Saturday, September 22, 2012

Overcoming Wreath Fears

For as long as we've lived in our home, we've
never had a front door.
The door we used all the time was out back and inside
the porch.
But once the front porch was enclosed and made
into our main entryway, a new
found pleasure was found.
Decorating the front door.
I began looking on Pinterest for different
autumn wreaths.
This totally intimidated me.
Flowers, fresh and fake scare me.  I've
never mastered the look of arranging them!
While out with a friend, I mentioned making a wreath
to her.  I knew she did NICE work on wreaths, as
I saw some of her wreaths.
We went to the local craft stores and picked out
the supplies I needed.  HOW MUCH FUN!
But I thought I had it made as we were going to
work on the wreath
Our schedules didn't work to get together this week.
I really wanted to get it done as I'm having some
ladies over Monday to sew and Bible study.
So I tackeld it today!
First I gathered my supplies and sent the boys
outside.  I wanted peace and quiet.
The first thing I did was to wire the garland of
leaves to the grape vine leave base.
So far it was pretty easy. 
I think I could do this!
I started to place the other fall decorations
on the wreath.
The two youngest boys and I went up the road
to a cemetary where there are tall pine trees.
We gathered some pinecones, but I also
had to buy some as there weren't enough.
Slowly I added more and more.
I really liked how it started to look.
Each time a boy would come in, they'd comment
how good it looked.
They really know how to make me more motivated!
Two hours later, it was done!
I just love it!
Stop in for a cup of tea.
Note:  The wreaths I was looking at were in
Hobby Lobby.  They ranged from
$50-199!  I had NO idea a wreath cost
that much.  The nice ones were not any better
than the one I made.
My supplies cost $25.  If you have
access to grapevine, you could save $5.
Thankyou, my friend, for the encouragement
and confidence you gave me,
  to try this project!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Birthday Blessing

As my Birthday was approaching, I commented
that I would like to get a fish tank for our
new family room.
We've been working on the additions alot lately.
Tile flooring in the front entryway, new drywall
on the walls, mudding and painting.
The family room gets the most traffic. It's
the middle room that leads to all the other rooms
on the first floor.
The woodstove is in this room.
So, I would like to make this room more cozy
and comfortable.
I picture warm evenings by the stove, the
fire crackling and my boys quietly reading
(HAH!!  Maybe one of them quietly reading!!!)
Fish tanks are always so cozy to me.  Gurgling water and
the dim light in the tank.
My fella and boys were helping an older man move last month.
He had oodles of stuff and was down sizing into a
smaller place.
The boys were beginning to bring home
piles and piles of "treasures."
My sweet fella saw a treasure he knew I would enjoy.
While I was away at the lake, he set it up for me.
I was SO happy when I came home to it!
He had cleaned it out
and it was peacefully gurgling when I
walked into the room.
Last night, my younger guys all picked out
some fish for my gift!
What fun and coziness!!!
God is so good with the special things He gives His
children.  A hard working, thoughtful fella is SUCH
a wonderful blessing too!