Pinecone Garland // Flinter Chimneypiece

When my parents visited in September, we spent a Saturday morning at the farmer's market. And, as we were eating lunch, I spied (and Job possibly ate a few) literally hundreds of smallish-sized pinecones and I made a mental note of them. Fast forward several weeks, and I was reading this post on the Smile and Wave blog, and I remembered those prickly, petite pinecones. 

I can't even tell you how excited Graeme was over this litte (and easy!) project. He did a marvelous job. And, for those of you who are worried, it really wasn't as messy as it looks. The hardest part was keeping those curious fingers from touching the pinecones as they dried for a few hours! After the pinecones dried, we wrapped yarn around the top of each pinecone to string them. We strung them all at our table and then carried the strand to our living room. We lost about one third of our pinecones during the trek from the dining room to the living room, so I would suggest stringing them in the hanging location :)

And here's our Flinterish mantel. I mean mantle. Actually, let's just go with chimneypiece, as our friends across the pond call it. (I found that our dictionary is very indecisive about the spelling of afore mentioned wooden shelf.) And you know what? I have a feeling you'll see this little garland on my Christmas tree in a few weeks!

I try to be pretty intentional with the written word on my chimneypiece chalkboard. But I have to tell you, this one is especially challenging to me of late. It's challenging in the sense that, I know what is right (I Thess. 5:16-18) and that I have plenty to be thankful for, but I am choosing too often to not be. Does that make sense? I went away this past weekend to Seattle to hear Elyse Fitzpatrick speak. (I hope to share more in my next post about it.) She's my fave, by the way. Anywho, two things she said stuck out to me: 'Obedience must flow from gratitude' and 'Every sin we commit is from a lack of love'. Wow. So, yeah, I'm thinking that word up there ^, is going to stay a while, wink!

Happy Monday, friends.

(from the past: spring mantel, summer mantel, late summer mantel)


  1. I love how when you write a tutorial post on making a pinecone garland (which I want to do now!), you're able to turn it into a conversation about thankfulness and love.

    Also PS mantel! Merriam-Webster is the dictionary to trust. I only know this from my former life as a real estate writer... but it's also made me ever afraid to use the word mantle for fear I'm using it wrong. Good thing nobody ever really talks about a mantle as a cloak. Ha! : )

  2. Oh, but how I am struggling with that conversation within myself at the moment! I was reading a couple pages from Fitzpatrick's "Comforts from Romans" this morning and loved this line: (I'm paraphrasing a bit) I go to bed and know that the gospel is real, but somehow I wake up and forget it. So true of myself. Thankful today for God's new mercies every morning . . . and for friends like you to help remind me of it.

    Mantel. Mantel. Mantel. :) And, Merriam-Webster, good to know! :)

  3. Such a great idea! I have been trying to come up with something for my mantle too.

  4. i love this!! i want to make one! i am so excited to meet you this weekend as well! :) looking forward to meeting other bloggers that love Jesus! you mentioned that you went to the Elyse Fitzpatrick event, i attend mars hill bellevue, but didnt go this saturday because of family stuff, so i would love to talk to you about it this weekend! :)

  5. Oh my goodness! I know what you mean about the thankfulness! And sometimes I don't even notice how unthankful I am acting. Tonight Dave asked me if all was unicorns and rainbows today (sarcastically...because I was complaining about everything :(

    About your comments: Haha about maranatha! He hasn't noticed because I keep that jar hidden!

    Skye did draw that picture- she amazes me and will soon surpass my ability, I think.

  6. Beautiful post and great project!

    I'm looking forward to meeting you on Saturday at the PNW Blogger event.

  7. Erika, Ally, and Jenni-- I am so excited for this weekend. Very much looking forward to meeting you all!

    Sara, ha! I'm glad we're in the thankfulness boat together. Yes, I just couldn't help but think that Dave had probably given you a hard time over the Maranatha brand:) Oh my word! That little Skye is amazing! Absolutely amazing. She has definitely surpassed my skills, that is for sure :)

  8. stunning. stunning. xo

  9. thank you, Brooke! I really wanted to try your 'trick + treat' chalk drawing-- I've just never seen anything like that and loved it. Definitely storing it away in my mind for next year.

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