Yes, it's been a few weeks since I blogged. Although I have had lots to blog about, I wasn't feeling particularly inspired. Then I had the brilliant idea to feature all the projects I was working on for Hubby's birthday this month, so I had to wait until that came and passed (since we sort of celebrated here and there all week). And since we finally finished our birthday fun last night, I'm finally ready to write about what went on. And I'm going to milk it, too, by featuring one item per blog. Here goes...
1. Birthday Wreath
Back in January, my friend Jacki blogged about a goal she had for the year - to have a new wreath on her front door each month. And while I don't think I necessarily want a wreath all the time (after all, variety is the spice of life) I do like how welcoming a decorative hanging on the front door seems. So I thought I'd try to meet Jacki's challenge.
Since I already had a Valentine door hanging as well as an Easter wreath in my collection, I thought it would be nice to have something to "Welcome Spring" to put up between the two occasions. I found a cute design on Pinterest, so I followed the directions from the "Capture the Details" blog, and viola! I was pretty happy with the result:
Following that success, I was ready for another challenge. The next event: Hubby's May birthday. I found another wreath design online that I liked using un-inflated balloons and set out to recreate it. I have to say, the birthday wreath was quite a bit more work (and quite a bit more costly, too). The styrafoam wreath is wrapped in ribbon (which you can't even see, even though the ribbon was about $5) and there are almost 250 balloons on it, not to mention the "Happy Birthday" sticker and hat. The little things added up quickly (although I suppose I could have made those items myself if I was super creative). But since this wreath will be used three times each year, it's multipurpose (at least that's how I'm justifying it). I really like how it looks:
Isn't it colorful? I do think I'll add a few curly ribbons to it before we pull it out again for Bubba's birthday in July, and maybe stick a little gift ornament on it as well.
I was considering a patriotic wreath for the early summer to commemorate Memorial Day and Independence Day, but I think I might be a little burned out on crafts -- wreaths in particular -- for now. So I found this at Kohl's for 60% off.
I think it will do...at least for now.