Magnolia Wreath on Window frame

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This is simple and basic, but I love it.  I got the inspiration for making this wreath and putting it on a window frame by watching HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’.  That show is amazing. Joanna Gaines’ style is very similar to mine, simple, easy and natural.  

What I’ve made here is not a true Magnolia wreath.  These leaves are artificial leaves from Michael’s Craft Store, and they are not sold as magnolia leaves.  Magnolia leaves have more diverse color with shades of brown in them.  This is as close to a Magnolia leaf that I could find. 

For the window frame, I went to a local antique boutique and found this window frame. When I bought it, it had the glass in each frame, the paint was chipped and it had old hardware screwed into it on several sides. 

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This is what the frame looked like after I removed the hardware, glass and scrubbed it clean.  If the paint was in good shape, I would have left it like that, however, the paint was peeling and because I didn’t know where the frame came from, or how old it was, I didn’t want to take the chance that the paint had lead in it.

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I then sanded all the paint off the frame.  Since it was old and peeling, it didn’t take long at all.  I wanted the frame to have a more natural look to it, so I chose a neutral color paint.


Now for the wreath



Straw Wreath


Hot Glue Gun

Twine for hanging



Magnolia Leaf

This is how I bought the leaves.  They were in bundles of approximately 20 leaves.  I got them at Michael’s craft store.

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I used a wire cutter to cut them off the bundle, then separated them by color and size.

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I started by gluing the larger leaves on the inside. I glued them only at the stem.  The tip of the leaf is free.  As I added more and more leaves to move around the form, I covered the prior stem.

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This is the first row of leaves.  As you can see, when you look at the wreath, the first row is covering the middle of the wreath.

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For the next set of leaves, I did the same thing as the first row, and I tucked them half way under the first row.  All the leaves are pointing in the same direction.

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I continued around and around the wreath form using the same technique until the entire wreath was full of leaves.

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After I was finished with the front, I covered the rest of the form with the leaves, gluing them completely on the wreath form.  I didn’t leave the tips unglued on the back the way I did on the front. 

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And, that’s it.  The only thing left to do is attach a piece of twine in the back for hanging.



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Dining Room Table

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I love the way this looks.  The basics are in the middle with the flower arrangement and the burlap wrapped cylinder candle holders, but the bud vases on the ends will change as the flowers in my garden change.  I love bringing the outside in. These clippings are from my knock-out roses.  

The base of the flower arrangement is the base that I got from my niece’s wedding.  It had beautiful fresh flowers in it for the wedding.  At the wedding, we played the game of passing a dollar around the table.  When the music stopped, the person with the dollar had to stand on a chair and dance.  After I stood on a chair and danced thinking I was going to win the centerpiece, it ended up being the person who gave you the dollar that won the arrangement. Luckily, it was my husband.

The dried flowers that are in it now are from an outdated arrangement that I had on my dining room table for 5 years.  This is only half the dried flowers, so you can imagine how big it was.  The other half, I put in my bedroom in a vase. Talk about repurpose!!!  The size and colors are perfect on this table.

The cylinder candle holders were very inexpensive.  I picked them up years ago from a discount store. For years, I have been filling them with different colored decorations at various holidays.  Red and green for Christmas, orange and black for Halloween. 

What I did here was hot glue a piece of burlap around them, tucking in the end. Then tying a few strands of raffia around the middle.  You could use any kind of wire or ribbon if you don’t have the raffia.  

The bud vases are also very inexpensive.  If you don’t have actual vases, use what you have.  4 drink glasses or mason jars or cleaned out cans would look perfect.   Tie on a pretty bow and fill it with whatever you have in your yard.  Flowers, herbs or just greenery would look great.  Change it up as the months move along. 

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Wedding Centerpiece

I know that I am a little late with this because it’s almost Summer, but I’ll say it anyway….HAPPY SPRING!!!

It has been crazy busy around here starting with Easter.   In the last 6 weeks, I had a wedding, shower, graduation, dance recital, award ceremony, 4 birthdays along with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up.  I am so blessed to have such an amazing family to share my life with.

In my spare time, I’ve been trying to spruce up the house for the Summer.  The picture above is of the centerpiece from the wedding I went to. Not only were the flowers gorgeous, but wait until you see how I repurposed the base.  

As far as the rest of the house goes, I didn’t do much, just some flowers here and there and moved some things from one room to another.  I find that when you use things in a different way and pair them with other things, they take on a whole new look and feel.  I’ll show you what I mean.

My vegetable garden is in full swing.  I planted the basics, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant and herbs.  I did add lettuce this year that looks great.  Everything is growing beautifully. 

Take a look at the Home Decor and the Gardening tabs to see what I’ve been working on.




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Basic Burlap Wreath

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Burlap Wreath FinishThis is a basic burlap wreath.  It’s a staple for almost any style decor.  It’s a neutral color that can be enhanced with ribbons and embellishments.  Once you have the basic wreath, the ribbons and embellishments can be changed to match your decor, seasons and holidays.



Metal Wreath Form


Wire or Glue Gun



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Attach the burlap to the wreath form.  You can use a piece of wire or you can fold over the end and use a glue gun to secure the end. 

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Now, this part is a little tricky.  Pull the burlap up into the first ring of the wreath form approximately 1 1/2 inch above the form to make a loop.  Pull the burlap into the second ring, then the third so you have burlap 3 loops.  

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Now, you need to push the three burlap loops to the end of the wreath.  Turn the wreath to the back and twist the burlap so it stays in place.  Repeat the process of making three loops, twisting the burlap,  then pushing them to the end.  Fill the entire wreath form in the same manner until it is completely full with burlap loops.  


When the entire wreath is full, secure the end around one of the metal rings from the wreath and secure the end with a piece of wire or with a hot glue gun.

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Christmas Decorating

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Christmas Snowmen

I like to keep the Christmas decorating as easy as possible.  It helps me be able to keep everything looking good and it make the house feel warm and comfortable.  These 2 snowmen were given to me as a gift about 10 years ago.  They are not expensive, but when I look at their faces, it always puts a smile on my face and the faces of everyone who looks at them.  I know this because of all the comments I get about them.


Christmas Tree 2015




My tree is very traditional.  I have been collecting ornaments since the first year I was married.  As the family grew and changed, I got ornaments to detail every event.  Sports teams, animals, hobbies, you name it, we have it.  Now when my children come over, they point out all the ornaments to their children and let them know why they’re on the tree.  The ornament that is talked about every year is my son’s picture in a tuna fish can that he made in preschool.  It’s great.  

Now, as you can imagine, I have pictures of all 6 of the grandkids.  i also have ornaments from quite a few of the places that I have visited.  Unpacking the ornaments and decorating the tree is so relaxing.  It makes you remember so many things in your life that you tend to put on the back burner when we get so busy. It’s truly amazing.


Christmas Stockings Left

A few years back, I made stockings for my immediate family.  I have everyone’s name on them and I put them up every year.  Two years ago, I had a sleep-over with my 4 oldest grand children and we made salt dough ornaments.  Every year when I put them up, they still tell everyone which one they made and who made all the rest.  It is great to see them so proud of what they created.



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Christmas Dining Table

This is my dining room table.  So simple and easy.  I just cut a piece of white burlap and frayed the edges, added some poinsettias in buckets with candles and large ornaments.  Nothing has to be moved when dinner is served and it always looks great. 




This is the right side of my mantle.  You can put so many different things on the mantle and it always looks great.  I have a rustic reindeer and angel with an angel nutcracker and bright holiday ornaments and it all fits together.  I tried to have a red theme going this year thats why you see so much red.

Christmas Mantle



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