Giving Thanks.

“Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:8-9

The holidays are rapidly approaching.  I think you’ll agree, wherever you may reside, that ‘Christmas’ is already on display in many major shopping malls! As a small shopkeeper, I’m also guilty of rushing along the season. My ‘Christmas in the Country ~ Holiday Open House also occurs mid-November… a few short weeks away!

…and I’ve been busy preparing, creating fiber art, making goat milk soap and other primitives. Replacing, re-stocking, RE-THINKING. There’s much to prepare for such an event and it’s often overwhelming. I do the best I can, God-willing.

So, I need to remind myself slow down and be thankful, and give thanks for all the goodness in my life. The spirit of Christmas lives 365-days a year!

A few days ago I whipped-up this little wreath for Fall/Thanksgiving… a mini-wreath!

I cut little square swatches of recycled wool, strung them with florist wire, attached a gold thread to hang and needle felted wooly ‘acorns’ using the ‘tops’ from real acorns.

Let’s not short-change Thanksgiving! So, pull out the Indian corn, wreaths, garlands, pumpkins, trencher-filled gourds, wheat topiary, corn stalks, acorns and everything that speaks Thanksgiving to you!

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Recycled Wooly Wreath

Here’s another quick (and child proof) project for the holidays…mini wooly wreaths! They can be used as door hangers, package tie-ons, ornies for the tree, a little gift for a friend ~ you decide!

Here’s one with a little red added…

Materials List: You’ll need recycled wool fabric (recycled/felted sweaters or rug hooking scraps) any color will do! I’m pretty traditional, so I like green and red. But, white would be dashing as would multi-colored!

Since my wreaths are meant to be small, I cut my fabric into 1-inch squares, but you can make the wreath any size you desire. You’ll also need wire, a workable/bendable gauge. Just cut a length of wire and poke it through the center of your cut fabric squares until you get the size (and density – no wire should be visible) you prefer. Twist the ends together. Add a strip of wool or ribbon and a length of gold thread for hanging. You can also embellish with beads, bobbles, glitter and more! You decide.

Let’s see…how many should I make???