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25 November 2012

If The House Was On Fire... of the first things I would grab would be this wreath which will be placed on the mantel.

Why?  Let's look a little closer:

The macaroni angel (this is what's left of its skirtt);

The vintage angels that my mother always used to decorate our house;

Unique ornaments that might be broken, but too pretty to throw away;

Tiny letter blocks with the Headmaster and the Headmistress' initials;

A Christmas wagon and a Santa baseball bat;

And the baby Jesus in a matchbox. (Can you see him with his yellow pipe cleaner halo and the green Easter grass for hay?)

The macaroni angel and the baby Jesus in the matchbox are creations by the precious hands of my boys when they were in pre-school and elementary school (they are now in their mid-thirties!).  Since added are various (broken) ornaments and embellishments.  I used a plain grapevine wreath as the base, and glued everything with hot glue.  However, I always have to re-glue many of the items, so this year I'll be looking for another product that has more 'staying' power!

Christmas decorating has not officially begun in this house, but I've been dying to share this for months!  Have a great week, everyone!

I'll be sharing this with some of these lovely hostesses:

Inspire Me Monday ~ Create With Joy
Masterpiece Monday ~ Boogieboard Cottage
Mop It Up Monday ~ I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Debbiedoo's Newbie Party ~ Debbiedoo's
Mosaic Monday ~ The Little Red House
Show Me What You Got ~ Our Delightful Home
Metamorphosis Monday ~ Between Naps on the Porch
A Return to Lovliness ~A Delightsome Life

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday  Coastal Charm 
Knick of Time
Time to Shine ~ A Diamond in the Stuff 
Table Top Tuesday ~ A Stroll Thru Life 
One Project at a Time ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Tuesday's Treasures ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Show Me What Ya Got ~ Not JUST a Housewife
Be Inspired ~ Elizabeth & Co.

Welcome Home Wednesday ~ Vintage on a Dime
Wordless Wednesday ~ Create With Joy
What's It Wednesday ~ Ivy and Elephants
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday ~ Primp
Wow Us Wednesday ~ Savvy Southern Style 
Show & Share ~ Southern Lovely

Home Sweet Home ~ The Charm of Home
Home and Garden Thursday ~ A Delightsome Life
Tips and Tutorials ~ Stone Gable

Saturday Nite Special ~ Funky Junk Interiors


  1. Nancy, your wreath is precious. I don't blame you for saving it first should a fire break out. But I will be praying your home will stay safe.

  2. Absolutely stunning! What a creative use of momentos!

  3. Nancy, what an interesting idea to make a wreath!

  4. What a great idea! I think I'll have to do that with my kids ornaments that they made a while ago!! ;)

  5. Beautiful wreath what a great job.


  6. This is just wonderful! Such a great way to gather memories. I'm so happy to have found your wonderful blog at the Inspire Me Monday linkup.

  7. This is such a smart idea for treasured and or broken ornaments Nancy. It also keeps them in one tidy place. Happy Christmas, Olive

  8. Hi Nancy! OH, this is the most precious wreath I've ever seen! Love that it has all the sweet little sentimental ornaments all over it. I don't blame you for cherishing it so much.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. Your wreath is so interesting, and full of memories that you treasure. What a great way to display those ornaments from long ago.

  10. You can enjoy your treasured ornaments on a wreath so much better than when they get "lost" on a tree! Love it! Hugs, Penny

  11. That's a really cute way to display your treasured pieces! This is a wreath full of love!

  12. I LOVE this! Doesn't' every wreath need a macaroni angel?!

    What a great way to use up all those ornaments with special memories.

    Have you tried Gorilla Glue - that stuff won't budge!

    Pinning this beauty too.

  13. Thanks, Kelly! I will look for Gorilla glue tomorrow! And yes...a wreath without a macaroni angel is just not a wreath!!! :)

  14. What a creative memory keepsake! I'm a new follower and enjoyed your blog.

    I currently have a blog party posted and would love for you to post this! :)


    1. Thank you so much, Marti! I will hurry over to your party ASAP!

  15. Delightful! I'm always impressed with people who manage to hang onto the really important bits and pieces of life! ;0)

  16. I agree, that is PRICELESS! I absolutely love what you've created here, such a wonderful way to keep so many memories, and it's beautiful too! Very inspiring indeed!
    Thank you for sharing your treasure.

  17. This is just a fabulous idea!

  18. Hi Nancy, Your wreath is really pretty! I love it, and it has such meaning for you. The stuff of which memories are made.
    I want to let you know your snowflakes are not working correctly. Rather than seeing snowflakes, I am seeing the word snowflake with a red x falling on my computer screen. Thought you might want to look into that.
    Merry Christmas!

  19. adorable I think its great, I like your leaves falling across your blog , one year everyone had snow falling and I loved it

    nice to find you from Commond Ground


  20. Hi Nancy! Thanks for popping in to see my tree and the Deco Mesh is really fun and easy to work with, isn't it?
    Have a great day and be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  21. Nancy,your wreath is just beautiful. And your sweet comment meant the world to me. Thank you so much! Have a great weekend!

  22. I have a box of special Christmas ornaments that have pieces broken. What a wonderful way to preserve them. I am being honest - I am definitely copying this!

  23. What a great idea!
    I think we all have these holiday items that we never want to part with but no longer find ourselves displaying for our styles change over time. What a wonderful way to put them all together.
    Thanks so much for sharing your treasures.

  24. My Aunt used to make Christmas trees from broken, discarded jewelry. Your wreath made me think of my precious 94 year old Aunt gluing memories. What a wonderful way to preserve precious items. Dianne

  25. Your wreath is wonderful. Such precious memories -- something I think Christmas and the holidays are all about ... remembering those we love.

  26. So inspiring! What a wonderful way to use precious ornaments and memories that might otherwise be lost in the shuffle. Perfect.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  27. Love the memory wreath! What a great idea!
    hugs, Linda

  28. Oh my goodness, that is gorgeous. Loaded with memories...that's Christmas. Hugs, Deb

  29. Loved your wreath -
    Loved your post -
    Thanks for sharing with us at Inspire Me Monday -
    I'm happy to feature you this week at

    Create With Joy

  30. Stopping by from Debbiedoos. I adore this wreath! So unique, so pretty, so whimsical!

  31. I absolutely love this idea and am thinking of all the things I have that would work on a wreath.

  32. wow...that is the best wreath I have ever seen!

  33. This made me choke up - LOVE this idea - I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Party - I do appreciate you sharing,

    1. Kathy: I am beyond flattered that you chose to feature this decades old project!!! It grows every year, especially when I break something!

  34. OMGosh, how come I didn't think of a memory wreath. Yes, I have tons of stuff that could go on mine, too. Must make this ...maybe not this year...but,next, for sure. Will pin yours so I won't forget.
    Also linking up to follow.
    xo bj

    1. BJ: Put ANYTHING and EVERYTHING on it! Get those little bitty things at HL when they go on sale. This is a case of 'less is NOT more!' Thank you for your sweet comment!

  35. Oh, Nancy! Your wreath is a fantastic idea.
    It's lovely and so many memories behind...
    You have really inspired me.
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

  36. Hello Nancy, I saw you featured at Delightsome life and thought I would come by for a visit. You have a lovely blog, and this post is very sweet. I can see why you would save this precious item.

  37. Amazing. I just adore this. The stories behind each piece makes it that more special. Thanks so much for sharing that! New follower!

  38. That is beautiful! I love when people decorate with meaning. I am a sentimental fool and love anything with a story. Thanks so much for sharing :)


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