This is our first Christmas in Santa Monica, CA and if that, plus the amazing weather wasn’t enough cause for our current joy we ALSO now live in a townhouse with a real front door that goes directly out into the world! This is pretty amazing to someone who spent the last 15 years in NYC. So around Halloween this year I started researching actual, full-sized, door-wreath type decorations just to see what I might want to do with this delightful new resource for the holidays.
Of course I always start checking online at the usual suspects (Ebay, Martha, Crate & Barrel) and there are a lot of possibilities out there but I then stumbled upon a shop at Etsy.com that brought wreath design to a whole new, artistic level that just couldn’t be ignored! Melissa Clark from Utah is the master mind behind these incredible, unique and sure-to-catch attention designs at The Chicadee Shop. The three I have posted below show a range of whimsey & vintage flare, edited to perfection with matching, gorgeous ribbons to compliment each design. The prices are a bit above what you might pay at Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn for their mass produced door decorations but by buying one of these exceptional wreaths you are getting a small treasure, made to your order, that will last a lifetime & more and never fail to delight the eye and mind ; ) Note the wonderful use of a vintage Frosty the Snowman card on the first wreath plus vintage poinsettia labels…and the FAB vintage, brush bottle Christmas trees in the third wreath down – I’ve been wanting to craft with these ever since I saw this creation.
I also DID nab a SUPER AMAZING Halloween wreath from this shop that I actually still have up and hanging in our house – it has a vintage, Beistle, pumpkin party favor attached to the front and thick, black & white, corduroy fabric woven around it – this honestly looks even more perfect and finely detailed in person and that’s unusual for me to say (super picky gal) about any design – even my own! I really don’t EVER want to take it down! (see below…) I just wish it came with this awesome green door that Melissa must have photographed it hanging on. I suppose now that I have a front door of my own I’ll start getting picky about it and eventually want to buy a vintage one just make it look more cool! Thank goodness the shopping madness never ends! HO HO HO!!! xoxo