My Alpine Home


We have lived in our new home in Alpine, Utah for four years now. My current goal is to make a larger more open home (which works great with our extended family) have a bit of cottage charm and seem more cozy. I hope you will follow along and give me encouragement as well as advice as I embark upon this challenge.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Simplicity!

As long as I can remember I have always decorated to the max.  I see others who have a very simple style and I adore it, but for some reason I have never been able to accomplish it.

I started a book page wreath some time ago and never finished it.  Today I decided to finally get er done!

Here it is in all it’s simplicity. . .

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I wanted it to look elegant but simple.

I found the vintage ornament at Star Mill Antiques for $1.50.

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The shear silver ribbon I bought at Thanksgiving Point.  For now I have left the tails really long.  May trim them when I decide where it will end up.  But who knows, maybe not.  I’m kind of liking it.

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I made a few rolled book page wreaths a couple years ago, but this is kind of a fun twist.

Simple and easy:

I cut 4” squares out of an old book.  You will need 75-80.

I covered my Styrofoam wreath form with inexpensive  paper like ribbon.  This helps to hold the pages better and not melt the Styrofoam.

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I poke my finger into the center of each square and then scrunch it up.

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I press it onto the wreath and hold for a few seconds.  You can crease it in a little more if it needs it after it dries.

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When it was finished I sprayed the entire surface with Elmer’s spray adhesive and gave it a dusting of glitter. I lost some of it when I turned it over to add the ribbon.  May need to give it a second dosing.  I should have been patient and let it dry better.

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The ornament is time worn. . .

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But ho how she sparkles!

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Did you notice that I chose to put the more faded side to the front?

SIMPLICITY!

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Hugs,

Jann

p.s.  If you haven’t joined me at  Share Your Cup please do!

I will be partying with:

Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday

Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage for Home

Timewashed for Blissful Whites Wednesday

Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Rooted in Thyme for Simple Sweet Fridays

The girls from At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday

How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday

My Turn for us for Freedom Fridays

Sunny Simple Sunday

Alderberry Hill for Make the Scene Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday

Kathe with an e for You're Gonna Love it Tuesday

Knick of Time Tuesday

The Polohouse for Favorites on the First

Homespun Christmas Blog Hop

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45 comments:

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Jann, this is really elegant! I love it.

Shelia said...

Hi Jann! Your wreath is so lovely! You did good and I love your addition of the vintage ornie.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Carolyn said...

I love how your wreath turned out-thanks for the tips on how to make it!

Carolyn

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Jann,
Your wreath is so pretty! Love all of the texture and sparkle...the ornament is a beautiful aged pink.
All the Best,
Christine

Gina said...

Simple & beautiful! I, too, try to decorate simply for holidays, I always fail miserably. :(

Ellie VanCaster said...

Simple elegance at it's best-thanks for the instructions on how to do it.

NanaDiana said...

Jann- I love it- I really love the long streamers. Did you hot glue it to the base? I'm assuming you did? It's gorgeous- xo Diana

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Very cute wreath. I'm into book pages and sheet music this year. I don't do simple much either.

The Boston Lady said...

I think that is so pretty, and yes simple. Thanks for telling us how it was done. Maybe I will try it! Ann

Susie said...

Oh I have just got to make one of those...my sisters will all want one.:):) really cute idea. Smiles, Susie

Carol Scheurich said...

It turned out beautiful! Well worth all the work. I want one!

20 North Ora said...

Jann - Your wreath turned out so pretty. Love the vintage ornament. I made one a couple of years ago and still just love it.

Judy

Heaven's Walk said...

Jann - your wreath is just beautiful! Simple, rustic, and oh so chic! That vintage ornament is so beautifully worn and the perfect addition to it. What a fun project! :)

xoxo laurie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The vintage ornament adds the perfect touch! I love it...simple and elegant!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

The ornament just makes it!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Very pretty, Jann! I like the addition of the time worn ornie! Have a lovely weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Kelley Highway said...

Purty!

Chenille Cottage said...

Now that wreath looks like a real page turner! Sorry, I just couldn't resist.
Oh, Jann...thank you for showing us how to make your beautiful wreath. I think it is so pretty. Your choice of soft grey with the vintage pink ornament is so sweet and feminine.
Thanks for sharing, my sweet friend.
Hugs,
Carolynn
I'm so glad you stopped by to see my two little handcarved owls. When I posted you were on my mind knowing how much you love owls.

BECKY said...

Absolutely love this Jann! I have never wanted to make one of these, but I love yours, and I think I am going to see if I can make a small one! Too, too pretty!

Thanks so much for sharing at Blissful Whites Wednesday!!
Have a lovely Friday and weekend!
Becky

priscilla said...

So pretty Jann ! The ornament is the perfect touch ! Love it !

Debra said...

SIMPLY elegant ! :)

J9's Happiness in the Every Day said...

Thank you - this is so lovely - and a great tutorial too!! I shall have a go at this one! J9 x

mimi_62 said...

Will have to make one. I LOVE it. Thanks!!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Jann, This wreath is so lovely! I do think the vintage ornament is the perfect touch! I also love the long ribbons, to give it that elegant umph! Just a darling idea! I can think of other possibilities, so thanks so much for the inspiration!
Blessings,
Susie

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Love the wreath Jann and its a great tutorial. I have wanted to make one of these for years. If I get stuck I know right where to come to get my personal tutorial..smile lol. I loved making the family blocks with you the other day. You are just SO much fun. I've come to love you to bits, Jann! So glad we live so close together.

Luv ya girlfriend!

Nann

Robin said...

Simply Beautiful! I really need to try making one of these.

Stephanie said...

Jann, I LOVE your wreath! I am going to have to make one soon - thanks for sharing :) Have a lovely weekend!

Hugs,
Stephanie

LV said...

A super idea and job on your wreath. I would never have the patience to do that.

Sharing Shadymont said...

Great idea Jann!

Marti McClure said...

Hi Jann, Your wreath is fabulous! I really love the simplicity of it and the ornament in the middle is beautiful. Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Thanksgiving too. ~Marti

Leslie said...

Jann, I love this wreath!!! I wonder if I could make one half as pretty as yours. :) I'm so glad to see you stopped by my kitchen today and left a little note about the maple nuts! I hope you so try them, because I think you'll really like the recipe for the holiday season!
Blessings,
Leslie

suzyq said...

Oh my Gosh Jann - this is just magnificent - I have to try this!!!
Thanks for sharing -
If you're ready for xmas decorating I have an awesome giveaway going on right now with vintage themed ornaments!!!
COME!
Hugs,
Suzan

Tami Kenner said...

Jann..I am so happy that you finished this project, it is so beautiful!
I love it and may have to try this one.
Have a happy Thanksgiving & Happy Pink Saturday too.
xo Tami

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh sweet Mrs. Olson, how pretty and elegant this is, I simply love it! Have a very Happy Tksgiving. Thank you for featuring me, can't wait till Tuesday to see it! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
FABBY

Katherine Wolak said...

Absolutely fabulous!!! I am in love with his and thank you for showing us how you did it! Im just like you, somehow, I just cant be simple though I think it is beautiful! :)

Hugs,

Winnie said...

Beautiful wreath! It looks so elegant.
Thanks for the tutorial, I've never made one.....

paintedlady89 said...

so happy to join you today for pink saturday!
What a fabulous project, I can't wait to make one of those!
Stunning!
Gigi

Shabby chic Sandy said...

So pretty--you did a lovely job!

Nancy said...

This is very pretty. The ornament is perfectly aged. I love it.

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks so much for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays.
What a brilliant idea! So simple, yet classic. I love vintage ornaments!

Jody

Pam said...

This is just gorgeous! Years ago, I made ornaments kind of like this, with fabric and styrofoam balls. This wreath is perfect, and the ornament is the perfect touch. Stopped by from Kathe with an E. New follower!

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

This wreath is so gorgeous! I love anything made out of book pages. Found you through Make the Scene party. I'm now a follower through GFC.
Tuula :)

Rhonda's Saucy Adventures said...

I love your wreath, thanks for sharing.

Amy said...

What a great wreath. I think I could even do this!! Thank you. I'm your newest follower. I hope you can follow me too on our journey in renovation our new vacation cottage. I'd love to get your input. ~Amy

Amy said...

Oh...I forgot to let you know the name of my blog I'd like you to visit. It's called Pinehurst Cottage. Thank you. ~Amy