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Monday, January 5, 2009

A winter wreath

Happy Monday! How many of you are heading back to work today? Are your kids heading back to school? I've got one more day off before I head back to work tomorrow, and my goal was to get some craft projects crossed off my list. Here are two super quick projects I was able to get done while watching Desperate Housewives.

I've been desperately searching around the blogosphere for the blog that gave me the inspiration for this wreath. I'm sorry to say that I can't find it, so I can't give credit. I'm so sorry, and if this was your project, please let me know so I can link you.



This is a very simple wreath - very frayed and imperfect looking, but still cute, I think. All you need is a small straw wreath and some fabric. I spent $7 on all the supplies for this wreath.

I'm embarrassed to admit I have no idea what kind of fabric this is. I just wandered the aisles of Hobby Lobby until I saw something that matched the picture I had seen. It's upholstery something or another. Pathetic, aren't I?

Don't even unwrap the plastic from your wreath. Just start wrapping the fabric, overlapping the edges slightly. When you've covered the wreath, leave a tail that you can just tack into the top of your door, and you won't need to use a wreath hanger. Use your leftover fabric to make your bow.

It took me longer to tie the bow than it did to make the wreath. You all know how I am with bows. I'm clueless.

I'm on the fence about these Starbucks-inspired yarn cones. Jen at Sanctuary Arts at Home did this project much better than me. The gaps you see are white yarn, like Jen's, but I didn't block mine like she did, so mine just looks like a third grade art project. What a hot mess! It looks even worse on camera. Oh well... not everything can turn out perfectly, right? I think I'll just start all over with this one tomorrow.


This week I'm going to start working on my Year of Kindness project that I told you about here. I'm going to share what I'm working on with you (thus negating the whole "random" part of random acts of kindness) simply to keep myself accountable and to encourage you to take action as well.

I've decided to start with my husband. The past few weeks have been so stressful and busy that I haven't put much focus on our marriage. We've been married awhile and I'm a little ashamed to say that I no longer put as much focus on showing him my love and appreciation as I used to. This week my goal is to do one thing each day to show him my love and appreciation. I'll report back at the end of the week on how things went and what his response was.

How about you - how can you show your spouse or significant other your love and appreciation this week?

24 comments:

Jill Scott said...

I think the cone just needs a little bling and then it will be perfect. I know you know how to do bling!

Diane said...

It's so easy to allow yourself to slip like that, isn't it? And let life distract you from those you love and care about...
There are a lot of people I could probably devote a week of extra lovin' to...
btw, I like the tree. It's cute.

Becky Welch said...

Oh, great idea for RAK. I will def. have to be in on that one. I will be thinking about what I can do!

Christina said...

Lovely wreath! I know after 11 years of marriage we don't show appreciation either. Maybe this is somerhing we can both work on?

Jen r. said...

Your yarn cone looks great! You just need to wrap it more with more yarn. It looks perfect though! I am flattered you tried my project! :)Happy New Year!

Kathleen said...

Hi, I found you through MIchelle. I Love your idea of acts of kindness. I, too, need to practice more appreciation of my husband. We have been together a long time, and I need to brew up a little fire & romance. Now, how to do that? Gotta go write some ideas and feelings about that. Thank so much...Love your dogs. Kathleen

Jennifer said...

Cute wreath! =)

And, have lots of fun showing some appreciation. :D

Tina said...

I actually like the white showing through the green. It makes it look almost rustic-antiquey. But it looks like it needs something.

Christina Lee said...

you know it's funny what you say about the husband thing b/c just this issue came up b/w us over the holidays. sometiems I think you just get comfortable and go through the motions, w/o realizing you are not touching or kissing as much as you once did. So we both resolved to try harder and it's been really nice.

Bridget Marie said...

So inventive.
You don't give yourself enough credit.

Bridget Marie

Ronnica said...

I started back to work on Friday, which was good. I'm glad that I had already gotten the backlog of email and phone messages out of the way before coming in on a Monday!

Best wishes with the non-random acts of kindness this year!

Nana said...

Love the Wreath. Very cute. I also love the idea of showing your spouse more kindness. I'll give it a try.
He might have a heart attack. I better not do it.
No, I love my Papa.
I was talking about oysters. The kind that live on land.

Mrs. S said...

Your projects look GREAT! I really think you should lighten up on yourself! You are so creative and you are REALLY GOOD at crafts!!! I like your yarn cones! And the bow on the wreath looks great! I am envious, I have time, but no energy to craft, I just need to get off my lazy butt!

Good luck with the random acts of kindness! I think that is a good idea! I think I will find one person a month to focus on (that is all i can handle) and do something for them that month! What a wonderful idea!

The Blonde Duck said...

I had to go back to work today. Bleah.

I used to show my husband I loved him through food, but he's trying to go on a diet so now it's moved to cleaning( not my favorite thing.) He loves things to be cleaned and organized, so I'm trying...

Michelle said...

Oh I LOVE that wreath!! How fabulously easy. You know I like easy. :) I love your idea about random acts of kindness. I am going to try to do the same this year. The treasure maps are great! I started one last year. I call it my "visualization board". :) Some of them already came true. :)

jennykate77 said...

The wreath is adorable!! I love it. Looks simple too. I think the cone is cute. I remember admiring the ones in Starbucks over the holidays...they had lots of cute decor this year. So, don't be too hard on yourself...I think it's a keeper☺ Good idea about showing DH some love and affection. We could all probably work on that one! Have a great day!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Hey girl! It's a good thought about the marriage stuff...showing more appreciation and effort towards the hubby. I could use a little more of that myself...thanks for the reminder!
Carrie

Liz said...

That is such a cute wreath! I love it! Very Country Living.

Femin Susan said...

How awesome! Thanks for sharing!
may god bless you !

Sandy Toes said...

What a great idea and so fun! I need a new wreath in my kitchen. Hope your week goes great!
-sandy toes

Rebecca Jo said...

You're so crafy!!!!

Michelle said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Funny you should mention not being able to find a blogger. I do that all the time. I visit a blog I like and then forget to bookmark them.

A Mommy in Jeans and High Heels said...

Hey Sweetie! Thanks for dropping by my page. I LOVE that wreath! I may have to pick up some stuff to do one myself! I'm all about home crafting!! HAHA

I hope you have a great week!

momma said...

for my husband, i could just get the laundry all caught up and make the bed. it's the simple things that make him happy :)



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