Monthly Archives: October 2013

Feathery fall wreath

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I had a vague idea about making a fall wreath. However, it wasn’t until I spotted a maroon feather boa at my local thrift store that I knew what I wanted my wreath to look like. At $1.99, it was a steal.

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I bought a 13-inch foam ring at Michaels (40% off $13.99).

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Using sewing pins as necessary, I covered the entire foam wreath wIth strips torn from an old black.t-shirt.

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Unfortunately, the feather boa wasn’t quite long enough to cover the entire wreath form. However, I filled the space with some interesting pale green seed heads from a lovely autumn bouquet my husband had given me several weeks earlier.

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At least they started out green; as they dried out, the turned a mottled brown and opened up. I decided to keep them, because they were so interesting. I wrapped each seed head with a scrap of the  t-shirt strips so it was secure and wouldn’t move. I stuck some spare feathers in between each seed head to cover up the t-shirt and make it seem like the arrangement was planned.

Finally, I added some dollar store silk leaves and seed heads.

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To add some colour, I added a silk yellow mum,, but made the wreath look a little gaudy.

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In the end, I decided to used a a clump of green seed pods from a leftover Thanksgiving bouquet. (apparently, we like flowers in my family). I  found the easiest way to insert the faux leaves and seed heads was to strip the fabric covering away from the wire and then push the wire into the foam ring in the desired position. I stripped a piece of wire and inserted into the bottom of the seed bod, so I could wire it it securely.

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The final reveal – a funky, fall wreath. It’s a little understated, but all those feathers more than make up for the simple decorative touches

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Even with the cost of the foam wreath, I spent about $11 on all the materials. With Hallowe’en coming, feather boas are easy to find in thrift, bargain and costume stores.  Since I used pins to put it together, I can take it all apart and make a new wreath when the seasons change.

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A walk in the woods

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A walk in the woods

I’ve been doing some reading recently on the positive impacts of nature on mental and physical well-being. On the weekend, I got an opportunity to put the theory into practice.  I went for a long walk along a series of trails near the cottage. Except for a few birds, I was alone the entire time. It had been a long, busy week and as I walked along the trail, I could feel the tension leaving my body. After an hour or so, I began to feel more mentally alert. So I just kept walking. I had my camera with me, which forced me to notice my surroundings, rather than just on my thoughts. Eventually, it started to rain, so I headed back. Refreshed and much more relaxed.

Leaves on the road

Leaves on the road

Funghi

Funghi

Watcher in the woods

Watcher in the woods

Fading flower

Fading flower

Three little mushrooms

Three little mushrooms

Late bloomer

Late bloomer

Bright bittersweet

Bright bittersweet

Fun funghi

Fun funghi

Pod

Pod

Single leaf

Single leaf

Trail games

Trail games

Where moss grows

Where moss grows

Red oak

Red oak