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Simple Mardi Gras Wreath

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in 3 Simple Steps, Home Decor, Reuse/Recycle | 1 comment

Mardi Gras Beaded Wreath Pin

Since recently moving to the south, I am enjoying all the fun that goes along with Mardi Gras. And, of course, I needed some type of decoration for my house!  So, I took a hour or two the other day and made this Mardi Gras bead wreath.

It’s Easy as 1-2-3!  You only need a wire wreath base, beads and wire for a hanger. I did not have to buy a thing – love that part!  I took the dry greenery off of a wire frame that I had left from Christmas to use for my base.  Then I made a big pile of the beads we caught the night before at a parade and starting wrapping my wreath.

Mardi gras wreath 1

Tie one strand of beads onto the frame.  Then connection on more strands.

Mardi Gras wreath 2

To connect them, just lay one strand over the other, then pull one strand under and through the end of the other.

Mardi Gras wreath 3

Pull through to connect 2 strands. I used smaller beads for the base because those were the size that I had the most of.  You could use larger beads, but I would reccomend that you use all similar size so the thickness will be the same all the way around.  Continue on wrapping at an angle until you get close to the finish size you would like.

Mardi Gras wreath 4

At this point I added in my larger beads to provide more interest and texture.  I also added more of the small beads, but after I connected them together, I knotted them a seccond to create clusters to scatter about.

Mardi Gras bead wreath close up

Just play around and see what you come up with – that’s part of the fun! I ran a piece of wire from the back to create my hanger and then put it up on my front door – 3 days before Fat Tuesday!  Now that I have made this one, next year I’ll be able to put it up lots earlier!

Mardi Gras Bead Wreath on front door

My front door is not decorated as elaborately as some others around town -but I like it simple!

 

Vintage Holiday Headboard

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Around the House, Simple Living | 1 comment

We are in a new home this holiday. Actually, I guess I should say that we’re in an old home that is new to us. Anyway, it has been fun to decorate a new place for Christmas!

Vintage Holiday Headboard made with old doors, burlap twine and keepsake ornaments

One of my favorite holiday decorations is this headboard in our master bedroom. We took two old doors that were no longer needed and made a headboard. Then I strung a few pieces of burlap twine across it and hung several of my keepsake ornaments from my childhood and later years.

Vintage angel in milkweed pod and pine cone elf Christmas ornaments

My grandmother, Nana, made this angel ornament for me when I was a just little girl, over 45 years ago. Isn’t it unique? The paper angel is nested inside a milkweed pod. Nana gave my sisters and me ornaments every year, and I still have them all. My mother made the cute pine cone elf ornament for me. She has always been creative, too.

Vintage ornaments hang from burlap twine on headboard made from two rustic doors

The Noel letters were given to me by a very special cousin and his wife. In years past I have hung them from my mantel, but they show up really well here against the old white doors.

Vintage building block Christmas ornament. My grandmother made it from blocks my Dad played with as a child.

One year Nana took building blocks that my Dad played with as a child, and made ornaments from them. This block is over 70 years old.

Cute Reindeer made from wooden clothes pins

Mom also made this cute little reindeer from clothes pins.  The song book ornament is another from Nana.

Vintage ornaments hang from burlap twine on headboard made from two rustic doors

Every year I like to showcase some of my most treasured ornaments in a different way, other than hanging them on the Christmas tree. I really love the way this turned out!

 

 

Simple Ideas for Holiday Decorating

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Home Decor | 0 comments

This year, we are celebrating Christmas in an apartment and my MANY boxes of Christmas decorations are in storage. So, I just pulled out a handful of items and here’s what I put together for a Simple Christmas.

Add ornaments to a baking tin.  Use treasured family pieces for a meaningful decoration.

Add ornaments to a baking tin. Use treasured family pieces for a meaningful decoration.

In the kitchen, I pulled out a treasured aluminum muffin tin that my Nana gave me many years ago.  She would make us sweet treats at Christmas and then let us keep the pan.

It is nice and shiny so I filled it with with a few inexpensive glass ornaments. I have some beautiful vintage glass ornaments that belonged to my other Grandma, but unfortunately they are still in storage. Those would make this the perfect Christmas memory and decoration. I’ll have to use them next year. But either way, my both of my grandmothers will be with me in the kitchen.

Snow Women Vintage Puzzle on  Simply Angies

This is a puzzle that my parents gave me back in the 1960s when I was a little girl. I’m so glad that I have kept up with it for all these years! I proudly display this cute box at Christmas. I put this puzzle together every year, and I especially love the description on the back.

It reads: “ It’s a ‘girls night out’ for the snow woman set, and these lovely ladies have put on their best hats for the occasion. It is quite embarrassing to the others to be seen with one who has the nerve to wear a neck scarf around her hips, but what can you expect from a snow woman with two stomachs?”

This is my first Christmas away from my parents, so I love it that I have this keepsake from them to remind me of all the wonderful family Christmases that they provided for me and my sisters.

christmas tree with shells

This is the first Christmas along the Gulf Coast for Bill and I together, so I decided to do something to incorporate a few items from our area.  I picked up a basket of shells a few months ago when we visited the Gulf of Mexico near Holly Beach, La. I added a few shells underneath this table top tree and some on the branches as well.  I think the shells look a little bit like mounds of snow.  I used all white and silver ornaments in keeping with this theme.

christmas tree with pelican

I also love this picture of my sister and I playing in the snow when she lived in Idaho. I think Christmas time is always a good time to pull out treasure family photos.

gift bag with stamped snowflakes

Here is an idea for a gift bag.  Just take a brown craft gift bag and rubber stamp it with snowflakes. I used brown and olive green ink to stamp my snowflakes. Who would have thought brown snowflakes would be so pretty? Then I cut two pieces of newspaper into flower shapes and colored them just a little with an aqua pen (from Stampin’ Up.)  I twisted the two pieces together in the middle and then stapled  it to the bag. Add some olive green or natural tissue paper and you’ll have a unique gift bag.

I hope you are finding some simple and fun decorations for your home.

Happy Holidays everyone!
Angie

 

 

Make a Souvenir T-Shirt Tote Bag

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in 3 Simple Steps, Reuse/Recycle | 1 comment

Souvenir T-shirts – we all buy them!  But how many of them end up buried in your closet?  Why not pull one out and make something useful from it?

t-shirt bag beginningI got this t-shirt when I went on my first cruise.  I did wear it quite a bit, but lately it has been tucked away in a drawer.  Now I will be able to use it for something and keep a souvenir of my trip, too.

This Project is as Simple as 1-2-3: Cut – Pull – Tie and you’re done!

Start by cutting off the bottom band of the shirt

Start by cutting off the bottom band of the shirt

Next, but off the sleeves.

Next, cut off the sleeves.

Cut off the neck band.  You can cut this what ever way you wish, you could cut it in a V or in a Square, if you wish.

Cut off the neck band. You can cut this what ever way you wish, you could cut it in a V or in a Square, if you wish.

Lay our bottom band across for a guide to cut your strips.  I cut fringe on this bag about 6 inches long.

Lay out bottom band across for a guide to cut your strips. I cut fringe on this bag about 7 inches long. I think the next one I do I will cut a little shorter so there will be more room inside the bag.

Cut fringe about 1 inch wide all the way across.  And remember to cut the side seam area on each side.

Cut fringe about 1 inch wide all the way across. And remember to cut the side seam area on each side, too.

pull each piece of fringe so that the materal rolls up.  Keep shirt flat so that fringes remain in order.

Pull each piece of fringe so that the materal rolls up. Keep shirt flat so that fringes remain in order.

All fringe is pulled - how fun!  I think this would make for a cute tank top, too!

All fringe is pulled – how fun! I think this would make a cute tank top, too!

Now tie coordinating top and bottom fringes together.

Now tie coordinating top and bottom fringes together all the way across.  Make sure you pair each fringe with the one directly behind it.

T-shirt Tote Bag is finished!

T-shirt Tote Bag is finished! How Cute – and Easy!  I think I will use mine to hold my current crochet project.

 

Here is another idea for your Upcycled T-Shirt Bag.  Hang it in your closet and use it to store things like hose or slips.  It is a smart way to keep things handy in your closet rather than in a drawer.

Here is another idea for your Upcycled T-Shirt Bag. Hang it in your closet and use it to store things like hosiery or slips. It is a smart way to keep things handy in your closet rather than in a drawer.  Hope you enjoy making one of more of these!