A House Divided

Wreath is ready for Sunday’s game!

“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” is a quote that Abraham Lincoln made famous in 1858, when speaking to the delegates at the Republican State Convention in Springfield, Illinois. While this statement as much truth today as it was over 150 years ago as far as our country and political parties go, the one place it is not true is when it comes to sports fans who are in, what I like to refer to as, a Mixed-taste relationship.

Sure it may be nice to be in love with someone who cheers on your team as much as you do, but there is a certain danger, much like gambling,  that adds excitement to a relationship when you are on opposing sides.

I am a lifelong Giants fan who has to share an abode with a Green Bay Packers fan. Yes, the smack talk abounds in this house. Especially this week, as our teams prepare to play each other in the first round of the playoffs.

In the fall, I took part in an NFL Swap, and the lovely lady who got me did a fabulous job on this wreath for me. I cannot take credit for making that, although I do plan on making more of them for baseball and hockey season, as my betrothed and I cannot seem to agree on any team when it comes to sports.

The wreath had been sitting on my shelves next to my front door since the fall, as I hung fall flowers and Santas and poinsettias on my house for the holidays, but it’s January. I needed my football wreath!

My mother used to decorate the house for every holiday, and I have gone and taken it a step further. I feel the need to have a theme, colored lights, silly tchotchkes  and a door decoration for every month of the year. I am obsessed with celebrating!

While this project was not on my WIP or UFO list, it has been something I have wanted to finish since the fall. My wreath was all done up in the right colors, but it was in need of a sign. So I set about to making one.

I had gotten some wood slats from Joann’s that can be found in any craft store, and I got out my paints and started working on it. It is not as neat as I would like it to be, as what is good enough for government work is NEVER EVER good enough for an artist, but I am happy with the result, as it gives it a very whimsical look. I may be the only one who knows really knows that the “whimsy” was due to very cold weather and crappy arthritis. Next time I think I will try using paint pens rather than a size O brush.

While I plan on giving detailed instructions on how to make your own wreath in a future post, it is fairly simple, although may be rather time consuming, but well worth the effort.

It involves a store bought wire wreath form and lots and lots and lots of ribbon. Cut your different ribbons to the length that fancies your taste, and tie around the form.

You do not have to live in a house that is a sports war zone to use this idea either! If you are lucky enough to reside with someone who has the same good taste as you, you can use the team colors for a solid wreath.

No matter who your team is, I hope this inspires you to have some fun and create something different to decorate your home in those months where it seems there is nothing to celebrate. Life is all about celebrating the small things as well as the big ones!