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Wreath Week–Day 4–Rub-A-Dub-Dub

I really love homes with color on the walls.  I am always trying to find ways to add color because my hubs isn’t thrilled with painting.  So I thought I could add some color with a wreath on the bathroom door.  You might think this is an odd place for a wreath but I got to thinking after a party how many people asked me where our bathroom was.  I think people were just being polite to ask because our house is not big and actually all on one level.  So instead of giving weird directions of go straight then slightly right and it on your left, I could say just look for the bathroom wreath.  So really it’s more of a sign and just fun to have a wreath on your bathroom door!  Here is the tutorial.

1 pool noodle–same kind I used in this wreath

18 small loofas (2 for $1 at Target or Dollar Store)

wood letters

paint

rubber duckie

thick floral wire–same wire I used in this wreath

small sponge brush (circular for dots)

Again I used a pool noodle for the wreath.  So bend it into any shape you want.  I chose a somewhat oval shape.

Next I painted my letters B-A-T-H a light blue color. Now here is where your wreath might differ.  I cut 17 five inch strips of my floral wire and wrapped it through the loofa string and then poked it into the noodle.  This isn’t the sturdiest way to attach the loofas.  If I were to do this again I would cut the wire long enough to wrap it around my noodle and tie in the back.  Also only use 17 because you are going to take one a part and hang the finished wreath with it.

Just play with the placement until you are happy with the result.

Next cut strips of your wire and attach your letters to the wreath.  You can use the loofas to cover up the wire.

Now I am the queen of rigging things up so to hang this wreath I totally did that.  I took a part one of the loofas and wrapped it through the wreath and over the back of the door to my two towel hooks in the back.

Now I realized that not everyone has this set up so I think a Command Adhesive Hook or a regular ole’ wreath hanger will work.    My rubber duckie is just sitting on top of the loofas but you could also wire this guy in there too.

I hung my wreath with solid blue letters and then decided to add the polka dots on the letter while it was hanging up.  Just use a small circular sponge to make the dots.  You could do this step when painting your letters.

It adds a punch of color for our bathroom.  The baby loves looking at all the colors while bathing.

Have fun with your wreaths.

RAD Mama

Wreath Week–Day 3–Guest Blogger

Today I am super excited because my dear friend Crista Taylor is guest blogging for wreath week.  She has made a beautiful burlap rosette wreath.  Although Crista doesn’t have her own blog you can follow her boards on Pinterest.  Follow Me on Pinterest

Here is her tutorial.

Just like RADMama….I never read directions so I want to begin by first saying I put this wreath together using several different ideas on Pinterest.  Literally, this is combining about 5 different things I found on different sites.  Also, I must give my disclaimer—-I am not the most crafty Mom on the block, just depends on the day.  Hence why I have a board on Pinterest titled “Just in case I’m feeling crafty….”.   So here it goes…

My inspiration for this wreath was definitely burlap.  Recently, I’ve been obsessed with any color burlap and found a local store that carries wired burlap ribbon at a reasonable price that is perfect for anything!   It’s called Home Accents.  Everything for this project was purchased there.  I wanted something for my front door and kept seeing burlap rosettes in all colors on Pinterest so here is my take…..I hope you like it!  This project was very inexpensive to make and I have a ton of burlap ribbon leftover to use.

Supplies:

18” wicker wreath

Red burlap 1.5”

Green burlap 2.5”

Cream burlap 2.5”

One piece felt scrap $0.25

Fishing line

Glue gun

       

Fold burlap and roll until you reach the rosette size you prefer…I had 18” wreath so I used about 1 yard.  Now I rolled then folded then rolled…once you begin to play around with it you will get the hang of it and actually begin to make it look like a rose.  The burlap I used was very stiff which actually worked perfect for making rosettes.

After making a rosette, I hot glued the end to side to finish the rosette.  Then I traced the back of the rosette to felt, cut, and hot glued it to back of rosette.  This makes it easier to attach on to your wreath.  I wanted to make four so I alternated cream and red burlap.

      

I also had green burlap so I played around with it and decided to make leaves!  In order to make the burlap leaf I simply cut two diagonal cuts on about a 4 to 5 inch piece.  Then folded the ends backwards and hot glued…this as you see when attached to the rosette looks just like a leaf!  Of course, after this I was feeling really crafty.

      

Now I had to figure out how to place the rosettes on my wicker wreath.  I am sure if you wanted to use a Styrofoam wreath this would be so much easier to place but I love the natural look of wicker so it was harder to attach the rosettes.  I didn’t use hot glue, way too messy…so I got some good ol’ fishing line of the hubs and it worked perfectly!  Literally I roped/tied the rosettes on the wicker wreath.  Then I thought this fishing line will come in handy for making wreaths….it’s invisible and holds a lot of weight!  Now for the finished product.

You could simply hang it as is, but I took some leftover green burlap tied to the top and voila!  My rosette wicker wreath….it might be a bit plain, but I love it!  Once you get started you will be able to create something that you love too.

Thank you to RADMama for allowing me to be a guest on wreath week!   Also, I must pay special thanks to my two precious assistants during this project…they are my true inspiration!

    

Thanks Crista for this beautiful burlap rosette wreath tutorial.  Aren’t her two assistants precious!  Crista is a working mother of these two and still has time to craft!  Bravo to her and we look forward to more of her creative tutorials.

Enjoy!

RAD Mama

Wreath Week–Day 2

My second wreath for the week is actually letters I made for my daughter’s baptism.  This is seriously easy.  I had this idea of doing my daughter’s initials to help jazz up a blank wall in our kitchen (where everyone stands when you host a party!).  These are made of a pool noodle and some paper from the weekly ads!  Check out the tutorial below and get to crafting.

1 pool noodle

paper

silver duct tape

1 roll silver flowery design duct tape

1 roll of pink design duct tape

scissors

scotch tape

coordinating flowers

a few inches of silver ribbon

I played with the noodle a bit to see about where I needed to cut.  Mine was a D so I shaped the curved part of the D and then used a serrated knife to cut the noodle.

Shape the noodle and duct tape it together at the joints.  You might need an extra set of hands to help hold the shape you need.

Wrap the letter with you favorite decorative duct tape.  I chose a silver with a floral pattern.

Next I wanted to do the first and middle initial but smaller than the noodle.  I had tons of weekly ads that I had collected for some project and now it was time to see what I could do with it.  The L was really easy.  I just rolled up several stacks of paper and put a little scotch tape on the edges to hold them together.  The B took some shaping but it came together.

Then wrap with your choice of duct tape and attach at the joints to construct the letters you need.  I will say the curved letters are a bit more difficult but just keep working with it until you get the shape you desire.

I was really happy with how the letters turned out but thought they really needed something else.  So I clipped a few artificial flowers from the dollar store and poked them into the noodle.  I added a few loops of silver ribbon I had in my stash and thought they looked even better.

Have fun with your wreaths!  They don’t all have to be circular and formal.

RAD Mama

It’s Wreath Week!

I love wreaths but I feel like they are a staple for the holidays.  I usually have one up for Christmas but that is about it so I decided to compose a whole week of wreaths for all kinds of occasions.  My first inspiration is from Pinterest.  You may have seen this patriotic wreath that has been all over Pinterest.  I decided to do my own version of it since it’s Memorial Day and we were having people over to celebrate.  Here is how it turned out.

So a confession, I rarely read directions.  That means putting together toys, how to fix my blender, how to use any electronic, etc, I don’t read any of them.  No difference here on a tutorial for a patriotic wreath.  I saw the picture, scrolled down the directions and was off to Hobby Lobby.  I really like this project because it doesn’t have to be perfect to turn out.

Now my wreath calls for more than double the felt and I decided to use blue felt with glitter on it along with a pool noodle as the wreath.  Here are all the supplies I used:

4 sheets glitter blue felt (HL)

13 sheets red felt (HL)

13 sheets white felt (HL)

duct tape (junk draw)

1 pool noodle (Dollar Stor)

felt stars–pre-cut (JoAnn’s)

2 1/2 boxes size 20- 1 1/4 straight pins (Sew-ology, half off at HL)

scotch tape

22 gauge floral wire (JoAnn’s or any craft store you have a coupon for)

Rotary blade and mat (my craft room)

Wreath hanger (craft closet)

Connect the ends of the noodle and duct tape.  May need an extra set of hands to help but sometimes my hubs rolls his eyes at my craft projects (I can even see him thinking “Is this really going to work?”) so I found cutting a couple strips of duct tape first helps.  Make sure you tape the noodle up good because the duct tape can tend to slip and trust me after all the time you spend pinning all the 2.2 squares of felt you might go mad if this thing comes a part.

My wreath is 16 inches from top to bottom.  Now you are ready to start cutting the massive amount of felt in 2×2 squares.


Since I couldn’t remember all the inspiration instructions I just started pinning my squares on.  I folded on a diagonal and then again to form a triangle.

Obviously due to the massive amount of felt I used I pinned them really close together.  Pin the entire blue section first which spanned about 6 inches and each red and white section was 3 inches respectively.

Pin away!

Luckily it’s a mindless task, because it does take awhile!

The wreath is almost complete!

Ok so we need some stars.  I found some pre-cute red, white and blue stars in the dollar section of JoAnn’s.  I snagged a couple of packs and just used 3 white stars.  To make the stars 3D I wrapped the wire around two of my fingers and then pulled off and reshaped from an oval to more circular shape.  I went back to see what the inspiration blogger used and it was a crayon but I like the no so perfect look and frankly no one can see the wire.  I also just scotch tapped the wire to the back of each of the stars.  Poke the wire into the noodle and you are done.

Now to hang on the door to welcome our guests!  I just used a wreath hanger that I had in the closet.

Some photos from our party.

She had fun playing in the bucket and is even learning to stand up on her own!

Stay tuned all week for other great wreaths!

Happy Memorial Day!

RAD Mama

Tablescape–Baptism

I think a table settings really make a party something special.  Since this week is the recap of the baptism I thought I would show you a bit of the tables and food.  Now I had full intention of taking pictures of all my hard work but was so worried about getting the food out, perfectly of course, that I totally forgot.  So thank goodness my step-dad captured a few shots.

I made the tiered platters and borrowed the tablecloths from my mom.  I really like how flowery tablecloth looked under the tired platters with flowers.

Letters I made to display on the wall.

Here was the menu:

Sandwiches that included roast beef, turkey and ham

Veggie Tray with the Arkticoke Jalapeno dip from my Costco-ing Trip

Fruit Tray

Lemon Pound Cake Bites

Variety of Pound Cakes

Brownie Balls–Recipe HERE

Water with lemon

Orange Sherbet Punch with Spirit Zero

Coffee

The day was a wonderful time with family and a celebration of a baptism.

She received so many wonderful gifts and had a blast trying to get into them.

Baby girl in her great grandmother’s christening gown.  It’s 100 years old!

Recipe–Brownie Balls

I love cake balls but thought I would do a twist on them for the baptism reception.  I came up with these brownie balls and they are amazing!  Impossible to eat just one.

Here is the scoop.

1 box of your favorite brownie mix

1/3 cup powdered sugar

6-8 ounces cream cheese

Bake the brownies according to the box.  I used a box of Dunkin Hines.  Let them cool completely.  Mine turned out a bit crunchy on the side so I just cut that part off and threw away.  Crumble the brownies into small pieces.

Whip the cream cheese and powdered sugar together and fold into the brownies.  You might need to add a tiny bit of milk to loose up the mixture.  Form into small balls, place them into small muffin papers and into the refrigerator.

Now they are fantastic as is but I thought, let’s spice them up a bit.

I rolled each one into a different topping.  (L-R walnuts, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, coconut)

Use your imagination and

3

2

1

they will disappear!

Enjoy!

RAD Mama

Cleaning An Heirloom Gown

We recently had a christening for our daughter.  My MIL is letting me borrow the beautiful family christening gown.  Needless to say I am super nervous to have it in my hands and I want to clean and preserve it for future kids and cousins.  My mom is into heirloom sewing and smocking so I consulted her.  Below are two of her dresses she has made for the little one.

Easter Smocked Dress

So the heirloom outfit had a slip, gown, bonnet and a bib.  Each had a little yellowing and some stains.  The first suggestion was to soak the garments in distilled water.  I started with the slip because I figured if that didn’t work out at least it was under the gown.

Just soaking in distilled water didn’t really do much so I then added some Bizz.  It was about a tablespoon.  I dissolved the Bizz by swishing around the water with my hands.  Always wash your hands and de-bling before handling any heirloom piece.

I did all this washing in my daughter’s bath tub and let it soak over night checking on it here and there.

The next morning I took it out and laid it flat on white towels.  Not sure if the color of the towel is crucial but I didn’t want to take a chance that any color would bleed from the towels.

Then gently fold up the gown in the towels to absorb the moisture.  Let it sit until the gown is slightly damp.

At this point you can iron on a very low setting.  I wasn’t completely satisfied that all the stains were out around the neck so I decided to do some spot treatment.  I took a squirt bottle with a mixture of bizz (1 tablespoon) and distilled water (filled 2/3 full).  Dampen the spots and gently rub out with the fabric and your hands.

After I was satisfied with the removal of the yellowing on certain areas of the dress I then iron using a very LOW setting on my iron.  I also sprayed the dress with distilled water as I ironed to keep it damp.

Before                                                                                           After

This method got out most of the yellowing and I was pleased how the dressed looked during the ceremony.