The other day I went into the forest near one of my dad's fields and snatched a bunch of bottom branches from some pine trees that looked like they could use a trim. Yesterday I transformed them into a wreath for the front door...
And some garland for the front hall fireplace and banister. Doesn't it look prettty! And Ben had a sniff fest when he got home from work...it's smells so piney in the house!
Of course these results weren't achieved without some sacrifice: a roll of green floral wire, clean wire snippers (for cutting branches) and clean hands. This job quickly got very sticky!
By the time I was finished my hands were black! And pine sap doesn't like to part ways easily. I scrubbed my hands with a scouring pad and got most of it off with some effort.
And this pile of scrap sticks bled onto the floor. I think I need some goo be gone. But it was worth it! I love the real pine garlands and wreath and so does Ben! It makes our home extra Christmas-y!
And here's a little sneak peek of my tree...I snapped a bunch of photos tonight of my decor. Only half came out so I'll snap them again tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to capture almost everything so I can share it with you! Decorating for Christmas for the first time in our new house been tons of fun and I didn't realize how many ornaments and things I had stashed away for just this occasion...I couldn't even use them all! Not this year anyway... Stay tuned for the rest of the decorations...I'm quite proud! :)