Tuesday, August 30, 2011

DIY Bittersweet Pottery Barn Wreath

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 I am getting very excited about my favorite upcoming season…ahhh, Fall.  I was looking through my stash of fall and found a bunch of bittersweet stems that my grandma had given me.  I decided to put them to use.  I usually use more muted colors, but I must be craving some excitement in my life because I was loving the pop of bright orange. 
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I rounded up a small grapevine wreath, along with some floral wire, wire snips, ribbon and moss.  The wreath base I used is a more open one so I simply wove my stems throughout. If you have more of tight weaved wreath you would simply bend the stem how you want it and secure with your floral wire. Using wired stems helps in shaping them and securing them to the wreath.  I bent the stems around in the same direction, positioning them all slightly different to add dimension. There is no right or wrong. I also decided to stick some moss in mine and hang it from some velvet ribbon…Just cuz
5 minutes later… It was finished. 
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So, as I was writing this blog post I Googled ‘bittersweet’ to see if A. these were in fact bittersweet vines like I thought, and  B. it was one word or two. (yes I do that often;)  And what do ya know, this little PB wreath popped up.  I am sure I have seen it before & it was probably cataloged in my brain somewhere, so I decided to show you the comparison and give PB a little credit. ;)
I wanted the vines to look as if they grew right on this wreath so I went for a more asymmetrical look.  I do love Pottery Barn’s.  It is lovely, but sorry,  not $59 lovely.  I’m sure you could even find bittersweet vines that are more similar to these and make your own for under $10. 
Here I added some more vines to show you how you can give it a little fuller look if your prefer.  That is the awesome thing about making it yourself friends…not only cheaper, but you can customize it to your liking!! Double bonus. 
Check out yesterday’s post to see where I put mine.
Ok now, go create:)
P.S. Have you ever seen dried bittersweet vines?  I love them and I want some for my mantel.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

A Touch of Fall

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Hey, do you remember when someone used to actually post on this blog? haha;)  Well school is back in session, our lives around here are somewhat back to normal(I of course use ‘normal’ very loosely;), and I am starting to get a routine back in place…  I have even been putting in a little bit of Fall Decor out! 

Check back tomorrow for a mini tutorial on the bittersweet wreath I made!


Have you started decorating for fall yet?

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