I wanted to throw a few things out there in case you were wondering or needed a little nudge in profecting that holiday wreath.
ALWAYS buy more then you need. Yes, it may look like you have enough in your hand, but it's not going to stay in your hand, it seems to get smaller once you start decorating the wreath. I always just turned back before I leave the aisle in the store and grab one more.
Use plenty of wire. It's cheap and you can't even see it, if you use it right. I always do a shake test to make sure all more decorations have been secured onto the wreath.
Whether using a greenry base or a dried vine base, get a good one. Make sure it's a nice circle, I have seen so many that are funny shaped and that just will not make the best base for wreath making. I also tend to visit all my local craft shops just for this reason.
And when you think you are finished hang it up and take a step back.
And go ahead and add those few more decorations, even if you think you don't need it. You do.
When I travel around the south and check out all the great stores and their antiques or sometimes even the thrift stores, it always crosses my mind.
"I can find a better deal then that."
Some of the time, I don't and later kick myself for not grabbing certain items up when I saw them for $10 cheaper somewhere else.
But that philospie has helped out this past weekend. We were on the way to grocery shop and passed by this gated community. In the six years we have driven by this place, I have never even seen a car go in, but today there was a Garage Sale sign out front. So we had to go.
And I am so glad that I did. I got everything for....
With so many different things coming back into style for decorating again, I thought I would try an idea out. I might have seen this before in a magazine or on a blog, but forgive me I don't recall. Hanging a door yes, but a screen door, not really.
So when I bump into this peach for $2 at an estate sale, I took it.
As I was piling into my car between my two children, it dawned on me, it's kinda old and it might have a smell. Nevertheless, I knew I would not find one for this price again.
So I set it in the garage and waited.
Waited for inspiration.
And well for the cobwebs to disappear.
I touched up the paint and painted the screen to cover some rust.
By this time I had wondered if I had removed the character from the piece.
Once I removed the tape, the paint started to follow and I was a little sad.
Until I took a step back and realized what I had done.
I have decided on a decorating theme for our home...
Oh, yes, the style that seems to in, however, mine is a little more challenging then going to the local furniture store and picking out something that looks antique or worn.
I am making it ALL myself.
Ok, when I say, all, I mean the things I can actually make.
Which leads me over to our dining room table. A table which is used.
Used a lot.
We eat all of our meals here, especially since I just sold our kitchen table. My toddle climbs up and eats his morning waffles, his hot dogs for lunch and whatever happens to make it on a plate for dinner. He will even climb up in his chair for his nightly ice cream.
But I am bored with it. I need something to make it more appealing and cottage like.
Table runner it is.
I gathered the drop cloth left overs from the entertainment skirt I made and it just so happened to be a perfect amount for this project.
Here it is, the drop cloth, a burlap roll and my ever so wonderful glue gun.
I folded about 5 inches of fabric over to make a nice hem. It was also the size I wanted it after I folded it over. So I just went down each side gluing away.
Here I am with my nice glued hem. So much easier for me, I just can't sew to safe my life.
Or any one's for that matter. Something I need to work on.
The burlap is kinda thick for this project, so I folded it in half making a crease and then cutting it in half.
No certain measurements, just whatever looks right.
Then glued one side down it the bottom of the hem. The side that will be face down on the table.
Then I came back through and glued the other end on top of the already glued side. Making a double edge.
Viola! By doubling it up on the edge it makes it poofy. So it is not completely flat on the table. Also, so there is not too much burlap. I just wanted it to be decorative not overwhelming.
If you can't tell by all the pictures, I sure do like it.