Easter Wreath & Vacation

Ahhhhhh spring! It has sprung! I love it! We just came back from some time in California (vacation for me, half work half vacation for Matt). It was a nice transition to spring, because I think (hope) while we were out there we missed the last of winter’s fury.

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We spent the first half in Disneyland and LA. I loved it. Sleeping Beauty is my favorite classic princess, so I was very excited to see her castle.

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I went waaaay geeky and wore a pink polka-dot dress one day, and Matt got me matching ears. It’s like we’re twins!

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And I met my boyfriend Donald in his traditional blue Donald outfit for the first time ever.

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We ate at the Blue Bayou. The food was delicious, and the Pirates of the Caribbean ride actually goes through the restaurant. So cool!

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I don’t care what anyone says; you’re never too old for Disney!

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We also went to Universal studios, and it was really cool to take the studio tour and see the actual sets. We planned on seeing more of LA, but we ran out of time because Matt had to be down in San Diego for the Drosophila conference. For the most part, he was at talks and presentations while I did some lounging, reading, and knitting (I just started learning).

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We were able to slip away for a few hours each day and see San Diego’s Old Town, Sea Port Village, the USS Midway Naval Aircraft Museum, and the Gas Lamp District. Last time we were here for the conference, we went to the San Diego Zoo. It was amazing! We didn’t have time for that this year, but hopefully next time we’re out, we’ll have some time for their Safari Park or the San Juan Capistrano Mission Gardens.

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I was sad to get back to reality, but I was glad to start Easter decorating! I pulled down all my Easter decorations and started to decorate. I love Easter.  It’s my favorite Holiday. I actually have several Easter wreaths, but keeping with my wreath resolution I decided to make one. I saw a few on Pinterest that inspired this one.

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This was really easy. I used the green garland around the twig wreath.

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Then I added the small white flowers to the top and bottom of the wreath.

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I wanted the wreath to have lilies because those are the flowers I associate with Easter. I used one bunch of the lilies for the wreath. I just trimmed them and glued them down.

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I painted the cross white and used a small purple quilting square for the pall. Everything was glued down with hot glue.

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I love it!

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St Patrick’s Day Crafty Fun

I started decorating for St. Patrick’s Day last week. I am a bit Irish somewhere down the bloodline; My father’s grandmother, I think. Matt’s birthday is the day after St.Patrick’s Day, and his favorite color is green, so I do like to decorate for the holiday.

So much green

Sara had the idea to use horseshoes for St.Paddy’s Day decor to show “the luck of the Irish.” She picked up a bunch of used horseshoes for about $1 each!

Lucky Horseshoes

For our word display, we spelled out “Lucky,” using a horseshoe as the U.

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We Modge Podged the letters with scrapbook paper, and embellished them with some decorating moss, berries, and other green foliage.

Anything green goes

We also used some plastic gold coins, and I made several felt four leaf clovers I saw on Pinterest.

We painted the horseshoe gold, and I found these tiny wooden signs at Michael’s. I painted “Leprechaun Crossing” onto the sign and glued it to the horseshoe.

Tiny Sign!

Lucky Leprechaun Crossing

We were also sure to paint the edges of the wooden letters gold for a more finished look.

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I really love the “Lucky” display, but I might decide to fasten the letters onto a wooden board. I’m not sure yet, so for right now they are just resting against the wall on our entry table.

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We also used the horseshoes to make the St. Patrick’s Wreath. The first thing we did was add some decorative moss to a twig wreath so that the base was green.

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We the attached the horseshoes with floral wire to the wreaths, and then added the flowers.

 

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Daisies, hydrangeas, berries, and leaves were glued on in spots to highlight the horseshoes.  I also added more of the felt clovers and plastic gold coins.

Almost done

Just hot glue the flowers down

Initially, I wasn’t going to paint these horseshoes gold, but when I looked at the wreath while sitting in my car, I noticed that I really couldn’t see the horseshoes.

 

Wreath 1

Unpainted Horseshoes

I think if this were meant for an indoor wreath, or had different color flowers embellishing it, I could have left the horseshoes. But I think painting the horseshoes gold not only makes them more visible, it also makes the wreath even more fitting for St Patrick’s Day.   

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Painted Horseshoes

I think both projects are nice, and I think they’re my favorite wreath and word display yet!

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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