Well it has happened. Finally, it did. We knew it would, it still came unexpected. Time was up.
Fall is here. The clocks have been moved back, the cold winds have blown in and the rain is falling down. Grayness and gloominess has set in. We’ve had such a glorious Fall weather so far, that it almost felt as if it would last forever, but all good things come to an end.
So with all of that, my need, my desperate need, for warm light and a cozy atmosphere has exploded.
These days when I come home from work (frequently soaking wet from the rain, I bicycle to work remember), before I do anything else, even before I take off my shoes and work clothes I will start lighting candles.
We are never without candles in this house.
We also don’t have a shortage of candle sticks, candle holders and lanterns (or oil lamps). In fact I am such a sucker for them that I am forever tempted to buy yet another cute example whenever I see one. But sometimes temptations are there to resist, and I haven’t bought a new lantern in more than a year. I am a good girl like that.
Good girl, all right, but also fickle and bored easily, especially when it comes to home decor (he, that shouldn’t be a surprise since I have never been out of ideas for this home decor blog, even after all those years).
So coming from that boredom, my need for a little new something something, and my embargo on buying new cute lanterns I set out to create some new ones myself. To DIY lantern lights for those dark evenings.
I didn’t have a great deal of time, so fun and easy was in order. I rummaged around and found these:
Some cute little mason jars I scored in a Dutch internet shop (yeah mason jars are making their way to Europe), and a special ribbon that was dying to be used already.
I have discovered online shopping recently and I must say I am beginning to become somewhat of a hazard with my credit card. My neighbor knows it too, since he is forever accepting my packages when I’m not at home when the mail man arrives. Anyway I was looking for some basic flower arranging materials for the upcoming Christmas extravaganza and I found a great supplier online. After I had filled up my card with the things on my list I started browsing to see what else they had. And then I spotted this bark ribbon. Sounded promising even though the image in the web shop was rather ghastly. But I threw it in my card anyway.
I was happily surprised when it arrived. Real thing strips of bark attached to a wide burlap ribbon. I saw potential immediately.
I first tried cutting patterns from it, like stars and hearts, but that didn’t work so well, but a simple design worked fantastically.
Much better anyway, simple and easy, are my middle names after all.
It was just a matter of cutting the ribbon to size, punching little holes with my hole punch and attaching the ribbon to the glass with double sided tape.
And then the real fun began. Lighting them up and enjoying their warm light.
They are currently residing on that little ledge on my hutch, in the company of a row of pine cones.
The light shining through the ribbon is absolutely beautiful when it is dark, very warm and magical.
When the candles are not lit, that autumnly bark really takes center stage and adds a bit of nature to our home decor.
(yes, don’t start writing that autumnly is not a word, I know, but I contend that it should be).
I think this little DIY Lantern Lights project can go in the book as a mission accomplished.
See you soon tigers, I am off to work on some projects and spent some time with the mister (he turned 50 yesterday, I guess that means he is almost a grown up now 😀 ).