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How to Create a Simple Spring Wreath

I’m a big fan of wreaths. I am not so good at creating them. I won’t lie to you. I see all these amazing wreaths on other blogs. I get fantastically inspired. I gather my materials. And….flop. It never turns out the way I want it to. Ever wonder why you’ve never seen a wreath on Ninth Street Notions?

Anyways, this particular wreath is fool-proof. Even I could make it! And I really like it. It’s simple, understated, but has a cool geometric feel to it. I used hemp cord, which really gave it a fabulous natural vibe, which is perfect for spring.

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All you need is a wreath form made of twisted twigs and some hemp cord. I used shades of gold, rust, and olive green to keep with my simple mantel design.

Of course, you could always use baker’s twine for a slightly different feel.

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Begin by knotting one end of a length of cord around the wreath.

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Stretch it across the wreath at various angles, criss-crossing the cord. Knot the other end around the wreath when you reach the end of your cord.

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Continue with the other shades of cord. I recommend using at least three different colors, for a little contrast. I used all different lengths of cord, so some colors are more obvious than others.

And that’s really all there is to it! One of my favorite aspects of this wreath (seeing as how I’m cheap frugal and all) is that all of the materials are still usable. When I take my mantel down, I can untie or cut the knots off of my cord and re-use it for another project. The wreath frame will live to see another incarnation. Isn’t that just great?

So what colors are you using to decorate for spring?

Spring Printable

Yesterday I shared my spring mantel. Spring is just such a lovely time to decorate for. I am so ready to be done with winter things by March. Goodbye scarves, goodbye mittens, goodbye wool coat.

Hello sunshine!

Oh, and birds. Now, winter has been a little odd around here, and I’ve been hearing the birds singing for awhile. But I created this printable as an homage to their “official” season.

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This printable is obviously very understated, in simple black and white. But that’s what makes it so perfect for any room in your home.

And please, if you download a printable from Ninth Street Notions, I’d adore you for subscribing to my RSS feed. It’s a fantastic way to make sure you never miss out on a creative project here on the blog.

Get the printable here.

And tell me, has spring sprung at your house yet?

Spring Mantel

Well, I think spring is finally here. In Eastern Oregon that means in the morning it’s about 30 degrees and snowing, and by afternoon it’s nearly 60 with bright sun, finishing the day with rain showers.

And I know everyone, no matter where they live, says, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” Here, though, it’s actually true. I am not even joking.

Anyways, on to the mantel.

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So I really wish I could figure out how to take a photo of my mantel without the ladder, but that’s impossible. Sorry. I can’t get to my bedroom without the ladder, so it’s going to have to stay.

I wanted my spring mantel to be fairly understated, without super bold or bright colors. This is a bit of a departure from my usual philosophy of “if a little color will do, a lot will do better.” I like the effect, though.

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On the left side of the mantel is this adorable teapot a friend gave me. At first everything was super monochromatic. Even though I wanted a pretty understated look, I just had to add a little bit of color. This teapot was it, with its fun shades of coral and lime green.

I also created this cute printable. I’ll share it later in the week. I’m not going to lie, I totally busted my picture frame while setting up this mantel. Glass. Everywhere. But I didn’t let that deter me. I just stuck the picture right back in there, without the glass. And attempted to keep my dog out of the broken shards while I swept up.

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My mom has no idea I took this little birdy from her house. Sorry, mom! I just love it, though. I used it last year in my spring vignette. He’s just too adorable, and I couldn’t resist adding him to my mantel this year.

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Finally, I included this simple wreath. I’ll be sharing a tutorial later in the week on how to make this. What I love is that it’s not busy, and it doesn’t distract from the rest of the mantel. I mainly wanted my red twigs and sticks to stand out.

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So, what is spring like at your home?

I Made It! Monday

My weekend was a tad busy. I made dessert for a big party my friends threw. It was  a fabulous meal, with something like five courses. I knew that by dessert time, people would be totally stuffed. Still, that didn’t mean dessert couldn’t deliver. I gave everyone three choices: carrot cake with vanilla meringue frosting, lemon pies, and tres leches cake with chocolate sauce. I just made them all two-bite desserts, so you could have a taste without being TOO full. Yum….

Anyways, last week’s party was a great collection. I really liked the looks of this stuffed mushroom recipe by The Root Cellar:

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I just adore mushrooms!

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