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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Not your typical wreaths on: December 03, 2009 12:52:44 PM
I love colorful Christmas wreaths and if I can't go for the fresh green ones (which can be expensive); I figured I would think outside of the circle so to speak.
These three wreath projects were inspired by a magazine article I read last year. I wish I would have worked on them sooner. I also liked the idea of reusing items I already had or were easily available. If I can get my act together, I may do the Christmas card wreath next year for my Girl Scout troop. I'll just have to remind everyone to save their Christmas cards. If anyone is interested in a tutorial, I'm happy to add that.

This is made with old Christmas cards and a large snowflake punch. I still haven't found the right bow for it.




This is made from old ties. I tried to stick with red, green and gold. I'm pretty happy with it, although looking at the picture, I realize my front door needs to be painted badly! : ) Oh well.



A different version of the tie wreath with more of a quilt colors feel.


I'm still playing with this wreath idea and trying to find the best way to hang it since it doesn't really hang in a circle. Still, I'm pretty happy with it. I used a thin metal wire and Christmas ornaments to tie together. I know I can do a better job with this, but wanted to get this up and see if anybody has any good ideas.


Thanks for looking. All comments and ideas are appreciated and welcome.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mirror Collages (more pics from more projects) on: April 18, 2008 03:49:58 PM
I contemplated where to put this topic since I tend to use "found" objects in my work. I wouldn't call myself a pack rat, but I discovered that I have a tendency to keep little things, pins, board game pieces, all kinds of stuff that have some personal history. Instead of clogging up my drawers, I decided to add them to things and give them new life. My decoupage skills are still being refined. I've learned a lot since making these pieces. I'm tentatively thinking of calling the bulk of my work: "From Here to Ephemera." I would be curious to hear feedback since I tend to work in my own little world. I need to take and post pictures of my main project--an old seamstress dummy covered with, well, junk--including pins from high school, girl scouts, my very first music concert (Elvis Costello's Imperial Bedroom tour in case you were curious). It's coming out pretty cool. I'll post that later. Enjoy.

This one is inspired by Osa and Martin Johnson. I think everyone in my family has their own copy of "I Married Adventure."


A closer look. Sorry the photography isn't better.


This is based on an extremely old and quite sexist board game that suggests careers for girls--model, actress, teacher, airline hostess. I made it for my niece when she graduated from college and was heading out into the work force just to remind her it could be a lot worse!  Cheesy


This is a closer look. It has charms from an old bracelet, some old Barbie accessories.


This is my hubbie's favorite. Andy Warhol was from my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA and I've always enjoyed his sensibilities and live by his motto "Art is whatever you can get away with." This is my tribute to him.



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