When my friends were discussing doing a Christmas in July, I have to admit I panicked a little. I had no idea what I was going to do, because I don’t think of myself as being crafty.
Before I get to my project, I wanted to tell you a little bit about the ranch. Come on, and pull up a chair on the back porch.
Or we could hang out on the front porch.
This spring when the bluebonnets were in full bloom, this was my view when I had my morning cup of tea. I love it when the bluebonnets are blooming. It’s a magical few weeks.
Cedar Hill Ranch is a 30 acre ranch in the heart of Texas. It’s what I call “Texas Living with a French accent.” Dinner on my back porch with my friends and family is really a picture of what life is here is all about.
I had some ideas of what I could do for this project, but they required my sewing machine that was in the shop. Since then I have received news that it will cost $200 to repair it, so I’m shopping for a new one. So what to do… I pulled everything (and I do mean everything) craft-related out of every drawer in the house, and laid it all out. After surveying my materials, I came up with the idea of making Christmas cones that could double as place cards.
The first thing I did was to use my script stamp to add French script to my card stock. (Honestly I can’t read this, so it could be in French, English or Spanish and I wouldn’t know. I’m calling it French, but really I’m not sure what it is.)
Next, I formed the cardstock into a cone shape and used tape to keep it in place.
I thought I would try adding a little je ne sais quoi to the cones. I used a Martha Stewart snowflake paper punch to make some paper snowflakes, and added them around the outside of the cone.
I think solid green paper might have worked better, but I didn’t have solid green, so I used what I had. I added a twine bow to the top of the cone.
I also used these card stock tags from Pick your Plum for the placecards, using just the first initial of each guest’s name. I also cut a little piece of snowflake trim to top off my cone. Later, these cones can be hung on the tree using the twine bow at the top.
I filled the cones with tiny, little pinecones. Okay, pinecones don’t come this small, they are actually from Hemlocks in North Carolina. I grab these from the ground each year when we go there. I also used vintage sheet music from my FIL’s collection to go under the saucers. These are church hymns, and the date of publication was 1926.
Here’s a view of the table with my new Christmas cones.
I used my Lenox Wheat dishes for this table. These dishes were my MIL’s and she always talked in reverential tones when discussing how special these dishes were. I wondered when we would ever have an occasion special enough for her to use them. Sadly the answer was “never.”
She kept these stored away for that special occasion that never came. I’m sure she did use them at least once when she was yonger, but in the 30 years that I knew her, they stayed snugly stored in one of her china cabinets.
This turned out to be fun! Thanks for joining our Christmas in July party.