A Bare Christmas

three white ornaments

There is something about the simplicity of a monochromatic, under-done Christmas that really appeals to me. Perhaps it’s a reaction to the glitz and commercialism that we are surrounded by on a daily basis but I’m finding myself drawn to unfinished, natural and handmade materials and ornaments. I’m feeling a lot like Linus when he makes that wonderful speech at the end of the Charlie Brown Christmas special.

I find these simple little ornaments hung on bare branches really attractive and festive in a quiet and unassuming way.

I made them by pressing oven-bake clay from the craft store into a simple silicon mould of a leaf and then cutting it out with a small round cookie cutter.

Combined with a branch that I found in the woods while walking the dog they are the perfect simple alternative Christmas tree for a small space. These would also make sweet, little, keepsake gift tags as well.

white leaf ornament

 

Christmas Tree for Boston

Christmas is coming and the tree is on the move! Every year the province of Nova Scotia sends a fresh evergreen tree to the city of Boston as a thank you for their help immediately after the Halifax Explosion. I wrote about the relationship between NS and Boston here last year.

As of yesterday the 2015 tree is on the way to the Boston Commons. Bill and Andrea MacEachern of Lorne, Pictou County are the donors of a 49 foot, 72 year old white spruce.

If you are in Boston on December 3rd head over to the Boston Commons for the grand tree lighting event. If you have a tree that you think would be perfect for the 2016 gift head here to find out what they look for.

The Boston States

Snowy White Clay Trees | snowy clay trees

three clay trees

I first saw these little trees on Pinterest made in green polymer clay. Following the link I was taken to a blog that seemed to have gotten the image off Pinterest so I can’t tell where the original idea came from.  I love these little trees so much but I wanted to make mine in white polymer to make them look snow laden. Imagine how cute they would be grouped as a forest in the centre of a dinner table? Here’s how I made mine:

clay christmas tree

Starting with white polymer, oven cured clay bought at the craft store, form a small cone. Using nail scissors, which are perfect because of the curve of the blades, snip from the top all around the cone flicking up slightly as you pull the scissors out. Make sure that you are snipping in an irregular way so that your branches aren’t lined up one on top of the other.

clay tree method

Follow the manufacturer’s directions for baking. (mine was about 20 minutes at 250 degrees) and you’re done! If you are going to make a number of trees make sure that your clay cones are different sizes for a more natural grouping.

snowy clay trees