Pretty in Pink

More Crafts

“I believe in pink.” –Audrey Hepburn

After a couple years of hoarding as many pink Christmas decorations as I could, I finally acquired enough to make a wreath for my lovely Goddaughter.  She is a pink-fanatic, and her college dorm room is bathed in it.  I have been admiring the ornament wreaths in stores and online for a long time, so it was time to give it a shot! There are so many great tutorials online, so I just looked at numerous blog posts and then went for it!

I decided to make my wreath using an inexpensive straw form from the craft store.  I didn’t realize how messy it was going to be.  There were little pieces of straw everywhere, so I decided to wrap it with some wide ribbon to keep contain all of the mess.  I knew it was going to be covered up, so I used some inexpensive ribbon I got at the thrift store.  I just secured it to my wreath with straight pins.


Then I wrapped the wreath with rope tinsel and secured it with hot glue every few inches. I used wire to attach a small chain to the wreath for hanging later.  I wrapped the wire all the way around the entire form and twisted it to each end of the chain.


I started with large balls and secured them to the outside ring using hot glue.  This picture shows the back side where all of the messy hangers used to be.


Next, I turned it over and started adding balls from the outside in.  I tried to balance the pink and silver while varying the sizes of the ornaments.  Then I started filling in some of the bigger gaps with smaller ornaments.  Unfortunately, I was working on this late into the evening, and I had to wrap it up for our trip the following day.  Therefore, I was unable to get a nice, pretty picture with good lighting.  I am seriously disappointed that I didn’t get a better shot. Oh well, that’s what handmade is sometimes about…. working up until the last minute and using all of our creative energy to get something done in the nick of time!  That’s what makes it fun (sometimes!)


This picture is a little bit better.  Yet, it’s a cell phone shot that’s zoomed in quite a bit.


The wreath was a big hit with my pink-loving gal.  However, she says it’s not going back to college with her because it’s too precious!  I hope she will enjoy it for years to come.  I had so much fun with this project, that I have hit the thrift stores for more ornaments, and now I am planning some fun color combinations for next year.  Turquoise anyone?!

Happy New Year, and happy crafting!

It’s Finally Here! Amy Powers’ Inspired Ideas: The Christmas Issue

More Books, More Crafts

I am so excited to announce that the Christmas issue of Amy Powers’ Inspired Ideas has finally been published!  If you’ve never had a chance to experience her beautiful, inspiring online publication, it’s time to head on over to her website to take a peek!  Once you start looking at this issue, as well as back issues, you will become enamored and will want to read them all! This publication is a unique mixture of craft ideas and tutorials with a vintage feel that is strong on whimsy.   Christmas is right around the corner, and I know you will be heading to the craft store right away so you can whip-up an adorable vintage mesh stocking (just like the one you got as a kid!), some shiny tin ornaments for your tree or perhaps a miniature deer mount as a gift for the friend who has it all!  All of the directions, along with fantastic pictures, are provided to make it a piece-of-cake to create something delightful to get into the holiday spirit!

I was thrilled to contribute to this issue by reviewing some heart-warming holiday reads.  Furthermore, I served as the editor of this issue, and was able to lend a scrutinizing eye for typos and other small nit-picky details that perhaps only someone with an English degree would even bother to notice!

To experience some unique craft ideas and be introduced to some adorable new products — and of course, read my inspiring book reviews — hurry over and take a look! If you read (or have read) any of the book titles that I recommend in my article, I sincerely hope that you will stop back and leave me a comment with your thoughts.  It’s so much fun to talk books!

Happy Holidays, happy crafting, and happy reading!