Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Decorating!

As Christmas gets closer I really need to get it in gear with the decorating around the house. I'm such a slacker!

Luckily this week I had the opportunity to go to a wreath making class sponsored by one of our fabulous furniture vendors. It was fun to learn some techniques and mingle with all the gals.

A professional wreath maker was there to give us tips and techniques. They had all the supplies we needed! I had a hard time choosing which ones I wanted to use. (All I had was my camera phone so sorry for the bad picture quality!)





The candy cane striped ornaments really caught my eyeso i decided to go with a candy cane themed wreath.

I was intimidated at first, I've never made a wreath before. But once I got started it went quickly and easily. I began by wrapping ribbon around the wreath.





Putting on some finishing touches:



And the finished product! It's a smaller scale wreath meant to go on a table top. The girl teaching the class said this is the "In" thing this year.





I likes it where it was but wanted to hang it over the mirror on our fireplace instead. I love it!






Everyone there made one and there were so many good ones I wish I had taken pictures of all of them.


I also wanted to share a picture one of my readers shared with me. Elyse made her own sweater pillow cover like the ones I made for her home! Don't you love it? I also love that fleece throw. So comfy!




How is everyone else decorating for Christmas? Have you seen wreaths used as centerpieces instead of being hung on the door?


Linking up the The CSI Project!

thecsiproject.com.png



29 comments:

Megan @ Polish The Stars.com said...

What a fun event! I love how yours turned out. :)

shopannies said...

sounds very cool I love seeing all the beautiful colors of material

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Beautiful wreath! All my wreath/decor supplies have spilled from my studio into my livingroom but by the end of the day I'll have a bunch of wreaths, by hook or by crook! Love yours!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Love it! We have a peppermint candy theme going on is our house.

I think I have found a new fave blog here!

Stop by and see my sometime over at Free 2 Be Frugal.

Mally said...

So pretty. I love the stripe bow and red shear ribbon together. Now all you need is a candle.

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Your wreath turned out so cute. And I have got to make myself one of those sweater pillows they look so cozy.

elyse said...

What a beautiful wreath! Thanks for posting this idea; decorating is such a creative way to get into the Christmas spirit.
There was a wreath decorating party last week at the children's hospital where I was doing my clinicals for nursing school. They took a basic green wreath and decorated it with those jazzy miniature christmas tree ornaments for the small table trees you can find at hobby lobby. They all came out so great and they were able to hang them on the door to their hospital room! It was neat to see each child's personality come through with their ornament choices. This would probably make a fun family craft day--mom making her wreath with ribbons and sprigs and the kids decorating their own with ornaments they picked out. family time!
Anyway, I just wanted to share that :o) Keep the ideas coming!

Rebecca said...

That really sounds like a fun time-I have so many rolls of ribbon and several wreaths that are just waiting for me one of these days!

Heather said...

Hello! I came over from the linky party at Its So Very Cheri. Your wreath is so cute. The red/white theme is one of my favorites.

Becca said...

Love your wreath ... so fun! *Becca*

Renegades said...

What a fun wreath.

Karie's Chic Creations said...

What a cute wreath. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a cute wreath and those sweater pillows look like something that I need to try out!
Thanks for coming by and also for cheering for us...I cheered for you guys a fews years ago:)

Blessings,
Linda

Allison said...

Your wreath came out so pretty! Would you come and share it on Vintage Pollyanna at my Tell Me Tuesday link party? http://vintagepollyanna.blogspot.com/2010/12/tell-me-tuesday-link-party-4.html

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Cute wreath, makes a great centerpiece!

Cierra Larsen said...

What an awesome idea! I am your newest follower! Please follow me at http://CraftyCierra.blogspot.com/ and dont forget to enter my giveaway for a fun Christmas Activity Book! If you are interested in doing a blogswap, please email me! CierraLarsen@hotmail.com Thanks!

/Cierra

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great wreath! I am into the candy cane look myself this year. This is such a great idea to use it on a tabletop. I did this with a client about 5 years ago who had me come in and do some Christmas decorating after we did her living and dining rooms. She couldn't believe I was using a wreath on the table like this {similar to your set up}. She loved it!

Robin said...

I love the Candy cane look! I still have not gotten around to Christmas decorating (bad me). Thank you for linking up to www.thetshirtdiaries.com

Patti said...

I love how your wreath turned out...and I like it both ways, hanging or on a table - you should probably make another one LOL!

Jerri said...

Lovely centerpiece! Great job!

Nikki said...

That wreath is GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for linking it up to gettin' crafty on hump day!! :)

Grannys Attic said...

You did a great job! Be careful it is addictive! LOL

viridian said...

Thanks for sharing.
Happy VTT!

Kim said...

Hi Rachelle, how fun to attend a wreath class. I think it would great on that mirror. Yes, I've used wreaths on tables, too.

Ann said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the peppermint wreath. So adorable.
Ann

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Love the wreath. Candy canes just say Christmas.

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

Oh, what fun! And yours turned out lovely. Happy Holidays!

Vivian said...

What a great idea!

Newest follow on GFC, Check us out at
http://closertolucy.blogspot.com/

Lori said...

This is beautiful! I'll be featuring this ove at Life As Lori. If you would to stop by and grab my I was featured button please do so.