A wreath tutorial, and how about 19 years of marriage people.. WOWZA!
Its no secret I am crazy, yes CRAZY about this man..Undoubtedly, he drives me crazy sometimes, but for the most part, our years together have been absolutely funfilled and very satisfying. Its a lively relationship we have and are mostly happy to crack eachother up at least 3 or 4 times a day. Just have a look at those beautiful smiling eyes. He looks so much like his Dad, I am craving the way his hair is turning white, CRAVE it! I really am not sure what I would do without him, my Mac Daddy.
Long story short...I love ya, to the moon and back baby...
Now, do you want to know how to amaze your friends and make your neighbors green with envy?
Get your boots on, lets go. To make things perfectly clear, these are my hubbys boots, not mine. But I knew you would really like to see me in them, so here they are..I know, not very attractive..oh well. Are you ready yet???
Go get one of these el- cheapo grapevine wreath bases and a little green paddle of wire..
I think the wreaths were about $5 at JoAnns, I bought 3 and some other miscellaneous stuff and wasnt paying attention to the $$.
Now you need some pretty leaves, or Holly, or cedar. Whatever you have in your shrubery outside..I find that this gorgeous huge leafy rhodedendron works just pefectly..clip away girl.. Please please do NOT pay any attentnion to my ugly MAN HAND in this photo..oy.. Actually these are not my hands..These are hands of a random over aged hand model. yes thats it..
Now that we have our ingredients we are on to the real meat and potatoes of the wreath making business..a little thing I like to call.....wait for it.....
wrapping the wreath. Fantastical, eh? Secure the wire to the backside of your wreath by simply making a sturdy knot. Make sure you can pull it tight.Wreath making is all about "tight" or "taut" if you want to use the fancy lingo..Now all you do is lay those pieces of cut greens on to your form and pull the wire around it. Lay another piece, pull the wire around it..remembering to keep it...TIGHT. Dont unwind the wire, keep it close to the wreath and short on slack. This will be much easier to work with. Trust me.
Once you get all the way around your form you should have a wonderful wreath to hang on your fence, over your mantle, give to your neighbor..whatevs....There isnt any magic to it, just remember to **put one down (stem of greens) and pull it around (green wire)**
Steve and I were fortunate enough to have my Mom and Dad watch the kids overnight, so we escaped to the beach for a little alone time. We were thrilled to have a lovely candle-lit dinner together and a whole evening to ourselves.
-and we didnt even burn the little Coastal Nest down! We had a great time together laughing and talking and dancing. Pacific Beach has a local radio station out there that plays the best Saturday night music, lusty blues from all the greats. It was just what we needed. Outdoors were wild, windy and rainy, but inside, whoa baby.
Finished wreath, and OUR reasons for living. Heres to another 19!