Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Getting my craft on

When my kids were little, I used to make things all of the time. I was at the craft store every other week. I had a whole big box just filled with craft supplies. I made everything and I loved to decorate my house with the things that I had made. I found crafting was very calming and a great way to fill my time when my kids were in school.

When I read blogs and saw all of the wonderful thing people were making, it made me want to get creative again .I don't know why I ever stopped crafting. I had not made a thing in years. I actually have more time on my hands now than I did before. I figured it would be a great thing to get back into.

I had so much fun making this wreath. I guess I didn't realize how much I missed making things. There is nothing like the satisfaction of completing a project and saying "Hey, I made that!"

My supplies. I dug my glue gun out of the attic.

See the initial there? I painted it thinking I would put it on the wreath somewhere and I ended up not liking the way it looked. Maybe I will use it for something else.

I always line up my items before I glue them in to see if that's where I actually want them

I use the thinnest wire possible when making bows. It is more flexible and easy to work with.

The finished product. As soon as I finished, my daughter and my mother asked me to make them one too. I guess I will be busy.

I had some leaves left over and wanted to do something with them. I glued three together then weighted them down over night so they would lie flat and I am using them under my votive holders.

Even though I have not done any crafting, I usually always make a fresh flower arrangement every week or two. I always enjoy that.

I cant wait to try some new projects now. When I went to get supplies for my wreath, I ended up going to two different stores. I was thinking of more than one project at a time and I got overwhelmed. I walked out of the first store with nothing. I wasn't even going to bother. I forced myself to go to the other store craft store and just concentrate on materials for the wreath. That did the trick. I just put it together in my mind and it was easy.I will stick to just one thing at a time from now on. 

In other news, I leave for NYC today. I am still debating which of the 26 shirts, 7 sweaters, 8 pairs of shoes ( I am still debating on adding a 9th, my boots) are staying. I have been debating since last night and still have not come up with a solution, only that I want to add another shirt. I am ridiculous.
After my last trip, believe me, there are flat shoes in the mix. 
 I also have all of my workout clothes and sneakers packed too. I plan on hitting the gym every day. I still have not added my beauty products. I cant zipper my suitcase. Maybe I should just bring nothing and buy a whole new wardrobe there?  That would be a great concept. Honey are you reading this?

Have a great day!


  1. This is awesome, Laura! I want to make one for my house now!:)

  2. Very pretty- you just inspired me to dig out my glue gun from who-knows-where too! And as for the packing, I vote bring minimal and buy in NYC, ha ha! =)

  3. Cute!!! I love the full effect of the leaves!

  4. Love the wreath - I used to be crafty too back in the day - I miss it. You do provide some inspiration for sure!

    Have a great time in NYC!

  5. The wreath is really pretty! I love the bow! Thanks for linking up with us for Loving Lately!

    xo Niki

  6. Oh and you are so good at it too! I am all thumbs when it comes to crafting, too stressful! So shall leave it to you pros:)

  7. Beautiful wreath, Laura! Have a great time on your venture and don't forget to get your shopping on!!

  8. love this :) stopping by from the GFC blog hop and wanted to say hello :D come check out my blog some time


  9. Your blog looks beautiful!! Great job! I actually just posted a fall wreath tutorial on my blog yesterday! LOL.

    Found you through the link-up.

    Newest follower!


  10. i hope you have a fabulous time in NYC and i hope the weather is delightful!
    isn't funny, i used to "craft" all the time when the kids were little, now that i have all the time in the world i haven't crafted a thing

  11. The wreath is beautiful. The fun thing about family members asking for one too is that no two have to be the same. On another note, I've moved far from my home in New England and so haven't been to NYC in quite some time. LOVE that city, have a great time there. Found you from the hop, glad to have connected.

  12. I love them all! The color of the wreath is really beautiful :) You're very creative and your house full of your creations is really lucky.

  13. You know I love this wreath and that you are sooo creative! I agree, the P just wouldn't have worked on it. On to the next crafty project :-) I'd vote taking an empty suitcase to NYC so you have room for new goodies :-) Thanks for sharing at my party buddy!! Have a wonderful trip ♥

  14. Psst...I shared this on my Facebook page too ♥

  15. Your wreath looks great! I can see why you already have requests to make more!

  16. Love the wreath!! Very creative! Have fun in NYC!!

  17. That wreath is awesome! Have a blast in NYC, and take a million pictures!!

  18. wow, this is beautiful!!! you did a great job. so excited for Fall!

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  19. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing this with us at the All Star Block Party.

    Shasta @InTheOldRoad

  20. Hi dear!
    Love so much you're blog, is amazing!
    Follow u, my name in GFC is: sexy_paige_cucu.

    Hope u follow back :) :)

    A lot of kisses.

  21. Very pretty! Hope you have a fabulous weekend! xo

  22. Wow! That seriously looks like you bought it! Very nice! I totally agree with the buying clothes when you get there thing...I used to always go shopping on my trips and wouldn't be able to fit it all in my bags!

  23. That came out great. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.