Does anyone remember this stunning wreath from the cover of a Martha Stewart Living magazine? If I have my dates right, she did a fresh cranberry version in 1995, and then this beaded one the following year. I have the magazines somewhere ... but no inclination to find dig them out for this blog post. I'm sure you could google it.
Back then, I was newly married with no children (translation, tons of free time). I actually ordered the specific beads listed in the instructions (remember, this was pre-internet days) from a little shop somewhere in New York. They were pricy! But I wanted to make this wreath exactly the same in the.worst.way.
I remember sitting in front of the tv sticking all the pins into a bag of poly stuffing so I could paint each and every little pinhead with nailpolish. Yes. Yes I did. I was that banana-nuts-crazy.
Twenty years later, I still love this wreath as much as the day I made it. I used to hang it on a mirror above our (fake) mantle in our old house. It didn't get put out last year 'cause we were still "unpacking". But last week I stuck one of those 3M adhesive hooks on the inside of my front door and hung it. The beads are glass and surprisingly heavy. Fingers crossed that it doesn't fall!
The old bow had seen better days so I gave it a new double-faced satin ribbon and trimmed the edges with scalloped scissors, just like Martha's. I think maybe the tails are a tad too long. I might trim them later.
Did you ever do a craft from Martha Stewart Living magazine? What was it? Do you still have it?