Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Nesting Homespun Style


Today I am linking up with Anita at

for her Homespun Holiday get together. 

This year I have been making all kinds of things using
that ever-so-popular organic fabric - burlap.
I had bags full of scraps – and don’t like to throw
anything away – so I decided to use them and make
up some burlap bird nest ornaments to be used on a Christmas tree.  I thought that they would be cute on a tree mixed with bird or nature related ornaments.  All but one
went into the store that I sell at…have to keep ONE
for myself to use on my tree.

Years back my mother gave me a big box filled with
nothing but broken bits of jewelry.  Instead of going
out and buying “mini” eggs, I decided to use little
pearls for the eggs.  Along with the “eggs”, I added
some exselsior, a feather and dried foliage from my
neighbor’s cutting pile in front of his house.  (Yeah,
he gave me the stink-eye till I explained to him what
I was doing picking through his mountain-sized
pile of yard cuttings!)

In order to clip the nest onto a Christmas tree, I used a
little hair clip and added a smidge of hot glue to hold
it in place.


Another fun thing to make with my scraps of burlap
pieces was this Santa banner….and yes, it went to the
store, too.  I think I will make another for myself….


…because I think it looks cute on the old cabinet filled
with my vintage Santa candy container boots.


Every year I pull out some of my favorite Christmas
cross stitch pieces that I made years ago, like this
small “Merry Christmas”…


…and this Woodland Santa carrying his tree home.  I
usually frame my pieces with antique frames so that
they have more of a “been around awhile” look to


Thank you to Anita for hosting a fun get together

Wishing y’all a very Merry Christmas from my home to yours!


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Blondie's Journal said...

Your nest is SO cute! Very clever! I bet they are selling like hotcakes. I love the runner, too. Burlap is so versatile. Keep up the beautiful work with those scraps! Did you give your neighbor a nest?!!


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

LOL! No Jane, I did not. I don't think he would "get it!" ha!

GranthamLynn said...

Love this.
Have a great weekend.

marie said...

Love the nest and the banner...burlap lends itself to so many fun and varied projects!

Your cross stitch pieces are beautiful...I especially love the last piece. It looks so pretty displayed in front of the old roses painting.

You display things so beautifully...I've been struggling for three days to get my Christmas decorations just right. Sure wish I was your neighbor. I'd give you all of my yard cuttings for a little decorating advice!! : )

Shirley Hatfield said...

I especially love the little cottage in the last picture...its' perfect as a Christmas cottage! Thank you for sharing the sweet nest...I have some scraps of burlap that now has a purpose.

Susan said...

The nest is so adorable. Burlap is such a wonderful material to work with, it just makes a statement of "I am home".

Kathleen Grace said...

Everything is beautiful Becky! I love the cross stitch pictures and those nests! What a great use for leftover burlap and your neighbors old clippings:>) lol

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello Becky! I love these little nests, and your home looks lovely all decked out! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Debbie xo

Debby said...

Love your Santa on the burlap and all your cross stitch pieces. I am enjoying decorating very slowly this year.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Sweet little birds nest Becky. I always love all the pictures you take and your home is so adorable!

Merry Christmas my friend!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your nest is just the sweetest little treasure and I love the way you used up what you already had. Vintage frames make everything special, don't they?

Elsie said...

Becky that is the cutest dadgum little bird nest ever. You are so durn smart and creative. I bet you sell all of those and have to make more. (I would love to see your neighbor's face when you go back for more.) LOL. Love your banner too. You have to be the "burlap queen" of the year with this one.:)

Skoots1moM said...

you're so talented in it!

Mimi Sue said...

Your cottage looks so festive! Love it at Christmas! Mimi

Kris said...

Oh, I love it all!!
xo Kris

Amy said...

I love your burlap santa banner and using antique frames for your embroidery is awesome! ~Amy

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

Such cozy, cottage Christmas style. Thanks for linking up! I featured your link on the ranch's FB page so grab a featured button if you like! Love it!

Susie Q said...

No one has a prettier nest than our Becky! That banner is just perfect!
Wishing you, and your dear family, a most blessed Christmas!