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April 22, 2010

Organza Wreath

Would you like to receive a special gift in the mail from me?

read on and find out how.


After scoring on April Cornell's beautiful table napkins from Bill at Affordable Accoutrements, I was in a giving mood so I hopped on over to Lisa's Easy Frugal Living blog for a little "Pay It Forward". This is how I get to gift something to you, I'll explain further down in my post.

For today's post, I'm showing my Pink welcome wreath

Here's what you need: Organza (my piece was three feet by six feet), scissors, hot glue gun, strips of decorative paper (I used an old book), pins, printable transparancy.

You can purchase a styrofoam circle at dollar tree store or at Michael's. Cut strips of decorative paper, enough to cover the whole circle. Use your glue gun to glue the paper onto the foam.

Once you wrap the styrofoam, it will look like this

Next, cut a strip of organza, about 5 inches wide and 6 feet long, don't worry if your organza is not 6 feet long, any length will do. My organza had three different shades of pink, very pretty.

Accordion fold the organza about 5 inches in width
Now, sew all around the organza, it's okay if the organza does not stay in a square shape, as long as you sew a square that is four inch by four inch, you'll be fine. This step is done to keep the organza together so it's easier to cut circles out of.

Next, cut a circle shape, about 3 inch in diameter, inside the sewn square, like this

You will cut through all layers and end up with all these circles. The circles do not have to be perfect, just so they resemble circles will be just fine.

Repeat the process once more until you have about 25-30 circles.

Take each circle and fold in half

Then fold in half again

now pin it to the styrofoam

make two layers, one facing up and the other facing down, you can use all same colored pins or the silver ones if you'd like. I used multi-colored pins on mine
Once they are all in place, it will look like this

I made a bow with the rest of the organza and a long strip to hang it with. I then glued a welcome transparancy sign in a cute curly pink font and, wah-lah! the final product!

I love the way it turned out. It's so economical too because it's the same styrofoam I used for my Valentine's day and my St. Patrick's day wreaths.

Now........that special gift for you, please read on

The Pay It Forward challenge was first introduced by my blog friend, Lisa at Easy Frugal Living . It was on her friend's post, Rhonda, where I was selected to participate, Woo Hoo! Rhonda is going to send me a hand made gift she makes herself....I cannot wait!!!

Here's where you come in, don't you love it when you receive a thoughtful gift from a friend in the mail??? specially when it's a hand made gift made specially for you?? well, now you have an opportunity to receive a gift from me!!! with all the kindness and thoughtfulness attached to it.

Here's how it works: The first three people that would like to join the Pay It Forward Challenge, leave a comment on this post, specifying you would like to participate in the Pay It Forward Challenge, will receive a home made gift from me in the mail!!! HELLO!!! You will receive a handmade item from myself within three months, completely free of charge to you. I can promise that I will make something very special for you so that you will be pleasantly surprised when it arrives in the mail.

The Catch......sorry, there is a catch, BUT A NICE ONE. You have to Pay it Forward and commit to doing the same thing. Place a Pay It Forward post on your Blog, Facebook account, etc. Send something handmade to three people within three months, you can wait until you receive my gift, there's no hurry. The items should be handmade by you. It can be anything; an embelished scrapbook page ready for pictures, a set of greeting cards, an artist's trading card...etc...Wouldn't it be nice to make someone's day? So who's in on spreading a little Pay It Forward, Handmade Style? leave me a comment that you would like to participate, I will select the first three, it's that simple.

I appreciate and look forward to your comments. You can still leave a comment, even if you don't want to participate in the Pay It Forward Challenge.
Easy Frugal Living
Laura at Along for the ride, is having a $40 gift certificate giveaway, make sure you link up with her before the 27th for a chance to win:

Friday Follow

For today's Pink Saturday Challenge, I'd like to introduce a wonderful Pink lady, and now my blog friend, Patricia from Concerning Marie. She is a multi talented artist who's subject of choice is Marie Antoinette and life in that era. If you need inspiration, head on over to her blog, there's plenty to see that will inspire you in what ever you are working on. You will find poetry, quotations, paper crafts, altered books, mixed media art and so much more, head on over and say hello.
Please visit my Linky Parties above and don't forget to go and check out all the goodies April Cornell has, trust me, you're going to be glad you found her site. Specially with Mother's day coming up.


  1. Congratulations on your win!! And thank you for your visit and kind comments!

  2. Congrats on winning the lovely napkins in Bill's giveaway! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the sweet comment...it was very much appreciated.

  3. I would love to pay it forward! If I'm one of the three would you please let me know so I can start my planning? What a great thing for people to do!

  4. What cute wreaths. Thanks for the directions. I'm not crafty enough to do a pay it forward craft, but I know y'all will have fun doing it. laurie

  5. love your wreaths! I'm working on one and hope I get it done today.

  6. I will be playing in your Pay-It-Forward. I have done this before and discovered Pink Saturday. It is a wonderful experience. Thanks so much for asking me and I will post my first giveaway tonight.

  7. Congratulations on your winning.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for become a follower from Friday Follow. If you also want to follow my other blog you are welcome http://www.santiagotwingirls.blogspot.com

    Happy Friday and great weekend.

  8. Thanks for coming to i.craft @ BeeWiseBags! I appreciate your comment, love the wreathe, "sew" cute!

  9. Best wishes on your win. You have given excellent instructions, but I will leave it all to you. I am not too good at this sort of thing.

  10. Congrats on the win. You have a nice blog; your talent comes through!

  11. Hi Im your newest follower from Friday Follow.

    Hope you will come by... and follow me also...

  12. Cute wreaths! Love that organza one. So glad you were able to use my html instructions for your linky parties! Looks good!!

  13. What a lovely idea, and the organza petals make the wreath so special. Mind you, they're all gorgeous. Happy Pink Saturday!

  14. Happy Pink Saturday. Your wreaths are beautiful.

  15. What cute wreaths, especially the pink one! Thanks for stopping by to see me today too! Happy Pink Satruday! Suzie

  16. Happy Pink Saturday! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a note! Enjoyed your post - nice wreaths, I didn't realize the little flowers were put together that way. THanks, JEnn

  17. Ohh, your wreaths are so sweet. I am not so talented, but it will be fun following along with your crafts. Have a beautiful weekend and thank you for the lovely comment today.
    Enjoy, Dana

  18. What wonderful wreaths- such a talent!

    Happy Pink Saturday!

    In Shoes We Trust,
    "Do these shoes match this purse?"

  19. I enjoyed your post very much today. You do a great job on your wreaths.

  20. Hi! I'm poppin in from Friday Follow (on Saturday-LOL) to be your newest follower. Hooray! Come follow my blog! :) (Please?)

    Bridgette Groschen
    The Groschen Goblins

  21. A Very Happy Pink Saturday to you! Thank you so much for coming to visit me today. I am sorry that I am so late in responding to you, but I work all day every Saturday, so this is the only time I have to respond. I like your wreath so much and what a lovely tutorial!! It' so good to meet you and now that I know you, I will be back to visit again!!

    Susan and Bentley

  22. Thanks for stopping by. =)

    What a lovely idea!!

    Love your wreaths!!

  23. Thank you so much for your kind comments and I am glad that you enjoy my blog! This wreath is very cute!

  24. I love the versatility of your wreath...and organza flowers...of course it is fabulous! I am a new follower.
    504 main

  25. Love the wreaths and thanks for the tutorial. The pink one I can imagine as a gift for a baby shower :-) Maybe I'll make me one in blue :-)

    Belated Happy PS!

  26. I just love how this turned out!

    Thanks for linking up to Saturday is Crafty Day! I hope to see you back next week!

  27. Just stopped by to say thanks for visiting my blog, I'm enjoying looking around yours... love the cupcakes!

    As I'm on Wordpress there isn't a follow button, but there is a subscribe button if you want to try that :) Cheers!

  28. Like the way you used the paper and fabric flowers. Excellent results.

    I'm still visiting Pink Saturday posts. Have a wonderful week.

  29. Congratulations on winning Bill's give-away of those beautiful April Cornell items!! ♫ Lucky-Dog~Lucky-Dog ♫

  30. Beautiful wreaths! You're so talented!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy Belated Pink Saturday!!!

  31. thank you for the cupcake link :) :) :) i made red velvet ones this weekend and made my own toppers with little owls on them with my Cricut, and if you can believe it i took ZERO pictures. we were having a bog cook out and blogging wasnt really on the forefront of my mind, but im sure there will be plenty more in my future! thanks again

  32. Hurray! I'm number 3! I would love to Pay it forward. It will also make me actually complete a task lol. I wanted to come by and thank you for your kind words. Since you are interested in reading my original poem I will go ahead a post it. We can marvel at the difference 10 years can make together. Check back on my original blog post in a few hours. The baby and hubby need dinner first lol.

    Love that wreath! I've seen several variations this week and Lord knows I have tons of weather worn books I can't bare to throw away. I could do this project for our front door.

  33. Thursday (4-29-2010)is Pay it forward day. If you dont have your three pay it forward people it would be a good day to do a repost. :)

  34. One more thing....hope you will come by the sponsor blog, Julie's Open Window and follow along. I am posting a huge announcement today and we are getting ready for a HUGE giveaway!


  35. Thank you for following me, following you back. Don't forget my give away and French obsession party on the 1st!
    Great crafts, very cute.

  36. Stopping by from Trendy Treehouse's Follow Me Friday. I am your newest follower. Love the wreath and I will have one of those pink martini's please :)

  37. I love that wreath! I am definitely making one of these for the window over my jacuzzi

  38. This is totally cute! What a great idea. Thanks for coming by my blog and following! I'm excited to see what else you have!

  39. How cute! I love all the different ones for different occasions!



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