Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Twisted Stitcher, year in review...

~ Greetings Dear Friends ~
Its the very last day of the year, it hardly seems possible to me.  I created a collage with some random things from our year. There was a lot of creating, a lot of good times, some celebrations, some vacations and a whole bunch of blessings. God has so richly and generously blessed us (and particularly me) that its hard to look back over the year and not see Him in every step along the way. Of course there is always struggle, always strife, always heartache, always disappointments but I strive to keep in perspective that each of those things that I encounter on my path in life only does one thing. It makes me stronger, makes me better than what I was before. 

So may I present my 2013:

The Christmas was put away...
and it is always a bittersweet time for me. I can't wait to get it up, and in most years I can't wait to get it down ~ the old double edged sword. :) 

But we took down and I'd like to share with you my ornaments I have stitched through the years 
(not including those stitched in 2013)
Ornaments through the years

Here are the ornaments I have received through the years from friends and exchanges I've participated in:
Friends Ornaments through the years

These are the ornaments I stitched this year alone (minus 6 that were presents):
2013 Ornaments Stitched

I told you I was going to count my ornaments...
and I did, even wrote it down, but guess what? I lost the paper! Scatter brain...
Anyway, the number was way less than I thought. I do know I stitched 29 ornaments this year for our tree. I had around 39 from friends. And the overall total number was around 150 ornaments. I thought I had 200, I must have been drinking when I was putting up the tree ;)
(Ha! I always put the tree up with a bottle of wine. Less stress!)

With the Christmas decorations...
taken down, I like clean and simple to start off the new year. I decorate our outside as well as the inside with the seasons too. Since at Christmas I had ornaments hanging from our eaves at the front door, I thought it looked so cute, I had purchased some silver snowflakes and never used them at Christmas, so....I hung them for winter!

Here is our Winter Door:
Winter Front Door

My favorite detail...
is the vintage skates and sled. I am in love with this little sled, that belonged to my husband when he was a child. His Mom brought it up for us last summer and I knew exactly what I would do with it! The skates were my aunt's when she was a little girl that I rescued from the get rid of it pile a few years ago. 
Keith's Sled

So...
with the recap and the fresh, clean start in the house that leads my mind to resolutions for the new year... However like a perfectly reasonable young man pointed out yesterday, whilst I read away on my blogroll..."resolutions beg to be broken". Amen! 

In my 42 years of life...
I have found that I stink at resolutions, but when it comes to life plans, or schedules, or organizing or planning...I'm pretty good! So what am I going to do? I'm going to have a plan! And I'm going to execute that plan as meticulously as I can. 

What does my plan entail...
well, who knows for sure. I have vague plans for my big plan but for the most part I think they are pretty firmly set:
I am going to continue my daily exercise regiment. I exercise every day. Period. And have for the past three years. I don't think of it as I have to or else. I think of it like: I do it. AND although I may hate it before I do it and hate it for a good part while I'm doing it, AFTERWARD...I feel great. My mood is enhanced, my spirits are up and I move through my day a better person because I rolled my arse out of bed at 4:40 a.m. and got to it! If I don't do it like that, it won't get done. I've learned that. So I do it and I will continue to do it because when I don't do it...I feel like crap. all. day. 

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Of course I want to try to lose weight, that is a constant battle. I've got the exercise down great! I need to get the eating down.

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I want to continue to try to become a better person, Lord knows I'm not perfect, I have many flaws. But I try really hard to live a life that is good. That is in service to others. I have a spiritual adviser that has helped me to make decisions about my life this year, that has made me better. My goal is to continue that in 2014 and beyond. There are always bumps and bleeps and valleys and mountains to be forged along anyone's life path. But one of the things I learned in 2013 is that I need to quit beating myself up, focus on me and focus on those that care for me and forget the rest. I can't be everything to every person. But I can sure as heck be as much as ever to people who love me, respect me and want me in their life. That is freedom. That is living. And it only took me 42 years to realize it.

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And finally...you all know I'm not me if I'm not dabbling in crafting. I have really only one goal in my plan for stitching. I've said it before and never got it done. I'm saying it again. I want a Prairie Schooler Santa Tree. And you want to know what I did? I bought a 4 1/2 foot tree on clearance and I am going to set about stitching my Santas. I can do it. I will do it! Got the first one kitted, in my project envelope, ready to roll! I'm not going to make schedules and say one per month, or any of that garbage. I'm just saying I'll have a Santa tree, if that means one Santa hanging on the tree....well that means one Santa. We shall see, right? I also would like to do another 25 days with The Twisted Stitcher. We shall see. I put a lot of pressure on myself to pull that together this year. But I totally enjoyed it, we'll see. ;)

With all the blabbering going on above...
I'd like to end with something that you all came here to see anyway. Here is another Tim Holtz Pocket Watch Necklace, that I have made for a very special someone. I just got it done last night. It is in the mail and zipping to the person as we speak. I hope they love it as much as I do, because I love it a lot and it was hard to package and send away. May I present:

"Snow Bird Pocket Watch" Snow Bird Pocket Watch
I stitched this using:
"Snow Bird Pinkeep" pattern by Brenda Gervais ~ With Thy Needle and Thread
1 over 1 on 32 ct. French Blue linen
Using called for colors

And with that folks...
that is my 2013 in review with 2014 in my headlights. It is my wish that each of you who visit with me have a healthy, happy, blessed 2014 with a heavy emphasis on abundant blessings.
Take time to slow down, to view the colors around you, to give thanks to all that has been given, to enjoy the moment because you just never know how many more moments you will enjoy.
Savor. Relish. Live. And Give Thanks. 
That's what its all about!

Until next time my dear friends...
Thank you for your words, thank you for your visits, I don't just gather them to be forgotten, I gather them and hold them close and savor each and every word. You all make a difference in my life! Thank you for your friendship!

Vonna xxxx

Friday, December 27, 2013

Post Traumatic Blogging Syndrome...

Well friends...
I am having post traumatic blogging every day syndrome. I MISS it! :)
So luckily, I still have some stuff to share! 

First Up...
This is Ellie's 2013 Christmas Ornament. I love this pattern and it is so sweet to stitch. 

"Happy Hearts"
designed by Diane Williams ~ Little House Needleworks
stitched on 40 ct. Weeks Dye Works Straw linen
stitched with DMC as charted
This is a freebie chart and may be found: HERE
Ellie's 2013 Christmas Ornament LHN Happy Hearts

Then...
I have to share a set of family ornaments that I stitched for some family friends for their Christmas gift. 

"Gingerbread Family"
 I used the pattern entitled: 
"Season of Love" from the 2010 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Preview Issue
Designed by: Nikki Leeman ~ Country Cottage Needleworks 
I just reworked it for single Ginger-person and charted the names (stitched over 1)
Family Friends Christmas Gift
These...
were really cute and I decided that I'm doing these for my own family someday too.

I have some...
random shots that were taken over the entire Christmas holidays that I would like to share with you. 

Ellie singing her solo at her Christmas Pagent:
Ellie's Christmas Pagent


Ian and Jake at their Christmas Band Concert
(Jake: Alto Sax and Ian: Bari Sax)

2013 Boys Band Concert

Katie and her good buddy Ajay
(they've been friends since 4th grade, he's like a member of our family)
Katie and Ajay

My Kiddos
A particularly nice photo of all four of them, they really are all pretty good buddies and typically do not get angry at each other ever. Most of the time, they are just as this photo shows and it does  my heart good to look at this and smile back  :)
My Kids

Katie and her young man, Kamryn
He is the sweetest boy (and crafty too!). This is the flower that he bought her for her birthday. See the purple tips on the flower? Her bedroom is purple and he painted every tip with glue and put glitter on them. HIMSELF!!! (his mother confirmed). I think he's a keeper ;) any man that would craft for their girlfriend....well I'm just sayin'...
Katie and Kamryn

Miss Ellie after she learned about gondola drivers at school...
ha ha ha!!!
I guess most gondola drivers have fringe on their hats and handlebar mustaches?  :)
Ellie with her handlebar mustache

My Motley Crew...
I was trying to get a shot for our Christmas card and told them to wait a minute while I got new batteries. When I came back I found:

Motley Group
Yes.. it did make the yearly family Christmas card....

and...
Our Tree at Night...
2013 Tree at Night

That does it folks...
the end of The Twisted Stitcher's Christmas. Sorta sad. 
Since I'm having eye surgery January 2. And we don't know how well my vision will be afterward, we have decided to take down our Christmas tree this weekend. :(
So I have just a few days left of sitting with it gazing at it while it slowly spins... 
sad. 

But with every ending...
there's a new chapter! So, what are you all planning for 2014 stitching? After gazing another year upon 
upon which she added a lot of new Santa's this year...OMGosh! 
I want a tree like that...NOW!
I said it last year and I'm going to say it again. I want a Santa tree! BAD!

And every year...
I have saved a photo of Carol's tree (I know its weird, and I think I have like 4, or 5 of them now saved to my hard drive) And through the year I stitch ornaments thinking: yep, I've got it, I think I have as many ornaments on my tree as Carol. Meanwhile, Carol is stitching away all year long....
 And I wait for the moment that she will post and my eyes will first alight on her tree for that year:
and  then I find... NOT. EVEN. CLOSE.
Ho, hum...

So...
what are my stitching plans for 2014? I don't know. Is there any ornament challenges out there for 2014? I think with the way my life goes that perhaps it is better to just go with Vonna's flow. Try to make and meet my own personal challenges rather than conform to something that I probably won't meet anyway. We will see, I've got a week to decide ;)

Until next time...
my love and appreciation for ALL the lovely comments and e-mails I have been receiving! THANK YOU!

Hugs and stitches,
Vonna xxxx


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Day Twenty-five...

~Greetings Dear Friends ~
and a warm welcome to Day Twenty-five
of the 25 Days of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher!

Christmas Eve...
was a busy one indeed! Keith and I woke up really early and began the feast preparations. We made to serve: Turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn pudding, hot rolls and pie. Yum-o!

Then it was off...
to Choir practice for me, as I was slated to sing for the Children's Christmas pagent and then the Christmas Eve Mass at our church last evening. Sadly, the "Choir" didn't show, but myself (soprano) and a lovely man that is a bass and another gentleman who sings tenor showed and all together I think the evening was lovely. I prayed that I would sing pretty for Baby Jesus and my prayer was granted. The service was lovely. However because I was the only member singing the melody, I pushed it (for 3 hours) and my voice was like a frog the rest of the evening. :) but I hit every upper register note and never squeaked once.

Then after Mass...
we went and picked up Kamryn, while Santa visited our house.... ;o) then it was home to supper, presents and family time. We had a great Christmas!

Today...
I'm working at the hospital. Working in the medical field is 24/7/365, and after working 20 years in the medical field, you get used to working holidays. There are people in need every day, all day, all year long.

To cap off my 25 days of Christmas, may I present our tree. It rotates so I tried to get shots from all sides as it spun. Our tree is decorated, as you all know, primarily with cross stitched ornaments and family ornaments that mean something special to us. Its not fancy, its not perfect, but we love it! I believe there is nearly 200 cross stitched ornaments.

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Merry Christmas...
to all my friends and followers of this blog. I want to close with my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to each of you that have left comments, who have read and have maybe taken something away from my blog posts. Many of you have taken extra time to even write to me wonderful, generous, personal e-mails that have blown my mind, touched my heart and in many instances made me cry. Thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for touching my life in the ways that you do! It is a blessing that I cherish. Sincerely.

And that folks...
is Day 25! Can you believe it?

Until...
next time, which I hope will be at least weekly! Hugs and love and Christmas wishes for a blessed New Year to come!
Vonna xxxx

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Day Twenty-four...

~ Greetings Dear Friends ~ 
and a warm welcome to
Day Twenty-four
of the 
25 Days of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher!

The stockings were hung...
by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas would soon be there!

I did it...
I made these stockings this year when I felt that our stockings could use an update. Plus Keith and I didn't have stockings and I wanted to make sure that Katie's boyfriend, who will be celebrating Christmas with us this year, felt welcome and a part of the family. And to be honest...I wanted something cohesive and not so cutsey for stockings now that the kids are older. 

So...
I decided to sew some huge stockings from felt. And I adorned them with my poinsettias like I featured on the burlap pillows. I must say, these make for a stunning display. I have received many compliments from visitors and I'm pleased as punch with my handiwork! Someone even asked if I would make them a set on commission. Hmmm...I decided to think on that for bit. :)

But may I present my new:

Poinsettia Family Stockings
My Handmade Poinsettia Stockings

Our Stockings Were Hung

I made my own pattern and everything for the shape and size and they came out nearly perfect. Being that I'm particular about my work, I know that there are some that are not quite perfect. But nonetheless, I'm pretty doggone puffed up about how these turned out!
I love it when a plan comes together :)

And...
I love it when I am surprised! The mailman brought me this stunning package from my friend Marie who is so very generous and talented. She did me up righteous!  Look at that sweet Angel ornament. Stunning! And Ellie has laughed and laughed about the itty bitty scissors and has asked over (and over!) if she can use them. I'll let her, she's such a dolly! I love the threadworx and the sweet Christmas lights fabric I can use for MORE Christmas ornaments! Perfect surprise, filled with perfect gifts! Thank you my dear buddy Marie :)

Marie's Christmas Gift

And speaking of Ellie...
here she is doing what she does best - CRAFTING!!! She is the craftiest, crafter of them all! And as my husband says, "I wonder she gets that?"  ;o)   When I was a little girl, my Granny would always say, "You smear around more than anyone I know!"
Well I met my match in Ellie :) HA HA! 
She was smearing around and painted a sweet little snowman to hang on our tree as I was finishing up the last of the cookie baking and making up the tins to deliver to our friends. And years from now, I'll hang it on my tree and tell her children about how she was always Nana's crafty girl :)  God willing of course.

Ellie

Our Holiday Baking...
 turned out great! We made:
Chocolate M and M wreaths
Turtles
Caramel Corn
Date Nut Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
M and M Monster Cookies
Dutch Butter Cookies
Snickerdoodles
Peanut Butter Blossoms
Peanut Butter Bars (not very good...from Pinterest)
Decorated Sugar Cookies

Tonight...
is our Christmas celebration. I am currently in the middle of preparing the feast! 

We will attend Christmas Eve Mass...
where my children will serve as Alter girl/boys and I will be singing in the Choir for the Mass; although today my choir director called me and I may be a soloist (as the two others I was to sing with have conflicts). So....I'm going to gargle and hydrate so that I can sing prettily for the baby Jesus. 

Then after Mass...
it is back home to see that Santa did indeed eat his cookies, and left some gifts and then it is on to the feasting and partying! WHOOP WHOOP! 

And that...
my dear friends is Day 24!

Until tomorrow...
Vonna xxx 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Day Twenty-three...

~ Greetings Dear Friends ~ 
and a warm welcome to
Day Twenty-three
of the
25 Days of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher!

Golly winding down...
and it sort of makes me sad :(
I've enjoyed having all of these things to share with you!

Well I over stitched...
ha ha ha!
that means in preparation for this 25 Days, which started out in my mind as 12 days. Then I thought why not do 25 days? Because to me BIGGER is BETTER! Then I started stitching around the week before Halloween, thinking I was nuts for even trying this...
But in my frenzy to get together 25 things I got together a few more! Why? Because BIGGER IS BETTER! I guess....but maybe poor planning skills, or maybe even bad math. Anyway, I got lots to share today!
May I present:

"Cozy Inn"
Cozy Inn
Designed by: Diane Williams ~ Little House Needleworks
stitched on 25 ct. Mocha over two
added some JABCO buttons to give some interest
This design may be found in the 2013 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue

This was an exchange piece for Joanne  over on the Little House Needleworks Showcase


"Fa La La is Christmas"
FaLaLa
Designed by: Shepherd's Bush
Stitched from kit of the same name from Shepherd's Bush


I've had this wee little Sheep for years...and when going through my things this fall put it in the stitch it our else basket :) thank goodness it got finished!

"Merry Christmas"
Merry Christmas
Designed by: Nan Lewis ~ Threadwork Primitives
stitched 1 over 1 on 32 ct. random linen
this is a freebie pattern which can be found at Nan's lovely blog: HERE


When this freebie came out many years ago, I never got on the train. Or maybe my train never left the station, is a better way to put it, because I love it and I can see stitching up some more of these sweeties next year for gifts. Thank you Nan for your talent and generosity!

"Emmanuel" 
Emmanuel
Designed by: Paulette Stewart ~ Plum Street Samplers
stitched on 40 ct. Vintage Examplar
using called for colors
This is a freebie and may be found: HERE

I was in "fa la la" land apparently when this freebie was released in 2008, because I never knew it existed, until I found it thanks to Pinterest. Paulette has had an exceptional year in designing (in my personal opinion). She has "rang my bell" on many occasions this year with her designs. In fact, I think I own all of the designs she put out this year! :) So I was "pinning" and "slobbering" over all things Plum Street Samplers on Pinterest this fall and found this freebie. I stitched it IMMEDIATELY...
I love it. I think it may be one of my favorites as it truly is the real meaning of the season to me and my family. Thank you Paulette for your talent and generosity!
(and yes...for inquiring minds. I AM on the Mary's Sampler train. And the bus left the station, but it ran outta gas because I got so wrapped up in creating things for this year. So maybe Mary can be a part of next year's 25 days....???)

Today I have slated: 
the great Pfeiffer bake off
christmas-sugar-cookies

Oh, Lord give me strength...
:)

And with that...
that is day 23!

Until tomorrow...
Vonna xxxx

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Day Twenty-two...

~ Greetings Friends ~ 
and warm welcome to
Day Twenty-two 
of the 
25 Days of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher!

Today...
I have another sweet share! This one, I was also the model stitcher and finisher for Country Cottage Needleworks' 2013 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue ornament submission. 
May I present:

"Snow Birds"
Snow Birds
This one I stitched a couple of weeks ago finishing it exactly as I finished the ornament for the magazine. I love it! And I think its a rather popular ornament out of this year's magazine because I've seen it all over. Its really quick to stitch too. 3 hours and bam, its done! 

You still have time people!

And with that...
that is day 22!!

Until tomorrow...
Vonna xxxx

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Day Twenty-one...

~ Greetings Friends ~ 
and a warm welcome to 
Day Twenty-one 
of the
25 Days of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher!

Today I have a darling share...
I was the model stitcher and finisher for Country Cottage Needleworks newest design entitled

"SNOWMAN TRIO"

After I got done stitching and finishing the real one. I did a second one for me on a scrap piece of linen and here it is:

SNOW
"Snow" 
designed by: Nikki Leeman of Country Cottage Needleworks
Copyright 2013
DMC used throughout 
this one is stitched 1 over 1 on 28 count Lambswool
and finished as an ornament. 

Quick, cute and perfect for a weekend's stitch!

And that folks...
is Day 21!

Until Tomorrow....
Vonna xxxx


Friday, December 20, 2013

Day Twenty...

~ Greetings Friends ~ 
and a warm welcome to
Day Twenty
of the
25 Days of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher!

The Great Pop Off...
occurred with great success, albeit I was exhausted after a 10 hour day of popping, stirring and bagging. For my long time followers you remember that the Pop Off is my yearly Caramel Corn making day. This is also a tradition that I uphold, passed down from my extended family. My paternal grandmother, Grandma Epperson, made the best caramel corn. She only (as far as I know) made it on Christmas. I can remember all my life growing up, thinking about eating her caramel corn on Christmas Day when we went to her house. YUM! The recipe was handed down to me, and I uphold that tradition in Grandma's honor each year. The corn is so good, that I literally have people asking when are they getting their bag. :) Traditionally, we hand it out to neighbors, teachers and special friends and family. Here is 32 quarts of Caramel Corn cooling on my dining room table. I made 64 quarts yesterday. 

Caramel Corn

I also made some chocolate wreaths...
Chocolate Wreaths

and some pecan turtles....
Turtles

and when I bag my corn for gifts, this is the presentation...
Bagged Corn

Would you like to try my Grandma's Caramel Corn?...
I'm happy to share...
Caramel Corn Recipe

The season is about...
giving and sharing of oneself. Being servants to your fellow man. There are many people in our lives that deserve recognition, and since today is the last day of school, may I present our:
Gift Table!

Gift Table

On the end in the large paper sacks...
is the teacher corn gifts, all packaged and ready for my big kids to pass out.
Teacher Corn

These pretty packages...
are the handmade pillow cases and some chocolate wreaths for each of Katie's close friends.
Friends Gifts

Ellie...
is attending a Secret Santa friend party tonight at her Best Friends House. Here is her little gift to share.
Ellie's Gift

Today...
I'm going to work and I have a very, very special colleague that I love and admire. I knitted her a ruffle scarf and bought this snowflake scarf clip for her.
Ann Gift

But...
one of my favorite gifts to give this year to date has been the watch case necklaces that I stitched and created a mixed media piece. I stitched and finished another! This one goes to the designer of this lovely house, who is also a very good friend of mine. She is so sweet and always, always so kind to me. She is just a good person and always so proper and kind. She is a good Mommy, a fabulous designer and to me she has this aura of goodness. Like when I see her picture,  I just think "sweet". Anyway, after I had success with the first watch case, for her Mom, I knew I had to do the exact thing for her, as she is so good to me too. May I present:

Nikki's Necklace
Nikki's Gift
This motif was taken from Nikki's very first Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue design, released in 2006. 
It is entitled: Winter's Eve. 

This time I made it very similarly to her Mama's necklace, on 25 ct. Vintage Country Mocha over one, with beads to simulate snow and a "evergreen tree" with its boughs painted with "snow glitter".
I thought this one was as sweet as the first, and would be a quaint reminder of Nikki's beautiful work for her to wear. Nikki received and likes it! So all is good :)

And with that folks...
that is day 20!

Until tomorrow...
after a hectic day of delivering kids, presents and working at the hospital...I'm tired already and it's just begun.
Vonna xxxx

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Day Nineteen...

~ Greetings Friends ~ 
and warm welcome to
Day Nineteen
of the 
25 Days of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher!

Day Nineteen...
I'm getting tired, but in a really good way! I honestly have done better about this posting than what I thought I would have :) So celebrating is in order!

Today...
I have for you

"JOLLY"

which can be found in the 2011 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue Magazine. 
It is by Crescent Colours ~ Sharon Crescent
I stitched it on 30 ct. Cocoa 
using the called for Crescent Colours overy-dyes (now known as: Classic Colorworks) 

Crescent Colours Jolly

Crescent Colours Jolly Tree

I love the little snowflakes I added on the ends of the twisted cording I made :)

Yep, she's a cutie! 

For today's tradition...
today is the 2013 Great Pop Off Day!
and tomorrow you will have to tune in to see what the tradition is and if I made my quota. 
Let's all have a moment of silence to wish me some good luck!

Let me tell you...
this tradition I have done every year for the past 12 years and I have shown it on my blog before too. 
It is a back breaking, time consuming labor of love. But I do it with a happy heart, and it must show in the product because I've already had peeps (neighbors and teachers) asking when it was coming! LOL! 

Oh my aching back...
and feet! :)

Until tomorrow...
Vonna xxxx

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Day Eighteen...

~ Greeting Friends ~ 
and a warm welcome to
Day Eighteen
of the 
25 Days of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher!

Seven short days...
until the big man arrives :)
and I'm still going strong, just like the ever-ready battery bunny!

Today I have to share with you how to make some primitive trees and then a primitive vignette I made to display some things I also created. 

MAKING PRIMITIVE MINIATURE TREES:

here is what you will need: 
Dowel Rod
"Make It Christmas" evergreen pipe cleaners (found mine at Hobby Lobby)
Brown floral stem tape


cut off two small pieces of evergreen. Hold on the end of the dowel rod and wrap the end and down the rod with floral tape.


Add some more evergreen pipe cleaners, I did groups of 3 and 4, ends (about 1 inch long) are bent and held against rod, then wrap with the floral tape.


Continue in this manner until you have a primitive tree. Trim the boughs until you achieve the size you want for your tree. 
(NOTE: Now this tree would not be able to hold heavy ornaments, but small ball type ornaments it could hold. It could not hold lights as it is too fragile)

I do think it looks similar to a prim feather tree. 

What did I do with my trees?
Well....
I cross stitched three of the Foxwood Crossing Designs and mounted them on their sleds. 

Foxwood Crossings Sleds


Then I grabbed my antique copper tub, a village piece, some snow and some white lights.

Foxwood Crossings Sleds display

and instant charm...

Copper Tub

aren't those little sleds cute?! 

Copper Tub Close Up

You need to get 'cha some ;o)

And that is...
Day 18!

Until Tomorrow....
Vonna xxxx