Thursday, November 15, 2012

Amanda vs. Pinterest

Again, apologizing for the lack of posts lately.  I feel like I write in waves.  Either feast or famine here at Today: Begin.  Sorry!  Trying to work on that.  Well, you'll be happy to know that I've been crafting lately, so that gives me a lot of material to write about!  Get ready for a lot of episodes of Amanda vs. Pinterest!

So let's begin, shall we?  I saw this pin when I first started pursuing Pinterest.  I instantly loved it and wanted to make it for Christmas, like the original craft.  So I've been biding my time waiting for Christmas time to make a version of this wreath.  In the meantime, we've had so many events to celebrate: birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, etc.  And I love displaying cards, but I've never had a good spot to put them.  Then it dawned on me - duh - I could make an everyday card wreath!  A quick trip to Michael's and I pounded this baby out in an evening.

So what do you think???  Original pin, followed by my version.  I actually kind of love it.



I made a few changes from the original pin:
  1. The original pin uses a wire clothes hanger and strings the clothes pins on it with beads in between.  I used an embroidery hoop and hot glued the the pins to it.  It worked great and was less work, I think.  
  2. The Christmas wreath from the pin spray painted their clothes pins.  I painted mine with a paint brush after I had glued them.  I think this worked because the color I chose was so close to the original color of the wooden clothes pins.  If I do end up making a Christmas wreath, I'm planning on spray painting the clothes pins.  
  3.  Embellishments!  Of course I had to add a few flowers here and there.  Over decorated?  Perhaps, but just my style!
 My biggest problem with this wreath has been where to hang it.  It's had 2 or 3 homes already, and I still might move it again!  Regardless, it has definitely served its purpose and done it beautifully!  This past week was my birthday and with the influx of cards, it's been so fun to have a place to put them!  I'm still planning on making a card wreath for Christmas, but I'm so excited to have a wreath for everyday that is so cute and functional.

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