Do•It•Yourself Evergreen Wreath

DIY evergreen wreath

It is so hard to believe that next week marks the start of the Advent season. Nothing says Advent and Christmas quite like fresh greens in the house.

DIY evergreen wreath // bacon is the way to happiness

Making your own wreath is really as easy as it seems and can cost (next to) nothing. Chances are you have all of these items in your home already!

All that you need to make your own evergreen wreath::

  1. A bunch of freshly cut evergreen branches
  2. A wire hanger
  3. Snips or pruners
  4. Floral wire

DIY evergreen wreath // bacon is the way to happiness

Steps::

  1. Unwind wire hanger and reshape into a circle, twisting the ends to secure. Now you have a wreath form!
  2. Begin snipping little bits of evergreen and shaping them into miniature bouquets and tie a piece of wire around the bottom.
  3. Take another bit of wire and secure the evergreen to the wreath form.
  4. Continue making more evergreen bouquets. To secure them onto the wreath form, overlap each bouquet, so that the tops of the greens meet the halfway point of the bouquet you have already tied on (this way it hides wire and creates that beautiful layered look).
  5. Continue all the way around until the last part. This time, lift the first evergreen bouquet you tied onto the wreath form and tuck the last bouquet just underneath and secure it on, finishing the layered look.
  6. Take wire and secure any pieces that hang on loosely.
  7. Voila! It is that easy!
  8. Mist with a spray bottle full of water every day to keep it fresh!!!
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New Beginnings: The Second Chapter of Home

Sometimes you get lucky. And sometimes you just really hit the jackpot. So often in my life, I feel like the latter has happened. Meeting my husband, raising my son, the once in a lifetime opportunities I’ve received in my life (like an expedition to Antarctica 8 years ago) are just a few glimpses of moments that I hit the jackpot. Another moment? When we had our offer accepted on our dream home. There have been so many countless moments in between.

Why has God blessed me so much? One of those mysteries that I don’t understand and may never understand. Granted, with blessings come expectations.

Backyard | Bacon is the Way to Happiness

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be required.”

Nevertheless, I am so excited. 2016 has already proven to be a beautiful year for our family and March is only just coming to a close. I cannot wait to see what else is to come.

In a little over a month, we settle into our dream home. It has been a year in the making- between deciding to sell our little row house in the city, to actually putting it on the market, to deciding on moving into the in-laws (as virtually no houses were on the market), to present day. 6 weeks ago had you told us this is where we would end up, we would have raised our eyebrows at you and said that you are totally crazy. But, God had other plans for us. He slammed the doors we hoped to pass through, and nudged us toward the ones we were meant to enter. In the end, we realize that this is where we are meant to raise our family. It is maybe a mile (if that) away from where we intended to buy, but in so many ways, it’s a world away.

Cherry Blossoms Spring | Bacon is the Way to Happiness

And let me tell you, party people, we are completely blown away. It has been a long journey, but we are nearing our destination. The First World problems I find myself facing is remembering what the heck stuff we have in storage (I literally can’t remember what we own), picking paint colors (which, let’s face it, is kinda stressful– zero people like to re-re-repaint– and we’ve done that plenty in our old house), and planning my cutting garden.

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Stress. Full. Okay, so not really. It’s actually a lot of fun, especially when this house needs zero renovations, unlike our first home.

So stay tuned, dear friends, to look into the pages of what I am calling our Second Chapter of Home. I can’t wait for you to make this journey with us!

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An Arizona East Collaboration: Designing Air Plant Terrariums

Air Plaint Terrarium - Bacon is The Way to Happiness

My oh my. Terrariums. They’re posh. They’re whimsical. They’re everywhere on Pinterest. You can hang them. You can put them on your desk. You can sleep next to them… on your nightstand… because ouch, broken glass hurts. And what’s not to love? They are self-contained little planetoids that are able to take care of themselves with minimal interference, which is PERFECT for the non-green-thumb.

When ArizonaEast (the leading wholesaler of cacti & succulents in the northeast) contacted me about a design collaboration this November, I hippity-hopped at the opportunity to get my hands dirty and have fun designing terrariums for their ever-perfect air plants.

This is what came in the mail. Eager little loves waiting to be designed into a new home!
air plants - Bacon is the Way to Happiness

The package in the mail came with a lot of fun beauties to work with and two beautiful hanging terrariums. The toughest part was pulling out some of my favoritest designs to create new ones!

Here are some of the designs that I came up with!

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I hope one of these designs will prove to be useful for this fantastic wholesaler that provides designs like these for places like Whole Foods in the Northeast. This project was so much fun. I even broke out a pair of tweezers to get some of these designs just so. And maybe did some plucking of the eyebrows after, for good measure.

Thank you, AGAIN, ArizonaEast for this wonderfully fun opportunity!!