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How to Make a Fixer Upper Inspired Wreath

Great for the month of June!

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My parents were about to come visit, I cleaned my house, my car, I did everything but I noticed that I had no wreath on my door to say “Welcome” and “I care”. It was one of those in-between holiday times and I had only seasonal wreaths in my stash, nothing that was for those in-between times.  I needed to make an everyday wreath.  I had a left over straw wreath from other projects and I looked through my stash of decorative fabric.  I saw this awesome black and white bird fabric and that’s when I channeled JoJo from Fixer Upper.  Her favorite colors (or should I say shades) are black and white.  I usually go for color, but this felt simple and right.  Then I looked through my ribbon stash and found some natural wire ribbon that I thought would compliment the black and white well.  After about 20 minutes…Oula!  I have an every day wreath.

To this day I get compliments on it so I thought it would be a great “Craft and Chat” activity.  On the night of the activity, everyone picked a fabric from my stash and they all turned out so darn cute.  On Facebook I was asked to give directions for those that can’t come to Texas.  If you have any question, hollar.  If you make one, please post a picture in the comments.  That is one of my favorite parts of Craft and Chat, seeing the final project in your home.  So get your craft on! It’s so easy and you’ll love looking at it everyday.

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Steps:

1. After getting all the supplies above, cut and rip your fabric into 2.25″ strips.

2. Secure the end of the first strip on the back of the wreath with glue. Start wrapping.  When you have run out of fabric on the first strip, glue the end to the back and repeat until wreath is all wrapped.

3. Wrap the 33″ wired ribbon around the top of the wreath securing it with glue.

4. Make the bow by looping the 4′ ribbon back and forth, smaller loops every time (refer to picture above).  Scrunch in the middle and secure with wire.

5.  Fold 8″ ribbon in thirds length wise and wrap around bow, hiding wire.  Secure with glue.

6.  Glue bow onto wreath on top of the ribbon.

Done!  Enjoy your Everyday Wreath!

Fixer Upper

Update: I wrote this post before the Silos opened.  This is when I visited the Magnolia shop on Bosque.

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Any Fixer Upper fans out there?  I admit, I’m a groupie. I’m in love with the show. I’m in love with Chip and Jo-jo. I love how cute and funny Chip is with his with her. I love how sweet back she is to him. I love and appreciate her taste even though its different than mine sometimes.  For the first time ever she makes me wish I lived on a farm. Now I know what ship lap is and I love it.

Now that I live in Texas I can appreciate what talent she brings to this state. Most houses in Texas are dark and “Tuscan”. Joanna brings a breath of fresh air that Texas badly needs (Texas is pretty behind in the design world compared to where I’m from, Utah).

Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 9.49.18 PMSo….being the groupie that I am….I begged my husband to stop in Waco on our way to Austin.  I fell in love with the Magnolia shoppe. It’s in a really beat up, random part of town and very small, but totally worth going out of the way.  I left with two small but awesome trinkets:  a galvanized plant holder, and a Joanna signature candle. Now seriously, the candle is amazing. The scent is “Linen”. It makes everything smell clean, just as I imagine Joanna’s house smelling.

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After the first season I was a afraid that she might be a one trick pony, but season 2 she has broken out of the mold.  My favorite episode so far is when she redesigns a midcentury home. You never would have guessed it was her first time. The brass poles, minimalist decor, and elegant kitchen cabinets are perfection.

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Designer Joanna Gains

Highs: Kitchens, Exterior Paint Colors, Landscaping, Dining Room Furniture, Lighting, Use of Vintage Signs, and Craft/Work Rooms, great styling of accessories

Lows: Bedrooms are way too frilly, can be a one trick pony