As residents of the northern end of Mount Holly, we frequent the Mountain Island area. It's where our chiropractor, Omni Wellness Center, is located and it is close to Northlake for shopping and dining. We are SO excited that Riverbend Village is coming right along and the first retailers and restaurants have opened up right at the corner of Highway 16 and 485! This center will serve as a new home to some existing businesses, like UPS, Chick-fil-A and Harris Teeter, as well as home to some additions to the community. Already open are: Taco Bell, Freddy's Burgers and Dunkin Donuts. Coming soon: Jersey Mike's, Johnny Brusco's Pizza (NY STYLE, YAY), Chicken Salad Chick, Famous Toastery and more! Of course, you'll have what every grocery store shopping center has: dry cleaner, nail salon, Great Clips, etc., but a few available spaces remain and our fingers are crossed for something great!
Take a look at the site plan by visiting the developer's website here.
I am so excited to share this tutorial blog with you! While obsessing over all things fall, I fell in love with a hydrangea wreath on Etsy. The problem - it was $109 plus shipping and that is just NOT in the budget right now. So, of course I had to scope out how I could do it on my own.
I found the hydrangeas for 40% off at Michaels, making them less than $5 each. You'll need 9 of them for this 18" wreath base which was about $4.50. Then I opted for the pack of 35 pieces of stem wire, about $2.50, in a dark green so it is easily hidden within the wreath. Michaels only had Christmas ribbon out so I opted for a shimmery burlap, I used a coupon to get a 25 ft roll for $6. I think it is perfect for this wreath and I'll definitely use it when I make the Christmas wreath I'm already envisioning! So, your shopping list is:
9 hydrangeas - check them out and pick some nice full ones.
Wreath foundation (wire) 18"
Stem Wire pack of 35 precut pieces
Ribbon - at least 10 feet
Step one: make sure that you picked out full enough flowers, one for each of the 9 sections around the wreath foundation.
Step two: Cut the leaves off of the steam on each of the hydrangeas. Leave a short stem on each of the leaves, you'll use the stem later to tie the leaves to the foundation. There were two leaves on each of mine. Set the leaves aside.
Step three: Cut the flower off of the stem right where it starts to spread into separate branches of flowers.
Step four: Use the stem wire to attach the hydrangea blooms to the wreath foundation. Center the bloom in the middle of the section and use the wire to attach multiple stems to different sections of the foundation, making sure the bloom won't blow off in the wind. Repeat for all 9 blooms (see photo below for example).
Step five: You should have two leaves to go in each gap between flowers. One on the inside of the ring and one on the outside. Take the stems of two leaves and with the leaves facing opposite directions, tie the stems together with stem wire. Wrap around the stems several times from each half of the stem wire, then place against the wreath foundation and wrap the stem wire around the foundation to attach the leaves. Repeat in between all flowers (see photo below for example).
Step six: Take your ribbon and create a bow. This is NOT my strength. I youtubed how to make a bow. Then attach the bow with stem wire. You can use the stem wire in the process of making the bow and then attach with the same wire.
Step seven: Take 2 1/2 to 3 feet of extra ribbon and loop it through the foundation just behind the center of the bow. Pull down so the middle of the ribbon is flat against the foundation. Tie a knot out of the ends then pull up on the center so it is now the top of the ribbon which you will use to hang your wreath!
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If you missed out on our Girls Night Out at the Social Vineyard, it's not too late to check out our amazing vendors! The Social Vineyard is our favorite Downtown Gastonia spot. We love supporting all female-owned businesses, but we especially love the fun events and charitable donations that The Social Vineyard contributes to our community.
We introduced the Gaston Co Wives community to Evelyn Rose Boutique! Evelyn Rose offers a wide variety of clothing in sizes for all body styles. They also offer gorgeous accessories to compliment every outfit, so be sure to check them out!
Olivia Allen with Young Living shared ways to keep your homes healthy and happy! To learn more about Young Living Essential Oils and how they can completely change your daily life, visit Olivia's website!
If you've been following us for a while, you've probably noticed how much I love our next product! Color Street changed my life about two years ago. Not only are my nails healthier and stronger, but so is my wallet! Color Street is a 100% nail polish STRIP that you apply like a sticker, but it is REAL nail polish and will last up to two weeks but takes only 10 minutes to apply and NO DRY TIME! Yes, you can roll right on with your busy life and not sit under the dryer for 15-20 minutes and still worry about smudging or pay $40 for a gel manicure and be obligated to go back every 10-14 days. Color Street is regularly featured in magazines and website articles and has grown to help thousands of women build work-from-home businesses or side-hustles! Check it out!
Mandy with Mary Kay came to share some of my favorite products! Satin Hands is something I keep in my event kit. There are few things more frustrating than being stuck at a vendor table for 10 hours with no lotion or constantly having to reapply. Satin Hands is the answer to that problem! Keep your hands silky and smooth all the time! Visit Mandy's website to learn more!
We hope to see you at the next Girls Night Out on September 19th at Station Belmont!
I'm Katie and I'm so excited to be bringing Housewives in the City to Gaston County! I'm a resident of Mount Holly. I absolutely love traveling, sports and I'm always up to learning something new. I cannot wait to meet all of you!