Every time August rolls around, I get to start using new Holiday mini catalog products. I love the Christmas stamps and accessories, but I don’t want to “rush the season,” so I try to spend a lot of time in September and October on Thanksgiving and fall projects. Of course, working with the fall sets makes me start thinking about all the things in my life I’m grateful for. My family is right at the top – my dear husband (the Monday after Thanksgiving will be our 29th wedding anniversary!) who puts up with a lot from me, and my boys who stole my heart the minute I saw them, my incredible parents, my brother and his and my late brother’s families. But I am so blessed, because most of my “extended” family – aunts, uncles, cousins and very distant cousins – still live in this area too. It’s not that we aren’t independent and don’t want to move away. It’s just that this is such a great place to live, why move? We’re close to mountains, lakes and rivers, and we’re not that far from the ocean. We have lots of things going on with at least three professional theaters; the university with recitals, concerts and lectures; art shows; and even really hard core metal music shows. We’re still a fairly small town, but we’re close enough to the metropolitan area that you can get the “big city” adventure if you want. And – except for the little earthquake last week – we rarely experience natural disasters. It’s a great place to live.
Some of my family members have moved from the area, and while most visit on a regular basis, there are some who only make it back “once in a blue moon.” One of Mom’s brothers is in that category. He and his wife live in Tennessee, and have only been back to Winchester 2-3 times in about 20+ years. So when they visit, it’s time to have a family get together. They were here last week, so Mom had a picnic Thursday with lots of cousins, aunts and uncles. It was so nice to catch up with family members. I think the best part, though, was that until my sister-in-law and nephew came by, I was the youngest one there. That doesn’t happen very often, and with a birthday coming up, it was nice to feel young. I never feel as old as I am until I have to fill out a form and they want you to check the box next to your age range. Mine is usually the next to the last box lately – although I’ve noticed that the higher the ages go, the wider the range (like 18-20, 21-25, 26-35, 36-50, 51-100, 101+). So I was grateful to be reminded that I have a lot of living left to do!
Stamp set: Always Thankful*; Ink: Early Espresso Classic; Paper: More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Pool Party, Early Espresso card stock; Spice Cake designer series paper*; Other: Decorative label punch, Early Espresso quilted taffeta, antique brads, designer buttons (regals), linen thread, Boho Blossoms punch, 2-3/8″ scallop circle punch, Dazzling Details*, Simply Scored scoring board*, circle scissor plus, glass mat, multipurpose liquid glue; 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/4″ circle punches; itty bitty shapes punch pack (*Holiday mini catalog; all other products available in the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog)
The idea for the wreath came from the Holiday mini catalog. Using the Simply Scored scoring board makes the accordian flowers a breeze to create. After scoring, just accordian fold, then glue the ends together. I glued a circle on the back, to help hold them together. The two “Pool Party” flowers in the wreath were created with the scallop circle punch. For each flower, you need two scallop circles. Score in half, between the scallops, all the way around the circle, then snip up one fold from the edge just to the center. Accordian fold both, then glue the two together. Easy!
For the base, I cut a circle from the cardboard that comes with the designer series paper. Then I cut a smaller circle from the center. The five larger flowers (I think they’re 1-1/2″ x 12″ scrips of paper) were adhered first, then I filled in with the smaller ones.
I think the coolest thing about this wreath is you can just pitch it when the season is over. It’s not an heirloom or anything; it’s just paper and is not difficult or expensive to recreate – so you don’t have to feel like you need to wrap it up and save it for next year. Just make a new one with the fabulous new designer paper we’ll have. Of course, I’m going to pull off the antique brads, buttons and maybe even the ribbon first, because they can be reused very easily. I am my mother’s daughter. Throwing away $.02 worth of paper is one thing, but hardware? You keep it in a “button box!”
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