Welcome to my snowy world!

Hello friends!  

We’ve had some wonderful snowstorms lately.  In fact, the other day we had what our family calls…”living in a snow globe” snowfall!  A “snow globe” snowfall means the snow is falling gently and steadily; sometimes the snowflakes are very large and sometimes they are small, but the snow is continuously drifting from the sky.  It is my favorite kind of snow “storm”.  

When I was a child I tried to catch a snowflake on my tongue, but that day I tried to catch one on film!  Oops!  Film?   Correction: I tried to catch a snowflake in an image on my camera!  Stay tuned to see what happened!

Welcome to my yard.  I hope you enjoy the Snow Globe effect in some of the photos! It’s not easy to capture!

Our front door is open to welcome you!

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I have many favorite trees, but the Sycamore holds a special place in my heart.  Its bark is a work of art!

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Here I’m trying to catch a snowflake…(above)!  I tried different apertures to see which one would show the snowflakes best.  Different apertures gave me different depths of field.  (meaning: sometimes the background was more clear…sometimes the background was blurry as it it here, depending on the aperture number)  Can you see the marvelous snowflake I got?  I was really tickled with that one! 😉

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Snow on the limestone ledge.

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The Viburnum looks almost ready to bloom!  We had such warm weather earlier this season, it’s been fooled.

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The last leaf…….. I love this little leaf, hanging on for dear life.  The only thing keeping it on the ledge is the end of the stem, tucked into the siding of our house.  The wind and snow did not tear it from its mooring.  Plucky little guy~ and not ready to give up!  I feel that way about Fall too!

Good night and sleep tight…..
Judy 

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Wreath Makeover~

Good evening blog readers~
I have a makeover for you tonight!  Rats.  I wish it was MY makeover!  Alas….I have an old faux evergreen holiday wreath I’ve used for 10 years and it’s getting pretty sad looking.   It needed a “tune up”.  I have the before and after photos to show you.

I like a simple wreath.  I could do without the ribbon even!  If you want a new wreath this year….consider making one, or giving an old one a makeover.  It is very easy.  The one I have is very large, about 24″ in diameter.  A smaller wreath would work well and would be easier to cover.   Consider using one color and an odd number of objects.  I think one color stands out nicely against the green background color of the wreath.   Use your imagination!  Craft stores, discount stores and dollar stores are full of items you can use for a wreath.

Perhaps you like bells, traditional round ornaments,  hearts, angels, or candy canes….whatever you like, gather an odd number and use wire to attach it to the wreath.  I use green 24 gauge wire.  It’s easy to twist and anchor, and I need just a small pair of wire cutters for it.  You can use string, ribbon or twist ties too.

I found ribbon in the color of the ornaments and wrapped it loosely around the wreath.  I wish I could make a bow like my friend does.  I want to have her do a tutorial on here for you sometime!  I can tie a regular bow….but fancy ones are beyond me!

The old wreath……

The wreath after its makeover…..  😉

A bonus: I can use this wreath all winter.

Enjoy making your wreath….or giving an old one a new look!
And thanks so much for dropping in to visit~
Judy 

 

Fall Wreath

I made this wreath after I saw a similar one in a classy store.  That wreath had real apples on fresh greens and it was beautiful.  I’d love a wreath like that, but it isn’t practical for me.  I prefer something that will last, but still have the same basic appeal.  ooo…no pun there!

I bought a grapevine wreath, some inexpensive plastic fruit from a hobby/craft store, and some leafy greens.  A note here: faux fruit can be very pricey.  I passed up the section with individual, large fruit at $5.00 apiece, and scouted out smaller versions.  I also varied from the “all apple” inspiration and included small pumpkins, gourds, artichokes, etc.   Not only did that save me money, but it also gave me the “Fall” look I wanted.

Then, all I needed to do was assemble it with hot glue.  When making wreaths, I usually keep stems long and apply hot glue to the stem, then insert it into the grapevine wreath.  If I find I need more glue on the side or bottom, I’ll add more.  Adding greens to tuck in around the fruit helps to cover anything I want to hide.   There are times I need to use wire to attach items.  My wire of choice is green 24 gauge.

There are many ways to make a wreath like this “your own”.  You can add fall leaves, a bow, pine cones, sunflowers, raffia, or other items from nature.   You can use a different base wreath than a grapevine too.   Happy crafting!