You might be asking yourself why I am showing you a picture of a box full of…tree.
Well, this box holds the Christmas tree that the bearded fellow and I chopped down at a sustainable tree farm near Portland last year. Now you are probably asking yourself why we decided to keep our tree stored, in a box, chopped to bits, for six months, all alone.
We all know I like to make things, especially when they are upcycled, recycled, or repurposed. Rather than toss our tree to the curb, I decided to keep it, salvage all the needles, and make balsam fir pillows.
If you have never smelled balsam fir before, imagine this: a walk through a rich forest with cool mist hanging in the air, owls hooting in the distance, your feet barely making a sound on the duff trail, and balsam fir trees hitting you repeatedly in the face until it smells like Christmas. And Maine. Everywhere.
I am not quite sure yet what to do with the large branches and trunk bits. Any ideas? For now, I am really pleased with how the pillows are turning out. I am using natural cotton cloth with found buttons and fabric scraps to decorate. In the future I hope to stencil images of Maine themed things in one corner. You know, like moose and things.