Planting Sequoias

In which I blog about a life (hopefully) well lived.


Doily Wreath with Mini Pennant Banner (in which I may have outsourced a craft to a pharmacy)

When it comes to Valentine’s Day (and any other romantical holiday like anniversaries and such), I usually don’t have it all together and I usually am more or less okay with that.

But this Valentine’s Day I wanted it to be different. I wanted it to be special.

After all, it isn’t every day that Katie Bower has a linky party. Oh no. Those days are hard to come by.

Oh, and it is Ken and I’s first Valentine’s Day as married kids. But that’s beside the point.

And so, that is why I found myself at 9pm on a Wednesday night crafting my little heart out.

I had gone to the thrift store (more like, gone to 5 of them) for craft ideas and ended up coming home with just one little straw wreath form for $1.99. I formulated my plan of attack in my head and gathered my supplies.
doily wreath supplies

No, the wine is not optional. Get all the supplies, now, including the alcohol; no skimping.

Explanation of the mass amounts of doilies I own: I happened to have spent months and months before our wedding this August collecting these frilly beauties from thrift stores and grandmotherly friends to use at our reception, so I have many, many left over. Let’s just say that my grandmas would be right at home in this doily-saturated environment. I’ve used them a several places around the old A.P.T., like in a draped garland and in embroidery hoops in our bedroom.

how to make a doily wreath--in progress

I basically just stretched the doilies around the wreath form and pinned them in the back. And let me please point out that NO DOILIES WERE FATALLY HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS CRAFT. I can totally undo it all, so don’t you worry, Grandma.

I found that the 7-9 inchers worked the best, since larger ones bunched funny around the round form and smaller ones couldn’t cover as well and would have required frontal pins. Don’t make me tell you how I feel about frontal pins.

Once I covered the wreath form with doilies (I didn’t count, though I think it took me about 10-15), I realized it was still a little lacking. So I made some doily flowers using some 2-3″ doilies. All I did was stitch a circle in the middle of the doily and tightened things up as I went. If you want, you can strain your eyes looking at my example picture (below) to see how I did it…or if you’re doing this at home, just make it up as you go along like I did.

how to make a doily flower

Then I realized that the thing that was lacking with this doily wreath was actually color, so I created a mini pennant banner (in ombre, of course, to fit in with trendy people) and draped that in there too. I actually think that some colored brooches would look splendid clustered where the flowers are, but all of my brooches are currently tied up in one very special brooch bouquet (that I have literally no idea what to do with, now that it’s role in my wedding has commenced).

doily wreath with mini ombre pennant banner

And then I styled the whole thing and tried to take decent pictures at 10pm, and you can see how that turned out for me. Normal 8-5 jobs wreak havoc on my non-existent photography skills…if I was a stay-at-home wife, I feel confident that my photography would move into the realm of at least mediocre (up from where my skills fall right now, which is in the abysmal category).

Oh, and as for a gift for Ken?

I outsourced it. To Walgreens.

Walgreens classic photo book

Yes, it is a photobook. Of our honeymoon (you can see awkward photos of it here if you are really that interested). I was planning on making a nice book of our wedding, but I got overwhelmed by the sheer number of photos to go through, so they remain sadly relegated to my computer files where they’ll probably stay forever.

Happy first Valentine’s Day, Ken! It’s so nice to have someone like you around to redeem “buy one, get one” specials with (and because I love you and stuff).



Hey Girl (in which my husband soundly trumps Ryan Gosling)

It is a well-known fact that my husband is an attractive man, so I thought I’d commemorate the upcoming holiday with some things that Kenny may have (or may not have) said that tickle my fancy.

Rustic Wedding Hey Girl

For some reference, check out our wedding here.

Thrift Store Date Hey Girl

My love of thrifting runs wide and deep. Here, here, and here are a few posts commemorating that love.

DIY Haircut

(I wouldn’t say that my husband is high-maintenance, per se, but he has been rather protective of his haircuts of late.)

Coupons Hey Girl

That man knows I love to save me some money. Here’s how we got our 42″ TV for $99 and here’s one of many posts where I detail my love of coupons.

Dinner Hey Girl

He’s a good, good man.

I should note that (since my mother is now probably worrying about the strength of our marriage) Ken has veto power over everything I put on the blog. He’s kind of like the president in that way. And, while he didn’t explicitly veto anything in this post, this is the face he made (over and over) as I showed these to him.

Ken's response

I took that as a sign of both his approval and of his undying love for me.

Over and out.

Almost. Linking up here.

NOW I’m over and out.

(Hmmm. That phrase doesn’t have quite the same emphatic-ness the second time you say it, huh? Ponder that one for a sec.)

ALSO. Linking up here: