Friday, November 30, 2012

Farmhouse Chic Christmas Rose


Ornament Swap 2012 has been a lot of fun.  From the simple creative process to 'meeting' some new  bloggy friends and discovering their lovely blogs, it's been a real joy!
Now that these little lovelies have been packaged up and sent with love on to their new homes, I can share more about them.
Just as this Swap had begun and I had various creative ideas swirling in my head, I happened to be reading this magazine, Mary Jane's Farm, Dec -Jan 2013 issue.  Yep, right on the front you see a wreath made of burlap.  Inside you get to see other things to make with burlap.  I can honestly say it has never really occurred to me before to make anything out of burlap, (well, ok, maybe a purse once, but I didn't actually attempt it....).  But these little flowers were firmly seated in the creative space in my head.
So with the little image in my head and a crochet hook in my hand, the little burlap flower became my Farmhouse Chic Christmas Rose. 
I absolutely love them and truly hope the recipients will, too! 
The pictures don't actually show them very well, but it was the best I could do at the time.  They are lightly dusted with a fine, sugary, white glitter, like a light dusting of snow or frost.  Just enough to catch a sparkle from the lights on the tree. 
I am now making a wreath for the Hearth Room's door.  Oh, I can't wait to get it done!  I will come back and share what I come up with.
Have a Happy Friday, all!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ornament Swap Peek


I do love to Make Things.
I find inspiration almost everywhere. 
But when it comes to swapping I tend to over-think things.  I definitely want to make something the recipient will actually like, love, adore...! 
I often question whether my rather whimsical, rustic, handmade ways will appeal to another.  I fall into the trap of trying to find different ideas, something from a source not my own, something more suitable...?
Then I return to what feels right to me.  And I still genuinely hope the sweet folks on the receiving end will smile when they hold in their hands a little bit of whimsy from the Hearth Room. 

These have been so much fun to make, and I love their simple beauty.
I'll share more just after I get them all packed up for their new homes. 
They have a big trip to take tomorrow!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Handmade Oranment Swap 2012

Hello Friends! 
There has been something fun going on over at Christina Lowry Designs and I've been working on trying a few different types of ornaments for the swap over the past month.
It's been fun (and challenging, given that school is in Full Swing here at the Hearth Room)!
But I very much like the pretties I've been working on and I'll be back later to post a little more about them. 

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