Modern Plywood Christmas Tree DIY

Looking for modern alternative to traditional Christmas tree? Here you go - hygge Christmas tree from plywood. Simple and not expensive and easy to store and you will not be bothered about dropped needles that are catered all over the house from real Christmas tree.
This tutorial is for a 62 cm tall and 50 cm width Christmas tree. You can make any dimensions desired.
I decorated this tree with scented Christmas tree ornaments from MiLiCrafts.

  • Plywood sheet (4 x 500 x 760 mm)
  • 10 Wooden dowel pins (8 x 70 mm)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Hand saw or jig saw
  • Drill with 8 mm drill bit
  • Sanding paper  (150 grit)

STEPS 1. Draw the cutting lines. 
  1. Draw the horizontal line in the middle of the sheet.
  2. Measure 55 cm from the top and draw the horizontal line.
  3. Draw the side lines.
  1. Draw the 7 x 20 cm tree stem.
  2. Draw two more 7 x 20 cm rectangles (it will be the support parts).
  3. You have a cutting lines (just eliminate the vertical center line). 
2. Cut out all the elements.

3. Measure and draw the cutting lines for support parts
  1. In the middle of stem parts draw the cutting lines for the slots. In the tree stem center draw 0.8 cm width line which has to be 7 cm tall. In the middle of support stem parts draw 3.5 cm lines (the cutting line is 0.4 cm width).
  2. Cut out the joining slots.
  3. Try to join the tree and see if it joins smoothly.
4. Sand all the edges of the cut out.

5. Mark and drill the holes for dowel pins
  1. Measure and mark the drilling points.
  2. Drill the holes.
  3. Sand the cut out holes.
  4. Put in the pins. 
6. Assemble and enjoy your Christmas tree

Treat Your Home With Original Artwork

Have an office or a conference room You need to dress up?  Like to impress Your guests? Love to relax at home admiring the unique decor?
We have a selection of Original Artwork and One Of A Kind Home Decor made by artists and professional craftsmen based in Lithuania.We dropped in a few prints, they are not considered as copies, but rather an original numbered, dated and signed art pieces, as each print varies in contrast and color. There is a selection of paintings, watercolor illustrations, metal works and ceramics to suit most tastes and interiors.
Minimalist Oil on Canvas Painting by ArtRasa
Pastel and charcoal on paper by colorsofland
Hand Made Rusty Iron Wall Clock from Inthetime
Paper Clay Art Doll from AnnaZuevaDolls
Lino Block Printed Linen Table Runner from kaupole
Lino Cut Print, Recycled Linen Cushion Cover by IndrajasSoulKitchen
Ceramic Sculpture Wall Decor by RamunesCeramics
Original Artwork Ink On Paper by DePianoArt
Wool Felt Wall Art from DaliaNerijusFelt
Watercolor Illustration by NORAillustration

Eco - Friendly Craft Business

Linen Produce Bags
Setting up your craft business is exciting yet challenging. Even if your product design is flawless and presentation is top notch, your materials are natural, sustainable, fair trade or came from local family farms, there are couple areas to work on: wrapping, packing and postage are usually pushed to the side, but it's a great opportunity to send your customer a message about sustainable living, remind of vast Earth pollution or introduce them to reducing, reusing and recycling.
And there is that warm and uplifting feeling, that the package from your handcrafted item won't live for your great grandchildren to dig up in the yard or end up as a whale's death cause.
Today we have a few ideas on materials, wrappings and different ways to pack those precious handmade items.
Linen Favor Bags
Handmade Natural Paper Bag
Jute Twine
So, what can we choose to wrap the items for shipping?
  • Tissue Paper - made from 100% recycled paper.
  • Natural Craft Paper is a mono-material that is easily and frequently recycled.
  • Castoff Kerchief - a light fabric neck scarf you haven't worn for ages.
  • Fabric scraps - a great way to use leftovers from sewing projects.
  • Natural ropes and twines - there are cotton, linen, jute, raw wool, nettle, hemp, paper or even sewing scrap ropes to tie the packed goods.
  • Handmade canvas string bags - natural or upcycled fabric bags.
  • Handmade paper or handmade paper bags.
  • Individual canvas tote bags.
Another very important step is packing. Parcel has to be protected from physical damage, moist, dust, has to look good and fit the postal requirements.
The most popular are cardboard boxes, look for recycled cardboard, skip the ones with plastic coating.
Second in line are mailers or mailing bags. These can be 80% or 100% recycled and can be recycled again. And there are paper ones with bio plastic padding or eco bubble wrap.  
Another essential is packing tape, made of recycled paper and natural rubber.
There are eco friendly and biodegradable options available for all these supplies.
Cardboard box, tissue paper and canvas tote combo from DingoM
There are a lot of options for void filling, go for a natural, sustainable, recycled materials. Have a look around, you might have suitable stuff just laying around.
Shredded Paper

Wood Wool

  • Packing peanuts - starch based peanuts are soluble in water and can be disposed down the sink.
  • Old newspapers - an old faithful way to fill space in box, not too fancy though.
  • Shredded paper - usually made from recycled paper.
  • Wood shavings - not as common, but nice way to use bits and pieces from wood working station.
  • Wood wool.
  • Biodegradable bubble wrap.
  • All kinds of corrugated cardboard sliced into pattern to replace bubble wrap.
An example of eco - friendly wrapping and packing from WoolenClogs
Remind your lovely customers to take care of wrapping and packaging, to re-use it or recycle.

Any other eco friendly options we missed? Drop a comment below!

Angels. Just angels in our life.

An angel is generally a supernatural being found in various religions and mythologies.
It's very popular symbol in all kind of art. 
By the late 4th century, the Church Fathers agreed that there were different categories of angels, with appropriate missions and activities assigned to them. There was, however, some disagreement regarding the nature of angels. Some argued that angels had physical bodies, while some maintained that they were entirely spiritual. Some theologians had proposed that angels were not divine but on the level of immaterial beings subordinate to the Trinity. The resolution of this Trinitarian dispute included the development of doctrine about angels.
Angels are one of the favorite Christmas ornaments. Christmas angels usually appear on top of Christmas trees, representing their role in the holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Angel ornaments, statues, art, and jewelry can be found literally everywhere you go. There is no coincidence that these angelic delights appear to you within your daily life. Finding angel objects or receiving angel objects can be a gentle nudge from your guardian angel to let you know that they want to connect with you.
Angel objects are signs that your guardian angel is around you. Any kind of angelic object, statue, ornament, or jewelry will hold a positive high vibration of light energy. This is because of the powerful mass belief (consciousness) in the goodness of angel beings as a divine force.
The angelic message of receiving any type of angel object is that you are being divinely protected by your guardian angel and other angelic beings.

Modern country living

Yeast Milk Pie
Life in a forest homestead has some rituals. One of them is country style cooking. Organic, simple, traditional.
My family love this yeast milk bun. It keeps for a long time - great for a busy mother :)

Recipe step by step (I use double size, but you should try a single serving first :) ):
250 ml milk
14 g fresh yeast or 7g dried yeast
450 g strong white flour , plus extra for dusting
30 g sugar (or more -- to taste)
225 g butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon caraway seeds or any other seeds you like, optional
1 large free-range egg

Gently heat the milk until tepid, then stir in the yeast. Combine the flour, sugar and 1 teaspoon of sea salt in an electric mixer or another large bowl.
Using your hands or the mixer’s dough hook on medium, work in the butter till the mix is like fine breadcrumbs.
With a wooden spoon, stir in the yeasty milk until well combined. It will appear a bit wet, but don’t add any flour. Rest the dough for 10 minutes.
Skip this stage if using an electric mixer. Grab a handful of dough, stretch it out and slap it back into the bowl. Continue to stretch and slap for 5 minutes until it’s more elastic and easier to handle.
Turn the dough out onto a flour-dusted work surface and, with floured hands, knead it for 8 to 10 minutes (or 6 to 8 minutes using the mixer’s dough hook) until it is smooth and elastic.
Place the dough in a large clean bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place for 1 hour 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 190ºC. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper (or use a non-stick baking tray).
Knock back the dough and turn it out onto a work surface. Shape it in the desired manner.
Place the dough on the tray and cover with a damp cloth. Leave in a warm place for 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.
Beat the egg, then brush over the dough and sprinkle the caraway seeds or any other (if using) on the top. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it is golden and sounds hollow when tapped underneath.
Bon appetite!
Afterwards I need some rest. Lazy weekend at home, near my fireplace with cozy wool clogs and tea - I earned it.
But on Sunday I would love to have the family dinner at a nice table with this rustic original tablecloth.
Kids are starting to ask - isn't it already time to think about Christmas decorations?? They are right, you know, because later on orders and "serious" preparations will eat up all the free time.
When days get cold and it's dark longer and longer we start thinking about cozy things - warm clothes, fire, heating, bed, like this cozy linen bedding in soothing calm colours.
Yes, it's time for candles. I like these small flames on the table, it feels like the room suddenly got warmer.
And wool, yes, natural dyed wool, made into socks. Every autumn and winter woolen socks are my best friends, these natural colours remind me of the green forests and fields.
There's always some work that needs doing outside if you live on a farm - walking your dog or bringing firewood home, these finger-less mittens are perfect for the job -- your hands stay warm and your grip is not compromised.
Take care, stay warm and cozy, eat well and wait for Christmas :)

8 reasons to get married in the fall

There are some obvious benefits of getting married in the fall - most of the venues and various wedding services will be cheaper than in the summer. Not to mention your make up will not melt off your face as quickly, less humidity and thus less frizzy hair for the bride and guests, beautiful autumnal landscapes for a backdrop...

1. Love apples? Great, us too! They are a perfect fall theme decoration and suitable as wedding favors or table adornments. Or maybe gather them on a thread and hang them up as garland? 
Miniature red felt apples with their little felt leaves and stems
2. You can also decorate your venue with nature sourced autumnal finds: 
Floating acorn candles are perfect for guest tables, dessert or snack stations 
3. You can use bold colors for your fall wedding without anyone second guessing your choice.
Navy blue alternative guest book for instant photos of your guests
4. Yes, that includes bridesmaids. Perfect time of the year to choose daring jewel tones for their outfits.
Try and emerald green velvet dress for your girls
5. Rich in color tablecloths and other linens of your big day will compliment the landscape, especially if the winter is right around the corner and no green is left in the surroundings. 
Stand out with a burgundy linen tablecloth
6. While in the summer everyone pretty much assumes that the bridal bouquet equals real flowers, the fall is the perfect time to choose something that will remain with you forever - paper, silk, felt are all fantastic options to explore. 
Autumn bouquet made out of silk flowers will never wither
7. If you're bored with all the nude lips and natural make ups for brides, the good news are - there is no better time to rock a berry lip tint than fall!
Natural and vegan red berry lip tint
8. And lastly, it's the perfect time to wear that long sleeve dress you've been dreaming of, which would be too warm for you in the summer and yet is perfect for fall. 
Dusty peach toned wedding dress with 3/4 sleeves
Thank you for reading! There are many more reasons to get married in the fall, would you share yours with us? 
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