Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Doily Wreath

Martha Stewart (of course, who else?) has a beautiful doily wreath on her site using lights and paper bouquet holders. Of course the papers are a specialty, hard to find item that you have to order online because you can't just walk into Hobby Lobby and buy them. Darn that Martha and all her resources. They are called Biedermeiermanschetten and you can buy them on this site if you are set on the original version.

If you are cheap and impatient like me, you can run to your nearest craft store and pick these up:

I used a Styrofoam wreath form that I had cut in half for another project. It would be a ton easier if you just used a flat form.

All you need to do is take your doily and fold it in half......

Then keep folding until it's about this size (excuse my lighting issues, I was doing this at night).....

Glue them all to your wreath form with hot glue, start with the larger doilies and then use the smaller ones to layer and give it some "poof."
Glue a loop of ribbon to the back for hanging and bam, you are done! A super easy project and best of all, you don't have to worry about it catching on fire. That seemed to be a common concern about Martha's wreath.

I've been busy, busy here getting ready for the house tour. I'm excited about it but starting to freak out a bit as it gets closer. Part of that is probably because we started some painting projects that have to get done. Yikes! It's all coming together though. We have Ella's room all painted and put back in order. More on that another day......

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


This Thanksgiving I'm thankful for.....

My family,
Our health,
Our home,
My husband's job,
White paint,
Sweet potatoes with marshmallows,
Pumpkin pie,
and Black Friday shopping.

What are you thankful for?

Wishing you and your family a beautiful holiday filled with yummy treats. I'll be back next week.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

It's been a while....

Photos: Country Living

I can't believe how long it has been since my last post. Life has been busy since school started and I've cut my computer time way down. I think we all know how it feels to want to unplug a bit and take a step back from blogging.

I intended to do a post with pictures of our fall decorations BUT then I found out our home will be featured on the Holiday House Tour this year and, well...fall is over inside these walls. I have about 3/4 of our Christmas decorations out and orange and browns have become a fading memory already. I'm so honored that we will be on the tour but nervous too! Just hoping our cozy, little home can hold its own on the tour. If you are a local reader, the date is December 11th and the proceeds benefit our Center for the Arts.

Are you in the Christmas spirit yet?

What is your favorite way to make your home feel festive for the season?

P.S. ~ That sheet music bookshelf ended up finding a home right here, I just couldn't part with it. :)