The Living Room In It’s Christmas Suit

Hello, friends. It’s been a while…

It’s actually been over a month.

I’ve been silent.  Not sure why.  I just didn’t have any words….literally.  It’s hard to explain.  My mind was blank whenever I thought about posting something.

I tried to dig deep, I tried to find inspiration, but nothing was leading me to write anything.

So, I realized that if I didn’t have anything to say, and if I was going to try to force it, then it wouldn’t be real.

And I want to be real.  Anything I say.  Whether it’s showing pictures of my house, or something I made, or if it’s something that God has placed on my heart to share, I want to be real.

So, I just waited. Waited for words.

I don’t have anything grand to say, today.  I don’t even have that many words. I just got inspired today.

And that inspiration was snapping some pics of my living room all decked out in it’s Christmas suit. (hehe)

Want to see?…..

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Our tree is a lot simpler this year.  (And it’s missing a few more lights too!  Hang in there buddy!)

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I made the sheet music garland the other night with an old book I found at Goodwill, some twine and hot glue.

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Remember that craft day I told you about last month?  We made ornament wreaths.  That’s mine hanging over the mantel. So easy, and super cheap!

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I love “rustic luxe” at Christmas.  The mercury glass mixed with the flocked garland with pinecones and the vintage looking deer are some of my favorite things.

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Inside the fireplace I stuck a basket filled with sheet music pinwheels and a present.  My intentions were to fill the basket and the fireplace with lots of pretty packages, but I decided to keep everything simple, so only one present made it.  Maybe next year!

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The top of my hutch.  A reminder of Who and what the season is really about!

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And finally my favorite little Christmas decorations that I can’t wait to pull out every year.   My grandmother started giving me Snowbabies when I was younger, and now my mother has been giving them to my daughter.  I always put fake snow around them, and they just make me so happy🙂

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Aren’t they adorable!!

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Merry Christmas!

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.               Isaiah 9:6

 

 

Feeling Crafty and Fall: Part Deux

As I was walking around Michael’s the other day, I was in a Christmas aisle and I realized that they were playing Christmas music.

I was smiling and I was singing and I was putting things in my basket….(that’s how they get you!  it’s the Christmas music!).  I was getting inspired to make stuff! and buy stuff!  So, I came home…with a bag full of goodies, of course…and for the past few days I’ve been crafting and redoing my fall decor.

I was getting tired of looking at the orange I put in the living room for fall, but I was not ready to put Christmas decorations up just yet.

Don’t get me wrong.  I L-O-V-E Christmas!  It is the most wonderful time of the year! And I wish the season would last longer than it does, which makes no sense why I like to wait to put up my decorations til after Thanksgiving when I could get them out earlier and it would last longer.

(I’m not understanding myself now that I think about it.  hehe.  I’m just a stickler for tradition and I want to wait!)

I changed the mantel and made some book page leaves for the little tree.

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I kept the thankful banner up and still have a pumpkin, but kept it simple.  I have had that frame forever but haven’t found a place for it. I made a blue “H” on Word and printed it on regular old white copy paper and stuck it in the frame.  Instant art!

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The tree is from Hallmark several years ago, and is supposed to hold little picture frames like a family tree, but it has been in my room being used as a jewelry holder, until now.  I added some oak leaves that I cut out of book pages.

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(Please excuse my terrible pictures.  I don’t have a good camera yet, and the lighting in this room is awful horrendous! )

I hot glued book page maple leaves to my stick from the yard (free!) and added a ceramic owl that I got from Goodwill for $1 that I sprayed white.  Then, I replaced the orange pumpkin that was there with a burlap one.

The book page leaves were the first part of me getting crafty.  The next thing I made was this “H”.

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I saw this idea over at Jones Design Company.  I love her design style and her crafty ideas. She inspires me🙂 It’s the same fabric that I used for the curtains.  I really want to make a monogram wall that has “H”s all over it in different styles and colors and materials.  She also inspired that.  Here is her wall.

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I will do my own one day!

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Next up…I made a small book page wreath.  It isn’t the big wreath that I plan on making soon, it was just to experiment on before I make the big one.  I have wanted to make a book page wreath for so long.  It just never made it on my to do list.  (I wasn’t being intentional then. hehe) I made it pretty much like this one, except I didn’t continue adding rolled pages to the center, I just crumpled up a page into a ball and stuck in there. Again, I was just experimenting for fun. But, I like how it turned out and will keep using it somewhere in the house.

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I bought the jingle bells at Michael’s while I was singing Christmas music, so I could make this cute little doorknob wreath. I have been wanting to make this too.  Isn’t it cute!  It’s so easy.  Here is the link to the tutorial.

So I feel like I accomplished ALOT in two days.  It was fun!  It feels good to be intentional and to just dive in and do something even if you don’t know what it is going to look like or how long it will take. To be creative.  That’s what I’m learning to do right now…to be more creative.  It doesn’t have to be perfect. Sometimes imperfections are what makes something beautiful.  The Nester has inspired me so much to let go of perfectionism and embrace the beauty of the imperfect.  “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”!

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Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours.  Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all.                    1 Chronicles 29:11

Bedroom Curtains from a Flat Sheet

I am an over-thinker.

I admit it.

I think and think about things I want to do, but don’t take action because I want it to be perfect.

I’ve already told you that I started this blog to help me be more intentional, to get things done around here, and for goodness sakes, to just make a decision and go for it!

Well, I decided on something:)

Not only did I choose what I wanted to do, I did it!

I finally got curtains hung in the master bedroom!!  Does it matter that it’s been over a year since we moved in? hehe

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Curtains have always been my nemesis.  I either pin and pin away things that I like, to give me inspiration, but never make it happen, or I know what I want but can’t find it anywhere.  There’s also the fact that curtains are so darn expensive.  Well, the ones I want always are, especially if you want them to be longer than the standard 84″ they sell at most stores.

This is why I learned how to sew and started making my own.  You’ve seen the living room curtains that I made with ticking stripe fabric.  It cost me around $20 to make two panels.  Well, I did even better this time!  I made four panels for about $20 by using flat sheets that I picked up from Walmart!!

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I knew I wanted white curtains, I knew I wanted them to go to the ceiling, and I wanted them to be lightweight but not sheer. I thought a 200 thread- count sheet would be perfect great ( I’m trying to stay away from that word nowadays😉 )

I had seen many pins about using a flat sheet before, and new it would be quick and easy.  So I whipped them up the other night.

All I did, was use 2 full size flat sheets.  Cut them in half (lengthwise, of course).  Hem the 4 raw edges.  Then I made a pole top by folding over the top about 2 inches.  Here is an example of how I did it.  If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can just use hem tape.  I did that at my last house in my daughters room.  Also, you don’t have to use a full size sheet, you can use a twin.  That would make them even cheaper!  I just wanted mine to be wider when I cut them in half.

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So what do you think?

I may add a bamboo shade.  I haven’t decided on that yet.  Later on, I may even decide to use curtain rings. But for now, this works.  At least I have something up, right!

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my curtains🙂

 

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May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.     Psalm 19:14

Just Be Me

I haven’t posted anything in a while.

Honestly…I’ve been doubting myself.  I’ve been doubting what I am doing.  Why I even started a blog.

I’ve been listening to lies in my head that say “I am not good enough”, “No one wants to hear anything I have to say”, “I don’t know how to decorate or be creative”, and the list goes on.

I started comparing myself to others which made me feel inadequate, and I started to quit.

I’m not trying to throw a pity party here. I promise.  I am just wondering…Do others struggle with self-doubt as badly as I do?  And if so, is there any encouragement or words of wisdom that can help?

I’m pretty sure I am not the only one who struggles with this (but in the moment, I think I am!).  And to answer the second question…I know there is hope and words of wisdom to be found!

Last week I chose this Scripture to memorize and meditate on….

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.                            2 Corinthians 10:3-5

This passage has been helpful to me in the past, but right now in my life it is even more so.

It reminds me of the battle that is going on that I can’t see, the spiritual weapons that God has given to me to use, and the power they have.

It reminds me that the lies that are being thrown at me are not what God says about me, and that I need to take those thoughts and replace them with truth from the Word of God.

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I came across this and this and this on Pinterest, and wanted to share them with you.

May we realize just how much He loves us, and how incredibly important and wonderful we are in His eyes.

May we remember that we are unique and that we have purpose,  and not to compare ourselves to anyone else.

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God’s word reminds me of who I really am, how He sees me, and to just be me!

And now…..I’m back to blogging!🙂

Remembering that this blog doesn’t have to look like someone else’s.

It is mine.

My heart.

My home.

I hope this brought someone some encouragement today.  That’s what I want to do here.  I want to be real, I want to encourage, and I want to inspire.

Thanks for listening, friends🙂

P.S.   I have Christmas on the brain and lots of other projects in the making around here that I want to get back to sharing with you.  And a craft day with friends is coming up…I can’t wait!!

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The Laundry Room

It’s done!!!

Finally.

I mean, seriously.  Who takes this long to finish a project?!?!  Oh that’s right…ME!!!!!

But it’s alright, it’s ok, because the shelf is hung now and the room is “done.”

I say “done” because as someone who has a passion and love for creating and decorating, it’s never really done.  I realized this just the other day.  I also had another revelation.  I’m a recovering perfectionist who wants it to look just so.  But I also want to change and create something new all the time.  These two things clash and cause me to freeze up and not do anything.  The perfectionist has me thinking that my ideas won’t look as good as someone else’s design, and that the end result will not be up to my standards.  But, then my creative side starts going and wants to do all these wonderful things.   There is a battle constantly going on inside of me!  I just keep telling myself not to be afraid of starting something, and what the Nester says over at Nesting Place….”It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful!”  (I love her!)

So without further ado….the laundry room.

(Oh, and by the way, I changed my mind COMPLETELY on the direction I was going to take in there.  Since it took so long to decide what I was doing about the shelf…which is not what I had originally planned either…I came up with something completely different.  I told you I want to change and create all the time! If it wasn’t such a pain to paint it, I probably would have painted it and gone another different direction.  I know…I’m insane!  I can’t help it!)

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Even though I changed my mind about what I was going to use in the space, I already had most of it.  The only things I purchased were the Byholma baskets from my trip to IKEA two weeks ago, and the metal laundry basket.  Which used to look like this…

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I found it at Ross for $12 and just spray painted it with Rustoleum’s Dark Walnut.

The rest of the things were great deals I had found at one time, but had no home yet.

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The mirror was $3 from Hobby Lobby.  The glass jar was from Marshall’s.  I have had that for so long, I don’t know what I paid for it. But, knowing me, it was definitely under $10.

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The plate was from Marshall’s for about $2, and that picture frame was from years ago.  I went into Word on my computer and printed off the “H” to put in the frame.  The barn wood memo frame was made by my husband with some supplies that his brother already had, so it was free!  The Scripture was found as a free printable on Pinterest.  They are from swtblessings.com

So, even though it isn’t perfect by any means, it’s nice to hear my husband say he likes coming into the laundry room now.  That makes me happy.  That a space that I created makes someone like being in it.  That is what I want to do.  It’s what I love to do.  I know all this stuff is just material things and is temporary in light of eternity, but I enjoy making things beautiful.  I realized recently that this is something that I get from my heavenly Father.  He is creative.  He is The Creator.  He creates something out of nothing.  He takes things that are broken or thrown out and turns them into something beautiful.  I think that is beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by🙂

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Weekend Getaway

My husband and I were desperately needing some alone time.

Away from the ordinary, everyday, same-ole-life at home kind of time.

We decided to take a quick, spontaneous trip to Chattanooga for the weekend.  Which is saying a lot for a girl who plans everything.

And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING!  Ask my husband.  I roll out of bed on a Saturday morning wanting to know what we will be doing every single hour of the day….What are we going to eat for breakfast, what will we do between breakfast and lunch, what will we do for lunch, what does the afternoon look like….you get my point.

It drives him crazy!

He is like, “Amy! It’s a Saturday! Let’s just do whatever.”

And I’m like, “But honey, you know I need to have a plan!”

I know myself, and him, well enough that if we don’t have a plan, then the day will usually go by with nothing to show for it. Every now and again I like to have lazy Saturdays.  I even think they are needed.  But I don’t want every Saturday to be a lazy day, or nothing would ever get done around here!

Then, there are vacations.  Ok, ok, I like to plan the days on vacations, too.  I just want to make sure that we get all the stuff in!  I can’t help it!! It’s a curse!

But since this was a last minute trip, and a much needed one away from the ordinary, I wanted it to be spontaneous, relaxed, and fun.  I knew there were a couple things that I would like to do there…but I promise I didn’t plan them out!  If we got around to doing them, then great, if we didn’t, then it would be ok, too.  I just wanted some alone time with my man.

We hadn’t been to downtown Chattanooga since the kids were younger to take them to the Aquarium. Which now that I think about it, has been 10 years. (Sniff. Sniff. They grow up too fast!!) Anyway, we just thought it would be something different.

When Rob called to get a hotel reservation, almost everything was booked.  It was fall break, and there was some kind of outdoor competition going on there.  So, we just had to cross our fingers that the hotel we ended up with would be up to our standards.  I’m not a snob, I promise.  But, when it comes to a hotel room, I am pretty darn picky.   It scares me to think of some things about a hotel room! ((shiver))

When we got to Chattanooga, we checked in, got to our room, and new immediately that we were only going to stay one night and cancel the second.  (Not up to our standards, but not terrible) But let’s just say we were a little iffy about sleeping in the bed.  I will admit that we put bath towels over our pillows and I used a sweater and another towel for a blanket.  Are you picturing this? It was hilarious!!! and pathetic.  We couldn’t stop laughing at ourselves.  It was much needed laughter. We haven’t laughed in a while. (I told you this was a much needed get-away)

The next morning we went to Milk and Honey for coffee and breakfast.

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This is one of those places that I said I wanted to go to, but wasn’t going to plan it.  Luckily it worked out!  I loved it.  The black and white honeycomb tile, the yellow barstools, the homemade goodies wrapped with baker’s twine, and treats under glass cloches.  So cute!

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And their Burnt Sugar Latte was awesome.

After breakfast, we headed to The Knitting Mill antique mall.

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My husband was so excited (insert sarcasm)!  But since he is so awesome…he didn’t complain one bit.  He just found things to keep him occupied and make me laugh.

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Like trying on vintage glasses, and finding the absolute worst stuff in there to point out that we needed.  He made it fun.

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The red booth was Rob’s favorite, of course.

After having to pull Rob out of the antique store,…

(just kidding. He hates shopping. But I think he entertained himself. He took lemons and made lemonade🙂  Love you, honey!)

…we got in the car and decide our next adventure would be to go to IKEA in Atlanta.  Another place that I really wanted to go to.

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Heading to Atlanta, we didn’t know what we were going to do after that or where we were going to stay the night.  It’s fun being spontaneous! But after several hours of walking thru IKEA and a hungry husband who wanted Mexican for dinner, we decided to head back to Chattanooga to eat dinner at Taco Mamacita.  We both had wanted to try it, and Chattanooga is the halfway point between Atlanta and home, so we went with it.

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(I forgot to take a picture of the restaurant so I got this one from chattanoogafun.com)

We ate outside on the porch and the weather was great. There were 15 different tacos to choose from.  I tried the Caribbean Jerk and the Sloppy Jose.  My favorite was the Carribbean Jerk.  It had mango salsa on it.  Yum! It was really good.

After all we had done in a 24 hour time period, and since we were dreaming of our own bed after the previous nights experience, we decided to head back and spend our last night of our mini vacation at home.  I really enjoyed just spending some alone time with my husband.  I’m so thankful and blessed that we were able to get away, just the two of us.

A lot of the time, I need to be reminded of how I am called to be a wife first, then a mom.   All the responsibilities and demands of being a mom make my life so busy and involved with the kids, that I forget to take time to kiss my husband when he walks in the door from work.  I forget that he is different than me, and his love language is different than mine. Marriage is hard.  It takes work.  It’s being patient.  It’s being forgiving.  It’s doing for them, without thinking what is in it for me.   I have a wonderful husband who provides for our family and is so giving and generous to us.  I need to make sure that I tell him and show him how much he is loved by his wife.

I leave you with 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.  It’s a verse that even someone who is not a Christian may know, because it is recited a lot at weddings.  It’s about love.  A picture of true, perfect love.  This kind of love, is what Jesus is.  And this love is what we are called to model.   To our husbands, to everyone.

Love is patient and kind.  Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.  It does not demand its own way.  It’s not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.               1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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Easy Burlap Door Hanger

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Before I get started on my “Easy Burlap Door Hanger”, can I just say how I’ve missed you!

I missed you so much since my last post!

I have been itching and scratching to get on the computer to talk to you, but life has been so busy these past two weeks.

Last week, we had three volleyball games in four days, and several tests to study for.  We have been trying to figure out how to cover our pool.. for the first time ever.. without spending $1,000 on it.

(That’s been real fun!  Let me tell you!  We were trying to rig up something..because that’s how my husband rolls!..and we were going to Lowe’s twice a day, and staying outside every night trying to figure out what we were doing.  And then it would rain and we would see that it didn’t work.  Then we would try something different, and that wouldn’t work. And that is where we are right now…confused and stuck!)

This week, I have been trying to finish up some projects around here even in the midst of the pool cover fiasco, and my kiddos are on Fall Break.

Which is another touchy subject, because usually we are on the beach during Fall Break.  So, I have been spending a lot of time sulking too!

But not today!

Today, I get to share with you how I make burlap door hangers (and mini hangers!).  And when I make something it MUST be easy.  So, here we go….

Oh, and I didn’t take that many pictures when I made my large door hanger, so I made a mini hanger today to show you all the steps.  This project is so simple and easy.  It’s fun too!

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Here is a list of supplies you will need:

  • burlap (enough for a front and back of whatever shape you are making)
  • poster board- for the door hanger template (or just a sheet of paper for the mini hanger)
  • sharpie
  • scissors
  • craft paint
  • paint brushes
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • plastic grocery bags
  • wire
  • ribbon

Now that you have what you need, let’s get started….

STEP 1:   Make a template with the poster board

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You can find lots of templates on the internet or just free hand with a pencil.  If you mess up, you can just erase and start over🙂  

STEP 2:   Double up your burlap so you have a front and a back. Then, trace your template on the top piece of burlap.

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I usually have a large piece of burlap so I just fold it in half.

STEP 3:   Cut out both pieces of burlap together

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It’s important to cut them at the same time because the burlap moves so much when you cut it.  If you don’t your pieces will not line up.  They still may be off a little bit, but that’s ok.  You can trim it.

STEP 4:   Set aside the bottom piece, and paint your top piece

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I just use acrylic craft paint that you can get at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or Walmart.

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(I painted the orange first and let it dry, then came back and did the chevron.  I also painted the mini white pumpkin and let it dry before adding the detail)  NOTE:  Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process! It dries in no time!

STEP 5:   It’s time to start hot glueing the two pieces together.  IMPORTANT!!!  Leave a section open to stuff it!

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Run your glue around the outer edge of the bottom piece, working in 3-4 inch sections at a time, pressing the top piece down. But don’t forget to leave a section open at the end to stuff with the grocery bags or it will be flat.

STEP 6:   Stuff the shape of your door hanger with the plastic grocery bags, and hot glue the remaining section closed

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The amount of grocery bags you use depends on how full you want your door hanger to be. It’s just something you have to eyeball. The mini hanger only took one and a half bags.

STEP 7:   Add the wire to the top of your shape

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Cut the length of the wire to your liking, leaving a couple inches at each end to curl.

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Curling the ends of the wire makes it look so cute.  Just wrap the wire around a pencil or pen AFTER you have put both sides through your door hanger.

STEP 8:   Finish with ribbons or burlap if you choose

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( I forgot to tell you that I went back and lightly put some white highlights on the chevron design to make it look better )

 

And that’s it.  Pretty easy, huh?! You can so do this!  I love that you can do this with any shape, for any season.  My friend even did an initial.  I want to do a bunny for spring.

I hope I have inspired you today. I hope that you will get out there and try something new today. Maybe even a burlap door hanger or mini hanger :)

 

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This is what the Lord says, He who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it-the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’      Jeremiah 33: 2-3

 

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