Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Fir, cedar, spruce boughs (whatever is available—I like to do a mix of a couple types for variety)
Floral wire (I used 22 gauge)
Ribbon for bow
Ornaments, floral picks, anything for decorating your wreath
1. Wear gloves while working with the boughs.
2. Cut your boughs into about 12 inch lengths.
3. Anchor your wire to the wreath ring by twisting it around one bar a couple times, then wrap it around all the bars 4 or 5 times. Don’t cut the wire. I leave it attached to the spool the entire time. The spool serves as a great gripping device so you can pull the wire really tight.
4. Gather together 3-4 boughs at a time and arrange them in a bunch in your hand. Hold the boughs in your left hand with the full branches pointing left toward your elbow, and the ends of the stems pointing to the right. There should be about 3-4 inches of stem sticking out from your hand. This is where you’ll wrap the wire around the boughs to anchor them to the wreath ring.
5. Now you need to grab the wreath ring and add it to the boughs that are in your hand. You will still be holding the boughs with your left hand—just grab the wreath ring, too. Hold really tight. 6. Using your right hand, take the spool of wire and wrap it around the 3-4 inches of stem that is sticking out from your left hand. Wrap around them 5-6 times, pulling tight each time and holding the wire down with your left index finger so it doesn’t loosen. Don’t cut the wire. You will just pull it over tightly when you are ready for the next set of boughs.
7. Once you’ve wrapped it around 5-6 times, you can let go, set it down, and gather your next bundle of boughs.
You will be rotating the wreath ring counterclockwise during this process.
8. Repeat steps 4-7. Overlap the boughs so that the full branches cover the stems and wire of the previous bundle of boughs. Be sure to overlap them enough so that the wreath looks full.
Once you’ve worked your way completely around the wreath ring, you will need to end your wire. Just wrap the wire around itself in the back. (The floral wire will be vertical, so just wrap it around itself several times.)
9. You can also create a loop for hanging if you’d like by wrapping the wire around itself, then making a loop, then wrapping it around itself again to secure the loop. Be sure wrap it enough times so it doesn’t come loose. I usually don’t use a loop—I just hang the wreath by the wreath ring.
10. Cut the wire.
11. Now hold your wreath up and check for holes. If you see spots that need to be filled in, just anchor the wire in the spot that needs more, gather an adequate amount of boughs, work them in where they’re needed, then wrap your wire around the stems tightly as in steps 4-6. You will need to skip to step 10 to end the wire.
12. Once your wreath is full, you can trim it around the edges and in the center—any branches that are too long or stick out can be cut off to make it look neat.
13. Now you can decorate it. Use any ornaments, floral picks, or bows you’d like. To attach ornaments, I just get a long piece of floral wire, put the ornament in the center, twist it to secure it to the wire, then I place it where I want it and pull the wires around tightly and twist them together in the back.
Hang your wreath and enjoy!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Oliver the Owl..kids love something soft to cuddle! Aren't those big eyes and fuzzy scarf adorable? What's great about this item is you can pick your color--I found him at NotSoSmallThings... Organic Skittle Bowling! How fun is this? And it's great because they'll help your child develop their motor skills...I found this fun game at littlesaplingtoys...
I am going to try it out---so I wanted to give all of my wonderful followers the first chance at a deal. :)
At checkout, use the code SPECIAL10, and you'll get 10% off your items. The discount doesn't apply to shipping, just the items you buy.
I hope it works! Thanks everyone--Have a happy weekend! :)
Friday, November 19, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
I'm so happy with how my little Thanksgiving arrangement turned out! I think I'll do this every year!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
These little Santa Booties are ADORABLE! I found these at GeorginaKay. There are some really great ideas on how to use these in the listing--my favorite is to hang them on your tree and put a little surprise in them!
These ornaments are SO fun! I love the modern, abstract patterns used. They are made out of polymer clay. I found these beauties at AngelaDesign.
And I LOVE owls! This stocking would be perfect for me. I found this one at yespleasestudio.
And what about tags for all those Christmas packages? These are oh-so-festive and sparkly and I absolutely love them! I love the inked edges and the purple floral paper used for the bird. These pretties can be found at bijouxpaperie.
Monday, November 8, 2010
I think purple is such a unique color for holiday items--it's out of the ordinary and really stands out amongst the crowd! They've also got a really neat tea-dyed look to them--I love the vintage/old style on EVERYTHING..so I was so excited when I found this paper. And aren't the polka dots adorable? Gives them just the right touch. :)
I've also been thinking a lot about decorating--I think this year I just might take all of my year round decor and box it up...and replace it all with everything Christmas! Sounds like quite a challenge, but I think I'm up for it!
Friday, November 5, 2010
I've chosen 2 to feature--grab my feature button if they're yours!
These pillows blow my mind! And they aren't even pillows! They are placemats from WALMART! They come from Home is where my story begins.
So easy and SO beautiful--you just open up the seam a little and stuff 'em. Then sew them back up! I'm going straight to Walmart tomorrow to find these babies! Thanks so much, Becca, for showing us this FABULOUS idea!
This mantel decor comes from At Second Street, and I just LOVE it! Thanksgiving is a holiday for us to be grateful, and I just adore the banner that announces it. And the wooden blocks have a soft spot in my heart--I can't get enough of them. :) Follow the link above to see her other great Thanksgiving decor ideas!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I'm so excited for the weekend--we've got lots of plans...a few craft fairs, a holiday open house, a movie....it's going to be busy! I've featured a couple items here from Etsy...
I love this super cute Toddler Tie Tee from SuperTot...I actually just bought this same fabric a few weeks ago and I'm going to be making my husband a tie out of it too! He's a teacher and his kids just love all the fun holiday ties I make him. I'll post pictures when it's done. :)
And these blocks are from lisabees...such a perfect combination for Thanksgiving--don't you just love the turkey?!
And take a look at these Pinecone Turkey Placecard Companions from NaturallyNatalie...I would love to have these at my table!
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Happy Friday Everyone!