Since I've been crafting for 25 years or so but only blogging for a couple of days, here's a traditional Swedish "festpinne" (party stick..?) I made in december '06. This is how me and my my crafting friends made our:
First we carved off the bark of our 2m long spruce tree sticks.
Then we painted them with a mix of "filmjölk" (soured milk) and powdered colour pigments.
And then the fun part of decorating it with old fabrics, ribbons and spruce tree branches. The wonderful book "Svensk Slöjdkonst" by Uuve Snidare gave us a lot of inspiration!
I used mine for our wedding procession in January '07.