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New Year’s Eve Favorite Things Brunch

Happy new year! The ladies in my family have started a new tradition of having a favorite things brunch around the holidays where my younger cousin and I host our moms, aunts, and grandmothers at my house for a fun morning of fellowship and gifting. (Click here to read more about the favorite things game.) This year, we had extra helping hands from our cousin’s new wife. (You may remember when we hosted her wedding shower last spring.) Last year, we hosted the brunch a week before Christmas, but this year we decided a New Year’s Eve brunch would work best.

We had a lot of fun setting the table this year! It was a special treat to break out linens and actual dinnerware and treat the ladies of our family to something special. We’re definitely a family that typically uses disposable plates and napkins for family gatherings.

Each place setting had a water glass, linen napkin, mimosa champagne flute with a swizzle stick, favor, party hat, name card, small plate, dinner plate, charger, and utensils. Trust me, we really upped the table setting ante from last year’s brunch.

The party hats were from Target, and almost everyone wore their hat during brunch! It was so much fun to look around the table and see everyone wearing party hats and enjoying themselves. The name cards were a simple DIY using free flower clip art. This helped us identify which mimosas should be mocktails. Plus it was a really sweet touch everyone seemed to appreciate.

We found the Bubbles & Kisses favor idea from Pinterest, and it was a huge hit! All we did was add some Hershey Kisses to an organza favor bag, write “Bubbles & Kisses” on gift tags from Target, and add it to the mini bottles of sparkling cider.

I’m going to get real for a minute and admit that this cake was almost a huge problem. It all started when I ordered a cake topper that didn’t arrive correctly, and then the Etsy seller forgot to send the correct topper. She was really gracious about it and gave me a full refund, but the cake already started with a disadvantage: no topper. Then, when we picked up the cake, it didn’t look at all like it was supposed to look. Instead of being covered in an edible glitter, it had gold sprinkles haphazardly sprinkled all over.

Honestly, we just needed to reset our mental picture of how the cake was supposed to look and instead accept how it actually looked. Once we did that, it became a lot easier to move forward. I found a free clock printable to use as the central topper, and we just used a decorative scalloped circle punch to add some circles to add some something decorative around the clock. This all happened around midnight the night before the brunch. The cake itself was strawberry and delicious.

The rest of the table’s centerpiece featured grocery store flowers in holiday vases, a beaded runner, and the cake on a silver cake plate. There was enough going on with the rest of the table to feel comfortable with a simpler centerpiece.

All of the food was placed on a small buffet table near the main dining table. Unfortunately, the only place to put the buffet table blocked one of the doors into the dining room, so we had to get a little creative blocking the exit. The mix of balloons and the banner ended up being the perfect kitschy, not-so-serious additions to the party decor. The balloons were hung from the door frame with sequined ribbon, so the extra touch of sparkle was really fun.

The food itself was a mix of old and new recipes, and it was all well received by the brunch guests.

Menu:

Happy new year, friends!

Favorite Things Christmas Brunch

Merry week of Christmas! I hosted a Christmas favorite things brunch (ladies only!) over the weekend, and I wanted to share it with you before the holiday passes us by.

Menu:

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Decor:

I added a few new things to my Christmas dining room decor this year, such as my black Christmas tree.

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Favorite Things Game:

If you’ve never been to a favorite things party, I highly recommend hosting one. The premise is simple, you bring a pair of your favorite things at a certain price point. The two people who draw your name each receives one of your favorite things. Each person leaves with two, new favorite things!

I set our price point at $15, which was challenging in a fun way. I chose two faux fur blankets as my favorite thing to bring. However the majority of the women in my family chose to bring a snowman as evidenced by the photo below. Ha! I received the trio of snowmen (far right) and one of the largest snowmen made from corn husks (second from the left). The two smallest snowmen below are from an adorable snowman nativity.

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To Do: Brunch

I recently mentioned that I will be hosting a brunch for the ladies in my family. As the party date nears, I’m realizing I need to create a to-do list to help me get organized.

This can’t be any to-do list, though. In order to plan a successful party, the to-do list will have to be broken down into a timeline. Luckily for me, the guests will be family and there won’t be many in attendance. Originally, the brunch was to be set in October, but now, it will be in early November. Either way, there are things I need to do now and other things that will not need to be done until right before the brunch.

To Do in August:

  • Set a party date. Early November?
  • Experiment with menu items, such as non-alcoholic mimosas

To Do in September: 

  • Continue experimenting with menu items
  • Begin experimenting with tablesettings
  • Begin creating DIY décor, such as a wreath for the kitchen door and a centerpiece for the table
  • Create DIY invitations to be mailed early October
To Do in October:
  • Finalize tablesetting
  • Finalize menu
  • Finish DIY décor, and shop for non-DIY décor
  • Mail invitations a month or so before the brunch

To Do Week Before:

  • Set the table
  • Thoroughly clean house
  • Confirm RSVPs

To Do Night Before:

  • Make ahead any menu items that can be made in advance
  • Do any last-minute cleaning
  • Make sure all dishes, serving ware, etc. is clean

To Do Morning of Brunch:

  • Prepare any dishes that need last minute preparations
  • Set up food, drinks and mimosa bar
  • Look Fabulous and welcome guests

You know I’ll keep you posted every step of the way! Are you planning any parties this fall?

Last Year's Brunch

Last Year’s Brunch

Planning a Brunch Menu

Last year, I hosted a ladies brunch for the women in my family. It was a huge hit, so I recently decided that I would hold the brunch again this year. I plan to host the brunch every year if the women in my family continue to enjoy it.

A brunch, to me, is feminine in nature. So, it makes perfect sense to make this occasion ladies only. Plus it’s a great excuse for the generations of women in my family to all get together. We range in ages from 75 to 18.

The brunch will be in the fall (same as last year) and will be themed (more on that later).

The menu was one of the most difficult pieces of the puzzle for me to nail down last year. In the end, though, it all came together beautifully, and I’ll be using some of the same dishes this year. Such as:

  • Homemade biscuits with some not-your-ordinary, fruit jams (peach, blueberry, etc.)
  • Cheese platter of assorted cheeses and crackers
  • Mom’s cider
  • Blushing apples (These can bee seen in photo below.)

I’m trying to decide if we should go meatless, and the more I think about it, the more I’m leaning toward yes. The women in my family, myself included, hardly eat any meat at all, so it makes sense. I tried a sausage casserole last year, and it wasn’t a huge success. I had thought about cooking slices of bacon, but I’d really rather not try to cook breakfast meat the morning of the brunch. It’s anyone’s guess where I’ll end up on this one.

I find that cooking the morning of a brunch is not something to be taken lightly. I prefer to cook only one or two dishes that morning that were preferably prepared the evening before. Everything else for a brunch should only require assembly the night before or the morning of. For instance, I’ll have the cheese plate ready to go with the exception of the fruit and crackers the night before. Those will be added the morning of.

Cheese Platter from Last Year’s Brunch

I want to include more pastries this year with the addition of some flavored butters. Perhaps honey? Or Pioneer Woman’s berry butter? I lean toward the honey, but we’ll see.

I’m also toying with the idea of setting up a mocktail mimosa bar. My family may not drink alcoholic beverages, but I’m sure they would enjoy putting together fun mocktails. Plus with inspiration as pretty as this, who could resist? (Read full article from inspiration picture here.)

I’ve still go t a long way to go planning this brunch, but I’ll keep you posted a long the way. I have a lot of fun ideas for table settings, invitations, decorations and games that I can’t wait to share!

p.s. I’m linking up to Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch. See you there!

Blue House Tour: Dining Room

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When we bought our first house, a dining room was on the wish list, but it wasn’t meant to be. (I made the most of what we did have, though.) Before we even moved into our blue house, I was beyond excited to finally have a dining room and spent some time dreaming up a mood board. You can read about my intent with the mood board here. I actually did end up purchasing similar curtains and the buffet from the below mood board around the time we moved into our blue house, and I absolutely still adore both of them to this day.

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Our dining room has come a long way since we purchased our blue house back in December 2012. (Click here to see before photos of the entire house!)

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One of the main reasons we fell in love with this house was the floor plan. The dining room is right off of the kitchen, but it still has easy access to the rest of the house. This has been a perfectly functional layout for us and all of the entertaining we do — especially around the holidays.

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After we moved in, we made a few changes to the dining room. We moved the light fixture seen in the before photos above into the hallway leading to our master suite, added a new chandelier, painted, changed out the window treatments, added our furniture and called it done for a few years.

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We also replaced the large window within the first year of living here. The seal had broken, so it had begun collecting moisture between the panes of glass making it impossible to see outside. A family friend volunteered to replace it for free, so we only had to pay $150 for the new window itself. The new window lets in so much more light, plus it’s not a total eyesore anymore. I thanked our family friend with a tin of frozen cookie dough.

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Earlier this year, we made a big change to our dining room: we ordered a completely custom dining table and chairs! This has long been a dream of mine. When we were first married, we borrowed a table and six chairs from Travis’ parents. It was beautiful, and we were so fortunate to not have to make a major purchase early in our marriage. We used the borrowed table and chairs for about eight years. As seen in the above photo, the borrowed table and chairs were beautiful. However, they were not fitting in with the new style of our blue house.

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We custom designed our new table and chairs at Braden’s Lifestyles to our exact preferences. Our dining set (excluding the two head chairs) was designed by us and built by Palettes by Winesburg. We love that this furniture is 100% American made and is solid wood. It should last a lifetime… at least. We have three, 12″ leaves we can add to the table, which means 12 people can sit comfortably in our dining room for holiday meals. For everyday use, we leave one leaf in the table and store four of the dining chairs, which were also custom made by the same company.

Braden’s Lifestyles made it so easy to design our table to exactly what we wanted and needed. We designed the furniture on Black Friday of last year, and it was delivered to us about four months later since each piece had to be built to our specifications. Since the table and chairs are natural products that are still living and breathing we had to let it acclimate to the conditions in our home for about a month before we could find places to store the extra chairs and leaves. We keep two of the extra chairs in the dining room corners most of the time for extra seating, the other two extra chairs in a closet, and the leaves are stored under our bed.

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Decorating our dining room has been a lot of fun. I added a plate rail from a local store to one wall, and I enjoy changing out the decorative plates for different seasons. Currently, I have plates from The Pioneer Woman collection at Walmart. Pretty soon, I’ll change the plates out for a fall look.

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Next to the plate rack, I have two black and white prints from one of our favorite cities: St. Augustine, Florida. We spent part of our honeymoon in St. Augustine. My grandparents also honeymooned there and brought back our entire family year after year. We purchased the prints during one of our many trips from a street artist. I added the prints to some simple black frames, and they’ve lived in our dining room for several years now.

In the above photo, you can also see the metallic sheen of the walls. We used Valspar’s Brilliant Metals product in a color the seems to no longer be available. This was a finicky product to use, and I’m not sure I would recommend it or ever use it again. However, we receive so many compliments on the wall in this room that the difficulty of using this product may have been worth it. After having this color on the walls for nearly four years, I’m still not tired of it.

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The opposite wall displays a large-scale Ikea piece. Typically, I don’t like purchasing art from Ikea, but when I saw this canvas art piece a few years ago I immediately fell in love with it. I still love it, and I expect to love it for a very long time. One of the spoons looks like it has an “S” on top. Our last name begins with an S, so I enjoy sneaking in another “monogrammed” element to our home.

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The buffet from the mood board sits in the corner by the door to the kitchen. I had glass cut for the top, and it’s definitely helped protect this little piece during the years. The sign on the top was purchased from a craft fair in Georgia and reads, “Bless the food before us, the family beside us, and the love between us. Amen.” I love the little reminder to be thankful for all that we have. The topiary is a preserved boxwood purchased 90 percent off after Christmas several years ago. It needed some minor repairs and a new ribbon. The boxwood leaves are dusted with a silver glitter that is so pretty in this room year around.

Our dining room is one of my most favorite rooms in the house, and I am so excited to dress up our new table for Christmas this year!

Source List:

Table and Chairs: Braden’s Lifestyles
Buffet: Amazon
Chandelier: Home Depot
Sheer Curtains: JCPenny, Aqua Dust
Gray Curtains: JCPenny, Techno Gray
Plant: Gifted
Plant Pot: IKEA
Table Runner: Target (no longer available)
Rooster Candle Holder: Yard Sale
Candles: Hobby Lobby
Dinner Plates on Display: Walmart
Salad Plates on Display: Walmart
St. Augustine Prints: Purchased from street vendor
Spoon Art: IKEA (no longer available)
Lamp: TJ Maxx
Sign on Buffet: Craft Fair
Topiary: Burkes Outlet, after Christmas sale
Art Above Buffet: Gifted

Paint Colors:

Above Chair Rail: Valspar’s Brilliant Metals
Below Chair Rail: Mark Twain House Ombra Gray, Valspar

To see some of the other posts from this room, click any of the links below:

Favorite Things Christmas Brunch

A Pretty Black Christmas Tree for the Dining Room

New Dining Room Art & A Fall Table

Navy and Orange Tablescape Celebrates the End of Summer

Happy Birthday Tablescape

A Pretty Spring Buffet Table

Thrift Shop Challenge, Part II: A Parisian-Inspired Tablescape

A Baby Shower Menu

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, Part I: Dining Room

Dining Room Dreaming

Simple Update, Big Difference

Linking up to TDC.

A Pretty Black Christmas Tree for the Dining Room

Remember my steal of a deal on a white Christmas tree? It was not meant to be. Even after a call to customer service, it was apparent that Target.com had sold me a tree it did not actually have in stock. The nearest location that had the tree available in store was in another state.

This story has a happy ending, though. I found a different tree that is absolutely perfect.

I ordered this 6-foot, black pencil tree from Overstock, and I love it. It was a bit more expensive than the white tree, but I was still able to apply my PayPal credit bringing my total out of pocket spent for this tree to $30. The best news? I already had some gorgeous glass ornaments to adorn the tree and ribbon to make a bow for the top. I bought some pretty bows at Target and one strand of lights to finish the tree, bringing the total spent on this tree to only $40.

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The tree is perfect in front of the large window in my dining room. I put it on a crate to give it a little height and draped the base with a tablecloth I already had to round out my festive little tree. My favorite thing might be how well it correlates with the large white Christmas tree adorned with black ornaments in our living room while still maintaining its own sense of style.

Favorite Things Christmas Brunch

Maybe next year I’ll add another tree to my Christmas decor. 😉

Butter Pecan Bundt Cake Recipe

I adore my mother’s butter pecan bundt cake. It’s moist and flavorful without being overly sweet. It’s versatile enough for brunch or dessert. It travels well, and it feeds a crowd. Individual slices can also be frozen for later consumption. It’s the perfect cake, I tell ya.

BetweenWeekdays Butter Pecan Bundt Cake Recipe

I have no idea where the original recipe hails from, and I’m sure my mother doesn’t either. It’s one of those recipes that is so simple, you’ll remember it for the rest of your life after you make it just once.

Ingredients:

ButterPecanBundtCakeIngredients

  • 1 butter pecan cake mix
  • 1 tub of coconut pecan frosting
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of oil or applesauce
  • 4 eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350º
  2. Grease and flour your bundt cake pan
  3. Combine all ingredients until well blended
  4. Pour combined ingredients into a greased and floured bundt pan
  5. Bake the cake at 350º for 45-55 minutes
  6. Allow the cake to cool on a wire wrack

That’s it! The most difficult part of baking this cake is preparing your bundt cake pan.

BetweenWeekdays Butter Pecan Bundt Cake Recipe

Enjoy!

 

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House Tour: Kitchen and Dining

I last took you one a tour of our first home’s living room after writing about the decision to sell our home. We’ve had a lot of showings but still no offers on the house. In the meantime, we’re continuing to enjoy all the things about this house that made us fall in love with it, including the kitchen.

We have a large, eat-in kitchen directly off of the living room. The main kitchen area is closed off from the living room, but the dining area is very open between the kitchen and living room. In the photo below, you can just glimpse into the dining room from the living room.

Once you walk into the space, you’re greeted by a table on loan from my in laws. They purchased it at an auction for $17 and completely refinished it. I’m thinking if they haven’t asked for it back in three years, maybe they never will. Maybe?

Dining Table

Above the table is a DIY art project I blogged about awhile back. After three and a half years, I still love it.

When we moved in, this space featured an overscale light fixture that we immediately replaced with a newer fixture with a smaller profile. It’s not that the original light fixture was bad, it just completely dominated the entire room. Plus, we weren’t big fans of the brass.

Happily, the giant brass fixture found new life in someone else’s home. I always love when that happens.

I’ve recently discovered how much I enjoy creating different tablescapes for holidays and events. Before we depersonalized our home to help it sale, we almost always had the table set. I haven’t blogged about many of them, but I’m sure I’ll do better in our next house. For now, all of my table linens and different dishes are packed away in storage.

Below are a few of the tablescapes I’ve created.

The tablescape on the left was our table set for Christmas last year. The top right photo is one of my very first tablescapes created for the Fourth of July. To read more about that tablescape, click here. The bottom right is a tablescape I created when I hosted a brunch a couple of years ago. To read more about planning a brunch menu, click here.

Beyond the table, is the rest of the kitchen. It’s been my playground since I’ve mostly taught myself to cook in the few years we’ve been here. I’ve also had the joy of learning to can in this space. (For a full tutorial on canning beans, click here. For a full tutorial on canning homemade spaghetti sauce, click here.)

Anyone who knows me well will tell you that this is where I spend the majority of my time. We were fortunate that we didn’t have to make any major changes to this space when we purchased the house since I was still very much learning to cook for the first time. This is my first “grown up” kitchen, and it’s been a fabulous space to grow and learn in.

Below is the kitchen when we moved in back in 2009.

We’ve obviously made some changes to the space like new appliances and lights, but this space has remained mostly unchanged.

Decorating above the cabinets was a bit of a challenge for me, but I really love how they turned out. It only took me about a year to get it right. Please tell me I’m not the only one with difficulties when it comes to decorating above cabinetry.

The baker’s rack has been depersonalized, but it still adds a lot of function for us. The basket on the bottom holds all of our grilling gear. When we have guests over, I love placing yummy, homemade desserts here.

We’ve been very happy with our LG appliances. We’ve purchased them slowly over the past three years as our budget allows. The oven was actually purchased at the beginning of this summer. It’s by far my favorite appliance. This girl never wants to be without a warming drawer again.

I would be remiss not to mention one of my favorite renovations in our house. A couple of years ago, I convinced the husband to turn a coat closet directly off of the dining room into a pantry. It’s been one of the smartest renovations we’ve made.

This kitchen is definitely the heart of our home. Here’s hoping we find another one that’s just as functional for us in our next house!

Source List:

Dining Table and Chairs: Auction
Dining Light Fixture: Lowe’s, Portfolio 3-Light Brushed Nickel Chandelier
Pot Rack: Lowe’s, Portfolio 2-Ligth Chandelier (Ours is in brushed nickel, but it doesn’t seem to be available on the website.)
Kitchenaid Stand Mixer: Empire Red
Rugs: JCPenny’s (These are no longer available. Boo!)
Fridge: LG (This model has been discontinued.)
Microwave: LG (Also no longer available.)
Convection Oven with Warming Drawer, LG
Dishwasher: LG (This is also no longer available.)

Paint Color: Autumn Fog, Valspar

Update: A new page has been added that lists the entire house tour. To see the entire house tour, click here.

August 2011 Month in Review

August was my second full month of blogging, and it was jam-packed full of storage solutions and Christmas prep.

This month began when I showed you my unsightly second guest bedroom and shared my lengthy to-do list for the room. This space has been in serious need of an overhaul for nearly three years now.

Last week, I was finally able to mark one thing off my to-do list for the second guest bedroom when I updated a pair of lamps.

Lamps After

What do I hope to tackle in September in this room? I hope to add a small tv to the space and rearrange the furniture to better utilize the space for starters. Also, I would like to refinish a pair of nightstands for the room. I have a projected goal of the end of the year to have this room completed. It’s anyone’s guess whether I’ll actually make that goal or not. To see my full to-do list for this room, click here.

Earlier in August, I also shared with you the second part of The Complexities of Isabel series. If you missed that post, click here to read all about what my complex little Chihuahua loves, doesn’t like and tolerates. I’ll give you a hint: she LOVES pink.

Isabel is Very Complex

We only saw one wreath this month, but it was simply lovely. Originally inspired by Centsational Girl’s gorgeous gemstone wreath, I transformed this beauty from the vertical to the horizontal. Confused? Click here.

Re-Imaging the Vertical

In August, I found a few unique storage options. I was especially excited about the shelves my husband made for my ever-growing dish collection. Why was I so excited? Because we found storage space where there previously was none. This was huge for me since our house doesn’t have a ton of awesome storage.

Then, I found a better storage system for the Christmas gifts I buy early every year. (Read more about why I buy gifts early here.) It may be out of sight, but it’s certainly not out of mind.

Lastly, I found a simple way to store paintbrushes. They’re totally not out of sight anymore, so maybe I’ll stop misplacing them.

Functional and Cute Storage

Speaking of Christmas gifts, I made two gift purchases this month that I was extremely excited about. Thinking outside of the Christmas gift box can sometimes score some serious deals. Click here to read about the Christmas gifts I purchased during the back to school deals.

I also continued to share with you my brunch plans for the ladies-only brunch I’m hosting at my house. Since then, I’ve hit a scheduling wall, so I’m not sure if this is going to pan out this year. I’ll keep you posted.

Do you have a McKay in your town? If you do, you should go there now. Find out why here.

McKay

August was a great month, but I’m totally over this crazy heat we’ve had this year. I’m super excited for fall weather. Bring on September!

Gemstone Wreath Re-Imagined

I fell in love with Centsational Girl’s Gemstone wreath awhile back. (Click here to see Centsational Girl’s version.) Last year, I decided to make this gorgeous wreath. Unfortunately, this project wasn’t as easy as I had hoped it would be.

Centsational Girl’s Wreath

First I bought all of my supplies: styrofoam wreath form, spray paint, glass marble gemstones and ribbon.

I began by spray-painting my Styrofoam wreath form a lovely, fall orange color. Then, in a surprising turn of events, the paint proceeded to eat the Styrofoam. Who knew spray paint would literally eat away at Styrofoam? Not this girl.

After Googling around a bit, I learned I needed to seal the Styrofoam before painting. So, I got my trusty Mod Podge and sealed the partially eaten Styrofoam. Luckily, I had only spray painted the back of the wreath form, so I didn’t have to purchase a new one.

After the Mod Podge dried, I was able to successfully spray paint my wreath. Score!

Spray Paint the Wreath After Sealing

(Let’s pretend the spray paint in the above photo is orange. K?)

Then, it was as simple as hot gluing the marble gemstones on the wreath.

Glue the Gemstones on the Wreath Form

I’ll admit this took a bit longer than anticipated, but totally easy. Especially if you’re watching TV.

Keep Gluing Gemstones on Wreath Form

Just like that my wreath was done.

It wasn’t until I tried to pick the wreath up that I noticed it weighed about 20 pounds. (I may be exaggerating the weight a bit, but it was HEAVY.) I trudged on and tested it on my wreath hanger on the door.

Gem Stone Wreath

“This could work,” I foolishly thought to myself. The husband wholeheartedly disagreed and said it would not work, but I persevered.

I had made this wreath for my ladies-only brunch last year. So, the night before the brunch, I hung the wreath on the door, said a little prayer and went to bed.

The next morning, I found my wreath in a million pieces all over the floor. My lovely, fall-inspired wreath didn’t make it. The husband was right again.

Did I let this deter me from making another wreath? Of course not.

In November, I made my mother a wreath like this for her birthday and cautioned her to absolutely not, not matter how sturdy you think your wreath hanger is, hang this on your door. This wreath is meant to simply look pretty leaning against something.

She appreciated the beauty of the wreath, but without a designated place to lean the wreath, it ended up on the floor leaning against a wall for the Christmas season. Not exactly what I had pictured. But, did I let that stop me from making another of these beauties? Of course not. In fact, I attempted another one this week.

However, I’m not calling it a wreath anymore. I’m calling it a centerpiece. Or a candle holder. Or a centerpiece candle holder. Or a tabletop wreath. You get the idea. Basically, I’ve re-imagined the concept of the gemstone wreath.

Re-Imaging the Vertical

This smaller version would look lovely on a table as a centerpiece or candle holder. I want to put a mirror under it and then put a candle inside. I see about a million possibilities for these smaller beauties, and I can’t wait to experiment with more colors and decorations.

And you better believe I’ll be experimenting with this “wreath” for my ladies-only brunch again this year. This time, though, I think I’ll take the vertical concept of this wreath and apply it to the horizontal. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

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