24 Merry Days

November 30, 2012 | Miscellaneous

Hello again!

I’m doing two posts today because I have some exciting news!

I’m lucky enough to be one of 24 bloggers involved in a very exciting project starting tomorrow and going through until the 24th of December, called 24 Merry Days. It’s being organised by the wonderful Audrey of This Little Street and involves each of the 24 bloggers hosting a fantastic giveaway on their blogs – one on each day of December leading up to Christmas!

You can read more about it and see which giveaways are coming over at the 24 Merry Days website!

The idea is to spread the love, so for the next 24 days I will also be blogging about the daily Giveaways happening on each of the other blogs, so you can not only go in the chance to win some great prizes, but you can also find some new and amazing blogs to read while you’re at it!

I will be giving away an incredible prize to one lucky reader on SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER.. yes that’s right, THIS SUNDAY! So don’t forget to check back!

Now go, enjoy your Friday :)

{24 Merry Days graphic by Gloria of Little White Whale}

DIY Christmas Wreath

November 29, 2012 | DIY

Oh I do love a good Christmas wreath! There’s just something so festive about seeing wreaths hung on doors, especially when they’re made from real foliage and berries. I find something very relaxing about making them too, from going to the market to select my branches and leaves, to cutting them down to size and winding them onto the ring.. my studio has been smelling particularly good lately with all this greenery around!

So I thought I’d pass on the little knowledge I have of wreath-making with you. I’m not sure if I’m doing it right really (I did learn a few years ago, but can’t remember the exact details!), but it gets the result so why not :)

Here’s what you’ll need:

– A wreath ring (any size and material you like)
– Green florist wire
– Various types of foliage, flowers, and berries

Note: Fragile plants won’t work too well here, look for hardy wooded plants and sticks that will last a while without water. Also, including some foliage with more volume and leaves helps to fill out areas and hides the wire better.

Step 1.
Cut your foliage into manageable pieces. My ring is 30cm (12″) and I cut them to around 13cm (5″).

Step 2.
Wind a loop of wire around the ring edge and secure. Keep the wire attached to the roll, it’s a handy way to continuously pass the wire around the wreath.

Step 3.
Take one or two of your foliage pieces and lay them over the wire. Bring the wire around the ring and over the foliage stems to keep them in place. Keep the wire fairly tight so they don’t shift around.

Step 4.
Always work in the same direction. Place the next piece overlapping the bottoms of the last so as to cover the wire. Bring a loop of wire around again and secure tightly.

Step 3.
Continue this way (not forgetting to also cover the inside edge and outside edge as well) until you reach the start again. Finish off by hiding the stems of your final foliage pieces under the tops of the first pieces you put down. Carefully wind the wire around a final time, keeping it hidden as much as possible under foliage. Once you’re sure it’s all secure, cut the wire and secure the end under the wreath.

Step 4.
Now you can look at your wreath overall and gently maneuver pieces that seem out of place, or even add new pieces if you think it needs it.

That’s it! You can add a ribbon later if you want to, or a hook of wire at the back for hanging. Most of all, just enjoy the process and have fun with it!

Workspace Wednesday 59.

November 28, 2012 | Featured, Workspace Wednesday

While this isn’t a typical Workspace Wednesday, I couldn’t pass up a chance to share this beautiful holiday magazine with you guys!

A little while ago now, I was lucky enough to be asked by the lovely Victoria to contribute a DIY to the holiday issue of A Subtle Revelry Magazine, and yesterday it came out! And what a beauty it is..  It’s full of DIYs, recipes, decoration ideas, and gorgeous photography.. so do yourselves a favour and go check it out!

You can check out the whole magazine here at A Subtle Revelry :)

Join our Mailing List!

November 27, 2012 | Miscellaneous

Hi guys! I’m back again today just to let you know that we finally have a mailing list! Yippee!

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As a little thank you for signing up, our very first Newsletter (coming out this Saturday) will include a special discount code to use in the Fellow Fellow shop! So get in quick because it’ll only be available to anyone signing up before Saturday!