So this is our tree in all it's humble glory. I sprayed the tree with snowspray to get a nice frosty look. Hey we don't have any snow at all, it's so weird, I can't remember a christmas without snow, so I took the fake snow indoors instead. The glitter garland is tucked deep in the twigs to give a modest glow to it. Colourscheme is red, black, white and beige. The white linenribbons are dyed in coffe and all the decorations are old or handmade.
I used my lightbulb ornaments and homemade firecrackers. Well this is how the firecrackers look like in sweden (but more colourful) homemade in tissuepaper. They are a mix between the common ones and victorian funeral candy.
The pictures below shows some real funeral candy that gives you a hint of what has inspired my decorations this winter.
They all link to the same site, a funeral museum.
So would you like to make your own decorations? It's easy and you can make it with things you have in your home. This is what you need: Tissue paper two colours (these are from gift wrapping), a hard paper roll (you can use a toilet roll if you like and last some nice papers to decorate with.
Measure out a rectangular piece with the paperroll. You need to roll it up several rounds. You can see that the paper is more than three times wide as the roll.
Pleat the sides by folding both papers against the center of the paper. Leave the middle unpleated for the paperroll.
Cut strips of the pleats with a scissor not too wide strips.
Put the paperroll on top and roll up the paper tightly. As the black paper is underneath it will be on top at the roll.
Tie a ribbon or a thick thread at the end of the roll and knot tightly.
Time to embellish the roll. I choosed to use the nice folder we got with a tea delivery and a single shiny dresden trim.
Tomorrow is Christmas eve, the day most are giving gifts to each other. We will wait until christmas day when the family is gathered. Instead we will go to the only pizza place that is open tomorrow (a muslim family running it) and eat som turkish barbecue or pizza. I guess it will be us, the muslims and a bunch of lonely people.
I wish you all a Happy Christmas, a lovely Yule, en God Jul or whatever sodding holiday you are celebrating. Anyway it is a time for gathering, and giving to those who aren't as lucky as you.
Am I giving something, yes. I give my share to the local woman rescue team (don't know how to translate). Maybe more about that another time. Big Hugs to you. XOXO.