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DIY Hydrangea Wreath

DIY Silk Hydrangea Wreath  

I decided to do something a little different for my grandmother for Christmas.  She had commented on a photo of a beautiful hydrangea wreath on my blog and I thought it would be fun to make one for her.  While she was in town for the holidays, we picked out the flowers and ribbon at Hobby Lobby and then I got to work!  I couldn't be easier to put this wreath together.  You'll need 7-8 large silk hydrangeas, wired ribbon, a wreath base, hot glue, scissors, wire cutters and wire.

  1. Lay out your basic design on the wreath to determine placement.
  2. Cut the stems off of your flowers using scissors or wire cutters.  Make sure you save the leaves and don't cut so close to the bloom that it falls apart.
  3. Hot glue your leaves onto your wreath base in a sporadic, but balanced pattern
  4. Hot glue your hydrangea blooms over the leaves in whatever color pattern you'd like.  Make sure they've evenly spaced and you leave room for the bow.
  5. Create a bow with wire or purchase one that's pre-made.   Leave "tails" that are roughly 2 feet long
  6. Hot glue your bow to the empty space on your wreath.
  7. Wrap the ribbon around the hydrangea blooms and secure with dots of hot glue.
  8. Trim the ends of your ribbon.
  9. C'est fini!

 

Shabby chic Christmas decor with rustic burlap and sparkling touches

DSC05252 Merry Christmas, y'all!

This is a big one.  Two years ago, Joe was fighting for our country in Afghanistan.  Last year, I was unexpectedly in the hospital as Beau decided to arrive two months early!  So, it's our first real Christmas in years.

In the spirit of celebration, I decked out the homestead in burlap, silver and gold.  It's rustic and *sparkly*!

For the burlap garland, I used my favorite trick.  I took a roll of burlap (you could also use ribbon) and every two or three feet, I tied a big bow.  Then, I wove it through the swags and tree.  It adds much more dimension than the burlap or ribbon would on its own.

Beau and the beagles are already trying to dig into the gifts.  We'll see if they can hold out until the big day!

Garden District stunners shine bright this holiday season

PRC New Orleans Holiday Home Tour, Photo Courtesy Sarah Essex Bradley It's baaaaaack!  Each year, one of my favorite New Orleans events is the Preservation Resource Center's Holiday Home Tour.

This weekend, tourists and locals alike will grab their lattes and get their exercise, walking through the historic Garden District neighborhood, where 8 homes open their doors to the public.

If you're looking for a taste of the good life, the mansions decked out in holiday decor, will have you daydreaming in no time!

Money raised from ticket sales benefits the PRC's wide range of community programs.

A taste of historic New Orleans for your Christmas wish list

Luxury, Inequity & Yellow Fever: Living Legacies and the Story of Old New Orleans You don't have to live in New Orleans to get a bit of the Big Easy under your Christmas tree.  Check out this gorgeous new book from the folks who run the historic Hermann-Grima and Gallier properties!

Photographer and author Kerri McCaffety recounts the days of antebellum New Orleans through glossy photos and some pretty scandalous accounts.  You may recognize her photography from one of my other favorite books... Bryan Batt's Big, Easy Style (yes, THAT Bryan Batt).

Luxury, Inequity & Yellow Fever explores the worlds of those who lived in the noteworthy Hermann-Grima and Gallier homes, including the founding families, enslaved workers, Free People of Color craftsmen, ladies of The Christian Woman’s Exchange and residents of the 20th century rooming house... as well as the staff who keep the properties running today.

If you want a peek inside what life was like for the wealthiest families of the 19th century living in New Orleans' French Quarter, this is it!

Luxury, Inequity & Yellow Fever retails for $45 and is available at bookstores throughout New Orleans, at the Hermann-Grima gift shop, online at Barnes and Noble and on the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses website.

 

Background:

Built in 1831 by Samuel Hermann, a German-Jewish immigrant who quickly amassed (and lost) his fortune in the commodities market, the Hermann-Grima House, located at 820 Saint Louis Street, is one of the most significant residences in New Orleans. Generations of New Orleans’ notable Grima family resided on the property from the 1840s until the 1920s.

The Gallier House at 1132 Royal Street was designed and built in 1857 by James Gallier, Jr., one of the most prominent architects of 19th century New Orleans.

The Woman’s Exchange purchased the Hermann-Grima House in 1924 and acquired the Gallier House in 1996. Their mission is to continue the legacy of the Christian Woman’s Exchange, established in 1881, by restoring and maintaining the houses, and interpreting their contribution to and place in New Orleans.

Whole Foods Goes All-American

20140701-141241-51161421.jpg You never know where you'll find inspiration and I certainly don't expect it at the grocery store, but Whole Foods Market had such a cute idea, I had to share it! Interspersed between flags, watermelons and 12-packs of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, the store is adorned with these darling wood pallets for the upcoming 4th of July weekend.

They're painted very simply like the American flag, then lightly sanded for a vintage appeal. They have a big impact and if you could scrounge up some free pallets from a local grocery or big box store, they'd cost next to nothing to make!

I'm definitely going to try the project for myself.

Wood pallet flag at Whole Foods

Wood pallet flag at Whole Foods