Sunday, September 21, 2014

Autumn Wreath

I am amazed at two things.  One, my last blog post was in January.  What??  Two, I actually have quiet, leisurely time to put together a quick entry.  I do wish I had more time to do crafty things and post entries on them.  I miss using my creativeness.  

The wreath that's been on my door is the one from my last blog entry.  A white, rose wreath.  

Now that September is almost over I figured it was time to switch it up and get with the season that is just around the corner:  Autumn.

I've had this wreath hiding in the corner next to the piano.  And let's be real...I made it in 2011, which is so yesterday. 

I knew I wasn't going to use it so I figured I could update it.  I cut off all of the felt flowers I had made, which left just the yarn wrapped wreath.  My daughter and I shopped at Hobby Lobby for some new yarn, leaves, and silk flowers.  Here is what we found:

While my daughter and I watched "Flubber" (RIP Robin Williams) I wrapped, and wrapped, and wrapped.  Finally, the creme yarn was completely covered.

The next step was to cut the flowers from the stems, as well as the leaves.  I slowly hot glued some leaves, then a flower, then some more leaves, and more flowers. I started at the base of the wreath in the center and moved out to the right and left until I thought it looked completed.

The finished product...which will probably up until Winter.

Hopefully the it won't be so long before my next entry.  I've got one all ready to go, too.  My daughter has earned quite a few medals this season at her first go around at competitive gymnastics.  She asked if we could make something to hang them from.  The project is if I can just find more time to post.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Everything's Coming Up Roses

New year, new wreath.  For the last few months I've had an old "fallish" wreath on our front door (found here.)

I was tired of seeing this wreath and wanted something new.  I came across the wreath I made last spring (found here), but it was a bit worn.

I ended up keeping the wreath itself from the picture above and cut off all the yarn.

I picked up some yarn, silk flowers, and ribbon.  Yes, those are some fake dew drops on the roses (more on that later.)

I went with the bouquet of roses, instead of singles because even though the flowers were 50% off, they are still pretty expensive when you get to the better quality flowers.  I bought the bouquet because it was the most bang for my buck.  As far as the cheesy dew drops, I ended up cutting off most of the petals with the "water" on them.

After wrapping, and wrapping, and wrapping the wreath I started hot gluing the roses.  I started in the middle and worked outward with the small roses being placed in between the larger ones.

Within 30 minutes I was done!  

At the time I took the following pictures the sun was shining on the front door, making for some tricky lighting.  Of course I'm too impatient to wait until tomorrow and really, who knows when I'd remember to actually take the pictures when the lighting is just perfect.  

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Lit Paper Mache Letters

While cruising around Pinterest a few weeks ago I came across this picture:

I loved the idea of lit paper mache lettering!  There are so many different things you can do with them, aside from a Christmas theme.

I decided to use the "JOY" word because it was short and I thought it would be easier than a word with more letters.

As mentioned in the blog's directions, the woman had special ordered the larger letters, however at Hobby Lobby they only had the smaller letters.

I grabbed a few other things...silver spray paint, glitter spray paint, and lights.  I ended up returning the glitter spray paint because it didn't work.  A clear spray came out, but not with the glitter.


The first thing I did was use an exacto knife to cut around the lettering to expose the inside.

Once the letters were open I used a pencil to mark where the lights would go.

I sprayed three coats of silver on the letters and used some Modge Podge, a paintbrush, and a super fine silver glitter to cover the lettering.

The next step was to take a sharp tool and make a hole where the penciled dots were.  Not sure if it would have been better to poke the holes before or after spray painting and glittering.

The string of lights had 100 lights.  I found the middle of the string of lights, and started poking the lights through the middle of the letter O.  From there I worked outward to that it was spaced evenly.  It wasn't the easiest thing to do and it was at this point I realized why larger letters are probably easier to work with...less cord bunching.

Some of the lights were falling out of the holes so I tried to hot glue them in, but that didn't work too well.

I played around with the lights and letters for a while and finally had it all figured out.  In the meantime I put the mantle together and got everything in place.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Simple Place Cards

Table is decorated and votives are made.  Next up, place cards.

These place cards were just about the easiest and quickest things I've made in a while.  Yesterday at Michael's while I was getting things for the votives, I grabbed some miniature clothespins for $2.00.

At home, I pulled out my box of old buttons and a glue gun.  While the glue gun was warming up I created some place cards on Microsoft Word.

While the place cards were printing I hot glued one of the ends to each button.  I left one unglued so that I could slightly press and open the clothespin.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Table Votives

Let it be known that I haven't forgotten about my dear ol' blog.  It's been since September 9th that I've put up a post.  Whoa!  With working, two kids in sports, and everything else, I rarely have time to devote to completing projects.  

However, now that I am rolling into Thanksgiving vacation I actually have some free time.  My husband and I are hosting Thanksgiving this year.  There will be a total of 10 of us.  We usually travel on Thanksgiving so I am one, looking forward to not being on the road and two, getting the table decorated for our guests.

I thought it would be nice to have a votive at each person's place setting.  I had pictured small glass votive holders covered partially with glitter.

I found the materials today at Michael's.  

Let's start with the votives, that come in a package of 16, for $8.99 (but I used my app coupon and got them for 50% off...only $4.50.)

I also picked up some glitter for $2.99.

Then I gathered my materials.

I decided that with 10 votives, I would create 5 different designs....two of each.  I simply taped off the votive, brushed on the glue, and sprinkled the glitter.

Here's what they looked like once I peeled off the tape.

Yes...they are on the mantel because I don't have my table decorations set up yet....

Monday, September 9, 2013

Another Fall Wreath

I regularly hang a wreath from the mirror above our family room mantel.  I sometimes change it up for holidays.

For quite a while I've had a wreath covered in bright green Spanish moss hanging (sorry, I don't have a picture.)  It's simple.  It's neutral....but, it was time for a change with fall/autumn just around the corner.

I dropped in to Hobby Lobby and purchased this...a bunch of fall stuff.  And can I say that I finally was ready to buy fall merchandise?  I hated going in there the end of June and seeing fall and Christmas stuff.

I started with wrapping the wreath with the burlap.  Then I glued on the 3 flowers.  It was simple and nice, but not complete.  I then started gluing some leaves around the flowers.  Better, but still not enough.  I ended up gluing leaves over the entire front surface of the wreath.  Now complete!