Sunday, June 30, 2013

American Spirit!

Hello all....hope this Sunday finds you all well and rested and ready for whatever the week holds for you.
 I am thoroughly enjoying my summer break and am getting lots of things crossed off my To Do List! I love that feeling...:) Today I want to share my new July door wreath. I have been waiting all week to get to the store to buy a wreath form for this project. I (as many of you know) live in the country....most folks would refer to it as the boonies! If I need something like a wreath form, I have to drive a minimum of 30 miles to get one. So....needless to say, I don't just hop in the car and run pick one up.....I have to be patient and wait! Good thing I'm a patient person by nature (remember I'm a teacher) so this isn't too difficult for me....most of the time!

For this project, the only thing I had to buy was the form. I had everything else on hand. I went with this durable foam wreath form for a reason. I can attach the items to it with straight pins so they can be easily removed and interchanged. 

For this project, I used:
burlap ribbon
foam wreath form
tags (from Pick Your Plum)
baker's twine
scrapbook paper
rhinestone stars
chambray denim 
straight pins

You can see some of the supplies in the photo collage below.

I cut the wide burlap ribbon in half and wrapped it around the wreath overlapping as I went. I used straight pins to attach it on the back. Super simple!

Everything is attached to the wreath form with straight pins. 

The mini bunting was made by cutting triangles of scrapbook paper, hole punching them, and stringing them on a piece of jute. 

 I cut two of each color star and placed the white ones flat behind the red and blue. I hand stitched the edges of  the red and blue ones with baker's twine and stuffed them with a tiny bit of batting. The red and white ones were cut from felt and the blue from some scrap chambray denim from my stash. I like all the different textures on the wreath.

To make the tags, I painted the centers and edges blue, braided some red and white bakers twine to form the letters, and glued on some rhinestone stars. This was my first attempt at making any type of tag. I hope I made my friend Donna proud...:)

I love how it pops on my white door....:) 

And one last photo....just because!

I just love how it turned out! I am already thinking about how to decorate it for August. I'm thinking since I'm a teacher, I will probably do a back to school theme....apples, pencils, abc's and 123's! We shall see...:)

Another simple project from the weekend was changing my tablescape. This was just a little busy for the table, so I moved it to the buffet after I organized it the other day. I added the crepe paper bunting I found in my school decor over the buffet as well. I like it much better here...:) 

I still wanted to show my American spirit on the table, but in a simpler way. I layered my two favorite runners, added a white ironstone pitcher, a red glass candlestick  and candle I decorated with scrapbook paper and ribbon, a small silver platter topped with a red, white, and blue stained glass frame, and a couple mercury glass votive holders, and called it done! I purchased a few silk flowers last night when I bought the wreath form and added them to the white ironstone pitcher to complete the table. 
Here is how it turned out.

Simple scrapbook paper covered candle.

I love this little frame I bought several years ago when my son finished 5th grade and we went to Washington DC for a field trip. It usually has a photo of  the two of us in it from the trip...:)

One more shot...I like this much better. 

So, what have you crafted lately? I have lots of projects I hope to get to this summer! I am hoping to do something with my cute little ironing board I thrifted a few weeks ago. That's on my list for this week, along with a couple other projects. I hope I can share those before I leave for Pennsylvania. Speaking of that....if you are interested in guest blogging for me while I'm away, please go read this post!

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Thanks my friends for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday...:)

Until next time.....;


  1. I can go to bed happy now that I have converted another person to tag-making. Am I proud of your tags? I am so proud I plan to steal the baker's twine idea for myself! I like the way the former tablescape looks on the buffet. The wreath looks great on the door - especially the hand-sewn stars and the TAGS!

  2. I didn't realize you were so remote. Even though I have everything close, I tend to save up errands to group together instead of driving off somewhere each day. My car has been parked on the main street of the beach for 3 days so our neighbor's guests could park in our driveway. I have not driven my car much since school was out.

    The tags with red/white string letters are too too cute.

  3. Vicky, that wreath is just the thing for a little holiday decorating! Those little letters are just too cute. Love that detail with the stitching and the little bead or pearl in the center. Makes me wish I had spent my weekend doing something to decorate for the fourth. I never got around to it, so I'll have to just enjoy yours!

  4. Hi Vicky,
    Your wreath is perfect for the 4th!
    So cute!
    Love the burlap with the red, white, blue combo.. and the sewn stars, what a neat touch!

    -Tina (

  5. This is just so darn cute!!! I love it and you did a great job! Pinning this as it's one of my favorite wreaths!!


  6. Love your wreath, and you did such a beautiful job putting it together. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  7. I love all your 4th decor, especially the wreath! I didn't decorate this year just because of all the home improvements I've been doing... I don't even think I know where my decorations are at this point!!


  8. I need pointers on decorating lol. You always just have that perfect touch!! =)


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