Yay! It's finished. I'm so happy with how everything looks. Such a nice change from that awful brown fireplace we've had for so long. ;-) I finished everything up last night while watching The Man Who Came to Dinner last night.
I knew I wanted to cover up that equally awful old brass fireplace screen, so I purchased a large painter's canvas and covered it with fabric. I added doilies as accents (they reminded me of snowflakes as well, so it works for this holiday display too!). I just stitched them on with embroidery thread. This works better than an iron fireplace screen because this room is sort of the boys' "playroom", so everything has to be safe and kid friendly and this canvas works great. We're going to use elastic to attach it to the fireplace so it won't fall over (the boys have already had fun with that. ;-)
I think I had this fabric covered canvas idea in my head for a while for this, but I was even more inspired to do it after seeing the photo of the fireplace over at Dottie Angel's flickr stream. :-)
The paper doily banner is a bit hard to see draped at the top. That is something from the Martha Stewart line from WalMart that I bought probably a year ago. I never used it but it's perfect for this! They remind me of snowflakes as well. I love how subtle they are in front of the white brick.
And the satin ornaments I bought last year. I don't think there's anything better than pastel colored satin ornaments... L.O.V.E.
I had originally purchased some pink flocked fake pre-lit garland online to outline the fireplace with, but when I received it a few days ago, i was so dissapointed in it. It was actually just white garland with pink flocking on it and the flocking was just falling off!! it was awful. So I ended up just using white twinkly lights. But you know what? sometimes plan B is even better. I love it just with the lights.
This wreath was definitely a labor of love!! it's taken me about 3 years or so to finish it. lol. I ended up adding other things besides pompoms because frankly, I thought i was going to go insane making pompoms to fill this entire wreath. It's actually a pretty large wreath (around 18 inches wide) and if you've ever made pompoms, you know that they are time consuming! My pompom maker has definitely sped things up though.
I'm actually glad I added some other things that i've had in my stash for so long.. like the vintage light reflectors, the felted balls for the centers and the fuzzy pompoms I got from Michaels. They were great filler and I love the added texture of the shiny metal from the reflectors.
Hope you all are enjoying these remaining days leading up to the big day! I'm off to take the boys to the park to work off some of this crazy energy of theirs. They are climbing the walls! ;-)