Sunday, September 28, 2014

DIY Fall Wreath Tutorial

Today I have an awesomely easy fall wreath tutorial for you!  Just in time to beautify your door from now through Thanksgiving.

Here are the materials I used.  I had two colors of burlap ribbon (you could have just one) and I also used pumpkins, but you could use any light weight plastic craft-type fall decoration you choose.

So let's get started.
STEP 1:  Hot glue one edge of the burlap ribbon to the back of your wreath.  Wrap and twist loosely, leaving space in between, all the way around and secure again on the back with hot glue.
STEP 2:  Repeat the same procedure with your second color of burlap, and each ribbon color that you have chosen. 
** Don't worry too much about how it looks as you wrap.  I loosely made sure to cover the wreath with the burlap and then roughly placed the ribbon where I wanted.  Since it is only glued at the beginning and end, there is still a lot of wiggle room to fluff your wreath how you want it to look before the next step and again at the end.
STEP 3:  Take time to fluff and place your burlap and ribbon more how you want it.  Hot glue your decorations in place.  I placed mine in a cluster at the bottom and off center.  I moved the burlap and ribbon aside slightly to glue the pumpkins directly to the straw wreath to make it more secure.  This step took the longest because I had to hold each one in place while the glue dried.
STEP 4:  Use your wire cutters or strong scissors to cut the flowers from the stems, leaving about 2-3 inches of stem.  Weave the stems through the holes in the burlap to secure the flowers in place.  I let the burlap hold them in place, but you could also add a little hot glue here as well. 
STEP 5:  Fluff your burlap and ribbon one more time until your wreath looks how you want it to look.  Use ribbon or twine at the top so you have a loop to hang it from.  And that's it! 

I think this is my favorite wreath to date.  I also have a summer wreath tutorial that can easily work for fall if you prefer a sleeker look to your wreaths!  Let me know what you think and happy fall everyone!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Invisalign Update: Before and After

Hi everyone!

My All About Invisalign post has been my most viewed page on this blog, and I noticed some commenters asking for an update. It is now over a year later, so I am way overdue!

I finished my last set of aligners in February of 2013 and have been very happy with the results!  Since then, I just wear a retainer every night that is just like a plastic aligner, but a bit thicker.  I still have the same nightly routine of brushing, flossing, and mouthwash.  And I do still have to brush and clean the retainers. 

The overlap in my front teeth, which happened during college, was the main reason I got Invisalign.  See how bad it was?  Sometimes seeing these "before" photos are shocking because I never knew how noticeable it was.  In certain lighting or at certain angles, that tooth looked very pronounced.

My treatment was 36 weeks long, and worth every penny.  My front teeth are totally straight and my bottom teeth have a nice arc to them.  Before, they were mostly straight across with the side teeth rotated out.  I know this isn't a good close up photo, but hopefully you can see the difference.

While there were some annoyances with the process, I would recommend it to anyone thinking about straightening their teeth.  The nine months may have seemed like a long time, and I was self-conscious about the way my smile looked at times, but I have mostly forgotten all about that now. 

If there are any questions, please comment and I will try to answer! 

You can also check my archives to see my previous Invisalign posts.

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