January Letter from the Editor

by Stephanie Fellenstein Published:

This month I had the pleasure of interviewing Gina Bishop, or Homegirl as she is known in the design world. Bishop, who lives at Maple Wood Farm, has a knack for taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. And, the best part is, that her ideas don't cost a lot of money.

She was nice enough to share an idea for an easy holiday decoration.

Homegirl's holiday wreath

Supplies:

• wreath form- book pages, sheet music, magazines or any kind of cool paper- holiday card, vintage light bulbs or new colored light bulbs- ribbon, hot glue gun, scissors, crafting glue (She recommends Modge Podge which is found at any craft store in the glue section.)

Directions:

1. Tear pages of the book, or whatever paper you choose, into strips of different sizes. Glue those to cover the entire wreath form.

2. Cut ribbon to the length you want and place it on top of the wreath to use as a hanger.

3. To make a paper rosette, cut three pages of the book to approximately 4-by-6-inch rectangles. Accordion fold each rectangle (fold back and forth). Fold the accordion-folded rectangles in half to form a fan and glue together the two ends to create a half circle. Glue the outside edge of each of the semi-circle fans together to form one rosette (full circle.)

4. Cut out an image from the holiday card and glue it to the rosette.

5. Glue the rosette onto the wreath. (For the wreath pictured, the rosette was glued over the ribbon hanger.)

6. Hot glue bulbs to the wreath.

7. Hang and enjoy.

Here's to a new year filled with lots of happiness and success.

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