17 November 2015

A Simple Project



























































I am often inspired by Swedish homes and their simplicity. (Though frequently I may not be simple.) Even though it is a couple of weeks away, I am sharing it now, because I am working on other things.

This is a simple advent "wreath".
In a slope bowl 8.5" and  $7.50 from Crate and Barrel are four of their almost two dollar candles, their shorter white ones, with some silver pinecones. (This is not an endorsement of CB.)
I bought pinecones, because we don't have pinecones here.
I normally would have candles, but I left them out of the refrigerator in the potting shed, so they melted in the summer. 

First, I cut a piece of floral foam to the size that would fit nicely in the bowl.
Then I decided where the holes would go on the foam so there would be enough space to fit a pinecone in the middle.
Then I pushed the candles into the foam carefully, so as not to break them, and then removed them.
Next, I used my hot glue gun to put a nickel sized dot at the bottom of the bowl to secure foam.
Then I put hot glue in the holes and placed the four candles.
My daughter than placed fifteen pinecones of various sizes to cover the foam; so, the number of pinecones depends on the size of the pinecones and the size of the bowl.
Then we tied a piece of twine around the third week's candle.


I think this could be done to make a menorah in a different shaped dish, though I might use something other than menorah candles, because they melt really fast and are very short by the last day. 

I also think it could be done colorfully or traditionally.




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Thank you,
Kerryanne












89 comments:

  1. I love Nordic Christmas decor too. There is something so wonderful about them.

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  2. It's very pretty! I love the simple yet elegant look.
    Brenda

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  3. It Looks so pretty, I like it.

    Andrea

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  4. That is simple and sweet and serene looking. Love it- xo Diana

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  5. This is so pretty. It's always enlightening to remember that something so simple can be elegant.

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  6. Hello Su you are speaking to me ... Rustic elegance with Nordic flare. I'm into simple and this is it. I spy - Loving the blue metal book trolley with wheels!
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera. That is such a handy cart and sturdy. I have one in gray and one in blue. The other holds some kitchen cleaning supplies outside the carport door. They are 29 dollars at Ikea and one can really overload them. It's that strong. Best buy probably ever! xoxo Su

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  7. That is very pretty! I love the sparkly ones!! Simple designs are so classic and lovely - great ideas!

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  8. I love pinecones too. Add some glitter as you have, and they are even prettier! Love your idea!

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    1. Thank you, for your sweet visit. Have a wonderful day. xoxo Su

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  10. I love it! Simple and elegant...nothing better. I almost bought two big white pinecones at a craft fair this weekend. They were so pretty, but I wasn't sure what to do with them.

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    1. Thank you, Kim. That happens to me some time. I spot something, and leave it because I don't what I can do with it. Many times I pass things, because I just don't have space too. xoox Su

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  11. So lovely!! This would be a beautiful simple centerpiece for a round dining table!

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    1. Thank you, Mountain Mama. I agree. :) When I clear my dining table, it's going there. :)

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  12. It is lovely! The simple things are the best. I love the Nordic blogs and last winter pinned simple things as it seems like what I've done in the past is too much, too busy.

    Advent devotions with our children when they were growing up are some of my best Christmas memories. The day after Thanksgiving instead of going to the mall we went to the florist and bought purple and pink heather and came home to make our advent wreath. Such good memories of those days and I hope they think so too.

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    1. Purple and pink heather sounds very beautiful and unique. Lovely memories, Dewena. Thank you for visiting. xoox Su

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  13. This is a simple project rich of beauty
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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    1. Thank you, Alessandra. Hugs to you and a lovely week. xoox Su

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  14. Love the simplicity of this...very nice.

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    1. Thank you, Vee. I hope your week is good to you. xoox Su

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  15. I am going for a simple theme this year and this is so pretty. Love the pinecone with the white candles. So pretty.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you, Kris. I love what you have shown us so far! xoxo Su

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  16. This is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing how you put it together.

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    1. Thank you, Lorri. It's simple and quick. xoxo Su

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  17. Hi Su,
    I love how simple and elegant the candles and pine cones look in the bowl! T F S!
    Julie

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  18. This is so beautiful and it coordinates perfectly with your home decor. I think the scented pine cones would be lovely in this wreath as well. I'm super afraid of lit candles in the house so I always go with flameless ones.

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    1. With young kids, I agree. I will never leave it unattended. We will probably get to light it a few dinners per week. Pottery Barn has interesting flameless candles. xoxo Su

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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    1. Thank you, Laura. Have a wonderful week. xoox Su

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  21. Such simple elegance and beauty Su. I really love the idea. Easy and inexpensive.

    Thank you,

    Janet

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  22. I really like this idea. I like simple and elegant. I have really changed my way of decorating to be simple and I use a lot of nature.
    Carla

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    1. Thank you, Carla, I think that makes a lot of sense, because you live so near so much natural inspiration. xoox Su

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  23. I love Nordic Christmas decor.
    That turned out so pretty!
    I wish I could have candles but I'm afraid the critters would burn the house down!
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Cindi. Have a great weekend. xxoo Su

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  24. I love your advent wreath. So simple and pretty.
    Hugs from here

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    1. Thank you, Bente. Have a lovely weekend. xoxo Su

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  25. Sometimes simple is best! Love the pine cones surrounded by candles. I occasionally use real candles, but mostly flameless ones to be safe.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I never leave it unattended. xoxo Su

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  26. I like this! So simple and clean and elegant. Great idea to put a spot of glue in the holes to keep those candles from tipping! I'm going to use that idea this year. I'll use my traditional Advent wreath and also this one. Love it!

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    1. Thank you, Judy. When advent arrives we will light it at dinner. xoxo Su

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  27. Hi Su, Love this project. Looks so quick to create yet makes a great holiday statement. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend xo

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  28. Hi Su, Love this project. Looks so quick to create yet makes a great holiday statement. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend xo

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  29. Yes Su, I too am drawn to a Nordic feel, this is the direction I want to go I. With my tree if I can find the right one, you pine cone candle holder bowl looks just like JDA and would appear in their magazine without a doubt. I have to mention the chair and the library cart, I love that cart you could do a whole post on that piece.

    See you soon dear and all that you are creating.

    Keep inspiring your Swedish look, we love it too!

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Thank you, Dore. I just picked up my magazine yesterday, and I am enjoying it. There is one shop that I know of that carries it, and I visit it once a month to pick it up.

      Thank you. The chair is one of the first pieces I bought. It is at least 25 years old, because I have been married 25 years this year. I met my spouse in college, and we married right after we graduated. It is a Queen Anne style chair in white leather, and to soften it, I cover it with pillows and a ruffled sheer skirt that was a curtain. It is a very comfortable chair, and so I've kept it all these years. The little library cart is not vintage. It is from Ikea. I have had it for a few years now, but they still sell them for 29 dollars, in white, gray, and turquoise. It is sturdy and handy, and rolls well; it's probably the best 29 dollars that I've ever spent. I have a gray one outside my kitchen door to hold bottles and kitchen over flow. I'm sorry that I was slow to answer. I am getting a second wind now, and starting to feel better from the worse cold that has hit me in years. I ran out of Vitamin C at the beginning of the week and the next thing you know, I was sick. So I went an bought some today, took two tablets, bought a bowl of Pho (Vietnamese soup), a nap, some tea, and I'm feel I'm improving now. xoxo Su

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  30. Dear Su,
    very beautiful. This simplicity is in the end just timeless.
    Yours,
    Sarah

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I so admire your style, so I am touched. xoxo Su

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  31. Very pretty. Love the touch of the baker's twine!
    xoxo,
    Lin

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    1. Thank you, Lin. It's such a pretty twine and it came on a spool, and I can't remember where I picked it up for a three dollars or less, maybe a dollar. xoxo Su

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  32. I too love the simplicity of the Swedish homes and I love seeing the advent candles on Instagram.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. It would look pretty in colors too.

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  33. Such a pretty accent for a tabletop! I'm trying to simplify my Christmas decor, and the Scandinavian look really appeals to me too.

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  34. It looks so beautiful !! I love these decorations !!
    Greetings

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    1. Thank you, Jemma. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! xoxo Su

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  36. I have to agree !!!
    BEAUTIFUL ... Elegant and just the perfect tough for your home.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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    1. Thank you, Audrey. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. xoox Su

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  37. I love the simplicity of it. It looks rustic and pure.

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    1. Thank you, Magali. Just something simple to enjoy during the days before Christmas. xoxo Su

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  38. It is so simple...and it Looks so much pretty...i Love it

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    1. Thank you, Isa, for your visit. I read a few posts of your blog, and see that you are here in the U.S. for a year. So Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. I have visited Germany the past two summers with my daughter, but have spent most of our weeks in Italy. xoxo Su

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  39. So sweet....I love it! I might try to make one like yours rather than the huge aden wreaths we make at church every year. I like yours better, and it would be much easier on our allergies!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    xo,
    RJ

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    1. Thank you, RJ. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. xoxo Su

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  40. So pretty and perfect, Su. I love the clean, natural look of it.
    Amalia
    xo

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  41. I love Scandinavian decorating Su and your advent candles look so lovely. I've just featured them on my Sunday Features post at Shabby Art Boutique.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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    1. Thank you, Kerryanne. That was a wonderful surprise. xoxo Su

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  42. Love it! Scandinavian simplicity at its best. A wonderful style that I find very appealing. Well done, Su.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. xoxo Su

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  43. simple CAN be beautiful. nicely done!!!

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  44. Looks so pretty, the place with the books.
    I could have enjoyed the place just now.

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Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a kind message today. I love to visit your blogs too, and I do when I can link back. xoxo Su