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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas Blog Hop - Trees & Wreaths

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas Blog Hop -Trees & Wreaths

I’m thrilled to be teaming up with
Kathy from Life On
Lakeshore Drive
, Kathe from Kathe with an E
and Tammy from One
More Time Events
to bring
Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!
week will feature a different

element of
party will have it's own hostess.

Nov. 28th
Life on Lakeshore Drive will host
ornaments & decor.{Link up your ornaments and decor here}

Dec. 5th
KatheWith An E will host mantels & tablescapes.

Dec. 12th HouseHoneys will host trees & wreaths

Dec. 19th One MoreTime Events will host desserts & holiday food

Once you link up at one of the host
blogs, your link
is visible on all
four blogs.

We can't wait to see your Christmas
grab a button to add to your
post, sidebar or party page
help spread the Christmas cheer.

Life on Lakeshore Drive blog button

only rule is that we ask that you follow the hostess each week! Just let
us know you are a new follower, and we would love to follow you
**There will
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4 parties!**
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We hope to see you at each party!
{FYI: following is not a
to link. But, these ladies all
have great blogs, so we would love to have you stay in touch!}

It’s also not a requirement to display the button, but if you would like
to add it to your post, sidebar, or list of link parties, please feel
free!. The more participants in
the party, the merrier!

This week we are featuring
Wreaths and Trees
and your hostess is

Doreen from Househoneys
Hi Everyone! I'm so happy to be
participating in this blog hop with these fabulous bloggers! Now grab
yourselves a cuppa joe and get comfortable. You're gonna love these
A couple of weeks ago I went with my friends
Cheryl and Penny to Stockbridge, Massachusetts to help out with their
annual fundraiser for the Botanical Gardens. Every year for about a week
the Gardens open up this large room pictured below to volunteers who
decorate wreaths, garland and/or miniature houses. The Botanical Gardens
provides all the supplies and a few days later the items are sold at a
how to make a wreath using natural materials
I was amazed and delighted with how many
supplies were available to us. Far more than I can show here. And I
understand there were even more but we were helping out at the tail end of
their efforts so a lot of things were already used up.

how to make a natural wreath
The theme this year was 'natural'. Lots of
burlap, pine cones, bark, acorns, moss, twigs and flowers were at our
disposal. After a couple of hours, Cheryl succeeded in making three
wreaths (show off), while Penny and I each made two. Here's a peek at some
of the wreaths that were made by us and the other ladies who were there
that day.
burlap inspired wreath
burlap ribbon wreath
decorating wreaths
pinecone wreath
birch bark wreath
There's always one rogue volunteer in the
crowd. Someone should have told her the theme was natural. *la la la la*
Seriously, I just figured someone had to do something different.
;) I spray painted the wreath and some twigs with silver metallic paint.
It only took a few minutes to dry and then I was ready to get it decorated
for its Vegas debut.
silver and gold wreath
white wreath
decorating wreaths
how to decorate a wreath with natural materials
decorating a wreath with natural materials
theme decorating for a wreath
burgundy wreath
When the volunteers were done, the wreaths
were brought outside and placed on a lattice wall they had set up. There
were a LOT more than you see here and they were all so pretty! I
understand that for the fundraiser they sell for anywhere between $40-$100
decorating wreaths
A quick look at some of the other pretties
made in the days prior to our visit.
How cute is this? A little hobbit house :).
bark houses
I don't know about you, but I'm really bad at
making bows. Penny, on the other hand, is a wiz. Did I mention she worked
at a floral shop for many years prior to retiring? So I convinced her to
give us a quick tutorial on how to make a bow because let's face it, a
wreath without a bow is like Bonnie without Clyde, Ricky without Lucy,
Mutt without Jeff, Ralph without Alice...ok, I'm showing my age here so
I'll shut up.
So grab yourself a wired ribbon for starters.
Wired ribbons are a hundred times easier to work with, and the final
results are always prettier. Decide on how long you want the tail to be
and pinch the ribbon tightly where the center will be as shown.
how to tie a bow for a wreath
Make a loop going upward, pinch, then make
the same size loop going downward. It's important to keep the loops as
close as possible to each other in size.
how to tie a bow
Continue reversing the direction of the loops
and be sure to squeeze your fingers tightly around the center. DON'T LET
how to tie a bow
Three loops on each side are a good place to
stop. You can do more or less, but a total of six looks nice for most

When you're done making the desired number of
loops, twist the center tightly and tie a floral wire really tight around
the center, leaving enough wire exposed to secure the bow to the
how to tie a bow

how to tie a bow
It took me a while to get it right the first
time. About 20 minutes! Penny advises to take your time with it. Rushing
will only lead to frustration.
how to tie a bow
Don't you think this fundraiser is a great
idea? I could imagine a bunch of craft/diy bloggers gathering in a space
like this with all those materials at their disposal. What a hoot that
would be! It was a fun day and I'm looking forward to doing it again next
So, which wreath is your favorite? Can you
guess which other one was mine? How about Cheryl's? Or Penny's?
Remember...Penny is pretty much a professional, and in my opinion her
wreaths have that 'decorator' touch. So, whadaya' think?


Vintage Paint and more... said...

How wonderful to be a part of such a fun project - all the wreaths are gorgeous... Thank you for hosting such a great party....

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