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How to Make an Advent Wreath


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Hello friends, I hope that you had a lovely Thanksgiving.
Today I want to share with you this year's Advent wreath.

Advent begins this Sunday, and each year I share with you the process of how I made my wreath so that you may be inspired to make your own.   

"Customarily the Advent Wreath is constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which are inserted four candles (Advent candles). According to tradition, three of the candles are violet and the fourth one is a rose. However, four violet or white candles (Advent Candles) may also be used".
The rose candle is lit the third Sunday of Advent, for this color anticipates and symbolizes the Christmas joy announced in the first word of the Entrance Antiphon: "Rejoice" (Latin, Gaudete). For this reason, the Third Sunday is also called Gaudete Sunday. 




Last year I used natural elements for our Advent Wreath.
In past posts, I have mentioned that I use whatever 
I have on hand at the moment, so with that said
here are the supplies that I used for today's wreath.
Supplies
  • Four to five artificial pine needle branches 
  • Deer moss 
  • Floral wire 
  • Scissors
  • A decorative branch
  • Candle base
  • Four Advent candles


1 . The first thing I did was to tie each branch to the other using the
floral wire and bend each one to form a circle. I adjusted the diameter of my wreath so that it could fit around my candle holder. The branches are made of wire, so it was not difficult to form them into a circle.

2. I then added the large candle base to the center of the wreath.

3. Next, I placed the deer moss on the top of the candle holder to give
coverage to leave some space for the four candles.

4. After adding the moss, I placed the candles around the base.

5. The last step was to add my decorative piece, the pine cones and log branch.
That's it, create a wreath and then just put everything else into place.

For past Advent Wreaths, click here, here and here.




There you have it, our Advent Wreath this year.
Happy Advent!
Do you have Advent candles this year?


Tiny Prints Sale!

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Tiny Prints is my favorite place to go for cards because I love their 
quality, their many designs, and my favorite part is that they can mail it out for you.  What?  Yes!  
You can visit their website for more information on that when you order from Tiny Prints.

 These are some of my favorite cards, they have so many to choose from.  Everyone is 
ordering their holiday cards this time of year, so this is the perfect opportunity 
to order yours.

I have ordered from Tiny Prints several times and I am always pleased with their 
cards.  I have received Thank you cards to mail out to friends and relatives for their 
gifts.  I have received Christmas cards that impressed my family members because of their 
great quality.  I have even purchased address stamps with cute fonts and layout.  
If you have never ordered from Tiny Prints, this is your opportunity, check them out and 
tell me what you think.  Aside from cards, they also have great gifts that you may personalize,
these will make wonderful gifts for family and friends.  

This week they are having a Thanksgiving SALE and you will be able to save 30% off 
all orders or 40% off $99 or more.  Use code: GIVETHANKS at checkout.  This sale runs 
until 11/24.

Hope that you have a great Thanksgiving!


DaySpring Christmas Favorites

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Everlasting Light - Wooden Candlestick Holders, Set of 3
I don't know about you, but everything is moving around so fast these days.
I mean, it was Halloween just the other day and now we're having Thanksgiving
dinner on Thursday and then Christmas will be here before you know it.

With Christmas right around the corner, I am taking this time to share some of my
favorite things from some of my favorite places.  Today it will be from DaySpring.
It is the perfect opportunity to get those little gifts for loved ones and also for yourself.
Black Friday is three days away, are you ready?
Everlasting Light - Bangles, Set of 3
This is a beautiful and simple bangle set great for gift giving and below a lovely necklace
with shimmer and stars. The earrings are lovely for a dear friend or sister this season.

Everlasting Light - Layered Shimmer Necklace

Village Artisan - Friendship Earrings, Blue
Get your decor on with these lovely pieces.
His Savior Names - Easter Adorenaments Set

Everlasting Light - Starburst Mirror

His Love Endures Forever - Wall Clock

The clock above is made of distressed wood & contains distinct copper numerals.  I love the
weathered and rustic feel.  I absolutely love this clock, it is simple and clean, perfect
for placing on the mantel.

I hope that you enjoyed looking at these simple pieces fro DaySpring.  Do you have any
favorites to share?


Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Tree Classics

*Disclosure:Tree Classics Sponsored the items on this post for the Breast Cancer 
Awareness Campaign.  All views and opinions expressed 
are my honest 100% opinion.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Inspirations by D has partnered with
Tree Classics to increase the awareness of Breast Cancer and to inspire hope
to the many women affected by the disease through early detection.  
This month we share with others the importance of an examination.

One of the ways that I am encouraging and inspiring others is by 
putting up a Breast Cancer Awareness Tree.  You read correctly, a Breast Cancer 
Awareness Tree!  I find that it is a good way of bringing the attention of anyone entering 
my home, passing by my window or who reads my blog to become aware that it 
is important to get examined, including myself and also for those affected by this 
disease.  

I thought about the women that I know who have been affected by Breast Cancer;
I thought about mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, neighbors, friends, and their 
families. This is something that needs to be taken care of immediately.  It is a serious disease
and we must act now and get checked. Early detection is a sure way to fight the disease.



This is a campaign to raise awareness and it is certainly for a good cause to decorate a tree in pink.
  It's also in remembrance of those who have fought hard, those who have beaten 
cancer and for those who have left us.
Every time I look at the tree, I am reminded that I must take the steps necessary 
to share the awareness with others. 

There are many other ways that we may show our support; we may wear pink!  
Wearing pink is a straightforward, and powerful action everyone can do, even if it's just 
wearing a small pink ribbon.  You may also participate in a fund-raiser in your area by helping 
an organization, or you may even create an awareness event, such as a benefit 
concert, bake sales, and sell raffles just to name a few.  If you have no time for any of 
the ones mentioned, you may also consider donating to support breast cancer research.  
Two very good organizations to give are The Breast Cancer Prevention Institute and 
National Breast Cancer Foundation. Most importantly, get yourself 
checked, I cannot stress this enough.

About My Tree

The tree I received to run the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign is from "Tree Classics," the finest artificial Christmas tree company
around.  I want to take this moment to thank them for partnering with me or this cause.

My tree is a Classic Noble Fir with lush foliage with two 
shades of green that exudes the crisp ambiance of a wintry evergreen forest. 
It was easy to assemble because it comes in three parts, the base, the middle and the top.
Then all I had to do was fluff it around, simple as that.

 I chose an unlit tree (it's my preference) but they do have trees with different 
light types available.  Another thing I love about this tree that I cannot get from a 
live tree (don't get me wrong, love real trees) is that the branches are bendable 
making it perfect for garlands!  The flexibility of the branches helps when 
trimming the tree with ribbons.

To decorate my Breast Cancer Awareness tree, I used a mix of
handmade and purchased decorations.  I began with the pom-pom garland that
I made a couple of years ago. As I mentioned before, I added a thicker string to
the garland for a more appealing look.  I then incorporated pink flowers that
I purchased from a craft store because it gives it a feminine touch and serves as a reminder
of each woman I know who has battled cancer.

I added pink floral branches and fun, curly embellishments on the top and around the tree.
Next, I added the pink glittered ball ornaments and a few white ones for contrast.
You can just take old ornaments, cover them with a thin coat of glue and dip them in glitter,
voila new ornaments!  Finally,  I added the Pink Breast Cancer Ribbons that I made
and randomly hung them on the tree.


Pink ribbon!



Thank you for visiting and I hope that you will join the campaign to bring
Breast Cancer Awareness to your area as well.  Don't forget to get examined and
spread the word about Breast Cancer Awareness.
Have you or anyone you know been affected by Breast Cancer?


DIY: Fall Book Page Wreath

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Autumn is a wonderful time to observe the outdoors, but in these parts, it still feels like
hot summer days.  I am currently missing the cool, brisk air of autumn, I am missing
the changing of the foliage and the swirling leaves as they are stirred by the wind.
Instead, I am placing simple reminders in my home to remind me of the season ahead
as I await the cool days of fall to arrive.

In the meantime, I have updated a few old handmade pieces with autumn
flare as seen the other day with the fall flower pot makeover.
Today's craft is by far the easiest, that is if you already have a paper wreath.
 I am sharing this old book page wreath that I made several years ago by adding faux
leaves to it.

The leaves may be purchased at any craft store or at the Dollar Tree.
Simply tuck in the leaves around the wreath and you're done.
It is that simple!  Then hang it over a door or mantel to enjoy.
I believe that you can do this with a grapevine wreath as well.
You can practically add fall leaves to anything to give it a warm, fall appearance.
Be creative!




Hope that you enjoy and Happy Crafting!


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