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Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in 3 Simple Steps, Home Decor, Reuse/Recycle | 3 comments

Simple Mardi Gras Wreath

Simple Mardi Gras Wreath

Mardi Gras Beaded Wreath Pin

Since recently moving to the south, I am enjoying all the fun that goes along with Mardi Gras. And, of course, I needed some type of decoration for my house!  So, I took a hour or two the other day and made this Mardi Gras bead wreath.

It’s Easy as 1-2-3!  You only need a wire wreath base, beads and wire for a hanger. I did not have to buy a thing – love that part!  I took the dry greenery off of a wire frame that I had left from Christmas to use for my base.  Then I made a big pile of the beads we caught the night before at a parade and starting wrapping my wreath.

Mardi gras wreath 1

Tie one strand of beads onto the frame.  Then connection on more strands.

Mardi Gras wreath 2

To connect them, just lay one strand over the other, then pull one strand under and through the end of the other.

Mardi Gras wreath 3

Pull through to connect 2 strands. I used smaller beads for the base because those were the size that I had the most of.  You could use larger beads, but I would reccomend that you use all similar size so the thickness will be the same all the way around.  Continue on wrapping at an angle until you get close to the finish size you would like.

Mardi Gras wreath 4

At this point I added in my larger beads to provide more interest and texture.  I also added more of the small beads, but after I connected them together, I knotted them a seccond to create clusters to scatter about.

Mardi Gras bead wreath close up

Just play around and see what you come up with – that’s part of the fun! I ran a piece of wire from the back to create my hanger and then put it up on my front door – 3 days before Fat Tuesday!  Now that I have made this one, next year I’ll be able to put it up lots earlier!

Mardi Gras Bead Wreath on front door

My front door is not decorated as elaborately as some others around town -but I like it simple!


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Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Home Decor | 0 comments

Simple Ideas for Holiday Decorating

Simple Ideas for Holiday Decorating

This year, we are celebrating Christmas in an apartment and my MANY boxes of Christmas decorations are in storage. So, I just pulled out a handful of items and here’s what I put together for a Simple Christmas.

Add ornaments to a baking tin.  Use treasured family pieces for a meaningful decoration.

Add ornaments to a baking tin. Use treasured family pieces for a meaningful decoration.

In the kitchen, I pulled out a treasured aluminum muffin tin that my Nana gave me many years ago.  She would make us sweet treats at Christmas and then let us keep the pan.

It is nice and shiny so I filled it with with a few inexpensive glass ornaments. I have some beautiful vintage glass ornaments that belonged to my other Grandma, but unfortunately they are still in storage. Those would make this the perfect Christmas memory and decoration. I’ll have to use them next year. But either way, my both of my grandmothers will be with me in the kitchen.

Snow Women Vintage Puzzle on  Simply Angies

This is a puzzle that my parents gave me back in the 1960s when I was a little girl. I’m so glad that I have kept up with it for all these years! I proudly display this cute box at Christmas. I put this puzzle together every year, and I especially love the description on the back.

It reads: “ It’s a ‘girls night out’ for the snow woman set, and these lovely ladies have put on their best hats for the occasion. It is quite embarrassing to the others to be seen with one who has the nerve to wear a neck scarf around her hips, but what can you expect from a snow woman with two stomachs?”

This is my first Christmas away from my parents, so I love it that I have this keepsake from them to remind me of all the wonderful family Christmases that they provided for me and my sisters.

christmas tree with shells

This is the first Christmas along the Gulf Coast for Bill and I together, so I decided to do something to incorporate a few items from our area.  I picked up a basket of shells a few months ago when we visited the Gulf of Mexico near Holly Beach, La. I added a few shells underneath this table top tree and some on the branches as well.  I think the shells look a little bit like mounds of snow.  I used all white and silver ornaments in keeping with this theme.

christmas tree with pelican

I also love this picture of my sister and I playing in the snow when she lived in Idaho. I think Christmas time is always a good time to pull out treasure family photos.

gift bag with stamped snowflakes

Here is an idea for a gift bag.  Just take a brown craft gift bag and rubber stamp it with snowflakes. I used brown and olive green ink to stamp my snowflakes. Who would have thought brown snowflakes would be so pretty? Then I cut two pieces of newspaper into flower shapes and colored them just a little with an aqua pen (from Stampin’ Up.)  I twisted the two pieces together in the middle and then stapled  it to the bag. Add some olive green or natural tissue paper and you’ll have a unique gift bag.

I hope you are finding some simple and fun decorations for your home.

Happy Holidays everyone!



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Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Around the House, Home Decor | 0 comments

Simple & Fun Rug Made With Yarn Scraps

Simple & Fun Rug Made With Yarn Scraps

Last fall I had made several scarves with a variety of “Pom Pom” style yarns. These yarns are so soft and fun! I had scraps left of several different colors and wondered what to do with them…so…here is what I decided to do!

Fun with Yarn scraps

I crocheted this fun and colorful rug using a large crochet hook and a simple single crochet stitch. The yarn I used was Loops & Threads Pom Pom Fashion Yarn, but any pom pom yarn will do.

Just start with a chain 6-8 inches long  for the center base, then crochet all the way around with single crochet stitches. All you have to do is increase stitches occasionally when going around on the ends so that it will lay flat.  Just crochet 2 stitches into the same stitch as needed as you make your way around the curves.

pom pom rug

I chose to do a few rounds of each color at a time, but you could do this however you wish… just use your imagination and crochet away!  Fun and Easy!

I wish I would have had more scraps left so that I could have made it bigger.
Love the way it turned out!


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Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Home Decor, Simple Living | 0 comments

Playing with Pumpkins

Playing with Pumpkins

I love adding pumpkins to my front porch when Fall is in the air!


I found these unique pumpkins on a recent trip to Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  They have a growth on the outside that kind of looks like peanut shells.  Very unique – I’ve never seen these before and I love them!  I stacked the “Peanut Pumpkin” on top of a “Cinderella Pumpkin” and put a little burlap in between.  Sat them on top of an old Shabby Chic chair that I love, mixed in a little driftwood and this colorful display of nature welcomes visitors to my artisan boutique, Angie’s Originals.

20130923-153102.jpgThe smashed looking “Cinderella Pumpkins” were available in many colors.  Again, this is something I had not seen before here in the midwest.  I wish I would have had room in my trunk to bring back lots of these!

This topiary at the florist in Ocean Springs was made with a grapevine wreath on bottom and artificial moss in between the pumpkins. Very cute!

How do you decorate with pumpkins?

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