DIY Ornament Wreath

Happy Sunday Friends!

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I am so excited to share a project that I have been wanting to tackle for awhile. A couple weeks ago I asked a friend about coming over to make ornament wreaths with me. I spent a week gathering vintage ornaments at a few different thrift stores. Making the wreath really becomes inexpensive when you can by all the ornaments thrifted. Many of the boxes of ornaments only cost me $1.00 or $2.00 each.

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I would estimate that I used about 150 ornaments to make a wreath with a  14 inch straw wreath form. To begin you first wrap the wreath form with tinsel garland. Wrapping the wreath form with garland is very important for two reasons… it covers having the wreath visible if there are any gaps between the ornaments and it gives you something pretty to see from the back and side if you are hanging it on a door with a window.

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After wrapping the wreath form with garland the next step is to glue ornaments to the wreath form on the inside edge and then again to the outside ledge. Have your glue gun and glue sticks ready!

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Next is the fun part! Begin attaching ornaments to the top portion of the wreath. I continue doing this until I thought it was filled in enough.

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It is one of most favorite projects to date! I love how it turned out. I primarily used gold and silver ornaments in different sizes and shades and then added different colors throughout.

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A Very Vintage Christmas

 

Happy Tuesday Friends!

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I am here today sharing a tour of our very vintage Christmas home. Why vintage because practically everything I have decorated with has been made, thrifted, or picked from a flea market by me. Grab a your favorite beverage and get comfortable while I show you around our home.

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I will start out in a favorite little corner of mine. A while back I shared this little corner which holds my vintage plate wall.

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This corner is part of our small dining room that is attached to our kitchen.

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While thrifting I found this old metal light fixture. I have had a lot of fun decorating with it.

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Here I had fun decorating it for Fall and now I have add a few touches of Christmas to it.

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Our dining room also holds a hutch which belonged to a great-uncle of mine. I have had it for years and about fourteen years ago I painted it black and added nickel knobs to it. It has stayed that way the whole fourteen years and has moved from home to home with me.

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It is in need of an updated paint job, but it is still one of my favorite and most used pieces of furniture. It also holds a favorite project of mine, a white jug lamp I made a couple of years ago.

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I love decorating with vintage ornaments. I am always on the look out for them at thrift stores or yard sales. My collection is growing. I love to put them in a pretty container like this spindle box I made and set them throughout the house during the Holidays.

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Another favorite item I love to collect are vintage santa mugs. Most of the ones I have I have either purchased thru Etsy or found at a thrift store.

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We can head into our living room now. This is the room you walk into from our front porch. I wasn’t sure it would have room for our full size tree, but I found a spot that fit it well.

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This dresser is our drop zone as you walk thru the front door. It was another thrift store find and in our old home was used in our kitchen. Having so many drawers is so handy for any type of organization especially as you walk thru the front door.

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Don’t you just love the twinkle of a Christmas tree at night!

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This is a favorite little vignette of mine on the other side of our living room.
The Happy Holidays sign is made from an old flower press.

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Using the same mercury glass technique as these mason jars, I made a few different size glass jugs to place some evergreens in.

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Let’s head downstairs to our family room…

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The basement of our home is another whole level to our home that has my oldest son’s room, a family room, laundry room, my crafting space, full bathroom, and walkout area to our back yard that includes a fireplace and mantle.

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We spend a ton of time in this area of our house. Most weekends you can find teenage boys hanging out.

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Last week I shared a few glimpses from our previous home. One of my favorite thing about our old home was the fireplace mantle. I was so happy our new home still had a brick fireplace with a mantle. My niece helped me paint it white, because anyone who knows me knows that I love painting everything white.

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We have only had a chance to make one fire in the fireplace, but are looking forward to making a few more this Winter as the temperature drops.

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The basement also holds has a little corner where I created a little office nook.

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A couple of weeks ago I made another set of DIY Candlesticks to place in the corner for Christmas deocrating.

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I filled the shelf with a few other vintage favorites of mine –  ironstone, bottle brushes, brass candlesticks and an old camera.

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I hope you enjoyed having glimpse into our home all decorated for the Holidays!

Feel free to come back again friends!

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Christmas Past

Happy Tuesday Friends!

I am so happy to get December started! Not only do I love the Holidays, but my husband’s high school basketball season gets started. This year he is coaching in a new school with a varsity boys’ Team rather than a varsity girls’ team so it will be a little bit of a change for us, but we are very much looking forward to the change. My work schedule slows down for a couple of months which after a busy Spring, Summer, and Fall the slower pace will be very appreciated.

Last week was such a busy week, for those reading who do not know me, I  am the Chamber Director is our small Michigan town. The weekend following Thanksgiving we hold an annual Holiday kickoff festival in which I am in charge of. It is a lot of fun, but also a lot of work! To top last week off I also became sick the previous weekend. I am feeling much, much better now and am excited to share a little bit of Christmas inspiration from our previous home.

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Sick or not, our little guy has been so excited to get everything Christmas decoration out. He wasn’t going to let last weekend get by without putting up our tree. It took me a couple of days of working on things here and there when I had the energy and time, but we did finally get some things decorated.

Here he is standing on the stairwell of our old home. He was a big helper last year too. He typically is very good at helping around the house. He is close to being five now, but even when he was three he loved to help with laundry and in the kitchen. I always try to use those times as teachable moments and reinforce what he is learning in preschool.

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Here are a few more pictures from last year!

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I can’t wait to gather photos from this year to share too! It has been so much fun decorating our new house for the Holidays.

On Wednesday I am hosting my annual vintage sled decorating Let’s Create Workshop.

It is my third year hosting this event. Every year I get my hands on a handful of vintage sleds for the workshop. I invite previous year attendees back each year to decorate their sleds too.

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It is one of my most favorite events of the year because I love giving the forgotten sleds a new home. I also love helping the ladies construct and decorate an evergreen swag to hang on their sleds.

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Ginger Snap Crafts –Seeking Lavender Lane  – Skip to My Lou – Homework

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Hot Cocoa Station

A staple in our home this time of year is hot cocoa! I love making my mom’s homemade batch of the mixture. I also enjoy keeping it handy where we can easily grab a mug or two to take the chill off on a cold evening at home.

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My favorite Santa…

I found this Santa at Goodwill a couple years ago and just loved him! I think I may have spent $3.99 for him. This year I paired him with our large travel map.

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I also made a stop at a local Goodwill this week and came home with a few things. Less than $4.00 spent and I loved all of my items I found.

These pretty blue glass ornaments…

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This large monogram “C”…

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This bottle will be added to my collection in preparation for our 2013 summer wedding.

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Our little guy is just loving the tree!

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