2012: Our First Year In Review

ImageWow, we can’t believe a year has passed since we first began our adventure with Where Roses Bloom. Just recently, on January 5th, we celebrated our first birthday of the day when we came together and decided that we were ready to embark on this crazy ride. Where Roses Bloom has already grown into something that we could have never imagined, and we honestly can’t wait to see what the next year holds. We’ve enjoyed reminiscing on all of our fun endeavors that 2012 held for us. Take a look back at some of our favorite moments with Where Roses Bloom’s first year.

1: January- Where Roses Bloom’s site launches
2: February- Our trip to Springfield & St. Louis
3: March- A vintage-inspired garden
4: April- Flavor-infused summertime teas
5: May- Time in the studio
6: June- A month of polka dots with pants & hand-painted plates
7: July- What we wore on the 4th of July
8: August- Travel kits
9: September- Homemade dog treats
10: October- Painted lyric curtains
11: November- A flannel friendsgiving
12: December- Our etsy store opens // check it out here!

Thanks for being a special part of our first year. We can’t wait to share many more exciting years with you!

XOXO- Bethany Rose & Rosemary

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

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

DIY: Facial Flower Mist

Do It Yourself:  Facial Flower Mist 

This is the perfect refresher for the extra hot & humid weather that we’ve been having this summer. It’s a super quick, easy project (20 mins, tops!) & adds nourishment for your skin. Plus, it will also set your make-up & add a fresh dewy look.

All that’s needed is:

Clear packing tape, Scissors, pictures or magazines (cut into strips), a spray bottle (I used a travel one that would easily fit in my purse), & essential oils.

There are so many different types of essential oils that are good for your skin.  I used Rose Absolute with jojoba oil, but you could use tea tree (clarifying), lavender (balancing) , peppermint (cleanse), or sandalwood (anti-bacterial.)

For Spray:

1.  Use purified water to fill up the spray bottle.

2.  Add drops of essential oil (I used 10 drops for a 3 ounce travel size) & shake!

For Decorating the Bottle:

1. Take strips of paper & images that you’ve cut out of the pictures or magazines & place in desired position on bottle.

2.  Wrap clear packing tapes over bottle until all of the images are sealed.  For mine I did several layers of tape.

That’s all it takes to create your own inspired facial mist!

Keep on staying inspired & cool this summer!

Xoxo!

Bethany Rose

Easy Travel Hair

With travel plans in full swing, we thought we would feature two of our favorite summer travel hairstyles, The Twist & The Gypsy. Super easy to do, these styles will keep you cool in the summer sun while still looking your pretty self.

The Twist

First, grab two small sections at the top of your head (A & B).

Second, cross strand A over strand B.

Third, with strand B add more hair by picking up another small section of hair located underneath strand B.

Forth, cross strand B over strand A.

Fifth, with strand A add more hair by picking up another small section of hair located underneath strand A.

Sixth, Repeat steps two through five until you have reached the opposite nape of the neck.

Repeat on the other side until you reach the nape of the neck. Secure with a hair band to create a pony tail. Take a small section from the pony & loosely wrap around the hair band.  Secure with a bobby pin.

Ta-da!

The Gypsy

First, divide hair into two sections & secure with a hair band to create low pigtails.

Second, twist one pony around to create a loose bun. Secure with bobby pins.

Repeat on the other side.

Forth, take your scarf & with the center of the scarf wrap over head, like a head band.

Fifth, wrap around back & tie in a knot at the crown of your head.

Sixth, tuck ends under.

Voila!

What are your favorite travel destinations for the summertime?

Happy Travels!

Xoxo,
Bethany Rose & Rosemary