Growing up, I always had a real Christmas tree and the best part about it was the smell of fresh balsam fir in the house. It's the one smell that always brings me back to Christmas + winter. Among others such as burning fire wood and my mom's flan baking for dessert.
These past few years I've been living on my own and in order to retain the same nostalgia every year, I've been burning balsam fir candles. And yet, it is never as potent as the Christmas trees growing up.
So this year, S and I finally decided that since we love the smell of fresh fir so much, and we already have an artificial tree, we might as well get a fresh fir wreath. We set out to the road side merchant to purchase a wreath for our home. We get there just in time to find out that they have sold the last of the wreaths and won't be getting another shipment in for a few days. Instead of waiting, we did what every other crafty couple would do: we asked to buy some of the tree scraps to make our own! The merchant was so kind and let us take a box full of scraps with us for no cost.
We set ourselves up on our balcony with the box of scraps, a scissor to trimming, and a spool of twine to make our DIY wreaths. We took the pliable scraps and tied them together with twine, our hands sticky from the fresh sap. S and I each made our own, one for inside and one for outside so that at all times we could smell fir, reminiscent of Christmas trees in my childhood.
We listened to one my favorite Christmas vinyls, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. Last year, that was one of the only things that I wanted for Christmas. I usually only came across a vinyl of "Waltz of the Flowers" or "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" but I wanted the entire concerto. S found it and gave it to me last year on Christmas morning, and as happy as I was to have it, I was disappointed that I would have to wait a whole year before I could listen to it in the spirit. While we made our wreaths it was the perfect occasion to play it.
I've been sporting new glasses lately, and I really love them. I never thought I would be the type to adore tortoise shell glasses, but I can't get enough of how studious they make me look! These aren't a pair from the lot I tried for my wedding day glasses on this post, but they are fun for now!
Do you want to help me win a gift card for our wedding bands? I entered a contest with this ring company that I love called Minter + Richter. The contest was to pin a board inspired by one of their rings. We love their titanium and deer antler ring, so I made a Pinterest board based off of it and you can see that board here. To vote for my board you have to:Adieu, Yelle