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nogram letter with chalkboard

Bonzai and I watched the last episode of Downton Abbey last night.

He was there to console me.

I won’t give away the details in case you haven’t seen it, but I will say this.  After watching six seasons where someone always was on trial for murder or leaving for Europe because they got replaced as head of the hospital or having their house turned into a convalescent home for wounded soldiers or running off to France to try out a potential husband, it was disconcerting to see so many happy endings.

And so gratifying.

And truly the end of an era.

If you haven’t seen it yet and your heart needs something to smile about today, run….don’t walk….to watch the final episode.

And if watching Downton Abbey isn’t your thing?

I have a fun DIY Flower Monogram Letter project for you.

Either choice, it’s a great way to spend two hours. 🙂

make a flower monogram

To make the project, you’ll want to start with some flowers.

I was going to go with neutral and then I found these tiny purple flowers and they won my heart.

I’m not sure if they are found in nature, but they are the perfect faux flowers.

When selecting flowers, you will want to choose larger and smaller blooms along with different textures and different colors.

I chose five different kinds of stems for the project.

how to make a flower monogram

Next you want to choose your letter.

I found mine in the paper mache section of the craft department.

I like these letters because they are three-dimensional.

You could also choose a wood letter for the project as well.

monogram letter

Next, I simply arranged the flowers and glued them to the letter.

This is kind of a no-think project.

If you choose the flowers in different colors and textures they naturally fall into place.

I started with the front of the letter and wrap the flowers around the sides and top of the letter.

gluing flowers

For the project, I used this hot glue gun from Elmer’s.

This is not my first hot glue gun, not even close.

I’ve been using them since before the internet was invented.

And this truly was one of my favorites.

glue sticks

It’s light weight and heats up really fast and the handle didn’t get hot at all and the glue sticks are waaay less stringy.

And the glue sticks are really long.  It only took me 1 1/2 glue sticks for this project.

So much better.

Plus it’s cute.

I always give extra points for cute.

diy flower monogram letter

Here’s what it looked like when I finished.

I am giving it a standing ovation.

Isn’t it the perfect way to welcome spring?

I couldn’t figure out where to style it, so it traveled around the house for a bit until it found a home.

nogram letter with chalkboard

I added it to a chalkboard in the family room.

I loved it here, but I was worried flying nerf footballs would knock it off.

daffodils and monogram letter

I took it outside to meet some of its outdoor relatives.

Hello first daffodils of the season.

monogram with cloche farmhouse

But in the end I put it under a cloche in the kitchen on the metal cart against the brick.

Just a little bit of spring brightening up the day.

It fit the space to a T.

Or maybe a W. 🙂

PS  One more note on Downton Abbey, as the closing credits rolled guess who had the last word?

Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham.

Of course she did.

Here’s a list of some of the funniest “Violetisms” through the years.  Priceless, each and every one.

My favorite is Number Nine.  🙂


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  1. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    First of all your flowers are adorable and if they aren't found in nature -- nature should take the cue from you. And I loved the quotes. I should write them down and try to repeat one of them at least once a day. And not to take on such a hot subject but I believe I should send quote 11 to some of the gauche politicos. I believe Winston Churchill had some really snappy quotes -- I'll have to look them up. Happy to see your daffodils -- they always make me smile. Have a happy daffodil day!!

  2. Image for tcmullinax tcmullinax

    What are we watching next? I need to have a "rebound" show, so I can get over not being able to see new episodes of Downton. :)

  3. Image for Barbara Moore Barbara Moore

    SPOILER ALERT!! I watched every episode this season with a perfect combination of happiness and dread. So so so sad it's over. At least everyone is okay, although I'll always worry about Carson and will Edith really like living with 'mom' and what about Mary and the car business....and......! Sweet sweet flowers and doesn't everyone need a good small glue gun?

  4. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Great project! My glue gun passed away on Saturday and needs to be replaced. Your review is perfect timing for me. Thank you! p.s. Happy SPRING!!!!

  5. Image for Christopher Christopher

    Nothing like a good 2 hour cry cleanse! At least they were happy tears and I can go one knowing that my sweet Lady Edith has a happy ending. That was all I asked for! Love the monogram, we did something similar for our wedding!

  6. Image for Peg Peg

    That's a very purdy "W" Mrs. Thistlewood!! I just started Downton. I'm on season two. My favorite Violetism is "Stop whining and find something to do!!" Absolutely love that!!

  7. Image for Kris Kris

    I like quote #16. :) It's time to pull out my Downton DVDs and start again from the beginning ... a very good place to start ... If I'm honest, I thought the finale was a little contrived, but happy endings are always good ...

  8. Image for Linda Andersen Linda Andersen was nice to cry happy tears for a change! I shall miss Violet most of all. That was the best character ever...and that glue gun....the color caught my, my favorite! I may have to get one someday. Happy Spring to you the sun is actually out here in Michigan and it's supposed to be 60 today...time to throw open all the windows. Have a wonderful week friend, Linda

  9. Image for Shirley Shirley

    Hi Karianne. By coincidence here in England we had the first episode of Julian Fellowes new series last night. It's a period drama. It didn't grab me as much as Downton did ... Thank you for reminding us of Violets quotes. My favourite is "what is a weekend?" I find it amazing that Dame Maggie Smith has never seen an episode. Although she has a box set! Love your floral letter. What a good idea

  10. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    My husband and I will have to do something else with our Sunday evenings! I think Poldark is coming!!!

  11. Image for lynn cockrell lynn cockrell

    I love Downton Abbey and I am really sad that there will be no new season next year. I have followed it since it first aired in the U.S. I watch a lot of PBS programming and the Masterpiece Theater is some of my favorite programming. Awesome job on the letter you created!

  12. Image for Ann weisman Ann weisman

    I am sad today because DA has come to an end. I will have to have time to adjust to the whole aspect of Sunday without the Crawleys and their wonderful staff and family. Sigh!

  13. Image for Mindy Whipple Mindy Whipple

    I have the last Downton on DVR but can't bring myself to watch quite yet. I can't wait to see how they wrap up all the story lines but sad because it is the last so am savoring the idea that I have one left for another day or two - or tonight. Who knows? Sweet Spring-like flower letter!

  14. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Sigh, I am sad Downton Abbey is over. But at least it ended well. I watched it again this afternoon. I'm going to miss it. Violet remains one of my most favorite characters. Pretty monogram. I don't like my glue gun...might have to give this one a try. Have a good week!

  15. Image for dawn@joyfulscribblings dawn@joyfulscribblings

    I just watched the final episode tonight. I will miss this wonderful cast of characters especially Violet. Thanks for sharing the list of quotes. Number 9 is my favorite too! Love your flower monogram as well :)

  16. Image for Suzanne Melton Suzanne Melton

    Tears started within twenty minutes. I take solace that, eventually: Mary will eventually be the Dowager Countess and will run the family EXACTLY as Violet and Thomas Barrow will be to George what Charles Carson is/was to Mary. Waiting for Mr. Selfridge's final season now.

    1. Image for Patricia Patricia

      What great insight/comparisons of Mary to the Dowager and especially Thomas to Carson. Sadly I don't think Harry Selfridge is going to have such a harmonious conclusion/

  17. Image for Leslie Leslie

    How fun! Happy Spring, friend! Off to spend the day at our our really small town Downton (Adsmore) with at friend for more spring inspiration! Toodles!

  18. Image for Lisa at celebrate creativity Lisa at celebrate creativity

    Hi KariAnne, OK, I must pipe in on Downton Abbey. Even though there were a few open-ended story lines, I feel most were covered with enough innuendo that I'm fine with filling in the possible scenarios myself. Was love and coupling all around, or what? Lots of sweet and tender moments. Overall, I found it a pretty satisfying series finale. Still, I'll hold onto hope that one day Julian Fellowes will see fit to re-visit the characters so we can see how all the characters are getting along and adapting to changing times and evolving social roles. Now, that would be a treat. Oh, lovely monogram project too. Have a wonderful day.

  19. Image for Delilah Delilah

    I cried multiple times during the finale of Downton! So sad to see it end but completely satisfied with the ending. It was almost as if there was no where left to go.... Bravo to the creators of Downton. A simply beautiful show. Love your blog. Can't wait to hear what you thought of the finale. In great detail! :)

  20. Image for Maria Maria

    Another lovely project Kari Anne! Downtown Abbey has been such a great show, and though I'm behind on the episodes I can't wait to see how everything finally ends. Thanks so much for sharing this on #SHINEbloghop this week!

  21. Image for Megin Megin

    So love this Kari Anne! I'm quite smitten with monograms, you know. My favorite quote - when said - was #14. I Died. But I also like #11. I'm so going to miss that show! What will I do with my Sunday nights?! Thank you for sharing at Brag About It link party (Mondays at Midnight) on VMG206 this week! ~ Megin of VMG206

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