Yes, I think the Holiday Season has started for me. Today I want to share another tutorial for this those cute beech nut bells in red and white with you.
I really don’t know how I came up with the idea. I think I was talking one of my walks through the park or my favorite cemetery and just saw those beech nuts lying all around on the ground. Don’t they look like little calyx or bells? And then weeks later I was shopping and came across those festive little red bells.
Suddenly a picture popped up in my mind and I just had to do it. But let me tell you. It is not that easy to find beech nuts early in November. They were hiding right under all the wet leaves. Of course I had to go hunting for them when it was drizzling and muddy.
Anyhow I did found some. I put them on the radiator to dry and to open them up a bit more. The rest was pretty simple.
I painted the beech nut white. I used regular acrylic paint.
Got my little bell.
I used silver wire and made an eyelet on one end (for the bell) and a knot on the other end.
I painted the wire a hot red with nail polish as I think it looks better.
I assembled the wire and the bell.
I heated up the glue gun and gave a good amount of glue in the beech nut and stuck the wire knot in it. Sometimes I had to adjust the length a bit so it looked good. I just wrapped a bit more wire around the know until I liked it.
I glued some ribbons on as well. If I do it again I might choose white and smaller ones but hey it is very festive and Holiday like.
What do you think? Would you hang them on your tree? I would. Maybe not red and white but white and silver (who would have thought HAHA).
I am sitting here and I “need” to write a post. I am in a somewhat crappy mood. I should be at “home” right now (home as in my second home aka Airbnb in Düsseldorf) and enjoy a hot bowl of soup. Instead I am stuck in the train. First I missed it (because it departed 20 min earlier – wtf) and then there were technical issues that made us stop and stand on the train tracks. I am tired and my back hurts from 6+ hours of sitting and working on my laptop in an unhealthy position. Not the best circumstances.
I am a “happy-day-blog-writer”. I can write blog posts like crazy when I am feeling good. Then I cranck out 3 or 4 posts a day without a prob… But when I am tired and uninspired I have a really hard time to even open the site. Then I can have a list of ideas and I don’t care at all. I guess I am trying to keep the negativity out of here.
How do you handle it? Are you pushing through even though you don’t feel like it when having a plan? I mean this is not limited to blog post writing. I have to admit I do struggle. I often have lots of plans and a whole notepad full of to-do lists but then I often decide that I need rest and don’t do anything. It would probably be better to just get it out of the way and be done with it. I guess it is all about balance.
Thinking of balance. I leave you with a nice and calming photo and hope you had a wonderful day.
Writing my advent wreath posts is the sole reason this blog exists. Yes, pretty sure it is true. This year I want to share a Pine Needle Wreath with you. Not a regular pine wreath but one made of needles.
You may wonder what the difference is? Oh there is one! Mainly time. But lets start from the beginning!
Remember my post about the Pine Needle Star? Ever since than I had the idea in my mind that those needles are meant for more. I knew I wanted to do something with them when they were still green and fresh and looked vibrant. Then I came across this idea on Pinterest. I was thinking about doing that but of course I didn’t get around.
Some things need time. So I thought about it a bit more. And then it hit me – somewhere, sometime. Use the single needles and glue them to a wreath form.
OK, so tutorial this year is pretty simple and all you need is:
♥ wreath form, preferably wrapped green
♥ glue gun
♥ pine needles, I used black pine needles but you could use other that are bit longer
♥ time, lots of time and a bit more time oh and don’t forget patience
1. I started out wrapping my wreath form with a white paper because I lacked fabric.
If I could redo it I would use a dark green fabric. As the wreath will be see through at certain places depending on your viewing angle it really doesn’t look too great. I had to glue in more decorations than I originally intended to due to that.
2. Start glueing pine needles in little batches to the form. Layering them so that you cover the entire wreath form.
The smaller your wreath form the shorter your needles should be. Otherwise the wreath looks rather messy.
3. Once you are done you can seal the needles from loosing color with simple hairspray.
And that is about all you need to do. Unfortunately it does take forever. This advent wreath is by far the most work intense one I have done in the last 15 years. I think I worked a solid 8 hours on it. However I love the look of it and think it was worth all the time. This idea was in my head for so long it just need to be executed.
Now let me know, would you attempt it or is it just too much effort?
It is time for a new happiness review. I just saw the last one is from January. Not that there hasn’t been any happiness here it just didn’t find its way on the blog.
The last week was really stressful for me and still there were happy moments.
It all started with coming home Sunday night after a weekend at Blogst. I have already wrote about it last Sunday and shared my DIY here. So I won’t go into detail. But it did make me happy. I saw some people from last year and some really good conversations. I also remember one where I actually talked about my day job and while doing so realized how much passion was involved. Hadn’t had that in a long time. Feels good.
Most of the week I was really busy with work but I was happy being able to work from home this week and not be in Dusseldorf. It is just different when sleeping in your own bed and drinking your own coffee. Not to mention that Mr. ❤︎ is coming home at night. And right here was another happy moment: laughing and joking around. Makes my heart skip.
On Wednesday I met my old boss for lunch. It was nice to catch up and talk and enjoy some healthy food.
I had to “force” myself to get up from the desk and go outside for a bit. So I took a quick walk over the cemetery. I was there when twilight creeped in and it was mystical. You could see the grave candles flicker, wind whispering in the trees and I felt the love from all the graves ready for “Totensonntag”. And then a fox crossed my way. I think I need to go back.
I also participated in an DIY advent calendar again this year and I was really busing getting everything assembled and out the door by yesterday. But while it was a bit stressful in the end it still made me realize how close the HolidaySeason is and this is – as you well know – my favorite time of year. Here is a secret: Tomorrow I share my annual advent wreath tutorial! And if you like check out all the previous wreath ideas and more.
Now I am looking forward spending some relax time on the couch and sleep and hang with Mr. ❤︎ and doing bit of blog work and reading some blogs along the way.
The weekend is just around the corner. Perfect timing for your next favorite book. In this part of favorite books 2017 I share the series I have discovered (check out part I here). By now you probably know I do have a nag for fantasy so of course those are upon the top. Let’s get started:
The Exile Trilogy by Hal Emerson
It is a fantasy. I like fantasy. A godlike immortal empress with 7 children rule the lands of Lucien. One child is different and is planned to be eliminated. Phrophecies, refugee at the land of the enemy, inner conflict of being rejected by ones family, finding a new one. All with some magic gifts and cool characters I personally hope the magic part will be a bit more developed in the third book as I see potential there – some aspects that are not in every fantasy found. Fun read if you like this kinda things.
#1 The Prince of Ravens ***** free eBook
#2 The Prince of Exiles **** eBook
#3 The Prince of the Veil not yet readeBook
Submerged Sun Series by Vanessa Garden
It all starts out with a kidnapping by Miranda to the underwater world of Marin. The king wants to marry her to secure his crown. But she needs to get back to set things right with her sister. I was fascinated by the underwater world created. An underwater fantasy without any mermaids. However it is a lot of teenage drama in the second book that is way I have not picked up the third yet.
A modern fairy tale with a fairy folk living in the woods or better underground. Having met as children the two main character come across each other ten years later. I thought some details in this series were well thought out and I was guessing along while some conflicts repeated themselves over and over and became a bit boring. But than this might be life of teenagers and I am just not the target group anymore. Overall it was an enjoyable read and if I ever come across the following books in kindle unlimited they will be on the reading list and I am happy to finish this adventure.
#1 Hidden Deep **** free eBook
#2 Hidden Heart *** eBook
#3 Hidden Hope *** eBook
#4 Hidden Darkness not yet readeBook
#5 Hidden Danger not yet readeBook
#6 Hidden Desire not yet read eBook
#1-9 eBook bundle
Diving into an engaging fantasy series is something I try to do when being on vacation or if I know nothing special is coming up. Because lets be honest, you gonna be sucked right into it.
So for all of you who feel the same way I have two cute little short stories. I discovered their beauty this year. Because sometimes I feel like reading but know I only got an afternoon. Those are perfect:
Static Rain – Short Story by Julius St. Clair
Beautiful love story about rain told from a woman’s perspective and how it stayed with her through life.
Very short though
My rating: **** free eBook unfortunately this book is no longer available on Amazon
The Girl with the Green-Tinted Hair – Short Story by Gavin Whyte
Described as, “Moving”, “Uplifting”, and “Enlightening”, The Girl with the Green-Tinted Hair is a spiritual fable about personal growth and about seeing how truly magical life is.
Now lets connect on Goodreads, be friends and recommend even more books. My reading list is full but I am willing to put more on it.
*If you buy a book through one of the Amazon links I will receive a small provision. This would help me keep this blog alive and cover a few of the administrative costs. Thank you. Or maybe I just buy a new book, who knows…