As promised. I'm back with some more tree stuff. For the love of colour: Three tree decorations from three continents.
First South America. Peru, to be precise. I have some Peruvian, woven blankets, which I absolutely adore. They are cheerful, well made and harmonious. The ornaments below also have that quality and can ease up Mr. Fir (who can sometimes looks a bit stern).
First a paper ornament with a small nativity scene, as seen online at Ten Thousand Villages (but also available in local Fair trade shops all around Europe), then a "retablo" (or mini-altar). In this case not a real altar as instead of a religious theme we see a weaver's shop. The Folk Art Gallery has a whole bunch more of these, depicting different crafts and shops.
Want to create you own Retablo? No problem with these empty ones. Just let your creativity and ideas run free. I saw them at Tesoros. I think a pompom garland would be the perfect finishing touch for a "Peruvian " tree. The picture is taken from a German art supply shop (Idee), but can be found everywhere in the net really. Assorted pompoms or with a specific colour, different sizes or all one size...Yvestown put up a quick tutorial on how to make one yourself from a bag of ready made pompoms last year. Or buy a door curtain and cut off the single strings. Amazon has one in green and blue that I know of...
Next: Cloisonné. This technique has a long tradition in China. And that's where the following sets of ornaments come from as well.
These intricate designs are just perfect for a small tree! Found them at China Sprout, and also saw them popping up on Ebay Germany here and there. (On another note: I don't know why typepad keeps cutting off the pictures on the right hand side. If anybody has experience with this...? Tips are welcome!)
Finally, I ran into these majolica ornaments from Italy. Love at first sight, I tell you! However: It might be more of a long term collection effort to get your tree filled with these, as prices start somewhere around 70 € a piece. Beautiful still. Handpainted and all.
In the coming days I'll get the last part of this series up - quite different than today's one, I promise!