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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

“Let My Love Open The Door” Valentine Wreath

As the month of January draws to a close, complete with overcast skies and dreary weather, I found myself wanting a bit of happiness and color. I set out to create a happy and welcoming entry for Valentine’s Day.

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I first looked to see what I had on hand: a bit of open weave burlap I bought on clearance last fall, Christmas clearance red  ribbon and a wire wreath form.  It was a start.

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I began constructing the wreath in the same way I shared in this tutorial:

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I thought maybe threading the ribbon through the burlap would be cute. (Holy time waster!) It wasn’t quite right. So I tried adding in some other red and white ribbon.  I only got half way through when I decided it was an epic fail.

“When everything feels all over
When everybody seems unkind
I'll give you a four-leaf clover
Take all the worry out of your mind"

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So I pulled everything apart. Sometimes creativity happens that way. But you can’t give up. You might need a little Pete Townsend to bring back the spark.

By adding in some red burlap ~ suddenly ~ everything worked!

“Release yourself from misery
There's only one thing gonna set you free
That's burlap
That's burlap”

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In the meantime I had gotten down the small bin of Valentine décor and found some old wooden hearts I have had for years.

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They came complete with a key and begged to be tied on with a big burlap bow.

“I have the only key to your heart
I can stop you falling apart
Try today you'll find this way
Come on and give me a chance to say”

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Oh the front entry was singing now!

“Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
To your heart”

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Sometimes it takes an epic fail before you find true love,


I hope you’ll join me on Thursday, February 14th!

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Linking to:

Kelly’s Korner, Bargain Hunting W/Laurie


The Comfort of a Safe Place said...


I love your Valentine's Day Wreath!! You pulled it all together!

Jan ♥

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is gorgeous Laura! I love love love love that burlap and the hearts!!

Mary Clark said...

Beautiful! And thanks for the encouragement about epic fails, I usually give up ... but now I know you can just keep trying til you nail it!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

YOur wreath is wonderful. I love it. Hugs, Marty

Creations By Cindy said...

Love it!!!! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

ImagiMeri said...

Simply stunning pretty lady! You are someone who exudes LOVE, so I thank God for putting you in my path as a friend.

Love ya'

The Cranky Queen said...

Love all the burlap cute and clever! Thanx for sharing.
My castle doors are always open over at the "royal" blog...Tiffany

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love it, Laura! The red burlap does it for me. : ) The wooden hearts make for a great finishing touch, too.

Lisa said...

So pretty! I already have some of that open weave ribbon that I have not used. Hmmmm.:)

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Laura, your wreath is lovely! It's comforting to know another lady that sings on her blog! I was singing "Journey" while writing my post at 4:15 this morning.
You made my day!

Jen said...

Gorgeous wreath! Love how it all came together.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Very pretty indeed~!

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh, I love your wreath! I've never worked with anything burlap! You're changing my tiny mind.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Oh it is so pretty! LOVE the red burlap!

Connie said...

Your wreath is amazing . . . SO PRETTY!!! You are so very talented. Love the red burlap.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Kelley Dibble said...

Great wreath! It's awesome!

French said...

Very pretty!! Love it!

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

WOW! I don't always go for the super crafty stuff, but I really, really want to give this a try!!!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Beautiful Laura - I love the red burlap.

lynn cockrell said...

I love it! It is beautiful.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

So bright and beautiful!

Debbie said...

I had better not click the video link because I will have that song stuck in my head all night. I'm like that with songs with repetitive lyrics.

I love the wreath! I need one for my front door that says Valentines Day before it's too late.

The Boston Lady said...

Perfect in every way. I had no idea red burlap existed! I need to get out more, I think. Love it. Ann

Auntie Em said...

I love your wreath! The contrast of the red and soft natural burlap plus the different weaves...what a great idea! And adding a key, oh be still my heart! lol It's soooo pretty.
Thank you for sharing this lovely idea. Last day of January so I had better get a move on! :)

Kathy said...

I love your wreath. I would buy it in a heartbeat! :-)

Karen Albert said...

Oh Laura I am so excited about your new venture and can't wait. Your Valentine Wreath has once again brightened my day.

Please keep me in your prayers for Monday and thank you so much for your help!

2013 Artists Series

openid said...

Your Valentine's Wreath is just the cure for winter dulldrums. Love the pop of bold red paired with the netted burlap. The heart trio complete with locks and key are the perfect finishing touch!
Your Friend,

Vel Criste said...

super adorable Laura!!!! But knowing you, you can come up with anything beautiful with just about anything in your craft box! Love it!

Organized Island said...

Oh this Valentine's wreath is gorgeous! So lovely - I have to pin this!

Shabby Marilyn said...

Oh my, yours is beautiful, love the red burlap! I did one also, with one heart in the middle, honest, before I saw yours! Minds do think alike! Newest follower, first time here. Take care

Pieced Pastimes said...

Hi Laura - Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment about my 'Ruffled Pillow Tutorial'. Your wreath turned out so pretty. The red burlap was the perfect addition.
Fondest Regards,

Michelle Hargreaves said...

Very, very pretty!

Designed Decor said...

Very pretty! I love the red burlap! I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. Talkin’ About Thursday -

Tonna @ USS Crafty said...

You make gorgeous wreaths! I love the hearts, the keys, the red burlap, and the open weave burlap... I guess I love everything about this wreath! I'm pinning it to my Valentine's board, and I'm gonna have to follow you!

Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

Diane said...

Such a welcoming wreath and it definitely will brighten a dreary day!! Love the poems and the sentiment - Happy Valentine's Day!

Shirley said...

Cupid for sure, will be knocking on your door! Beautiful..

Laurie Ritchey said...

Now I know why I can't create. I'm waaaay too impatient. Your patience paid off. It looks beautiful, and I love the way you tied it in with the song. Fun post! laurie

Jewel Sauls said...

Very pretty!