Saturday, December 11, 2010
Cinnamon and Heart Garland
Here in the Valley, Christmas holidays are usually marked by soaring temperatures and (uncomfortably) high humidity. The days are spent trying to find a place to keep cool and air conditioners are working overtime. The idea of sitting down to create beautiful Christmas crafts is not something I would usually be contemplating at this time of the year however I my Christmas decorating has risen to new heights, spurred on by this daily feast of inspiration.
On such blog friend who continues to inspire me is the super creative Sarah from Modern Country Style.
When I saw Sarah's gorgeous Cinnamon and Heart Garland I just knew I had to have a go at making one myself. Her tutorial was super easy and fun to follow however I did have a couple of little hiccups along the way.
Next up - the cinnamon sticks. Now I don't know about the cinnamon sticks that Sarah used but these ones of mine were (seriously!) hard to get the darning needle through. I know Sarah used a knitting needle. I was actually contemplating attacking them with my cordless drill. However I ended up persevering with the needle and after a bit of jiggling sideways and upways - managed to make the hole big enough. Oh, here's another thing....... My cinnamon sticks are completely smellless? Not sure why - maybe cinnamon sticks lose their smell the heat. I was anticipating the gorgeous smells of cinnamon wafting through the house, but alas mine smell like....... well, dead sticks!
Never mind - they look fabulous (and Christmasy)!
The fun part - stringing all the bits and pieces together! I must admit, I had to have a couple of goes at this. First time I tried - I threaded the string through the centre of the hearts (rather than towards the top). This resulted in my hearts all swinging wildly and then ending up the pointing the wrong way! So instead of the pointy bit of the heart facing down the pointy bit was facing up........ It did look rather strange. "Is it supposed to look like that?" Alan asked quizzically. Umm........okay, maybe I should try re-stringing them......
Anyway, success at last! I absolutely love them (even if the cinnamon smells like dead sticks!) and think I might leave them up all year.
Thank you for your wonderful tutorial Sarah. I obviously needed the "Dummies" guide but managed to get there in the end.