Sunday, December 12, 2010

coastal christmas ~ pt one

i finished so many projects this weekend, that i need to start sharing them with you. first up is my coastal christmas wreath. i've never made a wreath before, but after this one, i think i will do it every year for sure!

i bought a plain wreath, and started by tying on three starfish with raffia. a lot of people glue things to their wreaths, but i don't like to ruin any of my starfish or shells if i don't have to so tying them just made the most sense.


the little shells that are around the starfish are very dear to my heart because they actually came out of my wedding bouquet (see below). :) ooh la la. 


when i let my bouquet dry out, i pulled a few of the shells off because i was worried they'd get lost if they ever came off on their own. thankfully they have little sticks on the end of them, so for this project i just wrapped the ends around the branches on my wreath. i ♥ getting to re-use these shells, and since they aren't glued down, i will have them for future diy projects as well. yay!


the last thing i did was tie on a ribbon. if there is one thing i need to learn how to do... it's tie a damn bow! it took me forever just to get the sad bow below! note to self: google bow tying.


i really do love how it turned out, and i might even keep it up past the holidays. since it is coastal, i think could make it work year round if i tweak it slightly. :) when it came to hanging my wreath, i really wanted it to go on the outside of our apartment door, BUT since i care so much about the shells, i asked the mister to hang it on the inside instead. (just in case some sticky fingers live with or visit our neighbors.)


what do you think? do you make your own wreaths or buy pre-decorated ones?

i can't wait to show you the rest of my coastal christmas. :) so you'll have to stay tuned!

p.s. on a health related note, i am still the same. the tests i had done, showed a problem with my GI system that unfortunately hasn't been diagnosed yet. i basically need to eat like a bird, avoid alcohol, and rest until we get real answers. no fun, but the mister is one sweet nurse, and izzy is loving all the cuddling time she is getting so i can't complain too much!
all images by jenna ♥ a little blue

33 comments:

Rebekah said...

That is awesome! And that's so great that you used shells from your wedding bouquet. I prefer to make my own. With that said, I'm not very good, but I'm almost done with one that I'm working on.

Rach said...

Sooo pretty! I love the deep burgundy color of the bow. I make my own wreath every year and usually go with a different color scheme each time. This year I went with red and gold. It is just so much fun (and pretty easy!) to make your own.

BelleinBows said...

That is a beautiful and creative wreath. I love the color of the bow!

Chrissy said...

Oh the wreath is so beautiful!! Absolutely!

Aww, I hope you get better soon!

Thanks for your sweet comment! Will write the tag post tomorrow!

Good night,
Chrissy xxx

Courtney Elaine Hampton said...

I LOVE that wreath...I was going to make one this year but I, of course, didn't have the funds for it...but I will definitely make one of my own next year!!

The Parrish Family said...

LOVE the wreath!! :) And keep us posted on the health issue! I hope you feel better soon!

{av} said...

love the repurposing of the shells! so sweet! you're in my prayers...hope you get some answers soon! enjoy the cuddling for now though...it sounds perfect ;) xoxo {av}

The Farleys said...

Jenna,
I have ALWAYS wanted a coastal tree and wreath. I will live through you until I finally do! By the way, we got our first big snow today. No school everywhere. Wish we were in CA with you guys. Please keep us updated. Thinking of you in So. IL

Kacey said...

Pretty! And clever! I hope you get some answers for your health issues soon - and get to feeling better.

Things to Do said...

This is incredible. Great job. Sending you lots of happy feel better soon thoughts.

Laura Darling said...

I love that the shells came from your wedding bouquet! What a cool personal touch! The wreath looks great, and I definitely think you could use it all year round!

Monique said...

Aww this is so cute. I love that the shells came from your wedding bouquet. Very clever.

this free bird said...

Your wreath is awesome. You did such a terrific job with it. I've never had or made a wreath, but living by the beach and seeing yours suddenly has me wanting one like the one you did!! Beautiful!

xo,
Carrie

Cindy Whitehead said...

You make is sound/look so easy - and I am sure its not (-: You are so talented - really admire that! Hope you are feeling better soon. xo

Ally said...

Your wreath is so beautiful!! How creative you are!!! :)

Lisa Fergus said...

The wreath is amazing! What a fun idea!
And I"m sorry to hear you are not feeling better. My sister had problems for years and was finally diagnosed with Crons Disease. She had to have a surgery to remove parts of both intestines, but now with a strict diet she is fine. Hope they figure out what wrong soon!!

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Googlover/keishua said...

I love it. You know I think that it is cool to bring in the regional charm of the place we live during the holidays. I think a lot of people really like the traditional new england(ish) Christmas image but I think Christmas is a feeling and it can be interpreted many ways.

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

You did a great job with your Christmas wreath. It's always more meaningful when you use something special to you like, the shells from your wedding bouquet. Re your question about bow making. I find if you use ribbon that has wire in it, it's 10x easier to manipulate, but yours looks beautiful just as it is!

Kimbirdy said...

oh that's beautiful!!! and you could totally keep that up year round. just lovely! i had plans to make my own wreath, but haven't had, or i guess, MADE time to do it. i'm slowly losing my motivation to make one now, but i would still love to. everything has been handmade this year - it's so fun!

speaking of fun, renegade craft fair was great. so many pretty things, it was a little overwhelming. i forgot my camera so i didn't take any pictures. and i didn't buy anything, but the mr. may have gotten some christmas gifts there... at least i'm hoping! :)

i hope things start going better on the health end. the not knowing is always frustrating. sending you all my healthy vibes!

Anaiz said...

Ooh I love it! *sigh* I haven't been to the beach in a while...

la petite coquine said...

Your wreath is stunning, and I love that 1, you had shells in your bouquet and 2, that you re-purposed them here!

I'm sorry you guys haven't been able to make much progress on your health issues. My mom had a difficult to diagnose GI condition a few years ago, so if you'd like to drop me a line, feel free! We might be able to shed some light on the problem, from experience!

Amy said...

Love love love your wreath! And your bouquet is absolutely gorgeous! I bought an already made one last year and used it again this year, but next year, I'm going all the way DIY! Thanks for inspiring!

Leah said...

That wreath is awesome!

luvs!

Belle Inspirations said...

How beautifully creative, I have just found your blog and am now a happy follower. I also have a new blog so please visit sometime and maybe you can follow me and i'll send inspiration your way.Have a great week.

Mo Pie, Please said...

How sweet is this!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Love the wreath... and tie on is so much better than gluing (I think).

Hope you feel better soon and are enjoying the Holiday season!!

Valerie said...

Your wreath is so pretty! I want to make one now too. I hope you feel better soon!

xo
Valerie

Alina A. said...

it turned out so gorgeous! great details.xx

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Diana Mieczan said...

That wreath looks fantastic, sweetie..I adore it so much:) Hugs and kisses

Ps: I am hosting a charming scarf GIVEAWAY today, just in time for cozy Christmas!

Allure de Croisière said...

very beautiful!can`t wait to the moment when i will be bride! :)

Chrissy said...

Jenna, Sweetie, email me, you won my giveaway!!!
Can't get a hold of you!!!

Penny said...

Well darlin daughter, I guess next time you come home we need to have a bow making class. remember the wreaths I use to make? Love your wreath. It is BEAUTIFUL. And I like the idea of changing it up for the different holidays by changing out the bow. Love ya.

Nina said...

oohw waauw! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

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