Homemade Clay Olive Wreath

Homemade Clay Olive Wreath

I’ve been in love with olive wreaths and laurel wreaths for a while now. I always see them doodled on chalkboards. Of course the white chalk on black chalkboard is gorgeous and I wanted to replicate that look, but a little less one dimensional. This wreath is so easy to make and is a great statement for a wall.

Supplies ~ baking soda clay, rolling pin, craft knife, sanding block, hot glue gun and sticks, copper wire

Handmade Clay Olive Wreath

Start by rolling out your clay on some waxed paper or the glossy side of some freezer paper, about 1/4 inch thick. Then, with the craft knife, cut out long leaf shapes, some small some bigger. You can use a toothpick to draw vein down the middle if you want.

Set the leaves aside and let dry for 24 hours.

Handmade Clay Olive Wreath


Grab your copper wire (or any other large gauge wire) and form a ring. Use the hot glue gun to glue the ends together. The glue sticks to the copper surprisingly well.


Homemade Clay Olive Wreath


Make sure that your clay leaves are dry. If the edges have any roughness, smooth them down with a sanding block.  Then just start gluing the leaves on. You can go all the way around and then start layering them on top of one another, or just layer them from the start.


Handmade Clay Olive Wreath

I wanted the copper wire to show through a bit, but ended up covering it up with the leaves. Then it’s done! Hang it on a nail and enjoy for the holidays!

It’s quite striking on a dark background…

Homemade Clay Olive Wreath

Homemade Clay Olive Wreath


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Sparkling Stars Champagne Cocktail

Sparkling Stars Champagne Cocktail

Boy do I have a treat for you today! Today 40 of my favorite blogs and I are having a Cocktail Party Blog Hop and sharing our favorite recipes for cocktails, desserts and treats. All perfect for an evening soiree.

2014 Holiday Cocktail Party Blog HopI love myself some bubbly and there’s never a better time for a sparkling wine than during the holidays! Brut sparkling wine is a perfect base for a cocktail because the flavor is crisp and clean, and you can easily dress it up with a variety of mixers.

Sparkling Stars Champagne Cocktail

For the Sparkling Stars Champagne Cocktail, you’ll want to rim your glass with sugar. The sugar adds an extra touch of sweetness, which I find balances out the depth of the cognac. To do this you will want some simple syrup, some granulated sugar, edible glitter and edible glitter stars.

Just grab some adorable champagne glasses (these are from Crate and Barrel) and dip the rim into a bowl with about 1/4 an inch of simple syrup. Then dip the rim into a bowl of granulated sugar. Now you can strategically place the edible stars on the sugar. I did this by pouring some into a bowl and gently touching the sugared rim to the stars in the bowl, where ever I wanted them. Lastly sprinkle just a small amount of the edible glitter around the rim. Easy huh!

Sparkling Stars Champagne Cocktail

The hardest part about making this drink is to remember to pour the champagne/sparkling wine slowly. I mean SLOWLY. You don’t want it to bubble and fizz up and ruin your gorgeous rim!

Sparkling Stars Champagne Cocktail
Recipe type: Cocktail
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Serves: 1 drink
  • Cocktail:
  • ½ ounce Cognac
  • ½ ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine or Champagne
  • Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  1. To make the cocktail add the cognac and Grand Marnier and simple syrup to your sugar rimmed champagne flute. Slowly pour in the chilled champagne, taking care that it does not bubble up and ruin the rim of the glass. Gently mix ingredients and serve.
  2. To make the simple syrup:
  3. Heat equal parts sugar and water on the stove until sugar is fully dissolved. Store in the fridge in a mason jar.

2014 Holiday Cocktail Party Blog Hop

Please take a look at the blogs participating in this Holiday Cocktail Party!


Domestic SuperheroJust Us FourThe Blue Eyed DoveSweet PeaGlued To My CraftsPatricia Eales NutritionLemons and LaughsCupcakes&Crowbars – Sowdering AboutVegetarian GourmetYesterday on TuesdayMom Home GuideMy Craftily Ever AfterThe Love NerdsOne Krieger ChickKenarry: Ideas for the HomeA Dish of Daily Life

Cocktails & Mocktails

One Artsy MamaThe Blue Eyed DoveSparkleAlbion GouldSouthern State of MindEat Drink EatA Labour of LifeMy Creative DaysShelstringI’m Bored Lets GoBlue Crab Martini

Desserts & Sweet Treats

Major Hoff Takes A WifeThis Is The Life I Have ChosenCrazy for CrustSypsie DesignsDIYfaerieLittle Blog on the HomesteadLiving Better TogetherLaura’s INKlingsLife Made SweeterTried & TrueFrugElegancePlay. Party. Pin.



Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Yesterday was a cloudy and rainy and the weather caused me to have a little homesickness (I miss rain), and we all know the best cure for anything is to get creative. Right?

It’s no secret around here that I love the look of scattered leaves in my fall decor. For example, these two projects from way back when…(sorry for the bad photography!)

falling_leaves_closeupFalling Leaves Canvas Art


Burlap Leaf Placemats

So I set out to make a new table runner. This lovely Maple Leaf stencil was free with purchase last month from Royal Design Studio (I can’t wait to show you what I’m doing with the one I purchased…but you’ll have to wait.) The entire stencil set is available here, with a total of 5 gorgeous leaves to stencil. I’ve become a stencil addict. Oh and did I mention that this table runner has no sewing involved? Yeah, I’m afraid of sewing machines. Maybe Santa will get me something inexpensive like a kid’s sewing machine to learn on (are you listening Santa?)

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner



Wash and dry your fabric without fabric softener or dryer sheets, to remove the sizing. Then iron it out and cut it to the desired length and width, leaving an inch on each side for the seams. Using a palette or paper plate, mix 2 parts paint to 1 part fabric painting medium. Be sure to cover your work surface, because the paint can seep through.

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Place the stencil down, hold it in place with one hand, and dab the pouncer in some paint, then pounce the paint on to the stencil. Make sure the paint is even on the pouncer and not too thick. Once done, lift the stencil directly off and repeat randomly on the fabric. After painting a couple of leaves, either rinse the paint off the stencil, or wipe it off with a baby wipe (that’s what I do.) You don’t want the paint to goop up your stencil.

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Once you’ve stenciled all the leaves on. Let the table runner dry for 30 minutes. After that, you need to heat set the paint. Do this by ironing the wrong side of the fabric, constantly moving the iron about the fabric.

At this point, you want to iron your seams down. I folded over an inch on each side and ironed it flat, making sharp angles at each corner.

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

With the seams ironed down, I started applying my Fabri-Tac. Being careful that I didn’t use too much (you don’t want it to soak through) I applied the glue in 6 inch sections. Gently press the seam down, not too hard though, so it doesn’t soak through. Then continue to glue, until the whole table runner is done.

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Flip it over and you’ve made yourself one gorgeous and easy piece of fall decor!

The paint is washable with the fabric medium, but I’m not sure how the Fabri-Tac will hold up, so I would spot clean only.


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Kicking Off Halloween Season at See Vanessa Craft

30 Crafty Days of Halloween


Hi friends! Guese what? It’s time to kick off some Halloween crafting and decorating! So super exciting AmIRight!?! Today I’m guest posting at See Vanessa Craft this morning. You’ll love the project I prepared!

Want a sneak peak??

Distressed Halloween Tin Can Candles


That’s all ya get. Now go check out the 30 Crafty Days of Halloween series at See Vanessa Craft!



Ultimate Pumpkin Bread

Ultimate Pumpkin Bread

Nothing makes the house smell like fall more than pumpkin does. My mouth instantly waters over pumpkin anything. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin ravioli. Oh how I love pumpkin raviolis! This pumpkin bread is a bit different because it has apples in it. Cooked apples don’t go over well in this house, so they had to be hidden. The apples were chopped really small in the mini food processor., so you really don’t know they are there, but they do add to the moisture and sweetness of this recipe.

Ultimate Pumpkin Bread

I also added olive oil to the recipe. I’m always nervous about using olive oil in baking, because the flavor can be so strong. I substituted a quarter of a cup of extra light olive oil for the vegetable oil, and didn’t notice any olive oil taste. I’m going to use 100% olive oil next time, since I think the pumpkin spices will easily cover up the olive oil taste and it’s better for you. Oh and the crumble topping with the toasted walnuts is by far the best part!

Ultimate Pumpkin Bread

I had a large can of pumpkin, so I easily doubled the recipe and gave some to the neighbors. It’s a perfect fall neighbor gift!

Ultimate Pumpkin Bread
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Serves: 2 loaves
  • For the Bread
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 (15-oz) can solid-pack pumpkin
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup extra light olive oil
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • For the Crumbles on Top
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F
  2. Make the crumbly topping by adding butter and nuts to a sugar and cinnamon mixture. Mix with fingertips until it resembles a course meal. Set aside.
  3. Chop up the apples in a food processor and sprinkle with the lemon juice. I don't peel the apples, the skins are good for you!
  4. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda and spices into a large bowl.
  5. Into a medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, oils, sugars. Fold in eggs and apples.
  6. Slowly add pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients, making sure everything is thoroughly blended.
  7. Butter two 9 inch loaf pans and distribute the pumpkin batter evenly between each.
  8. Bake at 350F for 50 minutes. Test for doneness with a fork. Let cool in loaf pan for 30 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool for another hour on a cooling rack.

How do you eat your pumpkin bread? Toasted with butter? I love mine toasted with cream cheese!



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20 Amazing Fall Wreaths – To Buy or DIY

20 Amazing Fall Wreaths to Buy of DIYHappy Labor Day! It’s September 1st and I can now throw myself full on into fall! Yes, I know that Autumn doesn’t officially start until the 22nd, but I’m ready for fall now. And we are close enough, right?

Well, to get you in the mood for fall, I’ve curated a selection of wreaths that I feel really embrace fall, and look classy to boot. A lot of these wreaths are from stores, but I am a firm believer in making your own wreath. Seriously, you can make a gorgeous wreath for a fraction of the cost that you would pay for it at the store. They are easy and fun to make, and yours will turn out way better than a store bought one… I’m sure of it.


Autumn Mix Wreath - Frontgate

Autumn Mix Wreath – Frontage

Antique Bloom Wreath - Terrain

Antique Bloom Wreath – Terrain

White Pumpkin Wreath - Refresh Restyle

White Pumpkin Wreath – Refresh Restyle

Fall Colors Eucalyptus Wreath - ElegantWreath

Fall Colors Eucalyptus Wreath – ElegantWreath

Brown Bag Faux Bay Leaf Wreath - Homework

Brown Bag Faux Bay Leaf Wreath – Homework

Wheat Wreath - Crate and Barrel

Wheat Wreath – Crate and Barrel

Fall Hydrangeas Orange Pumpkin - Two Inspire You

Fall Hydrangea Orange Pumpkin – Two Inspire You

Wood and Burlap Wreath - Finding Home

Wood and Burlap Fall Wreath – Finding Home

Faux Pomegranate and Pinecone Wreath - Pottery Barn

Faux Pomegranate and Pinecone Wreath – Pottery Barn

Pumpkin Circle Wreath - On Sutton Place

Circle Of Pumpkins – On Sutton Place

White Magnolia Wreath - Frontgate

White Magnolia Wreath – Frontage

Pepper Patch Wreath  - Terrain

Pepper Patch Wreath – Terrain

Grateful Wreath Kit - PaperSource

Grateful Wreath Kit – PaperSource

Fall Wreath - Something Sweet Designs

Fall Wreath – Something Sweet Designs

Sparkle Faux Berry Wreath - Pier 1Sparkle Faux Berry Wreath – Pier 1

Eucalyptus Wreath - World Market

Eucalyptus Wreath – World Market

Paper Wreath - Crate and Barrel

Paper Wreath – Crate and Barrel

Vine, Leaves and Gourd Wreath - Pier 1Vine, Leaves and Gourd Wreath – Pier 1

Burlap Wreath Kit - PaperSource

Burlap Wreath Kit – PaperSource

DIY Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath sparklelivingblog.com

Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath – Sparkle

I’m really in love with a couple of the more unique ones, particularly the Antique Bloom Wreath from Terrain and the Paper Wreath from Crate and Barrel. Of course I can’t get enough of the fall colors, especially all the oranges and reds. There’s just too many tough decisions!