It’s funny really. I was working on a turnip recipe, then shooting fresh turnips, then some holiday ornaments with turnips, then I turned a turnip into an ornament by pushing an ornament hanger thing in the top…and it stayed. And the next day it was still holding. And the next day and the next day. So the turnip ornament was born and a turnip-inspired holiday was beautifully created.
Since I didn’t want the whole tree covered with real turnips, I hand painted a few plain white ball ornaments in an ombre of fuchsia and purple and glitter!
My father is a raw turnip eater –most times after washing but often times fresh from the ground. Dad’s method of consumption is simple. He takes out the pocket knife he’d been carrying since before my birth and carves off a small piece of the colorful flesh. Then, he does what he’s been doing with most things cut by his pocket knife…he sprinkles it with salt. LOTS of salt. The first time I tasted a turnip it was from the cut of his knife and because of my father, I’ve learned to love a raw turnip (now lightly sprinkled with Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt). But, it was my mother who taught me the love of a purple ombre.
Family and color were the basis for this food-inspired holiday week featuring the turnip –they are oftentimes the basis for all I do.
Check in all week as I decorate for the holiday with the beauty of a turnip as my inspiration!!
What to Do: 1. Cut Fabric Circles: Cut enough fabric circles 1-inch larger than the diameter of the styrofoam forms to cover the bottom and top of the largest form and only the top of the two smaller forms. Use scissors to make cuts along the circumference of each circle 1/2-inch in. I like to use a different coordinating fabric for each circle. 2. Attach Fabric Circles: Use a paint brush and the mod podge to attach the fabric to the form with the cut “tabs” glued to the sides (you’ll be covering them with fabric). Set aside on it’s side on a piece of plastic wrap. 3. Cut Fabric for Sides: Working with one form at a time, measure the width and circumference of your form and cut a strip of fabric that wide and 1-inch longer. Use a paint brush and mod podge to adhere the fabric to the form. Set aside on a piece of plastic wrap to dry overnight. Continue with the remaining forms. 4. Stack forms on a cake pedestal or plate and decorate with marshmallows!!
Check out the fun beauty of this Sprinkle-inspired Holiday Tree HERE.