This year I have fallen in love with making wreaths. I’ve wanted a new one for my front door for the past couple years so I figured this year was the best time to just do it. My best friend, Kallee and I went to Michael’s to go get supplies for this post and it turned out they were having a wreath making event where all you had to do is buy the wreath and they gave us all the fixings for it. Talk about awesome! I was stoked, and they had people there to help create them just incase there were any questions. From that moment on I was addicted.
When I went home for Thanksgiving, I made my mom a set of wreaths for her house. All that is needed is a trip to Michael’s. Other than the greenery, ribbon, accents and a couple flowers you will need a glue gun and some wire cutters (for taking apart and/or trimming). Oh, and don’t forget the wreath!
The first thing I do is arrange everything on top and figure out how exactly I want it to look. After I figure out how I want everything arranged I take apart the flower(s) to place it where it looks good with the rest of the greenery. The best thing about using a grapevine wreath is that it is easier to intertwine everything.
After everything is perfect I take my handy-dandy glue gun and glue everything down. It really isn’t that difficult to do and you can have so much fun with it and make it how you want. I really like having bows on my wreaths. I’m also obsessed with wrapping presents, so this time of the year is perfect for me.
I love how they turned out, and I had a lot of fun making them. It really helps me get into the holidays. Here are a couple of others that I have made this season.
Any suggestions on things that could be done better or easier?
For the last 3 years I have completely nixed the idea of having a tradition Christmas Tree (fake or real). I grew up with putting up a Christmas Tree with my family so it isn’t like I’m missing out. I just like doing things differently.
Last year, when we were in a 2 story house I decided to use one of our very large walls to be our Christmas tree. It made sense for us since there were 6 of us living in that house. Plus why not?! I used nails in the wall but for those who don’t want to put that many holes in the wall these Small Command Wire Hooks are a great alternative. I used those the previous year I just was either too committed to just getting the tree done one night that I didn’t want to go get more or I just didn’t want to leave the house (haha, who knows now).
The best part is that it was even easier to take down. That is my kind of decorating! This year I used my cut up garland from years before and just made a bow to go on top since I’m changing my decor from blue to red. I am so happy with the way it turned out. Super simple but super cute! The small command hooks work even better with this tree since you can’t see them.
How do you do your Christmas Tree?
I’m pretty proud of myself with these paintings. I saw a couple of these dot paintings online some where at some point last year. I know, I know it isn’t very helpful but the thing is that I still was able to make them! And that, to me, is all that matters at this point.
Here is what I used:
-3 Canvases (same size)
-Black and White Acrylic Paint
-Paint Knife (for mixing)
–Martha Stewart Crafts Foam Pouncers
The first thing I did was paint one of my canvases black. Now there are canvases that you can buy that are already black, which makes it a lot easier. But I already had a painting that I did, that I didn’t like so I needed to paint over it anyways. Busa thought he was being helpful when I was painting and left his signature on it. I thought it was super cute :). I did end up putting another layer of black on that one so I didn’t get to keep it there.
Once the canvas is dry all you have to do is mix the black and white together to make different shades of grey. For the white ones I did darker shades of grey and then lighter greys. I mixed 4 different greys for the black canvas and 3 different for the white canvases, since I used straight black for some of the dots. After the paint is all mixed, the dotting begins.
The only thing that I found to work to make a solid dot, was to slightly twist when you pull it away. If you just press down and pull straight back it doesn’t get all of the paint on there. I did about 3 different layers of dots for the black and white ones. Since I did three, I worked on one layer on one canvas and then worked on a layer on a different canvas. That way the paint had some time to dry so I could go back over with some more dots.
The thing I love most about these is how easy they are to create. My bestie, Kallee and I did the same concept with grey, gold and a super soft pink for her wedding reception. I am in love with the way these turned out and it only took us about an hour to do! We even cut out some Mr. and Mrs. on vinyl to give it an extra cute wedding touch. For now she is keeping them on her buffet in her kitchen but might move them to her room after a while.
I was thinking about doing a Christmas themed one to go with my decorations. Because you can never have too many Christmas decorations, am I right?
I have been making a lot of banana bread recently. I love taking it to work for breakfast. One time we ran out of eggs, and I really didn’t want to go to the store. I was conveniently talking to my mom about it and she mentioned Flax Seed Meal. Which I have in my cabinet for that once in a blue moon smoothie I make. The flax seed equivalent to one egg is 1 Tablespoon of ground flax seed soaked in 3 Tablespoons of water for about 5 minutes before mixing in the batter.
I use this recipe from Simply Recipes sometimes I add another banana if I have an extra on hand. You can also add walnuts if you really wanted to. The best thing about this recipe is that because of the flax seed it adds fiber and omega 3’s, which heaven only knows I need more of both of those!
Make sure to butter your bread pan so when it is done cooking, the bread slides out easy.
Simply follow the recipe (you pretty much mix everything together and pour it into the bread pan).
In case you were wondering this is what it looks like when mixing, just not as fast. (I hope it doesn’t make anyone dizzy)
I hope you enjoy your banana bread as much as we do!