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Pocket full of posies

This weekend I was feeling both culinary and craft inclined, a rare occasion. While my better half pulled kid duty I made a combination grocery-craft store run to arm myself for the day. I may have dawdled a little bit because having a moment to myself outside of going to work is an amazing thing. It’s sad when Wal-Mart feels like a vacation. Fast forward a couple hours, with quiche cooling, chocolate chip pumpkin bread baking, and beef stroganoff crockpotting (what? that’s totally a verb) I began my assault on this foam wreath.

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Yarn-wrapped wreaths are all over the place right now and I’ve been coveting each and every one. But there’s no reason to long for something when it’s ridiculously easy to make, and pretty darn cheap too. I spent less than $15 for all the supplies, including the new glue gun and glue sticks because a particular spouse of mine, who shall remain nameless, jacked my other glue gun for his classroom. And a particular friend of mine, who shall also remain nameless jacked my other other glue gun. This is why I buy the cheap mini glue guns. But, el cheapo still does a fabulous job of hot gluing the yarn on the back of the wreath at 2-3 inch intervals. It’s a bit tedious, but it only took about a half-hour to wrap a 12 inch wreath.

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Behold, a new sexy, yarny (it’s an adjective, I swear), smoky grey wreath. Gorgeous unto itself but it could use a little sauciness, don’t you think?

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There are lots of variations on hand made felt flowers, and they’re all pretty easy to make. I went with some more modern-looking rolled flowers for my creation. Easy-peasy. You start with a circle of felt, cut in a spiral towards the middle. Leave the little resulting circle in the middle intact, this will become the bottom of your flower. The bigger the circle the bigger the flower.

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Starting at the outside end, roll the felt up, adding dabs of hot glue as you go to hold it all together.

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When you get to the middle of the circle, fold the little circle of felt over to cover the bottom of the flower and secure with hot glue.

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Ain’t it cute? Wash-rinse-repeat for different sizes and different colors and glue them onto your wreath as you see fit.

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Here she is, in her final resting place on my living room wall next to the front door. I added a black satin ribbon, or you could hang with a nail, hook, industrial strength adhesive, whatever floats your boat.

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A little perspective on the location. Forgive the grainyness of this shot, my camera is afraid of the dark (eeee!). It was Halloween Eve, after all.

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Puff paint is BACK!

I fell in love with a duvet set from Ikea and we decided to use it as our starting point in the guest room. Falling in love? At Ikea? I know, shocking. It was even a solid color – how hard could that be to work with? This bedding was a deep, dark eggplant purple and it needed to be mine.

I immediately started thinking about paint colors to go with purple bedding and black furniture. I thought grey would look fantastic, but I had just painted 50% of the house grey and I’m a girl who needs variety. My husband suggested lavender. Apparently he has not actually met me, or else he would have known that the one color I detest more than any other is lavender. No thank you. I was pulling for a soft yellow, but he went straight to the extreme and chose a deep mustardy gold. I wasn’t sold on the color, but in my shock at his choosing a ballsy color I WENT for it.

Have you ever decorated a room based entirely around one piece of decor you love? Is it just me or does it always become SO MUCH HARDER to find things that “go” when you do it that way? Especially when you box yourself in with a really bold choice of wall color. Of course, I had a empty wall that really needed some art and Lord knows I wasn’t going to find anything that fit the bill. What was left to do but make my own? Inspired by this lovely project I found on Pinterest, I set to work.

I decided to free-hand the puff paint directly onto a 16″ x 20″ blank canvas I bought at Michael’s. I used black so I could see what I was doing since I was going to paint over it anyway. And it’s a good thing since I had a little blurp-turned-smudge down in the corner. Sue me, I haven’t used puff paint since 1992.

Once the puff paint was dry, I brushed on a couple coats of Behr paint, color-matched to the bedding. I just bought a sample-sized jar, no need for a full quart here. And yes, I used interior wall paint on a canvas. It turned out great, so there. I only did two coats because I liked the slightly mottled appearance it gave the purple. It looked like more “legit” art to me.

Once the purple was dry I went back and brushed on metallic gold in a few places just to add some interest and to pull the wall color in and tie everything together. This is the final result.

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