I tried my hand at a yarn wreath way back in October and I loved the results. That time around I used a foam wreath form from the craft store which cost me around $4 and honestly took forever…weaving the yarn over and under.
This time I got smart (I know I stole this idea from somewhere) and spent a whopping $0.50 on some tube wrapping stuff from Home Depot. It was quicker this go around because I didn’t round it up until I got pretty much towards the end.
The supplies. I opted for a gray/black yarn because I wanted a wreath I could keep up for most of the year instead of a seasonal one that I had to change all the time. Our roof is a charcoal gray metal one and eventually we will have gray trim around all our windows too. Our front porch step is also going to be painted either black or a dark gray so I wanted to bring all that together.
(I actually only ended up using one of those variegated yarns. Not sure what made me think it would take two.)
Here is how it looked when I got to the point of taping the ends together.
And here is the end result! Pardon our horrible, horrible red front door. We are on the hunt for a salvaged one, but haven’t found the right one yet (aka, one for less than $500) so this is how it looks where it’s going to be for a while. And yes, it really is that red.
I looked high and low for some wooden numbers using this wreath as my inspiration:
but couldn’t find any anywhere. I opted to print out some templates from the computer and use some felt for the numbers. I stitched two layers together and eventually they will match the color of our house if it ever gets painted.
Here’s a better picture without that horrible red door glaring you in the face
After learning and experimenting with the couching stitch for the January Feeling Stitchy Stitch Along (whew that’s a lot of words!) I was inspired to try my hand at another one. This one was inspired by a tiny valentine’s card I saw pinned a while back. I used black boucle yarn and black embroidery floss to outline the letters. Then I cut out a tiny wool felt heart and hand appliqued it on. This is stitched onto a stiff cotton duck fabric that is heavenly to sew on.
I’m still doing some experimenting with framing options for my embroideries. This time I used an 8×8 black square frame I found at Michael’s Arts and Crafts. This one was actually a true frame, so I removed the glass and had to fiddle around with how to attach and stretch the fabric on the inside so that I could put all the accoutrements back inside. Now that it’s all done and hanging on my newly painted wall, I absolutely love it and kind of didn’t even want to list it for sale...but I guess I could just make myself another one 🙂
On Fridays I join with others to write with abandon and without editing about one word. We write for five minutes whatever comes into our heads from our hearts. Join with me!
Today’s word is: ROAR
When I think of the word roar, I think of a lion that is angry or feels threatened. I think of this morning and how I was trying so hard to swallow my roar as I was trying so hard to get my five year old out the door for school. How thankful I am that I swallowed it, but honestly I might not have roared with my mouth, but I did roar with my actions.
How I long to be able to take this roar and use it for good. To use it as a protection of my children from the world around them. Instead of using it to get my way or to get my list crossed off. I want to go after a task with a joyful roar. I want to go after my children with love and tenderness. Even a lionness is gentle. She picks up her children and moves them about in her mouth. Have you seen a lion’s mouth? Full of harsh and sharp teeth, yet she uses that to pick up the things most precious to her. To protect them and love them. The Lord can use even me, with my harsh and sharp edges to pick up these precious things and love them.
my 2012 resolutions…in a word.
As I think about 2012 and the things I long to accomplish this year, all I could think about was one word: slow. Slow is my word for the year. I’m not making a list a things to cross off. I am only focusing on one word. I want to respond slowly. I want to process more and act less. I want to think about the things I’m choosing, doing and saying before I choose, do and speak. I want to be nothing but intentional and prayerful in the way I act. Slow is hard. I want to go, go, go and get it done…irregardless of the effect on those around me. I want to be done and finish and often at the expense of time with my family. This year, I want to move slow. Like a sunrise that just tips the surface of the earth with color; teasing you with it’s brilliance. It rises slowly, but with each minute becomes more and more beautiful. I’m peeling off my layers this year. Layers of fear, layers of frustration, layers of control. Just like Eustace in Narnia; I’m praying that as the great lion peels off the dragon scales on me, what will be revealed underneath will be nothing less than an amazing sunrise.
On Fridays I join with others, writing freely for five minutes on a given word. Hosted by the Gypsy Mama. It is a time for those of us who choose to write without editing, without fear of what we are saying, with freedom. We write the words that come fresh to our mind. Join us!
**I started to write this post on Friday morning, but just before I sat down to type it the timer went off on the cupcakes I was baking and like an idiot reached into the oven forgetting the oven mitt and burned my fingers. I’m a good typist, but not lacking three fingers! I knew that I had to finish this post so here it is…even if it is 2 days late!**
Today’s word is: connected
I have this idea in my head about being connected. There are days when all I long for is to have this huge group of girlfriend’s to turn too. A huge group of couples and families that my husband and our families can be together with. And then there are days when all I want to do is stay home and not talk to anyone. What is it about wanting to be connected?
But, there are days that I know that this longing to be connected is because I’m not connected where I should be. If my life were truly connected, if I went to whom I should on those days when I’m longing for others, then this sadness that comes wouldn’t come. And then I would be able to look at those the Lord has brought into our life and be grateful. Our life is full and rich. And it’s when I am truly connected to the Vine, that I can be eternally grateful for what and who I have been given.
If there is anything I’m not the greatest at, it is setting a fancy table. It hit me yesterday that this year Thanksgiving is at my house and therefore I needed to come up with some sort of pretty table. I perused Pinterest last night and took a few notes, knowing that my budget for buying anything was about $10-12 max. I had it in my head that I wanted to do some floating candles in water, but did you know Target doesn’t have those? Boo. On to plan B.
I found this big candle on clearance for $6 and then bought this pack of small tea-lightish candles, also on clearance for $6. There went the budget. I dug out the remains of my burlap from my “give thanks” banner and found a piece of scrap cream to put underneath it. I raided the kid’s sensory box for some popcorn and other things and also used some fake pumpkins/gourds that I had also. Voila! I’m actually mildly impressed with myself!
On that note…Happy Thanksgiving to you all! May you all have a fabulous day counting all the ways that you have been blessed this past year! I know I’ve been blessed beyond measure.