Sticking it to the Man

I didn’t realize I was sticking it to the man at the time, but I did. I really let him have it.

Last week I stopped at Goodwill after work for no particular reason. I don’t think this is going to come as a surprise to anyone, but if you want to find awesome stuff at the thrift store you need to check back often, be patient, and have an open mind. I was working my way through the home aisles when I spotted glittery goodness. Someone donated an entire bag of gold and bronze glitter leaves. Perfect fall and winter decor and for $1.97 it was too good of a deal to pass up.

Leaf collage

Rewind to last fall. I was checking out the Dollar Spot at Target and they had items marked off 70%. I bought a branch wreath for 30 cents. 30 CENTS, PEOPLE! I should have bought them all! The wreath has been sitting in my craft room since last fall because I just wasn’t sure how I wanted to decorate it. Glitter leaves, meet wreath. Wreath, meet your destiny.

To make the wreath, I weaved the stems of the leaves through the branches to secure them. Hot glue wasn’t needed because I was able to use the wire in the stems to keep them in place. I alternated size and directions of the leaves to add variety. This project ended up costing about $1 (30 cent wreath and I didn’t even use half of the bag of leaves).

Leaf wreath close up

Front of house with wreath

You’re probably thinking “How exactly are you sticking it to the man?” A few days ago I was shopping at A.C. Moore with a friend to find inspiration for Christmas. We spotted some adorable leaves which we both wanted, but I didn’t need to buy any since I had already scored big time during my last Goodwill run. The most simple sparkly leaves were on sale for a 50 cents each at A.C. Moore and the fancy flowers were selling for 4-8 dollars. Not happening. It would have cost at least $15 to buy enough of the cheapest leaves to make the wreath. I’ll pass. I mean at that point, you might as well skip all the hassle and by a pre-made wreath.

Sam with wreath
Here’s a gratuitous picture of my dog, Sammy who looks eternally sad in photographs, posing by the door. Apparently, his life is horrible.

Final Score:
Chelsea: 1
A.C. Moore: 0

I win craft store, I win.


Well That’s Pinteresting… {Monogram Madness Edition}

Everything looks better with a monogram on it. So fancy. It just feels right. If I could, I’d put my initials on everything. I love typography and have a few wreaths with R’s on them, the Ampersand below displayed on our built ins, a fabric covered R from Antropologie in our guest room, and plenty of accessories on the bar cart with an R monogrammed on it. It’s a sickness. Lucky for me, Pinterest said “Been there, done that” and is full of monogrammy goodness.


Here are five nontraditional monogrammed items that are killin it.

1. This wreath. The wreath is made out of boxwood. I have four boxwood plants in my front garden that are seriously overgrown. They are out. of. countrol. I could fix up my garden and make a wreath? Now that’s a win.

Boxwood Monogram

2. These napkins. I’m totally feeling these napkins for our annual holiday party. I’m thinking I will stencil the initial of each guest on the napkins and use them as the place settings. So crafty. Want to know what color I’m picturing for the monogram? I’ll give you a hint. It rhymes with mold. Which I still have in my basement… Stop judging me!

Napkin Monogram

3. These prints. Please ignore the girl randomly draped across the couch. I don’t know her. Whoever she is, I like the monogram action she’s got going on in her house. I love this take on a monogram because it’s…modern. I like the simple lines of the letters and it looks so clean and crisp paired with the simple frames. Nice work, couch girl.

Monogram Print

4. These door knockers. The brassy looking door knockers are such a quirky take on a traditional piece. I wonder if people would actually realize what they are? But really, who needs things to be functional when they could be cute instead? #amiright?

Door knockers

5. This door decoration. I love this fresh take on a wreath. The project looks pretty simple and would be perfect for fall. The fact that I think it would be simple means I can assume it will be mostly impossible. I probably shouldn’t even bother…

Door decoration

What about you? Have you jumped on the Monogram bandwagon? Which wreath do you like better? I really want to try the boxwood monogram but I have this feeling it will end up looking like a first grader’s art project…

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