Sunday, 25 November 2012

Crafting with candles, clay, pine & cones


Somehow I thought it was the 1st Sunday of Advent today, so I'd prepared for our traditional candle-crafting afternoon. I had looked forward to a cozy afternoon together, listening carols, enjoying the scent of pine while doing the candle decorations ... when I realized that the 1st Sunday of Advent is first next week, I decided that we're crafting early this year - "The exception proves the rule" :)


We start by setting a piece of clay on a tray or in a jar. Thereafter we plant a candle or too to the clay, and decorate them with branches from pine trees, chestnuts, pine cones, ribbons and other things. I love this Danish Christmas tradition, that I adopted after moving here.


We're often having something sweet, chocolate, ginger bread 
and other Christmas treats while crafting.


We've gathered the pine cones and chestnuts during the fall, 
which have dried up til now and are ready to be used.


This year I bought a few ribbons in red & white. 
I could bind the pine branches, we didn't use today, 
with the ribbon, and set them to a jar or hang them somewhere ...



My mom send me this angel to me long ago when I was studying 
- it's one of my favorite Christmas decorations.


The cone with the golder color is painted by our sons 
when they were in kindergarten... long time ago!



Our youngest son added the sweet 
 Winnie the Pooh elephant to his decoration.


 Our oldest son made a beautiful decoration using only natural materials, 
cinnamon sticks and chestnuts.



Due my mistake with the Sundays, 
we get to enjoy the candles 
a week longer than normally :)



Ni Hao Yall
Serenity you

18 comments:

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    1. Thank you Kerri! It'a a nice way of starting the December month ( we were a bit early though this year :)

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  2. What beautiful Christmas decorations!! Very unique and creative :)


    Popping by to visit and follow you back from The Quirky Crafting Shmoogle Bean..thankyou so much for stopping by!
    ~Tash

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    1. Thank you Tash - your blog is filled with lovely crafting ideas, so I'll be popping by soon again!

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  3. This post is so funny as I thought today was the first Sunday of Advent as well! I didn't realize it wasn't until I was at church this morning. Enjoy your candles for the extra week!

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  4. Hi Debbie, what a coincidence - so funny that you also were in 'the 1st Advent mood' already! The candles are burning, giving light and coziness, thanks ;)

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  5. What a wonderful tradition.I am sure your sons look forward to this each year. I love to carry on traditions.

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    1. Hi Dawn, I cherished also the traditions in my childhood, so it's nice that we've found some that we all are fond of.

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  6. Very creative loved them all especially the last photo!

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    1. Thank you Rosrmary, The boys were also happy for their candle decorations!

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  7. Enjoyed your candle-crafting pictures. Your childeren are lucky to have family tradtions. Making beautiful memories to treasure.

    Love,
    B.

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    1. Thank you Barbara, the traditions are the things we often remember and look forward to, even if they just are the small things ;)

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  8. Lovely tradition and beautiful photos. Thanks for following my blog - I'm following you back! :)

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    1. Thank you Barb! I grew up in a middle of a Lake District, so I completely fell for your blog and beautiful pictures!

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  9. What a wonderful tradition, I love that you still have his gold pine cone from when he was younger. My parents till have many of my school made ornaments at home! Thank you for your kind words on my blog! xoxo

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    1. Thank you Diana, I cherish the small thing the boys have crafted or broght home ;)

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