I spend too much time on Etsy and Pinterest. I know, without a doubt, I could have finished so many little projects, folded laundry in a timely fashion and would never stress over not having enough time in my life to get things done. Will I stop looking? No. There are some rather ridiculously complicated ideas that you might think will be easy there is a very great likelihood that you'll be missing large chunks of hair having pulled it all out in a fit of rage: but if you can look beyond the flashy things you'll come across ideas that are really quite good. And for me, once I see them, I always think "well why didn't I think of that?" but I didn't and so I can just be one more copy-cat.
This burlap wreath with felt rosettes is my latest idea-theft, the first (successful) one being the ribbon topiary decorations I made for C's party. I have the bad habit, however, of just seeing something and only half-reading up on the instructions so I ended up buying a wooden wreath that is pretty on its own instead of the suggested wire wreath. I was not to be diverted from my ultimate goal, however and so decided to start by wrapping my length of burlap (I found one at JoAnn's that was 30 feet long, 8 inches wide) around the wreath first to give me a 'covering' so that then I could sew down the folds I made.
You can see my clumsy stitches tacking down the top folds onto the wrapped layer. If this sounds confusing I apologize. I was actually not even sure this would work out while I was doing it so I did not bother taking photos. I am still kind of impressed it actually worked - or has managed to so far.
I also love the wreaths I've been seeing with these felt flowers and wanted to include them with the burlap. I just looked up online 'felt flower tutorials' and found a wealth of YouTube videos to get me started. These guys are unbelievably easy to do and great for watching a show at the same time.
Fall has definitely arrived here in Washington - the cooler temperatures were quickly followed by leaves starting to turn. We have had a few rainy days but we keep getting graced with these gorgeous sunny afternoons that still pull the kids outdoors. What makes this project even greater is that I set myself a crafty task and completed it with some measure of success even after having to improvise a little.
Until next time...