Monday, February 11, 2013

Make Do & Make New

Hey Y'all,
Did you have a nice weekend? Ours was pretty low key, but on Sunday we had a chance to get the scooters out of the garage and be in nature for a bit, it was a gorgeous, crisp day. We went to the Consumnes River Preserve, and walked a couple of paths, then stopped for a late lunch at a famous local joint. Best darn pork chop ever, and we sat next to a Hells Angel. For realsies. We fit right in with all those Harley guys on our Vespa's, lemme tell you what.

Where was I? Oh yes, making do and making new. I like wreaths on the front door, I think they're pretty, and I like to change them up for the seasons & holidays, but I don't want or need a stack of wreaths taking up space, and have you priced a pretty wreath lately? They're spendy! I have a couple different ones that I can change up with a little imagination and very few, or NO pennies, like this one! 

Made new for Valentines Day.

I have a pretty good stash of felt, both synthetic and wool blend, so I cut out some simple heart shapes with the pinking shears and sewed & stuffed them. I attached them to this pretty, but plain, white flower wreath with safety pins. I clipped the pins around some of the stems of the wreath, which is great because nothing is permanently stuck to the wreath and I can switch it up whenever I like.

Using scraps from the hearts, I cut a four small triangles and chopped letters out of some white, felt scraps to spell out, love. Oh, la, la! I punched some little holes in the corner of each triangle and ran the whole thing through with bakers twine, which I tied to each side of the wreath. Easy peasy and I didn't spend one red cent.

But this is something new, and so simple! The little hearts, pictured above are those stiff, felt stickers they sell for every holiday at JoAnn's. The package was $2.99, but marked 50% off. I bought two packs, so for a whopping three bucks I made five of these long strings of hearts, stuck back to back with more bakers twine in between. The hearts are adorable, they're printed to look like they're stitched, which is perfect for the embroidery lover, such as myself (and a bunch of yous guys, too)!

Here's how it would look if y'all were coming to visit. Come on over, I'll put the kettle on!

I know I'm not reinventing the wheel or anything with my remixed wreath, but I thought it was cute and it surely was cheap (hello, it was free!), and sometimes that's the name of the game.

I hope you liked the peak at my porch! Do you decorate for the little holidays? What do you do, and where do you do it, do tell, I'm always curious about these kinds of things, post links in the comments if you've got one, I'd love to come for a visit!



Shirley said...

The wreath is lovely, even better is that you made it for free, my favourite price lol

Becky said...

Cute!!!! We skip Yucky Mushy Stuff Day here but I do decorate a bit for St. Patrick's!

TheMistressT said...

Looks so cute! I'm also lately enjoying crafting from my stash. I would love to do door decorations (including, but not limited to wreathes) but I'm not sure how to deal with our mullioned window on the door. Hmmmmmm.

suzitee said...

Love love love that wreath! It's in my favourite colours, and if I lived closer I would have to come and swipe it from your front porch, I think! Yep... I love it THAT much! We don't even celebrate those " little" holidays so much here in Australia...just the biggies like Christmas and Easter :(

Wendy said...

your wreath is lovely! We don't class V-day as a "holiday" over here. As a family we only celebrate Christmas. We're not Irish so don't do St Patrick's day, we're not religious so don't do easter, we're not American so don't do halloween and of course we don't have thanksgiving. so that just leaves Christmas!

Denise :) said...

Oh how fun your decorations are!! The wreath, in particular, is lots of fun!!! :)