I mentioned a new-to-me blog on my last post called Seashells and Southern Belles. She also authors a new-to-everyone blog called the Belles of Saturday. This blog is completely devoted to college football, specifically SEC and ACC football.
You know I'm loving that!
There was a guest post on Belles of Saturday written by the lovely Kelly from Lowcountry Spoiled (another great blog name! I wish I was that creative) about the South Carolina wreath she made. It inspired me to make one for my beloved VOLS, and I was able to do it fairly quickly and easily (although I do have an orange glitter trail all over my house now).
HERE's her wreath.
And here is mine, in all it's orange and white and glittered glory!
EXTREME close up!
Now, I am fully aware that Martha Stewart is not going to be banging down my door and begging me to be her successor, but I am still pretty stoked about how it turned out! The best part is seeing how the sun hits it in person. That glitter just shimmers! Martha really knows what she's doing!
In case anyone wants to replicate it, I bought all my supplies at Michael's. I used:
24" grapevine wreath ($8.99)
Fire Opal glitter by Martha Stewart Crafts ($9.99 for the big bottle. WAYYYY too much! Just buy the smaller $3.99 bottle)
3 different kinds of ribbon at $3.99 each. The best part about doing this at this time of year was that I was able to take advantage of the specialty Halloween ribbons, and that's where I got the sparkly orange ribbon. It was also the only wired ribbon I used. Wired works really well, but it's not necessary.
Wooden letters (I can't find my receipt, but I think they were $2.99 each)
Aleene's Tacky Glue (Oops. I forgot I bought this at Walmart. $0.98, I think)
I also used my own hot glue gun and glue, and I have no idea how much I paid for those. Kelly said her wooden letters had staples in the back that she used to "sew" the letters to the wreath. Make do with whatcha got!
Also, if you can find a 40% off Michael's coupon, you could come out even better than I did. I used to see those coupons all the time, and now I don't. Does anyone out there in bloggy land know a trick on how to get more Michael's coupons? Their sales paper is hit or miss in our Sunday paper.
I'm so pleased with how this turned out that I'm really tempted to do another one for my nephew's football team. I could put that one up on Fridays when he's playing, and switch it out on Saturdays when UT is playing. Would that be weird? Maybe even more weird since I don't live in the same city as my nephew, and people here might not get why I'm cheering for a team 30 minutes away. Maybe he would be glad I made it for him, though...
Speaking of my handsome nephew, lookie here:
My nephew is #8, on the right
This is his Uncle Scott peeking behind us.
A Scott-free pic. Get Scott-free? Hee hee. I crack myself up.
This is my younger nephew. He is such a hoot. We went to eat before the game, and he was appropriately dressed. At some point during the game, he turned into this:
A shirtless dude with a feathered headdress. LOL.
My younger nephew is also a stud on the football field. I'm going to his first game tonight, but my Daddy went to watch a few preseason games and said my nephew was pretty much the only player on the team. He's quarterback, free safety, placekicker, punter, and kick returner. Apparently now he's been moved from quarterback to wide receiver (and sometime running back) because he's the only one on the team who can catch the football! Coach figures he can teach someone to throw a ball, so he needs T-Man to catch it/run it up the field.
I'm so excited to see him play tonight. Everyone pray he stays healthy! This team needs him!
I also get to see my niece cheer her first game for her school tonight. She's been a competitive cheerleader for many years, but she's only done it at the local cheer/gymnastics gym. She's now old enough (6th grade) to cheer for her school, and I can't wait to see her! I think she's excited to do it, but I'm also pretty sure she's scared out of her wits. That surprises me, since she has cheered in competitions many, many, many times, but I know how nervous big changes make her. Say a little pray for her that she summons the confidence in herself so she can have fun out there. I don't want this to be a source of stress for her. Lord knows school is stressful enough!
This was the headline in the paper after last Friday's game:
Yeah, they did! Go Chiefs! My nephew ended up with the first tackle of the game (he plays free safety), 1 TD (he's also a wide receiver), and 1 INT! He's so awesome!
I'm so unbelievably proud of my boys and my niece. I love them dearly! I'm the proudest aunt in the world!
I hope everyone enjoyed my wreath and that inspires you to do one, too! If so, email me a pic! I would love to see everyone's interpretation. Also, you can twitpic me at @MrsMatched. I still need to get a twitter button on my sidebar. Add that one to the to-do list....
Have a great Tuesday!