it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas

christmas-2016-1Hey, everyone! Did you know that there are only twelve more days until Christmas? This holiday season not only marks the first Christmas that we’re celebrating with a baby, but also the first one that we’re celebrating with a tree! Somehow that seems to make it more official.

christmas-2016-2Our home is looking pretty festive. Not as festive as many other homes, but extremely festive for our standards. Since we’re establishing a wide variety of traditions this year, decorating our home seemed like another important one to start. So far, we put up Christmas lights, hung a wreath on our door, and purchased a little outdoor plant.

christmas-2016-7Inside our home is a different story. We set up and decorated a tree, wrapped some gifts, hung tree lights, and put scented candles all over the house.

christmas-2016-6christmas-2016-5We bought a fair number of ornaments for the tree this year, sticking to a white, black, and gold theme. Because we had to start from scratch, we also didn’t want to buy too many. I think that it would be fun to add to our collection each year, in addition to whatever Remy will make us as she grows older.

christmas-2016-8It will also be fun to look back at pictures of our tree every year and see how it’s changed. Honestly, I feel as if life is so much more exciting with a child! Why did we wait so long to have one?

(Early) Merry Christmas, all!

<3

Emory

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burlap tree ornaments diy

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 6The trend for natural and rustic appearing Christmas trees are becoming ever more popular. However, while these types of ornaments may not look as expensive as glass baubles or decorative lights, than can still be quite costly. Making them from scratch, on the other hand, is only consuming with your time. Here is one version of a quick and rustic ornament tutorial that will help you attain that more traditional tree.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 1What you will need: 

Burlap cloth
Styrofoam balls
Thread
Twine
Needle
Scissors

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 2Steps:

1. Place a foam ball on the burlap cloth. Tentatively wrap the ornament in the cloth until it is completely covered. Cut the material needed to cover one ornament.

2. Place the material that has just been removed on the remaining burlap. Cut out enough sheets of burlap to equal the number of ornaments that you will ultimately have.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 33. Once enough material has been cut, you may begin sewing your ornaments. Cover one foam ball with the burlap, gathering the excess material at the top. Sew the top shut. Repeat for each ornament.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 54. Once the burlap is securely sewn, twist the excess burlap and pull it in a downward motion, wrapping it around the top of the ornament so that it resembles the cap on a glass or plastic bauble. Sew it into place.

5. Now that each ornament has a faux cap, one of the last steps is to create a hanging mechanism. Thread the needle through the centre of the top cap so that it makes a loop. Tie a knot so that it stays in place.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 76. Lastly, tie a piece of twine around the hanging apparatus to finish off the look.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 8That’s all that is needed to make rustic tree decorations! Only 7 more days until Christmas!

<3

Emory

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how to: brew pour over coffee

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About a month ago, I came across a ‘how to’ video on Kinfolk Magazine’s website. It showed viewers the steps in brewing the perfect cup of pour over coffee. You can see it here.

Having been a barista and manager of several coffee shops for several years (I did go to university after all), I am always intrigued on all things related to coffee and tea. Any coffee lover has probably at some point in their lives wanted to own coffee brew system at home for single cups of coffee, and I’m not talking about K-Cups.

I’ve been scouting out several different coffee brews, but have never known which one to buy, nor how to use them. Urban Outfitters has several, and I may just resort to their website to supply me with a pour over set.

After the video ended, I said something like, “Whoa, that’s a process.”

Geoffrey, who was sitting at the table behind me, replied, “How to make the perfect cup of coffee. One, wake up at the crack of dawn. Two, start growing your own coffee tree.” And so on.

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The video was actually very informative, and although there are quite a few steps, the entire process doesn’t actually take that long. Watching the barista go through the directions has only reaffirmed my desire to own a coffee brewer. If you would like to learn more about the making of coffee, from planting the seeds to how it gets to you, visit here.

Do you have any pour over coffee tips for me?

<3

Emory

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tree branch diy(s).

IMG_1.jpganyone by now can probably tell that the decor in little green leans more towards the natural and whimsical. bringing nature into your home is not only light on your wallet, but is big on your imagination. hello, creativity!

IMG_2.jpg IMG_3.jpglet’s start with a look at our hat rack. first inspired by  apartment therapy, i knew that as soon as i saw the idea to use tree branches in the place of hooks, hangers, and traditional coat racks, i was “hooked.” we spray painted ours white so that it would contrast nicely against our black wall.

IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgthese tree coasters were another great idea of ours. this time, i was inspired by emma’s diy of tree side tables, of all things. when i saw the first picture of a coffee cup resting on a tree stump, i immediately thought of coasters. it was a natural transition in my mind. so we made them, and i have loved them ever since.

IMG_7.jpg IMG_9.jpglast, but not least, is our last coat rack. this one can be found in little green’s little back porch. i still think that these racks look more like modern art than something useful. form follows function? more like function and form are completely on par. :-)))

i hope that everyone has had a nice long weekend. let’s all take time some out today to spend it reflecting, and perhaps, crafting.

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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