on the 7th day of joyfulness...

dottie angel shared with me
a happy happy twig of glee
(skill level : easy peasy lemon squeezy)

oh yes indeedy! there is nothing more happy then a few twigs of glee doing their thing on your sideboard at joyful season. i must say i have mine in our little front hallway, on the side with a large mirror behind it, thus doubling the gleefulness of my twigs and causing quite a bit of sparkly-ness with the reflection. however i could not achieve a photo in this bit of hallway so i carried my 'happy happy branch of glee' upstairs, most carefully, to get some photos for you to see.

last year, i did a similar happy twig thingy , i loved my branch a whole lot, perhaps more than is healthy to love a few twigs, but i could not help myself for it made me happy. my branch last year was inspired by the fabby december issue of Country Living (UK edition) which my mother kindly sent from across the pond. i recall pouring over that issue and marveling at all the joyfulness which lay within its pages. on one page in particular, a branch sat in a large container and looked perfectly peachy to me and thus i was inspired to make one for myself.
this year, i felt a need to make one again, for such is its peachiness (and easy peasy-ness) i could not resist.

* large jar or container
* florists dry foam
* piece of lace or fabric
* dressmaking pins 
* thread or yarn, and needle
* cream coloured yarn
* a spiffy twiggy branch or three
* gleeful dingly danglies from your box

recipe :
1: wrap your jar or container in lace or fabric, pin in place and stitch with a happy coloured yarn or thread.

2: cut and place your foam inside your container or jar (mine held green olives in its former life) so it fits snuggly. push your twigs into the foam and try to arrange in a way such as they have a nice bit of twigginess going on, for dingly dangling things on the branches.

3: to cover the top where you may see the foam, stuff some yarn balls made from your creamy coloured yarn. i have noted small beings or elderly folks are very handy at making yarn balls this time of year.

4: attach your gleeful dingle danglies with bits of thread and place where others may admire your 'happy happy twigs of glee' 

and just a thought, you could paint your twigs if you would rather, painted white may look most spiffy indeed.

december 2010 issue of Country Living (UK edition)

tomorrow day 8 of joyfulness with a bit of stickyback plastic, oh yes! she's a little giddy ~ Tif