Sunday, September 18, 2011

Crafty Woman? I Gave it a Go!

Unlike many of the talented bloggers I read, I am not a very "crafty" person. In a recent post, I asked if anyone knew how to make a hydrangea wreath, as I have plenty of flowers in my backyard. Two are young, small plants and a third is enormous! In the summer, its blooms are white, turn to green, and then to a brown/copper colour later in the season.

The help I needed came from Donna at The Country Nest. She provided some excellent tips and sent a link to a post she had written a couple of years ago. I'm not going to go into the steps here because her post is well written, has really useful photos, and was clear enough for a non-crafty type to understand!

Thanks to Donna, I've made a wreath. (Should I keep or "lose" the bow? Replace it with something else?) 

Needless say, I'm "following" Donna now and have put her site on my blogroll. You should see her current post: My Potting Shed.  I'd love to work in that space. She even has a beautiful, colourful wreath on the door! I hope you'll wander over there for a visit.

This week, I'm linking with Mary at Little Red House for "Mosaic Monday". Her blog is another one well worth a look.

Before you head out, I'd be thrilled if you'd leave a comment. I really appreciate hearing from you.
(Hmmm, I wonder what can be done with rose hips...)

Warm wishes, all!


  1. The wreath is beautiful - and if you're wondering about the bow then you know it has to go. That's how I operate with crafts. If I think something is too this or not enough that, then I'm probably right!
    I'm heading over to look at Donna's blog.

  2. Karen, The wreath is great, but I think it would be better without the bow.
    Thank you so much for the kind mention.
    Rosehips.....hmmm let me get back to you. Sadly I don't have many rosehips here, but I cut bunches of sweet annie to hang and dry in the shed. I love the smell of it.

  3. I could not get blogger to let me leave a comment as the country nest!

  4. I have never thought of making a hydrangea wreath, but now I see how pretty one is....I need to give this a try. Yours turned out beautifully. Love the mosaic. Thanks for sharing such a neat idea. genie

  5. Oh how pretty! There are so many wonderful crafty bloggers -- I'm not one of them. lol Thanks for sharing your beautiful creation at MM. :)

  6. I'm definitely not a crafty person, so I applaud you on your fantastic creation. You've done a great job on this wreath. It does look good. I think I'd go without the bow too.

  7. Hi Karen
    The wreath looks great! Personally, if you want a bow, I'd do it a bit larger and with longer tails. My hydrangea wreath is made with silk flowers and has spent a few winters outside, still looks OK though.

  8. Hi Karen,
    I love your wreath. Heading over to check out the potting shed post. You asked, so I just gotta say that I think if you want a bow, it needs to be bigger. But then, I love everything BIG, BOLD, and BEAUTIFUL. lol! The wreath is even pretty all by itself!

  9. Good work! And a wonderful mosaic!
    Have a nice week,

  10. WELL DONE! The wreath is very lovely!!! Have a grand week! Cathy

  11. I took a class a few years ago to make a dried hydrangea wreath. It was so fiddely I thought I would scream. The one you make looks like fresh hydrangeas. Looks really lovely. Loose the bow. V

  12. I love the wreath it is great.

    I wish I could do something like that but unfortunately I'm not very gifted in the crafty department of my brain!

    Enjoy your lovely wreath.


  13. Oh girl I'm all thumbs when it comes to crafting. I always am so proud of myself if I accomplish a crafting task. You did good! Enjoy...

  14. This seems to me to be a straight forward and easy way to make something really beautiful. I never would have thought to use the pins and a straw base. Very clever of Donna! The completed wreath looks great!

  15. Wow! Your wreath is beautiful! I'd love one on my front door. Hmmm, could be a future project!

  16. Hello Karen!
    So nice to 'meet' you...and I see you are a fellow Canadian :) I married an American and so moved from BC to Kansas nearly 12 years ago. I love your's beautiful! I like it with our without the bow but I think my favorite is without it. I've never tried making one of these but then my hydrangeas didn't do well this summer with our terrible heat and lack of rain. Maybe next year. Have fun creating more wreaths and other things now that you've started...I look forward to seeing what else you come up with! Have a wonderful weekend.
    Maura :)

  17. Hi Karen, I love the wreath. I think I like it best without the bow. I don't think I got enough hydrangeas to make a wreath this year.
    Thanks for stopping by our blog.
    Have a great weekend.

  18. What a gorgeous wreath! I love hydrangeas. I like it without the bow, too.

  19. Thank you so much for your kind comment, You're welcome!
    Your annabelle hydrangea wreath is stunning

  20. The wreath is gorgeous! What a great way to use the hydrangeas...we have a lot each year and I've never thought of making a wreath with them! Thanks for sharing this lovely idea.
    Helen x



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