I spent a weekend machine quilting my Santa quilt. I enjoyed every minute working on this piece. It's not from a cute Santa pattern, it's from my dear friends hearts and hands.
Needle felted fur and buttons.
Wool trees and needled felted snow.
My husband and I took the grandsons to Fredrick Meijer Gardens to enjoy the start of the Christmas season. They have 40 trees from all over the world each decorated with traditional ornaments and the folklore stories of each country. Love that.
The long entrance way was decorated with hanging grapevine orbs woven with little lights.
Some were tucked in between white birch sticks.
The whole grounds were lit up. Night time would be magical.
In the large conservatory they had fresh cut cedar trees with a large train running through the different "rooms".
Most of the buildings were replicas of the buildings in Grand Rapids.
This palm tree is decorated with traditional made lights from the Philippines.
Not to bore you with all the trees:)
This Ukraine tree is decorated according to their folklore story. A family was so poor they could not afford to decorate their tree. When they went to bed the spiders wove webs throughout the tree. The next morning when the Sun shone on it, the webs turned to silver and gold.
Wonderful hand woven Kente and batik cloth represented the country of Uganda.
Well, it's off to decorate my own house with our own family traditions and folklore!
I hope you enjoy decorating yours.