Pinecones are in the second category.
When my family
The good news: it's beautiful and my sister likes it. The bad news: I won't be able to feel the tips of my fingers for weeks. When Martha Stewart says to use leather gloves, she's not kidding or being melodramatic. Those sweet little woodland creatures have more needles than a cactus. And I'm from Arizona, so I'm an expert on these things. (We eat scorpions for breakfast, you know... ;)
I started with the basics, which were much cheaper than I'd feared. I got a wire wreath form from Michael's for $2.50 (it would have been cheaper if I'd noticed that their stupid promise of an additional 20% off my entire purchase was good for only one day -I'm anti-Michael's this week) and a never-ending spool of floral wire for $2. I already had the pinecones and wire cutter, and I'd bought a roll of ribbon to match Anna's kitchen at the dollar store weeks ago. Ready, set, go...
The rest of the process was repetitive: pick good pinecone, cut floral wire, get poked by pinecone while wrapping wire around it, find good spot for pinecone, get poked by pinecone and cut by wire as said pinecone is wired to the wreath frame. I got to watch a lot of West Wing episodes throughout this process so the rather boring process wasn't boring at all. The end result isn't as full as Martha's wreath, but I didn't really want it to be - you have to have a Martha Stewart-sized home in order to make that work well. This little wreath is perfect for my sister's not-millionaire-sized home. Plus, I needed to keep some feeling in my fingers so I could type this blog post.
Have you ever thought about how many kinds of bows there are in the world? There are lots, and I am certain of this because I googled "tie bow" this morning. After weeding out the bow tie demonstrations, I still didn't think any of the fancy ones worked well because I wanted to keep long tails on the bow and unfortunately only had one roll of the ribbon. So I went with the good old-fashioned shoelace bow I've been doing relatively well on my shoes for years now...and voila! here's the final result.