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The Making of a Burlap and Denim Wreath with a Tribal Outfit Thrown in.

Just before we get into the randomness of my post which will take you from making a wreath to my desk to yes even an outfit let’s just take a second to enjoy the Sunday Night sunset. Is this not a glorious site ( and I am not talking about me in my slippers, I am talking that sky).  I had to run outside to snap some pictures and it is times like this that I wish I had all the awesome filters and the real keen eye of a true photographer.
( oh yea and an SEO tip for ya, I was spending tons of time thinking up unique interesting titles for my post and I just learned you need your title to be basic and include the key words in your post of what you are writing about, this will generate more hits, so tip: stop being cute and get back to basics)
sunset in Ottawa

I realized I had been a bit slack in my craft/diy posts when I noticed my Easter Wreath was still on the mantle ( minus the Easter trinkets but still in all its pastel glory. So today we are going to convert an Easter wreath into a non-seasonal Burlap and Denim Wreath. 2015 seems to be my year of denim and burlap, I converted my candles after buying some denim accessories and I really loved the look, then we won some burlap and birch park accessories so I figured what the heck, lets work with it right? 
Making a denim and burlap wreath
Step one was taking the wreath off the wall and begin removing the pastel, gold and cream decomesh.
spring wreath

I purchased two rolls of ribbon from Michael’s, a burlap with a denim ribbon accent and a solid denim, I figured these added to the existing burlap would be sufficient for my wreath. 

denim and burlap ribbon

denim and burlap ribbon

denim and burlap ribbon

After the wreath was unadorned with only the plain burlap, I began adding my new burlap and denim ribbon, followed by the solid denim. The best thing about using a .wreath with greenery is you have instant hooks for attaching your ribbons.  There is no best way to attach the ribbon, I eye the ribbon and loops and keep adjusting till I have a pattern I am pleased with.
denim and burlap ribbon
Varying shades of denim help add depth. 
denim and burlap ribbon

Once the ribbons are attached in a pattern that you like you are done.  I find the burlap and denim are enough and the wreath does not need any additional decorations.

denim and burlap wreath

My mantle wreath now matches the other accents I have added this spring.
Burlap and plaid pillow covers.
Denim and burlap candles
Birch candle
wooden coasters
Burlap wall coverings

Pillow covers from IKEA, denim and burlap family room accents 
burlap and denim candles

birch candle

wooden coasters

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A few fun, easy and inexpensive accents can completely change the room
Are you into the denim and burlap kick this spring? have you added any accents?

On Friday I put a little teaser on Instagram about my outfit from the week before that I had not yet shared, my tribal jumpsuit that I purchased last year at Forever 21. The weather is beautiful, spring is finally here. I wanted to find an outfit that was not only appropriate for a Friday at the office but would take me to the Makeup and Dessert session by Burberry. ( I was not sure of appropriate dress code so I was figuring casual but funky might work) I paired the Jumpsuit with the lace Cardigan 
( F21) I found this year and my new converse.
Lace Cardigan and converse

Tribal Jumpsuit, converse and lace cardigan

add my Love necklace and my long silver heart necklace and the outfit was complete

Tribal Jumpsuit, converse and lace cardigan

Jumpsuit and lace cardigan
The jumpsuit is strapless but I wore a black sports bra underneath to bgive the illusion of staps ( more appropriate for the office I thought)
Forever 21 Tribal Jumpsuit, converse

Forever 21 Tribal Jumpsuit, converse and lace cardigan

Tribal Jumpsuit, converse and lace cardigan

Tribal Jumpsuit, converse and lace cardigan

Tribal Jumpsuit, converse and lace cardigan

Love and heart necklace

Tribal Jumpsuit, converse and lace cardigan

Happy Monday Folks hope you had as enjoyable weekend as I did and my countdown is on, 11 days till the four of us head to Orlando and 12 days till the Rolling Stones.

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  • Wow that sunset is stunning! I would have been out in my slippers getting pictures too! 🙂

    Your wreath looks nice as well – matches your candles wonderfully, great decoration idea! 🙂

    Away From The Blue

  • ADA

    You are the queen of burlap wreaths. Love this one with the denim, and the jars too. I also love that wall full of fun frames. And once again a great outfit in a jumper. IRL today I am wearing a jumper with a cardigan, also. Great minds, think alike!

  • Stopping in from How I Spring. Great idea on the burlap wreath. I never take the time to do things like this. I should someday. I just got a few of these jumpsuits – love yours. Mine are not strapless, but have the thin straps. I wore one with a tank top with shelf bra instead of a strapless bra. They can be so uncomfortable if you wear them all day.

  • That wreath is gorgeous and so perfect for spring, well done, lady! Stopping by from the mingle linkup!

  • What an amazing sunset. Also you are rocking that jumpsuit.


  • That sunset is beautiful!! And I love how you styled that jumpsuit with those sneakers–I'm wearing a similar pair today!