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Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Since I am busy moving this week, I thought I would revise a Christmas centerpiece I made and posted a couple years ago. It was easy and fun to make. The best was that it lasted for such a long time, well into January. I hope you enjoy and want to make one for yourself:

I was so inspired and excited to make my own centerpiece after I saw one made at my IRN Boston Conference. I am not a real crafty person but I love the look so much I thought I would try one on my own to share with you.  Here goes:

Kellywreath       Me at florist

Supplies: An Oasis Wreath with a ring underneath to hold water. You can buy wreath on line here or I bought mine at a local flower shop for $12.00. Nurseries are another place to check.  I tried Michael’s and other craft stores but they do not carry them.  Hmm… I was surprised about that.

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Greenery Branches:  You can find branches outdoors (remember you are only going to use tips of branches, you do not need long stems) or you can purchase them from your local florist or nursery. Try to find two to three different kinds to mix for interest.  I bought mine at local florist- $15.00 for a box of greens, boxwood (my favorite!), evergreen and pine.  He even threw in some red berry branches for me!  PS. Make friends with your local florist if you think you would like to start making your own stuff.  A great resource!

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Miscellaneous Items: Picks with wire, wire, Christmas balls and ribbon, red berries stems (backyard or florist), candles (optional), sharp knife, hammer and vase of water.

First step- soak your oasis wreath for an hour in warm water.

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Meanwhile, lay all your supplies out together on a large surface.  Yes, it is going to make a big mess!

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The first items I got ready for wreath were the branches.  I cut a top of pine branch off with knife (never scissors because scissors squeeze the end closed and the flowers can not drink):

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Then layer with another type of greenery:

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And then another type of branch.  Here I used the boxwood in front.

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After you arrange a pleasing little group of greens, hold tight on the bottom and wrap wire around to hold them together.  I then cut the ends short and because they are hardwood, I smashed the ends with a hammer (which helps branches drink easier) and stuck in a vase of water until I was ready to begin the construction of my wreath.

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After I put four green clusters together, I started sticking in wreath sideways.

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Then I stuck the other three bundles in wreath form opposite each other.  If you think the branches are sticking to far out from side, cut off more of the stem to desired length.

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I could have put more branch bundles in, but I decided to try and fill in with individual branches to see how it would come out.

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See how it is filling up on the side?  It was easy to take different pieces of the different branches and stick in to make appear fuller.  After I filled the whole wreath this way, I wanted to decorate it up a little with color.  The fun part!

So I took some picks,

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And wrapped and twisted the wire around Christmas balls and pieces of ribbon:

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And inserted the stick ends into the wreath.

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Ta Da!!!

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I am sooooooo proud of myself!!!  It looks pretty good, don’t you think?  Now if I can do it, I know you can too.  I had such a good time making it.  Do you know how expensive these pieces are to buy??  Very! This wreath only cost me about $30.00 to make.  If I wasn’t so lazy and got outside to cut branches from the yard, it could have been much less.

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I am so happy how it came out!  What else can I make??

Comments?  Would you like to see more projects?

If you need help making your home festive and bright, contact me today!

 

 

 

 

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Decorating Your Own Wreath

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

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Do you decorate a wreath for the Holiday’s? I do love the simplicity of the simple red bow on a wreath.

But I really love to buy a plain wreath every year and decorate it myself. Below is an artificial wreath that I like to decorate every year:

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The BIG trick in using an artificial wreath is to be sure to spread out the branches! It is all compacted and squished when you first bring home. Remember to always take the time to spread out the branches so that it will look more realistic.

There are a few ways you can secure ornaments to your wreath. I think the easiest way to attach items is to tie a floral stick to the ornament:

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And then it is very easy to poke the ornaments into the wreath.

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You can also use a glue gun to secure the balls:

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Floral wire (shown above) is another option. Cut a small piece of wire and string through top of ornament and then tie secure to the wreath branch:

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For the bow on your wreath, you can make one yourself or you can buy a bow already made for only a couple dollars. Just have fun with it! Decorate as little or as much as you like:

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With an artificial wreath, you can take off the bow and all your ornaments and save as well as your wreath. And make a new masterpiece next year!

Here is another easy project:

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Gather a few different varieties of branches together. For this project, I used four varieties of branches. First, secure the bunch tightly together at the stems. You can use wire or I tied a heavy rubber band to secure:

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Next, I hung my created swag on a wreath hanger:

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I then tied a big red bow around the back of the swag and wreath holder:

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Ta Da!! Pretty easy and it looks great. I bet you would have to pay $20.00 for a swag this pretty! :) Ok, one more little project I worked on today:

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My little Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Look at the stand someone actually made. So of course I have to decorate in the true CB fashion:

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The Peanuts gang would be so proud:

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This tree fits in very well with the rest of our old-fashioned Christmas decorated home:

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We still love the big colored lights and the homemade decorations on the tree:

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How do you decorate your home for Christmas? Bright and colored? Or clean and white? Do you decorate your own wreath?

Now don’t get too excited, but these are photos only from my New Hampshire home. I will show you my Rhode Island Christmas decorating pictures soon! :)

If you need help decorating your home for Christmas, contact me today.

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Ok- this is it on Christmas decorating from me- promise (ok maybe)! I just have to share these last easy, quick and affordable ideas with you. I know you want me to share!

Crystal ClearBetter Homes And Gardens

“Nature is the muse for this glowing centerpiece. Fill a glass cloche with clear ornaments (with their caps removed) along with shapely pine cones and evergreen tips. Flip the cloche upside down on a paper plate, place on the table, and remove the paper plate. Surround the cloche with more evergreens for a fresh, fragrant display.”  Better Homes and Gardens

Muse?   Cloche??  I just liked the paper plate idea.

Love this:

Tall centerpiece with liliesBetter Homes and Gardens

“This elegant arrangement is made of  ‘Casablanca’ lilies. Simply strip the leaves off and tie the stems together, pushing the bottoms into florist’s foam. Lilies usually last two weeks from bud to end of bloom, so this decoration will last through New Years!”  BHG.

Look how pretty:

Updated DisplayBetter Homes and Gardens

“Make simple Christmas ornaments the center of attention by arranging them in a square, clear glass vessel wrapped with pretty ribbon. Set the package on a silver tray, then embellish the inside and outside of the display with faux snow and additional baubles.” BHG

Look how simple and elegant this arrangement is:

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“Boxwood clippings in a white tea cup become a tiny holiday tree. Fill the cup with oasis foam and stud with green clippings. Use a hot glue gun to attach silver dragees from your cake-decorating stash. Add sparkle to natural cones and acorns with a light spray of silver paint.”  

Country Living

OK, that’s it from me on Christmas decorating!  I have a really, really big story I am working on about a new product in the design world that is going to amaze and daze you!  Stay tuned!

If you need help making your home comfortable and happy, contact me today!

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Color balance a big part of Christmas Decorating

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Color balance a big part of Christmas decorating

 

winter_wonderland_wreath25Deep jewel tones like purple, hunter, navy and dark red go together. Pastels like mint, peach, butter yellow and baby blue go together. Likewise, so do autumn tones of rust, brown, beige and gold.

Painting your walls or coordinating upholstery and window treatments? Remembering these tips – grouping colors with others from the same color family – can be a big help, says interior redesigner Kelly Bernier, owner of Interior Style ReDesign of North Smithfield.

Bernier says to keep that same idea in mind when decorating for Christmas. Here’s her list of favorite colors that go together, whether mixing ornaments on the tree or setting the holiday table – red and green; all white; any color with gold, white or silver; ivory and brushed gold; sage green, ivory and pewter; bright purple, blue and green; icy blue, lilac and silver; forest green, burgundy and gold; primary colors like red, yellow and blue – combinations you may not have thought of.

Most colors of equal depth will go together, said Bernier, who in her ReDesign business, uses much of what her customers already own to redecorate their rooms.

Do the same with Christmas decorating, she advises.

“The same idea I use with color coordination at the houses, you can use with Christmas decorating,” she said. “Soft colors together, bold colors together.”

Here’s some other tips from the decorator:

Instead of dragging out all your boxes of decorations and just digging in, pulling out pieces at random, Bernier suggests that while pulling items out to put them aside in groups. Group all your Santas, sleds, snowmen, etc., together, then work them together as collections for displays.

“Make a little ‘wow’ statement” with them, she said. “People notice them more when they’re grouped.”

Also, instead of putting your collections on a plain tabletop, set a piece of velvet material or drape a Christmas scarf over surfaces to place your items on.

The tree, of course, is the focal point during the holidays. Stay true to what makes you happy, Bernier suggests. If you like contemporary style in your house, or traditional or country, that’s what you’re going to like best in your decorations. If you’re going for an elegant look, she suggests using just one or two colors on the tree.

“Red is big again this year,” she said. “Red and purple, green and purple … and silver and gold match with anything.”

She also suggests that instead of using standard ornament hooks, to use pieces of ribbon to string through the top of the ornament to hang them.

Bernier, who prefers colored lights to all white lights on her tree, and also uses a touch of tinsel, because “that’s how I grew up,” acknowledges that sticking with some traditions can be comforting.

“I like the old-fashioned ornaments and the ones the kids made,” Bernier said. If some of these are too big for hanging on the branches, she takes them and displays them beneath the tree.

Under the tree, she says, wrap boxes in Christmas fabric for a festive display, and for sidetables, fill clear glass vases with colorful, round ornaments.

Trade out your everyday throw pillows for ones with a Christmas theme or with animals in winter. Pull out your area rugs and substitute them with rugs that draw out the colors you’ve chosen to decorate with.

Decorate your kitchen a little bit, says Bernier, and don’t forget to add a couple of holiday accents in the bathroom.

“Use what you have,” is an important part of Interior Style ReDesign, and it can also apply to the holidays.

Bernier also offers consultations on wall colors and has a DVD, “The Magic of Paint,” available for $19.95. Her Web site is isredesign.com.

You can reach her at 765-7999 or e-mail your decorating questions to isredesign@cox.net.

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