft Kondo’ing).

It didn’t feel right to do DIY instructions on this craft, so I just included a few photos of my process. Hopefully this will inspire some other crafts in the name of love. ♥

(Above quote by Martin Luther King Jr.)

Merry Christmas

The month of December I was able to slow down for once and relax. I was able to put my Christmas tree and decorations up early and enjoy them. I also had time to catch up on my DVR, as well as even watch some cheesy made-for-tv holiday specials. :) I also had time to revisit some of my old holiday DIY posts, and clean them up a little for my blog. I especially reflected on 25 Days of Crafts that I did back in 2013 with Cathie of tinsel + trim. It was so fun to go back through all our crafts…remembering all the late nights we spent working on them. :) We were so crazy trying to attempt that.

So whether you have the time off or not, I hope you all had some time to enjoy the festivities, and reflect on the season. Here is a sneak peak of my house all ready for the big day.

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

 

Terrarium Dress-Up

When the season gets away from you, the best way to still get in the holiday spirit is to find easy ways to make your existing decor festive. This year I decided to put a reindeer (one of a whole bag full) to good use, and make him a new tropical home (in my terrarium.) And why do I have a bag of plastic reindeers you ask? I honestly have no idea. :) Of course I couldn’t just shove him in the terrarium and call it a day…I had to spray paint him gold. He looks so much more festive this way.

MATERIALS

  • Glass terrarium
  • Small to Medium sized terrarium rocks
  • Soil
  • Succulent plant
  • Plastic spoon
  • Small terrarium rocks
  • Plastic reindeer
  • Gold spray paint
  • Mini bristle brush tree

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Place some medium-sized terrarium rocks at the bottom of your glass terrarium. This layer is to help the soil drain, and you can use whatever color of rocks you’d like. I used black colored rocks (because that is what I had on hand) but rocks in a different shade help give the terrarium interest.

Step 2:

Then add a little soil. Create a small well in the center and plant your plant, gently pack the soil around the base of the succulent.

Step 3:

Once you have the succulent planted, use a plastic spoon to insert the small terrarium rocks around the base of your plant.

Step 4:

Spray paint your plastic reindeer gold, and let it dry. Once it’s dry place it into your terrarium…along with any other fun objects you would like to add.

Such an easy way to make everyday decor festive!

Modern Christmas Decor

I have historically been a little schizophrenic when it comes to my Christmas decoration themes. Here are some of the themes I’ve had in the last 20 years.

  • Shabby Chic Country – Think patchwork, torn fabric, and wooden bead garland.
  • Rustic Wrought Iron – Most of my ornaments were metal. I did however LOVE my tree topper that was wrought iron multi-spoke stars.
  • Red, Green, and White – This one is obvious.
  • Traditional – Tipping off the previous theme, but think Christopher Radko style ornaments in the previous color scheme.

My latest theme? Modern black, white, gray, and gold. We’ll see how long this one sticks. :)

So in honor of my inability to stick to one Christmas theme, here is a round-up of my favorite modern Christmas decorations this year.

 

Design Letters Black Advent Calendar – featured on Design Life Kids

 

 

Monili Christmas Tree Bauble – from Scandinavian Design Center

 

Christmas Tree Blanket – from Ferm Living

 

Line Candleholder – by Lassen Copenhagen

 

Ferm Living Brass Tree – featured on Burke Decor

 

Hanging Tealight Deco – from Ferm Living

 

Modern Artist Ornament Set – from MoMA Design Store

 

Frank

Frank is my resident deer.

He greets me everyday as I walk down my stairs. Most people don’t even notice he is there, however I think he likes that.

I didn’t name him Frank, but ironically my Grandfather’s name was Frank…and my Grandfather was quite the huntsman.

The other day I realized that Frank needed some jewelry…so I gave him some. I took some brass ornaments from Ferm Living (that I had bought post-Christmas) and some long ballchain, and repurposed them into dangling adornments, and got on my tippy toes and hung them from his crown. :) I think he likes them!

(Note: This trophy head is an antique, and a gift from a friend. I am not a hunter, nor will I probably ever go hunting in my life. But someone was proud of this fella, and I’m happy to let him live on in my house.)