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08.11.11

FIGHTIN’ WORDS


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11.25.14

A SUPER HELPFUL TIP

i’ve always been really terrible at going to the grocery store. i don’t know why, i just always procrastinate or get busy and end up either eating out or cooking canned beans and brown rice for every meal. so when a friend of mine told me that WHOLE FOODS DELIVERS…my eyes lit up. i’ve already done it a few times and it’s amazing. pick what you want online and it’s at your front door in 1-2 hours. (seriously, this is not a sponsored post, it just saves me tons of time and figured you should know! especially with the holidays coming up.) the first time it’s free and then it’s a super low minimum after that. very worth it! and they save your order so that the next time you can easily re-order your items.

they even have recipes where you can just buy everything from the list. genius. check it out here!

(photo: cookie + kate)

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11.14.14

WHAT’S BEEN GOIN ON

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it’s been a while since i just talked to you guys…told you what’s been happening with me behind the scenes. so here we go…

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11.13.14

A UNIQUE HOLIDAY WREATH

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i really love the holiday season. there is so much beauty in the decoration and the anticipation for the traditions that this time of year brings. today, i’m excited to feature a gorgeous holiday wreath by a alyssa hoppe, a wonderfully talented new york floral designer and prop stylist. i love her take on a holiday classic that can live in your home this season if you follow her steps below…take it away, alyssa!

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I was inspired to take a modern, clean approach to fall and holiday decor this year with an asymmetrical wreath in a neutral color palette. I’m always thinking about how to repurpose or give another life to what I’m making, so with that in mind, I started with a base for my wreath that would become a great wall hanging piece even after the foliage comes off. Enjoy! – Alyssa

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what you’ll need:  

Wreath:

Cecropia
Wheat
Tallow Berries
Roses
Chestnut Leaves
Pittosporum Ralphii
Floral Wire

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Base:

Thick cotton twine
Black leather cord
Round Brass tube
Masking Tape

Tools:

Hack Saw
C Clamps
Scissors
Ruler
Plant Shears

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how to make it: 

  • measure out desired length of brass tubing for the base of the wreath and mark with tape. We measured our tubing to 16″ long.
  • secure your tubing to the table with c clamps and use a hacksaw to make the cut
  • Using sharp scissors, cut the desired length of your leather cord. We cut our length at 64”
  • Once your leather cord is cut, slide the cord through the brass tube
  • Place the leather cord end to end and secure with masking tape so that you have a continuous loop. Slide the taped section through the brass tube so that it is hidden.

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  • Decide how long you would like the fringe to be, and cut cotton twine to twice that length. We cut 24 strands at 24″
  • fold the cotton twine in half, with a loop at the top. wrap around the brass tubing, and pull ends through the loop at the top in a “lark’s head knot”
  • Once all cotton twine strands have been attached to the tube make sure you go through and tighten all of the knots
  • Now your base is made and you’re ready to make the foliage layer that attaches.

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  • Start with your longest leaf branches and attach them end to end using floral wire.
  • Starting from the outside, working towards center, layer foliage and flowers on top of another, and attach stems with floral wire
  • Once you have reached the middle you want to make sure you cover the connection with a larger flower so it feels seamless

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  • Once you have finished, hold up the foliage layer to your base and figure out the angle you want to attach it at.
  • Using floral wire, attach the foliage to the base at the points of intersection
  • Once secure, hang it on the wall and your wreath is finished

happy holidays!

photos by: Kathleen Stalzer Bly
wreath design by: Alyssa Hoppe
more DIY projects here

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10.17.14

HI THERE.

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well hello + happy friday! how was your week? any fun weekend plans?

i just took on a few projects that actually make me VERY nervous, but also very excited. it’s funny that we can so easily tell our friends “you got this!” or “it’s all going to be great.” with such confidence, but when it comes to ourselves it’s much more difficult to be our own cheerleader. but as i’ve learned in the past, confidence comes from just taking those jobs you feel iffy about, learning from them, and figuring it out as you go. we will never be fully ready for every opportunity that comes our way, so we just have to jump in, try it, and do our best. (can you tell i’m trying to pep talk myself here??) so this weekend i am going to get together with friends and have a little brainstorming brunch. casual, easy, no pressure…just trying to think up ideas. and even if nothing comes of it, i still have good company.

also, my friend told me The Galapagos Affair was a super interesting documentary so i want to veg out on the couch and watch it on sunday. any others that you’ve seen recently and loved on netflix? (see a ton of my favorites here, here and here)

have a lovely weekend everyone! hope it’s filled with farmer’s markets, naps, mimosas, pancakes and people you really really like. -bri

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