I just realised I haven’t posted any proper photos of our Christmas tree! This is the first year that we’ve had enough room to have a tree bigger than knee height, so we decided to go all out and get an actual tree instead of a plastic one. The cost worked out a bit less and apparently it’s also more environmentally friendly, especially as we’re not in a position to store a plastic tree and use it for the next several years. The smell of pine is absolutely beautiful – I’ve heard people state in the past that this is the reason they get a real Christmas tree, and wondered at their sanity in buying a tree for its scent. But adding it in to everything else and it’s just a wonderful pine scented package. You do have to remember to keep it well watered (ours is sitting in a bucket of gravel covered in fabric remnants, watered every day) as otherwise the pine needles go brown quite quickly, especially in an Australian summer.
You might have seen in these photos and in my Christmas Feast video the bunting that I made (that’s the strip of triangle strung along one wall). I read various tutorials for it and decided that I didn’t have enough time originally, but found myself with a little bit of spare time in between baking a few hours before everyone arrived. I had some fabric remnants from the table runner and napkins that I had sewn and wanted to get rid of, so made this simple rustic version of bunting instead.
- fabric, preferably in at least two different colours/patterns
- sewing machine or the patience to sew by hand
To make the bunting:
- Cut the fabric into strips that are roughly the height of the triangles you want to have, and cut it into triangles. It’s okay if it’s slightly rough and uneven, most people aren’t going to examine it up close anyway.
- Fire up the sewing machine and put through the triangles on a large stitch, pulling through the thread a roughly even amount each time. If you’re sewing by hand this will be less fast and easy, but feel free to do big, rustic stitches if you want to rush things.
That’s pretty much it. Most tutorials have you hemming edges and pinning things nice and evenly, but who has time for that? If your bunting turns out extra ‘rustic’, make sure to hang it nice and high so people aren’t able to get a close look. This is the Chisa way!
Or if you’d prefer to do things the proper way, see this great tutorial on Homemade & Happy.
Not long left – I’m feeling the holiday mood already, even though I’m not even taking much of a holiday!