Saturday, October 14, 2017

{make it a hyggeligt nest}

 Boy, are the trees ever preparing for winter here this autumn!
I've never seen so many acorns.
This area's deciduous trees have been sadly hit by tar spots big-time,
so the typical fall colors are hit-or-miss.  Mostly brown dry leaves this year.
But it's still so awe-inspiring to observe nature preparing for the cold.
I'm preparing, too!
Preparing for a winter of nesting
 but intending to invite others in to share the comfort and coziness.
{Yup, hygge.}

Here are some hyggeligt craft ideas I'm happy to share.
Yes, it's early.  But I'm giving you time to plan and prepare.  Like the trees :)

Okay, there are many ideas here in this place setting.
First, the Christmas Tree Napkin fold inspired by Publix.
Awesome instructions (here).  Tons of variations on Pinterest.
Next, I used papercrafting supplies to decorate.
There are sequins and tiny trees, bells and mini-ornaments.
My recommendation is to pick a color scheme and see what's in your cabinet.
Tags, mini-boxes, doilies...
(The wool stocking table garland is actually an advent calendar.
Soft and fuzzy!)
A hostess gift or guest gift, or holiday decor.
This is another product of my ongoing making-with-clear-things obsession.
Oh, and my continuing tiny house obsession, too.  Still have that :)
The clear box was packaging from something else.
The mini-house is die-cut from felt and lit from within.
(I have so many ideas for these little LED lights!!) 
Acetate "Peace" piece (and stars) by Fancy Pants and stickied with my trusty Xyron sticker maker.
Pearl flourish by Prima, house die from Stampin' Up! by Sizzix.
The house and trees are stuck to the bottom of the box.
Very sweet little holiday package.

A festive, cozy, wintery way to decorate your slipper chairs.
This can be done with inexpensive scarves that you can find on amazon
(or stock up at the end of season clearance sales the year before).
Then tie a big ol' wired ribbon around.
Again, you're going to need a lot, so search until you find affordable but fabulous.
It's do-able :)
You could also do the mini-wreaths hanging on the back of each chair.
That just wasn't right for this setting.
And, lastly, an easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy scarf to give or wear.
I love my Knifty-Knitter looms and still don't know how to properly knit because of them!
This is a basic stitch with chunky boucle yarn.
I recommend knocking out multiples of these while watching every single
Hallmark Channel movie that you can dvr.
It's a steep challenge, but, if I can do it, you can, too!!
And you'll end up with lovely gifts to share.  Win-win.

Okay, back to present moment gratitude for fall.
Let me know if you're preparing for winter, too :)

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