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How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern

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These mounted Stag Horn Ferns add a little green to any room, look great in a grouping, and are easy to make.  I made these for my Rustic Scandinavian Living Room Makeover Reveal last week -see it here if you missed it,  and I wanted to share How To Mount a Stag Horn Fern.  I think they add a rustic feel, and are a great way to create the feel of a deer head, in a more updated way.

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Materials:

  • Stag Horn Fern
  • wooden tree slice
  • picture hanger
  • green wire
  • four screws
  • screw driver
  • moss
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How To Mount A Stag Horn Fern:

1.  These Stag Horn Ferns are called this because their beautiful fonds remind people of deer horns.  They look great mounted on a wall and it’s easy to take them from potted plants to mounted ferns.  The first step is adding a hanger to the back of the wooden tree slice, so that you can easily hang it some where when you’re finished.  I used a couple of picture hangers that screwed into the back.

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2.  Next, you want to add the screws to the front.  These will hold the fern in place so you want them to be a little larger than the plant.  Screw them into the wood, but make sure about 1/2 inch is exposed, so you can wrap the wire around it easily.

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3.  Now remove the excess dirt from the roots of the stag head fern.  Use your fingers to gently pull away any extra dirt, without damaging the roots.

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4.  You must determine the top of the fern.  Each plant will have a small rounded leaf at the top -this is the female part of the fern and fern will survive best of this leaf is at the top when it’s hanging.  The fern has three kinds of leaves in total, the female rounded one, then the stag horn type ones that grow upward, and then the less jagged ones that grow facing down.

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5.  Wrap the roots in moss, including the back of the plant that will be right against the wooden tree slice.  Then set the plant in place against the wooden tree slice and use wire to tightly attach the plant to the backing, wrapping it around the screws to secure it.

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6.  Use a little extra moss to cover the screws.

7.  To water the fern, it’s recommended that you take the fern down and submerge it a sink or tub of luke warm water for about half and hour and then let it drip dry awhile before hanging it back up.

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I’m really pleased with mine.  This is the first time I’ve tried to grow them, and I’m not sure how easy they are to keep alive.  Mine here inexpensive -around $7 each, so they weren’t a huge investment -comparable to cut flowers I thought.  I’ll try my best to keep them alive. 😉  I love the way they look, especially all grouped together.

With easy Mounted Stag Horn Ferns, life really is a party.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area Reveal -One Room Challenge Week 6

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I’m so, so excited to share my Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area Reveal with you today!  It’s been six weeks of projects and I’m so happy with the results.  I’ve been a guest participant in the One Room Challenge where bloggers take six weeks to make over one room in their homes and share weekly updates.  This is the sixth and final week when everyone shares their finished rooms.

I’ve had the chance to work with some amazing sponsors and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  What a change! [All the sources are linked at the bottom of the post for your convenience.]

As a reminder, here’s what the room looked like before I began.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

The rooms were beige and green, with a cream shag rug and green couch.  Both the eating area and the living room had been decorated about ten years ago when we first moved into the house.  We were due for a new couch, and I was ready for a change.  I had re-done the dining room in the last One Room Challenge and turned it from a dated contemporary look to a light, bright Rustic Scandinavian feel.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I really wanted to continue the Rustic Scandinavian look throughout the rest of the main floor.  Here’s the mood board I started with six weeks ago.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room Mood Board

I wanted to create a “Hygge” feeling, the Danish word that means “a calm comfortable time with people you love, the art of building your own cozy sanctuary, to keep oneself snug, celebrating everyday simple pleasures, coziness of soul”.  I was inspired by Scandinavian design to mix rustic and modern, keep things neutral with whites, greys, and real wood, add in cozy texture and elements of nature, and keep things somewhat minimal.

In case you missed any updates you can find them all here:

Week One -Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area Design Inspiration and the Plan

Week Two -Painting, What A Difference

Week Three -DIY Shiplap Expert Tips from a Contractor

Week Four -Fireplace Makeover

Week Five -DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows

And here’s what I accomplished in six weeks!  I stuck pretty close to the mood board, and when I doubted myself in the middle, as sometimes happens with a major new look before everything quite comes together, I used the board and inspiration shots for guidance.

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We started out with new paint -Para’s JoJo Whitewash and what a difference it made!  The room has lots of windows but with the new white walls it feel so bright, and I love it!

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

We added shiplap to give this neutral room some texture and interest, and really like it.  It feels rustic and modern at the same time -adding texture, but with great linear straight lines too.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I made over the fireplace -spraying out the brass, removing the wood decal on the front and painting it all white.  What a difference, all I can say is I wish I’d done it sooner!

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I made the pretty macrame bunting for the front -it was surprisingly easy you can see how I did it here.  Some of the hallmarks of Scandinavian style are simple, minimal, neutrals, and bringing nature in.  On the fireplace I added three pretty stag horn ferns -tutorial on how to mount them coming soon.  They’re meant to be reminiscent of deer head with their horn like fronds.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

The boards they’re mounted on are from Afloral, along with the pretty glass cloches.  I have a pretty collection of decorative mushrooms underneath them.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I was thankful for sunny days to photograph, but it made capturing the mushrooms a little tricky.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

Also on the fireplace this amazing letter board from Letter Board Company.  I love it.  I’ve added a little Scandi message, but love that I can change it up all the time.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I also needed a new rug.  Our old rug was from the Home Depot and lasted so, so well that it was the first place I looked for a replacement.  I found this gorgeous Carlsbad Area Rug.  I love that it adds a little pattern to the room, and its faded design makes it work perfectly as a rustic addition.  And it’s so, so soft underfoot.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

This is the pretty view when I come downstairs in the morning.  I love it.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

We also needed a new couch, chair and ottoman for the room.  After 16 years with our previous one, it was time for a replacement.  We settled on this slip covered one, so that I could have white without the worry.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

The chunky knit wool throw on the couch is from Artizen Home -and it’s amazing!  It’s so pretty, so warm, and so cozy.  Everything you ever dreamed of in a throw blanket.  I absolutely adore it, and the pretty texture it adds to the room.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

On the ottoman are some pretty terrariums and succulents.  I love the brass detail, and these gorgeous succulents are faux -so I can keep them looking this good.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I find it tricky to keep real ones looking great, so these are the perfect solution.  These are so life like they’re sure to fool everyone.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

Behind our couch, there is a pass through to the kitchen.  I’ve added a few branches into the space, and hanging on the branches are some air plants.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

They make for a pretty view when I’m doing dishes.  I’ve read they -along with the stag head ferns – need to come down and be soaked in water once a week.  We’ll see how I fair with them, I think I’m holding out more hope for the faux ones.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

We got a chair to match the couch, and I used my wood stump tables with them –see how I made the stump tables here.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I have to say I just love this pretty view -the shiplap and birch poles, the stumps, the light.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

Another succulent to join the club.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

And back on the other side of the room, the other little chair.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

At the bottom of the stairs there’s the perfect spot for a little table.  The pretty Scandinavian prints are from Northern Edge Prints.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I added the house shelves -they’re a classic Scandi touch.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

One of the things I love about Scandinavian design is how simple it is.  It leaves some room to breathe.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

From the living room it’s into the eating area.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

What a difference changing the paint from green to white made!

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I also refinished the kitchen table.  It’s an antique family piece, and I love it.  It sees a lot of action from family dinners to craft sessions.  Its finish was wearing off and it had serval colours of glitter embedded in it.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I stripped it and resealed it.  It already has a scratch on the new finish…we’ll call it rustic.

The star of the show in here has to be my new light from Wayfair.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I love the juxtaposition of the modern light and the rustic antique table.  Scandinavian design is great at adding a little modern.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

The finish is an oil rubbed bronze and it has slightly bronze Edison style bulbs.  It’s so beautiful at night.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

And on the back wall, I took down my antique chalkboard, and added another pretty DIY macrame piece.  I like that it echoes the brass and adds a bit of a more modern vibe.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

The little cupboard that houses all the dog’s supplies stayed, and I like that it repeats the brass again with its handles.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

I just love how the kitchen turned out.  It’s simple and pretty and the perfect backdrop for entertaining and photographing parties for the blog.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

And the living room is great too.  I’m the type of person who takes a while to warm up to new things, but I have to say that each day I love it even more than the day before.  I’m so glad I did it, and so glad to have partnered with some amazing brands to make it possible.

A HUGE thank you to my sponsors.  It was amazing to work with each one of them and showcase their beautiful products!

Disclosure:  Some of the products in this post were sponsored.  I received product from Home Depot, Afloral, Wayfair, Artizan Home, Fringe Market, Para Paint, Letter Board Company, Fusion Paint, and Northern Edge Prints.   All opinions, as always are my own.  Thanks for supporting the brands that make Life is a Party possible.

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

Source List:

Rug: Home Depot  -Carlsbad Area Rug in grey, 8 x 10 (available in-store)

Light:  Wayfair  –Wunsch 6-Light Cascade Pendant

Paint:  Para -Colour JoJo Whitewash

Chunky Wool Throw Blanket: Artizen Home -Large Throw, colour “On The Lam”

Accessories:  Afloral –Large Cloche, Small Cloches, Faux Succulents, Grey Mongolian Lamb Fur Pillow, Grey Mongolian Lamb Fur Throw, Wood Slabs, White Wood Tray, Terirrums –Cubes, Pentagon

Macrame Cord and Fringe for DIY Pillows:  Fringe Market –Cord  –Fringe

Shiplap Installation: Benjamin Wood Works

Letter Board:  Letter Board Company –16 x 20 Chatterbox

Paint for T.V. Unit Makeover: Fusion Mineral PaintCasement

Art Prints: Northern Edge Prints, Forest Print and Log Rings Print

 

Be sure to check out all the other One Room Challenge Reveals and get inspired for your next make over project.

With a finished Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area, life really is a party!

Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: Week 5 One Room Challenge

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

One of the keys to decorating a neutral room is to add lots of texture to keep things from feeling cold, and to add interest so it isn’t boring.  When I decided on an all white and neutral colour scheme for my One Room Challenge living room and eating area Rustic Scandinavian Makeover, I thought it would be fun to add texture with some DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows.

The One Room Challenge is a six week challenge, where guest bloggers decorate a room and share their progress each week.  This is week five, and we’re almost there and on to some of these finishing touches.  If you missed it, you can catch up here:

Week One -Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area Design Inspiration and the Plan

Week Two -Painting, What A Difference

Week Three -DIY Shiplap Expert Tips from a Contractor

Week Four -Fireplace Makeover

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

Attempting macrame brought back memories of my childhood.  I remember my mom and her friends making owl wall hangings and plant hangers, even a hanging end table.  In fact, when I mentioned to my mom that I was going to be trying some macrame, she told be all about the class she took when I was a baby, and the next time I saw her she gave me her old instructions booklets from the 70’s.  I’m not so amazed that she still had them, I’m more amazed that she was able to find them, haha.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

I worked from some YouTube videos, and found seeing how to make the macrame really helpful.  For the DIY Macrame Bunting on the fireplace I used this video from The Crafty Ginger, and for the DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging I used this one, also from The Crafty Ginger.  She’s really clear in her instructions, and makes it all pretty easy, even for a beginner life me.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

I was surprised how quickly these projects went.  One evening even for a first timer like me, should be enough to complete them.  I used Natural Cotton Small Cord from The Fringe Market.  They have the most beautiful fringe and cording.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

The fringe at The Fringe Market inspired another project -beautiful DIY Fringe pillows.

DIY Fringe Pillows

I ordered several different cotton fringes from the Fringe Market -it’s hard to choose because they have so many gorgeous ones!

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

Materials:

  • Diamond Double Knot Fringe 6.5 in -Natural Cotton
  • Scalloped Lace Fringe 3 inch -Natural Cotton
  • 1 inch Natural Cotton Loop Fringe
  • 4.5 inch Extra Thick Textured Brush Fringe -Natural Cotton
  • Micro Skirt Fringe
  • Cushion Cover

How To:

To make the pillows, I used some linen cushion covers in an off white colour to match the fringe.  I just cut the fringe to the width of the pillow, with a little bit of extra so I could fold it under for a nice clean edge.  I pinned the fringe in place before sewing to keep every thing lined up evenly.  I stitched it to the pillow cover with my sewing machine, make sure to back stitch the ends carefully to ensure that the fringe doesn’t unravel.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

It’s a really quick and easy sewing project -and you could even use fabric glue for a no-sew option.  So quick and they have so much impact.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

I love how they turned out, and add so much texture and interest to the room.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

I’m wrapping up a few final projects in the living room and kitchen eating area, but we’re definitely in the home stretch of the this One Room Challenge. I’m just about to start adding in the finishing touches like art, plants and flowers.  I can’t believe how different it looks, and I can’t wait to share the big reveal with you next week.  Be sure to check out everyone else’s progress this final week too.

DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows: DIY Macrame Bunting, DIY Macrame Hoop Wall Hanging and DIY Fringe Pillows

With DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows, life really is a party.

The Fringe Market provided the cording and fringe for this project.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thanks so much for supporting the brands that make Life is a Party possible.

How To Make A Pussy Willow Spring Wreath

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

A few weeks ago I made this pretty spring wreath out of some pussy willows I found growing near my house, and I wanted to share with you how easy it is to make.  Depending on where you live the pussy willows may still be out, or you can purchase them for this project.  It does take quite a few to make it, but it’s really easy to put together, and looks so amazing.  It’s the perfect spring wreath for your door.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

Materials:

To make this DIY Pussy Willow Wreath you’ll need,

  • pussy willows -I cut a whole garbage full of branches
  • garden clippers
  • wire
  • wire cutters
  • a grapevine wreath to use as a base

How To Make a Pussy Willow Wreath:

1.  To make this wreath, you begin by cutting your pussy willows into short lengths, about a foot or less in length.  You want them all to be around the same size.

2.  Once you have them all cut down, divide your pile of pussy willow pieces into four groups, this will help you divide them evenly around the wreath, and not run out or have a lopsided wreath.  Each pile should be enough to do a quarter section of your wreath.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

3.  To begin added the pussy willows to the base grapevine wreath, gather a small pile of pussy willows and lay them on your wreath, and wrap wire around them to secure them to the wreath (it’s best to use a dark wire for this project like black, brown, or green so it blends into the background).  Then, apply another small pile overlapping the first pile and continue to wrap with the wire.  Work your way all the way around the grapevine wreath base.  On the final few piles, make sure to tuck them under the branches of the first ones you added.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

7.  If you like, you can embellish the finished wreath with a small nest, mini eggs, and some moss.  It’s a lovely spring detail.  I used wire to attach mine, hot glue would also work well.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

Also, be sure to create a little hanging hoop with the wire at the back of your wreath before you tie it off.

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This wreath was really easy make, and turned out even nicer than I thought it would -love it when that happens.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

I hung mine on my front door and added a few other fun details.

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I planted my urn with some spring bulbs and pansies, and used more pussy willows in the middle.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

At the side I switched out the faux snow in the lanterns for some more spring like moss and pinecones.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

And I added more pretty pansies.  The bunny is the perfect spring accessory.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

Along with my birdie that is.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that a morning dove built a nest so quickly in my grapevine one afternoon that I didn’t have the heart to try to remove it once she started sitting on it.  I think there must be some eggs in there since she sits there most of the day and night.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

I’ve named her Gertrude, Gertie for short.  She’s very quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t make a mess.  All good qualities in a new neighbour.

Her nest is directly above the front door, but at least it goes with the spring decor!

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

With a pretty new Spring Pussy Willow Wreath, life really is a party!

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