A wife, a mom, a full time job and a craft obsession that borders OCD. My goal is too turn my crafty treasures into a business that I love. Here I will share the ups & downs, lessons learned, new experiences and maybe even some mom humor :) It's that thing called life, and what you make of it is up to you. Sometimes brilliant and sometimes messy, having fun along the way!
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From the wonderful world of Pinterest I found this interesting pin about making your own wreath form. You've probably seen it but if not, here is a link to it.
I went out to my local big box hardware store and picked up 2 of the smallest foam pipe covers for less than $1 each.
Cut them in half.
And then TAPE them together with duct tape, or like I used, electrical tape. DO NOT try to hot glue the ends together or you'll have a hot mess like I did. Dear hubby said I shouldn't use hot glue, but I didn't listen, and he was right. Just don't ever tell him I said that!
And yes, Miss Bella thought it was a new play toy.
Next decide how you want to decorate them. I had a hundred ideas running through my head but I was trying to use what I had on hand. I actually had a beautiful leaf garland that I started wrapping around it before I formed my circle. I didn't have quite enough to finish it, but it would be really cute completed.
You could also take the leaves off the garland or even find a package of loose leaves and glue or tack them in place. I prefer gluing over pinning in place, just because I am always afraid a piece will come loose and some one will step on the pin. Probably just being paranoid, but that's me!
Another option is to tie ribbon on the wreath form. Again, I didn't have enough to complete it, but I wanted to show you some ideas. This is using 3 yards each of black and orange ribbon.
I could have used less ribbon but I was just playing around with it to see how it looked. Here's another option tucking the ends behind it.
There are multiple options here. You can use tulle, ribbon to make loops, Christmas Garland, cover in ornaments, ect ect.
I have enough foam to make 4 wreaths and I will continue to experiment with them. Hopefully I can find enough stash to decorate with without having to buy more supplies.
I would love to hear your ideas and if you have ever made one yourself so please leave me a comment and share!
I started a post on this a few weeks ago and started getting so far in to it that it was looking more like a book than a post. So, I decided to break it down in to a mini series called:
Planning an Organized Home
It's a short, six part series that I want to share with you on how I started to get our home organized and in a better routine than we have had in the past. The more routine, the less whining "why do we have to??". It becomes a part of every day life for every one in the house.
The first thing I worked on were chore charts: one for the kids and one for the parents. While I have a pretty good routine for my own household chores, having it in writing and staring me down keeps me from falling off track so much. I searched online for different printable and customizable charts, and ended up finding some pre-loaded with my ancient laptop under Microsoft Works. If you have Microsoft Excel or Word, you can do the same thing. I attempted to copy our chart to thi…
I started out the new year with great intentions. I have a new blog journal with tons of subjects, a file full of photos on the pc, and a series on getting organized planned. So what happened?That thing called life. My huband's grandfather had what they believe was a stroke on the 4th. On the 8th they called in the family....which was also my husband's birthday. His Paw Paw didn't pass that day though, but did on the 10th. Saturday the 12th was the receiving of friends and a beautiful military funeral. Paw Paw was a wonerful man that we all loved and is missed so much already. Late Sunday night, about 11:30, my 7 year old wakes us up. Stomach flu. Worst I think I have ever seen. Then she goes back to school on Wednesday and I take her 4 year old brother the doctor. Strep infection. At 5am Thursday, the stomach flu gets him. Now I'm not feeling so well. We can't seem to catch a break.Hopefully next week I can get back in the grove of things. I have a se…
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This next project is one that was recently brought to my attention by a friend asking if I could make them. I really don't know the proper name for them but it's a ribbon key chain made using a large wood bead.
I toyed around with this for a while trying to decide the best way to make one, and I'm pretty pleased with the end result. For the most part these are pretty easy to make.
1" wood beads
(I found these at Joann's)
You will also want to find a way of propping up these beads so you can paint them. I was ever so elegant in mine.
Yes, I used a paint brush. But I also was able to place some on dowel rods and then stood them up in a block of foam to paint.
For mine, I painted them red and added a hand painted bulldog paw for my daughter's school mascot. You could hand paint anything you like or use stickers. I finish them up with by covering them thoroughly w…