Dec 5, 2016

Dreaming of a World in White...

 
 
We haven't had snow here at my house
for a couple years...
 
and
I am always dreaming of a White Christmas...
 

 
this year the weatherman
 predicts that is about to change...
 
 
as I am filled with anticipation...
a little giddy...
 
I build a dream World in White
upon a mirror...
 
I am sure if you read my blog you see I do this each year...
 
a whimsical tradition...
 

my favorite little
Christmas Treasure takes center stage (or lake)
 
 
a Victorian style scrap boy,
gliding upon a swan...
 
he delights me to no end....
 

 
 a simple glittered house,
sparkling in the candle light...
 

wooly sheep upon the shore...
 
 
a perfect fairy book
world in white...
 
I hope to wake to the real thing in the morning :-)
 
Good Night my Friends...

Thinning my Christmas Ornaments - Instasale

I am thinning out my Christmas Ornament stash,
before it overtakes my attic ....
 
and hosting an InstaSale today
for the first three sets
I am offering...
 
 
 


 
pop on over to my Instagram if your interested :-)
bellasrosecottage on Instagram
 
 
Thank for stopping by....

Nov 29, 2016

My Ornament Wreath Turorial - AGAIN!

It is time for Christmas Crafts,
so I am reposting one of my most popular posts...
 
I love mine and can't wait to get it out each year...
 
I will offer a little update.
I used a styrofoam wreath base
and in my hot attic the glue pulls away a little bit...
It is easy to add a few drops of glue each year,
but I may try to find a better place to store it in the future...
 
 
Ever since last Christmas,
I have had my heart set on making
a Glass Ornament Ball Wreath...
 
I have watched several techniques,
 learning a bit from each one...
 
this is how I made mine...
 

the trickiest part
is finding enough balls...
 
I used a 16"  styrofoam wreath
and it took about 80 full size balls to cover it...
 


I collected from garage sales
and the Goodwill stores in my area (Seattle)
open little Christmas Boutiques
selling ornaments by the bag full...
 

I also used a couple dozen
small and accent ornaments...
 
they are very helpful
in the end to fill in gaps...
 

I have been saving those big fat pink ribbons,
Rachel Ashwell ties her fluffy blankets in...
 (I love those fluffy blankets)
and used one for my wreath hanger...
 
if you use a ribbon be sure to tie it
and then glue the knot securely
to the back edge of the side...
 
because you don't want the ribbon
to put pressure on the balls
when it's hanging...
 

run a bead of glue around any ornament hangers
that won't be showing...
 
since you will be glueing the balls from any and all points that touch,
this will keep them from popping off...
 
the only exception to this is
anytime you want to create a focal point
from the hanger,
then don't glue those...
 
 you'll see in the end,
I set a lot of the top row ornaments
so their hangers showed...
 

 
keeping the foam wreath flat
glue a row of balls
to the inside and outside edge...

use lots of glue,
glueing to the foam and to the other balls...
 
fill them in as tightly as possible,
but don't worry
too much about gaps,
you'll fill those in later...
 

 
at this point I stood the wreath up to work,
so I could work on placing the balls
where they looked nicest...
 
fill in with the large balls,
till all the gaps are filled,
then fill in and accent with the smalls...
 


now you do some real cover up work,
 by tucking and glueing  tinsel in the gaps...
 
and I like it because
it softens the whole look...
 
 
 
there it is!
 
It took me four hours from start to finish,
and it was easy!
 
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Thank you for stopping by....