I don't know about you, but I've had enough of this summer to last me for....like maybe forever. I keep trying to break up with humidity, but it just can't take the hint. So, if the weather will not cooperate with me in regards to cool temps, then I'm just going to decorate like it's Fall, despite Summer's proclivity for outstaying her welcome.
So, you know I have a thing for front door wreathes, right? Love them. Love to make our home look welcoming and usually I make the wreathes I hang there. Recently a couple of people asked what my creative wreath making process was and my first reaction was that there wasn't one. Most of my creative endeavors are really a sort of controlled chaos with mixed results. The more I considered it I discovered that I do, sort of have a way I go about things, so here is how my latest attempt went and I'll share the good and the bad.
First, I start with an inspiration. Oh, Pinterest, time suck extraordinaire, I adore you. How were we ever creative before Pinterest? For this particular door decor (which isn't a wreath, but the general construction process is about the same) began with this picture.
Creators facebook page can be found here. She does lovely work. So I love the S and the burlap and that huge flower is awesome, but I wanted it to have more of a Fall look so I got a vision in my head and went to Michaels looking for a big letter. Well, they don't sell them as large as I wanted so Amazing Husband to the rescue. He bought some plywood and cut me an "S".
I should probably mention at this point that I am not a perfectionist. Tom's saw blade was maybe not quite as sharp as it could have been and it left some ragged edges. I do not care about this at all. Lots of it will be covered, but nobody is going to notice a few chunks missing and if they do I can live with that.
Here we come to my first "I should have done" issue. I should have first painted it a dark color before painting it cream and them sanded off some paint for a more distressed look. Next time. Again, not a perfectionist, but I know what I like.
So I take the wreath/letter, hang in on the inside of the door and stand back and look for a bit. I picture in my head the look I'm going for. Next I gather all my supplies; flowers, burlap, glue gun, etc., and set up a work space in good light. This is usually my kitchen counter. I started with the burlap, added some vine and then hung it on the door again for another look.
(Wait....it's going to thunderstorm. Have to go out and soak than in for a minute.)
Ok, I'm back. I LOVE a thunderstorm.
Anyway, so I repeat this process of adding a few things, hanging it on the door and looking, many, many times. It doesn't take long before I realize that I pretty much can't stand every flower I've purchased. I tried sunflowers, nope. Mums, nope. Some other fall looking foliage, nope. Ergh. Back to Michaels. By this time I could have purchased this thing ready made maybe twice over. This is the dark side of wanting to be creative; it can get expensive. Maybe I am a perfectionist? Hmmmm.
Home again with better flowers and it's back to business.
I add something to the bottom curve and hang and look. Add some to the top.....wash, rinse, repeat....
A little more here, an extra leaf there, a few manipulations of the vines and VIOLA!
I love it. It's exactly what I had in mind. Let's hang in on the outside of the door and see how that looks.
Hmmmm. Maybe I don't love it. While the light letter pops off the door as envisioned, the dark flowers.....not so much. Well, bugger.
Do I hate it? No. Will I change it? NOOOOOOOO. Maybe I just need to take some more time to make friends with it. No, I like it. It will be good.
So that's about it. Trial, error, a little wine, you make it work. You can do this! Oh, and just so you know, I bring it in every time it rains.
Dreaming of cooler days ahead. Namaste. xo