At 35 there are parts of me that I love and parts of me that I try really hard to remain civil with.
Up until about two years ago, my eyes were always pretty firmly planted in the "love" category.
But then something mysterious, and I'm convinced age related, happened...I began to have "creasing issues".
No matter what technique or product I tried, I would inevitably end up with my concealer and eye shadow creasing on my lids. Corey and I even developed a little sign language routine that would let me know during social gatherings if I needed to wipe my lids. I hated it. I'd get so fed up that I would take week long breaks from wearing anything on my eyes...trying to embrace a very natural look
Anyway, the very exciting news is that after hundreds of dollars poured into empty promises, I have finally found something that actually works...
Do you hear the heavens opening up and a choir of angels singing?!?!
*A hot lightbulb + cold water = shattered, dangerous mess.
*A $15 unfinished wooden nutcracker that HAD to be purchased but was discarded when painting it got frustrating.
*Two American Girl dolls, taken outside for a sledding adventure, forgotten on the slopes and left in the snow for days.
These unfortunate events occurred at our house recently.
Each were followed by a hysterical daughter...coming to me in tears.
And while I really REALLY could have gotten angry;
each of these exhausting messes were caused by my daughter's impulsive behavior,
I found myself filled with gratitude.
Gratitude that even after all we've been through together, in her time of desperation and regret, my daughter still came to me and trusted me with her mistakes.
I know that our future together will entail many adventures...some good and some not so good. And I am positive that I will not always be able to fix the messes that my daughter gets herself into. But I hope and pray that she will always feel safe coming to me...
even hysterically and in tears.
I love you, Soleil, even when you make messy, regrettable mistakes.
Gorgeous, righ?! And would you believe easy, too?!
Wanna make one? I'll tell you how...
What I used:
(I bought everything at Michaels)
~ 12" Styrofoam wreath
~ Wide white ribbon
~ Floral wire and cutter
~ 17 large white glass ornaments (they come in boxes of 8 at Michaels, I originally bought 2 boxes but ended up sending Corey back to the store because I needed 1 more...he loved that.)
~ 10 small white glass ornaments (if I was to do it again would buy 20 of these)
~ A whole boat load of other round white things...pom poms, floral picks that I snipped apart, painted acorns, etc.
~ copious amounts of hot glue
How I did it:
( This was made late at night so the "in progress" photos are less than stellar)
I started by wrapping the Styrofoam wreath with the ribbon, securing it with hot glue. I don't know if this was really necessary since I was using a white wreath and covering it with white ornaments, but it would be if your ornaments were a different color
Then I made a hook out of floral wire and attached it to the top
The next step was to start glueing the largest ornaments around the perimeter of the wreath.
*Super good tip* - keep the wreath laying flat on a hard surface as you do this step so that it will later on lay flat against your door or wall*
Once you have the large ornaments glued to the entire perimeter, start filling in the middle with some of the medium sized things.
If I was to do this again I would definitely also add ornaments to the inside of the wreath...I regret not doing that.
Lastly I filled in any little gaps with little things and in some places layered...I think more is more with this project ;)
And then I hung this pretty little thing above my mantel, on top of my stained glass window (using a 3M hook)...and stood back and admired it...
I recently took a photo of my daughter. She was working hard at something and had this seriousness about her. As she concentrated, her little tongue stuck out of her mouth a little.
I've seen this serious face of hers a million times, she's been making it since she was a very little girl. There's something comforting about seeing it again. Kind of a reminder that as much as things change, they really stay the same.