I'm a paint-aholic, throw pillow aficionado, and twin mommy updating our home one project at a time. Follow along as I use creativity, a whole lot of Pinterest and home décor blogger inspiration and some savvy shopping skills to make our house in the heights a home (with some technical help from my husband, of course)!
I have a confession to make, you guys. It's one that will surprise and probably disappoint you....
I'm kind of a Grinch about decorating for Christmas. (Hangs head in blogger shame.) In fact, there have been years that I've made a case for not putting up a tree at all. I mean, it's just me and Mr. M. around here, so it's not like I'd be depriving little kids of Christmas or anything! But apparently I would be depriving Mr. M., because he has never allowed my Grinch-status to go to that extreme.
It's not that I don't like Christmas decorations! I do. I like them a lot, actually! But it seems like so much work and money to spend on decor that will only be up for a few weeks!
I mean, if I'm going to spend money on decor, I want to buy stuff that can be displayed for most of the year. I was browsing Christmas decor recently, seeking out some white lighted garland for our built-ins in the family room, and the absolute cheapest that I could find was on sale for $30 of 9 feet of garland. I would need two. $60 for some white stuff to put in front of my TV?! Um, no. I could buy some really cool stuff that could be fabulous in my home all year for $60. I just can't get that into it.
But you know that I always do a wreath!
This was my first time making a wreath from fresh greens. Although I don't know why, since we have at least four or five pine trees on our property. It just never occurred to me until this weekend!
I started out by using a grapevine wreath as a wreath form, and tucked several pine tree clippings into the grapevine, using twine to secure any pieces that didn't want to conform to the round shape. Then, I went back and added in smaller clippings to fill in the thin spots.
Once I had my wreath covered in greens, I wrapped a red ribbon around the wreath and tied on some of my favorite shatterproof ornaments. And of course I added in a monogram with a little holiday sparkle!
But it still needed something, so I decided to add in some sparkly embellishments that I rescued from a clearance rack a few months ago. I think they are designed to be used in jewelry-making, but I thought they would be perfect to bring a little glitz to a fun holiday wreath.
Don't mind my messy, makeshift wreath-making station.
And here's the final result!
Did you notice the fun wreath hanger? Isn't it great?! I want. every. color. Find it here.
To be honest, I'm not in love with the red ribbon. I wish that I had more of it, because it could have used a few more 'wraps'. But I didn't want to leave the house to buy more, and wasn't really willing to tear the whole wreath apart to fix it. Oh well!
And in the spirit of being a good blogger, this year I am trying to embrace the holiday decorating spirit in decorating the rest of the house. I can't wait to show you what I come up with!