The holidays are all about tradition. Whether it's a special pie, your auntie's fruit cake, holiday linens, or an annual trip to cut down a tree, it's the traditions that make the holidays special. In 2009 or 2010, a new tradition began in our home, Christmas Creatures. Each year I make a new ornament for my husband made from sticks, seeds, and any other natural bits that I happen to find. If you would like, HERE'S a link to the history of the ornaments.
Each year when a new creature comes to life, I always think that there is no way I'll be able to come up with a new one the following year, and yet they just seem to materialize.
This year's little creature, a little duck with a big acorn hat.
I used pine cone leaves for the wings.
As well as his little duck feet. His "skis" are a milkweed pod that I cut in half.
Somewhere along the way, I picked up the tiny little acorns that I used for the tips of his ski poles.
There were some little divots in the acorn cap. I had a few more of the tiny acorns, so I decorated his cap. The eyes were marks that were on the gourds, so I didn't need to add anything more.
Just to give you an idea of how big he is.
And a complete "family" photo. One is missing, Rudolph. He fell and broke apart, so maybe a new Rudolph will appear in an upcoming year.
I absolutely love making the creatures. It's a part of me that until 6 or 7 years ago, I had no idea even existed.
One of the quieter moments of the evening ;)
Not the best picture, but you haven't seen me in a while. I'm sitting in my favorite room, my dining room. It really looked so pretty this Christmas.
The decorations are now down and the New year is just around the corner. I hope that you had a lovely holiday, and I wish you the absolute best year to come!