When I think about combining various related topics because I don't blog frequently, one thing I may have alluded to or outright mentioned a long time ago is that our household size has more than doubled with the addition of my sister and her two children! They are with us until June of next year. This means there are twice as many residents in the house and, somehow, four times as many presents under the Christmas tree!
It also means more indecision about the Christmas tree dilemma. Long ago we stopped buying fresh trees. Just didn't seem right to chop down a tree that we'd enjoy for 30 days. We had a fakey-fakey tree for a long time, but it got all bent out of shape and we tossed it a few years ago. One year we bought a rosemary tree and intended to plant it in the garden after the holidays, but I'm sad to say that somehow it died before January! This year I decided to make one.
Right after Thanksgiving, the hemming and hawing began over the tree. I brought all the Christmas stuff up from the garage, and I draped some Christmas fabric over Clementine. My sister twirled a string of lights around her. My husband saw the impromptu concoction and said, "You should make a tree that will use the dress form as a base."
I don't think this is exactly what he had in mind, but I suppose that's how inspiration works and develops in a collaboration. A princess seamed, strapless bodice connected to a tiered, floor-length gown. I really don't love crafting, to be honest! But this was a decent hybrid (who wears acrylic felt?) between crafting and garment sewing, and with the little time I spend behind my machine these days, that's OK. The best part is that I can see us using this tree forever and ever, as long as Carmen is with us to wear the thing.
The house is already full, but my parents will be here in two days to ensure that we are all way too busy! In case I don't get to post again before the weekend, MERRY CHRISTMAS to those of you celebrating! Stay safe and warm and in the company of those you love. :)