I used to love making crafty things, especially when my children were young. At this time of year we would dig out our bits and pieces box to make Christmas cards and tags and Christmas decorations. Now my children are grown, I rarely seem to have time for things like that these days.
The best I can do is something quick and easy, so I cheated a bit and bought some tiny battery-operated Christmas lights and put them in mason jars. They look so pretty that I plan to get more lights in different colors and put them in different shaped jars and bottles around the house.
I’ve also made a wreath from pine cones that I collected while we were on vacation during the summer. I thought it would be a nice reminder of the fun time the family had that I could carry over to Christmas.
Do you make your own Christmas decorations?
Helen lives in South West England near Plymouth in Devon between the windswept expanse of Dartmoor and the rocky Atlantic coast. As well as her wonderful, long-suffering husband, she shares her home with a Westie and a burmilla cat. Helen's latest project is a trilogy of sweet Christmas romances that feature pets called Paw Prints on Your Heart. Find Helen on FaceBook and Twitter, or visit her website.
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