Fall Wreaths and What’s Up Wednesday…

It’s the season I love. The smell of vineyards heavy with fruit for harvest, and the sound of geese, calling to each other as they spread across an Autumn sky. There seems to be no shortage of things turning our hearts to gratitude and grace!
I’ve been hovering around my craft bins lately, wanting to create something new for the season… specifically a wreath. It all started when we were on vacation and I spotted a beatuiful fall wreath at a small country store. It was all ruffled burlap and shades of warm apple cider (be still my Autumn heart!) I loved everything about it except the price! It stayed on the shelf and I came home determined to come up with my own Fall wreath. Monday morning I woke up to cool Autumn breezes and I knew it was time!

I started with a large wooden embroidery hoop, and a burlap coffee bag.(Believe it or not we found a huge stack of  coffee bags out by the curb in our neighbourhood!) I was so excited to use one, and we have lots of ideas for the others! You know how much I dislike sewing…hot glue is my best friend. I just glued the burlap strips in a ruffle pattern to the hoop.Then…

I repeated the same pattern(using a narrower strip than the one on the hoop) on the back of a very old grapevine wreath that has been waiting to be re-purposed!  I ran a good bead of hot glue around the edge of the burlap on the hoop and pressed the grapevine wreath on top… ruffled loveliness!

Now came the fun part! I’ve never made fabric rosettes… but they were easy to do(don’t look too close) I rummaged through my fabric bin, chose some warm fall colours and had a blast! I stiffened up the bunting with some heatbond (no sew yeah!) and used fabric markers to print the letters. I thought I was done, but while I was putting away the heatbond I found cinnamon sticks and the the button jar…

I was really happy with how it turned out, I hung it up and everything, but it still seemed to need a finishing touch. Then, yesterday morning, I remembered a bag of pot-pourri that I had purchased in that same little country store. It was 75% off because it had some broken pieces in it, but at the time I thought it was worth salvaging the rest… I was right…

I rescued two whole flowers, and two broken ones… ~sigh~ they were just what it needed, yes? Now it could be hung on the door!

I love the frayed, imperfect edges, the rough textures and the warm colours. It’s made of discarded, half broken, odd items that I saw beauty in. And yes, it reminds me that we are beautiful and extravagantly loved,  just as we are, in the hands of the creator of the universe.

                                                   And, that’s What’s Up on my Wednesday.

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  1. How Pretty! You are so talented! :)Fall is my favorite season as well.

  2. You ROCK! I love the wreath. Awesome!!!

  3. WOW! I LOVE the little banner! I am FORCING myself to wait for fall decor until next week. Banners are my new favorite thing! I hope to copy—um I me get inspired by yours!!!
    It is so brisk here today my nose and hands are cold! LOVE LOVE LOVE fall!

  4. Fall is my favorite season. I love the wreath.

  5. Lovely wreath! God uses each of us as broken vessels, so I love how you found beauty in broken things to create this. Thanks for the great post & for hosting the linkup, & God bless!

  6. Very cute–love the textures.

    M 🙂

  7. My oh My not only can you write you are so creative too. This is a gorgeous wreath. love the idea. Thanks so much.

  8. Gorgeous!!!!!! I bet it smells good too. Thanks for sharing.
    To answer your question .. leelou is where I get my backgrounds. : )

  9. Creative and beautiful and just plain fun. Plus, I like all the textures you have going on with this.

  10. Beautiful! And yes Fall is such a wonderful time of the year. I was out walking in the Short Hills on Sunday afternoon and was amazed by the number of people and cars at the pumpkin farm!

  11. Hey,
    your Fall Wreaths is so great, good work!!
    I like the flowers very much, have you a tutorial for them or something like that??
    Maybe you would liketo visit my blog, it’s about all kinds of creative things.
    Regards creativemaman

  12. Gorgeous, love that theres no sewing involved,lol, I also love the glue gun,lol
    and I think yours is better than the store as you hand made it yourself!!!

  13. Preciosa corona, los colores me encantan. Y las rosas estan geniales.
    Mi blog

  14. Paz’s comment above, (according to my Spanish translator) is:
    Beautiful crown, the colors I love. And the roses are great. My blog http://mariamg-mirincondedescanso.blogspot.com.es/

    Thanks Paz!

  15. juste magnifique j’aime beaucoup!
    bravoooo et bises!

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