Monday, January 31, 2011

~Newbie Party & Wreath Tutorial~

I'm joining Debbies Newbie party :) and as they say......
Better late than never or fashionably late?
I can't be fashionably because my 9 year old daughter says "Mom you're not full of fashion".....oh well, I guess there's worse things I could be or not be...right?
Well welcome ya'll....just a little newbie background on my blog.....

I've been blogging since October 2010 and my followers aren't many but many of the finest out there! :)
I started blogging after searching the web for a pillowcase dress tutorial and came across Melissa Lester and her blog A Little Loveliness.  Her blog is beautiful along with her family and spirit.  Just reading her day to day trials and triumphs and the beautiful things she does for her children, family and friends and I was inspired to look further....that's when I ran across Ms. Yvonne at Stonegable.....oh my!  Who wouldn't be inspired by her blog, her tablescapes and recipes!  I love, love, love that blog and she sooooo got me outta my "I don't wanna do anything" slump that I was in and got me in the "let me get my house and life in order and move on sista"!  Sooooo Monogram Boutique blog was born.

Monogram Boutique is my own home based business of monogramming, applique, sewing and alterations.  The holidays got me backed up and then the little mishap of having to send my big momma machine off to get fixed has put me way, way behind so the business along with my Etsy shop has had to stall for a while but that's ok.....i've got you guys to keep me entertained! :)

Now along with a little tutorial..........

I've been seeing all these pretty paper wreaths out there.  Some made with torn pages from a book (which I love and am soooo gonna attempt that one soon) and some made out of cupcake papers....cute also but I thought why not get out the coffee filters.
This is super easy and the kids even joined in.
First just scribble around the edge of the filter with a washable magic marker. 
Then spritz around the colored edges with water.  Let dry.  Here's comes the pain fun.  Get out the hot glue gun and glue in the center and fold
glue again and fold
glue one more time and fold
then I folded the bottom up once and glued onto the wreath. 
This one was an 18" grapevine wreath.  Use any size and probably a Styrofoam one would be easier to use but I found this one at Dollar Tree so I made it work!
Once you get enough glued on then you just "force a bloom".  Gently pull the folded layers apart until they somewhat resemble a bloom. 
I think all together I used about a whole pack of coffee filters and I did go through 2 markers (hence the two toned pink color). 

All in all I think it turned out pretty cute and good enough for a less than $5 Valentine wreath and then I believe my little princess has claimed it for her door to her room.

I'm glad ya'll stopped by and to all the fellow newbies out there....WELCOME!  I myself will be checking out some new blogs. 
Come on back anytime and follow along if you like, I could always use a few good friends :)

P.S. Thanks Debbie for throwing a great party.

I'll be joining these party's this week so come on by and join in.
Of course Debbie at Debbiedoo's Blogging and Blabbing for her Newbie Party
Ms. Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for her Tabletop Tuesday
Ms. Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Maleah at Little Eme for her Tute Yourself Tuesday 
Tammy at Type A for her Anything Goes party
Kara at Elements Interiors for her Whassup Wednesday
Elizabeth at Sew Chatty for Made with love Monday
Carrie at Dittle Dattle for Amaze Me Monday
Robin at The T-Shirt Diaries for Upcycled Awesome
Dominique at Craft Couture for Craft Couture Mondays

Have a great week and many blessings,


⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Laura that is adorable! I am so glad you made it...I was thinking of you today, but as You can see the partay has been wonderful! Have fun making some new friends.

Rachel Murphy said...

Really enjoyed reading your post. I like the way you write. I am your newest follower.

Found you on Debbiedoos

Have a great week and if you getting the same cold we are here in KS keep warm and safe :)

Dominique @ Craft Couture said...

cute! thanks for stopping by my blog :)
You should link up to my party, Craft couture Monday.

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

This is such a cute idea! I love crafts that you can do with the kiddos :D Thanks for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party.

Robin said...

I love it and would love if you entered my linky party at if you have any more recycled/upcycled projects please link them up and let your friends know. I am trying to reach 100 upcycled projects this week and I would really appreciate you help!

Tammy said...

thanks for linking up with Type A, this is so cute. and it looks easy, i love easy! i love that i could make this. thanks again.