Mom LOVED decorating for any and every season or occasion!! And usually it was not just a couple of things here or there. No, no, no. You always knew what holiday it was, or which one was coming, once you entered her house. And often even before you entered. The front yard usually showed signs of it too.
So when I decided that I was going to make one of the wreaths I had found on Pinterest and really liked, I questioned Brian if I should make one for his mom's grave too. He got teary eyed and replied, "that'd be a good idea". Last Sunday when his dad was here, I questioned him about the idea. He too got all misty eyed and said, "she would have appreciated that".
Amy took me shopping on Thursday and I picked up the supplies. My brain was ever so fussy on Thursday... I am so-o thankful for Amy and how patient and protective she is of me! What a blessing of a friend!
My plan had been to go to one store and pick up the type of silk flowers I wanted. They didn't have them. Period. We found it strange that they didn't have any tulips. B-u-t, they did have these silk roses.. and they were on sale... That wreath is yet to be made. o;-p.
We went to another store. One where I often go to get silk flowers. They had them. By the boat load. But not a single type of their flowers were on sale. And I recoiled when reading their non sale prices. Bother!
Okay, I'll be brave and try a third store. They did have them, but at first I didn't think I was going to buy any. See, I wanted three specific colors of them. But it appeared as though all they had, were stems of them with more than one color flower on the stems. And none of the stems had only the color combinations I wanted. And no, I didn't want to change my color scheme. Turned out that whom ever had stocked their display case, had stuck them in so that all of the stems were mingled together. It took a bit of pulling and separating, but I was willing to do so to get only the colors I wanted!
Here's a link so that you can see the picture I had pinned of the wreath. Turned out that the 'trail' didn't lead back to a tutorial on how to make them, rather it went to a etsy shop where you could order one. "Okay then, you've made plenty of wreaths before. Your capable of winging this!" (I said to myself.)
First step was to divided the flowers in half, so that I didn't accidentally use too many on mom's wreath and not have enough left to make one for myself.
Second step was to use the wire cutters to cut each stem off of the bunch.
Third step is to start laying the flowers out around the wreath to see how I want the finished project to look.
I didn't have any appropriate ribbon on hand, so I couldn't just hide the area under a big bow.
Humm, that doesn't look too good.
I'm not showing you how that looked. Why not? It looked so tacky I immediately removed it with out stopping to take a picture. Bother!
I tried a couple more ideas.....
Not sure what I'm going to do when I make the one for myself. Do I make the flowers go one direction around the wreath, or do I do it this way again? ....
The guys are headed down to dad's tomorrow on a particular errand. Hopefully they'll remember to take the wreath along.
All in all, I got through several shows during the course of making it. Yes, it might have gone a bit faster if I hadn't also been watching TV. On the other hand, not necessarily. See, my quick hand work on projects seems to have left my repartee of abilities, when I became 'Ms. Vertigo'. 8-/. BUT, I refuse to just give up!
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~I 'plan' on linking this particular posting up to:
~ "Saturday Is Crafty Day", hosted by Laura, at 'Along For The Ride' (http://iamalongfortheride.blogspot.com/)
~ "the simple things", are hosted by Rebecca, at 'simple as that' (http://rebeccacooper.blogspot.com/).
~ "Amaze Me Monday('s)", are hosted by Carrie, at 'Dittle Dattle' (http://dittledattle.blogspot.com/).
~ "Making Your Home Sing Monday('s)", are hosted by Nan, at 'Mom's the Word (I love to hear)' (http://momstheword--livingforhim.blogspot.com/).
~ "Homemaker Mondays ... Yours, Mine & Ours", are hosted by Jen, at '11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven' (http://rtheyallyours.blogspot.com/).
~ Show Me What Ya Got" (Tuesday's), hosted by Stacey, at 'Not JUST A Housewife' (http://www.notjustahousewife.net/)
~ "Anything Goes" (Tuesday's), hosted by Tammy, at 'Type A Decorating' (http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/)
~ "Hookin Up With The Hepworths Every Thursday", hosted by Allison, at 'House of Hepworths' (http://www.houseofhepworths.com)
~ "Inspiration Friday('s)", hosted by Vanessa and Heather (sisters), at 'At The Picket Fence' (http://www.atthepicketfence.com)
~ "Feathered Nest Friday('s)", held at 'French Country Cottage' (http://www.frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com)