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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sweetheart Wreath With Felt Flowers and Vintage Paper

Has anyone ever done something really kind and unexpected and wonderful for you?   Well, someone did something for me the other day.  On New Year's Day, there was a knock at my door.  We were so surprised to see our friend Joy standing outside, with several plates piled high with traditional New Year's fixins (with just a bit of a Cajun twist)!

Amazing black-eyed peas, for good luck, collard greens, homemade cornbread, smoked turkey, rum cake -- it was incredible!   Joy didn't realize we had been sick, and hadn't eaten in days.

We were starving, but didn't have the energy to cook!  She saved us.  And a thank you note could never express our gratitude.

So, I created a sweetheart wreath for Joy.  Because she is a sweetheart.

She actually drove into the city on her day off to bring us our feast!

And did I mention, we were starving?   And recovering from being sick?  While we were standing in the doorway, she admired this wreath, explaining how she knew which door was mine.

So, this week I made Joy a wreath.  Inspired by my simple vintage wreath, but created for a sweet lady who knocked on my door and brought me good luck.

This wreath was made from two layers of corrugated cardboard rescued from the recycling.  The cardboard was cut into the desired shape, and the layers were glued together.  The cardboard was then covered in strips cut from a vintage Latin prayer book.   Here is a look at the back of the wreath.

Thrifted sweaters were felted and used to create the sweetheart roses. 

The wreath will be darling hanging from a loop of jute upholstery webbing, don't you think?  I think I like the play of textures...

I hope my friend likes it!
If you'd like to see the recycle gift bag this wreath was packaged in, click here.
Enjoy what is left of your weekend!

This post is being linked to:
Copy Me Challenge at Miss Mustard Seed
It's So Very Cheri
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Remodelaholic's Anonymous
Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous
Show and Tell at My Romantic Home
Air Your Laundry at Freckled Laundry
Catch as Catch Can at My Repurposed Life
Thrifty Thursday at Bloggeritaville
Crazy Cute at Between U and Me
Strut Your Stuff at Somewhat Simple
A Crafty Soiree at Yesterday on Tuesday
Transformation Thursday at Shabby Chic Cottage
Thrilling Thursday at Paisley Passions
Upcycled Awesome at the T-Shirt Diaries
Hookin' Up with HoH
All Things Inspired at All Things Heart and Home
Catch a Glimpse at a Glimpse Inside
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Handmade Tuesday at Ladybug Blessings
What's Up Wednesday at Sew Woodsy
Get Your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog
A Little Birdie Told Me at Rook No. 17
Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Craft Catwalk at Embellishing Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Market Yourself Monday at Sumo's Sweet Stuff
Made with Love at Sew Chatty
Mad in Crafts Mad Skills Party
Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple
Make It For Monday at Cottage Instincts
 Tootsie Wootsie
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Show and Share Day at Just a Girl
Inspiration Friday at Southern in My Heart
Tickled Pink at 504 Main
Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello
Style Feature Saturday at Perfectly Imperfect
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming 
Sundae Scoop at I Heart Naptime 

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  1. oh my, it's such an incredible gift! I love it and know she will too. I envy your felting skills!

  2. My dear friend Amanda,

    What beautiful work, of course, translates his gratitude and affection that you deserve.


  3. Love it and love that you are giving it as a gift to someone who is obviously very special! She's gonna love it!

  4. Oh Amanda, that is one of the sweetest things I have ever seen! What a fabulous idea! I was thinking how darling it would be spelling out the name of a new baby in a nursery or something. You are beyond creative and obviously a blessing to your friends! :-)

  5. lovely! i love the pink flowers!

    Come and link this up over at

    and i am having a $15 dollar giveaway that you will love!

  6. Love the wreath you made. So pretty. Funny how she didn't know you were sick and were hungry and she brought you food! Amazing how things like that work...

  7. Such a thoughtful friend...and such a sweet gift! Beautiful!

  8. That's the nicest thank you 'note' I've ever seen.

  9. this is so pretty - what a perfectly wonderful way to say thank you to your sweet friend. Hope you're feeling better :)

  10. This is beautiful!!! Love,Love,Love those felt roses!!! You are such a talented lady!
    Warm Winter Hugs to you,

  11. Such a neat and thoughtful gift for such a neat and thoughtful friend.
    Sounds like you have a special friend there. Isn't is amazing how friends seem to be so tuned into us.
    I hope that wonderful meal gave you additional strength.
    Thanks for the post.
    I am your newest follower. Please visit met as well. Hugs, Ginger

  12. Oh my heck, these are so cute. What a great thank you gift.

  13. Adorable idea! I hope you'll link it up at the craft catwalk!

  14. I'm so happy I found your blog! These wreaths are fabulous!! So original & lovely.

  15. I just love this wreath you created! The print with the flowers and upholstery webbing is such a great mix!

  16. What a sweet friend and you are one too. I know she'll love this wreath.

  17. What a great friend you have!! And I'm sure the wreath will be loved by her!! :)

  18. That wreath is gorgeous. I love the paper mache paper and the colors of the felt. Beautiful!!! :-)

  19. Those felt roses are just too sweet! Visiting via A Little Birdie Told Me.

    Many blessings,

  20. Such a pretty and creative gift! Love it!
    Visiting from A Little Birdie Told Me.

  21. What a sweet friend to start your year off right! The wreath is gorgeous - oh my those flowers are heavenly.

  22. That is terrific. I love the roses especially. Joy will love it. I do hope by now you're all feeling better.

    Come on over to my show n tell [link]

    Happy Weekend!!

  23. Those are the sweetest felt roses...and look so wonderful on the wreath. How sweet you are too...
    All Things Heart and Home

  24. oooh the wreath just beautiful! you did great with the project! love it!

  25. I love all the materials you used! Thanks for linking up at WhisperWood Cottage!

  26. I love the mix of old pages, fuzzy sweaters, and the burlap ribbon used for hanging...charming and sweet!

  27. Gorgeous roses! Can you tell me how you made the felted rose? I have looked all over, but can't seem to find tutorials to make this. Thank you SO much!

  28. Anonymous, I can't access an email address for you, so I will answer here. I simply felted an old 100% wool sweater in the washer by running it through a couple of hot/cold cycles. Once it is felted so that the fabric is very thick and it's hard to distinguish individual stitches, it is felted enough that it won't unravel when you cut into it.

    Next, I simply cut strips about two inches wide by about nine inches long, and cut a deep scalloped pattern into one side. Then it is a matter of tightly rolling the first petal, stitching to secure, and rolling, gathering, coaxing and stitching until you have the desired size rose. (if stitching is intimidating or needles don't agree with you, you can use hot glue, or wrap the base of the flower with florist's wire as you go) I sometimes overlap some individually cut petals if I feel the flower needs a bit more "filling out". I hope this helps, and good luck!

  29. What beautiful work
    Happy pink saturday!

  30. I love the contrast of the newspaper and sweet flowers. Beautiful wreath. Ii want to put them in every room of my house!

  31. This is my first visit to your sweet blog. I will be returning! I adore this beautiful wreath you made for your kind friend. I think I will attempt to make one to welcome spring!


  32. That is so pretty! I love those felted roses! Happy Pink Saturday!

  33. What a precious wreath/thank you for an undoubtedly precious friend!

  34. Wow, that is beautiful and the felt makes the roses look real. Love the wreath. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

  35. OMGosh, your wreath is soooooooooooooooo beautiful and your friend is truly very lucky to receive it.
    great idea to use a felted sweater: the roses look so real.
    have a great week

  36. What a kind and thoughtful friend you have in Joy, and the same can be said about you! The wreath is such a a beautiful and personal way to show your gratitude. I love the way you upcycled and made something of beauty, giving new life to those old items! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17. I hope you'll return again to share more inspiration!

  37. A very thoughtful "thank you" that you created. I love these wreaths that you do! Thank you so much for sharing them with air your laundry Friday!


  38. cute, so cute! how can she NOT like it?
    thanks for linking up!

  39. What a sweet gesture by Joy...and now you. I'm sure this cute wreath will make her smile, just as I'm sure her kindness made you smile.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking to the party. It's fun to see your creativity each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  40. How sweet of your friend to do something special for you. I love both of your wreaths, but the pink one if my favorite. I'm sure your friend will love her wreath, especially since you made it especially for her.

  41. Both of these wreaths are beautiful... the felted flowers remind me of a purse my sister-in-law knit and felted for me a few years ago... exact same colors of flowers!

    I appreciate the fantastic, detailed directions you post too. I should be better about that myself :)


    ps - came over from freckled laundry, I am a new follower

  42. Your friend was so very thoughtful! I'm sure she'll appreciate the beautiful gift.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice comment!


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