Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Stuff I want to make

I'm in the mood for holiday crafting.  If the mention of Christmas wreaths, tree skirts, ornaments, and handmade gifts before Thanksgiving makes you stabby, then you might want to skip this post.  But those who make things know that you have to start early or you won't have the tree up by Christmas and the stockings will be empty.  This year I'd like to make a wreath for the door.  I've seen a few things on the interwebs that I've liked.
this one is made from Rosemary
made from paper
paper again
and another one from paper
and I loved this card wreath using clothes pins and what looks like a giant embroidery hoop

I'm going to attempt to make one of the Rosemary wreaths.  I want to use things I have and I don't want to purchase anything to make my wreath.  I have Rosemary.  All of our newspaper subscriptions are now online, so I can't make a paper wreath from newspaper, but it is possible that I could make one from handmade paper because Morgan and I have been collecting things to make paper with, not to mention our large bag of dryer lint, for some time.  There are a number of paper wreath tutorials online.  Here's a good one from Blue Cricket Design: 

Next time I'll be talking about balls.  Big, blingy Christmas balls. 

 In the meantime, some of you know that I've had this wall in my living room that has driven me crazy for some time.  I've tried all different sorts of arrangements of photographs or paintings on this wall and never liked the look.  I finally figured out that since there was nothing, like a piece of furniture, in front of the wall, the whole space needed to be covered with either a very large piece of art or many smaller pieces of art that looked right with each other.   One day I was tidying up in my art room and noticed that I'd collected quite a few picture frames over the past 20 years.  Hmmm.  I didn't necessarily have things to go in the frames, but the frames themselves could be used to fill that wall space pretty nicely.  To pull everything together,  I painted the frames with the paint I'd bought six months ago to touch up the molding.  Here's how the wall looks now: 


  1. I love the frame idea! Your wall looks great. Cheery wreath ideas, too--thanks. --Stella

  2. Hee hee, you said balls!

    I love the rosemary wreath idea. God knows we have enough of it, and it would make the doorway smell so nice.

  3. what about felt wreath? remember our stockings? i still have mine!

  4. We're half-way through our paper wreath and it looks really cool. My goal was to buy nothing (but the wreath form) for the project. I do want to make some felt ornaments. Yes! The stockings! Laura has Pinky's and Tubbby's stockings, but sadly both those kitties are deceased. I made new felt stockings for all our girls. I love holiday decorating!

  5. Huge holiday dork, myself! Love all your wreath ideas. Nice big stack of Chronicles that might work for making a paper wreath, if you're interested in having them... Love the frame wall, too. You're inspired and inspiring, as usual... L.B.

  6. Thanks, Liz. I've got a stack of crap books (I know. I love books, too, but these are not good and not in good shape, so perfect for this project.) I'm getting ready to post about Christmas balls, and if you're interested in making some, I have a ton of supplies!

  7. Yes! Sounds like fun!
    Heart ~ Liz
    P.S. No judging about recycling those old, crappy books --- at least not from me.