Friday, January 25, 2013

A Creative Morning

Hello everyone! The other morning I felt the need to get creative again. If you have been following my Instagram, you will know that I have been going through a lot in regards to my father being ill.

Without having to get into too much detail, I've just been feeling really depressed at times, then happy the next. It's just a yo-yo kind of a feeling with tons of ups and downs.

With that said, I went to Michael's the other day because I wanted try to find some crafty inspiration to get me out of this "funk" that I've been in.

Then I came across some really lovely wreaths that I thought would look perfect for a little Valentine's Day decor.

But I was shocked at some of the $60.00-$90.00 price tags!

That's when I decided to go to our local Dollar Tree because I already had wonderful idea in mind!

I bought a willow wreath.

Purchased a few clusters of florals.

Then went to work trimming and cutting, using craft and/or wire scissors {which they also have at the Dollar Tree if you don't already have them on hand}.

I then removed the leaves {they just slide right off}. Then weaved the florals through the wreaths.

In no particular order, I just haphazardly put the flower heads together. I pushed the stems through the branches of the willow wreath and trimmed and tucked in the excess.

And it doesn't have to be perfect or neat, as you can see from the above image. Sorry for the blurry images, by the way {as I am now using my iPhone 4S to take photos since my camera went "kaput" on me! }. :(

Conversely, I'm sure you can use a glue gun and just trim the stems and glue the flower heads next to each other ~ but I have unfortunately not been able to find my glue gun since we moved into our house.

You also don't have to make a "tight" cluster of florals. I loosely put them through and filled the gaps in later, as they are very easy to move around. Though if you use a glue gun, you won't be able to move them around so freely.

Halfway there...

Almost there.

Then I took some leftover Christmas ribbon...

And hung it "longways" on a distressed empty frame {that I made some time ago out of extra molding that was laying around}.

And voila, we have a Valentine's Day inspired floral wreath!

I then put my creation as the centerpiece on my mantle.

So I hoped you've enjoyed my little craft project.

This was simple and thrifty. One dollar for the willow wreath. Also a dollar for each floral cluster, and I purchased four of them. So this cost me a total of $5.00!

If you want, you can even glue in the leaves {that were initially removed} for more greenery.

There are a plethora of colors to choose from and you could even weave in some ivy for variety. All items are available at the Dollar Tree.

Well that just about concludes my post for today. I hope you've enjoyed this little craft project!

Thank you by the way, for all of your kind comments on my last post, I truly appreciate you taking the time to still visit this blog and leave me such thoughtful little notes. :)

I may not always be able to respond and/or reply right away, but please know that your visits and comments are always greatly appreciated and truly brighten my sometimes dark & gloomy days!

Until next time, enjoy the rest of your week & upcoming weekend!


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Art and Sand said...

Your wreath is great.

When I am stressed, I find that being creative is the best method of relaxation. I am so glad I have a place now to leave things out so I can create when the urge hits.

I will go back and read your last post, but for now, I will be thinking good thoughts for you and your father.

Art and Sand said...

Your wreath is great.

When I am stressed, I find that being creative is the best method of relaxation. I am so glad I have a place now to leave things out so I can create when the urge hits.

I will go back and read your last post, but for now, I will be thinking good thoughts for you and your father.

Elise Engh said...

Your wreath is absolutely beautiful! It would cheer me up if it was at my house. I hope you can cope well during this difficult time.

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

Love it Jessie and so.....much better than a bought one at Michaels!!!!!
Hope you are having a great week!
xo~ Cheryl

okcamp said...

Sending positive thoughts your way. Your wreath is too cute. So is the suitcase.
Jessie, I want you to know that I am having my first's only fitting that I tell you, since I was the winner of one of yours. xoxo

June said...

I love your beautiful wreath Jessie! It is so pretty on your mantle and perfect for Valentine's Day!
I'm so sorry about your dad. I hope you okay sweet friend.
Sending hugs your way...

Unknown said...

I really like this wreath, such a clever idea to display it in a frame!

Tricia said...

That turned out so pretty, Jessie! It makes me wish for spring, especially since it's been so cold and wintery here. I'm sorry that your father still isn't doing well and that you're feeling down. I hope you have more happy days than sad ones ahead of you. xo

The Blue Farmhouse said...

Very beautiful...and I trust that all those around you can keep your spirits lifted high!


Susan said...

Hi Jessie....I LOVED your wreath. You did a super job. WOW WOW WOW It's adorable.

Hope you feel more chipper soon. Susan

Heirloom treasures said...

How lovely your wreath and frame are. I'm glad it cheered you up,craft seems to do that I think. Have a nice weekend xx

susan hemann said...

Sorry to hear about your father!! Darling wreath. So cheerful. Will pray for your dad and for you.

It's me said...

Hello Jessie what a lovely wreath you have made !!...lovely !!!...enjoy a happy weekend....take care off yourself

Ricki Treleaven said...

I know exactly what you're going through. I think it's so good for you to try to remain positive, and you're doing that by fluffing the nest. I love your wreath, and your Valentine's Day mantel is so pretty. Hang in there, and I'll send a prayer your way right now!


Unknown said...

Hi Jessie,
beautiful idea and creation!!!LOVE!!!You are amazing!!!!!! Vicky

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you everyone for your kind words & sweet little comments ~ I truly appreciate each one!!!


Ruth said...

It's so pretty. It kooks lively on your mantel.

Dido said...

I love the wreath and would never guess it was so inexpensive. I am really sorry to hear your Dad is ill. It is so hard to have to go through things like this and the up and down emotions are exhausting. I hope things look up for you soon.

LV said...

The Dollar Tree is my favorite dollar store.
You did a very nice job on the wreath.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Very pretty! I made a wreath for Valentines Day today too ~ they are really fun to do. I love how you paired it with the picture frame.

Olivia said...

Super job sweetie on the darling wreath!!! I am a dollar store fan, love all the bargains! xo

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessie!

Wow, I just love what you did with your is so pretty. Great job..and it looks stunning above your mantel. Stop by to enter my current giveaway, if you wish.

Have a great night.
ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

Marina Capano said...

Your wreath is great. ;ove it!
love it I love it!



Lynne said...

Your wreath turned out beautiful!
I am sorry to hear about your Dad. I know that his illness has weighed heavy on your heart for a couple years. You are in my thoughts and prayers. No worries about responding to me. Your energy needs to stay with the needs of your family and feeding your spirit with creative loveliness like you shared today!
Take care.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Beautiful wreath!

Have a great weekend!

Katherines Corner said...

its lovely and thrifty and hopefully cheered you up a bit. Sending prayers your way. xo

Ivy and Elephants said...

So cute! You did a fabulous job and saved a ton of money. It looks great over the mantle.

Pamela Bates said...

Jessie, so sorry to read that your dad is ill. thoughts and prayers to you all.

I think you found a good way to channel all of that emotion.

your wreath is lovely and a bargain! way to out smart 'em.


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