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Christmas in July is Almost Here!!! Hoping You will Join Me!
Submitted by Pam on Sun, 06/29/2014 - 23:07
Christmas in July is almost here! And this year - I will be celebrating the whole month! Lots of tutorials for sweet ornaments and pretty trees. A most excellent hexie blog hop sponsored by Craftypod. And time to return to cookies! We will start the six month Winter Holiday Cookie series off this year with beautiful waffle cookies from Norway, Italy, the Netherlands and more!
I know many of you really are not ready to be thinking holidays. But it is not too soon to begin thinking about hand crafted gifts and decorations. Can't leave those until you are in the spirit or it may be too late!
I hope you will join me this month whenever you can!
I bet you have seen versions of this tree 45,000 times!!! Can not believe how many I have found on Pinterest in the last few weeks!
The first time I saw one was here on SAS Interiors and it was love at first sight. Jenna created it as an advent calendar - which I happen to think is completely brilliant.
I altered her idea slightly and use it as a display for hand crafted ornaments sent to me by friends made while blogging! I am leaving it up year round! Cheers me up every time I walk by it!
Most versions I have run across on Pinterest (including Jenna's) have been made using pallets. However, my sweetie informed me he was not tearing apart a pallet! So we went shopping and found lovely 1" x 4" rough sawn wood designed probably for fencing. Dirt cheap - like a few dollars for four 4' boards. (Only ended up needing three of them!)
I went through the stacks searching for boards with the most interesting wood grain and colors.
To mimic the thick and thin boards used in the original, we alternately placed two boards together with single boards.
Jenna provides excellent directions for making one of your very own here.
Thank you Jenna!
Clear Pinhooks work beautifully for hanging ornaments. But since I have several of mine otherwise employed, I filled in with clear push pins.
Despite the original intention (to be used as an Advent Calendar - and it would make a brillinat one) and despite it's uh ... Christmassy ... shape, I really do think this rustic wood tree makes a lovely hand crafted ornament display that can be enjoyed year 'round! What do you think?