I told you I was obsessed with monograms.

The other day I took all my little accessories down in the living room and redistributed them.  I set up my mantle, but it needed something else.  Then I remembered this little thing in the basement:
It's from when I was first learning to use my jigsaw (this picture was taken after I fixed it up a little bit).  It was the smaller rough draft of this monogram.
Then I thought of this wreath, so I decided to wrap this guy in twine.

It took about 15 minutes, plus burning all of my fingers a million times (is there such a thing as a glue gun that doesn't just keep getting hotter and hotter and hotter and hotter...?)  It was just what my mantle needed, though.
I also did another little twine type project after I did this.  You know those wine jugs that PB had awhile ago?  The ones covered in hand-knotted jute?  (I couldn't find a picture online, but I did find them in my catalog)  Well, I have some old cider or vinegar jugs that I found in the basement, and the bag around these (from IKEA):
Some slight modifications to the bag, and ta-da!  See it in the background?  Those are my sands in front.  Geologically cool sands.  Ooids, garnet sand, and a bunch of little shells.


Michelle M said...

They do sell low-temperature glue guns that use a low-temp glue that doesn't need to be as hot. I love it! Will you come decorate my house?

Swainston Vinyl & Dezign said...

Super CUTE! I bet that was time consuming!
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Larissa said...

Thanks for linking up this super cute idea over at my Christmas in July linky party.

It looks SO good.

Just Another Day in Paradise

Robyn said...

I love using twine, and this is such a cute idea for it! Thanks for sharing!

Kim said...

Very cute, you did a nice job.

Shaunna said...

Oh, I LOVE this! I love some twine and jute...and your collection is beautiful together! One talented lady... -shaunna :)

Madigan at madiganmade said...

This looks great! Love the shape/font of the J.

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

Great idea!

Jenn said...

Okay, you are my new fav cool person on the web. I had to go look up ooids, and just the thought of a natural sand made up of garnet particles made me happy.


So cool. Wikipedia has this phrase "Alluvial garnet grains..."

So cool!


Thanks for posting this!

Anonymous said...

Hooray for geology!

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Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

This is really cute. I put in my "crafts to try" file. :)