Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Wreath Topiary Trees w/ Red Transferware

Yesterday I hinted at a recent Christmas decor project I'd just finished up and I'm now ready to show it to you all. 

Do you ever have an idea floating around in your head of something you want to create?  I do.  A lot.  More often than not I don't see these ideas in my mind come to fruition, but this is one that I did, and as luck would have it, it wound up that most of the work that I knew it would entail was already done!

  About two years ago I made a cute little wreath with a plate anchored in the center of it.  I'm not sure why, but I never made any others, though in the back of my mind I'd been thinking about a similar Christmas decor project consisting of a trio of wreaths in graduating sizes, one atop the other, planted in a flower pot and forming a topiary.

Well...last year I was at Sams (similar to Costco) and saw these 6' tall wreath topiaries.  They were almost exactly what I'd envisioned (less red transferware) in my mind, assembled as one over the other, each part of the same frame which was great for stability as I'd been thinking about how to 'stack' the wreaths in this way where they would be sturdy.  These even had hooks for hanging something within the wreath!  PERFECT! Some company had the same idea as I did and manufactured these even more sturdy than I'd imagined.  (I'll be suing them shortly for totally ripping off my idea, but for now it proved most convenient! hehe, just kidding.)  I was thrilled to snag two of these after Christmas for 75% off and I've been patiently waiting since last year to put this together.

I selected three graduating sizes of plates to go in the center of each wreath and adhered the appropriate sized disc hangers that I carry to the back of each plate.  

These already had hooks fixed into the frames and I simply had to hang my plates in place of the oversized christmas ornaments that were formerly there.

Did I mention they were pre-lit... and flocked...and came with the removable bows...and already decorated with ornaments and berries?  This turned out to be one of the easiest things ever, thanks in large part to some company having a similar idea and manufacturing these to better specs than I'd imagined!  Woo hoo!

I assembled two of these topiaries and they are flanking a ginormous Belgian styled armoire.

I'll share some more of my Christmas decor in the next couple of weeks. 

Don't forget to enter to win a Novica gift certificate HERE

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Sneak Peek at My Latest Christmas Project & Novica Giveaway

Hello all!  I have not had a spare minute to finish a blog post since before Thanksgiving.  The Huffington Post picked up my story (though they didn't get it quite right), as well as about 60 other blogs or publications around the world and I've been inundated with emails and orders.  I sat down to a nearly 2 hour interview with a  reporter from The Tulsa World last week and she's sending a photographer over on Wednesday. I am not complaining just sayin' that I've been a busy, busy camper!  

I have also been busy decorating for Christmas and decided to  take a little time to complete a project that I've had in mind for a couple of years.
Can you guess from this pic what I've made?
I am really happy with how this project turned out.  I will reveal what it is in a post tomorrow once I've finished cropping all my pictures.   Excited to show you!

But for now.....
Novica has asked me to announce their new Gift Finder section on their website as they've updated and revamped the site making it more user friendly and easier to browse for specific items.  They have provided me a $40 gift certificate for one of my readers.  I've posted about Novica a few times before, but in case you've not seen those posts and are unfamiliar with what Novica is, they are associated with National Geographic and provide artisans around the world a global platform to showcase their talents and spur on their creativity.  
You will find thousands of unique, hand made items on their site.

I have a few items that I've purchased including some clothing, games and jewelry from Novica.  I have long admired their collection of drinkware and right now I've got my eye on these two sets of goblets.  

I love that these amethyst goblets have clear stems...

and I love anything amber colored, especially paired with aforementioned color!

Recently I bought this necklace. It is unusually beautiful and I have gotten compliments each time I've worn it. 

To enter, visit Novicas Gift Finder, located on the Unique Gifts page or at this link :  http://unique-gifts.novica.com/   and let me know in a comment on this post what you'd spend $40 on.  
Would you buy something for you, or for someone else?
If you follow my blog you can leave an extra comment for an additional entry.

I'll choose the winner via Random.org in a week.

See you all tomorrow to share my most recent Christmas decor creation.

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~ Socrates ~