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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Fall Wreath


Finally, I am back with a project! :<)

For the past 4 days I have been working on a Fall wreath - and it took me far longer to complete than I first thought it would! I wanted a project that was something repetitious and mindless, so to speak - something to keep my hands busy but allowed me to concentrate on solving the difficult situations I was dealing with.

To begin, I made two different leaf templates and then using 8 different pattern papers I made 18 leaves from each of the papers - 9 each of the 2 leaf templates - drawing around them one at a time. Then I cut them all out and using a dauber I edged around each individual leaf with ink to give them depth. Eight x 18 = a total of 144 separate leaves. This took hours of work!

When I had them all cut out and edged, I started to layer them in 3 circular rows around a CS wreath that I had drawn and cut out earlier. This step took the longest time of all, as keeping an order to the color/pattern of the leaves as I added them to the wreath became pretty complicated the more leaves that were added. Or maybe I was stuck in the mindless state! :<)

Then I made the little acorns and added them to the wreath. I cannot remember where I saw the idea for these little guys, but I will post the information as soon as I find it again! I used the SU ornament punch and the SU large oval punch for the head and hat of the acorns. I forgot to take photos while I was making them, but if you would like to have me show you how I did this just let me know. :<)

Since removing the Owl-O-Ween poster there has been nothing on my door and I was being told that now no one knew which one was my apartment as I most always have some project or card 'showcased' on it. Many here do their daily walking in the hallways and we all know how many trips back and forth it takes to add up to 1 mile. I guess my door is a landmark in the counting of the trips and without something to identify it makes it difficult for the walkers to know where they are! :<) Love it! Getting old is so funny sometimes!

So here it is - and I am very happy with the way it looked when it was completed! I now have it hanging on the door to my apartment and that makes many people happy! :<) You can click on the photo for a larger view.

Now the happy little acorns are like traffic guards - saying "Here we are! You aren't lost - this is Barbara's apartment! You are now halfway down this section of hallway!" :<)

Thanks for stopping by today!

I hope that you like my Fall wreath - it was a lot of work but I love the results! And I got a lot of thinking time in over the past 4 days while I was busy drawing, cutting and edging leaves! :<)

Wishing you well!

Barbara Diane


Alison (Groovycrafter) said...

Barbara this is just so GORGEOUS!!!!
I love those little really was worth all the's STUNNING!!!
Hugs Alison

Kez said...

Barbara this wreath is really gorgeous and I adore the cute little faces on the acorns! What a happy thing to see passing by your door. TFS

Lisa Jane said...

wow its fabulous .. i love the use of the dotty embossed card .. and those little acorns look so cute .
beautiful wreath
Lisa ;)

debby4000 said...

Oh this is gorgeous and love the sweet acorns.

Diane said...

Oh it's so darn cute!!!

PAKY said...

I love it! is so cute, is a great work, congratulations!

Ann said...

I love your wreath, it looks great. That's a lot of cutting though. I don't know if I would have the patience to cut out that many.

sucor said...

Wow! It's gorgeous!

Alice said...

I love this project so much! really pretty!

Mrs A. said...

That is so cute. The little acorns just finish it off perfectly.

Ruthie said...

I Love this!!!!! just found your blog ... will be back to visit for sure!

Helen said...

Hello Barbara,
that was lots of cutting! I would not have known you hand cut the leaves, if you haven't mentioned it. they are all look the same. You really are one crafty lady!

Gaby said...

Hi Barbara,
gosh........what a lot of cutting! I think I would have went nuts. *wink*
I really admire you for your patience. You did an awesome job.


Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, this is so fabulous. I just love it. Those acorns are so cute. TFS.

duendes said...

hi Barbara,It is very beautiful wreath his very unique and wonderful combination of colors is.big hugs

Staying Crafty said...

Fantastic! You are a wonder :)

Jess said...

I could read your blog ALL DAY Barbara! I love your creations - everyone makes me smile!

And look at how organized your are phooey! I wish I was that organized!


Melissa Carr said...

That is just TOO cute!

Carol said...

This is just gorgeous Barbara and a wonderful project. I love the happy cheerful acorn greeters!!! Just darling.

Bear hugs,
Carol :O}

Monica-FC said...

I love this wreath you made. gorgoeus. that what it is.

Antonella said...

How Cute! I need to start making bigger items, I do tend to keep things small... I did something similar (on a much smaller scale) as an ornament.
Hugs, Antonella :-)