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Sunday, March 6, 2011

“Oh Happy Day” ~ The Big Reveal

In the words of the great Aretha Franklin: “Oh happy day (oh happy day).” All I can say is we have been having a few more of these oh happy days in our household. Mainly because the three of us are finally on the mend. I am crossing my fingers and we are taking a hiatus from tissues and ginger ale.
As I said in a previous post, without tapping into my creative side I really do not think I would have gotten through the last couple of weeks. Might sound silly, but glue all over my hands and cutting felt allowed me to leave my reality and go somewhere else. I am proud to say I have finished a project and have hung it in Bean’s room this afternoon. It was my first wreath I have EVER made and my first REAL project using a glue gun. It is amazing HOW much you can learn from one project.
Well, I am ready to make my big reveal. Here it is:

The tutorial I used was from Our Best Bites, specifically their Valentine Rosette Wreath. I adjusted the colors to match Bean’s room (pink and brown). Originally I was going to put this over her dresser, which you can see in this post but decided to put in over the changing table. The picture that was originally over the changing table (a fabulous HomeGoods find) I moved to another spot and it looks SO much better in its new place.
Back to the details of the project. My initial goal was to give you specifics like EXACTLY how many felt sheets I used, but since I did a terrible job keeping track of instead I have a collage of pictures I took while creating the wreath using her tutorial.
I will also leave you with things I learned and tips I would suggest:
  1. It is easier to make the spirals by first cutting out circles then cutting those into spirals. There is no ONE way to do it, but try different ways until you are comfortable.
  2. I originally rolled the rosettes from the insides out and the outside in. I ended up liking how the rosettes look when you roll them from the outside of the spiral in, instead of the inside of the spiral out.
  3. Use a little glue along the way and glue the final flap at the end on the bottom of the rose. Using the flap to glue the rosette onto the was easier for me.
  4. Instead of spraying wreath with paint I wrapped mine in brown ribbon.
  5. Follow her suggestion of “I did the top part first to make sure it looked good, and then moved around the sides and into the middle.” I didn’t do this and in the end I think this would have made my life easier.
While my wreath might not be perfect I know I have a happy little girl. When I changed her diaper  this afternoon all she did was stare at the wreath. It was the most uneventful diaper change I have had in a VERY long time. To me that was the biggest compliment of all.

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Anonymous said...

Looks great! Very pretty!!

Lauren said...

Thank you! Was proud of myself. First "real" project. Appreciate your comment.

Sara @ Our Best Bites said...

Oh so cute! I totally love how that turned out!

Lauren said...

Thank you Sara. As I said in my tweet it was my first "real" project. Never used a glue gun for a project before. Loved EVERY moment of it.

Lori@KitchenFunk said...

Love these colors! And congratulations for completing such a nice project!!

Lauren said...

Thank you Lori!!!! I appreciate the comment.

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