Archives for October 2012

Halloween Mesh Wreath Tutorial

I’m a lucky Nana because I get the privilege of watching our 10 month old grandson on Wednesdays… it’s now my favorite day of the week :-).  While he napped, I put together my Halloween Mesh Wreath that I have been planning on making for 2 weeks!  Today was the day.

I was planning on hanging my wreath on the front door, but decided to make a vignette in our foyer.  But first, I need to paint the mirror that I want to hang it on (which I got done today and will distress it tomorrow).  Anyway, I just hung the wreath on the kitchen wall to get a picture of it.

This wreath is super easy to make and can be made in an hour.

This is what the bones of the wreath looks like.  You can also find black “Christmas” wreaths that are used for Halloween.  The wires that are poking out are what you will wrap around the mesh.

Begin by scrunching your mesh about 9″ inches from the end.

Beginning in the inner circle of the wreath, tie the first scrunched part of your mesh to the wreath.

After the first scrunch (which was 9″), I went a bit bigger before I made the 2nd scrunch –
I wanted the loop to be  large so the whole wreath would look full.

Here is a close up of how it is tied in.  When tying the mesh, only make one twist with the ties so it’s easy to undo.
Once you have finished the inner ring, then continue to the outside of the wreath and go all the way around.

Here it is with the mesh finished.  Lots of big loops!

Next, I added the Glamor Rope (purchased this at a floral store) which is really fun to work with.
I tied it into where I had tied the mesh.

Now, you are ready to add your bows and embellishments.
These will be tied into the same ties where you attached the mesh.

Below is a great website with a video tutorial showing you how to make a bow.
It’s tough when you’re home alone and trying to make a bow and take a picture of it!!!!
This video makes it very simple.

This weekend I’ll be decorating our fireplace mantel and finishing up the vignette in the entry.

Don’t forget there is a party going on!
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Welcome to Link Party #39 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Ready for Link Party #39 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”?

Here we go….

I can’t wait to see what you are going to share this week!

If you missed Link Party #38 Highlights,

Rules for the Party:

1.  Please no Etsy Shops, Businesses, or Giveaways.
2.  I’d love it if you followed me on Linky Follower! (Right hand column).  Leave me a comment so I know to follow you back.
3.  Grab a button please and post anywhere on your blog (I won’t be able to feature your project unless you do).
4.  Please link up something NEW that you have not shared before.  Link up only YOUR work and not someone else’s.
5.  Most important – please visit someone who has linked up and leave a kind comment.  Don’t you be a “hit and run” blogger  now :-).  It only takes a few minutes to say “hi” to someone new!  We all love comments!
6.  Please do not link up more than 2 projects.
7. If you PIN, please click on the blogger’s project and pin from there. We want to be sure that the blogger gets the credit!

Thank You!!!!



Link Party Highlights #38 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

I’m up to my eyeballs in all kinds of fun stuff!  I’m helping a friend plan and decorate for her son’s wedding reception in 2 weeks and then the following week, my BFF and I are participating in a street fair that will be in Old Town Clovis called Glorious Junk Days.  It will be held on Sunday, October 21 from 8-4pm.  If you happen to be in Clovis that day, please come by our booth and say, “Hi”!

Yesterday, as I was painting I thought to myself, “If I didn’t have these 2 events coming up, what would I be doing?”  It really dumbfounded me! ha! I always seem to be in the middle of a big project or preparing for an event. I seriously don’t plan to be this busy… it all seems to end up on my plate.  I’m definitely not complaining because I LOVE IT.

It’s nice to be up and active.  It’s been hard for me to sit for long periods of time because of the old sciatica acting up.  The workouts with my trainer 3 times a week is really helping to strength my back muscles.  I continue to stretch in the mornings and do my exercises daily.  It is definitely getting better, but amazed at how quickly in flares up again with too much sitting.

We had some wonderful link ups at the party last week.  Amazing ladies out there….

Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me showed us an easy tutorial for her Yarn Wrapped Letters for Fall.

Her letters mounted on the frames turned out so cute!

Julie from Knot All That I Seam showed off her Sunroom Lounge Makeover.

They turned out great.
They look so fresh and clean.

Marty from Marty’s Musings’ wonderful husband made her a Branch Candle Center Piece.


Bella from Art Club Blog shares her beautiful Painted Pages.

You need to head over to her blog and see her other
painted pages that she has framed.

Hetty from the Stone House Workshop painted a beautiful Antique Buffet for a customer with Annie Sloan’s Chalkpaint – Aubusson Blue.

The buffet turned out so pretty.

Kaylee from Couponing and Cooking shared one of her families favorite Fall recipes (along with several others).

Pasta with Pumpkin Sage Cream Sauce
I pinned this one.
Definitely making it when it FEELS like fall around here :-).

Thank you for sharing everyone!
I’d love it if you grabbed a “featured” button (in the right hand column)
and put it on your blog somewhere so more could join the party.

Ready to link up to Party #39?