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December 19, 2011

Ornament Wreath Tutorial

Hello my loverlies!

Here is the tutorial for the ornament wreath I wrote about here.

Here is what you will need:  glue gun, ornaments, ribbon and a Styrofoam wreath.

I also used these as a filler - you can find them at hobby lobby.

I used the smallest ornaments I could find and a smaller styrofoam wreath (10"), and ended up using around 80 ornaments and a few handfuls of the filler balls.

Start by taking off the hook caps (i'm not sure what the real name for them is) and then hot glueing the ornaments all around the wreath.

There really is no wrong way to do this, I went around once in a line and then just kept going, I haven seen others who, using large ornaments, spaced them evenly around and then filled them in with smaller and smaller ornaments.  After you have gone around two or three times you will start to notice open spots.  For that you just use whatever ornaments you have left and pile them on.  (You will start to just glue ornaments on ornaments)

Here is what I had after I was done.

You then just wrap your ribbon as long as you need tie a bow and hang it.  Super duper easy, took me about 1/2 a college bowl game.

I plan on working on a much larger wreath after Christmas for next year.  I wasn't planning on making this wreath yet either, but Joann's had a huge 60% off sale so this wreath cost about $10 to make.  Going to wait on more after Christmas sales to grab the larger ornaments.  I'm all about the deals y'all.

Here is the wreath on my mantle.

Hope this all made sense! 

Happy Crafting!

December 18, 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

I have included one of my favorite Christmas songs for you to play while you read.  I'm so considerate aren't I?  :)

My favorite time of year is here and I am so excited!  I'm not sure what it is about Christmas that gets me all worked up but I love it.  Maybe its the cold weather, seeing family or shopping.

One of my favorite things to do is after Christmas shopping.  When all the ornaments/trees, wrapping paper and decor is super duper cheap.

Side Note: I also love the day after Thanksgiving when I am putting my tree up and get to pull out all the fun stuff I bought at last years sales, it is almost like I get two Christmases!!!

There are also so many amazing craft ideas running through my head!!!  Such as this cute ornament wreath I made.  (Tutorial to come shortly)

I also love perusing Pinterest for some great mantle ideas.  Thinking something along the lines of this:


My (seen below) mantle is blah this year, hoping to make it fabulous for next year!

And yes, those two stockings do say "DOG" and have a slot for their pictures.  I love my fur babies and I'm not afraid to show it!

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

December 17, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Things...

Here is just a small (very small) sampling of things I am currently in love with right now. 

HP Touchpad - They had a $99 refurb sale recenlty and husband was smart enough to know how to snag me one! I heart him!

Yarn wreaths - here is one I made for fall.

Nail Polish - Here is one of my favorites

Nursery Decor - I don't think a day goes by that I'm not perusing the interwebs for the perfect nursery decor for my baby girl!

Source: google.com via Karen on Pinterest

Anyone else obsessing or have a new favorite item?

December 16, 2011

New Obsession

Yes folks, I have a new obsession!  Crocheting. 

I tried knitting, didn't quite work out.  Crocheting seems a lot easier.  I have even started to sell some of my creations on my Etsy shop!  So take a gander if you so choose :).  I will also be doing another give away soon so look forward to that!

Here is my latest creation:

Never mind the puffy pregnant woman wearing it please.

Who doesn't love a neck warmer really?

Anywhoos, I may be doing a lot more this weekend so keep an eye on the blog Monday for a giveaway! :)