I feel like it's no secret that I'm a garlandy sort of girl.
I blame my garlands for the fact that many of you have accused me over the years of being "crafty". I keep trying to tell you, I'm not that crafty! I'm garlandy! My ridiculous paper escapades may have even played a role in landing me squarely in the hilariously-unqualified territory of "Craft Helper" at the famously fun Whatever Craft Weekend.
I clearly know my way around a stack of magazines and a heart-shaped paper punch, but do not ever ask me to thread a bobbin unless you have an emergency inhaler handy and you don't mind sharing.
A couple times a year, I get a crazy hair to make one, usually reinventing it from a garland of yore.
My newest magazine flower garland evolved over the years from this to this to this (flip to page 20).
Layla's e-zine, wearing pennies in their middles, were taped to a length of basic white thread.
I am convinced that nothing livens up a space faster (or more inexpensively) than a garland.
(Other than maybe salsa. Or my kiddos hopped up on Easter candy.)
So, there. There's my suggestion for today, especially if it's as rainy for you as it us for us.
Happy Monday, Party People!
ps - Someone more sensible and savvy than I sent me the direct link to my Midwest Living story. Check it out if you want to see the old girl sans dirty dishes.
*For full directions on how to make the flowers, go here and flip to page 20.
All you really do is punch hearts from a magazine, then fold them in half then unfold. Staple a few of them together at their center. (I used around 5 hearts for each flower.) To "fluff" your flowers, just re-pinch the fold-line.