Mini Boxwood Wreaths

Until this year, I had been completely oblivious to the awesomeness that is the boxwood shrub. Move over, evergreen, and hello to my new favorite winter wreath & garland botanical!

These little little faux boxwood wreaths are so simple to make, can be decorated & adorned in whatever way suits your fancy, and can be displayed in a dozen different ways throughout your home.

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I made two wreaths to dress up the front of our TV cabinet. Since the cabinet has a rustic-y look, I loved the simplicity and natural feel of these wreaths.

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I then showed my friends how to make them at my Christmas Crafternoon, with a wide range of awesomely creative results!

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Supplies:

Stick wreath forms (I used 6″ wreaths from Michael’s that are a dollar a piece)

Boxwood Garland (pull the individual sprigs off the garland)

Green floral wire

Wire cutters

Ribbon (and whatever other adornments your heart desires!)

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Use the floral wire to attach each individual boxwood stem to your wreath form, overlapping each new piece over the previous wire-wrapped piece. I started out cutting 3 to 4 inch pieces of wire to wrap each stem, but during our crafting session we discovered it was even easier to use one long piece of wire and just wind it under the wreath to wrap each new piece.

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Once you’ve filled in your wreath, add ribbon & bows, burlap bunting, and/or a loop of twine to hang it!

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I think these mini wreaths are perfect to dress the backs of your chairs at a holiday dinner, or to use as adorable (and long-lasting) place cards that can double as favors!

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You can win the supplies need to make two of these, plus the three other projects we did at my Christmas Crafternoon, by using the easy entry Rafflecopter giveaway linked at the bottom of this post. The giveaway ends December 8th, and then I’ll be shipping a box loaded with DIY goodies to the doorstep of the lucky winner!

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A Christmas Crafternoon + A Crafty Giveaway!

I hope you all had an amazing, food & family filled Thanksgiving! I sure did – and to help ring in the holidays, the hubby and I had a Christmas decorating marathon on Thanksgiving night (all while watching a Muppet Christmas Carol – my favorite holiday movie 🙂

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On Saturday, I hosted a little holiday crafting party for some of my girlfriends. I called it a Christmas “Crafternoon”, and had a blast planning and prepping the projects, food and drink for our festive gathering.

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I started decorating really early this year – a week and a half before Thanksgiving – in order to have the house ready for the party. I’ll be back later this week with a little house tour of this year’s decorations! In the meantime, here are some pics from the crafting party.

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We made mason jar snow globes, mini boxwood wreaths, scalloped felt & burlap trees, and burlap ornaments. I crammed a lot of crafting into one afternoon!

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It was so much fun to see everyone get their creative juices flowing, and put their own twists on each project. I think we all inspired each other!

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How awesome is this rustic mini boxwood wreath made by my girl Molly?

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And here is my beautiful friend Tiffany modeling her pretty wreath adorned with a bow!

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One of my favorite things about blogging is sharing with, connecting to & learning from all of you readers, bloggers & friends in the blogosphere. It sure would have been nice to invite ALL of you over to my place to eat yummy snacks, sip delicious hot spiced rum cider, and craft the day away. But, since my apartment barely held 8 of us yesterday, that would likely have been disastrous!

STILL, to spread the crafty love & express my gratitude to all of you lovely readers out there, I want to give away a crafting kit full of all the supplies you need to make the projects you see here today!

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One lucky winner will receive a fun-filled box packed with the materials needed to make:

2 mini boxwood wreaths

1 Mason Jar Snow Globe

2 Scalloped Felt Trees

4 Burlap Ornaments

In addition to the supplies, I will include instructions for each project (plus you’ll be able to check back here for posts on each one that I will put up in the next couple of weeks).

Then you can use your homemade goodies to decorate your house, gift to friends and family, or make with a friend!

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The giveaway closes December 8th at 11:59pm. Just follow the link below for easy entry.

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One winner will be selected at random and contacted on December 9th for mailing details. Good luck, and have a great rest of the weekend!

Giveaway Terms: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends.

DIY Initial Ring Dish Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered/followed & liked Some Kind of Lovely Ride this week! I am happy to announce the two random winners of the Initial Ring Dish giveaway – Kim & Mary!

Kim is the creative & stylish blogger behind Connect…Home and Yard – a great blog filled with fun DIY projects, home improvements, landscaping projects, and beautiful photos of her lovely daughter Maya! Congrats Kim!

Mary is a PhD student & children’s literature who shares her tales of travel, healthy living, and literature recommendations at Travels With Mary. She’s got a healthy love of Harry Potter & a majorly inspirational fitness/running regiment!

Thanks again to everyone who entered. I hope you’ll enjoy your little dishes, Mary & Kim – and if you didn’t win, why don’t you try making your own? It’s easy – I promise!

Enjoy the day, everyone! xo

Handmade Initial Ring Dish Giveaway!

Yesterday was my dear friend Meg’s birthday. She’s a rock star musician/incredible pianist – and for as long as I can remember (I’ve known her for nearly a decade) I’ve watched her take off her rings before sitting down to play the piano. I knew she would definitely have use for a pretty, personalized ring dish to keep near her practice area at home.

RingDish6I take my rings off all of the time as well – while washing dishes, doing messy crafts, cleaning, etc. So when I set out to make Meg her very own ring dish, I made one for myself, too! So now we’re ring-dish twinsies, and I have a new love of playing with clay. (The grown-up play-dough!)

RingDish4In fact, I loved making these little bowls so much, I’d like to make & personalize a ring dish for not one, but TWO lucky readers, in honor of Meg’s b-day!

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If you don’t win a bowl from me, you could make one yourself! I’ll be back tomorrow with the DIY instructions so you can make your own ring dish/jewelry catch-all.

But in the meantime, here are the three simple steps to follow to be entered to win a ceramic ring dish hand crafted with love JUST for you – with your initial (or initials/monogram- your choice!). Or maybe you’ve got a best friend’s birthday coming up, and you’d like to use HER initials & have a pretty little gift!

RingDishGiveaway3To be entered to win:

  1. Follow Some Kind of Lovely Ride – either via email, WordPress, or your RSS Reader. (all options can be found on the right—>)
  2. Like Some Kind of Lovely Ride on Facebook. (Just click the little red “F” for Facebook icon to your right!)
  3. Then, leave a comment on this post & tell me where you’d keep your initial ring dish. By the kitchen or bathroom sink? On your bedside table? By YOUR piano? 🙂

The giveaway closes on Monday, March 4th at Midnight. TWO lucky winners will be picked using the random.org generator. Winners will each receive one handcrafted, personalized ring dish – shipped with care right to your door!

I will announce the winners on Tuesday, March 5th. Good luck!

A Very Gift-able Giveaway!

To commemorate the season of giving, I have prepared a special Gifting Kit full of supplies to help make gift-giving fun & easy! One lucky winner will receive a package filled with handmade items (rustic holiday greeting cards designed by moi, mini gift-bags & boxes, painted chalkboard gift tags, and more) and supplies to help you craft your own personalized holiday wrapping (like pretty & seasonal washi tape & colorful pom poms).

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Little hand-stamped boxes are the perfect size for the earrings you bought for your niece…

Giveaway5..and these gift bags could hold any number of sweet little holiday gifts. (Remember – the best things really do come in small packages!)

GiveawayGiving gift cards to your office secretary, your cleaning lady, or your mailman this Christmas? Slip them into a sweet gold-dotted pouch for a more personalized touch!

Giveaway2These gold dipped gift tags are both cute & practical – you can write your recipients name in chalk, so the tags can be wiped clean & reused! (I made these by giving plain wooden gift tags a coat of chalkboard paint, then dipping them in a gold paint with a metallic sheen!)

Notecards1You’ll also get a set of ten holiday note cards with coordinating kraft paper envelopes – featuring my simple designs with a rustic-y flair.

CardCollageAnd to top off your pretty holiday packages, you’ll get a mason jar filled to the brim with: fun washi tape, red, green & gold pom-poms, sparkly gold ribbon, and mini silver jingle bells, so you can let your creativity run wild as you adorn your holiday gifts!

AdornmentsOh, the possibilities!

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To enter to win the Very Gift-able Giveaway, here’s what you have to do:

1) Follow Some Kind of Lovely Ride  (through WordPress, the RSS reader of your choice, or via email). Use the handy buttons on the upper right hand side of this page to follow along, or click “Follow” to enter your email and get notified of new posts on Some Kind of Lovely Ride!

2) Like Some Kind of Lovely Ride on Facebook and/or follow me on Twitter. (Post or tweet about/linking to this giveaway for an extra entry!)

2) Comment on this post telling me what your favorite thing about gift-giving is. For me, it is those few times when you manage to find (or make) the perfect gift, keep it a surprise, and witness the “oh my goodness how did you know” or the “I seriously can’t think of anything cooler” face of your recipient!

Make sure you give me a valid email address when you leave your comment, so I can notify you if you win! Don’t worry, I won’t spam you & it will not be visible online.

So sorry to my international friends, but this giveaway is limited to readers in the U.S. Since this giveaway is not sponsored by anyone but little old me, I unfortunately have to stick to a shipping limit!

The Give-able Giveaway closes on Friday, December 14th at Midnight. One lucky winner will be chosen using the Random.org generator. I will announce the winner on Saturday, notify the winner by email, and promptly ship you your package of goodies!

Gook luck!!