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Monday, December 6, 2010

A Penny Saved ....

Thank you to each and every one of you for your well wishes and support!  Every word left for me means sew very much ... sincerely!  Thank you!!

This is my penny-saving wreath. {smiles}  I'm actually quiet proud of it as normally, each year, I try to buy a real wreath and add a decoration or two so I can hang it on my door.  However, this year, in interest of saving a penny or two, I came up with this beauty from fabric. 

Years ago, when cruising the craft fairs, I noticed strip-tied garland for putting on Christmas trees.  Well, being the crafty-girl that I am, I went home and made one for myself, using 1 inch by roughly 8 inch long scraps of fabric and knotting them on a length of twine.  Years go by, no longer used it on my tree and of course, I don't throw it away.  In my search of my Christmas decoration has-beens, I also found an old grape-vine wreath that I had dismantled from days-gone-by, but saved.

A twist here, wrap there and I have a spiffy new wreath that didn't cost me a cent this year :o)  LOOVVE ITT!!  hahahahah .... I added a length of red fabric for the bow to spruce it up before hanging on my front door.  Okay, now that I'm done patting myself on my own back ... what'da'ya think ? LOL

Wreath making was late Friday evening.  This picture was from our family outing on Saturday.  Wasn't it gorgeous?!?!?  Little cold, but beautiful!  Husband is dragging the tree away to the truck and the darling daughters are helping with their contributions of what was left behind.  Now all that is left to do is decorate this baby after I cut a few more inches off so I can get the star atop the tree.  And see, by cutting this down by ourselves, it just meant the price of a permit and the gas to get to the forest. Another penny saved this week!  BO-NUSSSS!!  :o)

Okay, I best be getting back to my sewing now.  I'm working on a commissioned baby quilt that has been requested for a Christmas present ... this year :o) ... I'm using the Pink/Brown jelly roll of Lily & Will.  I'll snap some pictures soon to share.  I finally decided last night to use the same pattern we used for the Between Charming Friends Quilt Along, only with the jelly roll instead of charm packs.

Quiltastic day to ya! 

~love and hugs~


  1. Wow, earlier today I pulled into my driveway and noticed that both of my neighbors on either side of me have a wreath, AND that they look nearly identical to each other. I thought it would be neat to make one out of fabric (especially since here in Texas, weather isn't much of a concern anyway), and this is almost exactly what I had in mind!

  2. Great wreath. What a fantastic way to recyle. What a fun family outing to be able to cut your own tree!

  3. I love that wreath. It's very crafty. And your blog background makes me heart smile. I love the pretty glitter ornaments.

  4. That wreath is cute! I think I've seen that sort of thing before, but I've never had one. You did a great job!:) Makes me want to change out my wreath for fabric.

  5. From a fellow "saver," isn't it so cool when you can actually re-purpose some of it. It drives my DH crazy as he is a "tosser." Your wreath is wonderful! It must make you smile every time you look at it.

  6. I love the wreath! Maybe I will do one after our move. I am not destined for white Christmas'. I have a bolt of 1980 tropical print to do a "Florida" wreath. May as well go with the flow - "Five O'clock Somewhere".

  7. I love anything homemade and using something you already worked on to make something new is even better! Love your blog and the colors and happy posts! Keep up the great work!

  8. Wendy, I like how the wreath came out! It's so lush and full. That's why it pays to never throw away Christmas things from the past. Oh who am I kidding? I don't like to throw away anything!

    Anyway, love the picture in the snow. Sigh!

  9. Nice to meet you Wendy. Found you from the holly jolly bingo blog. Your family sure looks like they were having a great day :)

    Merry Christmas

  10. I learned about your blog from The Quilt Shoppe. Love your wreath, and sorry to hear about your brother-in-law's ALS, and my granddaughter would have loved the "princess" birthday party. Oh to be young again. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. Your rag wreath is a great re-use, and fun too. Oh, your snow day looks like a real holiday setting, too!

  12. Lovin your wreath Wendy - very creative! And way to go with saving, too! Oh, the scenery is so pretty - can't wait to see your tree all decorated!