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I saw this fun wreath online and had to make one to display at my upcoming Christmas Open House! If you are local, it’s Saturday Oct 19!

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This wreath is made of Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper and ribbon, a styrofoam wreath and floral pins.

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I LOVE this paper! Not only is it durable enough to cut into strips and curl, it is fun and right on trend for the holidays. Cool thing though, it can really be used all year long for cards or scrapbooking!
Love it too? You can find it HERE

The ribbon is also Stampin’ Up. It’s 1″ stitched edge Cherry Cobbler grosgrain and I use it for cards but I think it’s perfect for hanging the wreath. Besides, the red in the wreath matches perfectly! You’ll find it right here!

The wreath came from Hobby Lobby. The label says it’s a 12″ white “extruded” wreath and cost $4.47. The pins, also Hobby Lobby, $4.99 for a pound. (I put the wreath sticker on the pin bag).

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Ok, here’s how to make one:
Order your paper and ribbon from my site here(thank you very much!).

Cut paper into 1 1/8 X 6 1/2 strips. I used my Stampin’ Trimmer

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Curl the ends of the paper strips. Tighten or loosen the curls as desired.

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Place the paper curl on the wreath and pin it down. It works much better if you just position it, hold it in place, then pin.

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I put the ribbon on like this so it would hang flat, then tied a bow at the top.

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Now all you have to do is cut, curl and pin to your heart’s content! It won’t take long to create this beautiful wreath to share as a sweet gift or to make your home even more special this Christmas! I love it so much I’ll be making a fall one next!
Thanks for visiting my blog! God bless you!

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Crafting typically brightens up the world of not only those who create sweet handmade items, but also those who receive such treasures.

But there comes a time when making something is the only thing you can do to offer support and comfort.

The situation is that I’m close enough to a neighbor family that I (along with many, many others) was devastated by the loss of their precious newborn child. But like many neighbors, not so close that I was “needed” for hands-on during their darkest hours.

It’s one of those times that privacy, rest and quiet are the greatest needs. Primal needs. The last thing they needed was to have a parade of folks in and out of their home asking what they could do. We did all we could; the ones who babysit kept the toddler. The ones who walk dogs walked their dogs. The rest of us joined those helpers by praying.

When I was asked to make a card to share on behalf of the neighborhood, I put my whole heart into it, because finally, FINALLY, I could “do” something “hands-on” for this precious young couple.

Powerless. That’s how we all felt- and still feel. There are no words. And so amidst the days of constant prayer and an unbelievable amount of tears, I went into my studio and sat down.

The young mommy loves bright colors, so I tried – really tried- but nothing came together. Likewise, a stoic sympathy card would not express what we as a community felt because just days before, we would have hoped to send cards of congratulations on the birth of this sweet little one.

No, it needed to be soft. Gentle. Not sympathy. It needed to offer support for this little family who desperately hung on to hope and their unwavering faith in God throughout every moment.

And so I made this.

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Psalm 42:8 is stamped on the front. It offers encouragement and said just what I felt it needed to say. “By day The Lord directs His love. At night His song is with me.”

The colors are soft and quiet. Respectful. Gentle.

I was finishing up the card when I received a text.

Do I have room at my house for family members who are flying in for the service?

Of course I do.

As I was making an envelope to go with the card I thought of the guest room, meals, comforts for weary travelers. Suddenly I have a lot to do.

Hug your kids.

God bless you and yours.

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We’ll start with Thursday’s gift!Inside the white box was a wrapped goodie that turned out to be a pretty pink rose candle! Ange and I love pink and we love roses, so this couldn’t be more perfect! The white on white arrangement in the background was my mother’s and dad gave it to me when I visited him this summer.
And now 41 days and the 9th gift!
This is fun!

This is really a neat vintage print! It reminds me of an apron my mom had years ago. This one is a napkin that will go great with my morning tea! I love the fall colors in it!
And speaking of fall….

Ninja and I browsed Michaels’ in Savannah today, looking for some nice fall bargains. Wow, did they ever have a great sale! 50 and 60% off of fall / Halloween decor. Though I don’t have issues with Halloween, I try to make my decorating dollar go further so I lean toward decorating strictly for fall. They had pre-made decorations like the one you see here, that were marked as much as $169… of course, for that price, the basket and decor was about three times the size as mine!

Anyway, I took a quick glance of what they had in the big fall arrangement and made mine for about $12. (It’s the one with the scarecrow in it.)
Here’s the little guy welcoming the fall season! He sure brightens up our porch!
At the end of the season last year, I bought a clearance-priced garland of gold leaves with yellow lights and strung them on my porch. When I brought them out this year, I thought they sure looked wimpy! So we found, at 60% off, strands of fall garland at Michael’s! I just twisted the yellow leafed garland with the new garland (gold, orange, red and berries too!) and presto! Full and festive!

Ninja Man really likes the color and he was very sweet to commend me on sticking to a budget that was very small to begin with!

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