November Wreath

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The wreath base is made from old papers and covered in raffia.
The decorations on the wreath are stuff from around the yard: acorns, pine needles, straw, pine-cones and leaves

The leaves are real too, but they feel like a plastic or a light-weight vinyl. They look better in real life.
I wish they hadn’t reflected the flash so much.

I picked the leaves, laid them out on a piece of cardboard and covered them with paper towels and a heavy book. I left them for a day or two.
I painted each leaf with 3 coats of outdoor mod-podge, Allowing the leaves to dry thoroughly between coats.
After a few weeks and the glue totally cures out, the leaves don’t feel real anymore. It’s pretty neat when that happens.
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Sending you all positive thoughts and warm wishes.t120002

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Here’s why I’m postinging a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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October Wreath

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Just popping in to post a Halloween wreath for my October Wreath of the month.

The wreath base is homemade from old papers and covered in fans made from Mary Jane’s Peanut Butter Kisses wrappers.
I sculpted little figures and added them to the wreath.
I made this wreath last year. It’s fun and brightens up a room.

We’re healthy and doing okay, however Life is still a roller coaster right now. This month has been filled with changes: some good, some bad, some sad and some annoying ones. I need to continue to be on break from my blog. I hope that life will calm down soon and I can comfortably come back to blogging.

I wish you all a very Safe
and Happy Halloween.jacolb
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Here’s why I’m making a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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September Wreath (2)

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I didn’t make a second wreath for September,  instead I decied to use one I made back in 2013 (some of my blogging buddies may remember it.)
In honor of this first day of Autumn here’s a wreath that I made using broken pecan shells.
It’s little, about 6 inch in diameter. I used low temp hot glue and glued the broken shells on a wreath base that I made out of old paper. The ribbon is made with paper raffia.
I think the finished wreath turned out quite charming considering it was made with broken pecan shells. 😉

Life has been a way-off-track again. I need to take another break from blogging for awhile.  I’ll be back when I can.

Take care & have a Happy Autumn! t110008

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September is a 2 wreath month. 1st post is; September Wreath (1). 🙂

Here’s why I’m making a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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September Wreath (1)

sept-wreath 1-2014My 1st ‘2014 Wreath of the Month’ for September is in
celebration of the birthdays of my son and grandson.

Happy Birthday to my special Boys!birthday-dancer

Also this is the month that
me and my husband met for the first time,
so it’s pretty special to my heart.
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Here’s wishing you all a month of celebrations!spring-017

September will be a 2 wreath month. I’ll post another wreath later on. 🙂
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August Wreath

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My August ‘Wreath of the Month 2014’ is dedicated to the new school year.

In my youth, one of my most favorite parts about a new school year was getting all those wonderful new art/office supplies.
Even today, a purchase of art or office supplies gives me a happy smile. I didn’t grow out of my enjoyment of getting new art/office supplies, perhaps I never will.

Here’s wishing all the students a wonderful school
year filled with bright smiles & happy learning.
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I made the wreath base out of newspaper. I crocheted the wreath base cover out of bright yellow yarn.
I sculpted all of the decorations on the wreath out of polymer clay. I made the labels, for my sculpts of colors and glue, in my PhotoImpact program and printed them off onto sticky paper.
Hopefully my August school wreath brings-to-mind thoughts of sunshine and a bright future.
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Memorial Day Wreath

 

2014-memdayI made this wreath in honor of our Military for Memorial Day.
It’s a small but sincere effort on my part to show my appreciation to the troops past & present and their families for all they’ve given and still give for us. Their sacrifices are great.

Using polymer clay, I sculpted one rose for each month of the year and the pearl centers are for the tears shed for the troops continual sacrifices 12 months a year.
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The wreath base is made from newspapers and covered in camouflage fabric. I covered the base with blocks made on a cardboard loom using camouflage yarn.

Here’s wishing you all an awesome week.
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May Wreath

02-IMG_0416For my Wreath of the Month for May, I decided not to do traditional flowers and fluff for this special month, I decided to give tribute to the creative side of Motherhood. Mom’s are the most creative people I know and I’m not talking just crafts either. As I’m the only Mom in this house, I chose some of my favorite stuff to put on my May wreath.

I sculpted the loom & loom hook and then made the little red toboggan on the loom (just to see if I could.)
My sister sort of stepped in the role of Mom after our Mother passed on. She’s spent alot of time and care on me and my family. She’s my Bff and responsible for introducing me to the addictive and enjoyable craft of looming.

I sculpted the crochet hook and it does work, but it’s close to an ‘I’ size, so I crocheted the little granny square with a metal size ‘G’ hook. The size ‘G’ hook was my Mom’s. I think of her every time I use it. I’m thankful she gifted me with the love of crochet.

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I made the cell phone with plastic canvas. I hope it looks like a bit of Excessive Crafting like I really made a plastic canvas case for a cell phone. lol
I made the texting with my image program. The text advice is something I’ve shared many times with my family. Crafting to calm down is a pleasant and enjoyable way to relax.
My Bff has on more than one occasion echoed these words back at me when I get stressed.

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I sculpted the spoon and fork in honor of all the meals and cooking that goes into raising a family. (and also for us old folks after the little birdies have left the nest.)

My embroidered red-work heart is for sewing. It makes me smile remembering all the buttons, costumes, clothes, toys and stuff that I’ve mended or made over the years. I’m so thankful that my Mom gifted me with the skill of sewing. She spent many an hour and many a day happily sewing away on apparel or quilts or toys. She was an amazing lady.
I think my mason jar ring worked out nicely for a frame for my embroidered heart.

I crocheted the 3 daisies awhile back, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use them on. I needed another something for the wreath and happily they fit okay.
Plus my Mom never met a flower that she didn’t like and pretty much I’m the same way. Gardening is a wonderful gift she passed on to me too.

The wreath base is made of newspaper and covered in knitted yarn blocks made on a cardboard loom.

I’m sorry I’m running so late on posting this. I’ve had a bit of a goofy week and can’t seem to get organized.

Wishing you all a Happy May!

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April Wreath

easta1aI got a carried away with my April ‘Wreath of the Month
When I started making the wreath base by twisting newspapers and forming them into a circle it looked kind of oval shaped. Mmmm, Then inspiration took over and instead of fixing it and making it a nice and round, I kept it and finished making it into an egg shaped base. I really liked the way it looked.
I painted the base in light blue and light green to help give more color to the Easter grass and to hopefully lessen any gaps or thin spots the grass may have.

I had a great deal of fun making the pom-pom critters. It reminded of an Easter when my son was a toddler. I made pom-pom chicks for all my nieces and nephews. The kids really loved them.

I crocheted the little flowers and added a pearl bead for the center.

For the eggs, I had some left over plastic ones from years past. I thought they needed a bit of glam so I took some gold trim and hot glued it around them.

It was an easy choice to add a bow in yellow gingham. It’s kind of like the sun shining above the bunny & chick enjoying an Easter celebration.

This wreath is about 14 inches tall and bigger than my other wreaths.

My husband likes it alot. He says it looks like an Easter window display for a store.
My Bff loves the wreath and said, it’s the cutest wreath she’s ever seen.
I personally am pleased as peaches with it. 😉

What do you think? Is my wreath too busy or about right?

Wishing you all sunshine and joy all month long.
Happy April!
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