Monday, April 15, 2013

diy {garland dress-up} and a GIVEAWAY winner

A few weeks ago I happened across a bag of unfinished quilt-blocks at my local thrift store. The colors in the fabrics made me happy and the price tag made me smile too. Without question they hopped right in my cart and came home with me. You may remember I used a couple of them for wrapping on Easter.

Then a while back My mom gave me this garland that used to hang in my little sister's bedroom before she outgrew the dolly theme and the pastel color-scheme. The garland was store-bought from the Simply Shabby Chic line at Target and I like it.

But it lacks pop.


I kept trying to like it the way it was.

Didn't work.

Had to fix it.

I folded over and ironed the tops of the pieces so that they were straight instead of arched.

I felt a twinge as I broke out my hot-glue gun to 'cheat' where someone else had so lovingly done it 'right' and hand-sewn these pieces together. 

The feeling passed.

I hot-glued away, happy as a lark.

I glued a quilt piece behind each of the triangles of the original banner.

It gave the garland a skirted-bunting look and a more vintage feel.

It hangs in the living room above the french-doors to our bedroom.

Much more happy and colorful.
Much more me.

(Sharing at Savvy Southern StyleCommon Ground, and Redoux)

This project had me feeling almost guilty because it was so easy to do and I like the finished product so much. But for this mama, a quick 15 minute fixer-upper was the best way to wrap-up the afternoon while Pip napped, the older two were at school, and the chaos of evening had yet to ensue.

You do what you need to do to get your craft on and to create happy corners in your home.



I loved reading your comments on the giveaway post. Thank you for beings followers of my ramblings. Thank you for hopping from my old space to the new one. Thank you for your shares on Facebook. The cherries on top of your weeks were sweet indeed!

And we do have a winner...

A Tisket A Tasket if you would email me at joyfinderspath (at) gmail (dot) com I will mail you your goodies! 
Thank you!

Time to go wake up the apple of my eye.
Have a delicious day!


  1. Love the garland! I can't believe I forgot to enter... oh well, next time... because there WILL be a next time, right?! :)

    1. Nish, Thank you! And yes, there will be a next time! :)

  2. gahhhh!! I read the post a few minutes after you posted but I didn't want to be the first one to comment so I didn't...wanted my number to be in the middle. ;) Soooo...then I plum forgot to go back. oops. Congratulations A Tisket A Tasket! Aaaaannnnd I'm with Lynisha...there will be a next time right? ;) Love you Raimie Lou!

    1. Kristen, that mommy-brain will get you every time! :) We will do giveaways again, I'm sure!

  3. Cute garland, and I LOVE your orange chair!

    1. Auntie Lu, Thank you! The chair is my new treasure... Pip has claimed the sitting-rights but I get photography privileges. :)

  4. Very pretty. And your boy is making that apple look like just the snack. :)

    1. Amylin, Thanks :) An apple a day... (or in his case, 2 or three)

  5. Congratulations to the winner! Loved getting to spend a pinch of thyme with your family this last weekend. It would have been fun to see your house--maybe next time!

  6. I really think I deserved to win! Ha Ha!!! :-) We need another giveaway soon!! Love the garland. It is absolutely perfect - lively and happy. My kinda colors too. I also love that darling little chair. Did you paint it? I have some Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange that I am dying to try on something and haven't had a chance - or the right piece of furniture I guess. Hugs. ~ Dori ~

  7. this garland is just adorable, so cottage perfect!!


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