Archive for June, 2011

Simple Summer Lavender Wreath

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Happy Monday everyone, hope you had a fantastic weekend!  We built a 12’ x 12’ cabana on Saturday on our patio and I can’t believe how great it looks!  I’ll show you the whole space later this week, I’ve just got to pull it all together and snap a few pics. 

We spent Sunday in Sonoma, lounging in the Plaza, bliss I tell you.  Balmy and perfect.  The kids ended up a little bronzer and we had a relaxing time, strolling around and popping into a favorite tasting room.  I meant to write about this lavender wreath last night but then got caught up in past episodes of Million Dollar Decorators and could not avert my eyes.  Some peeps are very self absorbed and completely out of touch!  But it makes for great television, I admit I am hooked. 

There are few things in the garden I love more than lavender, so last week I harvested a few plants and crafted a front door wreath.  Here it hangs from my trusty Command hook, so natural and fragrant.

kates lavender front door wreath


For a simple summer wreath like this one, you’ll need a craft floral ring, floral wire, wire cutters, ribbon, and clippers for your stems (not shown).  I used the 18” craft ring, which requires lavender from 3-4 mature plants.  I imagine you could make the 12” version with 2-3 plants.  Be sure to cut the lavender 12-15” from the top.

lavender wreath supplies


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BOTB 6.19.11 + Happy Father’s Day!

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Greetings all, how about another quick round of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ on this Father’s Day.  Abi and I teamed up to bring you a few fun finds, we hope you enjoy them!

If you’ve ever considered making a slipcover for your sofa, then you must read Part One and Part Two of Honeybear Lane’s slipcover how to posts.

couch slipcover honeybear lane


If at first you do succeed, then of course, you may try again to make it even better!  Anne reframed her picture frame wainscoting into a taller board and batten style, and even though she claims pregnancy made her do it, we still love the look!

hello newmans board and batten


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