Happy holidays everyone! I wanted to pause today before I close my laptop and shift my focus to Christmas activities in my new home. Every year at this time, I choose a word to focus on for the upcoming year. My word this year came quickly and directly. It is simply “gratitude.” I can add so many things to my gratitude list, and at the top is you. I am so grateful for this beautiful, heartfelt, creative community that has gathered here.
As a little gift for you, and for anyone who pops by to take a look, we have created a printable 2021 calendar that you can download below and print as many times as you like. I love the fun quotes on each month’s banner, which my sister curated, and wanted to share them with you. They seem quite timely, don’t you think?
Now, back to my Christmas tree reveal! I wanted to embrace a Pacific Northwest theme for my handmade Christmas tree as I feel I am settling into this city and creating a home for myself with my little fixer upper that we will share more of in 2021.
I started with fresh silver dollar eucalyptus stems and tucked them into the conifer branches to add color and texture to my tree. Next I hung a variety of sage green and teal blue ball ornaments on the branches. If you couldn’t tell from the site (and my logo), teal is one of my favorite colors!
This year I also got more creative with my tree topper. On top of my tree is our frosted paper fern wreath, and it continues to swirl around the tree as a golden garland. Ferns are one of my favorite plants here in Oregon as they are lush and abundant.
I then added crepe paper magnolias with their gold leaves and berry sprigs. Though magnolias are traditionally thought of as a southern U.S. flower, in Portland’s famous Forest Park, there is a magnolia garden with trails weaving around the wide variety of seasonally blooming trees. This garden is one of my favorite local destinations.
As a final touch, I tucked some paper birds inside the wreath and around the tree. The finished look is so elegant and brings me so much joy!
Have a wonderful Christmas weekend, happy holidays to all, and don’t forget to download our 2021 calendar below!
~ Lia and team
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Lia, Your tree is absolutely gorgeous! I am so thrilled that I found you and your website this year as it has carried me through so many challenging times. I retired from my long time job in July and immediately felt so isolated! Your wonderful detailed tutorials and projects kept me going! I lost my mom in October and was able to get through all of the emotions by working on your crepe paper flowers endlessly! I always look on your website for another project when I need to keep busy creating. I made so many wonderful gifts this year guided by your awesome inspirational projects. Thank you so very much for all that you bring to all of us along with your team! I couldn’t be more grateful for all of you. I can’t wait for the Master Class to begin! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Blessings, Coleen Barnes
Oh Coleen thank you for sharing this with us. I know first hand the joy and healing power that crafting can bring, and I’m so glad it has brought you comfort during this difficult year. Thank you for being part of our community!
Lia, Your Christmas tree is stunning WOW!! And thank you for the great calendar.
Happy New Year to you and all your wonderful team from my home in England. One of the best things I have done in 2020 is joined your fabulous crafting website, I am so glad I came across it on the web. Thank you all for the fabulous craft designs you share with us. You are so inspiring and beyond talented, simply incredible.
Here’s to a brighter 2021 for us all! Much love, Dottie
Thank you so much for the kind words, Dottie! We are so glad you’re part of our community. Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Lia. Thank you for sharing your beautiful tree and the great gift. I can’t wait to print it. You have another beautiful piece of artwork behind the tree. Can you tell me about the golden springs framed on your wall? Are they on your website? Have a peaceful and happy New Year!
Thank you Valerie! Yes check out the ginkgo art here: https://liagriffith.com/gold-ginkgo-branches/
So excited to see your tree this year! I was looking forward to you posting it. It is beautiful! Love the movement it has. Again, the white bird, maybe a nod to your mother, which repeats the white of the beautiful magnolias, a favorite of mine. The glistening shades of green in the balls. Love how the gold in the ferns picks up the gold in the berries and details in the magnolia. It is very elegant and feels peaceful, a good ending to 2020. It must be fun to design a new tree with a new theme. Thank you so much for sharing with us! Looking forward to the master class even though I have made some of the flowers already, there is always more to learn! Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Also appreciate the calendar, very thoughtful!
Thank you Cher, I appreciate your kind words!! See you soon 🙂
Lia, your tree is just stunning. Very Nice! Also, I want to thank you for the calendar. Much needed. Best Wishes for 2021!
Thank you Monica!!
It’s a beautiful tree & calendar. I do appreciate all the lovely thoughts on each month!
Wishing you and yours the best in 2021… in a year, hopefully, that returns us all to some semblance of “normal”.
I’m so glad you like it Gayle 🙂
Thank you for the gift! Beautiful tree!
Thank you Lia and wonderful team of talented and welcoming artists! I look forward to each month to see what’s next. For Christmas, my two sons know to go straight to the Felt Paper Scissors shop and no matter what they choose, I will be delighted! Merry Christmas to you all and may Hope on the Horizon be our guide in 2021. Jan Wierima, Boring Bloom & Branch
That truly warms my heart, Jan! Thank you so much for your support. Hope to see you in 2021!
What a beautiful tree and a wonderful gift! I’m always in need of a customizable and printable calendar, and now I’m all set for the whole year. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!
You’re so welcome!
Thank you so much for the calendar. It will get great use.
I hope you and your family had a great Christmas and hoping you all have a wonderful and safe New Year.
Thank you Debbie, I hope you had a lovely day as well!
Merry Christmas to you and your entire team. Thank you for your inspiration. I am looking forward to 2021 and the Master Class.
Merry Christmas, Helen!
Perfection. A work of art. I especially love the topper/garland.
it’s beautiful Lia
Thank you so much Cheryl 🙂
Thanks so much. This calender ist really nice.
Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Merry Christmas, Laura!
This year was so painful, loved mam gone with angels and I missed her so much, thanks to you I escape from present time and sadness
I’m so sorry for your loss, Christine. Wishing you peace and love during this time.
Lia, Thank you for the awesome calendar. I’ve been looking for an inspirational calendar and this is perfect. Your sister must be an awesome person too.
I thinks she’s pretty great 🙂 Thank you!
Thank You!! And Merry Christmas!!!
Merry Christmas Mary!
So beautiful! Bet it took awhile to cut all those ferns…especially love the wreath at the top and the birds!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Lia and team of amazing creators
Alison (Perth Western Australia)
Merry Christmas Alison!
Beautiful Tree, Lia. Thank you so very much for the Printable Calendar. I will be printing one out for my desk.
Merry Christmas to you and all of your team members. You are all treasures to me.
Thank you Judi, that means so much to us. Merry Christmas!
YOu have done a lovely job on your tree. The calendar is also nice. Merry Christmas and all the best for a happy, healthy New Year.
Thank you Shirley, happy holidays to you!!
Such a beautiful tree. The ferns are amazing. I have loved working with felt from your shop. Also my oldest daughter’s name is Lia, that is what drew me to your shop.
Thank you! Happy holidays to you, your Lia, and family 🙂
Thank you and wishing you a wonderful Christmas!
Thank you Liv, Merry Christmas to you!
I love your tree. Made my daughter a magnolia wreath that was a big hit! I also made the gold leaf wreath, now I know where to put it next year!
Yay love to hear this!! Happy Holidays 🙂
Thank you for the inspiration….Beautiful!! I am grateful for you and your team of makers and artists!!
Merry Christmas to you!
Thank you very much. Beautiful
You are so welcome 🙂
Beautiful Thank you
You’re so welcome!
What a lovely tree! Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Merry Christmas to you!
What a beautiful word and thought for the year 2020! The Christmas tree is an absolutely beautiful expression and inspiration for Gratitude. Blessing for you and yours this Christmas and throughout the New Year. Looking forward to your new word for 2021.
Merry Christmas to you Sharon!
Your Christmas Tree is beautiful, thank you for sharing it with us and thank you for the free downloadable 2021 Calendar. With all the Covid-19 restrictions my husband was not able to get one for me before Christmas, it is a little sentimental gift he tucks under the tree, for me, every year.
Oh Mary I’m so glad to hear we could bring that little bit of joy to your Christmas.
Charming, just like you. Merry Christmas to you and your team. You all bring me such joy.
Thank you Janett, that means so much to all of us. Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas. Thanks for sharing your beautiful Christmas tree and thank-you for the gift. Be blessed and stay safe.
Thank you Kim, same to you!
You’re so welcome 🙂
PS is that a gingko branch behind the tree? I have loved Ginkos ever since Mr. Bower, my high school biology teacher told us about them. AND included them in the leaf collection we had to make.
Yes! It’s the last project in this month’s collection (available now to members, visible to all on Dec 30 🙂 )
Your tree is beautiful. I love the wreath topper and then swirling down the tree. how did you hang the wreath?
Thank you! I pushed open part of the grapevine wreath and pressed it down onto the top of the tree.
Merry Christmas Lia! The tree is absolutely stunning! Thank you for the kind words and the calendar! Hole you day is filled with an abundance of love, laughter, and joy.
Thank you so much, wishing the same to you!
Your tree is gorgeous! Love the magnolias and the stunning tree topper.
Thank you for the calendar.
Thank you! You’re so welcome 🙂
Beautiful! I may borrow your golden fern garland for next year. Merry Christmas, thank you for bringing us all together through creativity
Yes please do!! Merry Christmas to you 🙂
Beautiful! I haven’t made the paper birds or magnolias, but I may have to before I put my Christmas Decorations away for the season. Thank you for sharing.
They’re my favorite!!
May you enjoy a most memorable and Happy Christmas in your new home! Thank you for sharing your stunning tree with us! It is quite the masterpiece!
Gratitude seems a most inspiring and thought provoking word to inspire us this next year!
I will enjoy the calendar pages, as calendars are no longer the common promotional items they once were- and us old folks require a good solid visual to keep us on track!
Again- Merry Christmas and May Gods Blessings be With You!
Thank you Laura! Merry Christmas to you 🙂
Your tree is stunning! I love the PNW theme – it feels very much like home 🙂
Thank you for the awesome printable – I hope you and your team have a wonderful holiday season!
I’m so glad to hear this 🙂 Happy Holidays to you as well!
Your tree is beautiful!!
Thank you Maureen!
Merry Christmas Lia and team! Much love, Amy
Merry Christmas to you from us, Amy!