This Christmas season, I decided to forgo the handmade wreath from our local Christmas tree lot (which I still love, btw) and decided to put my crafting hat on. It’s not very often that I have the time to whip up a little crafty goodness, so I worked on this wreath while doing laundry and making vegetable soup. Just call me Suzy Multitasker.
My sweet and (verging on too small) little wreath was so easy to make – a bag of lima beans, my hot glue gun and a dash of patience. I won’t even bother to give a full tutorial, since All Things Thrifty did such a good job for me (I found this link through Aubrey & Lindsay’s Blog). I will say two things about this wreath, though. 1) the 12″ size is a bit too small for me, but I couldn’t find a larger wreath form, and 2) I really think I need to spray paint this white to protect it from the elements and to give it a more uniform look. Seeing as it’s been hanging for a week and that has yet to happen, I think my wreath may be a one season player.
In other holiday decor news, I’d like to share a few little friends I have around the house this season. Every year for work, we have an ornament exchange and there was unintentionally an animal theme this year. Somehow, my house seems to have jumped on that bandwagon as well. Every year I find a fabulous ornament for the exchange, but hesitate to buy a second one for myself. I bought this adorable octopus last year and it pained me to see it going home with someone else. Fast forward 12 months, and I found the same ornament at Paper Source this week – for 30% off! It’s a Christmas miracle, folks.
I decided to gussy up the other animals in our house (dog Charlie not pictured – but he does look quite fetching in his Christmas bandana) with some simple red ribbon. Red ribbon around anything instantly makes it Christmas-y. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.