Acorn Art

Here we are, half way through day one of the weekend already.  Time sure does fly.  But I’m happy to say that my weekend plans are well underway.  I slept in this morning, and have already watched several hours of mindless tv, just like I had hoped to do.  Also started a new book by Elizabeth George last night.  I absolutely love British mystery writers, and these Detective Lynley books are my new favorites.  I’m slowly working my way through the entire series.  Fortunately, I still have a few more books to go.

And I’m happy to say that I’ve just finished the acorn project that Nik and I started last weekend.  I am still feeling lucky that we were able to find SO many acorns this year.  This gave me the opportunity to do something on a pretty grand scale.  My original idea was to create this project using only the acorns, but once I got started, I decided it needed a little extra touch.  You know how that goes. 😉  So……I started with this.

And ended up with this.

And I learned a couple of things along the way.  First, acorns are a lot heavier than one would imagine.  And two, they have some sharp, pointy tips to them that definitely start jabbing you as the wreath gets covered.  Yikes!  Still, I’m thinking this will look good up on my mantel once Halloween is over.  I hate to think about taking down all my precious Halloween decor, but I know the time is fast approaching when that will have to happen.  Don’t have a lot of Thanksgiving stuff to replace it with, but this will be a good start.  Might have to do a bit of shopping.  That will be a real shame…. A real shame, indeed.

The base of this wreath is just a simple straw form from the craft store.  Nik and I glued row after row of acorns onto the wreath, and embellished it with some dried grass we found on one of our nature walks.  Isn’t that organdy bow gorgeous?  I adore the glittered polka dots on it.  And I’ll tell you a little secret….that ribbon is included in the November Paper-Playground kit.  Sshhhhh.  Last, but definitely not least, I added some floral cut-outs from the Amber Wave patterned paper from Webster’s Pages‘ Reflections of Nature collection.  Although time consuming, it doesn’t take many flowers to make a bold statement. Touches of gold Stickles along the leaves and flower petals added a pop of sparkle to compliment the glitter in the ribbon.  Can’t wait to see it up on my mantel.  Won’t be long now.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekends!


Random Chaos 30

Here we are marking another milestone over at the Random Chaos challenge blog. Janelle amazes me with her creative weekly challenges, and here we are on challenge number 30 already! Way to go, Janelle!! I feel really honored to have been able to play along for all 30 weeks, and look forward to each new week. Well………except for that dreaded no patterns week. 😉 But now that that is behind me, it’s smooth sailing from here on out!

This week’s challenge is to use an over-sized photo on your layout. I have always liked the look of that, but rarely enlarge my photos very much. I really love that Janelle’s challenge pushed me to actually go ahead and do it. I am really happy with the outcome. But that could be in large part due to my subject matter. Take a look.

You recognize this guy, right? This is the primitive wooden Jack O’Lantern I splurged on last week. Could NOT resist it. Thought it’s vintage, shabby goodness would compliment the beautiful papers from Webster’s Pages really well, and I’m so pleased with the result. Think the patchwork effect gives this page a real homespun charm to it. All the paper on this project came from the two new lines from Webster’s called Inspired and Reflections of Nature. From the Reflections line, I used the front and back sides of both the Amber Waves and the Chestnut Mocha papers. From Inspired, I used the Bountiful paper for the dark brown strips at top and bottom, and I cut the word “Inspiration” from the sheet for use in my title. Love the gorgeous script. For the chipboard letters in the title, I covered them with dictionary paper and aged them slightly with a Ranger distress ink pad. I also stamped one journaling strip with Hero Arts letter stamps and added a couple of Chatterbox ribbon ties for a final touch.

I just love fall! Think it has to be my most favorite season. Anyone else think so, too?

Have a great day everyone!