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How to Make a Cozy Winter Wreath with Yarn

Posted in Winter: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on January 10, 2014

A cozy winter wreath is a perfect way to welcome your winter guests. Perk up your home’s entrance with this winter wreath made from balls of yarn.

winter wreath
All the glitz and sparkle of Christmas has been put away for another a year,  and winter has fully set in.

Ahh.. January. My least favorite month of the year. I’m desperate for something to make me giggle and smile. So is my front porch – it’s been looking a little bleak, what with this crazy cold weather we’ve been having. A front door pick-me-up was desperately needed to get me through January, as my go-to Fall Wreath is a little out of season. Although I’d prefer to be hanging a bit of spring on the door or celebrating summers arrival, that obviously wasn’t going to work either. I needed something new.

This one is time-consuming, but it’s worth it. It reminds me of a warm hug or a pile of snowballs – If they were warm!

How to Make a Cozy Winter Wreath with Yarn

winter wreath wrap form

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What you’ll need:

winter wreath - wrap balls

What to do:

  1. Cover the wreath form with coordinating scrap fabric, by wrapping it, and attach a length of burlap ribbon at the top for hanging.
  2. Begin creating the balls. It is easiest to wrap each ball one half at a time. Begin by dabbing glue on the top of the ball and winding the yarn in a spiral beginning at the top until you reach the middle of the ball. Cut the yarn and glue the end.
  3. Turn over the ball and wrap the yarn, meeting up with the cut end in the middle.
  4. Repeat. I found it easiest to create a dozen balls of each size and then to make whatever I needed to fill in the wreath as I went along.
  5. Begin attaching the balls to the form, starting with the largest balls and spacing them out.  Repeat this for each ball size until you’ve used two dozen per size.
  6. Create balls in various sizes to fill in the gaps.
  7. To finish, add a decorative burlap bow.
Cozy. Warm. Snuggly. 

In closing, I had no idea how difficult it would be to write an entire post about balls and not say anything derogatory since I’m ten years old inside. In truth, it turns out it’s impossible – if you’re easily offended, I recommend you stop reading now. The ten-year-old in me is fighting to get out, and I can’t hold back any longer. With that said, after creating this wreath, I have big and small balls. If you make this wreath as well, we’ll all have big and small balls. Balls to the walls. There. I feel so much better, and I’ll be laughing my way through all of January, every time I look at my front door!

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Our Christmas House Tour

Posted in Christmas, Winter: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on December 17, 2013

Take a Christmas House Tour of our home decorated for the season in traditional colors. Lots of vintage items and ideas to make your home cozy for the holidays

christmas house

WOW, I’m so overwhelmed by the response on my last post and want to thank you all for your support and words of encouragement. We are so blessed to have every one of you in our lives! Thank you so very much for forwarding my post on and sharing my message, and for taking the time to read it  – it was very personal, and I wasn’t sure how it would be received – what else can I say except..  your cookies are all in the mail!

CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR

While you’re munching on those cookies – the 2 or 3 cookies out of a dozen that I haven’t eaten, why don’t you come along with me on a little tour of the digs.. the Christmas digs that is.. Ready? Okay, let’s go!

FRONT ENTRANCE

We have big plans for the foyer that will make traditional Christmas decorating a thing of the past, but for now, it’s all about the reds, golds and greens!

The fun starts when you come through the front door – like everything I do; I can’t just do it small, it has to be huge. I swear there was a time when I knew less was more, but I’ve decided that is a dumb rule that only applies to makeup and accessories. When it comes to decorating with a theme, for me, more is more!

christmas house - foyer nutcracker
christmas house - foyer full

christmas house - foyer vignette

OFFICE

Our office/Playroom/Other room-we-call-the-front-room built-ins received a minor makeover with fun deco mesh wreath and beaded garland.

christmas house - office builtins

A strip of tulle mesh attached at the top and bottom of the shelving, along with paperclips, creates an easy and fun way to display our cards.

christmas house - office builtins-wreath

GREAT ROOM

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Our great room is of course, where most of the action takes place. We stick entirely to artificial greenery, as Ayden has a small problem with eating leaves. Although I do realize most evergreens are edible, it’s something we try not to encourage. Ahem. That little fluff ball over there in the corner is our killer watchdog. See how on guard he is at every moment?

christmas house - living room

Our tree is a family tree – There aren’t any ribbons or garlands because save for the lights and the angel on top, the tree is decorated entirely by my children. Hence the reason there are 30 ornaments in a 6″ radius at different heights – the height of each child – and none at the top.. they also prefer the left side to the right. You’ll find no ornaments on the back-side either.

christmas house - living room tree

I figure there will come a day when they A) don’t live with me any longer or B) may not want to help decorate the tree – I’m taking advantage of it while I can.

christmas house - living room tree back

Most of our ornaments are either handmade by the children from throughout the years. They have the whole job done in 5 minutes flat. As I try hard not to move the ornaments around, I remember that I’ve got the rest of the house to descend put my personal touch upon.

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This pretty angel was my grandmother’s while my mother was growing up. When I received her we made a small electrical upgrade – we try to avoid things like fires and the house burning down at this time of year! I have no idea how old she is but she’s very loved for all of her quirkiness.

It never ceases to give me the giggles seeing that many stockings on our mantel.

christmas house - living room stockings



A fun tray filled with Christmas goodies adorns the coffee table.. at least until Ayden starts to play with it. The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn is an excellent read for older children. My mother always used to tell me you should never stop believing because you never really know what is real and what isn’t.. this book is a great testament to that. We’ll be giving it a read this year.

KITCHEN

C’mon, let’s wander into the kitchen and grab a few more cookies! Our table is home to another heirloom piece – a tree skirt sewn by Shay’s grandmother. A simple centerpiece of pine cones, holly berries, and Christmas balls fills the center perfectly.

I love the rustic look that is so popular this year and tried to incorporate it wherever I could. Most of what I have did not fit that description so, I had to improvise.. or buy all new Christmas decorations. Shay, I opted for improvising and buying only a few things.

christmas house - kitchen shelves

Noel, Leaping Deer, Oh Deer, Glitter Deer

Using free printables and a natural, glittered garland, I was able to pull more of the theme in inexpensively, while still using many of our favorite objects. I added small, inexpensive, stand-alone gold ornaments, such as the Christmas trees and the deer to bring in some glitz.


You can never go wrong with a bowl of ornaments. Nutcrackers are a massive hit in our house, in case you didn’t notice!


The all-important countdown to Christmas is on our refrigerator. The middle-tile changes with the season or event – you can check out how to make it here.

Only nine more sleeps, boys and girls.. and just one room that I didn’t show you – my master bedroom! I’ll save that baby for tomorrow! Thanks for taking a little holiday tour with me.. may your days be merry and bright.. and may all your Christmas shopping.. be done and wrapped.

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Basic to Bedazzling – a Pillar Candles Makeover

Turn plain white pillar candles into dazzling decor with twine and upholstery tacks! 

Pillar Candles Make over

It all started with three basic white pillar candles, a skein of hemp twine, and a whole lot of upholstery brads that I was supposed to return that I originally purchased for a chair make-over. I never got around to using them and then kept forgetting back – I’m notorious for not returning things!

After looking around and not finding anything, I decided to make my own.

HOW TO TURN BASIC PILLAR CANDLES INTO DAZZLING DECOR

You will need:

  • White pillar candles
  • hemp twine
  • upholstery nails
  • a glue gun and glue

How to make them:

  1. Glue the twine to the middle of your candle and wrap the twine down the length, securing with glue on the bottom.
  2. Add upholstery tacks along the top edge of the hemp by pressing them directly into the candle.
  3. Enjoy!
Pillar Candles Makeover - Step by Step
This was so easy! I rarely burn candles, so I’m not at all concerned about burning down to the twine, but if you are someone who burns candles, I’d recommend using this method on an LED candle to be safe.
I love how they turned out. They match the room just perfectly – a little bit of texture, a bit of bling, and a teensy bit of industrial. What a perfect way to spend 10 minutes. What did you do today?

 

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