Wednesday, November 30, 2011

[ my simple snow white wreath ]

YOU MAY have seen this style of wreath before but I thought I'd share my version I whipped up yesterday. So super easy and the supply list is short: a wire hanger and fabric! {a lifesaver since finding crafting supplies isn't easy in Dubai}.

You can use any fabric you have on hand or whatever you find on sale. {I used an extra curtain panel I had picked up on clearance at Pottery Barn. It ended up being about 2 yards of 54" wide fabric}. I washed my fabric to soften it and did not iron it {wrinkles help make it look cuter}.

Measure out 4" wide increments and tear into strips.

Untwist your hanger and form into a circle shape.

Then start poking the hanger through the strips of fabric, folding like an accordion as you go {I spaced my pokes about 2" apart}.

When you've poked it all through, use some pliers to form a loop at one end of the hanger.

Push all the fabric towards the loop and feed the other end of the hanger through the loop.

Snip the hanger and form a loop so that the ends interlock. I positioned the loops on the side of the wreath and adjusted the fabric to hide them.

Use a scrap of the same fabric to create a loop for hanging by tying it to the hanger between the folds.

Give the fabric folds a bit of a twist to create fullness and make them look more random.

And voila!

You can stop here if you like, or add a ribbon, or decorate it anyway that you'd like.

I chose to hang an ornament in the center for Christmas...

I simply pinned the jute string to the back of the wreath for easy removal later.

I love the simplicity of it and think it looks pretty against a pale wall or the dark wood of our entrance door. And once Christmas is over, off comes the ornament and I'll hang it in my bedroom.

Happy wreathing!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

[ free amy butler holiday patterns ]

LOOKING TO do a bit of crafting before the holidays? Then head on over to Amy Butler to download some free pdf patterns!

Here's a sampling but there are others too!

Happy crafting!


Monday, November 28, 2011

[ a catamaran around dubai ]

HAPPY MONDAY! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and hopefully those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving are out of your turkey coma by now!

We had an awesome Saturday afternoon on a big catamaran around Dubai. The weather was incredible and it was so nice to see Dubai from the water and get a different perspective.

I thought you might like to soak it in...

...we happened to be out when the Traditional Dubai Dhow Sailing Race was taking place...

...we anchored for some swimming...

...then continued our journey back...

... we watched the wooden dhow boats being towed back after the race {they only go one way}...

...and saw a helicopter land on the Burj Al Arab...

...what a relaxing way to spend an afternoon ~ gorgeous sights, fresh sea air and a pretty sunset... ahhhh....


Friday, November 25, 2011

[ in honour of black friday ]

JUST SOME perfect black finds...

Have a great weekend everyone!

[emmasblog; 2, 4, 6 convoy; chanel; apunchofcolourdesign]

Thursday, November 24, 2011

[ gobble gobble ]

HAPPY Thanksgiving to all of my American friends! Hope your holiday is filled with family, laughter and lots to gobble!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

[ kaleidoscope ]

DO YOU suffer from pattern phobia? Like the thought of combining too many will make your head spin? Well, this should cure you...

A kaleidoscope of pattern! And yet for some reason, my eyes aren't scrambled looking at it. I wonder if I could do this in my own home... could you?


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

[ my day so far ]

OK, REMEMBER when I was going on and on about missing fall? Well, for today, I take that back.

I decided to enjoy a lovely leisurely breakfast today on the terrace of my favourite place, Paul. The view overlooking the Burj Khalifa was beautiful...

After 6 months of sizzling heat, this is finally possible!

And check out this continental breakfast ~ baguette with jams, apricot pastry, latte and fresh squeezed oj....mmm carbs!

And how did I top off that wonderful breakfast experience? A bit of shopping of course!

I found these super comfy suede flats and decided to treat myself. After 4 years in rainy Ireland and not being able to wear suede, I can finally wear them without ruining them in the rain!

I love the neutral stone shade that will go with everything and the soles that are like running shoes.

How's your day panning out so far?



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