Garlands

I discovered that I have a thing for garlands.

Over the holidays, I thought it would be fun to have some festive New Year’s Eve decorations to put up. I used this project from The Purl Bee to make the felt circles garland.

I made this one a few years ago with white pom poms and a variety of colorful beads, and decided it went well with the felt circles.

Then I got carried away and started working on garlands for Valentine’s Day, which is now right around the corner.

I don’t know where the idea came from doing the felt hearts, but it might have been based on other Purl Bee projects.

The paint chip garland I found on the Internet but I can’t find the right site. (Click on this one for a good reference.) It’s made from a variety of pink and red paint samples and a heart punch.

I think they are a simple way to make the house feel festive without feeling cluttered or overdone, no matter what the holiday or season.

Distractions

Just recently, I finished making these patchwork coasters using fabrics I bought a year ago and based on a pattern from The Purl Bee. I even had the pieces cut and ready to be sewn together since last year, so I am happy to have these completed and in use. I ended up with a set of 24 so they are scattered all over the house. I even have extras that I might be able to use for gift sets.

patchwork-coasters

I am not very good about planning ahead when it comes to making things for a season, especially gifts for Christmas. I keep getting distracted with all the wonderful projects that keep coming out. I just want to rush straight home from work and make a new project every single day. (Those three projects are very high on my list, when I get some free time.) I could be so much more productive if work didn’t get in the way! Oh yeah, I am also making more of these in Christmas and winter fabrics.

patchwork drawstring bags

I did manage to finish this cute little garland, inspired by the photos in this book. I just love the combination of the snowy white pom poms with the shiny star beads and pony beads.

pom-pom garland

The only exchange I am participating in this year is the Holiday Traditions Exchange. I have spent a lot of time lately getting the gifts ready to mail to my partner. After a few days, I will post pictures of those goodies. I sure hope my partner likes what I made especially for her!