Festive Fall Wreaths

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Autumn provides my “warmest”—and one of my happiest—decorating opportunities.  Normally one who leans toward either crisp black-and-white…or to the other extreme of subtle vintage-y pastels…I love the Fall color palette possibilities. I get to play with rich browns, golden yellows and bronzes, and the yummy clarets and oranges I usually run from the rest of the year.

This is the time of year for textures, too:  rough woven burlap; scratchy grapevines; the softness of some feather plumes; the natural beauty of freshly fallen leaves, nubby acorns, and prickly pinecones. And a wreath made with one or more of those items, and with some traditional fall icons worked in—that makes my heart sing with memories of wonderful family gatherings in times past…and look forward to what this new season will bring.

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This year’s wreath creations are four: one larger grapevine traditional round on my entry door and three smaller square-shaped ones adorning my front windows.  The three littler guys are simply adorned with some ribbon and a focal point of either a girl or boy scarecrow or this adorable little squirrel “pick” I found at my local crafts store.

The larger wreath has quite a bit more going on—with some silk foliage and three different ribbons, both wrapped and bowed to finish it off.

This lovely grouping greets me every evening after work and has me both smiling and entertaining thoughts of pumpkin pie and hot applie cider. Yum!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

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Autumn Wreath

Fall Wreath 2014

I love to make wreaths–it’s a craft/hobby/whatever I’ve stuck with for *ahem* over 40 years. (wow, I’m old!)

I used to think I preferred making Christmas wreaths–but that’s likely because the materials to make one have been readily available for all these decades, whether natural or store-bought components. But getting out in late-late summer and early Autumn to gather fresh materials is almost impossible for me to do, allergy-wise. So when the retail stores realized that folks enjoyed decorating for every season and made so many beautiful things available for each–that are entirely allergen-free hopefully!–I discovered that I actually like making Autumn wreaths and florals the best.

I’m typically NOT a gold-yellow-orange-red kinda color-girl. My favorite color is blue, which is definitely not a typical fall hue, so my utter lovefest with all things Autumn is befuddling. Why a person whose favorite place in the world is the beach would choose fall as their favorite season is a source of consternation…since that person is ME.

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Where I live now, I don’t have the opportunity to decorate anything the way I want to–no room, no time, etc. So I usually settle for elaborately-bedecking the front door in a seasonally-inspired wreath. This year’s involved a profusion of mum-like deep-orange flowers and a batch of multi-colored silk leaves, all against a backdrop of burlap and mesh. (I was quite thrilled to finally figure out how to work with deco-mesh to my satisfaction, but it took a lot of Google research on the topic before I did!)

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And while I was at it with the wreath-making, I took the previously-hanging grapevine and silk-ivy wrapped wreath and added some of the fall florals, along with a huge burlap-ribbon bow.

Now, even though I can’t safely go out and play in all the upcoming falling leaves, I can enjoy the warm and rich colors of the season as they welcome me at the front door. I’ve got Autumn-beauty coming and going!

Thanks for visiting my seasonally-appropriate Little Corner today!