I've been away from the computer for awhile... on purpose. I HAD to stay away because after 35 years of huffing and puffing, I realized I'd never be able to blow the house down if I didn't quit smoking. Since smoking at the computer was as natural for me as a cat purring when it's happy, I decided to treat my computer like a lover spurned lest I give in to the nasty habit. I'm not out of the woods yet, but I think I can behave long enough for at least one little post : )
So, while everyone else was having visions of sugar plums dancing through their heads getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year, I was having visions of lugging an oxygen tank around for the remainder of my years and decided to busy myself with creating new Christmas decor. It's been a wonderful new livelihood and my fingers have been very productive.
Probably the craziest thing I came up with was eternally incorporating burlap with Christmas lights. Just one string of lights, but I had enough burlap to make at least three more sets.
This piece of burlap was given to me a long time ago and it must have been 15 feet long! I washed it (what a MESS!) but it made it soft and pliable and just perfect for Christmas lights because the little bulbs can either poke through the burlap - or hide inside:
I opted for alternating the bulbs in AND out. Then it was a simple matter of pinning the burlap and sewing the longest seam I have ever sewn - 10 feet! Just leave the ends open, of course so you can plug the lights into your power source.
I wrapped it up in some evergreen garland and used it on the mantle.
It nestled nicely among some of the other crazy little things I made : )
Okay then. That's enough for now. Old habits die hard and I need to get outta here for now. Maybe tomorrow I'll show you my baked snowmen : )