Megan Amey
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Vignette Journal

A lifestyle blog and photo journal by Megan Amey

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How To Make a Twinkly Festive Wreath

Being a flat dweller, no one will see a wreath on my door! 

 So I made one for my window, complete with twinkly copper wire lights. To make your own, you’ll need: 

  1. Coloured paper of your choice (you could even make a pink one!)

  2. Embroidery hoop (mine is 12 inches, but you can make it as big or small as you want, I like the idea of a tiny one)

  3. Hot glue gun & glue sticks

  4. Scissors or scalpel, depending on how perfect you want to get

  5. Paint (I used gouache, but poster/acrylic would be perfect, too!)

  6. Paintbrush

  7. Ribbon or twine in your choice of colour

  8. Battery powered string lights

  9. Lastly, if you need a hand with leaf shapes, download my printable

Start out by cutting out your leaves and berries (this is where my Printable comes in if you need a hand coming up with some shapes). These can be anything you like - holly, oak, ginkgo, eucalyptus, or a mixture of a few things. I then painted them to add some texture, let them dry, and with a pencil curved some of the edges, and pinched some between my fingers to add dimension and make them look more “realistic”.

Now that all your leaves are ready, start positioning them around the embroidery hoop without glueing, so you can get the placement vaguely how you want it. Take a photo! 

It’s hot glue time! Start glueing and placing the leaves on to the embroidery hoop, make sure to put any excess leaves on the back as well, so it looks pretty from both sides! 

We’re almost done... next, tie a bow and add it either to the centre at the bottom, or the centre at the top of the wreath, glueing it so that it stays in place. Aaaaand finally! Wrap the string lights around the wreath, placing some in front and some behind the leaves - you don’t need to be too neat with this; wonky is cute!

*clap clap clap* ta da! Hang in your window, fellow flat dweller, and enjoy!

How to Train Your Monstera: A Guide

Mildred has been part of the family (yes, she has a name) for a couple of years now. I’ve repotted her before (and propagated a few of her leaves), but this time she’s so huge I thought I’d treat her to a new pot AND something to climb up, to avoid the amount of horizontal room she’s currently taking up becoming overwhelming.

I thought I’d bring you along and show you how I repot a monstera:

Step 1: Gather all of your supplies together. You’ll need:

  1. A pot with drainage holes in the bottom, no more than 5cm larger than the pot your monstera is currently living in (you don’t want to put it in something much bigger because it will cause it to grow too quickly). I just drilled holes in the bottom of a zinc one I had already.

  2. Houseplant soil

  3. A larger decorative pot without drainage holes for the plastic pot to sit in

  4. A moss or coconut fibre covered poll for the monstera to climb up

  5. An old sheet or something to cover the floor with if you don’t have a garden, like me

  6. Cute watering can / cheeky cat are optional

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Step 2: Get your hands dirty. Pour some soil in to the drainage pot, I filled it about a third of the way up, and pack it down slightly, then put that in the decorative pot.

Step 3: Be gentle! Gently coax the monstera from it’s current pot. Organise and loosen the roots a little, leave space for the poll if you can and place in the drainage pot, pouring more soil in and packing it down as you go. For some reason I always imagine the mandrake root scene from Harry Potter when I’m doing this (facepalm).

Step 4: Stick in the steak. This bit is a little scary, I thought I was going to damage the roots, so I made a little hole with my fingers and moved them out of the way. If you do feel like you’ve damaged them a little, it should be ok, monsteras are very hardy - mine has been through a lot and it’s still going strong!

Step 5: The Pretty Part. Start to introduce some of the leaves and the aerial roots to the poll, wrap them around it and make it look cute! Pretty soon the roots and leaves will want to climb it, and mimic its natural habitat.

Step 6: Water it, DUH!

Step 7: Stand back and admire your work, you're done! You may have dirty hands and possibly cricked your neck while manoeuvring your body around its crazy stems and aerial roots, but you’ve definitely earned a cup of something hot, and your monstera looks beautiful.

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I’m planning on propagating a couple more leaves soon - if you’d be interested in a blog post about that process - let me know in the comments!

DIY Festive Door Hanging / Wreath

How To Make A DIY Christmas Door Hanging

This afternoon we walked Milo and foraged a few festive looking leafy and twiggy things for me to make into a door hanging, and picked up the teeniest tree(!!!!so cute).

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I am by no means an authority on floristry, but if you would like to give it a go, this is what you'll need/I used:

1. Sturdy twig 2. Foraged twigs, leafy branches, maybe some holly - anything you can find that looks vaguely festive! 3. Pine/yew branch. I bought mine from Waitrose 4. Twine 5. Ribbon in colour of your own choosing. Mine came from Tiger last Christmas. Gold or silver would definitely look good. Or navy...or pink. Okay I'll stop. 6. Anything sparkly that is easily attached. You could use baubles, glitter, wired beads like mine, anything you fancy.

I started off by attaching a length of twine to both ends of a sturdy twig

Then I trimmed a pine branch to my desired length and tied it to one end of the twig, and the centre of the twig so that it didn't droop too much. I left the ribbon hanging in the centre as I thought it looked pretty and acted as another layer to the whole thing (I bought these pine branches, as apparently they are impossible to find where I live, I've never noticed it before!)

Next up was attaching some other foraged twigs and ivy and wrapping some red ribbon around the ends of all the branches for a bit more colour.

And finally I attached some wired beads that I had left over from a present that was beautifully wrapped for me from last year, to add a bit of sparkle, and wrapped more ribbon around the ends to neaten it up - finished by tying a simple bow. TA-DA! So simple, and super quick, but I'm liking it! If you make your own, make sure to show me on instagram; tag me with @meganamey