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Green Your Christmas

*This page contains affiliate links. Just like your consumer choices the rest of the year, your seasonal choices can add up to a greener Christmas that’s better for you and the planet.  Yes, a real tree is the greener choice.  Analysts in Canada examined the life cycle of both real and artificial trees, and concluded […]

Continue Reading By on December 7, 2013 in Christmas, green, safer chemicals, sustainable

Wreath-Inspired Treadle-Stitched Christmas Ornament

The girls helped me stuff another homemade Christmas ornament today, for their aunt.  The nostalgic cotton print we were using contained small wreaths, which inspired our circular design. We chose vintage buttons to stitch into the middle of the lightly stuffed circle.  A bit of grosgrain ribbon completed our wreath with a red bow. We […]

Continue Reading By on December 5, 2011 in Christmas, craft, sewing, with our own hands

Christmas Tree Treecycling

Time to give a dried up Christmas tree new life with treecycling! A little jostling to unhook the ornaments was all it took for our parched spruce to relinquish many of its prickly needles.  It was past time to give the special tree a new place outdoors.  I swept up the needles to use for […]

Continue Reading By on December 31, 2010 in Christmas, green, recycling, tree

Vintage Christmas Ornaments & Handmade Stockings

Our family recently added a box of vintage Christmas ornaments to our eclectic collection of holiday decor.  My husband’s  relatives weren’t interested in using the delicate items saved from a great grandparent’s estate.  Several glass balls are stamped “Made in USA,” and some also say “Shiny Brite.”  A few little felt ornaments are apparently handmade by a […]

Continue Reading By on December 22, 2010 in Christmas, made in the USA, vintage

Our Christmas Tree

As projects go, this was an easy one for the husband.  Nevertheless, an important one to our family.  We don’t have any organic tree growers near us, as far as I know.  So, we made the short drive to a local, conventional Christmas tree farm in early December.  Running around a field of trees and […]

Continue Reading By on December 17, 2010 in Christmas, Friday with Kray, green, sustainable, tree

Organic Farming Offers Greener Christmas Trees

A crisp November morning just days before Thanksgiving offered the ideal time for a winding drive into the Southern Appalachians of Western North Carolina. With clear skies and sunshine overhead, I passed by sections of national forest filled with hardwoods and tall evergreens that were skirted by mountain laurel. At around 3,200 feet in elevation […]

Continue Reading By on November 22, 2010 in Christmas, farm, green, organic, tree