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My name is Bronwyn and I am so glad you have stopped by for a visit. I hope you find joy and inspiration in everything you see here. I live with my family in a new, builder-grade townhome in a small city, even though my dream home would be a century old farmhouse in the countryside. Daily I strive to add warmth, "age," and character to our little home. I love to knit, crochet, sew, decorate, bake and go thrift shopping. These are all a wonderful release after my three small children are off to bed each evening. Thankfully, I have a patient and understanding husband, Kevin, who allows me to bring all kinds of crazy things into our home in the the name of "creativity."

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Simple Stitching: A Felt Leaf Garland

Hi there everyone.  Just having a quiet Saturday night at home after a busy day here in our house. 

Our oldest son, Bryn, turns 8 in a few weeks, so we decided to beat the pre-Christmas rush and have his party a few weeks early. We took a bunch of his classmates to see "Wreck-It Ralph" at the theatre then returned to our house for cake, ice cream and presents afterwards.  
At the risk of getting too emotional, I have to say that our family is very grateful to see our boy reach another birthday.  After the diagnosis and removal of a rather large brain tumour  less than 2 years ago, everyday seems like a gift and every birthday a miracle. 
Wishing you many, many more happy and healthy birthdays, Brynner!


Here is a simple little craft, easy to put together in next to no time and with the simplest of materials:


First I cut 40 leaves out of two shades of felt.  I use acrylic felt- it's cheap and easy to cut!


Next I chose a neutral cream-coloured yarn and a sharp-pointed darning needle.  After cutting a length of yarn, I stitched through the felt leaves from end to end, adding the "veining" to the leaves, and at the same time, stringing them together..


Within 10 minutes I had a string of leaves long enough to drape, pennant-style, across the big picture window in our front living room.  


I may make a similar one for the holiday season using holly-shaped leaves and little red buttons for berries.  



Now that we have lived in our home for 4 years (today is our 4 year house anniversary!)  I am so glad I am finally at the stage where I can add small details like this.  The big jobs are done - painting, furniture refinishing and new floors.... Now I can focus on the cozy details that make our house a HOME.  


4 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to your baby! I love the leaf garland. So pretty! I long for the day when all the big projects are done. I keep pressing on...
    Have a wonderful Sunday:-)

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  2. Happy Birthday Bryn, I can imagine it is a real emotional time, but good emotions of course :)

    I love the garland, it's amazing how something so simple can look so effective. The holly garland sounds fab :) I can't weait to see that one x x x x

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  3. Happy birthday to your lovely son xx The garland is so beautiful and fresh looking! Oh dear, I see another project to add to my enormous list. XX

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  4. I just LOVE the garland! The colors you picked are great!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your son!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

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