Matthew Mead is an editor of Country Home magazine, and he produced a special holiday edition of the magazine this year. I've pretty much destroyed the thing flipping through it so many times - every single idea in the magazine is so inspiring!
This blog has helped me explore my own creativity further and not necessarily copy things from magazines exactly as shown (I didn't earn a nickname of Martha without warrant). But, when I'm inspired to do a project from a magazine, I shouldn't feel guilty about it - that's why they produced the darn thing!
This pompom wreath made me happy seeing it in the magazine, and makes me even happier seeing and touching it in real life! Love the textures, the different yarns I used in making the pompoms (knitters - there is use for that novelty yarn you've been gifted after all), and the different shades of white. The i-cord bow was my addition (there - I am not a craft robot).
The wreath form was a new resource to me. I tried really hard to find one online to show you, but I must not be using the right search terms. The forms are flat 1/4 inch thick pressboard and come in 6, 12, and 18 inch sizes. It was a welcome change from straw, grapevine, or styrofoam wreaths. Look at Michaels in the floral supply aisle.
Another project from the magazine was a twig display hung with icicles and round cookies
I just used round hang tags and glass icicles, and also added some glittery birds.
Paper doves - also from Matthew Mead (the pattern can be downloaded from his website)
I filled in the rest of the display with white tchotchkes
(feather ornament and reindeer from Walmart)
(gilded fruit from JoAnn)
(angel from JoAnn)
(I-can't-believe-that-I-paid-this-much-for-a-house-made-out-of-paper from one of those snooty kind of stores. Hey guess what Snooty McSnootersons - I am totally making my OWN paper houses as gifts for my friends this year! neener neener neener)
and what holiday display this year would be complete without some soft trees?
It is very peaceful to look at this display. Thanks, Matthew Mead - I'm no longer dreaming of a white Christmas...
New camera was without its zoom lens. Too stupid to figure out how to put it back on. Had to resurrect old camera.