{A Day of Crafting} Our Festive Wreath Roundup

This weekend, Pete and I went to the Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar with our friends Valerie and Daryl. Although we showed great restraint in not buying anything, we gained lots of inspiration and motivation for wreath-making. You might recall my wreath ramblings from a while back, so I was excited to officially make my first ever wreath.

Us girls got to crafting and enjoying a 30 Rock marathon while the boys went on a man-date which consisted of record shopping. Pete came back with A Chipmunk Christmas, so I have that to look forward to.

While I had only finished a few inches of my wreath, Valerie had already made two gorgeous, festive wreaths that look particularly moody in this lighting. Her looks were inspired by this crow wreath (how cute are those burlap flowers?!) and this black and white striped wreath, while mine was inspired by this yarn wreath. Valerie made her wreaths from fabric she already owned and some materials from the dollar store…yay to us being thrifty! Oh, and thank goodness for Pinterest. I love me some holiday inspiration.

My wreath materials consisted of some sparkly ribbon, yarn, felt balls and hand-sewn, felt birds I purchased a few years back from the lovely and talented Alexandra Hunt (aka Mrs. Shortcake from Weddingbee). And most importantly, a whole mess of hot glue gun sticks.

Although I ended up covered in glitter and ripping off my freshly painted nail polish with hot glue, I felt a sense of mini Martha Stewart-esque accomplishment that I can only hope will repeat during the week ahead.

Pete always peeks at me through our front door, thus the face and finger prints that are in desperate need of some Windex attention.

Has anyone else crafted their own wreath or holiday decor this year? I would love to see your latest creations if you want to comment with links below!

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Before & After: Rocking Chair Revamp

Remember that rocking chair I thrifted last week? Here it is in a lovely shade of avocado! I had every intention of painting it a sunshiny orange-yellow when I went to Lowe’s, but when I saw this color I couldn’t resist. It’s really similar to the shade we painted our critter/computer room, which I’ll have to give you a better look at soon since we’ve added a drawing table to the space.

I think the chair would look cute with a grey and white, striped cushion to match the nearby IKEA rug, but for now we just have our bunny pillow resting on it.

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When I was browsing my old “pins” on Pinterest recently, I noticed I had favorited a photo of an avocado-colored rocking chair a while ago. It must have had a subconscious influence on my decision to select this paint color, but I had no recollection of it when I was spray painting the chair this past weekend. Also, my friend Mandy recommended “grellow” in a comment, which I believe this would be classified as! I thought I was being random by choosing this color, but I guess not!

For you fellow Pinterest lovers, have you noticed the site influencing your lifestyle in any way? The site definitely inspires me on a weekly basis (like this photo, which motivated me to paint the chalkboard door in our kitchen). Oh, and in case you were wondering, I just threw in a mopey Betty White photo because I feel like there’s been a lack of Miss BW in posts as of late! She’s happier than she looks, I promise!