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HOLIDAY DIY | Braided Rope & Ribbon Wreath

DIY PROJECT, Holiday DIY, Home DIY

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Now that I have my own home, I am really getting excited about decorating for the holidays (the addition of a basement to store out-of-season decor has been a huge help)! So when Brother asked me to create a some home decor for Christmas, I ran right out to the craft store and loaded up on dried/faux greenery and embellishments. I came back home and tinkered around for a while using different combinations of supplies to create a bunch of wreaths, and these simple braided ones were the clear winner.

I grabbed the wire rope as I was leaving the floral section, not quite sure how I would use it, but after braiding it together and realizing how easy it was to mold and glue the greenery to, I knew I was headed in the right direction. I kept the embellishment simple with a few of my favorite things: dried eucalyptus and unfinished wood with a little pop of color. This finishing touch is a personalized message on satin ribbon using my handy Brother P-touch Embellish Ribbon & Tape Printer, to create the perfect hostess gift for holiday parties.

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I played around with size, and the small ones are light enough to be a great ornament, I just love the idea of making new ones with the family every Xmas and adding the date and a little memory to the ribbon to remember each year. Ok, I am running out to get more supplies, because I invited the girls over for a craft night to make more wreaths. Let me know if you do the same, and get creative with the embellishments, I would love to see how they turn out! ispydiy_braidedropewreath10

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My First Real Christmas Tree!

OUTFIT-FASHION, Outfits

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After so many years of apartment living, it’s pretty darn exciting to be able to have a real Christmas tree in my own home, so it felt right document the momentous occasion! My puppy Griffin and I (plus a very handsome tree holder and his pup) headed out to the tree farm in Poplar Creek, Wisconsin to pick out my first real one the day after Thanksgiving. We didn’t have any snow, actually it was quite warm, so I stayed cozy in my new beanie and olive booties, and the boys were festive in buffalo plaid. Don’t let that angel face below fool you, Griff was a pouting pre-teen the whole morning and rolled in coyote poo mid tree hunt…yuuuuuup. But I can’t stay mad at my sweet pup.

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OUTFIT 1:   Sole Society Knit beanie with Pom, Trish Black Shopper ToteDark Olive Garnette Bootie,  Old Jean Jacket, Lost & Hound Buffalo Bandana 
PHOTOS BY:  Lottie Lillian
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MY DIY | Gold Bolt Blanket Ladder 

DIY PROJECT, Home DIY

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It’s getting chilly here in Wisconsin, so I like to keep blankets all over the house so I can always have one in arm’s length. I’ve seen a few of blanket ladders online, but wanted to make mine a little different with exposed gold bolts and green painted reclaimed wood. The only hiccup, they don’t have either one of those at the hardware store. The solution: Spray paint! The nuts and bolts got a golden makeover with Krylon® ColorMaster™ Metallic in Gold and I found this pretty Green – Krylon ColorMaster Paint + Primer in Satin Italian Olive – to paint the reclaimed wood. During construction I ended up with a happy mistake – I cut the tall pieces too short, and instead of starting over I reattached the cut off pieces with hinges, then used that part to lay flat against the wall, and screw in hooks to hang plants and stabilize the ladder, Yay!

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