Seriously, the Summer is going to be half way over before we know it.
Since this fun and festive Holiday is just around the corner I am going to use this week to
share a few easy projects and recipes.
Loving wreaths the way I do, I thought I'd kick off the week with this Americana Wreath, it
is colorful, delightful, showy and ever so simple to make too.
I am totally smitten with hydrangeas right now, in fact I think I may have hydrangea fever.
(if there is such an illness)
Well, Michael's had their floral stems 50 % off so I scooped up these bright and patriotic
faux flowers along with a straw wreath form, all for the grand total of $30.00.
I worked out in the flower beds and garden all morning and the humidity just about got the
best of me, so I was really looking forward to this indoor project.
A little music, sparkling water and some cherries covered in dove chocolate by my side, got
my creative spark in high gear.
And this rhinestone bow, you might just wonder where I found a rhinestone bow.
Well, it is a long story, but you see in my jack of many trades career I was the hiring
and operation manager for Victoria's Secret.
I was gifted many things and one of them was this, I think it adds some real sparkly fun to
this Fourth of July Wreath.
I think this wreath took about 30 minutes to make.
You know these hydrangea stems are super long and thick so I had to cut them off and I did
so by using Klein tools wire stripper ( I raided the hubby's tool box) these work so well,
much better than florist wire cutters.
Then I took the end of the wire stripper and made a hole in the straw wreath ( I leave the
plastic covering on the wreath, it helps hold the straw in place.
After that I pushed the stem of the hydrangea all the way through and bent the end of the
After all the hydrangeas were in place I wired the rhinestone bow in place and hung
the wreath on our dining room French door.
One of the easiest wreaths I have ever made!
Supplies need for this DIY Americana Wreath~
1. One medium size straw wreath form
2. 9 large red, blue and cream faux hydrangea stems
3. Wire cutters
5. Bow of choice
Leaving you today with some photos of the Art/Craft retreat.
I must say that it was a very rewarding, enriching and motivating retreat and I hope that each one of you has the opportunity to meet some of your blogging friends too.
KariAnne and Judith.
KariAnne, Eilis and Cecilia
Brandy and Carole (Brandy won Carole's giveaway)
Carole and Stacey getting their craft on.
Judith Demonstrating her Art activity to Kitty, Carole, Eilis, and Lisa.
Laura, Stacey, KariAnne and myself.
Please Join Me~
Across The Blvd, J & J, Cozy Little House, A StrolllThru Life, Cedar Hill Farmhouse
VMG206, Life and Linda, An Extraordinary Day, French Country Cottage