Monday, 11 December 2017

Christmas / winter holidays at Simon Challenge Blog

Hi Everybody!

It's time for a new challenge at the
Simon Monday blog!
This is my second week as guest DT,
and I am happy to be joining the fabulous
team there!

The theme this week is Christmas / winter holidays.

One entry is chosen each week and can win a
fabulous voucher for the store.

For this week's challenge I made 
 a wreath for my door. The substrate was made with twigs from a willow tree, soaked in water to make them more pliable and then bound into a circle. ( I cut the twigs on one of my walks!)The leaves were recycled from old decorations, and sprayed with silver. I used hot glue to hold things together. I used ribbons and decorative wires to wind around it. The cherub was cast in a mold and the flowers were cut using a Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die.

Hope to see YOU joining in the challenge!

I have some more cold and snowy Photos for you:

Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. Love your Christmas wreath, very pretty indeed. Congrats on being DT for the Simon Challenge again, that's great. Love the snowy photos, it snowed non-stop here, too.
    Stay warm! Hugs, Sarah

  2. WOW!! I love this wreath Valerie-Jael! the colours and whole design of this is stunning! The flowers are so pretty and I love the little cherub, very cute :-)

    Love the wintry photos too! Very icy and pretty :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Your wreath is so pretty, and I love the little cherub. Your snowy pictures look the view from my yard minus the river. Stay safe and warm.

  4. What a lovely, festive wreath.
    And the pictures are breathtaking.
    YOU, have a holly, jolly week:)

  5. Your wreath is so pretty, Valerie! I love the beautiful flowers and the addition of silver spray. I'm so impressed you cut the twigs yourself to make the wreath. The colors and design are beautiful!

    Cathie ♥

  6. Your handmade wreath is gorgeous! Thanks for the snow photos, winter has come early, here too in Toronto.

  7. you make your twig wreaths the same way I do, soaking the twigs,, but you decorate yours far more beautifully than I do. Its lovely!!!!
    Beautiful snowy cold photos,,

  8. The wreath is fantastic Valerie and you snow pics are all so beautiful

    Love Chrissie

  9. Your wreath is great! Love the bold base and the tiny white flowers which make it so light and fresh. Hugs, Macarena.

  10. Gorgeous wreath! I love that you cut your own twigs for it Valerie! Great repurposing, and then the flowers you made and added bring it all together! Love it! hugs, Maura

    1. Thanks. I wanted to buy a twig wreath from the florists but they were so expensive I decided to make my own!

  11. Love your wreath.
    Our outside, in my part of the UK, is a snowy world too!

    All the best Jan

  12. Oh what a beautiful wreath, I hope you win! I love the flowers you created. The snowy photos are so very pretty.

  13. Wow Valerie, this is a gorgeous winter door wreath, the flowers and sweet cherub look beautiful.
    Wonderful snowy photos, I hope you stayed home in the warm.
    Yvonne xx

  14. Hi Valerie wow i love your amazing pics,i love seeing the snow and boy your xmas wreath is gorgeous,well done my friend xx

  15. Your wreath is just beautiful Valerie. I love it! Your snowy pictures are great too, Hugs Barbara

  16. gorgeous looking wreath Valerie-and a super project for the Simon Monday team!! I love your found twigs and recycled leaves. And, BRRR it sure does look cold in your parts lately! We just got our first snow over the weekend-6.2".

  17. Valerie your wreath is stunningly beautiful. So love it. Congrats on the project for Simon Monday...
    your photos are pretty 'unreal' to me on this side of the world and I just can't imagine what it would be like to like among such beauty. Super pics. x

  18. Wow, your wreath is stunning! I enjoyed reading how you made it, it looks so amazing and the little cherub your created is the perfect finishing touch 😁. Such lovely snowy photos too, we only had a very light dusting of snow here unlike other parts of the UK (some of my family got 10cm). Wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

  19. A Beautiful wreath. That must have taken a lot of time. I especially love the cherub! So pretty!

  20. I was by quite early today, started to leave a comment, and my internet and electricity quit. Seems a transformer blew about six blocks from my house, so the entire neighborhood was without power most of the day.

    Your wreath is simply wonderful. I remember soaking willow twigs one time, but my wreath didn't turn out as lovely as yours. It is simply out of this world. Are you the guest designer this week? If so, they chose well, because this is something to be very proud of.

    Lovely snow photos, but I'm hoping you're staying in and keeping warm while you nurse your cold, cough, or runny nose you have. Get better soon, dear.

  21. Oh I LOVE your wreath!!!!! It's just beautiful ♥♥♥♥ Lovely snow photos too. We haven't had any snow yet but I'm really not complaining. Our weather is still being wacky with temps up and down and back up again. This week it's warmer but the winds are horrible. Maybe snow would be better :)

  22. What a fabulous festive wreath, Valerie - a brilliant second guest spot for SSS - bravo!
    Alison x

  23. Valerie, your wreath is simply stunning! The twigs from nature ,such a genius idea! And the re-cyled leaves sprayed gold- I love! Those flowers are just beautiful! They have a simplicity that just draws such attention!The white with the beautiful red that a bead or a brad? Looks to have a bit of pearlized to it- I love that and how you added the other red sprig as well. And I must say, you tied the silver and gold together wonderfully! I just love this wreath! Can you tell? heehee
    Congratulations on your continued guest design spot- this is big! I am so happy for you! xoxo

  24. Wow! Your Christmas wreath is absolutely stunning Valerie!
    Beautiful snowy photos too!
    Alison xox

  25. A really lovely project Valerie, your wreath looks so welcoming. Have a very happy week, Sue xx

  26. Your wreath is fabulous - the white flowers and cherub are a brilliant choice! Your snowy photos certainly so look beautiful- but very cold! Stay warm, Hugs, Chris x

  27. I love your wreath! It is truly beautiful!!
    And, I love your winter pictures!! I love the snow! Gorgeous!
    Big Hugs!

  28. Oh, this wreath is so pretty. It's very elegant and for the whole season. Looks like snow--just like your photos!

  29. Gorgeous work Valerie! I love your wreath and traditional Christmas colors are perfect! Beautiful pictures of the snow! Barbara

  30. This is such a great holiday piece! I love the traditional shape and elements of a wreath, yet it looks so modern with all of your beautiful paper flowers! Well done yet again!

  31. What a gorgeous festive project...this is just wonderful and I love the traditional feel of this wreath and the beautiful colours you've used, they are just perfect!

  32. Wow, this wreath is fantastic!! I love all the dimensional silver leaves and the flowers are so pretty. Gorgeous colours and the cherub is the perfect little addition.

  33. Love this gorgeous wreath, Valerie. All the embellishments and details on this piece are amazing. Thank you so much for the great inspiration! :)

  34. your wreath is absolutely stunning Valerie, so many beautiful details, thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent and beautiful snow pictures with us's been a pleasure having you on the team, Merry Christmas...hugs kath xxx

  35. What a super cool wreath, Valerie! The flowers are so pretty and love the cute angel. Hugs, Sandra


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