Nov 29, 2016

My Ornament Wreath Turorial - AGAIN!

It is time for Christmas Crafts,
so I am reposting one of my most popular posts...
 
I love mine and can't wait to get it out each year...
 
I will offer a little update.
I used a styrofoam wreath base
and in my hot attic the glue pulls away a little bit...
It is easy to add a few drops of glue each year,
but I may try to find a better place to store it in the future...
 
 
Ever since last Christmas,
I have had my heart set on making
a Glass Ornament Ball Wreath...
 
I have watched several techniques,
 learning a bit from each one...
 
this is how I made mine...
 

the trickiest part
is finding enough balls...
 
I used a 16"  styrofoam wreath
and it took about 80 full size balls to cover it...
 


I collected from garage sales
and the Goodwill stores in my area (Seattle)
open little Christmas Boutiques
selling ornaments by the bag full...
 

I also used a couple dozen
small and accent ornaments...
 
they are very helpful
in the end to fill in gaps...
 

I have been saving those big fat pink ribbons,
Rachel Ashwell ties her fluffy blankets in...
 (I love those fluffy blankets)
and used one for my wreath hanger...
 
if you use a ribbon be sure to tie it
and then glue the knot securely
to the back edge of the side...
 
because you don't want the ribbon
to put pressure on the balls
when it's hanging...
 

run a bead of glue around any ornament hangers
that won't be showing...
 
since you will be glueing the balls from any and all points that touch,
this will keep them from popping off...
 
the only exception to this is
anytime you want to create a focal point
from the hanger,
then don't glue those...
 
 you'll see in the end,
I set a lot of the top row ornaments
so their hangers showed...
 

 
keeping the foam wreath flat
glue a row of balls
to the inside and outside edge...

use lots of glue,
glueing to the foam and to the other balls...
 
fill them in as tightly as possible,
but don't worry
too much about gaps,
you'll fill those in later...
 

 
at this point I stood the wreath up to work,
so I could work on placing the balls
where they looked nicest...
 
fill in with the large balls,
till all the gaps are filled,
then fill in and accent with the smalls...
 


now you do some real cover up work,
 by tucking and glueing  tinsel in the gaps...
 
and I like it because
it softens the whole look...
 
 
 
there it is!
 
It took me four hours from start to finish,
and it was easy!
 
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Thank you for stopping by....

Nov 28, 2016

Bare Trees...

 Over the weekend
I began...
 
setting up trees
and a few favorite pieces...
 
 
Sweet Iris joined me,
my faithful companion...

I am in love
with my new white and flocked tree
it is amazing!
 
 


reflections in a mirror,
a hazy dream world...
 

 
 
each year
 I set up the trees...
 
I find the bare white trees
to be perfect in their simplicity...
 
the quiet,
sparkling whiteness...
 
and,
I wonder if they need adornment at all?
 
then I peek in the boxes
of glittered jewel ornaments...
and am overtaken with the desire for complete
over the top decadence!
 
 



a strand of rice lights
was added to birdies cage,
later a tiny tree...
 


a table top tree
for the family room...
 
this is my cozy place...
 


white candles...
 


sparkling crystal...
 


and delicate lace...
 


 
my sweet girl,
still keeping me company...
 



I really haven't decided
how to decorate the trees this year...
 
I am loving birds
and wings...
 
after my year of changes,
they are symbolic...
 

 
“When she transformed into a butterfly,
 the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty,
 but of her weirdness.
They wanted her to change back into what she always had been.
But she had wings.” ― Dean Jackson
 
 
 all is calm,
and all is bright!
 
 
 
 I am so grateful you have stopped by!

Nov 25, 2016

A Winner!

 
 
Thanks so much to everyone who entered my Giveaway!
and
Hello to my new followers!
 
The winner of the Lovely Ramsign
Enamel House Sign is...
#2
 
congratulations
 
 (Please E-Mail me your info my link is on the sidebar!)
 
 
 
 
Don't forget
for those of you who didn't win...

Ramsign is running a great Special
from now until the end of November 2016

If someone on your gift list
would like a House Number Sign.
Ramsign is giving away a free house number sign
with the purchase of a name plate.
 
 
Thanks For Playing :-)