Simple & Last Second
December 15, 2010
Hello hello! What are you up to these days? Around these parts there’s some last second decorating going on, getting ready for our holiday gathering on Saturday.
I’m like a moth to a flame when it comes to sparkle at Christmastime. Call me a Pollyanna, but I’m also fond of draping sparkly beads where light will catch them, so I made this simple whimsical beaded garland yesterday.
Oh yes, of course you can find all sorts of beaded garland everywhere, but I had the supplies on hand in my box of leftover crafty stuff, and I just didn’t feel like changing out of my pajamas. I made this one to fit the kitchen chandy out of jewelry beads, flat glass marbles, hot glue, and some fishing line.
I added a few more ornaments for fun (again, more fishing line)
It is a universal truth that fishing line and floral wire are God’s gift to holiday decorators. And wired ribbon. I don’t think I’d even bother if I couldn’t rely on those trusty three. It’s how got these up in my kitchen window.
I also finished up a few rosemary wreaths for color and fragrance in the family room. I started them last weekend, but didn’t finish until today. Believe it or not, they’re made out of wire hangers and yard clippings. Rosemary, in fact, because it’s plentiful, free, and grows like a stinkin’ weed in my yard.
They hang on those three mirrors in our family room that I spray painted earlier this year. I can’t believe I didn’t do this years ago, it’s almost like I installed new windows, they pull so much light into this space.
Anyway, the wreaths. So easy, you won’t believe it. You got rosemary? Got a neighbor or friend with rosemary? Got a neighborhood park with rosemary? Clip some. Just don’t get caught. I’m kidding! Please acquire some rosemary in a lawful manner. If you didn’t, I don’t want to hear about it.
Okay, now bend your wire hanger into a circle-ish shape. Don’t worry about perfection, the greenery will disguise the hanger.
Next, use floral wire to secure your first layer of rosemary to the hanger.
After the first layer is complete, insert additional sprigs into the wire for a more natural look. Add some wired ribbon and there you have it, a Ballard Design like look for free. And oh so fragrant too.
I wish you had a scratch n’ sniff computer screen.
But I must tell you, in a week the wreaths will perish and the garland will get all tangled up when I try to take it down and I will curse it, so it may end up in the trash at the end of the season.
This next ornament won’t. Here’s my new favorite decoration ~ it came home from preschool with my son today. I love when my kid makes me things and when I ask him why he says “becaws I wuv you.” *sniffle*
It’s official, my holiday decorating is now complete.
(Please don’t quote me on that.)