Staircase: Lit Pip Berry Garland

My hubby is awesome! He knew that I was ready to transition from my Christmas decorations to my more multi-Seasonal (generic) decor.  He is always up really early in the morning so before I opened an eye one morning, he had taken this Christmas ornament garland off of the bannister…

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…and replaced it with our pip berry garland.  When he removed it back in November so that I could decorate for Christmas he had put a marker at each swag point so he said it was a pretty easy task.  Regardless, I was SO appreciative of his help and self-motivation to go ahead and do that big job while I was still sleeping.

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So once I was up and moving, the first thing that I needed to do to complete this job was to make new bows to tie to each swag point.  I had found this new burlap berry ribbon online at “The Paper Mart”, here is a link.  It took me quite a little while to create all 9 bows…talk about some hand cramps, yep, I was definitely a hurtin’ pup at the completion of that task.

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Thankfully, our daughter was here to help me when I tied all of the bows onto the garland; she was able to tell be if I needed to angle the bow up or down or if I needed to straighten a tail here or there.  I appreciated that so much as I have bad knees and going up and down stairs multiple times to check to see if I have everything situated just so is not tops on my enjoyable things to do list. 😉

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The next task was to put together a little spray to be placed on the bullnose (bottom of the stairs).  There is really no specific way that I put this together, I just gathered pip berry picks and gerber daisies together in a bunch and arranged it till I liked how it looked, then I tied it all together with tie wraps and added a bow…

The stems snug down into the bullnose nicely and because the lights are plugged into the extension cord below it stays put…

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Here is the completed look…

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I am so happy that this task is complete, the pip berry garland will stay on the bannister until next Christmas (unless I come up with another bright idea before then). I might change out the bows to match whatever season we are going through, but that would be the only change I make.

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I’m so happy that we’ve decided to decorate up this bannister, I feel that since this staircase is such a prominent feature in the house it lends itself nicely to be adorned with prettiness. 🙂  It completes the entire look and brings a warmth and coziness into the space…And as y’all know, I’m all about bringing warmth and coziness into our home.

Next, I’ll be telling you how I transitioned the mantel and hearth from Christmas to my multi-Seasonal decor…Here is a sneak peek:

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Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

*In decorating there are no mistakes, just unique creations!*

~Arlynn 

 

 

 

Burlap, Pip Berry, & Rod Iron Wreath

I bet the title of this little entry was a bit confusing, who in the world uses rod iron as an accent piece in a wreath? Well, I have found that I do…haha. 😉  Seriously, my three main decor accents in the family room of my home are burlap, pip berries, and rod iron (as in scrolly pieces that I have scattered about on the walls).  I have decided to create a new category entitled “Transitioning Seasonal Decor” and this is my first post in that new category.  That said, I am in the process of transitioning my decor from Christmas to a more neutral decor theme that will take me through the winter months and in some cases beyond. I do this sort of thing a few times a year, so I thought a special category was in order to capture the transitions.

ANYway,  I started taking down all of the Christmas decorations the other day; it takes me quite a while to get everything down and packed away–I will say that I’ve been quite organized in my packing this year taking time to label boxes and bins carefully…go me. 😉  ANYway, I realized that I wanted to make a wreath to replace this wreath that I had hanging on the mirror for Christmas:

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I decided that I wanted to make a large wreath, one that would include some of those accent pieces that I mentioned above.  So here is what I gathered:

  • 24″ Work Wreath
  • 2 Skeins of Burlap Runner (15′ x 18″)
  • Pip Berry Garland (1-6’garland plus a little more)
  • Burlap Ribbon (for a bow)
  • One rod iron circular piece
  • 3 fleur-de-lis pieces
  • Silk daisies in burgundy and dark cream
  • Sparkly butterflies

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If you’d like to see how I put the burlap on the wreath form, check out my post here.

It was time to attach the pip berry garland, so I simply used the wreath’s twist ties…I only attached it to the outer ring.

Next, I added the accent pieces, first I made a bow out of a new burlap ribbon that I found online at The Paper Mart

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Then I attached the fleur-de-lis and the rod iron piece, I used floral wire to attach both things to the wreath form…

Then I hot glued the daisies where I thought they looked nice and called it done. 🙂

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And then the hubby was sweet enough to climb up that huge ladder and hang it on the mirror…

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And there it is in its final resting place, I doubt if I will change it out until next Fall.  The accent pieces will pair nicely with whatever little changes I make in the coming months.

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There it is from a distance, as you can see, it is a huge wreath, it measures about 32″ across…IMG_3331

And check out my poor mantel and hearth, they are quite barren at the moment; it is not often that they are like that, but, as you can see, I change out most of my decor for Christmas.  Whew, I’ve got my work cut out for me in the coming days…stay tuned. 🙂

Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes, just unique creations**

~Arlynn ❤