a birthday tribute to one creative lady

some may have seen through my facebook today that today is a special day in our family. it's my sister's birthday. and i thought one great way to honor the day would be to write a little tribute to my sister...one of the most creative and crafty ladies i know.

my sister and i have a pretty decent age span between us - seven years. we've seen some bumpy times (can anyone say seventeen-year-old teenager vs. ten-year-old? i will never let her live down that i had to approve her outfits everyday before school!), but i can proudly say that we got over those bumpy patches a number of years ago. she's now one of my best friends. and one of the first people i go to when i need to talk about anything. and, she's one of my creative partners-in-crime.

my sis has this amazing eye when it comes to interior design...kind of this great blend between the modern and vintage all with this great personalization and taste for diy that is woven into everything she does. i love going to her condo because i always see these great new ideas for home decor and it always inspires me to go home and figure out how i can move things around in my house in a different way or figure out another new project for the house. she just has a great eye and is an inspiration.

so, on my sis's birthday, i just wanted to share with everyone how much she means and what an inspiration she is to me. like i said this morning on my facebook page, she has made my world a bigger, brighter and much better place. happy birthday lys!


two old, sad wreaths...

so, what do you do when you are going through your christmas decorations, and find out that you have the two saddest looking artificial wreaths you have ever seen? me - i went to hobby lobby, bought up some fun stuff and figured i'd try giving these pathetic looking wreaths a shot. (note: a little background....when we first moved into our house four years ago, i was so excited to decorate the outside of our house. i bought up a bunch of the artifical wreaths from hobby lobby, along with some bright red bows, and had big plans to hang them outside around our outside lights. we soon figured out that wreaths + big red bows + 40 mph winds on a regular basis don't really work. hence, the wreaths that looked pathetic.)

when it comes to decking the halls at our house, we have a landing/bannister on the second floor that looks down to the foyer. it's a great place to hang wreaths from (and they add some great addition to noah's tree on the upstairs landing).

i started with the sad wreaths. first thing, they needed shaped.

the two incredibly sad wreaths


next, i got out some of the fun stuff i got at hobby lobby. red, green and white glass ball ornaments. some green glittery picks. and two red shiny and glittery ornaments. (all 50% off with their ongoing christmas holiday sale.) i also grabbed a couple of picks from previous wreaths that had red berries on them. oh, and i can't forget to mention my hot glue gun.

the fun stuff from hobby lobby

working through the first wreath

the finishing touch was to take some of the 2-1/4" wide red velvet ribbon from hobby lobby and make some loops to use for hanging these on the railing.

no more sad wreaths (yay!) and these give a little bit of a new look to our holiday decor this year. enjoy!
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