A Flannel Friendsgiving

It was our first time hosting a gathering under the name of Where Roses Bloom, and what a success it was! A Flannel Friendsgiving came together over many, many dedicated hours to painting leaves, handwriting place cards, gathering pine cones, and creating elegant floral arrangements. Oh, and lots and lots of baking.  We are so incredibly happy with how everything turned out, and extremely impressed by the talented cooks we call friends! Who knew?!

We are two very blessed girls who are so thankful for the opportunity to have their friends gather together and enjoy each other’s company during this busy holiday season. Take a look at our pictures as we reminisce on such a beautiful night with a few close Nashville friends.

We hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving with those you who are dear to you.

With lots of love,
Rosemary & Bethany Rose

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DIY: Pennant Banner

As the holidays have quickly started approaching, I’ve gone into a crafty state-of-mind. It’s all I can think about! Just the other day, I caught myself searching house after house for pinecones lying in yards for a project I’m currently working on. I can’t lie though, I absolutely love it.

One of the latest projects is a pennant banner that I worked on this weekend. It is a simplistic banner that I think is perfect for Thanksgiving! You’ll only need a few supplies for this project. I chose a burgundy color as my paint color because it reminds me of fall leaves & the feeling of warmth. I decided to use a deep blue yarn to complement the burgundy paint while also adding more color to the banner. Feel free to choose whatever colors you would like to make your banner coordinate with your party or home.

After gathering a few sacks of burlap from Goodwill, I cut them into triangles, with the longest side being approximately 10 inches.

After I had cut enough triangles to spell out “GIVE THANKS”, I grabbed my paintbrush and hand painted the lettering. (Be sure to paint your burlap on newspaper since your paint will soak through a majority of the holes in the burlap.) Allow the pennants to dry overnight.

After the pennants were dry, I used the point of my scissors to create two holes in each pennant- about an inch and a half in from both sides and an inch down from the top. And the final step– the stringing! I doubled the yarn to create a stronger line to string the pennants on & allowed a foot and a half on each side for hanging purposes.

I hope you enjoy making your banner & don’t forget to give thanks during this season. It sure is a great one, isn’t it?

Love,
Rosemary

DIY: Thanksgiving Wreath

I’ve always been so amazed at people who take the time to create their own wreaths. To be perfectly honest, wreaths have intimidated me in the past. I just couldn’t imagine my wreath’s decor staying attached without a million wires showing.

Finally, one Sunday afternoon, I took the time to try and learn the art of creating a wreath. It really was a lot easier than I could have imagined. I chose a few of my favorite colors, textures, & ribbons and started laying them out to see how I would like them attached to my wreath.

After I figured out the position that I thought looked best, I hot glued the feathers into the wreath, added ribbon and braided twine to the other parts and placed a few rocks as “gems” in it too.

I am so happy with how the wreath turned out & am excited for my friends to be greeted by it when they come visit for Thanksgiving festivities.

Love,
Rosemary

Harvest Bark

Well, November’s already here, folks. The majority of the leaves have fallen, the cold air has set in, and all the Nashvillians have pulled out their flannel shirts, thick coats, and tall boots from the back of their closets. I can’t believe the temperatures dropped so quickly!

In between projects I thought I would try a quick and easy dessert. I quickly discovered that harvest bark is one of my new favorite treats! With the salty pretzels mixed with the chocolates, I couldn’t quit eating it. It was so fun to come up with a simple recipe for  a fun and easy dish.

 

The most time-consuming step in this recipe is melting the chocolates. I used a white chocolate bark that I found at the grocery store. All you have to do is melt the chocolates according to the instructions on the back. Pay close attention to the bark and stir while it melts- if you overheat, your bark turns will burn and will not work for your needs.

 

I added a handful of melted orange chips to the top to give my bark some color. Once the chips were melted in a separate pot, I poured over the white chocolate and used a spoon to make a swirl effect.

 

While the chocolates were still warm, I added in my toppings so that they could stick well. I used 1/2 cup of pretzels, 1/3 cup Reese’s Pieces, 1/4 chocolate chips, 1/4 cup of walnuts, and really liked the taste of these ingredients together. But don’t be afraid to go and try a new mix! I think craisins and pecans would be pretty tasty together. 🙂

I ended up using a pretty thick dish so my bark was a bit hard to cut through, so my suggestion would be to pour the bark on wax paper so that it is easier to break & eat.

I really had a great time making this recipe for the blog. There are so many recipes that I want to try and so many projects I want to do this season! I’ve been so completely inspired by the fall this year, and that makes me really happy.

Happy harvest,
Rosemary

Painted Pumpkins


I can’t believe Halloween is just around the corner! Only a few more weeks before things get spooky and kids get crazy over candy. While decorating for Halloween this year, I tried to take a different approach and instead of pulling out a knife to carve my pumpkins.

I grabbed a few acrylic paints and a paint brush (& a few friends for company), went to the park, and spent the afternoon creating colorful patterned pumpkins. The great thing about painting a pumpkin is you don’t have to stress over your paint job being perfect!It was a lot less messy & took a lot less time to paint them instead of carving them. Plus, with paint, they can last a whole lot longer because you’re not cutting into the pumpkin!

I definitely plan on painting my pumpkins next year too, and I am already dreaming up some pretty crazy ideas!

Hope your fall is fantastic,
Rosemary

 

 

Painted Lyric Curtains

Just a few months ago, I moved into a new house. It has been so fun to try and be truly creative with decor for each of the rooms. One thing that I fell in love with when I first walked into the home were the huge oversized windows. I knew that they would be a great source of natural lighting in the studio and bedroom, but I didn’t realize just how hard it would be to find curtains that I liked to cover them during the day. After thinking a couple of days, I finally decided to use my curtains from the old house, but change them up just a bit.

I’ve always been such a lover of song lyrics, so I decided this was my perfect opportunity to put a few in my room. I chose to paint the lyrics to “I Can See Clearly Now” because of the optimistic words that fill the song; having those lyrics be the words that fill my room when the sun shines through excites me!

The cost of supplies is extremely less than $15, such an inexpensive makeover!

Because I used a sponge brush instead of a paint brush, my brush strokes tended to stay rather large and created a big text across my curtains. If you wish to have a much smaller sized font, I would suggest using a very fine-tipped paintbrush.  I chose to do only two coats of paint to create a more of a graffitied look to my curtains. The more coats you paint, the smaller amount of light that will show through the painted letters which will create a more solid looking letter.

I think my favorite thing about the curtains is that during the day, the paint seems to be a rich grass green because of the lighting, and then at night, the color changes to a sea foam green. Funny how light changes things, huh?

I hope you give these curtains a try & they bring you a room full of happiness. My dog Rubie seems to like them a lot, too. 🙂

Love always,
Rosemary

DIY: Travel Kits

Do It Yourself: Travel Kits

With adventure awaiting what could be more perfect than a unique & fun travel kit to tote all of the necessities.  It’s a simple project & the best thing is most of the materials you can find in your house.

Here are some of the materials we used, but you can really add your own personal touch to creating your own travel kit.  The possibilities are endless!

Materials:

  • Pencil case (we got ours from Walmart for only $1!)
  • puffy paint
  • magazines, maps, pictures, scrap paper or fabric
  • tape
  • glue
  • ribbon
  • permanent marker

Rosemary used puffy paint to create patterns on her travel kit & created an inside backing repurposing an old map.

I stitched clouds cut out from leftover fabric on the backside of the kit & created a handle by tying knots in ribbon until it was large enough to fit around my wrist.

I used pictures from a magazine cut into stripes for the backing of the travel kit & wrote ‘Adventure Awaits’ with permanent marker on the front.

There you have it… your very own travel kit!

Happy travels to y’all! Paint, tape & create to your hearts content!

Love,

Bethany Rose & Rosemary