While Miss Mustard Seed gets giddy over room makeovers, I get giddy over books :)
“Some girls get giddy over a new pair of shoes. Marian Parsons gets giddy over room makeovers. With a lot of ingenuity, a little bit of effort, and a tight budget, she has transformed her home into a beautiful space and filled her heart with a lot more contentment.
Thousands have found inspiration at Marian’s blog, missmustardseed.com, and now she shares dozens of new projects, ideas, and DIY adventures in the pages of Inspired You.”
“Marian will remind you that homes don’t have to be magazine material to be special, comfortable, and inviting. The goal you’re working toward is home. Not a perfect home. Not an ‘impress the neighbors’ home. Just home—one whose walls and rooms tell the story of the family who lives there.
Beautiful homes start with inspiration and a willingness to try. So uncover your God-given creativity. Be encouraged, be willing, and be inspired.”
There are tutorials, nuggets, and seeds of inspiration within the pages~ the perfect gift for someone moving into their first home, starting over from scratch, or wanting to give their furnishings and home a face lift!
Inspired by this sheet music wreath tutorial, I thought I would use my vintage seed catalog to grow :) a wreath~
I copied the pages so I could keep my catalog intact and enjoy the graphics & descriptions of flowers and veggies in wreath-form on my Potting Shed door.
I started with a 14 inch cake board but you can use a piece of sturdy cardboard cut in a circle, adjusting the size for your finished wreath.
I marked the center of the board and laid out the paper cones, alternating in a north, south, east, and west pattern (Miss Mustard Seed’s suggestion) so the wreath would look even when it was hung. I used a glue gun to make the cones and secure them to the base. I used two layers of cones~
Since my cones met in the middle, I wanted a flower-like center medallion~ so I accordion pleated four pages, folded them in half, and then cut the fans to the size I wanted. Then I glued them together and then glued the medallion to the center of the wreath.
I used some Walnut Ink Antiquing Solution to mist the new paper pages to give them a little age. You’ll want to experiment on some scrap paper when you first spray the antiquing solution, a little mist goes a long way.
The door to my Potting Shed is painted a brick-red color on the outside, but I kept the original finish~ worn, peeling and distressed, for the interior.
As I was thumbing through the catalog to copy the pages, to my surprise I discovered Shirley Poppies in my Schell’s Seed catalog~