Quick and Easy Valentine’s Day Wreaths

I’m trying to keep to my new year’s wreath resolution with a Valentina’s day wreath. Usually, I just have a branch heart wreath on the door, but that isn’t as fun as making something. I made two different wreaths, the first is a topsy, turvey owl frame.

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I painted a laser cut wood frame and heart for the main elements, and tied the two pieces with pink ribbon so the heart dangled in the middle of the frame. I tied another ribbon at the top of the frame for hanging. I then dressed up the piece by hot gluing a sparkly pink her, ribbon, crystals, paper flowers, and a wooden owl ornament. It was really simple and came out really cute!

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You don’t have to make the frame crooked, and having the inner heart centered more traditionally is just as sweet.

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It turned out that I liked the owl frame better on the wall than on the door, so I decided to fix up the branch heart wrath I already had. It was very simple and only took a few minutes.

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I first wrapped the wreath in heart tinsel garland, and then with beaded garland. I adjusted she beads so they all faced the front of the wreath. I then hot glued some felt owls and hearts to the front. How stinking adorable!

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Sara’s wreath is very similar, but instead of wrapping her wrath in beaded garland, she glued on some beaded bushels. Quick, easy, and pretty!

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Birthdays and Weight Cake

Last weekend we celebrated Dad’s birthday, and after weeks of keeping quiet we celebrated my brother-in-law’s surprise 40th birthday.

Nancy was able to plan the surprise party without Ben having any idea. She themed the party “Fit and Forty,” and we designed invitations and favor labels to match.

For centerpieces, Nancy used foam circles and paper towel tubes, hot glues them, and painted them to look like dumbbells. Even the cake was in theme. It was actually very simple to make.

We used 2 paper towel rolls as the bar and baked a 6 inch, 12 inch, and two 8 inch round cakes as the weights. We cut the cakes in half and placed them but side down on opposite ends of the cake board. We iced the cake and the tube with fondant* and colored it with Wilton spray food coloring.** We sprayed the bar first, then once it was dried, we covered the bar with a towel and sprayed the cake with black food coloring.

*You can’t ice a cake with only fondant. In order for the fondant to “stick,” and for a smooth look, you need a layer of regular icing over your cake.

**Certain colors, like black, red, and metallic colors, are much easier as sprayed on than actually dying the icing. The sprays smell kind of strange at first, but once they dry, the smell is gone and they are pretty tasteless.

We had extra  fondant and silver coloring, so we made tiny toppers for cupcakes. We used stirrer straws as tiny bars, and small fondant balls as the weights.

The cake and cupcakes came out great, and the party was fantastic. Ben was genuinely surprised, and we had a great time. A weekend of good food, family, and friends. I was wonderful!

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My Wreath Resolution

I already started my wreath goal with the help of team punctuation. We made burlap rose wreaths. They were pretty easy (right ;?) but making all the roses is time consuming. There are about 6-7 large roses and 8-9 small roses on each wreath. I had to hold Alexis hostage so she could help us make roses to get them finished faster.

We painted and cut our burlap. You can also buy colored burlap that is already 3″-4″ wide from Michael’s. Of course we discovered this too late, but at least our wreaths are 100% customized. Start by cutting burlap strips: 24″ for small roses, and 36″ for large roses. If you are cutting from a sheet of burlap, the strips can be anywhere from 2″-5″ in width. Fold each strip in half and iron to keep the fold. If you are painting your roses, paint them after you iron.

Make a long stitches alone the open ends of the burlap strips. Don’t tie a knot at the end of your stitches, just a leave long trail of thread on both ends.

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When you’re finished stitching, hold one end of the burlap and  push the other end of the strip towards the end you’re holding. The burlap will bunch and gather to form the rose.

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You can also bunch the burlap as you stitch.

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Tie the ends of the thread to hold the rose together.

We embellished the roses by hot gluing beads, buttons, and little leather flowers we got from Michael’s to the center of the roses. I also made little burlap leaves. Cut the burlap into a square, fold over to make a triangle,  then fold the 2 corners to meet in the middle corner to make a leaf.

Hot glue the roses and leaves to a twig wreath. My wreath was more oval shaped, and Sarah’s was round.

I love how the wreaths were made in the same style and at the same time, yet they look totally different.

Happy New Year!

Happy new year! I hope your holiday was as blessed as mine! This year I was very excited to host Christmas lunch at my house with Matt’s family. It was the first time in a long time that all his brothers and sisters were able to make Christmas. Unfortunately we didn’t even think to take any pictures until the end of the afternoon after Mindy left, so I poorly photo-shopped her into a picture.

My mom hosts Christmas dinner every year. If you read about our Italian picnics  or Thanksgiving dinner, you’d guess that Christmas dinner  is about 7 hours long and filled with food, presents, and dinner theater  (the kids singing Christmas carols between courses).

I was lucky enough to have the whole week between Christmas and New Years off and got to spend the time catching up with some of my friends. My ten year high school reunion (holy smokes) was over the break, and I got to see people I haven’t talked to (outside of Facebook) in years. It was so fun to see everyone and I hope we can manage to stay better in touch! I also met up with my team punctuation (who I owe my * name to), minus our !, so again, I poorly photo-shopped her in here.

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We spent new years eve at my sisters house, where we karaoked and played heads up until 3 am to ring in the new year laughing. I never really make new years resolutions because I think they never really work. Every week I feel like I’m making a new goal to eat healthier or save more money or be more kind to people, so I guess those are my general all year resolutions. But I am mking a crafty resolution this year. I want to have a different wreath for each holiday and/or season for my front door. I love wreaths and think they are so welcoming, but I only put one up for Christmas.

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